““But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and […]
THE HUMAN BRAIN: The cerebral cortex in humans is one of the most evolved and complex among all animal species. It’s not only bigger, but it’s also rolled and folded back over itself, forming grooves and folds which gives it that characteristic wrinkled appearance. The human encephalon weighs about 1.4-1.5 kilos, and has a volume of about 1130 cc in women and 1260 cc in men.
Some US residents returning from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, have been diagnosed with infections caused by an antibiotic-resistant form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria. (weight loss surgery, bariatric, Tijuana, Mexico, Grand View Hospital, VIM, carbapenemase)
There is an outbreak of measles in Moldova. Travelers to Moldova should make sure they are vaccinated against measles with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.
ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY: Star Trails and the Equinox Sunrise. Image Credit & Copyright: Juan Carlos Casado (TWAN, Earth and Stars) Acknowledgement: Andrea Rodriguez Anton. Stars trail and the Sun rises in this night and day composite panorama made on March 19 toward the eastern horizon from La Nava de Santiago, Spain. A reflection of the Earth’s rotation, star trails curve around the north celestial pole toward upper left and the south celestial pole toward the lower right. Of course on that day the Sun was near the celestial equator, a diagonal straight line in the wide-angle projection. In the scene, foreground landscape and a local prehistoric monument were illuminated by full moonlight.
Human Nature shares three stories from the past week that you should know about.
IMAGO DEI: Igorot is the collective name of several Austronesian ethnic group who inhabit all the six Philippines provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region: Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, and Mountain Province, as well as the adjacent province of Nueva Vizcaya. Their culture is well-preserved because they have defended their land against the Spaniards. The Igorots may be roughly divided into two general subgroups: the larger group lives in the south, central and western areas, and is very adept at rice-terrace farming; the smaller group lives in the east and north.
Exercise increased caution in Ukraine due to crime, civil unrest and elections. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Crimea due to arbitrary detentions and other abuses by Russian occupation authorities. The eastern parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, especially the non-government-controlled areas, due to armed conflict. Crime […]
Exercise increased caution in The Union of the Comoros due to the upcoming presidential election. Comoros will hold elections on March 24, 2019, and April 21, 2019, if a run-off election is warranted. Travel within Comoros may be disrupted during these times by roadblocks and political demonstrations. From March 21-March […]
THE FLAG OF PORTUGAL: The flag is a rectangular bicolour with a field unevenly divided into green on the hoist, and red on the fly. The lesser version of the national coat of arms (i.e. armillary sphere and Portuguese shield) is centred over the colour boundary at equal distance from the upper and lower edges. On 30 June 1911, less than a year after the downfall of the constitutional monarchy, this design was officially adopted. The green and red represent the hope of the nation (green) and the blood of those who died defending it.
Latest Update: Summary - The Malawi Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has advised residents around Zomba City of the risk of serious flooding. If you are in the area you should remain vigilant, follow the advice of local authorities, and be prepared to leave the area at short notice.
Latest update: Summary - Tropical Cyclone Trevor is affecting the Cape York Peninsula region of Queensland, the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Northern Territories bringing damaging winds, torrential rainfall and flooding; Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is expected to impact the northern coast of Western Australia also bringing flash flooding and damaging winds; in a life […]
WORK OF ART: American Gothic is a 1930 painting by Grant Wood in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. The painting depicted the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa, along with “the kind of people I fancied should live in that house;” a farmer standing beside a woman who has been interpreted to be his sister. The figures were modelled by Wood’s sister, Nan Wood Graham, and their dentist, Dr Byron McKeeby. American Gothic is one of the most familiar images in 20th-century American pop art scene.