A Solar Eclipse and the Fascination of Astronomy

MAY 10, 1994, was a unique day for some people in North America. It was the occasion of the annular eclipse of the sun by the moon. For a few brief hours, millions were made aware of the fascinating science of astronomy. But what exactly is an eclipse? An eclipse occurs when there is a …

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Those Useful Imaginary Lines

BY AWAKE! CORRESPONDENT IN BRITAIN TAKE a look at a world map or a globe. Do you notice the network of perpendicular and horizontal lines drawn all over it? No doubt you quickly recognize the one running horizontally across the middle of the map as the equator. But what about the other lines? What are …

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Your Brain—How Does It Work?

“The brain is the most difficult part of the body to study,” observes E. Fuller Torrey, a psychiatrist at the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. “We carry it around in this box on our shoulders that’s very inconvenient for research.” NEVERTHELESS, scientists say that they have already learned much about the way the brain processes …

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Your Brain—How Can You Best Use It?

As you read these words, your brain evokes memories stored years ago when you first learned how to read. But to give wise and thoughtful consideration to what you learn, you need to develop the brain’s thinking ability. SCIENTISTS have discovered that the connections between the brain’s neurons are continually changing. If not used or …

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The Amazing Global Positioning System

BY AWAKE! CORESSPONDENT IN AUSTRALIA THE young hiker’s face was covered with perspiration from her exertion on such a hot day. Her shoulders wriggled to ease the weight of her heavy backpack filled with provisions needed for survival. She carefully unfolded and examined her hiker’s map, but, to her dismay, nothing in the surrounding terrain …

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Genes, DNA, and You

TAKE a good, long look at yourself in the mirror. Note the color of your eyes, the texture of your hair, the shade of your complexion, and the shape of your body. Think about the talents that you possess. Why do you look the way you do? Why do you have the particular traits and …

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Revenge of the Microbes

  THE 20th century has seen marvelous advances in medical science. For thousands of years, humans have been virtually helpless against the scourge of deadly microbes. But things began to change in the mid-1930’s when scientists discovered sulfanilamide, the first substance that could defeat bacteria without seriously harming the infected person. In the years that …

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Pestilence in the 20th Century

THE Black Death of 14th-century Europe did not lead to the end of the world, as many were predicting. But what about our time? Do the epidemics and diseases of our day suggest that we are living in what the Bible calls “the last days”?—2 Timothy 3:1. ‘Surely not,’ you may think. Medical and scientific advancements …

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Snail Fever—Is Its End in Sight?

BY AWAKE! CORRESPONDENT IN NIGERIA DESPITE stunning developments in the fields of medicine and science, humankind is unable to straighten out many of its age-old problems. This has been true of efforts to subdue snail fever. Seemingly, all the means are available to do the job. Doctors understand the life cycle of the parasite involved. …

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Opera in the Jungle

By Awake! correspondent in Brazil LOOKING through the plane’s window, we see two rivers heading toward each other—the sand-colored Solimões and the cola-colored Negro. When they meet, they refuse to mix completely until six miles [10 km] farther downstream. Nearby, the plane lands in Manaus, the capital of Brazil’s Amazonas State. “Here we have two …

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