04 janeiro 2015

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Crescent Rhea Occults Crescent Saturn

Soft hues, partially lit orbs, a thin trace of the ring, and slight shadows highlight this understated view of the majestic surroundings of the giant planet Saturn. Looking nearly back toward the Sun, the robot Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn captured crescent phases of Saturn and its moon Rhea in color a few years ago. As striking as the above image is, it is but a single frame from a 60-frame silent movie where Rhea can be seen gliding in front of its parent world. Since Cassini was nearly in the plane of Saturn's rings, the normally impressive rings are visible here only as a thin line across the image center.

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January 4th 1948: Burmese independenceOn this day in 1948, Burma...

Stone Pillar of Independence in Yangon

Aung San (1915 - 1947)

Declaration of Burmese Independence

January 4th 1948: Burmese independence

On this day in 1948, Burma declared independence from the United Kingdom, having been colonised in the 19th century after a series of Anglo-Burmese wars. The country’s first Prime Minister, Ba Maw, came to power in 1937 and advocated for greater self-rule for the colony, thus fueling an independence movement. In 1940, the Burma Independence Army was formed by revolutionary Aung San. During World War Two, the Japanese occupied the country which led to a violent struggle with the Allies to reclaim Burma, with Burmese fighters on either side of the conflict. At the end of the war Aung San emerged as the leader of a transitional government to oversee the nation’s independence, securing an agreement with British Prime Minister Clement Attlee in January 1947 guaranteeing Burma’s independence within a year. Despite Aung San’s assassination by a group of political rivals backed by the British in July 1947, on January 4th 1948 his dream was fulfilled and Burma became an independent nation. He is still remembered as the father of the nation, and his daughter Aung San Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning politician. Upon independence, Sao Shwe Thaik became the country’s first President and U Nu its Prime Minister. This day is celebrated every year in Burma to commemorate the day the nation achieved independence from colonial rule.

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Afrikaans is believed to be the youngest “natural...

Afrikaans is believed to be the youngest “natural language” in the world. Afrikaans evolved from Dutch, when Dutch settlers arrived in what is now South Africa in 1652. It was considered to be a dialect of Dutch until the late 1800s, when Afrikaans began being classified as a language in its own right.

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There is a language for the Inuit. It is called Inuktitut...

There is a language for the Inuit. It is called Inuktitut syllabics, because its letters usually denote syllables rather than individual sounds.In the 1870s, Edmund Peck, an Anglican missionary adapted the Cree script to Inuktitut.Other missionaries, and later linguists in the employ of the Canadian and American governments, adapted the Latin alphabet to the dialects of the Mackenzie River delta, the western Arctic islands and Alaska. Inuit is not a singular language so much as a continuum of somewhat inter-comprehensible dialects used in different parts of Canada and Alaska. So Inuktitut can vary widely from place to place.

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Census Gov Doc/Data: U.S. and World Populations on New Year’s Day

The U.S. Census Bureau projects the United States population will be 320,090,857 on Jan. 1, 2015. This represents an increase of 2,334,187, or 0.73 percent, from New Year’s Day 2014, and 11,345,319, or 3.67 percent, since Census Day (April 1) 2010.

In January 2015, the U.S. is expected to experience a birth every eight seconds and one death every 12 seconds. Meanwhile, net international migration is expected to add one person to the U.S. population every 33 seconds. The combination of births, deaths and net international migration increases the U.S. population by one person every 16 seconds.

The projected world population on Jan. 1, is 7,214,958,996, an increase of 77,381,246, or 1.08 percent, from New Year’s Day 2014. During January 2015, 4.3 births and 1.8 deaths are expected worldwide every second.

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