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Beavers are often called, “Animals of mass destruction.” Can that be? They are cute and furry, why all the fuss? North Americans have had a love-hate relationship with beavers for centuries. Humans love the beaver’s fur, yet they hate the destruction beavers do to the environment. Although today, that sentiment is changing. Let’s look at who the beavers are and …
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Norman Rockwell documented American life not with a camera or a pen but with illustrations that we all wished we could do as well. He created illustrations using models, but his models were from his hometown—they weren’t always pretty but they always had character. In fact, he was a character and should he be called upon to describe himself, he would say as he has said before, …
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It’s not necessarily a play or a choral performance. It’s not poetry solely but it was written by poets. It begins with a chorus, and then the actors perform a moving epic tragedy basically in the scope of one day. The origins of Greek tragedy are mostly speculation.
TARDIS. No, you won’t see “Doctor Who” in the background and it isn’t a new movie, jacket, cell phone or pastry. It’s a mission. Tardigrades in Space. Let’s start with the main passenger, the tardigrade, a microscopic animal that has already been in space. It’s true.
Where do woman photographers fit in? Are there seminal techniques and advancements to the art of photography on behalf of women? Let’s look at several women photographers who made a difference.
Midas is well-known. He features prominently into the myth of the golden touch, which was retold by numerous writers and artists but the best known is put forth in a play by the Roman poet, Ovid. But was he a real, living ruler?
One day while you are drying your feet, pulling off your socks or slipping into flipflops, you notice your toes. Not good. A couple nails look yellow and the big toe looks as if it is pulling away from the nail bed. You have a toenail fungus.
Not only have there been health concerns regarding the use of sunscreen products, but they are known to be a danger to coral reefs, as well. Learn about the hazards and changes being made to protect reefs and people.
They live in a shell that they mostly create themselves and they are not pretty. These sea animals are kind of solitary and one might say, lazy, but they are one of the most important environmental creatures for any gulf, bay or close-knit waters. It’s the oyster.
Agriculture in the twentieth century changed from small farm operations to huge conglomerates, and has radically changed the culture. Is it at the expense of human health?
Jellyfish blooms are becoming increasingly more frequent. Find out what is causing these changes as well as possible approaches that might offset these increases.
It is said that her image has been reproduced so many times that Casati is just as recognizable as Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and Cleopatra. You may have seen her depictions and not known it. who was this woman and how did she come to hold such a place in history? Why is she not better known?
The story of Pocahontas has been told to generations of schoolchildren who tell the same story to their own children. Unfortunately, new facts bear out that the story that has been told—even Disney-fied with the movie—is a “cultural myth.” Learn about the real life of the storied princess.
Evelyn Waugh—a fantastic writer of his own—once said “Mr. Wodehouse’s idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own.” Learn more about Wodehouse’s life and work.
Insufficient sleep plagues over half the global population and 76 percent of Americans have difficulties getting the Zs they need. A hormone named melatonin might factor in as a remedy no matter what your problem. Let’s look at what’s involved with sleep and the key problems with disturbed sleep.
Art Nouveau ushered in a new artistic climate, a world-weariness that produced a new sophistication in literature and fashion against a whole new set of artistic, moral and social concerns. A radical departure from what went before.
During World War II, Hitler instituted a practice of seizing fine works of art from every territory under occupation. Learn about this takeover and what became of the stolen treasures.
The humphead (also called bumphead) parrotfish is a fascinating character. He will whack his head against another, eat coral as if it’s a watermelon wedge, build reefs and even help to keep the oceans healthy.
Although many are invisible to the naked eye, plankton helps you to breathe and is important to the food chain. A billion of these tiny creatures drift in the sea and regrow as many of themselves every day. Learn more about these tiny plants that fill the seas.
When a person feels fearful, there is a reaction within the brain. Learn more about the science behind fear.