Dianthus is a genus of about 300 species of flowering plants in the family Caryophyllaceae, native mainly to Europe and Asia, with a few species extending south to north Africa, and one species (D. repens) in arctic North America. Common names include carnation (D. caryophyllus), pink (D. plumarius and related species) and sweet william (D. barbatus). The species are mostly herbaceous perennials, a few are annual or biennial, and some are low subshrubs with woody basal stems. The leaves are opposite, simple, mostly linear and often strongly glaucous grey-green to blue-green. The flowers have five petals, typically with a frilled or pinked margin, and are (in almost all species) pale to dark pink. One species, D. knappii, has yellow flowers with a purple centre. Some species, particularly the perennial pinks, are noted for their strong spicy fragrance. Credit: Wikipedia.
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M64: The Sleeping Beauty Galaxy.
Credit: NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI), S. Smartt (IoA) & D. Richstone (U. Michigan) et al. The Sleeping Beauty Galaxy may appear peaceful at first sight but it is actually tossing and turning. Recent observations have shown that the gas in the outer regions of this spiral is rotating in the opposite direction from all of the stars! Collisions between gas in the inner and outer regions are creating many hot blue stars and pink emission nebulae. The fascinating internal motions of M64, also catalogued as NGC 4826, are thought to be the result of a collision between a small galaxy and a large galaxy where the resultant mix has not yet settled down.
- NASA Administrator Statement on Space Policy Directive-2 Thursday, 24 May, 2018The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Thursday’s signing of Space Policy Directive-2 by President Donald Trump:
- InSight Steers Toward Mars Wednesday, 23 May, 2018The spacecraft has completed its first trajectory correction maneuver.
The Human Brain
The brain in your head isn’t your only brain. There’s a “second brain” in your intestines that contains 100 million neurons. Gut bacteria are responsible for making over 30 neurotransmitters including the “happy molecule” serotonin.
- Why we won't get to Mars without teamwork Thursday, 24 May, 2018Special issue of APA's flagship journal looks at the psychology of teamwork.
- Lion Recovery Fund Aims to Halt Lion Crisis While There is Still Hope Friday, 18 May, 2018Despite being one of the most iconic and revered animals on the planet, African lion numbers are drastically declining. Lion populations have seen a precipitous drop from 200,000 a century ago to just over 20,000 today, signaling an unprecedented crisis for both lions and their landscapes. In response, the Lion Recovery Fund (LRF) is moving swiftly to […]Pooja
The Cherokee Indians were one of the largest of five Native American tribes who settled in the American Southeast portion of the country. The tribe came from Iroquoian descent and had originally been from the Great Lakes region of the country, but eventually settled closer to the east coast. The Cherokee lived in cabins made of logs instead of the stereotypical teepee. They were a strong tribe with several smaller sections, all lead by chiefs. The tribe was highly religious and spiritual. When the American Revolution took place, the Cherokee Indians supported the British soldiers and even assisted them in battle by taking part in several attacks.
- Green alert for tropical cyclone MEKUNU-18. Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0. Friday, 25 May, 2018From 22/05/2018 to 25/05/2018, a Hurricane/Typhoon > 74 mph (maximum wind speed of 167 km/h) MEKUNU-18 was active in NorthIndian. The cyclone affects these countries: Oman, Yemen (vulnerability High). Estimated population affected by category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 0.
- Watch - Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo Tuesday, 22 May, 2018An outbreak of Ebola is occurring in the Bikoro area, Equateur province in the northwest corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Cases have also been found in nearby Iboko and the large city of Mbandaka.
National Flag of Luxembourg
The flag of Luxembourg consists of three horizontal stripes, red, white and blue, and was first used between 1845 and 1848. It was officially adopted on 23 June 1972. As a landlocked nation, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg had little need for a national flag until the middle of the 19th century. Its heraldic banner, dating back to the early 13th century, was composed of horizontal stripes of white and blue with a rampant red lion. That banner, however, represented the dukes of Luxembourg and not the nation’s people. Following the Napoleonic Wars, Luxembourg, which had been part of the Holy Roman Empire, became a separate country under the protection of the Netherlands. The tricolour flag is almost identical to that of the Netherlands, except that it is longer and its blue stripe is a lighter shade.
- Benin - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions Friday, 11 May, 2018Exercise normal precautions in Benin. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise increased caution in: Urban areas due to crime. Beaches due to crime Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Benin: Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. Use caution […]
- Panama - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions Monday, 7 May, 2018Exercise normal precautions in Panama. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Parts of the Mosquito Gulf due to crime. Parts of the Darién Region due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Panama: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment […]
- Brazil Thursday, 24 May, 2018Summary: Lorry drivers have been on strike across Brazil since Monday 21 May. This is affecting fuel deliveries to petrol stations and many have closed in major cities. Airports and intercity bus stations continue to operate but with some cancellations and disruption to services. You should check with your airline or bus company before travelling.GOV.UK
- Uganda Thursday, 24 May, 2018Latest update: Health section - addition of information on health screening measures at some airports and border crossings due to Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of CongoGOV.UK
Work of Art
Eugène Galien-Laloue (1854–1941) was a French artist of French-Italian parents and was born in Paris on December 11, 1854. He was a populariser of street scenes, usually painted in autumn or winter, of the early 1900s, accurately representing the era in which he lived: a happy, bustling Paris, la Belle Époque, with horse-drawn carriages, trolley cars and its first omnibuses. Galien-Laloue's works are valued not only for their contribution to 20th-century art but for the actual history, which they document. The Paris Arc de Triomphe was painted in 1941. His work can be seen at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Louvier; Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Rochelle; Mulhouse, France.
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- Al Mohler: The Humiliation of the Southern Baptist Convention Thursday, 24 May, 2018Evangelicals, we can no longer say sexual misconduct is just a Roman Catholic problem. The last few weeks have been excruciating for the Southern Baptist Convention and for the larger evangelical movement. It is as if bombs are dropping and God alone knows how many will fall and where they will land. America’s largest evangelical […]Al Mohler
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HINDU EXTREMISTS ATTACKED CHURCHES. Click on image for more information.