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iD (Ideas & Discoveries) July 10, 2020

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iD (Ideas & Discoveries) is an intriguing science and technology magazine that delves deep to help readers discover answers to questions about science, nature, psychology, history, current events and more. With captivating photography and design and engaging editorial content, iD will have readers thinking about the world around them in a whole new way.

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Heinrich Bauer Publishing, L. P.
6 Issues

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questions@ideasanddiscoveries.com www.facebook.com/ideasanddiscoveries A MONUMENTAL EFFORT The May issue was packed with great stories, but the one about “The Monument That Wouldn’t Die” really spoke to me. It’s so heartbreaking that in addition to all of the other tragedies that have befallen the Syrian people, even their heritage has been maliciously targeted for destruction. A true tale of redemption rising from the ashes of destroyed cities is surely a balm to the spirit, and there are still signs of the communities’ ability to recover and regrow once the violence and oppression finally, hopefully, come to an end. Stacy Richards, Ringwood, NJ We too were deeply touched by the sacrifice of the volunteers, and especially the martyrdom of Professor Khaled al-Asaad, who endured torture and laid down his life for the preservation of history and culture. He…

3 min.
taking the plunge

“OUR SPORT IS A REAL TEST OF YOUR NERVE.”“YOU HAVE TO BE 100% FOCUSED ON YOUR DIVE OR YOU CAN END UP IN THE HOSPITAL.” The force of entry when falling from an extreme height is tremendous: Dropped from 60 feet, for example, a melon or even a granite slab will shatter into a thousand pieces. If a diver’s arms aren’t close enough to his sides, the force can dislocate his shoulder or fracture his collarbone. Divers entering the water chest-first will have the air knocked out of their lungs and can become unconscious and sink like a stone. If they stretch out their chin, they can risk biting off the end of their tongue. Outstretched fingers can break like matchsticks. And landing on your back can mean not being able…

6 min.
the plight of the roving giants

“OLD EXPERIENCED MALES ARE CRUCIAL, THEY ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN SIMPLY BREEDERS. BY THE TIME THEY REACH THIS SIZE THEY HAVE ACCUMULATED SOCIAL AND ECOLOGICAL EXPERIENCE THAT THEY TEACH TO YOUNGER ANIMALS.”—Vicki Fishlock, Amboseli Trust for Elephants They have been searching for the king the whole day, but he can’t be found—the king himself decides whether he will be seen or not. Night has already fallen; only now does he cautiously move his ponderous body through the undergrowth, his enormous tusks shimmering wanly in the moonlight. The Zulus have given him the name Isilo—their word for “king of kings,” and it is indeed difficult to imagine a more majestic creature. Measured at the shoulder, Isilo stands 13 feet tall, and he weighs close to 8 tons. His tusks are so…

1 min.
how do you monitor africa’s kings?

In one of the most sophisticated elephant-tracking endeavors in history, an international team of rangers, biologists, veterinarians, and pilots spent five days in Kenya’s Tsavo ecosystem in early 2018, fitting elephants with advanced satellite radio tracking collars in order to monitor their movements. Twenty elephants (two of them classified as great tuskers) were tracked down with helicopters and immobilized from the air with anesthetizing darts. Crews on the ground used land vehicles to reach the animals and fit them with tracking collars. PHOTOS: Robru, 104kelly, brittak, Franz Aberham, MogensTrolle, Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy, Vicki Jauron Babylon and Beyond Photography (2), Tony Karumba/Stringer, Andrew Renneisen/Stringer (2)—all/Getty Images.…

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cold cases the unsolved murders of history

It is the year 1235, and a Chinese magistrate is called to a village to investigate a murder. Farmers have found the body of a man who has been stabbed and hacked to death. But rather than resorting to torture to find the killer—as would have been the case in Europe until the practice was abolished in the 18th century—the magistrate employs a revolutionary method: He conducts a crime scene investigation instead. The magistrate orders a series of experiments to be performed on animal cadavers, cutting them with a variety of blades to determine the murder weapon, and finds that the man was killed with a sickle. He then convenes all the farmers who own one, some 10 in all, lines them up in a field with their sickles, and tells…

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was the civil rights leader the victim of an fbi conspiracy?

Night was falling on April 4, 1968, as Martin Luther King, Jr. stepped out on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. At 6:01 P.M. a shot rang out, and a bullet struck King in the cheek, breaking his jaw, severing several major arteries as it traveled down his spine, and killing him. A short time afterward police discovered a bundle containing a Remington rifle near the boarding house across the street. A huge FBI manhunt for the killer led agents to an Atlanta apartment, where they found the fingerprints of James Earl Ray, who’d escaped from a prison in Missouri a year earlier. Ray was subsequently arrested in London and extradited to the United States in July of 1968. To avoid the death penalty, he confessed to…