Horseshoe crabs are marine and brackish water arthropods of the family Limulidae, suborder Xiphosurida, and order Xiphosura. They live primarily in and around shallow coastal waters on soft sandy or muddy bottoms. They occasionally come onto shore to mate. They are commonly eaten in Asia, and used as fishing bait, in fertilizer and in science (especially Limulus amebocyte lysate). In recent years, population declines have occurred as a consequence of coastal habitat destruction and overharvesting. Because of their origin 450 million years ago, horseshoe crabs are considered living fossils. Tetrodotoxin (TTX) may be present in Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda. TTX is a potent neurotoxin. Its name derives from Tetraodontiformes, an order that includes pufferfish, porcupinefish, ocean sunfish, and triggerfish; several of these species carry the toxin. Credit: Wikipedia.
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The Color of IC 1795.
Image Credit & Copyright: Bob and Janice Fera (Fera Photography). This cosmic portrait features glowing gas and obscuring dust clouds in IC 1795, also catalogued as NGC 896, a star-forming region in the northern constellation Cassiopeia. The narrow filter transmits only H-alpha light, the red light of hydrogen atoms ionized by ultraviolet light from energetic young stars. Not far on the sky from the famous Double Star Cluster in Perseus, IC 1795 is itself located next to IC 1805, the Heart Nebula, as part of a complex of star-forming regions that lie at the edge of a large molecular cloud. Located just over 6,000 light-years away, the larger star-forming complex sprawls along the Perseus spiral arm of our Milky Way Galaxy. This picture would span about 70 light-years across IC 1795.
- NASA to Host Media Briefing on Mission to Return Asteroid Sample to Earth Monday, 20 August, 2018NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 24, to provide an update on upcoming activities related to the agency’s first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth.
- NASA Hosts Live Science Chat: One Year After Eclipse 2017 Monday, 20 August, 2018On the one-year anniversary of the historic 2017 Eclipse Across America, NASA will host a Science Chat at 10:30 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, Aug. 21, to discuss new science data and the public impact of the celestial event experienced by millions.
- NASA's InSight Passes Halfway to Mars, Instruments Check In Monday, 20 August, 2018NASA's InSight spacecraft, en route to a Nov. 26 landing on Mars, passed the halfway mark on Aug. 6. All of its instruments have been tested and are working well.
- Six Things About Opportunity's Recovery Efforts Thursday, 16 August, 2018The global dust storm on Mars could soon let in enough sunlight for the Opportunity rover to recharge.
The Human Brain
Your brain also has the ability to eat itself in case of lack of energy. To ward off starvation, brain cells can eat other brain cells.
- iPsyNet human rights statement issued at Montreal congress Monday, 20 August, 2018Groundbreaking statement provides a unified call to affirm human rights and end discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people around the world.
- Teens today spend more time on digital media, less time reading Monday, 20 August, 2018One of every three teenagers has not read a book for pleasure in a year, study says.
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- In case you missed it: 3 big stories from our world Monday, 20 August, 2018Human Nature shares three stories from the past week that you should know about.Olivia Desmit
- Why you should be watching California in September Wednesday, 15 August, 2018At the Global Climate Action Summit in California, non-state actors will work to make the commitments necessary to avert the worst effects of climate change.Shyla Raghav
The Pataxó are an indigenous people in Bahia, Brazil with a population of about 11,800 individuals. They once spoke the Pataxó language, but now speak Portuguese. They depend on their land for their survival but it is being stolen from them in the pursuit of profit. With the external factor of tourism pressure and the internal factor of the group to see themselves as an authentic people, the Pataxó reinvented their language, the Patxohã (it has a Portuguese grammatical structure and a Maxakali vocabulary). Body paintings they were not using at the beginning of the nineteenth century were reintroduced.
- Watch - Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo Friday, 17 August, 2018There is an outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu (Kivu Nord) province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
- Alert - Polio in Papua New Guinea Monday, 13 August, 2018There is an outbreak of polio in Papua New Guinea. CDC recommends that all travelers to Papua New Guinea be fully vaccinated against polio.
- $4.5 million urgently needed in Gaza Strip to prevent life-saving services from shutting down Monday, 20 August, 2018Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Humanitarian Coordinator for the oPt is calling on donors to immediately fund the procurement of emergency fuel. “We have now run out of funds and are delivering the final supplies in the next few days," he said.Gaza, 20 August 2018 Today, […]
- Latest humanitarian snapshot highlights flooding in India, Viet Nam, Thailand, and Laos Monday, 20 August, 2018Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Thailand, Viet Nam As of 19 August, flooding in India's Kerala state has caused 361 deaths and displaced 725,000 people. Cyclone Bebinca caused flooding in Viet Nam, Thailand, and Laos. INDIA As of 19 August, the worst […]
National Flag of the Mauritius
The national flag of Mauritius, also known as the Four Bands and Les Quatre Bandes, was adopted upon independence, March 12, 1968. It consists of four horizontal bands of equal width, coloured (from top to bottom) red, blue, yellow, and green. Red represents the struggle for freedom and independence.n Blue represents the Indian Ocean, in the middle of which Mauritius is situated. Yellow represents the new light of independence. Green represents the agriculture of Mauritius and its colour throughout the 12 months of the year.
- Mali - Level 4: Do Not Travel Monday, 13 August, 2018Do not travel to Mali due to crime and terrorism. Violent crime, such as kidnapping and armed robbery, is common in the regions of northern and central Mali. Violent crime is a particular concern during local holidays and seasonal events in Bamako, its suburbs, and Mali’s southern regions. Roadblocks and random police checkpoints are commonplace […]
- Bolivia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions Thursday, 9 August, 2018Exercise normal precautions in Bolivia. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Bolivia: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the […]
- Burma Monday, 20 August, 2018Latest update: Summary - addition of information; you're advised to be vigilant around the first anniversary (25 August 2017) of the attacks in Rakhine; Health section - addition of information on schistosomiasisGOV.UK
- Germany Monday, 20 August, 2018Latest update: This advice has been reviewed in full and reissued with editorial amendmentsGOV.UK
Work of Art
Known as “the prehistoric Sistine Chapel,” the Lascaux Caves, a cave complex in southwestern France, contain some of the most remarkable palaeolithic cave paintings in the world, from at least 15,000 years ago. The cave was discovered on 12 September 1940 by four teenagers, Marcel Ravidat, Jacques Marsal, Georges Agnel, and Simon Coencas, as well as Ravidat’s dog, Robot. Public access was made easier after World War II. By 1955, the carbon dioxide produced by 1,200 visitors per day had visibly damaged the paintings. The cave was closed to the public in 1963 in order to preserve the art.
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TURKEY'S HEAVILY PRESSURED CHURCH. Click on image for more information.