THE HUMAN BRAIN: The cerebral cortex in humans is one of the most evolved and complex among all animal species. It’s not only bigger, but it’s also rolled and folded back over itself, forming grooves and folds which gives it that characteristic wrinkled appearance. The human encephalon weighs about 1.4-1.5 kilos, and has a volume of about 1130 cc in women and 1260 cc in men.
Some US residents returning from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, have been diagnosed with infections caused by an antibiotic-resistant form of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria. (weight loss surgery, bariatric, Tijuana, Mexico, Grand View Hospital, VIM, carbapenemase)
There is an outbreak of measles in Moldova. Travelers to Moldova should make sure they are vaccinated against measles with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.
ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY: The Antennae Galaxies. Credit: NASA, ESA & B. Whitmore (STScI) et al.; Image processing: Davide De Martin. When two galaxies in Corvus collide, the stars that compose them usually do not, because galaxies are mostly empty space and stars take up only a small amount of that space. During the slow, hundred-million-year collision, one galaxy can still rip the other apart gravitationally, with dust and gas colliding, and massive molecular clouds being compressed, causing the rapid birth of millions of stars, some gravitationally bound together in massive star clusters.
Conservation International's climate lead shares 5 ways youth can help stop climate change.
IMAGO DEI: Igorot is the collective name of several Austronesian ethnic group who inhabit all the six Philippines provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region: Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, and Mountain Province, as well as the adjacent province of Nueva Vizcaya. Their culture is well-preserved because they have defended their land against the Spaniards. The Igorots may be roughly divided into two general subgroups: the larger group lives in the south, central and western areas, and is very adept at rice-terrace farming; the smaller group lives in the east and north.
Exercise increased caution in Spain due to terrorism. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Spain. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas. Read the Safety […]
Exercise normal precautions in Togo. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Level 3 Areas - Reconsider Travel To: Northern border region adjacent to Burkina Faso due to terrorism. Level 2 Areas - Exercise Increased Caution In: The cities of Sokodé, Bafilo, and Mango due to civil unrest. Read the Safety and […]
THE FLAG OF POLAND: The flag of Poland, officially adopted in 1919, consists of two horizontal stripes of equal width, the upper one white and the lower one red. White and red were officially adopted as national colours in 1831. They are of heraldic origin and derive from the tinctures (colours) of the coats of arms of the two constituent nations of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, i.e. the White Eagle of Poland and the Pursuer of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, a white knight riding a white horse, both on a red shield.
Latest update: Summary - addition of information and advice about historically high levels of flooding currently affecting Midwestern states, including Nebraska, Iowa, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri and Minnesota
Latest update: Summary - Tropical Cyclone Trevor is expected to bring torrential rainfall and flooding in the Cape York Peninsula region of Queensland around 19 to 20 March; you should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of local authorities
WORK OF ART: American Gothic is a 1930 painting by Grant Wood in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. The painting depicted the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa, along with “the kind of people I fancied should live in that house;” 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. American Gothic is one of the most familiar images in 20th-century American pop art scene.