Dianthus is a genus of about 300 species of flowering plants in the family Caryophyllaceae, native mainly to Europe and Asia, with a few species extending south to north Africa, and one species (D. repens) in arctic North America. Common names include carnation (D. caryophyllus), pink (D. plumarius and related species) and sweet william (D. barbatus). The species are mostly herbaceous perennials, a few are annual or biennial, and some are low subshrubs with woody basal stems. The leaves are opposite, simple, mostly linear and often strongly glaucous grey-green to blue-green. The flowers have five petals, typically with a frilled or pinked margin, and are (in almost all species) pale to dark pink. One species, D. knappii, has yellow flowers with a purple centre. Some species, particularly the perennial pinks, are noted for their strong spicy fragrance. Credit: Wikipedia.
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- Galatians 6:2 Tuesday, 23 October, 2018“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
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Tajik is a general designation for a wide range of native Persian-speaking people of Iranian origin, with current traditional homelands in present-day Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Not all Tajiks speak a variety of modern Persian. They may speak any one of the extant Iranian languages. For example, the Tajiks of China are actually Pamiris and speak the Eastern Iranian Pamiri languages and are distinct from more western Tajiks. They are concentrated in the Oxus Basin, the Farḡāna valley (Tajikistan and parts of Uzbekistan) and on both banks of the upper Oxus, i.e., the Pamir Mountains (Mountain Badaḵšān, in Tajikistan) and northeastern Afghanistan and western Afghanistan (Badaḵšān, Kābol, Herat, Balkh, Mazar-i-Sharif, Ghazni and other urban regions). Historically, the Tajiks were initially agriculturalists but urbanized rather early in ancient times as indicated by their role in the history of what later became Greater Khorasan. Several surviving ancient urban centres of the Tajik people include Herat, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khujand, and Kabul.
- Alert - Rubella in Japan Monday, 22 October, 2018There is an outbreak of rubella in Japan. Travelers to Japan should make sure they are vaccinated against rubella with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine before travel.
The Human Brain
The brain receives approximately 20% of the blood flowing out of the heart. This blood flow is important to support the metabolic activities of neurons.
- World Polio Day celebrates history in the making Tuesday, 23 October, 2018Source: World Health Organization Country: World Thanks to the widespread use of safe and effective vaccines, polio is expected to become the second human disease ever to be eradicated with only 20 cases of wild poliovirus detected this year.Thanks to the widespread use of safe and effective vaccines, poliomyelitis (polio) is expected to become the […]
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Valles Marineris: The Grand Canyon of Mars.
Credit: Viking Project, USGS, NASA. The largest canyon in the Solar System cuts a wide swath across the face of Mars. Named Valles Marineris, the grand valley extends over 3,000 kilometres long, spans as much as 600 kilometres across, and delves as much as 8 kilometres deep. By comparison, the Earth's Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA is 800 kilometres long, 30 kilometres across, and 1.8 kilometres deep. The origin of the Valles Marineris remains unknown, although a leading hypothesis holds that it started as a crack billions of years ago as the planet cooled. Several geologic processes have been identified in the canyon. The above mosaic was created from over 100 images of Mars taken by Viking Orbiters in the 1970s.
- Coming to America: Orion’s European Service Module Arrives for First Mission Tuesday, 23 October, 2018NASA is inviting media to its Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9 a.m. EST Friday, Nov. 16, for an event marking the arrival from Bremen, Germany, of the European Service Module – the powerhouse that will supply NASA’s Orion spacecraft with electricity, propulsion, thermal control, air and water.
- Scientists to Debate Landing Site for Next Mars Rover Monday, 15 October, 2018Hundreds of scientists and Mars-exploration enthusiasts gather this week to present, discuss and deliberate the future landing site for NASA's next Red Planet.
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- In case you missed it: 3 big stories from our world Monday, 22 October, 2018Human Nature shares three stories from the past week that you should know about.Olivia DeSmit
National Flag of Myanmar
The current flag of Myanmar was adopted on 21 October 2010. The new flag was introduced along with implementing changes to the country's name, which were laid out in the 2008 Constitution. The design of the flag has three horizontal stripes of yellow, green and red with a five-pointed white star in the middle. The three colours of the stripes are meant to symbolise solidarity, peace and tranquility, and courage and decisiveness. The white star that symbolised the Union of Burma.
- Comoros - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Tuesday, 23 October, 2018Exercise increased caution in The Union of the Comoros due to civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider travel to: The island of Anjouan due to civil unrest. Violent demonstrations and civil unrest opposing a recent constitutional referendum occur regularly. The government has issued a […]
- Sri Lanka Tuesday, 23 October, 2018Latest update: Summary - the England men’s cricket team is playing 5 ODIs, a T20 match and 3 Test matches in a tour of Sri Lanka during October and November 2018; addition of link to dedicated information and advice page for fansGOV.UK
Work of Art
The Elgin Marbles are a collection of Classical Greek marble sculptures made under the supervision of Phidias and his assistants in c. 447 to 438 BC; originally part of the temple of the Parthenon. From 1801 to 1812, agents of Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin removed about half of the surviving sculptures and transported them to Britain. The half not removed is now displayed in the Acropolis Museum. In Britain, the acquisition of the collection was not supported by some, and the Earl's actions was likened to vandalism. Following a public debate in Parliament and its subsequent exoneration of Elgin, he sold the Marbles to the British government in 1816. They were then passed to the British Museum, where they are now on display in the purpose-built Duveen Gallery.
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