Magazine article Insight on the News

Explosive Discoveries Unveiled in Europe. (for the People)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Explosive Discoveries Unveiled in Europe. (for the People)

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William Faulkner's famous quip that "The past is never dead. It's not even past" was proved right yet again, though in a way the great Mississippi novelist probably didn't foresee.

In England, archaeologists report that cannonballs removed from wrecked ships hundreds of years old--one in question had been sunk in 1691--are beginning to heat up, glow a dark red and then bum their way through pine tables on which they've been stored, filling buildings with smoke. In some cases, the cannonballs split open and explode.

This phenomenon results from the fact that, when cannonballs are submerged for long periods in saltwater, a latticelike coating develops on the shell that reacts with oxygen after the shot is removed from the sea, according to an article in New Scientist quoted by a dispatch from Reuters.

On a different front, a bombshell of another kind was dropped by the German weekly magazine Die Zeit recently when it published details from documents long lost in German military archives. …

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