Photograph of Kawika Singson taken by Chris Hirata
The enormity of our world's needs are overwhelming, and without a compassionate heart, distressing news can appear to be just black and white. Hopefully, by raising a few of these intractable issues here would encourage us to pray, and if necessary, to act.
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What's the closest active galaxy to planet Earth? That would be Centaurus A, only 11 million light-years distant. Spanning over 60,000 light-years, the peculiar elliptical galaxy is also known as NGC 5128. Forged in a collision of two otherwise normal galaxies, Centaurus A's jumble of young blue star clusters, pinkish star forming regions, and imposing dark dust lanes was recorded under clear Chilean skies at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. Near the galaxy's centre, leftover cosmic debris is steadily being consumed by a central black hole a billion times the mass of the Sun. As in other active galaxies, that process likely generates the radio, X-ray, and gamma-ray energy radiated by Centaurus A.
Guaraní is a group of culturally related indigenous peoples of South America. The traditional range of the Guaraní people is in present-day Paraguay, between the Uruguay River and lower Paraguay River, the Misiones Province of Argentina, southern Brazil once as far north as Rio de Janeiro, and parts of Uruguay and Bolivia. Early Guaraní villages often consisted of communal houses for 10 to 15 families. Communities were united by common interest and language and tended to form tribal groups by dialect. They practised a form of animistic pantheism, much of which has survived in the form of folklore and numerous myths.
The flag of Kiribati is red in the upper half with a gold frigatebird flying over a gold rising sun, and the lower half is blue with three horizontal wavy white stripes to represent the ocean and the three groups of islands: Gilbert, Phoenix and Line. The 17 rays of the sun represent the 16 Gilbert Islands and Banaba Island. The new flag was hoisted during the independence day celebrations in the capital, Tarawa, on July 12, 1979. The frigatebird symbolises command of the sea, power, freedom and Kiribati cultural dance patterns, the blue and white wavy bands represent the Pacific Ocean, which surrounds Kiribati and the sun refers to Kiribati's position astride the Equator.
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The latest research shows that the brain’s memory capacity is a quadrillion or 10 to the power of 15, bytes. Astoundingly, this is about the same amount needed to store the entire internet!
The Nefertiti Bust is a painted stucco-coated limestone bust of the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten. The work is believed to have been crafted in 1345 B.C. by the sculptor Thutmose, because it was found in his workshop in Amarna, Egypt. A German archaeological team led by Ludwig Borchardt discovered the bust in 1912. It is one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt and Nefertiti has become one of the most famous women of the ancient world, and an icon of feminine beauty. Despite doubts over its authenticity, various testing and analysis of the bust have proved it to be authentic. It is currently on display at the Neues Museum in Berlin.
As earth thrown over it extinguishes a fire burning in a stove, so worldly cares and every kind of attachment to something, however small and insignificant, destroy the warmth of the heart which was there at first.
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