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- Psalm 97:10 Thursday, 7 February, 2019“Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.”
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THE HUMAN BRAIN: The brain is a complex organ that forms part of our Central Nervous System and makes up the biggest part of the encephalon. The encephalon includes all higher nervous centres, enclosed within the skull and continuous with the spinal cord.
- Watch - Lassa Fever in Nigeria Tuesday, 5 February, 2019There is an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria. Travelers to Nigeria should avoid contact with rats, especially rat urine and feces, and keep their accommodations or campsites clean.
- Alert - Yellow Fever in Nigeria Monday, 28 January, 2019A large, ongoing outbreak of yellow fever in Nigeria began in September 2017. The outbreak is now spread throughout the country. Travelers going to Nigeria should receive vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days before travel and should take steps to prevent mosquito bites while there.
ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY: M82. Credit: NASA, ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team, (STScI / AURA) Acknowledgement: M. Mountain (STScI), P. Puxley (NSF), J. Gallagher (U. Wisconsin). M82, an irregular galaxy, was stirred up by a near large spiral galaxy M81. However, this doesn’t fully explain the source of the red-glowing outwardly expanding gas. Recent evidence indicates that this gas is being driven out by the combined emerging particle winds of many stars, together creating a galactic superwind; highlighted by a specific colour of red light strongly emitted by ionized hydrogen gas. The filaments extend for over 10,000 light years. The 12-million light-year distant Cigar Galaxy is the brightest galaxy in the sky in infrared light, towards the constellation of the Great Bear (Ursa Major).
- Scientists Are Creating Mock Meteorite Crashes in a Lab. Here's Why. Wednesday, 6 February, 2019Hundreds or millions of years after a meteorite smashes into Earth, researchers are left analyzing the impact site to figure out what happened.
- Earth's Magnetic North Pole Was Moving So Fast, Geophysicists Had to Update the Map Wednesday, 6 February, 2019Now that the government shutdown is over, federal agencies have finally released an early edition of the World Magnetic Model, almost a full year before the next one was scheduled to be released.
- Connecting data and people, Hawai‘i charts course to sustainability Wednesday, 6 February, 2019Scientists from different projects are coming together to make Hawai‘i's oceans more sustainable.Olivia DeSmit
- New documentary features an unlikely, and silent, hero Tuesday, 5 February, 2019"Dulce" features an unsung star — one that has ramifications for all of humanity.Bruno Vander Velde
IMAGO DEI: The Wodaabe are a small subgroup of the Fulani ethnic group and are known for their elaborate attire and rich cultural ceremonies. They are traditionally nomadic cattle-herders and traders in the Sahel, with migrations stretching from Southern Niger, through Northern Nigeria, North-eastern Cameroon, South-western Chad, and the western region of the Central African Republic. They speak the Fula language and don’t use a written language. Wodaabe religion is largely but loosely Islamic.
- Egypt - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Wednesday, 6 February, 2019Exercise increased caution in Egypt due to terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The Sinai Peninsula (with the exception of travel to Sharm El-Sheikh by air) due to terrorism. The Western Desert due to terrorism. Egyptian border areas due to military zones. Terrorist groups continue plotting attacks in Egypt. […]
- Mozambique - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions Wednesday, 6 February, 2019Exercise normal precautions in Mozambique. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: Some northern districts in Cabo Delgado Province due to violent extremism. Exercise increased caution in: Maputo due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Mozambique: […]
THE FLAG OF PANAMA: The flag of Panama was officially adopted on November 3, 1903. The blue was intended to represent the Conservative Party and the red to represent the Liberal Party. The white was intended to stand for peace and purity; the blue star stands for the purity and honesty of the life of the country; the red star represents the authority and law in the country; and together the stars stand for the new republic.
- Albania Thursday, 7 February, 2019Latest update: Safety and security section (Political situation) - Opposition parties have announced their intention to hold a major demonstration in central Tirana on 16 February 2019; you should check the local media for the latest information, remain vigilant and avoid any demonstrationsGOV.UK
- Cambodia Thursday, 7 February, 2019Latest update: This advice has been reviewed in full; Summary - removal of information on risk of flooding along the Mekong RiverGOV.UK
WORK OF ART: Studies of the Foetus in the Womb are two-coloured annotated sketches by Leonardo da Vinci made in around 1511. Da Vinci studied human embryology with the help of anatomist Marcantonio della Torre and saw the foetus within a cadaver. The studies were initially bequeathed to Francesco Melzi. In c. 1582–90 they were bought from his heirs by Pompeo Leoni, and by 1630 they belonged to Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel. Since 1690 the studies have been housed in the Royal Collection, United Kingdom.
- raison d'êtreYour raison d'être is your reason for living, or the most important thing in your life.