THE HUMAN BRAIN: The brain and the brainstem are covered by membranes, called meninges, that protect the skull when it is hit. For even more protection, the brain “floats” in cerebrospinal fluid. It is estimated that the human brain is made up of more than 100 billion nerve cells, mostly glial cells and neurons.
Parts of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe have been severely affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai. US residents should avoid nonessential travel to Beira City and the surrounding area in Mozambique. Travelers to other affected parts of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe should take steps to prevent illness and injury.
Some US residents returning from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, have been diagnosed with infections caused by an antibiotic-resistant form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria. (weight loss surgery, bariatric, Tijuana, Mexico, Grand View Hospital, VIM, carbapenemase)
ASTRONOMY PHOTO OF THE DAY: The Red Rectangle Nebula. Credit: ESA, Hubble, NASA. The Red Rectangle nebula lies 2,300 light years towards the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros). At its centre is an aging binary star system that powers the nebula. The unusual shape is likely due to a thick dust torus which pinches the otherwise spherical outflow into tip-touching cone shapes, with the outflow occurring in fits and starts. In a few million years, as one of the central stars becomes further depleted of nuclear fuel, it will likely bloom into a planetary nebula.
With the first in a series of three spacewalks successfully completed at the International Space Station, NASA has updated astronaut assignments for the remaining two spacewalks and will preview the third in an upcoming news conference on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
Jessica Donovan-Allen, senior director of Conservation International Liberia, discusses why ocean conservation is vital in western Africa.
IMAGO DEI: The Chakmas are an ethnic group in the eastern region of the Indian subcontinent, who are distributed throughout Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya and West Bengal of modern-day India and in Chittagong Hill Tracts of modern-day Bangladesh. They are divided into 46 clans and have their own language, customs, and culture. They practice Theravada Buddhism.
Do not travel to Central African Republic (CAR) due to crime and civil unrest. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, aggravated battery, and homicide, is common. Large areas of the country are controlled by armed groups who regularly kidnap, injure, and/or kill civilians. In the event of unrest, airport, land border, and road closures may […]
Exercise normal precautions in French Polynesia. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to French Polynesia: 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 […]
THE FLAG OF PORTUGAL: The flag is a rectangular bicolour with a field unevenly divided into green on the hoist, and red on the fly. The lesser version of the national coat of arms (i.e. armillary sphere and Portuguese shield) is centred over the colour boundary at equal distance from the upper and lower edges. On 30 June 1911, less than a year after the downfall of the constitutional monarchy, this design was officially adopted. The green and red represent the hope of the nation (green) and the blood of those who died defending it.
Latest update: Summary and Safety and security (Transnistria) - Presidential elections will take place on Sunday 31 March in Ukraine, with a possible second round on Sunday 21 April; there's an increased likelihood of large public rallies and demonstrations including in the Odessa Oblast, which border Transnistria; you're advised to check the Ukraine travel advice; […]
Latest update: Summary - removal of information on UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier match on 21 March
WORK OF ART: American Gothic is a 1930 painting by Grant Wood in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. The painting depicted the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa, along with “the kind of people I fancied should live in that house;” a farmer standing beside a woman who has been interpreted to be his sister. The figures were modelled by Wood’s sister, Nan Wood Graham, and their dentist, Dr Byron McKeeby. American Gothic is one of the most familiar images in 20th-century American pop art scene.