Daily Archives: September 5, 2012

Quotation: Sophocles on gratitude of the living toward…the dead


Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Arthur Koestler (1905), author of “Darkness at Moon”


Arthur Koestler (1905)

Born in Hungary, Koestler was an influential Communist journalist in Berlin in the 1930s. He was captured by fascist forces while on assignment during the Spanish Civil War and was later held in a concentration camp after the German invasion of France. In 1940, inspired by his break with Communism, he published his most important novel, Darkness at Noon, an examination of the moral dangers of totalitarianism. How did the terminally ill Koestler show his support for voluntary euthanasia? More…    Discuss

This Day in the Yesteryear: Treaty of Portsmouth Ends Russo-Japanese War (1905)


Treaty of Portsmouth Ends Russo-Japanese War (1905)

The Russo-Japanese War—fought over territorial claims in East Asia—was a costly endeavor both monetarily and in terms of lives lost, and both sides soon realized the need for peace. With US President Theodore Roosevelt acting as a mediator, Russian and Japanese representatives met at a US naval base near Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The resulting treaty marked the temporary decline of Russian power in East Asia and the emergence of Japan as a regional power. What territory did both agree to cede? More… Discuss

Is Organic Food Really Better for You?


Is Organic Food Really Better for You?

Miss your protein in your fruit? find it here!

Miss your protein in your fruit? find it here!

Growing organic food may benefit the environment, but does eating it improve your health? Doctors at Stanford University in the US set out to answer that question by analyzing 237 studies that compared organic and conventional foods. Among their findings was the fact that organic produce had a 30 percent lower risk of containing detectable levels of pesticides. Furthermore, bacteria found in non-organic chicken or pork had a 33 percent higher risk of being resistant to multiple antibiotics. However, researchers say they found few other health benefits from eating organic food. More… Discuss

Find a “Best and Worst list: Fruits and veggies with pesticides” here

Crepuscular Rays


Crepuscular Rays

Crepuscular rays—sometimes called God Rays or Jacob’s Ladder—are streaks of light radiating from the sun. Usually occurring around daybreak or sunset, they shine through breaks in the clouds or through irregular spaces along the horizon and are made visible by particles in the air. Though crepuscular rays are nearly parallel, they appear to fan out from the sun due to perspective. Anticrepuscular rays are less easy to spot and differ from their crepuscular counterparts in what way? More… Discuss