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If It Weren't For Samuel Morse's Grief, Long-Distance Communication Might Not Exist

The phrase "What hath God wrought?" may not mean much to you, but it's a line that changed the course of history. This was the first message ever transmitted over telegraph wires.

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Samuel Morse, the developer, created this technology out of his own grief. This story is dark, but it has a happy ending — for the rest of the world, that is.

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Samuel Morse

Before he became known for the code that bears his name, Samuel Morse was a portrait painter. Soon after setting up an art studio in Boston in 1815, Morse married Lucretia Walker. All was good and well until 1825, when tragedy after tragedy plowed its way into Morse's life.

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Lucretia Morse with first two children

Lucretia died in 1825 after giving birth to the couple's third child. She fell seriously ill while Morse was away working on a painting commission, and got word of her condition too late. By the time he made it back home to be with her, she had already been buried. On top of that, the next year, his father (Jedidiah) died. Three years after that, his mother (Elizabeth Ann) died.

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Lucretia

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Elizabeth Ann

He received a patent for his telegraph invention in 1844, and was able to secure funding from Congress to build wires across the United States.

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On May 24th of that year, he telegraphed his famous message from Baltimore to Washington: "What hath God wrought!"

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According to PBS, President Abraham Lincoln received battle reports at the White House via telegraph during the Civil War.

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President Abraham Lincoln

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The technology rapidly caught on with ordinary people too. Before long, Morse's practical little invention change the course of the modern world.

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What Was The Fastest Bicycle Ride In The World And How Fast Was The Fastest Bicycle Ride?
The fastest bicycle ride in the world was almost 167 miles per hour (or 166.94 MPH to be exact).

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The record was set in 1995 by Fred Rompelberg on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, using an automobile mounted with a windshield to create a slipstream for the cyclist to peddle behind.

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Rompelberg was the oldest professional cyclist in the world at the time, and the Dutch cyclist has set several world cycling records.

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Born on October 30th 1945 in Maastricht, Netherlands, Rompelberg is into cycling holidays in Majorca, Spain these days.

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Where Is Niagara Falls Located And Is Niagara Falls In The United States Or Canada?

There are actually two falls on the Niagara River, the American Falls in New York State and the Horseshoe Falls in Canada.

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The Niagara River forms part of the U.S.–Canada border.

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The shape and location of Niagara Falls have changed many times over the centuries. Just 700 years ago, for example, there was just one waterfall. The power of its pounding water has, over the years, eroded the rock layers under the river.

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Today a huge gorge extends 7 miles (11 km) downstream to the town of Lewiston, New York, where the falls first began to flow about 12,000 years ago.

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Back then, retreating glaciers caused Lake Erie to spill over, forming the Niagara River. At one location, called the Niagara Escarpment (see previous image), the river ran over a cliff, eventually cutting through it and forming the falls.

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The erosion continues today, as the Horseshoe Falls ledge loses 3 inches (8 cm) to 6 feet (183 cm) each year.

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The American Falls ledge loses only about 1 inch (2.5 cm) per year, because less water flows over those falls.

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Where Did The Term “Booby Trap” For An Explosive Device Come From And What Does The Name Mean?

The English word boob, meaning “stupid” or “dunce” or “dumbbell”, first appeared in 1599.

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It comes from the Spanish word “bobo”, also meaning “stupid,” which came from the Latin balbus.

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While a booby prize is awarded to the supreme loser, it was during the First World War that the nineteenth-century booby trap changed from being a harmless practical joke to its deadly modem wartime meaning of laying explosive traps for enemy soldiers.

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The term “boob tube” refers to television, and is synonymous with “idiot box.”

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Hmm, I wonder if boob means stupid or dunce, how the term "boobs" came to mean a woman's breasts...


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Hmm, I wonder if boob means stupid or dunce, how the term "boobs" came to mean a woman's breasts...


Actually, just "boob" in the image search criteria is an eye-opener. :yikes:

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When Did Canada Become An Independent Country And Does Canada Belong To The United Kingdom?

Canada has been an independent country since 1931, and does not belong to the United Kingdom.

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But it is still a member of the British Commonwealth, also called the Commonwealth of Nations, which is made up of the United Kingdom and several countries that used to be part of the British Empire.

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Membership is voluntary, and its members share trade, investment, and social interests. Commonwealth nations are self-governing and acknowledge the British king or queen as a symbolic leader only.

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Canada is a federation consisting of ten provinces and three territories, and is governed as a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.

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Peggy Whitson

Peggy Whitson, in full Peggy Annette Whitson, (born February 9, 1960, Mount Ayr, Iowa, U.S.), American biochemist and astronaut, who was the first female commander of the International Space Station (ISS) and who holds the record among American astronauts and among women for spending the most time in space, nearly 666 days.

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Whitson received a B.S. in biology and chemistry from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, in 1981 and a doctorate in biochemistry from Rice University in Houston in 1985. In 1986 she moved to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston as a research associate and later worked as the supervisor for the Biochemistry Research Group at KRUG International, a NASA medical sciences contractor at the JSC. Whitson had a long and varied career at NASA before her selection as an astronaut candidate. Among other positions, she worked in the Biomedical Operations and Research branch at the JSC from 1989 to 1993 and was the deputy division chief of the Medical Sciences Division at the JSC from 1993 to 1996. She also participated in joint efforts between American and Soviet (later Russian) scientists.

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Doctor Peggy Whitson

Whitson began her astronaut training in August 1996. After completing two years of training, she worked in various technical positions at the Operations Planning branch of NASA’s Astronaut Office. She flew into space for the first time on June 5, 2002, as a flight engineer on Expedition 5 to the ISS, aboard the space shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-111. On board the ISS, she conducted more than 20 experiments in microgravity and human life sciences and also operated and installed commercial payloads and hardware systems. She was designated as the first NASA ISS science officer and also performed a space walk to install shielding on a service module and to deploy a science payload. After nearly 185 days in space, she returned to Earth aboard STS-113, landing on December 7.

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Whitson traveled into space for a second time on October 10, 2007—aboard Soyuz TMA-11 with Yury Malenchenko of Russia and Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor of Malaysia—as the commander of the Expedition 16 mission. The first female commander of the ISS, Whitson supervised and directed a significant expansion of the living and working space on the ISS, including the installation of components made by European, Japanese, and Canadian space agencies. During the six-month mission she also performed five space walks to carry out maintenance and assembly tasks.

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Expedition 16 Commander Whitson

After spending nearly 192 days in space, Whitson returned to Earth aboard Soyuz TMA-11 on April 19, 2008. The crew of Soyuz TMA-11 had a difficult and dangerous ride back to Earth; the Soyuz’s equipment module failed to separate properly from the reentry module, and so the craft followed an unusually steep descent trajectory. The crew made an extremely hard landing, which missed the target by 470 km (300 miles). Whitson suffered no permanent injuries.

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Survives hard landing

From 2009 to 2012, Whitson was chief of the Astronaut Office, which oversees all NASA astronaut activities, including crew selection and training. She was the first woman and the first civilian to hold that position.

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Whitson’s third flight to the ISS was aboard Soyuz MS-03, which launched on November 17, 2016, with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. On April 10, 2017, she became commander of the ISS Expedition 51 mission, which lasted until June 2. She made four space walks on which station components were maintained or replaced. As a cost-cutting measure, Russia decided to launch Soyuz MS-04 with only one cosmonaut. This made an empty seat, so Whitson’s mission was extended by three months to take that seat. She returned to Earth on September 3, 2017, on Soyuz MS-04 with Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and American astronaut Jack Fischer. The 289 days she spent in space was the longest single spaceflight by any woman. At age 57, she was also the oldest woman to go into space.

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Soyuz MS-04 landing

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Whitson spent nearly 666 days in space during her three long-duration tours of duty to the ISS, which made her NASA’s most-experienced astronaut. Her total of 10 career space walks and their combined duration of 60 hours 21 minutes were records for a female astronaut.

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Do We Use Only 10 Percent Of Our Brain And What Is The Other 90 Percent Used For?

The old “we use only 10 percent of our brains” myth is so beloved by psychics, human potential gurus, and others who have made a cottage industry of hawking seminars and books.

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And that’s not the only brain myth out there:

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As it happens, you probably use all of your brain during a normal day, but not for every function.

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It’s just like your body’s muscles, just as you don’t use all of your muscle groups at one time, you also don’t use all of your brain at once.

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But don’t give up on that other 90 percent between eating, sleeping, working, and finding your keys, every bit counts.

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Oh, and by the way, this isn’t true either …

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Wow! That's very encouraging to know that 90% of our brain isn't being wasted on mysterious matters. That leaves much more room to learn new things.


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Volcan De Fuego (Volcano Of Fire)

The head of Guatemala's disaster agency says 69 people (of mainly the village of El Rodeo) are dead and thousands have been evacuated.

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Sleeping giant (forefront)

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Eruption starts

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One angry beast

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Many forced to evacuate

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Many injured

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Death toll continues to climb

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