Brent Stirton is a New York based South African photographer with an extensive history in the documentary world on water issues, global health, diminishing cultures, HIV/AIDS, sustainability and the environment. He is the senior staff photographer for Reportage by Getty Images. Brent’s work has been published by National Geographic Magazine, Human Rights Watch, TIME, Newsweek, the New York Times Magazine, the Sunday Times Magazine, GEO, CNN and many other respected international titles.
“When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers […]
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There 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.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Methuselah Nebula MWP1.
Credit & Copyright: Don Goldman. The symmetric planetary nebula catalogued as MWP1 lies 4,500 light-years away in the northern constellation Cygnus the Swan. One of the largest planetary nebulae known, it spans about 15 light-years. Based on its expansion rate the nebula has an age of 150 thousand years, a cosmic blink of an eye in the 10 billion year life of a sun-like star. But planetary nebulae represent a very brief final phase in stellar evolution, as the nebula's central star shrugs off its outer layers to become a hot white dwarf. In fact, planetary nebulae ordinarily only last for 10 to 20 thousand years.
NASA has selected Analytical Mechanics Associates in Hampton, Virginia, and New Horizons Aeronautics in Chantilly, Virginia, to perform engineering and technical support services (ETSS) for the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California.
Human Nature shares four stories from the past week that you should know about.
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.
Exercise normal precautions in Armenia. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The Nagorno-Karabakh region due to armed conflict. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Armenia: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier […]
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.
Latest update: Safety and security section (Demonstrations) and summary - there have been calls for unauthorised protests on 17 December 2018 in unspecified locations across the country; Summary - removal of information about parliamentary elections held in November and early December 2018
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.