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- Psalm 33:4-5 Tuesday, 5 February, 2019“For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.”
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THE HUMAN BRAIN: The brain is a complex organ that forms part of our Central Nervous System and makes up the biggest part of the encephalon. The encephalon includes all higher nervous centres, enclosed within the skull and continuous with the spinal cord.
- Watch - Lassa Fever in Nigeria Tuesday, 5 February, 2019There is an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria. Travelers to Nigeria should avoid contact with rats, especially rat urine and feces, and keep their accommodations or campsites clean.
- Alert - Yellow Fever in Nigeria Monday, 28 January, 2019A large, ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in Nigeria began in September 2017. The outbreak is now spread throughout the country. Travelers going to Nigeria should receive vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days before travel and should take steps to prevent mosquito bites while there.
ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY: Fireworks Galaxy. Image Credit & Copyright: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, U. Arizona. Also known as NGC 6946, the spiral galaxy is located 10 million light-years away, in the constellation of Cepheus. The galaxy’s colours change from the yellowish light of old stars in the core to young blue star clusters and reddish star forming regions along the loose, fragmented spiral arms. NGC 6946 is bright in infrared light and rich in gas and dust, exhibiting a furious rate of star formation nearly 40,000 light-years across. Over the last 100 years, at least nine supernovae, the death explosions of massive stars, were discovered in NGC 6946.
- Watch an Ariane 5 Rocket Launch 2 Satellites Today! Tuesday, 5 February, 2019An Ariane 5 rocket will launch two new communications satellites for Saudi Arabia and India today (Feb. 5), and you can watch the liftoff live online!
- Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua Could Be a 'Monstrous' Corpse of Comet Dust Tuesday, 5 February, 2019'Oumuamua is long gone, but it's still leaving scientists guessing. A new explanation proposes that the strange object was a "monstrous fluffy dust aggregate" produced by a busted-up comet.
- New documentary features an unlikely, and silent, hero Tuesday, 5 February, 2019"Dulce" features an unsung star — one that has ramifications for all of humanity.Bruno Vander Velde
- In case you missed it: 3 big stories from our world Monday, 4 February, 2019Human Nature shares three stories from the past week that you should know about.Olivia DeSmit
IMAGO DEI: The Wodaabe are a small subgroup of the Fulani ethnic group and are known for their elaborate attire and rich cultural ceremonies. They are traditionally nomadic cattle-herders and traders in the Sahel, with migrations stretching from Southern Niger, through Northern Nigeria, North-eastern Cameroon, South-western Chad, and the western region of the Central African Republic. They speak the Fula language and don’t use a written language. Wodaabe religion is largely but loosely Islamic.
- Nigeria - Level 3: Reconsider Travel Tuesday, 5 February, 2019Reconsider travel to Nigeria due to elections, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and piracy. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory Do not travel to: Borno and Yobe States and northern Adamawa State due to terrorism Federal general elections in Nigeria are scheduled for February 16, 2019, and the state elections for March 2, 2019. These election dates may […]
- Democratic Republic of the Congo - Level 3: Reconsider Travel Thursday, 31 January, 2019Reconsider travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Eastern DRC and the three Kasai provinces due to armed conflict. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, armed home invasion, sexual assault, and physical assault, is common. […]
THE FLAG OF PANAMA: The flag of Panama was officially adopted on November 3, 1903. The blue was intended to represent the Conservative Party and the red to represent the Liberal Party. The white was intended to stand for peace and purity; the blue star stands for the purity and honesty of the life of the country; the red star represents the authority and law in the country; and together the stars stand for the new republic.
- New Zealand Tuesday, 5 February, 2019Latest Update: Summary - Due to an ongoing serious fire in the Nelson-Tasman region on 6 February 2019, a local civil defence emergency has been declared by the National Crisis Management Centre. If you're in the affected area, you should follow the advice of the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence.GOV.UK
- Bermuda Tuesday, 5 February, 2019Latest update: This advice has been reviewed and reissued without amendmentGOV.UK
WORK OF ART: Studies of the Foetus in the Womb are two-coloured annotated sketches by Leonardo da Vinci made in around 1511. Da Vinci studied human embryology with the help of anatomist Marcantonio della Torre and saw the foetus within a cadaver. The studies were initially bequeathed to Francesco Melzi. In c. 1582–90 they were bought from his heirs by Pompeo Leoni, and by 1630 they belonged to Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel. Since 1690 the studies have been housed in the Royal Collection, United Kingdom.
- (like) water off a duck's backYou can say an insult or criticism is like water off a duck's back if it doesn't upset you.