Stepping into the museum
Minus his trademark moustache and scowl, the portrait of a
smiling, bangs-a-blazing, teenage Edgar Allan Poe left
several of the Johns Hopkins undergraduates gathered in the
Enoch Pratt Free Library's Maryland Room feeling duped.
King of the macabre? More like the boy next door.
"That doesn't look anything like him,"
one student said.
"He's too happy looking," another chimed
Kristen Romano, the Enoch Pratt's special
librarian, agreed with the assessment but assured the
students the picture was authentic, as were the two dozen
or so other objects from the library's extensive Poe
holdings (some of which belong to the Edgar Allan Poe
Society of Baltimore) that she was displaying this recent
morning: items such as a lock of the author's hair,
first-edition Poe works, a fragment of his coffin and
Unlocking wind's role in energizing ocean
Scientists at Johns Hopkins and the University of
California, Irvine have finally been able to field-test
theories about how wind transfers energy to ocean waves, a
topic of debate since the 19th century that had previously
proved impossible to settle experimentally.
The new results may help lead the way to
the resolution of a long-standing problem in scientists'
understanding of how energy and momentum are exchanged
between the atmosphere and the oceans.
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