Elatostema is a genus of flowering plants containing approximately 350 known species in the nettle family Urticaceae, native to tropical forest clearings throughout Australasia, Asia and Africa. There may be as many as 1,000 species of this little-known genus, which is susceptible to deforestation and other forms of human exploitation. Some species, for instance the …

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Tea is an aromatic beverage prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured or fresh leaves of Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to China, India and other East Asian countries. Tea is also rarely made from the leaves of Camellia taliensis. After water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world. …

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Moon landing

A Moon landing is the arrival of a spacecraft on the surface of the Moon. This includes both crewed and robotic missions. The first human-made object to touch the Moon was the Soviet Union’s Luna 2, on 13 September 1959.

Dune (novel)

Dune is a 1965 science fiction book by American author Frank Herbert that was first published as two independent serials in Analog magazine. It shared the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1966 with Roger Zelazny’s This Immortal, and it won the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. It is the first episode in the …

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DNA damage

DNA damage occurs at a rate of 10,000 to 1,000,000 molecular lesions per cell each day as a result of environmental influences and normal metabolic activities within the cell. While this accounts for just 0.000165 percent of the human genome’s nearly 6 billion bases, unrepaired lesions in essential genes can impair a cell’s capacity to …

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Falcon 9

Falcon 9 is a partially reusable two-stage-to-orbit medium-lift launch vehicle designed and manufactured by SpaceX in the United States. The latest version of the first stage can return to Earth and be flown again multiple times. Both the first and second stages are powered by SpaceX Merlin engines, using cryogenic liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene …

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Operation Snowball

Operation Snowball is an international alcohol, tobacco and drug-use prevention program founded in Illinois in 1977, focusing on leadership development to encourage young people to avoid taking drugs. The name originates from the idea that having a positive impact on an individual can “snowball” into positive results for an entire community and beyond. Operation Snowball is part-funded by the Illinois Department of …

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Sociology is a social science that focuses on society, human social behavior, patterns of social relationships, social interaction, and aspects of culture associated with everyday life. It uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis  to develop a body of knowledge about social order and social change.  While some sociologists conduct research that may be applied directly to social policy and welfare, others focus primarily on refining the theoretical understanding of …

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Insects (from Latin insectum) are pancrustacean hexapod invertebrates of the class Insecta. They are the largest group within the arthropod phylum. Insects have a chitinous exoskeleton, a three-part body (head, thorax and abdomen), three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes and one pair of antennae. Insects are the most diverse group of animals; they include more than a million described species and represent more than half of all known living organisms. The total number of extant species is estimated at …

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Mikki Norris

Born July 18, 1952 (age 69) Occupation Drug policy activist, publisher, author Website Mikki Norris is an American drug policy activist, former publisher, and author, known for her work highlighting the human cost of the US War on Drugs. She co-authored, with husband Chris Conrad and Virginia Resner, Shattered Lives: Portraits From America’s Drug War and Human Rights and the US Drug War. Norris was …

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