The Milky Way’s Local Arm is Metropolitan Earth’s arm of the galaxy is muscular, astronomers announced June 3 at the 222nd American Astronomical Society meeting in Indianapolis. While the Local Arm first appeared to be a mere “spur” of the larger Sagittarius or Perseus arms between which it is sandwiched,Continue reading
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- Galatians 5:13 Tuesday, 22 May, 2018“[Life by the Spirit] You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
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NGC 3132: The Eight Burst Nebula.
Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). It's the dim star, not the bright one, near the centre of NGC 3132 that created this odd but beautiful planetary nebula. Nicknamed the Eight-Burst Nebula and the Southern Ring Nebula, the glowing gas originated in the outer layers of a star like our Sun. The hot blue pool of light seen surrounding this binary system is energized by the hot surface of the faint star. Neither the unusual shape of the surrounding cooler shell nor the structure and placements of the cool filamentary dust lanes running across NGC 3132 are well understood.
- NASA Invites Media to View New Mission to Study the Frontier of Space Monday, 21 May, 2018Media will have the opportunity June 4-5 for tours, interviews and photographs of NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) as it prepares to leave Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for a scheduled mid-June launch from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
- NASA's Curiosity Rover Aims to Get Its Rhythm Back Thursday, 17 May, 2018Rover engineers at JPL will try to restore percussive drilling on Mars this week, part of a larger series of tests that will last through summer.
The Human Brain
The brain in your head isn’t your only brain. There’s a “second brain” in your intestines that contains 100 million neurons. Gut bacteria are responsible for making over 30 neurotransmitters including the “happy molecule” serotonin.
- May 24 webinar: Mentally prepare for an organ transplant Tuesday, 22 May, 2018Presented by Jody Jones, PhD, this webinar will help viewers learn how to deal with a potentially long wait for an organ and how they can mentally prepare themselves and their loved ones for when they do receive a transplant.
- Lion Recovery Fund Aims to Halt Lion Crisis While There is Still Hope Friday, 18 May, 2018Despite being one of the most iconic and revered animals on the planet, African lion numbers are drastically declining. Lion populations have seen a precipitous drop from 200,000 a century ago to just over 20,000 today, signaling an unprecedented crisis for both lions and their landscapes. In response, the Lion Recovery Fund (LRF) is moving swiftly to […]Pooja
The Lepcha are also called the Rongkup meaning the children of God are among the indigenous peoples of Sikkim. Lepchas are found in western and southwestern Bhutan, Tibet, Darjeeling, the Mechi Zone of eastern Nepal, and in the hills of West Bengal. They were believed in the bone faith or mune faith based on the spirits, good and bad. They used to worship spirits of mountains, rivers and forests like any other tribes. Perhaps, this could be the reason why these people prefer to live in the healthy natural world. Most Lepchas are Buddhist, a religion brought by the Bhutias from the north, although a large number of Lepchas have today adopted Christianity.
- Green alert for tropical cyclone TWO-18. Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0. Tuesday, 22 May, 2018From 22/05/2018 to 22/05/2018, a Tropical Storm (maximum wind speed of 139 km/h) TWO-18 was active in NorthIndian. The cyclone affects these countries: Oman (vulnerability Medium). Estimated population affected by category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0.
- Alert - Yellow Fever in Brazil Thursday, 17 May, 2018There is a large, ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in multiple states of Brazil. Travelers to Brazil should protect themselves from yellow fever by getting yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days before travel, and preventing mosquito bites.
National Flag of Luxembourg
The flag of Luxembourg consists of three horizontal stripes, red, white and blue, and was first used between 1845 and 1848. It was officially adopted on 23 June 1972. As a landlocked nation, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg had little need for a national flag until the middle of the 19th century. Its heraldic banner, dating back to the early 13th century, was composed of horizontal stripes of white and blue with a rampant red lion. That banner, however, represented the dukes of Luxembourg and not the nation’s people. Following the Napoleonic Wars, Luxembourg, which had been part of the Holy Roman Empire, became a separate country under the protection of the Netherlands. The tricolour flag is almost identical to that of the Netherlands, except that it is longer and its blue stripe is a lighter shade.
- Benin - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions Friday, 11 May, 2018Exercise normal precautions in Benin. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise increased caution in: Urban areas due to crime. Beaches due to crime Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Benin: Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. Use caution […]
- Panama - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions Monday, 7 May, 2018Exercise normal precautions in Panama. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Parts of the Mosquito Gulf due to crime. Parts of the Darién Region due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Panama: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment […]
- Albania Tuesday, 22 May, 2018Latest update: Safety and security section (Political section) - additional information on anti-government protest in central Tirana on 26 MayGOV.UK
- Burma Monday, 21 May, 2018Latest update: Summary, Safety and security section (Political situation) and Local travel (Kachin State) - additional information on various conflicts; on 15 May there were 2 explosions with no casualties on the train track between Mandalay and MyitkyinaGOV.UK
Work of Art
Eugène Galien-Laloue (1854–1941) was a French artist of French-Italian parents and was born in Paris on December 11, 1854. He was a populariser of street scenes, usually painted in autumn or winter, of the early 1900s, accurately representing the era in which he lived: a happy, bustling Paris, la Belle Époque, with horse-drawn carriages, trolley cars and its first omnibuses. Galien-Laloue's works are valued not only for their contribution to 20th-century art but for the actual history, which they document. The Paris Arc de Triomphe was painted in 1941. His work can be seen at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Louvier; Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Rochelle; Mulhouse, France.
- a law unto themselvesIf somebody is a law unto themselves, they do things their own way and follow their own ideas about how to live instead of following what others do.
- Bigger? Or Better? Yes, Your Church Has A Choice Monday, 21 May, 2018“It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if you’re maximizing growth, you’re also maximizing success.” (Bo Burlingham, in Small Giants) Better churches become bigger churches. Right? Maybe not. That’s been the rule of thumb for businesses, too. And it’s no more true there than it is for us. As it turns out, […]Karl Vaters
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GUNMEN ATTACK CHURCH KILLING THREE. Click on image for more information.