Daily Archives: October 22, 2015

Texas officials raid Planned Parenthood amid funding battle


Texas officials raid Planned Parenthood amid funding battle

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My Flower Today Sketch


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My Flower Today Sketch

Priscilla Presley: ‘Elvis’s spirit speaks to me – it’s beautiful’


Priscilla Presley: ‘Elvis’s spirit speaks to me – it’s beautiful’

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Russia beefs up Kurils military base


Russia beefs up Kurils military base http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34604146

First of Korean reunions ends in North


First of Korean reunions ends in North http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-34600384

Expedition seeks Atlantis microbes


Expedition seeks Atlantis microbes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34609272

France’s most powerful far-right mayor


France’s most powerful far-right mayor http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34593136

Plane birth sparks Taiwan controversy


Plane birth sparks Taiwan controversy http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-34568772

CIA condemns Wikileaks email release


CIA condemns Wikileaks email release http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34597060

Dead arms test role of clenched fist


Dead arms test role of clenched fist http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34572432

DNA testing company relaunches in US


DNA testing company relaunches in US http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34603371

Saint of the Day for Thursday, October 22nd, 2015: St. Pope John Paul II


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St. Pope John Paul II

Karol J. Wojtyla, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometres from Cracow, on May 18, 1920. He was the second of two sons … continue reading

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today’s holiay: Jidai Matsuri


Jidai Matsuri

Jidai Matsuri is one of the three great festivals of Kyoto, Japan, commemorating the founding of the city as capital in the year 794. A procession of more than 2,000 costumed people depict the epochs or ages in Kyoto’s history. They parade from the Imperial Palace to the Heian Shrine, which was built in the 18th century as a dedication to the emperors who established Kyoto as the capital. The capital was moved in 1868 to Tokyo, and the festival stems from that time. Among the paraders is one representing Gen. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a patron of the arts under whom Kyoto flourished. More… Discuss

quotation: W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)


It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one’s dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank, and independent.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Discuss

today’s birthday: Robert Rauschenberg (1925)


Robert Rauschenberg (1925)

One of contemporary American art’s most prolific and influential figures, Rauschenberg was a painter whose three-dimensional collages, known as “combines,” incorporated objects—such as soda bottles and stuffed birds—and anticipated the emerging pop art movement, of which he became a pivotal figure. He later used silk-screening to transfer images from print media to canvas. What did Rauschenberg submit to a gallery exhibition for which artists were asked to create portraits of the gallery owner? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Jean-Paul Sartre Refuses the Nobel Prize (1964)


Jean-Paul Sartre Refuses the Nobel Prize (1964)

A French philosopher, playwright, and novelist, Sartre was a leading exponent of 20th-century existentialism. His works examine man as a responsible but lonely being, burdened with a terrifying freedom to choose, adrift in a meaningless universe. He served in the army during World War II, was taken prisoner, escaped, and was involved in the resistance, writing his first plays during the occupation. After the war, his writings became increasingly influential. Why did he refuse the Nobel Prize? More… Discuss

Hypertrichosis


Hypertrichosis

Hypertrichosis, commonly known as “Werewolf syndrome,” is an extremely rare condition that results in the excess growth of body hair. The syndrome can be generalized across the body or localized to a specific area and ranges from mild to severe. Hypertrichosis is believed to result from genetic factors and is rarely found in its severe form. Those who are strongly affected often display excessive, animal-like hair on the face and body. What is the cure for congenital hypertrichosis? More… Discuss

word: abiogenesis


abiogenesis

Definition: (noun) The supposed development of living organisms from nonliving matter.
Synonyms: spontaneous generation, autogenesis, autogeny
Usage: Early notions of abiogenesis, now considered incorrect, held that living organisms generate from decaying organic substances, like maggots from meat. Discuss.

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Doctors, Not Parents, Are The Biggest Obstacle To The HPV Vaccine http://n.pr/1LpIY5L

US forces rescue Kurdish hostages facing ‘imminent execution’ by Isis


US forces rescue Kurdish hostages facing ‘imminent execution’ by Isis

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Spectre review: James Bond is back, stylish, camp and sexily pro-Snowden


Spectre review: James Bond is back, stylish, camp and sexily pro-Snowden

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A Texas-sized mystery: who will own the enormous $725m Waggoner ranch?


A Texas-sized mystery: who will own the enormous $725m Waggoner ranch?

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‘It’s a whole other world’: religious pilgrims venture deep into Alaska forest


‘It’s a whole other world’: religious pilgrims venture deep into Alaska forest

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Three Syrian hospitals bombed since Russian airstrikes began, doctors say


Three Syrian hospitals bombed since Russian airstrikes began, doctors say

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Faraway object being destroyed by real-life ‘Death Star’


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Faraway object being destroyed by real-life ‘Death Star’

Faraway object being destroyed by real-life ‘Death Star’


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Faraway object being destroyed by real-life ‘Death Star’

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Treasury presses Congress to help Puerto Rico, but faces tough sell


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Treasury presses Congress to help Puerto Rico, but faces tough sell

Outcry over influx of asylum seekers to English village


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Outcry over influx of asylum seekers to English village

Clinton to testify on Benghazi attack


Clinton to testify on Benghazi attack http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34602691