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The Manticore

With the body of a lion, the tail of a scorpion or dragon, the head of a human, and three rows of sharp teeth, the legendary manticore bears several similarities to the Egyptian sphinx. A mythical creature of Persian origin whose name derives from the Persian word for "man-eater," the manticore is rumored to kill its victims instantly with only a single bite or scratch and then fully devour them. What controversial author featured a manticore in his book The Satanic Verses? More...

This Day in History

Cuba leases Guantánamo Bay to the United States (1903)

The US Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, sometimes called "GTMO" or "Gitmo," was established in Cuba in 1898. After Cuba gained its independence, the US assumed territorial control of Guantánamo Bay. Though the 1903 Cuban-American Treaty granted the US a perpetual lease of the area, the current Cuban government considers the American presence in Guantánamo to be an illegal occupation. Why have Amnesty International, the UN, and the EU requested that the Guantánamo Bay detention center be closed? More...

Today's Birthday

W.E.B. Du Bois (1868)

Du Bois was an early African-American civil rights leader and scholar, as well as the first African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard University. He was an outspoken critic of the social inequalities that existed in the US during the early part of the 20th century, and he helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). What led Du Bois to seek Ghanaian citizenship at the age of 95? More...

In the News

Scientists One Step Closer to Curing Nut Allergies

Peanut allergy is the most common food allergy in the US and a leading cause of food-induced anaphylaxis, but scientists hope to change this. In a recent study, a team of British researchers successfully built up children’s tolerance to peanuts by giving them small daily doses of peanut flour. The four children involved in the study were once described as severely allergic to peanuts, but by the end of the trial, each participant could ingest the equivalent of at least five peanuts without having a reaction. In order to maintain their tolerance, the children must continue to eat five peanuts a day. More on the subject...

Quote of the Day

Liberty is worth paying for.
Jules Verne