THE HUMAN BRAIN: The cerebral cortex in humans is one of the most evolved and complex among all animal species. It’s not only bigger, but it’s also rolled and folded back over itself, forming grooves and folds which gives it that characteristic wrinkled appearance. The human encephalon weighs about 1.4-1.5 kilos, and has a volume of about 1130 cc in women and 1260 cc in men.
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)
There is an outbreak of measles in Moldova. Travelers to Moldova should make sure they are vaccinated against measles with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.
ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY: Shaping NGC 6188. Credit & Copyright: Piotrek Sadowski. Dark shapes with bright edges winging their way through dusty 200 light-years emission nebula NGC 6188 are tens of light-years long is found near the edge of a dark large molecular cloud in the southern constellation Ara, 4,000 light-years away. Formed a few million years ago, the massive young stars of the embedded Ara OB1 association glow with stellar winds and intense ultraviolet radiation triggered by winds and supernova explosions, from previous generations of massive stars, that swept up and compressed the molecular gas. A false-colour Hubble palette shows emission from sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms in red, green, and blue hues.
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IMAGO DEI: Igorot is the collective name of several Austronesian ethnic group who inhabit all the six Philippines provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region: Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, and Mountain Province, as well as the adjacent province of Nueva Vizcaya. Their culture is well-preserved because they have defended their land against the Spaniards. The Igorots may be roughly divided into two general subgroups: the larger group lives in the south, central and western areas, and is very adept at rice-terrace farming; the smaller group lives in the east and north.
Exercise increased caution in Spain due to terrorism. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Spain. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas. Read the Safety […]
Exercise normal precautions in Togo. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Level 3 Areas - Reconsider Travel To: Northern border region adjacent to Burkina Faso due to terrorism. Level 2 Areas - Exercise Increased Caution In: The cities of Sokodé, Bafilo, and Mango due to civil unrest. Read the Safety 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 - The FCO now advise against all but essential travel to the Provinces of Sofala, Zambezia, Manica and Tete
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.