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#26 2019-05-15 23:23:26

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K2,  also known as Mount Godwin-Austen or Chhogori, at 8,611 metres (28,251 ft) above sea level, is the second highest mountain in the world, after Mount Everest at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft).


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#27 2019-05-15 23:41:41

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Amebelodon is a genus of extinct proboscidean belonging to Amebelodontidae (the so-called shovel-tuskers), a group of proboscideans related to the modern elephants and their close relative the mammoth.

Wikipedia.

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I read about this a moment ago in the chapter “When the World began” of Dean’s Tell Me the Answer (which misspells the name as “Amebolodon”).

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#28 2019-05-15 23:58:41

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The male is the only creature where the male has a true reversed pregnancy. The female transfers her eggs to the male which he self-fertilises in his pouch. The number of eggs can vary from 50-150 for smaller species to 1500 for larger species.

https://www.theseahorsetrust.org/seahorse-facts/


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#29 2019-05-16 16:02:53

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A dioptre (British spelling) or diopter (American spelling) is a unit of measurement of the optical power of a lens or curved mirror, which is equal to the reciprocal of the focal length measured in metres. It is thus a unit of reciprocal length.


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#30 2019-05-16 23:30:37

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#18 comes between #17 and #19.


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#31 2019-05-17 00:11:06

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Mount Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmatha and in Tibetan as Chomolungma, is Earth's highest mountain above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. The international border between Nepal (Province No. 1) and China (Tibet Autonomous Region) runs across its summit point.

The current official elevation of 8,848 m (29,029 ft), recognized by China and Nepal, was established by a 1955 Indian survey and subsequently confirmed by a Chinese survey in 1975.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Everest


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#32 2019-05-17 13:46:09

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Shai Wosner is an Israeli-born pianist.

I have just enjoyed listening to him playing Franz Schubert’s Piano Sonata in A major, D. 959, on BBC Radio 3.


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#33 2019-05-17 15:50:12

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The Shinkansen meaning new trunkline, but colloquially known in English as the bullet train, is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan.


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#34 2019-05-18 01:04:36

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Sir Wilfrid Laurier was a Prime Minister of Canada (1896–1911), during whose term the country entered a period of prosperity known as the “Sunshine Years”.

I’ve just learnt this in the chapter on Prime Ministers of Canada in the section on people of the Reader’s Digest Book of Facts.


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#35 2019-05-18 19:47:06

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Contrary to the popular belief, the Blue Whale is not the largest form of life. It is General Sherman is a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, in the U.S. state of California. By volume, it is the largest known living single-stem tree on Earth.

With a height of 83.8 meters (275 ft), a diameter of 7.7 m (25 ft), an estimated bole volume of 1,487 m³ (52,513 cu ft), and an estimated age of 2,300–2,700 years, it is nevertheless among the tallest, widest, and longest-lived of all trees on the planet.

While it is the largest tree known, the General Sherman Tree is neither the tallest known living tree on Earth (that distinction belongs to the Hyperion tree, a Coast redwood), nor is it the widest (both the largest cypress and largest baobab have a greater diameter), nor is it the oldest known living tree on Earth (that distinction belongs to a Great Basin bristlecone pine).


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#36 2019-05-18 23:38:58

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Yugarie (or eugarie), also called pipi, is “any of various shellfishes, esp[ecially] Plebidonax deltoides of Australia or Mesodesma novae-zelandiae of New Zealand” (Collins).

I learned this a moment ago when I was looking for a word beginning with y that had not already been used in the last-letter game I was playing.


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#37 2019-05-19 09:28:23

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Igor Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto was written for the Polish-born American violinist Samuel Dushkin. There are four movement, each beginning with the same chord (in different configurations).

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I enjoyed listening to it on BBC Radio 3 just now, Renaud Capuçon the soloist with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin conducted by Iván Fischer.


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#38 2019-05-19 10:17:59

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Renaud Capuçon is a French violinist, Ivan Fischer is a Hungarian conductor, and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin is a German orchestra.


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#39 2019-05-19 13:02:16

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The Electrochemical Society is a learned society (professional association) based in the United States that supports scientific inquiry in the field of electrochemistry and solid-state science and technology.

In November 1901, Charles John Reed set out on a mission to create a new society in order to more quickly and efficiently exchange information and ideas among those interested in electrochemistry. With the help of friend and professor Joseph W. Richards, the two men started what is the modern day Electrochemical Society.


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#40 2019-05-20 04:43:48

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There are two types of drugs: addictive (such as heroin and morphine) and non-addictive (such as marijuana). Both are dangerous in their own ways: addictive drugs lead to dependence and all the psychological and social problems that go with it, while non-addictive drugs lead the persistent user in search of increasingly bigger kicks to take more and more of them, increasing dosages to fatal levels.

I’ve just read about addiction in the medical encylcopaedia of the Reader’s Digest Family Health Guide.

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#41 2019-05-20 14:23:42

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The semi-major axis of Pluto's orbit varies between about 39.3 and 39.6 au with a period of about 19,951 years, corresponding to an orbital period varying between 246 and 249 years. The semi-major axis and period are presently getting longer.


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