Mount Mitchell is the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet.
Some research and deliberation often precedes being labeled as "the highest point." So it’s not surprising that it was a debate over the height of the peak that explains how the mountain got its name.
Thanks to scientific observations with telescopes, satellites and mathematical calculations, we not only understand what happens during a solar eclipse but we can also predict when they will occur and where they will be seen well into the future.
That hasn’t always been the case.
Take, for example, the origin of the word eclipse. It’s derived from the ancient Greek word ekleipsis, meaning "abandonment." You get the idea. The folks back then thought the Sun had just turned off. It had, in effect, abandoned the Earth.
To understand the Battle of the Atlantic, you need to go back one day before the actual armed conflict.
On July 14, 1942, a convoy of 19 merchant ships and five military escort ships set sail from Hampton Roads, Virginia. The convoy was named KS-520, with the “KS” indicating they were moving south along the coast heading to Key West, Florida.
Before doing any reporting on Currituck Sound, I had to answer the most basic of questions: just what is a sound?
It turns out there are a couple of ways to define a sound.
One type of sound is a relatively narrow passage of water between the mainland and an island. It's also an inlet, bay or recessed portion of the ocean. Currituck Sound certainly fits those definitions. So does Pamlico Sound, as well as Puget Sound in Washington.
Sometimes the simplest question leads to major discoveries.
This is certainly true in the search for the Lost Colony.
But first, a little background.
Back in 1585, British explorer John White traveled to Roanoke Island and produced an excruciatingly accurate map of the North Carolina and Virginia coast and other drawings of the island. Two years later, White led a colony of 116 English settlers to the area.
Raleigh’s new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral will not only feature a sound system designed for the best quality, it will also feature amazing stained glass windows.
Fifty of those windows are newly created for the church. But 42 of the stained glass windows are finding a new life in the Diocese of Raleigh’s new cathedral.
In December 2012, the Diocese of Raleigh acquired stained glass windows from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The windows are being removed from Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in the Archdiocese that was closed several years ago.
Bone-jarring tackles almost always make the highlight reel in a National Football League game. And those tackles happen more than 100 times per game.
They may not always look pretty; a big linebacker engulfing a smaller running back. But the play is actually employing some pretty elegant physics, including p=m*v.