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Early Bird satellite

EARLY BIRD  Engineers work on Intelsat I, also known as Early Bird, one of the first international communication satellites. It launched in 1965 to relay and broadcast TV signals between Europe and the United States.

Rudi Mandl

With some help from Science News Letter (the precursor to Science News), a restaurant dishwasher named Rudi Mandl persuaded Einstein to explore the phenomenon of gravitational lensing.

Bronze age skeleton

MUMMY BONES  A Bronze Age skeleton excavated in southeastern England displays so little bacterial damage from decomposition that it must come from a body that was mummified shortly after death, a new study concludes. In this case, bone damage suggests the body was dried out in a smoke room.

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