Daily Archives: December 6, 2015

today’s holiday-commemoration: Armenia Earthquake Memorial Day


Armenia Earthquake Memorial Day

On December 7, 1988, a severe earthquake struck in Armenia, causing catastrophic damage to the entire country’s infrastructure and virtually destroying the cities of Spitak, Leninakan (now Gyumri), Kirovakan (now Vanadzor), and Stepanavan. More than 25,000 people were killed in the disaster, with another 140,000 injured and more than one million left homeless, in a disaster zone that measured about 30,000 square kilometers. That day is now remembered each year as a national holiday, marked across the country with prayer, memorial services, and a moment of silence. More… Discuss

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quotation: It wasn’t until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say “I don’t know.” W. Somerset Maugham


It wasn’t until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say “I don’t know.”

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Discuss

today’s birthday: Theodor Schwann (1810)


Theodor Schwann (1810)

Schwann was a German physiologist who founded modern histology by recognizing the cell as the basic unit of animal structure. He also studied nerve structure, discovering the myelin sheath covering nerve cells, and formulated the basic principles of embryology. While investigating digestive processes, he isolated a substance responsible for digestion in the stomach, the first enzyme prepared from animal tissue, and named it pepsin. What other common scientific term was coined by Schwann? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: “The Blue Marble” Photograph Taken by Apollo 17 Crew (1972)


“The Blue Marble” Photograph Taken by Apollo 17 Crew (1972)

“The Blue Marble” is a famous photograph of Earth taken by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft while traveling toward the Moon in 1972. So-titled because the Earth resembles a blue marble—accented by swirls of white clouds—the image is among the most widely distributed photographs in history. Depicting a fully lit Earth, the snapshot was originally taken “upside-down,” with Antarctica on top, but was rotated before distribution. How did NASA update the image in 2005? More… Discuss

The Pacific Ring of Fire


The Pacific Ring of Fire

The Pacific Ring of Fire, also known as the circum-Pacific seismic belt, is a 40,000 km (24,854 mile) horseshoe shaped zone of frequent seismic and volcanic activity. Ninety percent of the world’s earthquakes occur in the Ring of Fire, which encircles the basin of the Pacific Ocean. The Ring of Fire is a direct consequence of plate tectonics and the movement and collisions of crustal plates. What causes the high levels of volcanism in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory? More… Discuss

word: montage


montage

Definition: (noun) A single pictorial composition made by juxtaposing or superimposing many pictures or designs.
Synonyms: collage
Usage: The children’s gift to their grandmother was a montage of family pictures. Discuss.
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Suggest a name for this boy…


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San Bernardino shooting: gun sales soar in familiar pattern of panic and profit


San Bernardino shooting: gun sales soar in familiar pattern of panic and profit

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Removing the gag: how one man took on the FBI for nearly 12 years and won


Removing the gag: how one man took on the FBI for nearly 12 years and won

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Liberty University president urges: ‘End those Muslims’ via concealed gun carry


Liberty University president urges: ‘End those Muslims’ via concealed gun carry

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‘No human being is illegal’: linguists argue against mislabeling of immigrants


‘No human being is illegal’: linguists argue against mislabeling of immigrants

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Mourning the death of the ‘messiah of Africa’


Mourning the death of the ‘messiah of Africa’

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