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THE HUMAN BRAIN: During pregnancy, a woman’s brain shrinks. It takes 6 months to regain its full size.
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ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY: LDN 1622: Dark Nebula in Orion. Image Credit & Copyright: Tapio Lahtinen. Lynds’ Dark Nebula (LDN) 1622 appears against a faint background of glowing hydrogen gas. LDN 1622 lies close to Barnard’s Loop, a large cloud surrounding the rich complex of emission nebulae found in the Belt and Sword of Orion, perhaps only 500 light-years away and spanning less than 10 light-years. Its foreboding appearance lends this dark expanse a popular name, the Boogeyman Nebula.
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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.
- Democratic Republic of the Congo - Level 3: Reconsider Travel Thursday, 31 January, 2019Reconsider travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Eastern DRC and the three Kasai provinces due to armed conflict. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, armed home invasion, sexual assault, and physical assault, is common. […]
- Guinea - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Thursday, 31 January, 2019Exercise increased caution in Guinea due to civil unrest. Frequent, unpredictable demonstrations occur across the country. Some have turned violent, resulting in injuries and several fatalities. Demonstrators have also attacked vehicles when drivers attempted to pass through or around the protests. Criminals take advantage of the resulting traffic congestion to rob/extort money from drivers and […]
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.
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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.
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