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Why Do People See Faces in the Moon?

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 12:16 pm

“When you first look at the moon, you pretty much see light areas and dark areas, and some are more gray than others,” said planetary geologist Cassandra Runyon of the College of Charleston, in South Carolina. “The lighter areas are the mountains, often referred to as the highlands. The dark areas are volcanic—the mare, which is Latin for ‘seas.’”


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Seeing Charleston, S.C., in a new light

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 12:15 pm

“It has the largest concentrated Confederate burial ground in the area, but I don’t consider it a Confederate cemetery because 33,000 people are buried here over 160-plus years,” Beverly Donald, Magnolia Cemetery’s superintendent, said in an interview with Patrick Harwood, a communication professor at the College of Charleston. (Harwood posted the interview on his CofCMultimediareporting blog.) But more than 2,000 Civil War veterans are buried at Magnolia, and those rebel flags invite contemplation of their history and their symbolism.

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“Eclipses are just like clockwork,” College of Charleston Astronomer Terry Richardson noted. Even the planetary alignment “is just a matter of cycles. The planetary cycle just happens to be occurring in line with the eclipse cycle, he said.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The deadly threat posed by German submarines during World War One helped spur scientists to develop sonar, using underwater sound signals to locate objects like subs that might be taking aim with a torpedo.

In the 20th century, it was an important technological breakthrough.

But it was old technology as far as whales go. These marine mammals have been using echolocation – bouncing high-frequency sounds off underwater objects – to find prey for tens of millions of years.

The fossils were unearthed near Summerville, South Carolina, outside Charleston, said College of Charleston geology professor James Carew, another of the researchers.

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Reviving a Jewish cemetery

Posted on 25 March 2014 | 2:37 pm

Gary Zola, director of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati and a visiting professor at the College of Charleston, says the cemetery is definitely among the most significant and historic burial grounds for Jews in North America.

“Without question, it’s a national treasure,” he says.


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The Lowcountry offshore is mostly barren sand bottom to the edge of the Continental Shelf – that’s conventional wisdom.

But three times now, College of Charleston geologists have dropped high-tech imaging devices to map that bottom, and three times they found “these amazing features” they didn’t expect – ancient river channels.

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A biology professor told an education panel on Monday that members of his organization are frustrated with seeing the state’s biology standards become a “political football for religious reasons or political reasons.”

Rob Dillon, a College of Charleston professor and president of South Carolinians for Science Education, said members of the organization are “so discouraged” to see the standards of biology that speak of natural selection be pulled out and made a special case out of the other 111 pages.

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College of Charleston music professor Natalia Khoma spoke by phone Sunday to a friend in her native Ukraine.

His tone was “very serious,” she recalled of their talk, pointing to the uncertainty over what the Russian “aggressors” – as Khoma termed them – might do next.

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Hidden painting uncovered on ceiling at university

Posted on 25 February 2014 | 3:39 pm

The Newport Daily News reports the painting was discovered this week by a team that included preservation students visiting from Clemson University and the College of Charleston in South Carolina. The university allowed them to remove two layers of paint from the ceiling of what had been Ochre Court’s ballroom.


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Safety of Duke’s SC coal ash ponds questioned

Posted on 25 February 2014 | 3:37 pm

Previous studies, relying on a method of measuring soil stability known as a “blow count,” showed the earth beneath the Anderson County ponds and dams is relatively soft, said Steve Jaume, an earthquake specialist at the College of Charleston after The State newspaper made him aware of the study.

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