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April 24, 1990

Hubble Telescope Turns 25

  Hubble Telescope Turns 25 Google Videos

Hubble at 25: What's Next for the Space Telescope?   Discovery - April 20, 2015




April 23, 2015


Theme for 2015 is "#MPOWR Knowledge+Choice=Strength"


Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
occurs on the fourth Thursday of April every year.




April 22, 2015

Earth Day Wikipedia

Earth Day Network

Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness
and appreciation for the Earth's environment.

Planet Earth Files




Tuesday April 21, 2015     8:00 AM ET


Ellie's World Blogs
Keeping busy with ...


  Egypt's ousted President Morsi jailed for 20 years   BBC - April 21, 2015
An Egyptian court has sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in jail for ordering the arrest and torture of protesters during his rule.

  Japan train breaks speed record   BBC - April 21, 2015
A Japanese magnetic levitation train has broken the world speed record. In a test run near Mount Fuji, the train reached a top speed of 603km/h (374mph).

  House washed away in Australia storm   BBC - April 21, 2015
Mobile phone footage shows a house being washed away by floodwater in Dungog in New South Wales during a fierce storm.

  Flawless 100 carat diamond up for auction at Sotheby's   BBC - April 21, 2015
Sotheby's in New York is to auction what it says is a 'flawless' 100 carat diamond. A diamond without a single imperfection, may be worth $25m.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visits Cuba   BBC - April 21, 2015
Andrew Cuomo has become the first US state governor to visit Cuba since a thaw in relations began last year.

Does a US child go missing every 90 seconds?   BBC - April 21, 2015
A television news channel in Washington DC recently launched a safety awareness campaign using the hashtag #every90seconds, claiming that one child goes missing in the US, on average, every one-and-a-half minutes. It's a figure that's been widely quoted in US media over the past few years, often for the best of reasons, as in this case. It sounds worrying, because you might reasonably assume it refers to kidnappings, or children in real danger.

This Is What Stress Physically Feels Like   Huffington Post - April 21, 2015
Beyond the inconvenience of feeling stressed out, regular bouts of anxiety can seriously mess with your health. Persistent, daily stress can lead to increased risk of chronic diseases, heart problems and changes in the brain. Workplace stress also results in approximately $125 billion to $190 billion in U.S. healthcare costs each year.

Why You Should Always Inspect Your Asthma Inhaler Before Using It   Huffington Post - April 21, 2015
It's not uncommon for people to put their capless inhalers in their pockets, and then accidentally inhale lint or thread that gets stuck in the inhaler, he said. Storing an inhaler without its cap also exposes the device to bacteria.

5 Researched-Based Reasons to Be Kind   Huffington Post - April 21, 2015
1. Kindness Can Have Positive Effects On The Brain
2. Kindness Can Actually Help You Live Longer
3. Kindness Is Contagious
4. Kindness Makes You Happier
5. The Bottom Line On Kindness




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


April 21, 1975

Brian J. White

  Brian J. White Google Videos

Brian J. White is an American actor, dancer, football player,
lacrosse player, stock broker and youth activist. Filmography


You should listen to your own rhythm,
listen to your own conscience,
and figure out for yourself what makes your soul happy.

Brian J. White Quotes




April 21, 1979

James McAvoy

  James McAvoy Google Videos

James McAvoy is an award winning
Scottish actor. Filmography


Feeling cornered teaches you how to find your way out of situations.


James McAvoy Quotes




April 21, 1988

Robbie Amell

  Robbie Amell Google Videos

Robbie Amell is a Canadian actor. Filmography


One should stay fit and ...

Robbie Amell Quotes




April 21, 1970

Nicole Sullivan

  Nicole Sullivan Google Videos

Nicole Sullivan is an American actress,
comedian and voice artist. Filmography


Baby bumps are trendy. Being a mom is the best.

Nicole Sullivan Quotes




April 21, 1958

Andie MacDowell

  Andie MacDowell Google Videos

Andie MacDowell is an award winning
American model and actress. Filmography


I think some women have an innate ability to be intuitive with people they truly love,
but they have to learn to trust their inner voice which comes with time and experience.


Andie MacDowell Quotes




April 21, 1970

Rob Riggle

  Rob Riggle Google Videos

Rob Riggle is an award winning American
actor and comedian. Filmography


Right back at ya!

Rob Riggle Quotes




April 21, 1951

Tony Danza

  Tony Danza Google Videos

Tony Danza is an award winning
Italian-American actor. Filmography


Hold back the tide. Keep your kids innocent as long as possible.

Tony Danza Quotes




April 21, 1970

Glen Hansard

  Glen Hansard Google Videos

Glen Hansard is an award winning
songwriter and vocalist/guitarist.
Filmography-- Discography


Music is what feelings sound like. It inspires you like a scenic moment captured in time.

Glen Hansard Quotes




April 21, 1926

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom

  Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom Google Videos

Elizabeth II is the constitutional monarch of 16 of the
54 sovereign states within the Commonwealth of Nations.


It was a bit of a laugh.

Queen Elizabeth II Quotes 1

Queen Elizabeth II Quotes 2




April 21, 1838 - December 24, 1914

John Muir

  John Muir Google Videos

John Muir was one of the earliest modern preservationists
His letters, essays, and books describe nature, and wildlife, in the
Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. He founded the Sierra Club.


The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.


John Muir Quotes 1

John Muir Quotes 2




Monday April 20, 2015     8:00 PM ET


  The world's youngest self-made female billionaire   CBS - April 20, 2015
Elizabeth Holmes was named to this years' TIME 100 list of the world's most influential people. She's being compared to visionaries like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Just as Gates wanted a computer on every desk, Holmes wants a blood test in every drugstore.

'Poor Door' Building Draws 88,000 Applicants for 55 Rental Units   New York Times - April 20, 2015
The glassy new tower in New York City that attracted an outcry for featuring one entrance for condominium owners and another one for low-income tenants has drawn more than 88,000 applications for the 55 affordable rental units, the developer said.

US warship heads to Yemeni waters; could block Iran weapons   AP - April 20, 2015
In a stepped-up response to Iranian backing of Shiite rebels in Yemen, the Navy aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt, is steaming toward the waters off Yemen to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels.

Hubble at 25: What's Next for the Space Telescope?   Discovery - April 20, 2015
Underpinning tributes this week marking the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s launch is the knowledge that the orbiting observatory has years of cutting edge science projects ahead. The telescope blasted off aboard the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990, fulfilling a dream dating back to the 1940s to put an astronomical observatory above the blurring and radiation-blocking effects of Earth’s atmosphere.

On Deepwater Horizon Anniversary: Mesh Could Soak Up Spills   Discovery - April 20, 2015
April 20 marks the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the worst oil spill in history. In the 87 days it took to figure out what happened, account for the rig’s dead and injured workers, argue over the rate of the flow and who was responsible, experiment with ways of capping the well and finally doing it, consensus estimates reckon approximately five million barrels, or over 200 million gallons of crude entered the Gulf of Mexico, home to innumerable specifies of sea and bird life, and a profit center for commercial fisheries employing thousands of Americans.

Deep national history of immigration predicts wide cultural comfort displaying emotion   PhysOrg - April 20, 2015
If your home country is historically heterogeneous and you know it, crack a smile. People who live in countries built on centuries of migration from a wide range of other countries are more emotionally expressive than people in more insular cultures.

US Breast Cancer Diagnoses May Rise 50 Percent by 2030   Live Science - April 20, 2015
The number of breast cancer cases diagnosed each year in the United States could rise 50 percent during the next 15 years, a new study suggests. By 2030, there will be 441,000 new breast cancers diagnosed yearly in U.S. women ages 30 to 84, according to the study's estimates. That's up from 283,000 breast cancer cases in 2011.

Oldest fossils controversy resolved   PhysOrg - April 20, 2015
New analysis of world-famous 3.46 billion-year-old rocks by researchers from The University of Western Australia is set to finally resolve a long-running evolutionary controversy. The new research, published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that structures once thought to be Earth's oldest microfossils do not compare with younger fossil candidates but have, instead, the character of peculiarly shaped minerals.

170-Year-Old Champagne Recovered from the Bottom of the Sea   Live Science - April 20, 2015
Every wine connoisseur knows the value of an aged wine, but few get the opportunity to sample 170-year-old Champagne from the bottom of the sea. In 2010, divers found 168 bottles of bubbly while exploring a shipwreck off the Finnish Aland archipelago in the Baltic Sea. When they tasted the wine, they realized it was likely more than a century old. A chemical analysis of the ancient libation has revealed a great dealabout how this 19th-century wine was produced.

Did Neanderthals Die Off Because They Couldn't Harness Fire?   Live Science - April 20, 2015
Neanderthals may have died off because they failed to harness the power of fire to the extent their human cousins did, a new data analysis suggests. Using fire for cooking would have allowed these other groups of ancient human relatives to get more calories from the same amount of food, thereby edging out the Neanderthal population. Over time, the anatomically modern human population would have risen, while the Neanderthal population plummeted toward extinction, according to the model.

EU meets on migrant crisis as shipwreck corpses brought ashore   Reuters - April 20, 2015
European Union foreign ministers gathered in Luxembourg on Monday under pressure to produce more than words as bodies were brought ashore in Malta among hundreds feared drowned in the latest Mediterranean migrant tragedy.

White House fence jumper arrested   CNN - April 20, 2015
A person carrying a suspicious package scaled a White House fence Sunday night, but was quickly apprehended.

Migrant Who Gave Birth in Sinking Boat Transferred to Athens Hospital   Greek Reporter - April 20, 2015
The woman was among 36 migrants in a dinghy boat rescued by the Greek Coast Guard near the island of Samos. The boat was coming from Turkey and the woman gave birth early Saturday morning while struggling for her life.

Seeking Business, Cuomo Heads to Cuba With a New York Trade Delegation   New York Times - April 20, 2015
When the United States opened the door for agricultural trade with Cuba more than a decade ago, Ward Dobbins went to Havana to market his Red Delicious apples, fresh from upstate New York. Working out of a tiny trade-show booth, he signed a contract to do business with the Cubans, and even caught a glimpse of Fidel Castro.

Technology can transfer human emotions to your palm through air, say scientists   Scientific American - April 20, 2015
Human emotion can be transferred by technology that stimulates different parts of the hand without making physical contact with your body, a study has shown. For example, short, sharp bursts of air to the area around the thumb, index finger and middle part of the palm generate excitement, whereas sad feelings are created by slow and moderate stimulation of the outer palm and the area around the 'pinky' finger.

The Most Useful 3-D-Printed Item Out There Yet   Epoch Times - April 20, 2015
Life-sized weapons, cars, and weird art were on full display at the world’s largest 3-D printing expo at Jacob K. Javits Center last week. But for those looking for life-saving science and ready-to-print cars they can drive off into the sunset, the technology is still decades away.

  Stranded Americans fend for themselves in war-torn Yemen   CNN - April 20, 2015
Muna is from Buffalo in upstate New York. Her family is among the dozens of Americans caught in the crossfire of warring parties in Yemen. And although many other countries evacuated their citizens, India most notably ferrying out around 5,000, the United States has said it is too dangerous for them to directly evacuate American nationals.

Black hole hunters tackle a cosmic conundrum   PhysOrg - April 20, 2015
Dartmouth astrophysicists and their colleagues have not only proven that a supermassive black hole exists in a place where it isn't supposed to be, but in doing so have opened a new door to what things were like in the early universe.

Pulsing light may indicate supermassive black hole merger   PhysOrg - April 20, 2015

Cold cosmic mystery solved: Largest known structure in the universe leaves its imprint on CMB radiation   PhysOrg - April 20, 2015
In 2004, astronomers examining a map of the radiation leftover from the Big Bang (the cosmic microwave background, or CMB) discovered the Cold Spot, a larger-than-expected unusually cold area of the sky. The physics surrounding the Big Bang theory predicts warmer and cooler spots of various sizes in the infant universe, but a spot this large and this cold was unexpected.

Astronomers probe inner region of young star and its planets   PhysOrg - April 20, 2015
Astronomers have probed deeper than before into a planetary system 130 light-years from Earth. The observations mark the first results of a new exoplanet survey called LEECH (LBT Exozodi Exoplanet Common Hunt).

Japan planning moon mission: space agency   PhysOrg - April 20, 2015
Japan plans to launch an unmanned mission to the moon as a stepping stone to a future visit to Mars, officials and local media said Monday.

6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Taiwan   CNN - April 20, 2015
An 84-year-old man died in a fire in Taipei's Xinzhuang district that city authorities said they suspected was caused by the quake.

Japan robot receptionist welcomes shoppers   PhysOrg - April 20, 2015
"My name is ChihiraAico. How do you do?" she says in Japanese, blinking and nodding to customers in the foyer of Mitsukoshi, Japan's oldest department store chain.

Study shines new light on the source of diamonds   PhysOrg - April 20, 2015
A team of specialists from four Australian universities, including the University of Western Australia, has established the exact source of a diamond-bearing rock for the first time.

  Siberian Sinkholes: Scientists Probing Mystery Run Low on Cash   NBC - April 20, 2015
Russian scientists setting out to study a gigantic crater that appeared in Siberia last year had to hitch a ride due to academic budget cuts.

  Sandstorm Sweeps Through China   NBC - April 20, 2015
Skies darkened and streets were awash with sand as a massive sandstorm swept through parts of northwest China.

ACM Awards 2015: Show Sets Guinness World Record   Billboard - April 20, 2015

5 Biggest Jaw-Droppers at the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards   eonline - April 20, 2015
Less than 24 hours after the Academy of Country Music Awards marked its 50th anniversary, fans still can't stop talking about some big moments nobody saw coming. Sure, Miranda Lambert walked away with practically every award possible. And yes, Taylor Swift was dancing in her seat yet again Sunday night. But it was a few performances, acceptance speeches and appearances that left us completely surprised! Take a look at five must-see moments we're lucky to have witnessed in the Lone Star state.

Luke Bryan Snags Top Honor at the ACM Awards   TIME - April 20, 2015

Luke Bryan was voted entertainer of the year at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards deep in the heart of Texas on Sunday night.

ACM Awards 2015: Taylor Swift's Mother Presents Her With an Award   ABC - April 20, 2015

Jon Stewart hasn't said much about quitting "The Daily Show" -- until now.   CNN - April 20, 2015
In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, Stewart said he's been enjoying his hosting duties less and less and feeling more pessimistic about the subjects of the show -- politics and the news media.

Tim Tebow to Sign with Eagles: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction   CNN - April 20, 2015
It appeared as though Tim Tebow's NFL career had reached its conclusion, but the former Heisman Trophy winner has yet another shot at being a professional quarterback.

Target's web site struggles during Lilly Pulitzer launch   Fortune - April 20, 2015
The discount retailer’s web site was overwhelmed in the early hours on Sunday as legions of fashionistas who had been up overnight tried to snap up Lilly Pulitzer’s fashions, only to encounter delays in the colorful beachwear line’s availability on Target.com and in many case, end up empty-handed. The incident has raised questions as to why the retailer wasn’t fully ready for the onslaught.

Furious 7 is fastest film to take $1 billion worldwide   BBC - April 20, 2015
Furious 7 has broken box office records as the fastest film to take more than $1 billion (£669.5 million) worldwide. The latest film in the Fast and Furious franchise took just 17 days to break the $1bn barrier, compared to 19 for Avengers and the final Harry Potter.

  Jon Stewart Announces Date Of His Final 'Daily Show' Episode   Huffington Post - April 20, 2015
It's Aug. 6.

Woman Indirectly Struck By Lightning Sustains Rare Injury   Huffington Post - April 20, 2015
For one 77-year-old woman who survived being hit by an indirect lightning strike while sitting in her car, those effects included losing her vision in one eye.




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


April 20, 2015

Boston Marathon

African athletes dominate at the Boston Marathon   BBC - April 20, 2015

High security for Boston Marathon as bombing trial pauses   Reuters - April 20, 2015




April 20 - May 21, 2015

Sun in Taurus

Happy Birthday to the Taurus Readers.

Taurus is a fixed earth sign ruled by Venus.




April 20, 2015

Weed Day

  Americans' Support For Marijuana Legalization Reaches All-Time High In CBS Poll   CBS - April 20, 2015

Where the 2016 presidential candidates stand on marijuana   Yahoo - April 20, 2015

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: It's time for a medical marijuana revolution   CNN - April 18, 2015

  Rash of hospitalizations in New York state linked to synthetic marijuana   CNN - April 18, 2015

420, 4:20, or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) is a code-term that refers to the consumption of cannabis and by extension, as a way to identify oneself with cannabis subculture or simply cannabis itself. Observances based on the number 420 include smoking cannabis around the time 4:20 p.m. (with some sources also indicating 4:20 a.m. on any given day, as well as smoking and celebrating cannabis on the date April 20 (4/20 in U.S.).




April 20, 1976

Joey Lawrence

  Joey Lawrence Google Videos

Joey Lawrence is an American actor,
R&B-singer, and TV-host.
Discography -- Filmography


A career is a journey. I've been fortunate enough to work and be very successful
over three decades, but I haven't achieved nearly what I want to achieve yet.

Joey Lawrence Quotes




April 20, 1970

Shemar Moore

  Shemar Moore Google Videos

Shemar Moore is an award winning actor
and former fashion model. Filmography


The lion symbolizes Courage, Power, Royalty, Dignity
Authority, Dominion, Justice, Wisdom, and Ferocity.

Acting is therapeutic.

Shemar Moore Quotes




April 20, 1964

Andy Serkis

  Andy Serkis Google Videos

Andy Serkis is an award winning English
actor, director and author. Filmography


Life is an uncertain journey. It's what you do with it that matters.

Andy Serkis Quotes




April 20, 1949

Jessica Lange

  Jessica Lange Google Videos

Jessica Lange is an award winning
American actress. Filmography


Acceptance, tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons.

Jessica Lange Quotes 1

Jessica Lange Quotes 2




April 20, 1941

Ryan O'Neal

  Ryan O'Neal Google Videos

Ryan O'Neal is an award winning
American actor. Filmography


Like a moth to a flame we become helpless
to the beautiful ghosts that true love sheds.

Ryan O'Neal Quotes




April 20, 1937

George Takei

  George Takei Google Videos

George Takei is an award winning
Japanese-American actor.


You know, it's not really coming out. It's more like a long, long walk
through what began as a narrow corridor that starts to widen.


George Takei Quotes




April 20, 1893 - December 25, 1983

Joan Miro

  Joan Miro Google Videos

Joan Miro was a painter, sculptor and ceramist whose work has been
interpreted as Surrealism, a fascination with the subconscious mind.


I try to apply colors like words that shape poems,

like notes that shape music.

The works must be conceived with fire in the soul

but executed with clinical coolness.

Joan Miro Quotes




April 20, 1889 - April 30, 1945

Adolf Hitler

  Adolf Hitler Google Videos

Hitler was the leader of the Nazi Party and
founder of the Third Reich (1933-1945).


Demoralizing the enemy from within by surprise, terrorism,
sabotage and assassination, is the war of the future.


Adolf Hitler Quotes 1

Adolf Hitler Quotes 2

Adolf Hitler Quotes 3




April 20, 1808 - January 9, 1873

Napoleon III of France

  Napoleon III of France Google Videos

Napoleon III, also known as Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte was the first President of the French Republic and the only emperor of the Second French Empire. He holds the unusual distinction of being both the first titular president and the last monarch of France. An important legacy of Napoleon III's reign was the rebuilding of Paris.


The army is the true nobility of our country.

Napoleon III of France Quotes




April 20, 570 - June 8, 632

Mohammed

Mohammed is the central human figure of the world religion of Islam
regarded by Muslims as the last messenger and prophet of the God Allah.


The world is a magician greater than the Angels Harut and Marut.


Mohammed Quotes 1

Mohammed Quotes 2