Galatians 6:9 – 10 But Christians may become discouraged with spiritual sowing because the harvest is often long in coming. In the face of this reality the apostle charged the Galatians not to become weary or give up because the harvest is sure. (Paul included himself as he no doubtContinue reading
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- Ephesians 2:10 Monday, 13 August, 2018“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
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The Pencil Nebula in Red and Blue.
Image Credit & Copyright: José Joaquín Perez. This shock wave ploughs through interstellar space at over 500,000 kilometres per hour. Near the top in this colour composite, thin, bright, braided filaments are actually long ripples in a cosmic sheet of glowing gas. Catalogued as NGC 2736, the Pencil Nebula is about 5 light-years long and 800 light-years away but represents only a small part of the Vela supernova remnant which is around 100 light-years in diameter; the expanding debris cloud of a star that was seen to explode about 11,000 years ago. Initially, the shock wave was moving at millions of kilometers per hour but has slowed considerably, sweeping up surrounding interstellar material. In the featured narrow-band, wide field image, red and blue colours track the characteristic glow of ionized hydrogen and oxygen atoms, respectively.
- NASA Awards Contract for Construction of New Research Support Building Monday, 13 August, 2018NASA has selected Walsh Construction Company II, LLC of Chicago to build a new Research Support Building (RSB) at the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.
- NASA, ULA Launch Parker Solar Probe on Historic Journey to Touch Sun Sunday, 12 August, 2018Hours before the rise of the very star it will study, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida Sunday to begin its journey to the Sun, where it will undertake a landmark mission. The spacecraft will transmit its first science observations in December, beginning a revolution in our understanding of the star that makes life […]
- Meet the People Behind NASA's InSight Mars Lander Thursday, 2 August, 2018A series of NASA videos highlight scientists and engineers leading the next mission to Mars.
- Mars Terraforming Not Possible Using Present-Day Technology Monday, 30 July, 2018Transforming the inhospitable Martian environment into a place astronauts could explore without life support is not possible without technology well beyond today’s capabilities.
The Human Brain
Multi-tasking is bad for performance. Multi-tasking makes your brain toggle back and forth between several tasks. This causes a drop in attention span, performance, learning and short-term memory.
- News from APA 2018: Rude to your co-worker? Think of the children Saturday, 11 August, 2018Incivility in the workplace associated with more negative parenting behaviors at home, study says.
- News from APA 2018: Depressed teens, depressed parents Saturday, 11 August, 2018Treating depression in teens may benefit parents’ mental health, too, study finds.
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- Expert: Conservation, indigenous rights at a crossroads Thursday, 9 August, 2018A recently published paper has added to a body of evidence showing that indigenous peoples can be powerful allies for protecting nature.Bruno Vander Velde
- Climate mitigation takes root Monday, 6 August, 2018Mangroves could well be our last line of defense against climate change. But they're under threat.ʻAulani Wilhelm
The Kayapo are an indigenous people in Brazil, from the plain islands of the Mato Grosso and Pará in Brazil, south of the Amazon Basin and along Rio Xingu and its tributaries. They call themselves "Mebengokre," which means "people of the wellspring." In 2010, there was an estimated 8,638 Kayapos. Subgroups include the Xikrin, Gorotire, Mekranoti and Metyktire. Their villages typically consist of a dozen huts.
- Alert - Polio in Papua New Guinea Monday, 13 August, 2018There is an outbreak of polio in Papua New Guinea. CDC recommends that all travelers to Papua New Guinea be fully vaccinated against polio.
- Watch - Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo Wednesday, 8 August, 2018There is an outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu (Kivu Nord) province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
- UN should never be a target, Baghdad bombing survivors stress, 15 years after deadly attack Monday, 13 August, 2018Source: UN News Service Country: Iraq The truck-bomb attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad on 19 August 2003 was one of the most lethal in UN history, and marked a turning point in how the UN and aid groups operate in the field.On 19 August 2003, a suicide bomber drove a truck full of […]
- Huyendo de la violencia, nicaragüenses buscan seguridad en Costa Rica Monday, 13 August, 2018Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Costa Rica, Nicaragua Los enfrentamientos en Nicaragua han dejado por lo menos 317 muertos, de acuerdo con la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos. Más de 2.000 personas han quedado heridas.Miles de personas que huyen de los asesinatos, las violaciones de derechos y las tensiones en su país, están […]
National Flag of the Mauritania
The flag of Mauritania is a green field containing a gold star and crescent, with a red stripe at the top and bottom of the field. It was adopted on 1 April 1959. Green is used to symbolise Islam, and the gold is for the sands of the Sahara desert. The two red stripes, which represent the efforts and sacrifices of the Mauritanians, the price of their blood to defend their country.
- Burma (Myanmar) - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions Tuesday, 24 July, 2018Exercise normal precautions in Burma. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Maungdaw, Rathedaung, Ponnagyun, and Buthidaung townships in Rakhine State due to civil unrest. Paletwa township in Chin State due to civil unrest. Hpakan, Mansi, Momauk, Sumprabum, Tanai, and Waingmaw townships in Kachin State due to civil […]
- Haiti - Level 3: Reconsider Travel Tuesday, 17 July, 2018Reconsider travel to Haiti due to crime and civil unrest. On July 9, 2018, the U.S. government authorized the voluntary departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel and their families. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common. Protests, tire burning, and road blockages are frequent and often spontaneous. Local police may lack the resources to […]
- USA Monday, 13 August, 2018Latest update: Summary – edit to information; Yosemite National Park now re-opened, California and Oregon wildfires ongoing.GOV.UK
- Philippines Monday, 13 August, 2018Latest update: Terrorism section (Kidnapping) - addition of information; the local authorities in Palawan have recently warned the public of a heightened risk from kidnapping; if in the area, you should follow the advice of local security and remain vigilant at all timesGOV.UK
Work of Art
Known as “the prehistoric Sistine Chapel,” the Lascaux Caves, a cave complex in southwestern France, contain some of the most remarkable palaeolithic cave paintings in the world, from at least 15,000 years ago. The cave was discovered on 12 September 1940 by four teenagers, Marcel Ravidat, Jacques Marsal, Georges Agnel, and Simon Coencas, as well as Ravidat’s dog, Robot. Public access was made easier after World War II. By 1955, the carbon dioxide produced by 1,200 visitors per day had visibly damaged the paintings. The cave was closed to the public in 1963 in order to preserve the art.
- make hay while the sun shinesIf you make hay while the sun shines, you make good use of the chance to do something while it lasts.
Pray for Christians in Saudi Arabia
7TH CENTURY SAUDI MONASTERY CHALLENGES BAN ON CHURCH BUILDINGS. Click on image for more information.