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Where Does The Tasmanian Devil Live And Is There Really An Animal Called The Tasmanian Devil?

There really is an animal called the Tasmanian Devil, and it lives in Tasmania, a large island off the southern coast of Australia.

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Scientists think it became extinct on the Australian mainland about 600 years ago.

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The Tasmanian devil is nocturnal and about the size of a small, thick-set dog.

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It is covered with black fur, sometimes with a few white markings, and the Tasmanian devil is the world’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupial.

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Early settlers to the area gave it its name because of its hair-raising screeches and bad temper.

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The Tasmanian devil was hunted because it was regarded as a threat to livestock in Tasmania.

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In 1941, the Tasmanian Devil was named a threatened species and came under the government’s protection.

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Did A Meteorite Cause The Tunguska Event Or Was It A UFO?

Tunguska is a sparsely inhabited region of forests and swamps in central Siberia. It’s a good thing that the region is sparsely settled. For on June 30, 1908, Tunguska was the scene of one of the most powerful explosions that ever occurred on earth, an explosion whose cause remains a mystery.

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On that morning in 1908, a flash of fire lit up the skies over Tunguska. A pillar of smoke was seen from up to 250 miles away, and the roar of an explosion could be heard 500 miles away. Even in Europe, the skies were lit up that night by dust in the atmosphere, dust thrown into the air by the Tungus explosion!

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Many years were to pass before Russian scientists could seriously study the Tunguska explosion. In 1927, a Russian expedition set out to visit this remote region. Even though it had been 19 years since the explosion, the signs of its tremendous force could still be seen over a vast area.

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Leonid Kulik leads 1927 expedition

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All around the center of the blast, trees lay flat on the ground as if felled at once by the explosion. Many trees were badly burned. An area of more than 1,000 square miles had been devastated by the blast, which scientists believe was equal in force to about 30 million tons of TNT!

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The Russian scientists at first believed that the Tungus blast had been caused by a huge meteorite that exploded in the earth’s atmosphere. But the first Russian expedition, and three that followed it, failed to turn up any evidence of a meteorite explosion. Although there are now Russian claims that pieces of meteorite have been found since the last expedition, these are undergoing extensive testing and may prove false.

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Modern day: Searching for meteorite fragments

Then what did cause this powerful blast? Most scientists now believe that it was caused by a small comet that struck the earth, even though no comets were seen in the skies around the time of the explosion. But other scientists have even suggested that the blast may have been caused by the explosion of a UFO!

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One thing is for certain, the location of the blast is as much a “miracle” as the explosion itself is a mystery. For although the blast felled thousands of trees, killed hundreds of reindeer, and destroyed houses in the region, it did not result in a single human death!

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How Did The War Between Mexico And The United States Follow After The Annexation Of Texas?

The Mexican American War broke out eventually, but not right away. Months went by, and the issue might have been settled peacefully, but U.S. president James K. Polk had reason to heat up the conflict, even at the cost of war.

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President James K. Polk

He wanted to acquire Mexico’s entire Far North, the whole region from Texas to California. He and others like him believed that this expansion from coast to coast was America’s “manifest destiny,” an outcome plainly decreed by God.

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Among other things, expansion would give the United States rich trading ports on the Pacific Ocean and a land route to get to those ports.

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In November 1845, Polk sent an emissary, John Slidell, to try to buy Mexico’s northern regions. Still furious about Texas, Mexico refused.

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In 1846, one day after hearing about the refusal, Polk ordered General Zachary Taylor to move his forces from the Nueces River in Texas to the Rio Grande.

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Taylor stayed in Corpus Christi until the Mexicans made a move. Mexico claimed the Nueces strip but it's retreat back to Mexico after both attacks on San Antonio was to the south of the Rio Grande.

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Which Country Has One Of The Largest Birds In The World, A Walking Fish, And Birds That Can’t Fly?

Australia is not just the land of strange animals.

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There are also birds in Australia that can be found nowhere else on earth. One of these is the emu, a big bird that cannot fly. The emu looks much like the ostrich, sometimes standing five feet tall. After a female emu lays her eggs, it’s the male emu and not the female that sits on them until they hatch!

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You won’t have to travel very far from the emu’s home to find the third largest bird on earth. It’s the cassowary, which is found in New Guinea and parts of Australia. Like the ostrich and emu, the cassowary cannot fly.

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Even fish behave strangely in Australia. The Australian walking fish uses its fins to walk out of the water and onto a beach. Sometimes it climbs trees in search of insects to eat!

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Australian Walking Fish (aka Mexican Walking Fish)

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Periophthalmus barbarus (aka Mudskipper)


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How Did New York Get Its Name And Why Was New York City Once Called New Amsterdam?

Henry Hudson, an Englishman, was hired by the Dutch to find a shortcut to the Pacific Ocean back in the early 1600s.

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When he sailed up the river now named after him, he was able to claim the land around it, today’s states of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and part of Connecticut, for the Netherlands.

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This area was called New Netherland, and the town the Dutch settled in 1625 on Manhattan Island was called New Amsterdam, named after the city in the Netherlands.

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Some Dutch names remain in the New York City area today. For example, the borough of Brooklyn was originally the Dutch town of Breuckelen.

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The English and the Dutch fought for many years in the mid-1600s for control of this region.

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When the English finally won control of the colony in a peace treaty in 1674, it was renamed New York, after the duke of York.

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Charles, Duke of York

The duke’s brother, King Charles II of England, had given him a charter for the land.

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Where Is Silicon Valley Located In California And How Did It Get Its Name?

Silicon Valley is a 30-mile (48-km) by 10-mile (16-km) area in northern California between San Francisco and San Jose.

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Its name comes from the many electronics, information technology, and Internet companies that have been locating their offices and manufacturing plants there since the 1950s.

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The term “Silicon Valley” was first used in 1971, with “silicon” referring to the material used to make computer chips.

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Close by are Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley, which helped Silicon Valley develop into one of the world’s most important research and development centers.

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Earlier in the twentieth century this region was best known for its apricot and walnut orchards.

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Did President William Henry Harrison Roll A Ball From Kentucky To Maryland?

No, but those who wanted William Henry Harrison to become president did.

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William Henry Harrison

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During the campaign of 1840, Harrison’s friends made a large paper ball and rolled it all the way from Kentucky to Baltimore, Maryland, where the convention was to be held.

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They carried a sign that read, “Keep the Ball Rolling.” All this might have helped, as Harrison was elected, although he served only 33 days before he died from pneumonia. President Harrison was the only president ever to have studied medicine, although he quit before he became a doctor.

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Instead, he joined the army and took up a career of soldiering.

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General William Henry Harrison

Even though he was president, he went to the grocery store every day and did his own marketing.

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He even went out and bought a cow and helped the farmer bring it back to the White House.

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How High Does Voltage Have To Be Before It’s A Serious Hazard?

Voltage in itself isn’t dangerous. A 10,000–volt shock can be no more disturbing than a pinprick, but you can get a serious jolt from a 12–volt automobile battery. What’s dangerous is the amount of electric current that flows through your body as a result of the voltage.

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A current of electricity, as you undoubtedly know, is a flow of electrons. The voltage is the amount of push that urges them to flow from one place to another (aka “a circuit”). If they are given no place to flow to, no amount of urging by a voltage will make them flow (aka an “open circuit”). Voltage is like height: No matter how high you may be on a cliff, the height is harmless as long as you don’t take a direct route to the ground below. Electrical safety is simply a matter of making sure that the electrons can get to the ground by a route other than through your body; they can’t hurt you if they’re not flowing through you. That’s why the birds are safe perching on high-voltage transmission lines.

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But it’s high time we focused on those electrons. Electrons are the negatively charged particles that make up the entire bulk of all atoms. Every atom of every substance is essentially a blob of electrons with an incredibly tiny, incredibly heavy, positively charged nucleus (neutrons and protons) buried somewhere in the middle.

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The electrons in atoms have certain energies that are characteristic of the type of atom they’re in. What makes a flow of electricity possible is that many of these electrons (the weakest electron orbit is called a “valance” orbit) are easily detachable from the rest of their atoms and will travel (as “free” electrons) elsewhere under the influence of a voltage shove. In most cases it takes only a few volts to evict at least some of them from their home atoms.

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Some electrons are so loose that you can just rub them off. Scuff your shoes across a carpet on a dry day and some electrons will be rubbed off your shoes’ atoms onto the carpet. Because your feet are presumably firmly connected to your shoes, your entire body now has a deficit of electrons, while the carpet has a surplus. Normally, all atoms are electrically neutral, because they have just as much positive charge in their nuclei as they have negative charge in their electrons. But now, your body has fewer electrons than your atoms require. This is a “static” charge.

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If you now touch an electron conductor such as a metal door knob, metal radiator or water pipe, electrons from the huge supply in the rest of the world, the ground, will eagerly leap to your finger even before it touches the metal, lighting up the intervening air with a crackling blue spark (aka an (eletrostatic discharge or ESD”) and inspiring you to utter an expletive.

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Instead of a water pipe you may even touch another person, who is unlikely to be as electron-deficient as you are, and some of his electrons will jump to your finger, eliciting an expletive from him.

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But here’s the thing: The voltage that urged the electrons to flow into your finger from the water pipe or your shocked friend may have been several thousand volts, but you’re not dead because the number of flowing electrons, the amount of current, was much too small to do any harm to your body. After all, your shoe soles aren’t exactly electric generators, like the ones down at the power plant that push gazillions of electrons through transmission lines to your house.

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At home, where the voltage has been reduced to 120 or 240 volts, if you touch a “live” wire while some other part of you is connected to the ground, the power company will blindly supply as many electrons as can possibly flow through your body, that is, as large a current as can flow through you, given your body’s resistance to the flow. And you’re a dead duck.

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In short, the danger of electricity lies not in how many volts you are subjected to, but in how much electric current (electrons) flows through your body. The trouble is that we never know what the current can or will be in any given situation, so we must stay away from any voltage above battery levels at all times.

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What Bird, Animal, Or Fish Migrates The Farthest In A Year?

The arctic tern migrates the farthest in a year, by a long way.

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It migrates 22,000 miles each year, flying from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica and then, half a year later, flies back again.

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That’s quite the journey for a bird.

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What Is The Difference Between Plateaus, Mesas, And Buttes?

A plateau is an elevated area that spreads over a large region.

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Plateau in Colorado

A mesa, from the Spanish word for table, is a plateau that drops steeply off on all sides.

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Arizona desert mesa

A butte is a smaller mesa and is formed when a mesa erodes.

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Camel Butte, Monument Valley, Arizona

If you visit the Four Corners area of the United States, the place where New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah meet, you’ll see many of these unusual landforms.

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Monument Valley, AZ, enroute to Four Corners

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