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THE HUMAN BRAIN: It could be defined as the “manager” that controls and regulates the majority of brain and body functions. From vital functions like breathing, hunger, or thirst, to superior functions like reasoning, attention, and memory. It is responsible for making sure all of these conscious and subconscious functions are being carried out.
Nigerian health officials have declared an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria. Travelers to Nigeria should avoid contact with rats, especially rat urine and feces, and keep their accommodations or campsites clean.
ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY: The Triangulum Galaxy. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Durbin, J. Dalcanton, and B. F. Williams (University of Washington). At its centre is the bright, densely packed galactic core surrounded by a loose array of dark dust lanes mixed with the stars in the galactic plane. Also known as M33, the face-on spiral galaxy lies 3 million light-years away in the small northern constellation Triangulum. Over 50,000 light-years in diameter, the Triangulum Galaxy is the third largest in the Local Group of galaxies after the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), and our own Milky Way.
NASA has redesignated its Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility in Fairmont, West Virginia, as the Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility, in honor of the West Virginia native and NASA "hidden figure."
Human Nature shares three stories from the past week that you should know about.
IMAGO DEI: The Blaan are one of the indigenous peoples of Southern Mindanao in the Philippines. The Blaan are neighbours of the T’boli, and live in Lake Sebu and T’boli municipalities of South Cotabato, Sarangani, General Santos City, the southeastern part of Davao and around Lake Buluan in North Cotabato. They are famous for their brassworks, beadwork and tabih weave.
Exercise normal precautions in Solomon Islands. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Solomon Islands: 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 […]
Exercise increased caution in Saudi Arabia due to terrorism and the threat of missile and drone attacks on civilian targets. Do not travel to: Within 50 miles of the border with Yemen due to terrorism and armed conflict. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Saudi Arabia. Terrorists may attack with little or no […]
THE FLAG OF PARAGUAY: The flag of Paraguay was adopted in 1842. Its design, a red–white–blue triband, signify independence and liberty. The emblem on the obverse side is the national coat of arms of Paraguay: a yellow five-pointed star surrounded by a green wreath of palm and olive leaves tied with ribbons of the colour of the stripes, and capped by the words REPUBLICA DEL PARAGUAY. The emblem on the reverse side is the seal of the treasury: a yellow lion below a red Phrygian cap on the top of a pole (symbolising courage) and the words Paz y Justicia (“Peace and Justice”).
Latest update: Terrorism section - addition of information about raids carried out by authorities in the Republic of North Macedonia on 15 February
WORK OF ART: American Gothic is a 1930 painting by Grant Wood in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Wood was inspired to paint the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa, along with “the kind of people I fancied should live in that house.” It depicts 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. The woman is dressed in a colonial print apron evoking 19th-century Americana, and the man is holding a pitchfork. American Gothic is one of the most familiar images in 20th-century American pop art scene.