Daily Archives: September 12, 2014

this day in the yesteryear: Two Plus Four Agreement Signed in Moscow (1990)


Two Plus Four Agreement Signed in Moscow (1990)

The Two Plus Four Agreement, also known as the Treaty on the Final Settlement With Respect to Germany, was the final peace treaty negotiated between West Germany and East Germany—the “Two”—and the four powers that occupied Germany at the end of World War II: France, the UK, the US, and the Soviet Union. The treaty paved the way for the German reunification, which took place less than a month later, on October 3. What rights did the four powers renounce under the treaty’s terms? More… Discuss

The Best Diet Is the One You Can Stick With


The Best Diet Is the One You Can Stick With

Diet fads seem to come and go with the seasons, so how can you know which one is best? Researchers have analyzed data from 48 separate trials to find the answer, and the results may surprise you: there is no “best.” All diets result in roughly similar weight loss, likely because they all cut calories to a similar level. More important than diet type, researchers say, is the individual dieter’s ability to stick with a given program. It is important to note, however, that this study looked exclusively at weight loss and not at other health issues, like cholesterol levels, that can be influenced by diet. More… Discuss

Popcorn


Popcorn

Popcorn is a type of corn that bursts into irregularly shaped puffs when heated. When heat is applied to a popcorn kernel, pressure builds inside it until the outer hull finally explodes and the gelatinized, starchy interior comes spilling out. This rapidly hardens, becoming the familiar puff. This tasty treat, today a fixture at theater concession stands, is not a modern invention. Evidence suggests humans have been eating it for thousands of years. What are kernels that fail to pop called? More… Discuss

inviolate


inviolate 

Definition: (adjective) Free from violation, injury, desecration, or outrage.
Synonyms: intact, whole, untouched, undisturbed, unsullied, unpolluted, unstained, undefiled
Usage: The old America had only one foreign policy, and that was to hold inviolate the Monroe doctrine. Discuss.

Progress for giant laser instrument


Progress for giant laser instrument http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29168676

US man ordered to stop spreading HIV


US man ordered to stop spreading HIV http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29168782

John Kerry in Turkey for IS talks


John Kerry in Turkey for IS talks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29172524