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Water From Thin Air

Peru, like many overpopulated developing countries, is facing trouble with its environment. Air pollution in Peru is a serious problem that is constantly being studied in order to understand the cause and how to reduce it.

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Some of the environmental factors attributed to the decline in the population’s health include air pollution from the use of firewood for cooking, lack of access to clean water and exposure to lead from pipes. These environmental issues cause 12 million cases of illness yearly, affecting the lives of the young, the elderly and the poor.

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Firewood for cooking

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Children exposed to contaminated water

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Industrial pollution

Peru’s imposing capital of Lima has the second-worst air pollution of all Latin American cities, according to a study by the World Health Organization.

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Key environmental issues in Peru include: deforestation, desertification, soil erosion, air and water pollution in urban centers, pollution of rivers and coastal waters from municipal and mining wastes, depletion of fisheries as a result of overfishing.

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Deforestation

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Desertification

Water and air quality in Peru are major problems.

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Water pollution

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Air pollution

According to water.org, 4 million Peruvians don’t have access to clean water. The government insists that tap water in Peru must be boiled for at least one minute or purified using other methods to be safe for drinking.

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But the government and other agencies haven’t stopped there. The University of Engineering and Technology of Peru teamed up with an ad agency to construct a water-producing billboard in Lima. The billboard uses reverse osmosis to capture and filter water from the humid air, store it in 20-liter tanks and provide quality water for the people of Lima every day. In a three month period, the billboard dispensed 9,450 liters of water. This groundbreaking tool may be the first of many to come.

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But that’s not all it did. It also cleaned the polluted air the billboard used to produce the water.

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Did The French Cavalry Attack A Fleet Of Dutch Battleships?

Yes, in the year 1794. During the Flanders Campaign, the French were at war with the Dutch.

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The Dutch fleet, including many of their largest fighting ships, sailed to attack the French army, which was invading their country.

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One night, a bitter cold wave of air from Siberia suddenly rushed down to this normally mild region, and the Dutch fleet became frozen in ice. A troop of French cavalry came dashing over the ice on their horses and started to attack the fleet.

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The big ships couldn’t turn to fire their cannon because they were stuck in the ice. It wasn’t long before the French cavalry commander had talked the Dutch admiral into surrendering his ships to the handful of soldiers on horseback.

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Popcorn Sand

There is a bay in the Canary Islands, just north west of Africa,

where the coastline looks like it’s paved with popcorn.

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From afar, it looks just like any other beach on the Canaries, but look closely

and you will see what looks like pieces of popped corn covering the surface.

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White coral has been eroded by the sea and washed out to shore.

It is intermingled with black sand and volcanic rocks,

making it look very much like popcorn.

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So, be careful of what you eat. Your dentist will never believe you.

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Is The Lobster An Insect?

You probably don’t think of a lobster as anything like an insect . . . especially when you’re eating it. But lobsters and insects are very similar in structure.

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Both lobsters and insects have hard skeletons covering and protecting their soft bodies; both have many legs with movable joints; both have bodies divided into segments; both have antennae; and both have similar blood, digestive, and reproductive systems.

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And while insects are the most numerous creatures on land, lobsters and their relatives (crabs, shrimp, etc.) are the most common creatures in the sea.

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While on the subject: What was the biggest lobster in the world?

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The record for the biggest Lobster in the world was 44 pounds in 1977. When you remember that the average size is between 1.5 and 2 pounds, you realize how big that is.

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Most people think that all lobsters are a dull green, but they aren’t. Sometimes the American lobster is a bright blue or even red. Lobsters eat both live and dead fish, and they do a great deal to keep the ocean floor clean.

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When they are hunting live fish, they dig a hole in the ocean floor about two feet deep and enter it tail first. Then, they wait with their big pincers at the ready. Sometimes they just wait by large rocks.

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Lobsters lay a large number of eggs. They are laid in mid-summer and stick to the underside of the female’s tail. One 17 inch female had 63,000 eggs attached to her! When the eggs hatch, the tiny lobsters look more like shrimp then anything else. They swim to the surface of the ocean, and most of them become food for some other fish. Those that survive change their shells three times before becoming adults.

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Riverside, Iowa

Steve Miller (a Riverside councilman) was a Trekkie, and he read in Gene Roddenberry's book, Making of Star Trek (1968) that Kirk would be born in a small town in Iowa. The book didn't name the town, but Miller thought, "Why not Riverside?" At the next council meeting in 1985, Miller proposed that Riverside declare itself the Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk. The motion passed unanimously.

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Riverside quickly altered its town slogan from "Where the best begins" to "Where the Trek begins," and changed its annual summer festival from River Fest to Trek Fest. Miller jabbed a stick into the ground behind the town barber shop he owned and declared that it was the future birth spot. An engraved monument was eventually placed on the spot for present (and future) fans. Later, a bench was added for contemplation along with a Shuttlecraft-shaped donation box for upkeep.

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This is the month of June and it’s a special and surreal time again for Riverside, Iowa, the “future birthplace” of Captain James T. Kirk. This tiny town is about to throw its party of the year—and you’re all invited. Costumes highly encouraged!

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TrekFest is always held on the last Saturday in June, followed by live music, T ball, bouncy houses, and a volleyball tournament. Trekkie festivities (and costumes) burst into full color and glory by 10 a.m. for the annual TrekFest parade through town.

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The Alaska Purchase

On March 30, 1867, the U.S. agreed to a proposal from Russian Minister in Washington, Eduard de Stoeckl, to purchase Alaska for $7.2 million – or 2 cents an acre.

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Eduard Andreevich de Stoeckl

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Stoeckl established close friendly relations with many American officials and politicians, including the Secretary of State William H. Seward, with whom he would negotiate the Alaska purchase.

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Signing of the Treaty of Cessation

Stoeckl advocated the sale of Alaska (then known as Russian America) to the United States, asserting that this would prevent the United Kingdom from seizing the territory in case of war between the two countries and would allow Russia to concentrate its resources on Eastern Siberia, particularly the Amur River area. He also insisted that by doing so, Russia would avoid any future conflict with the United States, viewing further U.S. expansion in North America as inevitable.

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The Senate approved the treaty of purchase on April 9; President Andrew Johnson signed the treaty on May 28, and Alaska was formally transferred to the United States on October 18, 1867.

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This purchase ended Russia’s presence in North America and ensured U.S. access to the Pacific northern rim.

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Critics of the deal to purchase Alaska called it "Seward’s Folly” or “Seward’s Icebox." Opposition to the purchase of Alaska subsided with the Klondike Gold Strike in 1896.

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Morgan Island

It was the summer of ‘79. Jimmy Carter was president; Margaret Thatcher had just become the first female Prime Minister of the U.K.; Pink Floyd was getting ready to release, “The Wall.” Oh, and 1,400 rhesus monkeys were shipped from Puerto Rico to an island in South Carolina – Morgan Island, to be exact.

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Those monkeys can still be found on Morgan Island, which sits off the coast of Beaufort. Today, the colony’s population has grown to nearly 4,000.

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The primates enjoy a lifestyle, not unlike that of Charlestonians: their population is female-dominant (it’s 75% ladies on Morgan Island vs. 52% in Charleston). They can often be found on the beach, they’ve witnessed the property value of their home skyrocket in recent years (the island sold for a staggering $20.5 million in 2002 – though the monkeys were not on the hook to pay for it).

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Morgan Island is a 2,000-acre island owned and managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The colony is protected under federal law. Although no actual research is conducted on the island, the colony is closely managed by the institute. The monkeys are free to roam the island and live in their own society of family groups across their territory.

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There is no access to “Monkey Island.” This protects both you and the monkeys. Prepare to stay in your boat and come no closer than the water’s edge. Fortunately, there is a very long and popular sandbar that extends across the Morgan River that allows excellent viewing at low tide and an afternoon of sandbar fun – another local pastime. Obey all signs, rules and warnings and attempt no landing there.

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Red Dwarfs

Our Sun is such a familiar sight in the sky that you might think stars like our Sun are common across the Universe. But the most common stars in the Universe are actually much smaller and less massive than the Sun. The Universe is filled with red dwarf stars.

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Red dwarfs, also known as M dwarf stars, are up to 50 times dimmer than the Sun and are just 10 to 20 percent as massive. They make up to 70 percent of the stars in the universe.

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Red dwarfs form like other main-sequence stars. ... The low temperatures of red dwarfs means they are far, far dimmer than stars like the sun. Their low temperature also means that they burn through their supply of hydrogen less rapidly.

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Their small diameter (typically a few tenths that of the Sun) means that they are also faint. Because they are so small and have such low mass, they evolve slowly with estimated Main Sequence lifetimes of 100 billion years. This long lifetime means that there are many red dwarfs. Indeed, they are amongst the most common type of star. An example of a red dwarf is Proxima Centauri.

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Proxima Cantauri

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Low Mass Star = Red Dwarf

Astronomers categorize a red dwarf as any star less than half the mass of the Sun, down to about 7.5% the mass of the Sun. Red dwarfs can’t get less massive than 0.075 times the mass of the Sun because then they’d be too small to sustain nuclear fusion in their cores.

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Trappist-1 is a red dwarf the size of planet Jupiter


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Bolshaya Udina

Yesterday, an online Fox News article said that Bolshaya Udina, an extinct volcano in the russian Kamchatka Peninsula, may be waking up.

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The article stated that “Between 1999 and September 2017, roughly 100 seismic events were recorded beneath the volcano. That number increased 25-fold between October 2017 and February, when nearly 2,400 events were detected. In February, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit the area”.

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The Bolshaya Udina volcano, which is part of a complex of volcanoes on the peninsula, is around 10,000ft high and until 2017 was dismissed as inactive. But an international team of scientists have now suggested otherwise, after they conducted a two-month study of the volcano last year. They now warn that this monster could erupt at any moment and cause Pompeii-like devastation.

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Bolshaya Udina shares structural characteristics with another formerly extinct volcano in the region, the Bezymianny volcano, which erupted dramatically in 1956.

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Bezymianny volcano eruption in March, 1956

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Interesting Signature

Flying over Smithville, Texas provides all the evidence you need that everything is bigger in the Lone Star State. Including signatures.

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Yes, signatures.

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Looking down on the vast Texas land below, the name "Luecke" is written out with trees in giant block letters and stretches about three miles on a plot of land near Buescher State Park outside of Smithville in Central Texas.

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Bastrop County property records show Jimmie Luecke owns thousands of acres in the area, including the Luecke Farm, which is on the land where the giant wooded letters are located.

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