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Today in History: Albert Einstein was born

On March 14, 1879, Albert Einstein is born, the son of a Jewish electrical engineer in Ulm, Germany. Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity drastically altered man’s view of the universe, and his work in particle and energy theory helped make possible quantum mechanics and, ultimately, the atomic bomb. …

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Featured: How I learned to listen

Do you have problem listening attentively? It is not late yet. You can do something about it. Read a similar Person’s testimony. The core of StoryCorps is listening. It’s about honoring another human being by simply listening to them. The joke, of course, is that I’m a terrible listener. I …

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Short Story of the Week: A Couple

A COUPLE Doors banged. Utensils clanked. Items fell. There were brisk movements. Someone paced about the room. There were little noises. It happened at midnight and some inquisitive neighbors peeped through their windows. There was nothing outside. The noise came from their house. Something was happening. But they haven’t been …

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Before Independence; Reflections from the Cape Coast Castle

Reflections of a Cape Coast Castle Visitor Wails loomed out and penetrated its thick walls. Cries of pain and anguish, of misery and despair always characterized it uniquely white walls. The paints were as white as snow on a wall as tall as trying to be in competition with the …

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HEALTH: The benefits of Fish Oils

Fish oils come from fatty fish, also known as oily fish, specifically the tissue of fatty fish, such as trout, mackerel, tuna, herring, sardines, and salmon. Fish oils are of interest to nutritionists and health care professionals because of two main ingredients: DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) – …

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Democracy, Deferred-Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

Last week, Victor, a carpenter, came to my Lagos home to fix a broken chair. I asked him whom he preferred as Nigeria’s next president: the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan, or his challenger, Muhammadu Buhari. “I don’t have a voter’s card, but if I did, I would vote for somebody I …

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