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The Human Brain
Touch is the first sense that a human brain learns to detect, and it is the reason why our brain is so equipped to differentiate self and external touch so well.
- Alert - Polio in Niger Friday, 14 December, 2018There is a polio outbreak in Niger. CDC recommends that all travelers to Niger be vaccinated fully against polio.
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.
- NASA Administrator Statement on Passing of Rona Ramon Monday, 17 December, 2018The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine about the passing of Rona Ramon, widow of Ilan Ramon:
- NASA's InSight Takes Its First Selfie Tuesday, 11 December, 2018Two new image mosaics detail the lander's deck and "workspace" — the surface where it will eventually set down its science instruments.
2018 Sky Guide This Week
December 18: The Moon passes 5° south of Uranus (image above), 4h UT (11 PM EST).
December 20: Jupiter passes 5° north of Antares, 2h UT (9 PM EST).
December 21: Mercury passes 6° north of Antares, 8h UT (3 AM EST).
December 21: Mercury passes 0.9° north of Jupiter, 15h UT (10 AM EST).
December 21: Summer Solstice occurs at 22h23m UT (5:23 PM EST).
December 22: Full Moon occurs at 17h49m UT (12:49 AM EST).
- In case you missed it: 3 big stories from our world Tuesday, 18 December, 2018Human Nature shares three stories from the past week that you should know about.Olivia DeSmit
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.
- Fiji - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions Tuesday, 18 December, 2018Exercise normal precautions in Fiji. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Fiji: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review […]
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.
- Haiti Tuesday, 18 December, 2018Latest update: Safety and security section (Crime) - update to information on incidents of armed robbery; recent reports indicate that single women drivers stuck in traffic jams in the Pétion-Ville area are being targeted by armed assailantsGOV.UK
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.
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