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History Articles

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History

Understanding Arab Culture—Islam and the Five Pillars of Faith

It’s pretty difficult to talk about what it means to be an Arab without also talking about Islam, the second largest religion in the world. The question is are the terms Arab and Muslim synonymous? The quick answer is no. In fairness Arabs are overwhelmingly Muslim, but not all of them. […]

History

The Reign of Charlemagne: Living in Charlemagne’s Kingdom

Charlemagne, Carolus Magnus, Charles the Great, was the greatest member of the Carolingian family, which arose in the early 7th century in the northeastern region of the Frankish world. He reigned over the Franks from 768 to 814. His reign marks a turning point in European history. […]

Health and Fitness Articles

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Health & Fitness

Bedwetting in Older Kids

[A]bout 3% of 12 year olds still wet the bed, at least sometimes…[K]ids don’t wet the bed because they want to wet, and don’t stop wetting the bed because they want to stop. Don’t create a bigger problem by blaming or by implying that kids can solve this problem by trying harder. […]

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Featured

Stress Management: Arousal and Value Judgement

Stress management wisdom – Stress is, at its core, how we communicate with ourselves. Instead of being afraid of stress, learn to listen to it and use it as a tool that facilitates self-awareness and self- understanding. Don’t try to reduce or eliminate stress. Instead, as you’ll see in this lecture, learn to make stress work for you. […]

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Breaking Down The Barriers: Find Your Exercise Motivation!

Despite there being libraries full of research material that confirms that regular exercise brings a whole smorgasbord of benefits, statistics from the US Department of Health and Human Sciences reveal that only around 35% of adults engage in regular physical activity, and around 25% admit to doing none at all. So what is it that prevents people from taking a dose of medicine that is clearly good for them? […]

Robert Greenberg’s Music History Monday

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Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: Émigrés

For us, for now, the key phrase is “he emigrated to America in 1936”: Fritz Mahler was one of the hundreds—the thousands—of artists, scientists, writers, and intellectuals who managed to escape Europe in the 1930s. And thereby hangs our tale.
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Music Appreciation

Music History Monday: A Decidedly Politically-Incorrect Rant

Opera was invented in Italy for the same reason that surfing was invented in Hawaii: Hawaii is surrounded by warm ocean water and perfect waves and Italians are surround by the musical warmth and beauty of the Italian language: that seemingly perfect amalgam of vowel and consonant. […]

Science Articles

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Hubble Images—Exploring the Birthplace of Stars

Among the incredible Hubble cloud images, none has been received with greater public acclaim than the detailed 1995 snapshot of newborn stars emerging from giant pillars of gas and dust inside the Eagle Nebula. This image looks like a fantasy landscape out of a dream or a children’s story. Get ready to explore this image in the context of galactic interstellar clouds, the process of star formation, and the impact of young stars on their interstellar environments. […]

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The Immune Response

The immune response in a human’s immune system is remarkably complex, very efficient, and profoundly fascinating. Let’s investigate. There are many characteristics of the immune system […]