Photography Of Steve McCurry There are few photographers out there as well-known as the iconic Steve McCurry. His Afghan Girl portrait (above) earned him world-wide fame and recognition, but all of his work — from the most iconic to the largely unseen — speaks to his uncanny eye for capturingContinue reading
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- Psalm 1:1-2 Monday, 19 November, 2018“[BOOK I Psalms 1–41] Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.”
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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 Israel Friday, 16 November, 2018There is an outbreak of measles in Israel. Travelers to Israel 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.
- Deep inequality continues to shape the lives of children in Iraq Monday, 19 November, 2018Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Iraq A comprehensive survey found that conflict and inequality remain defining features of childhood. A majority of poor children are not receiving any form of government assistance. First comprehensive study on the wellbeing of children in seven years At the launch of the sixth Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, the Federal […]
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, Northrop Grumman Launch Space Station, National Lab Cargo Saturday, 17 November, 2018Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station with about 7,400 pounds of cargo after launching at 4:01 a.m. EST Saturday from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
- NASA to Host Media Call on Next Mars Landing Site Friday, 16 November, 2018NASA will host a media teleconference at 9 a.m. PST (noon EST) Monday, Nov. 19, to provide details about the Mars 2020 rover's landing site on the Red Planet.
- Why is biodiversity important? Thursday, 15 November, 2018Four reasons biodiversity is essential to humanity.Julie Shaw
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.
- Mexico - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Thursday, 15 November, 2018Exercise increased caution in Mexico due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico as travel by U.S. government employees to these areas […]
- India Monday, 19 November, 2018Latest update: Summary - addition of information; grenade attack close to Amritsar, situation is currently normalGOV.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.
- let the cat out of the bagIf you let the cat out of the bag, you let someone know a secret.