The Calvary Tabernacle Church, in Perry, Iowa, went up in a little more than a day.
More than 300 volunteers teamed up to build an entire church in a little more than 24 hours last weekend in Perry, Iowa, and the sanctuary was ready for use by Sunday morning. The Calvary Tabernacle Church was the latest of more than 100 houses of worship built at lightning speed through the United Pentecostal Church International’s “Church in a Day” program.
“Within ten minutes the four walls were up,” said the Rev. Rex Deckard, who heads Calvary Tabernacle’s sister church, Calvary Apostolic Church in Des Moines. “It was truly incredible.”
This entire church was built over last Friday and Saturday. And opened up for Sunday service. The new church holds 100 people, but on Sunday over twice that number crammed into the new building.
Pastor Gregg Davison has a church now for the Bible study group he began seven years ago, and which outgrew its rented storefront.
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Macho man? Women actually want a provider says study into what created the modern families
Led to formation of early human society driven by long-lasting relationships
Women’s decision not to go with alpha males marked us out from other primates
Mathematical simulation ‘proves’ women were key
As if man ‘tamed himself’ say researchers
Confident and cocky, alpha males might have you believe that they could win the heart of any woman they want.
But when it comes to finding a mate, women are actually hardwired to go for a meeker, less macho chap who is a good provider, a study suggests.
American researchers have looked into the reasons why humans developed the two-parent nuclear family.
Our primitive ancestors would have inherited the social structure of the apes – a sexual free-for-all with males fighting each other for mating rights.
But scientists at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, say a ‘sexual revolution’ occurred when lower-ranking males who had no chance of winning a fight cottoned on to providing food and care instead.
Their effort paid off, as they got the immediate benefit of mating. And in the long run, females decided they preferred being looked after and started forming long-term relationships, the study found.
Sergey Gavrilets, an evolutionary biologist, said this was ‘a foundation for the later emergence of the institution of modern family’.
Read more HERE.
Arthritis Drug Could Improve Treatment of Dysentery
Preliminary tests on animals have shown that a drug used since 1985 to treat arthritis is 10 times more effective at treating amebic dysentery than the best drug currently in use. Not only was auranofin more effective than metronidazole at killing Entamoeba histolytica, a parasite that causes dysentery, it is also relatively inexpensive, an important factor given that most of the 70,000 people killed by the disease each year live in developing countries. While further studies are needed to determine whether auranofin can cure the infection in humans, experts are optimistic.
The Pseudo-Suburbanist’s Dilemma
There’s an old map that I love inside the Library of Congress, upstairs through the Great Hall and a short walk into the marble-tiled gallery where the story of the creation of the United States unfolds. I carry a facsimile of it in my mind and a surreptitious snapshot of it on my cell phone. It is vast, about 5 feet by 7 feet, and it takes up most of a temporary display wall next to a small reproduction of a letter from Virginia surveyor and frontier soldier George Mercer letting George Washington know that yes, he definitely would like to join that English scouting group hoping to exploit Indian lands west of the Ohio River.
My map – “a map of the British and French dominions in North America, with the roads, distances, limits, and extent of the settlements” – is inscribed in the lower right-hand corner, inside an elaborate inset of palm fronds, plump angels and supplicating natives, by the Earl of Halifax’s most obliged and very humble servant, John Mitchell. His world dates to 1755.
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History’s hidden gay couples whose ‘outlaw marriages’ helped America’s greatest minds reach new heights
Behind every great man there is a great… man?Decades before gay partnerships became the hot topic of political campaigns numerous high-profile artists, including Walt Whitman and Greta Garbo, carried on same-sex unions which helped enrich American culture, according to a new book.Whitman, widely regarded as America’s most influential poet, celebrated playwright Tennessee Williams, and screen siren Greta Garbo were all inspired and encouraged by their long-term lovers.Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams may have never written some of his most famous works had it not been for a one-night stand with a truck-driver, argues cultural historian Rodger Streitmatter.
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Mel Blanc (Born on this day in 1908)
One of the most prolific voice actors of all time, Blanc began his career in radio. In 1933, he began to work for a daily radio program, for which he created several voices. In 1937, he joined the cartoon department of Warner Brothers. During his 50-year career, he supplied voices in more than 3,000 animated cartoons for hundreds of characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Woody Woodpecker. Which Looney Tunes character is said to sound closest Blanc’s natural voice?
The Enigma 1,800 Miles Below Us
DEEP THOUGHTS Jules Verne’s classic “A Journey to the Center of the Earth” has inspired several film versions, including one in 2008.
As if the inside story of our planet weren’t already the ultimate potboiler, a host of new findings has just turned the heat up past Stygian.
Geologists have long known that Earth’s core, some 1,800 miles beneath our feet, is a dense, chemically doped ball of iron roughly the size of Mars and every bit as alien. It’s a place where pressures bear down with the weight of 3.5 million atmospheres, like 3.5 million skies falling at once on your head, and where temperatures reach 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit — as hot as the surface of the Sun. It’s a place where the term “ironclad agreement” has no meaning, since iron can’t even agree with itself on what form to take. It’s a fluid, it’s a solid, it’s twisting and spiraling like liquid confetti.
Researchers have also known that Earth’s inner Martian makes its outer portions look and feel like home. The core’s heat helps animate the giant jigsaw puzzle of tectonic plates floating far above it, to build up mountains and gouge out seabeds. At the same time, the jostling of core iron generates Earth’ magnetic field, which blocks dangerous cosmic radiation, guides terrestrial wanderers and brightens northern skies with scarves of auroral lights.
Exclusive Pictures: Inside the Navy’s Newest Spy Sub
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UNDERWAY ON THE U.S.S. MISSISSIPPI — The Navy’s newest fast-attack submarine is speeding down the Florida coast, on its way to its commissioning ceremony in its namesake state, at 15 knots. And it’s getting outraced by dolphins.
Hours before the U.S.S. Mississippi dives several hundred feet beneath the Atlantic, its sail juts proudly into the warm, whipping southern air. Submariners allow me to see the highest point on the sub for myself — provided I can keep my balance up three steep levels’ worth of ladder and hoist myself out onto a platform the size of a fancy refrigerator. A harness hooked to an iron bolt on the sail keeps me from falling to my death. There’s no land in sight, just blue water turned white around the sub’s wake, a tall BPS-16 military radar spinning in front of us, and a family of dolphins jumping out of the surf in front of the 377-foot boat.
Apparently it’s typical. Where subs travel in the southern Atlantic, dolphins tend to tag along, eager to say hi to their large, silent playmate. “Dolphins like to sing,” notes Petty Officer Joshua Bardelon, a 32-year old from Pascagoula, the site of the Mississippi’s destination, who supervises the boat’s sonar systems.
Out for Blood….
Will this be the worst mosquito summer ever? DEET never smelled so good.
1. An Epic Summer
They are coming. There is no doubt that they are coming. What we don’t know is when they will come and how many there will be.
The last outstanding question is: Are we prepared? From a public-health standpoint, that is, and from the standpoint of dealing with seriously annoying things. Because mosquitoes are both a major health hazard and about the most irritating creatures known to man. Even ticks are easier to get along with, which is saying a lot, given that they are bloodsuckers, too.
Biologists call mosquitoes commensals, from the Latin indicating that we share the same table. The table is our lives, in the summer. The meal is our blood.
Most winters thin the mosquito population. When weather is warmer, mosquitoes tend to thrive. This winter, as is well known, there was no winter.
2. The Sewer Skeeter
Many mosquitoes are already here, of course, waiting down the street or somewhere back in that abandoned lot where construction has stopped, in your park’s puddles or the suburban woods, anywhere there is some water, any amount really, ranging from the rainwater in a soda cap or a garbage-can lid to the gallons filling a backyard swimming pool. And they are also in the sewers. A lot of them. Those are the ones that the city seems to worry about most: the sewer skeeters.
Read more HERE.
Folk Pioneer Doc Watson Dead at 89
Folk music pioneer Doc Watson died on Tuesday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, of complications from abdominal surgery, his manager has confirmed. He was 89 years old. Watson had been admitted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on May 21st, after suffering a fall at his home in nearby Deep Gap.
Born in 1923 in Deep Gap, Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson influenced generations of country, folk and bluegrass artists with his flatpicking approach to the guitar. Watson went blind at age one following an eye infection and quickly grew immersed in music thanks to his parents, who performed in the local church choir and sang secular and religious songs. By the age of five, Watson was playing the banjo and harmonica, and by 1953 he was playing electric for a local country swing band. Watson’s solo career took off following a performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, as folk music was developing into a cultural phenomenon; he released his solo debut, Doc Watson and Family, that same year.
Watson won seven Grammys and received the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement award in 2004. In 1997, then-President Bill Clinton presented Watson with the National Medal for the Arts, in recognition of his significant impact on national heritage music.