Leila Alaoui was a French-Moroccan photographer who travelled widely in Morocco to capture the ethnic and cultural diversity of the country. She was killed on assignment on 15 January 2016, at the Cappuccino Café massacre in Burkina Faso.
““Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),”
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Astronomy Picture of the Day
The Bubble Nebula. Credit & Copyright: Dave Jurasevich (Mount Wilson Observatory). Catalogued as NGC 7635, also known simply as The Bubble Nebula, the 10 light-year diameter bubble offers evidence of violent processes at work. Above and right of the Bubble's centre is a hot, O-type star, several hundred thousand times more luminous and approximately 45 times more massive than the Sun. A fierce stellar wind and intense radiation from that star have blasted out the structure of glowing gas against denser material in a surrounding molecular cloud. The Nebula lies 11,000 light-years away toward the constellation Cassiopeia. This image and shows emission from sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms in red, green, and blue hues.
Human Nature shares three stories from the past week that you should know about.
The Shuar are an indigenous people of Ecuador and Peru. They are members of the Jivaroan peoples, who are Amazonian tribes living at the headwaters of the Marañón River. The centre of Shuar life is an autonomous household consisting of a husband, his wives (usually two), unmarried sons, and daughters. Upon marriage, sons would leave their natal household, and sons-in-law would move in. Men hunted and wove clothes; women gardened.
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National Flag of The Nigeria
The flag of Nigeria was officially hoisted on 1 October 1960. The flag has three vertical bands of green, white, green. The two green stripes represent Nigeria’s natural wealth, while the white band represents peace.
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Work of Art
Sunflowers (Tournesols) is the name of two series of still life paintings by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. The first series, executed in Paris in 1887, depicts the flowers lying on the ground, while the second set, executed a year later in Arles, shows a bouquet of sunflowers in a vase. In the artist's mind, both sets were linked by the name of his friend Paul Gauguin, who acquired two of the Paris versions. On March 30, 1987, Japanese insurance magnate, Yasuo Goto, paid the equivalent of US $39,921,750 for van Gogh's Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers at auction at Christie's London. The painting currently resides at Seiji Togo Yasuda Memorial Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.