The birds of paradise are members of the family Paradisaeidae. There are 41 species, found mainly in New Guinea, with a few in the Maluku Islands and eastern Australia. For the most part they are confined to dense rainforest habitat. The diet is dominated by fruit and a lesser extentContinue reading
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- 1 Corinthians 1:4-5 Wednesday, 21 November, 2018“[Thanksgiving] I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—”
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It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. Aristotle (384 - 322 BC).
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Quechua people may refer to any or all speakers of the Quechua languages, which originated among the indigenous peoples of South America. Most Quechua speakers live in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Argentina. The most common Quechua dialect is Southern Quechua. The Kichwa people of Ecuador speak the Kichwa dialect; in Colombia, the Inga people speak Inga Kichwa. Traditionally, Quechua identity is locally oriented and inseparably linked in each case with the established economic system. It is based on agriculture in the lower altitude regions, and on pastoral farming in the higher regions of the Puna. The typical Andean community extends over several altitude ranges and thus includes the cultivation of a variety of arable crops and livestock. The land is usually owned by the local community and is either cultivated jointly or redistributed annually.
- Watch - Measles in Moldova Friday, 16 November, 2018There 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.
The Human Brain
There are two sides to the human brain. Each side of the brain interacts with the opposite side of the body. The left side of the brain interacts with the right side of the body, and vice versa. The reason behind this way of interaction is still not understood.
- Landmine casualties high for third consecutive year despite record funding Wednesday, 21 November, 2018Source: International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Cluster Munition Coalition Country: Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Iraq, Libya, Mauritania, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand, Ukraine, World, Yemen Armed conflict, namely in Afghanistan and Syria, contributed to last year’s exceptionally high casualties, with 2,300 and more than 1,900 recorded in these States alone, respectively. Record funding for landmine clearance, but […]
Astronomy Picture of the Day
The Tarantula Nebula.
Image Credit & Copyright: Peter Ward (Barden Ridge Observatory). The Tarantula Nebula, also known as 30 Doradus, is more than a thousand light-years in diameter, a giant star-forming region within nearby satellite galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud. About 180 thousand light-years away, it's the largest, most violent star-forming region known in the whole Local Group of galaxies. The cosmic image across this view, composed with narrowband filter data centred on emission from ionized hydrogen atoms. Within the Tarantula (NGC 2070), intense radiation, stellar winds and supernova shocks from the central young cluster of massive stars, catalogued as R136, energize the nebular glow and shape the spidery filaments. Around the Tarantula are other star-forming regions with young star clusters, filaments, and blown-out bubble-shaped clouds. In fact, the frame includes the site of the closest supernova in modern times, SN 1987A, left of centre. The rich field of view spans about 1 degree or 2 full moons, in the southern constellation Dorado.
- NASA Invites Media to SpaceX Demo-1 Launch Wednesday, 21 November, 2018Media accreditation is open for SpaceX’s Demo-1 uncrewed flight test to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
- NASA Announces Landing Site for Mars 2020 Rover Monday, 19 November, 2018After a five-year search, NASA has chosen Jezero Crater as the landing site for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission.
- Holiday gifts you can feel good about giving Wednesday, 21 November, 2018Conservation International's gift guide for 2018 has something for everyone.Olivia DeSmit
National Flag of The Netherlands
The flag of the Netherlands is a horizontal tricolour of red, white, and blue. The tricolour flag is almost identical to that of Luxembourg, except that it is shorter and its red and blue stripes are a darker shade. It originates as a variant of the older orange-white-blue Prinsenvlag (Prince's Flag), introduced in the 17th century as the Statenvlag (States Flag), the naval flag of the States-General of the Dutch Republic. Its official status as the national flag of the Kingdom of the Netherlands was formalized in 1937.
- Argentina - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Tuesday, 20 November, 2018Exercise increased caution in Argentina due to probable demonstrations and disruptions during and leading up to the G20 Leaders’ Summit. The 2018 G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held on November 30 and December 1 in Buenos Aires. During and leading up to the event, protests from both international and local groups may occur with little […]
- Argentina Wednesday, 21 November, 2018Latest update: Health Section – revised guidance on sources of health information before travelGOV.UK
Work of Art
The Last Judgment is a fresco by the Italian Renaissance painter Michelangelo, covering the whole altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. It is a depiction of the Second Coming of Christ and the final and eternal judgment by God of all humanity. There are over 300 figures, with nearly all the males and angels originally shown as nudes; many were later partly covered up by painted draperies. The work took over four years, between 1536 and 1541. Michelangelo began working on it twenty-five years after he finished the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and was nearly 67 at its completion. It was commissioned by Pope Clement VII but was completed under Pope Paul III.
- stick out like a sore thumb | stand out like a sore thumbIf someone sticks out like a sore thumb, or stands out like a sore thumb, everyone notices them because they're not the same as the people around them.