Sunday, October 31, 2004

Great Belt

Zokors are medium-sized rodents weighing from 150 to 560 grams

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Germanic Religion And Mythology, The gods

Old Norse sources name a great number of deities. The evidence of place-names suggests that one cult succeeded another. Names, especially those in southeastern Norway and southern Sweden, suggest that there was once widespread worship of a god Ull (Ullr). Indeed, an early poem reports an oath on the ring of Ull, suggesting that he was once one of the highest gods, at least

Friday, October 29, 2004

Arend-roland, Comet

Comet remarkable for its anomalous second tail, which projects toward rather than away from the Sun. It was discovered on the night of Nov. 8 - 9, 1956, by S. Arend and P. Roland in Belgium. Its perihelion passage (i.e., its closest approach to the Sun) occurred on April 20, 1957. Because it was discovered months before perihelion, lengthy observations could be carried out. The anomalous tail appeared

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Earth, Relative measurements

For studying Earth structures, instruments that will measure the differences in g from points where g is known are required. They have to be rugged enough to be taken into the field and capable of providing a reading in a matter of a few minutes. Instruments suitable for measuring g on ships at sea also are needed. As long ago as 1849, Sir John Herschel of England proposed an instrument

Wednesday, October 27, 2004


The Arevaci and the Belli rose up against the Romans in the Celtiberian War, which

Tuesday, October 26, 2004


Pinyin �Yibin, � city in southern Szechwan sheng (province), China. It is situated at the junction of the Min and the Yangtze rivers at the southwestern corner of the Szechwan Basin. Above I-pin the Yangtze is called the Chin-sha River. Junk traffic can reach Le-shan, to the north on the Min, and P'ing-shan, to the south on the Chin-sha, and there is heavy river traffic with Ch'ung-ch'ing (Chungking)

Monday, October 25, 2004

Leo Africanus

Educated at F�s, in Morocco, Leo Africanus travelled widely as a young man on commercial and diplomatic missions through North Africa and may also have visited the city of Timbuktu, now in Mali, as well as the valley of the

Sunday, October 24, 2004


The technique

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Saint Augustine

The Spanish

Friday, October 22, 2004

Brieux, Eug�ne

French dramatist, one of the leading exponents of the realist drama, whose somewhat didactic works attacked the social evils of his day. Brieux's works formed part of the repertory of the famed Th��tre-Libre of Andr� Antoine, which had a far-reaching effect on the spread of the new naturalistic style. Playwright and critic George Bernard Shaw described

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Alain De Lille

Alain studied and taught at Paris, lived for some time at Montpellier, and later joined the Cistercians in C�teaux. As a theologian, he shared in the mystic reaction of the second half of the 12th century against Scholastic

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Civil Constitution Of The Clergy

There was a need to create a new administrative and financial framework for the French Church after the Revolutionary governing body, the National

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Valdemar Birgersson

King of Sweden (1250 - 75) who governed jointly with his father Birger Jarl (q.v.) until the latter's death in 1266 and then reigned alone. Because of an extramarital affair with his wife's sister, a postulant nun, by whom he had a child, Valdemar in 1274 made a pilgrimage to Rome to gain forgiveness. Pope Gregory X exacted concessions, whereby Valdemar acknowledged papal overlordship and

Monday, October 18, 2004

Eugenikos, Markos

After a classical and theological education under tutors antagonistic to Rome, Eugenikos at 26 gave his property to the poor and became a monk

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Eugenikos, Markos

Military arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines, Marxist-Leninist (CPP-ML), which is a Communist organization dedicated to achieving power in the Philippines by means of revolutionary insurrection. The CPP-ML was originally a Maoist faction that broke away from the largely passive, Soviet-oriented Philippine Communist Party in 1968 - 69 and formed the New People's

Saturday, October 16, 2004


The study of family origins and history. Genealogists compile lists of ancestors, which they arrange in pedigree charts or other written forms. The word genealogy comes from two Greek words - one meaning �race� or �family� and the other �theory� or �science.� Thus is derived �to trace ancestry,� the science of studying family history. The term pedigree comes from the Latin pes

Friday, October 15, 2004

Uniti, Compagnia Degli


Thursday, October 14, 2004

Cost - benefit Analysis

In governmental planning and budgeting, the attempt to measure the social benefits of a proposed project in monetary terms and compare them with its costs. The procedure, which is equivalent to the business practice of cost-budgeting analysis, was first proposed in 1844 by the French engineer A.-J.-E.-J. Dupuit. It was not seriously applied until the 1936 U.S. Flood Control Act, which

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Voyageurs National Park

Region of lakes and wilderness in northern Minnesota, U.S. The park lies along the Canadian border, east of International Falls. Authorized in 1971 and established in 1975, it was named for the mostly French Canadian frontiersmen called voyageurs (French: �travelers�), who were involved in fur trading in the area in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The voyageurs used large birch

Tuesday, October 12, 2004


Monday, October 11, 2004

Newhouse, Theodore ("ted")

American publisher who with his brothers founded a publishing empire that grew to comprise such holdings as 26 newspapers, the Cond� Nast magazine group, business journals, and cable television systems (b. July 19, 1903, Bayonne, N.J.--d. Nov. 28, 1998, New York, N.Y.).

Sunday, October 10, 2004


City, Osaka fu (urban prefecture), Honshu, Japan. It lies on the Fukuchiyama Line (railway), northwest of Osaka. Settled in prehistoric times, Ikeda was a flourishing trade centre during the Tokugawa era (1603 - 1867). After the development of railway transport in the late 19th century, it served as a residential suburb of Osaka. The city's industries include brewing, woodworking, and the manufacture

Saturday, October 09, 2004


Genus of flowering shrubs and small trees of the rose family (Rosaceae), several species of which have entered cultivation as ornamental plants. Most species are North American; exceptions include the shrubby A. ovalis, which ranges over Europe, and A. asiatica, a small tree of East Asia. A number of amelanchiers are variously called juneberry,

Friday, October 08, 2004


In Harris' version,

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Madison Square Garden

Indoor sports arena in New York City. The original Madison Square Garden (1874) was a converted railroad station at Madison Square; in 1891 a sports arena was built on the site, designed by Stanford White and dedicated chiefly to boxing. In 1925 a new Madison Square Garden was built at Eighth Avenue and 50th Street, with an arena suitable for basketball, hockey, and other sports; it was the

Wednesday, October 06, 2004


Pleurococcus is found as a thin, green covering on the moist, shaded side of trees, rocks, and soil. Because it grows on the north (or shaded) side of trees, stone walls, and fences, Pleurococcus is an

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Heriz Carpet

Heriz also spelled �Heris, � floor covering handmade in any of a group of villages near the town of Heris, lying east of Tabriz in northwest Iran. Heriz carpets - primarily room-sized, stout, serviceable, and attractive - have found ready markets in Europe and the U.S. They are an offshoot, apparently, of the Tabriz carpets, a country version of city styles. The smooth curves and flowing lines of a sophisticated

Monday, October 04, 2004


Also called �Pembroke�, Welsh �Sir Benfro� county of southwestern Wales, bounded on the northeast by Ceredigion, on the east by Carmarthenshire, on the south by the Bristol Channel, and on the west and northwest by St. Bride's Bay and Cardigan Bay of St. George's Channel. The county's rugged and convoluted coastline forms a peninsula with several protruding headlands, including St. David's Head, the most westerly

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Wade, Benjamin F.

In 1821 Wade's family moved to Andover, Ohio. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and formed a successful partnership in 1831 with the outspoken antislavery advocate Joshua R. Giddings. After a term

Saturday, October 02, 2004

X-ray Telescope

Instrument designed to detect and resolve X rays from sources outside the Earth's atmosphere. Because of atmospheric absorption, X-ray telescopes must be carried to high altitudes by rockets or balloons or placed in orbit outside the atmosphere. Balloon-borne telescopes are used to detect the more penetrating (harder) X rays, whereas those carried aloft by rockets

Friday, October 01, 2004


Also spelled �Cer, � in ancient Greek religion, a destructive spirit. Popular belief attributed death and illness to the action of impersonal powers, often spoken of in the plural (Keres). The word was also used of an individual's doom, with a meaning resembling the notion of destiny. In the Attic festival of the Anthesteria, when the spirits of the dead were expelled from the house, they were