Winners of the 2015 Underwater Photography Contest hosted by the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science have been announced. Since the contest’s inception in 2005, each year the school invites amateur photographers from around the world to submit their best underwater images in the categories macro, fish or marine animal portraiture, wide angle, and student submissions.
“[The Birth of Jesus Foretold] In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are […]
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There is an outbreak of Ebola in the North Kivu (Kivu Nord) and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Astronomy Picture of the Day
NGC 346 in the Small Magellanic Cloud. Credit: A. Nota (ESA/STScI) et al., ESA, NASA. Found among the Small Magellanic Cloud's (SMC) clusters and nebulae, NGC 346 is a star-forming region about 200 light-years across. A satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, the SMC in the southern sky, is a mere 210,000 light-years distant in the constellation of the Toucan. Its embryonic stars are strung along the dark, intersecting dust lanes visible here on the right. A small, irregular galaxy, the SMC itself represents a type of galaxy more common in the early Universe, as they are thought to be a building block for the larger galaxies present today.
The Mapuches are a group of indigenous inhabitants of south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina, including parts of present-day Patagonia. 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.
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National Flag of The Nigeria
The flag of Nigeria was officially hoisted on 1 October 1960. The flag has three vertical bands of green, white, green. The two green stripes represent Nigeria’s natural wealth, while the white band represents peace.
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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.