Daily Archives: July 22, 2015

France offers aid to angry farmers

France offers aid to angry farmers



Breivik bomb van goes on display

Breivik bomb van goes on display



What is Fracking? | Energy From Shale


Watch “Masa Tacerii: Constantin Brancusi – Targu Jiu”, Romania on YouTube




great compositions/performances: Mozart – Symphony No. 35 in D, K. 385 (Haffner)

Mozart – Symphony No. 35 in D, K. 385  (Haffner)

make music part of your life series: Johannes Brahms – Clarinet Sonata In E Flat Major Op. 120 No. 2

Johannes Brahms – Clarinet Sonata In E Flat Major Op. 120 No. 2

historic musical bits: Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme (Rostropovich/Kondrashin)

Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme (Rostropovich/Kondrashin)

today’s holiday: Golden Days

Golden Days

Golden Days is a celebration in Fairbanks, Alaska, of the discovery of gold there on July 22, 1902, and the Gold Rush days that followed. This is the largest summertime event in Alaska. The week of activities includes “Fairbanks in Bloom,” billed as the farthest-north flower show, a rubber ducky race, beard and hairy-leg contests, drag races, a golf tournament, concerts, and a grand parade. There’s also a Felix Pedro look-alike contest. Felix Pedrone (remembered as Felix Pedro) was the Italian immigrant who first found gold on a creek near what is now Fairbanks. More… Discuss

quotation: Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Though it is possible to utter words only with the intention to fulfill the will of God, it is very difficult not to think about the impression which they will produce on men and not to form them accordingly. But deeds you can do quite unknown to men, only for God. And such deeds are the greatest joy that a man can experience.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) Discuss

today’s birthday: Selman Waksman (1888)

Selman Waksman (1888)

Waksman was a Russian-American biochemist and microbiologist whose study of organic substances and their decomposition led to the discovery of the antibiotic streptomycin. His four decades of research at Rutgers University in New Jersey led to the discovery of more than a dozen “antibiotics,” a term for antibacterial microbial metabolites he coined in 1941. In 1952, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of streptomycin and its value in treating what disease? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear; Wiley Post Becomes First Pilot to Circumnavigate the Globe Solo (1933)

Wiley Post Becomes First Pilot to Circumnavigate the Globe Solo (1933)

In 1931, American aviator Wiley Post flew around the world with navigator Harold Gatty in 8 days, 15 hours, and 51 minutes, breaking the previous record of 21 days. They published an account of their trip in Around the World in Eight Days. Two years later, Post became the first person to fly around the world alone, a feat he completed in just 7 days and 19 hours. Post died in 1935 when his plane crashed in Alaska with what famous entertainer on board? More… Discuss

The Dandelion

The Dandelion

The dandelion is a perennial herb with a yellow flower head and notched leaves. The flower matures into a globe of fine filaments, called the “dandelion clock.” These downy seed carriers are often blown apart by children playing outdoors. Though many consider the dandelion a lawn pest, it is actually quite useful: its young leaves can be eaten as salad greens and the ground, roasted roots are often consumed as a coffee substitute. What beverage is made from the dandelion’s flowers? More… Discuss

word: amylum


Definition: (noun) A complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice.
Synonyms: starch
Usage: She was on a strict diet and avoided foods with high levels of amylum, sugar, and saturated fat. Discuss.

Armadillos cause spike in leprosy cases

Armadillos cause spike in leprosy cases



Citibank ordered to pay customers $700 million

Citibank ordered to pay customers $700 million



Lizard ‘skin funnel’ copied in lab

Lizard ‘skin funnel’ copied in lab



Greek PM takes on rebels before vote

Greek PM takes on rebels before vote



From France 24 : Anti-Iran Nuclear Deal

VIDEO: Anti-Iran nuclear deal lobbyists swarm Washington



From France 24 : Iran

Iran: How the nuclear deal was done



Warming threat to England’s curlews

Warming threat to England’s curlews



Illegal downloads ‘rife in Australia’

Illegal downloads ‘rife in Australia’