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THE HUMAN BRAIN: The Cerebellum is the second largest organ in the encehpalon, and it is mainly involved in controlling posture and movement. Hypothalamus, and pituitary gland responsible for visceral functions like regulating body temperature and basic behaviours, like eating, sexual response, pleasure, aggression.
Some US residents returning from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, have been diagnosed with infections caused by an antibiotic-resistant form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria. (weight loss surgery, bariatric, Tijuana, Mexico, Grand View Hospital, VIM, carbapenemase)
There is an outbreak of measles in Japan. Travelers to Japan should make sure they are vaccinated against measles with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.
ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY: M106. Image Credit: NASA, ESO , NAOJ, Giovanni Paglioli; Assembling and Processing: R. Colombari and R. Gendler. A swirling disk of stars and gas, M106 is dominated by blue spiral arms and red dust lanes near the nucleus, with the core glowing brightly in radio waves and X-rays where twin jets have been found running the length of the galaxy. It is one of the closest examples of the Seyfert class of galaxies, where vast amounts of glowing gas are thought to be falling into a central massive black hole. It is 23.5 million light years away, spans 60 thousand light years across, towards the constellation of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici).
Human Nature shares three stories from the past week that you should know about.
IMAGO DEI: Igorot is the collective name of several Austronesian ethnic group who inhabit all the six Philippines provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region: Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, and Mountain Province, as well as the adjacent province of Nueva Vizcaya. Their culture is well-preserved because they have defended their land against the Spaniards. The Igorots may be roughly divided into two general subgroups: the larger group lives in the south, central and western areas, and is very adept at rice-terrace farming; the smaller group lives in the east and north.
Exercise normal precautions in Togo. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Level 3 Areas - Reconsider Travel To: Northern border region adjacent to Burkina Faso due to terrorism. Level 2 Areas - Exercise Increased Caution In: The cities of Sokodé, Bafilo, and Mango due to civil unrest. Read the Safety and […]
Do not travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. On March 11, 2019, the U.S. Department of State announced the temporary suspension of operations of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas and the withdrawal […]
THE FLAG OF POLAND: The flag of Poland, officially adopted in 1919, consists of two horizontal stripes of equal width, the upper one white and the lower one red. White and red were officially adopted as national colours in 1831. They are of heraldic origin and derive from the tinctures (colours) of the coats of arms of the two constituent nations of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, i.e. the White Eagle of Poland and the Pursuer of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, a white knight riding a white horse, both on a red shield.
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WORK OF ART: American Gothic is a 1930 painting by Grant Wood in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. The painting depicted the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa, along with “the kind of people I fancied should live in that house;” a farmer standing beside a woman who has been interpreted to be his sister. The figures were modelled by Wood’s sister, Nan Wood Graham, and their dentist, Dr Byron McKeeby. American Gothic is one of the most familiar images in 20th-century American pop art scene.