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I Am That I Am
The enormity of our world's needs are overwhelming, and without a compassionate heart, distressing news items can appear to be just black and white. Hopefully, by raising in this Blog a few of these intractable issues would call us to pray, and if necessary, to act.
- Luke 1:46-47, 49 Saturday, 16 December, 2017“[Mary’s Song] And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.”
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- Astronomers Say Milky Way Resides In A Great Cosmic Void posted on June 9, 2017 | under Astronomy
- School Holiday Break At Johor Bahru posted on November 26, 2017 | under Family Matters
- Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede Has a Salty Ocean with More Water than Earth posted on March 13, 2015 | under Astronomy
- Dementia And Music posted on December 16, 2017 | under Medicine
- Protea posted on January 28, 2017 | under Horticultural Wonders
- NASA Discovered Solar System Like Ours posted on December 16, 2017 | under Astronomy
- Christmas 2017 At Gardens By The Bay (Part 2) posted on December 16, 2017 | under Horticultural Wonders
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Pelican Nebula Close-up.
Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Pugh.
The prominent ridge of emission featured is designated IC 5067, and is part of a larger emission nebula called the Pelican Nebula, spaning about 10 light-years. The Pelican Nebula close-up was constructed from narrowband data mapping emission from sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms to red, green, and blue colours. Dark shapes inhabiting the view are clouds of cool gas and dust sculpted by energetic radiation from young, hot, massive stars. Twin jets emerging from the tip of the long, dark tendril (below centre) are the telltale signs of an embedded protostar catalogued as Herbig-Haro 555. The Pelican Nebula itself, also known as IC 5070, is about 2,000 light-years away, northeast of bright star Deneb in the constellation Cygnus.
- NASA Sends New Research to Space Station Aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission Friday, 15 December, 2017An experiment in space manufacturing and an enhanced study of solar energy are among the research currently heading to the International Space Station following Friday’s launch of a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft at 10:36 a.m. EST.
- NASA Mars Rover Team's Tilted Winter Strategy Works Wednesday, 6 December, 2017NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has passed the shortest-daylight weeks of the Martian year with its solar panels in clean condition for a potential dust-storm season in 2018.
Work of Art
Originally named The Poet, The Thinker is a bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodin, usually placed on a stone pedestal. It is part of a large commission, begun in 1880, for a sculptured panel called The Gates of Hell, based on Dante's The Divine Comedy. The Thinker, at the centre of the composition is about 70 cm high, as Rodin wanted a heroic figure in the tradition of Michelangelo, to represent intellect as well as poetry. The figure was designed to be seen from below, and is normally displayed on a fairly high plinth. There are about 28 full size castings though not all were made during Rodin's lifetime and under his supervision.
Bits & Pieces of World News TodayMy Tweets
- The Secret History of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco Friday, 15 December, 2017Zach Dorfman, FPOverflights, mapping fiber-optic networks, "strange activities." Moscow's West Coast spies were busy.
The Yimchunger is one of the major tribes of Nagaland, the Tuensang district within India, and areas of Myanmar. Strong ties to cultural identity in the form of their passion for agriculture are reflected in the songs. Their traditional dress includes colourful cane-made headgear decorated with hair and bird feathers.
- Orange alert for tropical cyclone KAI-TAK-17. Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0. Saturday, 16 December, 2017From 13/12/2017 to 16/12/2017, a Tropical Storm (maximum wind speed of 93 km/h) KAI-TAK-17 was active in NWPacific. The cyclone affects these countries: Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Viet Nam, Cambodia (vulnerability High). Estimated population affected by category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0.
National Flag of Iraq
The flag of Iraq is a tricolour of three equal horizontal red, white, and black stripes of the Arab Liberation flag. Adopted on 22 January 2008, it bears the takbīr (Allahu akbar, "God is the greatest) in green. Red symbolizes the bloody struggle and the courage to overcome it. White for the bright future for Iraq and the generosity of Iraqis. Black, the oppression against Islam and the triumph of Islam. Green represents Islam.
- Watch - 2018 Winter Olympics (PyeongChang 2018) Friday, 15 December, 2017The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, from February 9 to February 25, 2018. The Paralympic Games are scheduled for March 9 to March 18, 2018.
- Watch - Plague in Madagascar Friday, 15 December, 2017In early October, World Health Organization and the Madagascar Ministry of Health responded to an unusual outbreak of plague pneumonia in widespread areas of Madagascar, including in heavily populated cities of Antananarivo (the capital city and its suburbs) and Toamasina. The outbreak has been contained. However, bubonic plague occurs nearly every year in Madagascar, so […]
- Watch - Carnival and Mardi Gras Wednesday, 6 December, 2017If you plan to travel outside the United States to celebrate Carnival, you can take some simple precautions to help you stay safe and healthy. Destinations include Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Trinidad and Tobago.
- Pakistan Travel Warning Friday, 8 December, 2017The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all non-essential travel to Pakistan. This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated May 22, 2017. Consular services provided by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, the Consulate General in Karachi, and the Consulate General in Lahore are often limited due to the security environment. At this time, […]
- Haiti Travel Warning Thursday, 7 December, 2017The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of traveling to Haiti due to its current security environment and lack of adequate medical facilities and response. This is an update to the Travel Warning issued on September 12, 2017. Kidnapping remains a threat, and armed robberies and violent assaults reported by […]
- Central African Republic Travel Warning Tuesday, 21 November, 2017The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the Central African Republic (CAR) due to an unpredictable security situation subject to rapid deterioration, the activities of armed groups, and violent crime. We urge U.S. citizens who are in CAR to consider departing. The U.S. government’s ability to provide consular services in CAR […]
Death Valley National Park
- Indonesia Friday, 15 December, 2017Latest Update: Summary Section - Earthquake of magnitude 6.5 has struck the coast of West JavaGOV.UK
- Japan Friday, 15 December, 2017Latest update: Local laws and customs section - addition of information and advice on local laws and attitudes in Japan on LGBT issuesGOV.UK
- Gabon Friday, 15 December, 2017Latest update: Local laws and customs section - updated information and advice on local laws and attitudes in Gabon on LGBT issuesGOV.UK
- Travel Advisory: Unrest in Israel and the Palestinian Territories [Updated 9 December 2017] Friday, 8 December, 2017
- Travel Notice for Myanmar [Updated: 8 December 2017] Thursday, 7 December, 2017
- Travel Notice for France [Updated: 8 December 2017] Thursday, 7 December, 2017Following the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, France was placed under a State of Emergency which was subsequently extended until it was permanently lifted on 1 November 2017. A new counter-terrorism law has now been enacted which includes heightened security measures such as tighter border controls; restrictions on the movement of people and […]
The above-mentioned health notices and travel advices only indicate the most recent announcements. To see their complete lists, click on the respective government department’s (orange) heading.
The Human Brain
The brain produces half a cup of fluid each day. It floats in this bath of cerebrospinal fluid which acts as a shock absorber to keep the brain from being crushed by its own weight.
- Buzzword wasteland, cognitive load and other education news highlights Friday, 15 December, 2017Psychology research from APA's education blog.
- Another work email out of hours? Why you should ignore it Saturday, 16 December, 2017Do you often find your work life creeping into your personal life? If so, it's time to draw the line. Your well-being will thank you for it.
- #ThisIsNotAGame: Campaign to End Illegal Bushmeat Trade Wednesday, 6 December, 2017Illegal bushmeat trade—the illegal, commercial and unsustainable trade in wildlife meat—is probably the single greatest threat to wildlife (including lions) in Zambia.Pooja
- The Writings on the Sea Wall: Jill Pelto Art Friday, 24 November, 2017As science communicators, we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to translate the ramblings of the ivory tower into a relatable and accessible public dialogue. In my experience, our strongest ally in this endeavor lies in the artists, musicians, and storytellers within our communities. “The Writing on the Sea-Wall” series seeks to highlight the […]Alex Warneke
- fiscalThe Buzzword of the Day for 12/16/2017 is:fiscal (adjective) \FISS-kul\ What does it mean? 1 : of or relating to public finances2 : of or relating to financial mattersHow do you use it? Jorge's parents help him keep track of how he spends his allowance as a way of teaching him fiscal responsibility. Are you […]
Symeon the New Theologian on the Meaning of Faith
Faith is readiness to die for Christ's sake, for his commandments, in the conviction that such death brings life; it is to regard poverty as riches, insignificance and nothingness as true fame and glory and having nothing, to be sure that you possess all things. But above all, faith is attainment of the invisible treasure of the knowledge of Christ, regarding everything visible as dust or smoke.
- The Great Supreme Court Cake-Off: Christian Bakers vs. Gay WeddingsUPDATED: The biggest religious freedom case of 2017, Masterpiece Cakeshop, held oral arguments today. The case of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding gets its big day in court today. While Jack Phillips’s legal team has emphasized his right to artistic expression as a cake decorator, […]Kate Shellnutt
Pray for Christians in India
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