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- Isaiah 7:14 Tuesday, 11 December, 2018“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
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The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions. Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892).
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The Mapuches are a group of indigenous inhabitants of south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina, including parts of present-day Patagonia. The collective term refers to a wide-ranging ethnicity composed of various groups who shared a common linguistic heritage as Mapudungun speakers. Their traditional economy is based on agriculture. Today, many Mapuche communities are engaged in conflict over land and indigenous rights in both Argentina and in Chile.
- Watch - Measles in Madagascar Thursday, 29 November, 2018There is an outbreak of measles in Madagascar. Travelers to Madagascar should make sure they are vaccinated against measles with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.
The Human Brain
There are 150,000 miles of blood vessels scattered throughout the brain. These blood vessels carry blood and oxygen to various parts of the brain.
- Children account for more than one-third of Ebola cases in eastern DRC Tuesday, 11 December, 2018Source: UN Children's Fund Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo The impact of the disease on children goes beyond those who have been infected. When parents or caregivers are taken to treatment centres or pass away, some children are left alone.KINSHASA, DAKAR, NEW YORK, GENEVA, 11 December 2018 – Children now account for more than […]
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Arp 188 and the Tadpole's Tail.
Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, ESA, NASA; Processing: Faus Márquez (AAE). Distant galaxies form a dramatic backdrop for this disrupted spiral galaxy Arp 188, the Tadpole Galaxy. It is 420 million light-years distant toward the northern constellation of the Dragon (Draco), with its eye-catching tail is about 280 thousand light-years long, featuring massive, bright blue star clusters. One story goes that a more compact intruder galaxy crossed in front of Arp 188 - from right to left in this view - and was slung around behind the Tadpole by their gravitational attraction. During the close encounter, tidal forces drew out the spiral galaxy's stars, gas, and dust forming the spectacular tail. The intruder galaxy itself, estimated to lie about 300 thousand light-years behind the Tadpole, can be seen through foreground spiral arms at the upper right. The Tadpole Galaxy will likely lose its tail as it grows older, the tail's star clusters forming smaller satellites of the large spiral galaxy.
2018 Sky Guide This Week
December 10: The Moon passes 0.7° north of Pluto (image above), 4h UT 11 PM EST).
December 12: The Moon is at apogee (405,177 km from Earth), 12h25m UT (7:25 AM EST).
December 14: Geminid meteor shower peaks.
December 14: The Moon passes 3° south of Neptune 7h20m UT (2:20 AM EST).
December 14: The Moon passes 4° south of Mars, 23h UT (6 PM EST).
December 15: First Quarter Moon occurs at, 11h49m UT (6:49 AM EST).
December 15: Mercury is at greatest western elongation (21°), 12h UT (7 AM EST).
- NASA’s Newly Arrived OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Already Discovers Water on Asteroid Monday, 10 December, 2018Recently analyzed data from NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has revealed water locked inside the clays that make up its scientific target, the asteroid Bennu.
- NASA InSight Lander 'Hears' Martian Winds Friday, 7 December, 2018Vibrations picked up by two spacecraft instruments have provided the first sounds of Martian wind.
- Companies largely blind to magnitude of climate change risks, new study finds Monday, 10 December, 2018A new study found companies are largely underreporting the financial implications of climate risks to investors.Bruno Vander Velde
National Flag of The Niger
The Flag of Niger was inaugurated in 1959, a year prior to its formal independence from France, consisted of the colours of orange, white and green, in equal horizontal bands, with an orange roundel in the centre. The upper orange band represents the northern regions of the Sahara Desert, the white band represents purity, and the green band represents both hope and the fertile regions of southern Niger. The orange circle is said to represent the sun or independence.
- South Sudan - Level 4: Do Not Travel Tuesday, 11 December, 2018Do not travel to South Sudan due to crime and armed conflict. Violent crime, such as carjackings, shootings, ambushes, assaults, robberies, and kidnappings is common throughout South Sudan, including Juba. Foreign nationals have been the victims of rape, sexual assault, armed robberies, and other violent crimes. Armed conflict is ongoing throughout the country and includes […]
- Seychelles Tuesday, 11 December, 2018Latest update: this advice has been reviewed in full, with updates to the Safety and security (Crime, Swimming and Political situation) and Health sectionsGOV.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.
- now or neverIf you say it's now or never, you mean that something has to be done now or it can't be done at all.
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EXTREMISTS ATTACK ANOTHER CHURCH. Click on the image to read more.