Faith is the beginning of compassion, of compassion for God. It is when bursting with God’s sighs that we are touched by the awareness that beyond all absurdity there is meaning, truth, and love. Abraham Heschel
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I Am That I Am
Our world's needs are enormous, and at times, overwhelming. We need to view them through God's compassionate eyes and heart. One of this Blog's aim is to bring a few of these intractable issues to our awareness for prayer, and if necessary, action.
- Colossians 3:15 Wednesday, 22 November, 2017“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
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- Exploring The Tumour Microenvironment posted on November 12, 2017 | under The Brain & Genetics
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- A Handful Of Genetic Changes Make Cancer posted on October 24, 2017 | under The Brain & Genetics
- China’s Decoding Citizens’ Genes posted on September 22, 2017 | under The Brain & Genetics
- New Technique Destroyed Cancer Cells In 3 Days posted on November 11, 2017 | under The Brain & Genetics
- Plastics Found In Deep Sea Creatures posted on November 17, 2017 | under Environment
Astronomy Picture of the Day
The Mysterious Rings of Supernova 1987A.
Twenty five years ago, in 1987, the brightest supernova in recent history was seen in the Large Magellanic Cloud. At the centre of the above picture is an object central to the remains of the violent stellar explosion. Surrounding the centre are curious outer rings appearing as a flattened figure 8. Although large telescopes including the Hubble Space Telescope monitor the curious rings every few years, their origin remains a mystery. Pictured above is a Hubble image of the SN1987A remnant taken last year. Speculation into the cause of the rings includes beamed jets emanating from an otherwise hidden neutron star left over from the supernova, and the interaction of the wind from the progenitor star with gas released before the explosion. Image Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA.
- NASA to Highlight Science on Next Resupply Mission to Space Station Tuesday, 21 November, 2017NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 29, to discuss a number of science investigations and instruments launching to the International Space Station on the next SpaceX commercial resupply mission.
- Recurring Martian Streaks: Flowing Sand, Not Water? Monday, 20 November, 2017Seasonal dark streaks on Mars that previously were described as possible signs of flowing water have steep slopes that are better matches to dry flow processes.
Work of Art
This 900 year-old antique Chinese Northern Song dynasty (960 to 1127 AD) porcelain bowl fetched $38 million at Sotheby’s on 3 October 2017. Blue-green brush washers are shallow porcelain bowls used in ancient China to clean calligraphy and paint brushes. These bowls were fired in the famous kilns of Ruzhou, in the central Chinese province of Henan. The Ru guanyao, or "ice crackle" style of the porcelain bowl is known for the cracked glaze's ability to reflect light; when pieces are pulled from kiln fires, and the different contractions of the pottery and the glaze cause cracks during the cooling process. Since 1940, only six Ru ceramics have appeared at auctions.
Bits & Pieces of World News TodayMy Tweets
- France Is Debating Whether French Is Sexist Tuesday, 21 November, 2017Robert Zaretsky, Foreign PolicyIs the grammar of libert, galit, fraternit inherently chauvinistic?
Koryaks are an indigenous people of the Russian Far East, who live north of the Kamchatka Peninsula and the coastlands of the Bering Sea. The Koryak language is part of the Chukotko-Kamchatkan language family. The coastal Koryak lifestyle is based on local fishing and marine mammal hunting. The inland Koryaks are reindeer herders and are more nomadic, following the herds as they graze with the seasons. According to the 2010 Russian census, there were 7,953 Koryaks.
- Green earthquake alert (Magnitude 6M, Depth:6km) in Wallis and Futuna 20/11/2017 18:51 UTC, No people within 100km. Monday, 20 November, 2017On 11/20/2017 6:51:07 PM, an earthquake occurred in Wallis and Futuna potentially affecting No people within 100km. The earthquake had Magnitude 6M, Depth:6km.
National Flag of Iceland
The flag of Iceland was officially adopted on June 19, 1915. The cross design is modelled after the Danish flag. The colour red is said to symbolise the island's active volcanoes; white the ice and snow that covers most of the country, and blue is symbolic of the surrounding Atlantic Ocean.
- Watch - Mumps in New Zealand Thursday, 16 November, 2017Public health officials in New Zealand have reported an outbreak of mumps. CDC recommends that travelers to New Zealand protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against mumps.
- Alert - Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean Tuesday, 14 November, 2017Beginning on September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma crossed the Caribbean, followed on September 16 by Hurricane Maria. These storms caused severe damage in a number of countries and territories, including Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Sint […]
- Watch - Measles in Indonesia Monday, 13 November, 2017Health officials in Australia, Canada, and Taiwan have reported several cases of measles in travelers returning from Indonesia, including the island of Bali. CDC recommends that travelers to Indonesia protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles.
- Saudi Arabia Travel Warning Wednesday, 22 November, 2017The State Department warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to Saudi Arabia due to continuing threats from terrorist groups and the threat of ballistic missile attacks on civilian targets by rebel forces in Yemen.This Travel Warning supersedes the previous version issued on March 29, 2017. Terrorist threats persist throughout Saudi Arabia, including […]
- Central African Republic Travel Warning Tuesday, 21 November, 2017The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the Central African Republic (CAR) due to an unpredictable security situation subject to rapid deterioration, the activities of armed groups, and violent crime.We urge U.S. citizens who are in CAR to consider departing. The U.S. government’s ability to provide consular services in CAR is […]
- North Korea Travel Warning Friday, 10 November, 2017The Department of State strongly warns U.S. citizens not to travel to North Korea/the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).Due to the serious and mounting risk of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. citizens, effective September 1, 2017, U.S. passports were invalidated for travel into, in, or through North Korea. Persons who wish to travel […]
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
- Zimbabwe Tuesday, 21 November, 2017Latest update: Summary - Following the resignation of President Mugabe on 21 November you should expect large crowds, especially in urban areas. Although demonstrations have so far been peaceful, you should continue to exercise caution and avoid large gatherings and any demonstrations.GOV.UK
- Iceland Tuesday, 21 November, 2017Summary – the Icelandic Met Office issued a yellow warning on 17 November 2017 for the Öræfajökull volcanic glacier in southeast Iceland, indicating higher than normal levels of volcanic activity; you should monitor the Icelandic Met Office for updates and follow the advice of the local authorities. In case of an emergency, the Department of […]GOV.UK
- Indonesia Tuesday, 21 November, 2017Latest update: Summary - the National Disaster Management Authority for Indonesia is reporting that Mount Agung in Bali is erupting; smoke is visible around 700m above the peak of the volcano; the Authority's alert level remains unchanged at level 3 following a reduction from level 4 on 29 October 2017; you should continue to monitor […]GOV.UK
- Travel Advisory: Volcanic Activity in Bali [21 November 2017] Tuesday, 21 November, 2017Mount Agung erupted on 21 November 2017. In recent months, Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency has been warning residents and tourists to stay away from an exclusion zone of 7.5 km around the crater on Bali. Singaporeans should defer non-essential travel to the affected areas of the island at this juncture. Volcanic eruptions could result […]
- Travel Advisory for Yemen [Updated: 20 November 2017] Sunday, 19 November, 2017The armed conflict in Yemen is on-going. The humanitarian situation is still dire and it remains difficult to leave Yemen. Overland evacuation is fraught with security risks and uncertainties. There are also delays at the land borders due to stricter border controls imposed by neighbouring countries.
- Travel Notice for Belgium [Updated: 20 November 2017] Sunday, 19 November, 2017Belgium’s National Terrorism Threat Level remains at three out of four, which indicates a significant and probable threat in Belgium.
The above-mentioned health notices and travel advices only indicate the most recent announcements. To see their complete lists, click on the respective government department’s (orange) heading.
The Human Brain
Your brain starts slowing down at the ripe old age of 24, but peaks for different cognitive skills at different ages. In fact, at any given age, you’re likely getting better at some things and worse at others. An extreme case is vocabulary skills which may peak as late as the early 70s!
- Psychologists' stressed clients strive for balance and support Wednesday, 22 November, 2017New APA Stress in America™ survey shows half of Americans believe this is the lowest point in U.S. history.
- Wine or beer? The differing effects of alcohol on mood Wednesday, 22 November, 2017How do wine, beer, and spirits impact our mood? New research suggests that different types of alcohol may be tied to distinct emotions.
Leafy Sea Dragon
- Great Green Macaws: The Aston-Martin of the Bird World Monday, 20 November, 2017There are 19 species of macaws in the world, and these birds are among the most well recognized (worldwide) among all parrots. Dr. Sam Williams, the director of the Costa Rica based conservation group The Ara Project, works with two species of macaws, the well-known scarlet macaw and the little known great green macaw.Randy
- How David Cassidy Introduced A Hawaiian Shell To The World Wednesday, 22 November, 2017David Cassidy, 70’s heartthrob and star of The Partridge Family, died today at age 67. In November of 1970, his hit song, “I Think I love You,” was everywhere on AM radio. It’s one of the first hit songs I recall from my childhood. As a seven-year-old boy in 1970, I remember David Cassidy for […]RickMac
- hewThe Buzzword of the Day for 11/22/2017 is:hew (verb) \HYOO\ What does it mean? 1 : to chop down2 : to make or shape by cutting with an ax3 : to stick close to : adhereHow do you use it? He will hew to the party line, even if he disagrees with it. Are you […]
Gregory of Sinai on the New Man In Christ
If we do not learn what we were created by God, we shall not know what we have become through sin.
- China Tells Christians to Replace Images of Jesus with Communist PresidentPropaganda effort in poor province latest sign of Xi Jinping consolidating control. Thousands of Christian villagers in China have been told to take down displays of Jesus, crosses, and gospel passages from their homes as part of a government propaganda effort to “transform believers in religion into believers in the party.” The South China Morning […]Kate Shellnutt
Pray for Christians in Syria
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