“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
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THE HUMAN BRAIN: The brain could be defined as the “manager” that controls and regulates the majority of brain and body functions. From vital functions like breathing, to other functions like hunger, or thirst, and finally to superior functions like reasoning, attention, and memory, the brain is responsible for making sure all of these conscious and subconscious functions are being carried out.
Nigerian health officials have declared 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.
There is an outbreak of Andes virus in Argentina, specifically in Chubut Province of Patagonia. Travelers to Argentina should avoid contact with rodents and their droppings (urine and feces), and avoid close contact with anyone who may be sick.
ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY: Methuselah Nebula. Credit & Copyright: Don Goldman. The lovely, symmetric planetary nebula catalogued as MWP1 lies some 4,500 light-years away in the northern constellation Cygnus, the Swan. At 15 light-years, it is one of the largest planetary nebulae known. Based on its expansion rate the nebula has an age of 150 thousand years, a cosmic blink of an eye in the 10 billion year life of a sun-like star. But planetary nebulae represent a very brief final phase in stellar evolution, as the nebula’s central star shrugs off its outer layers to become a hot white dwarf. In fact, planetary nebulae ordinarily only last for 10 to 20 thousand years.
Human Nature shares three stories from the past week that you should know about.
IMAGO DEI: The Ndebele tribe or amaNdebele, one of the smaller ones of the Nguni speaking tribes that migrated to South Africa, were the first Nguni speaking people to move into the interior of the country instead of the coastal areas. The Nguni tribes represent nearly two thirds of South Africa’s Black population and can be divided into four distinct groups; the Central Nguni (the Zulu-speaking peoples), the Southern Nguni (the Xhosa-speaking peoples), the Swazi people from Swaziland and adjacent areas and the Ndebele people of the Northern Province and Mpumalanga.
Do not travel to Yemen due to terrorism, civil unrest, health risks, and armed conflict. Terrorist groups continue to plot and conduct attacks in Yemen. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting public sites, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Additionally, there is a continuing threat of kidnapping/detention by terrorists, criminal elements, […]
Reconsider travel to Burkina Faso due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The Sahel Region due to crime and terrorism. The East Region due to crime and terrorism. The Provinces of Koulpelogo, Loroum, Yatenga, Sourou, Kossi, Banwa, Kenedougou, or within 50km of the Mali border […]
THE FLAG OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA: The flag of Papua New Guinea was adopted on 1 July 1971. In the hoist, it depicts the Southern Cross; in the fly, a raggiana bird-of-paradise is silhouetted. Red and black have long been traditional colours of many Papua New Guinean tribes. The Southern Cross shows that it is a country in the Southern Hemisphere and can be seen in Papua New Guinea.
Latest update: Summary - The FCO now advise against all but essential travel to the districts of Nangade, Quissanga and Ibo in Cabo Delgado province; Terrorism section and summary - addition of information on the recent increase in attacks by groups with links to Islamic extremism
Latest update: Safety and security section (Political situation) - Opposition parties held a major demonstration on 16 February 2019. Another protest is expected in central Tirana on Thursday 21 February. You should check the local media for the latest information, remain vigilant and avoid any demonstrations
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.