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James P. Hogan (writer)

James Patrick Hogan was a British science fiction author. Hogan was born in England, he was raised in the Portobello Road area on the west side of London. After leaving school at the age of sixteen, he worked various odd jobs until, after receiving a scholarship, he began a five-year program at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough studying the practice and theory of electrical and mechanical engineering, he first married at the age of twenty. He fathered six children. Hogan worked as a design engineer for several companies and began working with sales during the 1960s, traveling around Europe as a sales engineer for Honeywell. During the 1970s he joined the Digital Equipment Corporation's Laboratory Data Processing Group and during 1977 relocated to Boston, Massachusetts to manage its sales training program, he published Inherit The Stars, during the same year to win an office bet. He quit DEC during 1979 and began writing full-time, relocating to Orlando, for a year where he met his third wife Jackie.

They relocated to Sonora, California. Hogan died of heart failure at his home in Ireland on Monday, 12 July 2010, aged 69. During his years, Hogan had contrarian and anti-authoritarian opinions, he was a proponent of Immanuel Velikovsky's version of catastrophism, of the Peter Duesberg hypothesis that AIDS is caused by pharmaceutical use rather than HIV. He criticized the idea of the gradualism of evolution, though he did not propose theistic creationism as an alternative. Hogan was skeptical of the theories of ozone depletion. Hogan believed that the Holocaust did not happen in the manner described by mainstream historians, writing that he found the work of Arthur Butz and Mark Weber to be "more scholarly and convincing than what the history written by the victors says". In March 2010, in an essay defending Holocaust denier Ernst Zündel, Hogan stated that the mainstream history of the Holocaust includes "claims that are wildly fantastic, mutually contradictory, defy common sense and physical possibility".

Inherit the Stars – May 1977. The Genesis Machine – April 1978; the Gentle Giants of Ganymede – May 1978. The Two Faces of Tomorrow – June 1979. Thrice Upon a Time – March 1980. Giants' Star – July 1981. Voyage from Yesteryear – July 1982. Code of the Lifemaker – June 1983; the Proteus Operation – October 1985. Endgame Enigma – August 1987; the Mirror Maze – March 1989. The Infinity Gambit – March 1991. Entoverse – October 1991; the Multiplex Man – December 1992. The Immortality Option – February 1995. Realtime Interrupt – March 1995. Paths To Otherwhere – February 1996. Bug Park – April 1997. Outward Bound – March 1999. Cradle Of Saturn – June 1999; the Legend That Was Earth – October 2000. The Anguished Dawn – June 2003. Mission to Minerva – May 2005. Echoes of an Alien Sky – February 2007. Moon Flower – April 2008. Migration – 18 May 2010. "Assassin". "Silver Shoes for a Princess". "The Sword of Damocles". "Neander-Tale". "Till Death Us Do Part". "Making Light". "Identity Crisis". "The Pacifist". "Code of the Lifemaker: Prologue".

"Merry Gravmas". "Generation Gap". "Rules Within Rules". "The Absolutely Foolproof Alibi". "Down To Earth". "Leapfrog". "Last Ditch". "Out Of Time". "Zap Thy Neighbor". "Madam Butterfly". "Silver Gods from the Sky". "Three Domes and a Tower". "The Stillness Among the Sta

Philipp Frank

Philipp Frank was a physicist, mathematician and a philosopher during the first half of the 20th century. He was a logical-positivist, a member of the Vienna Circle, he was influenced by Mach and was one of the Machists criticised by Lenin in Materialism and Empirio-criticism. He studied physics at the University of Vienna and graduated in 1907 with a thesis in theoretical physics under the supervision of Ludwig Boltzmann. Albert Einstein recommended him as his successor for a professorship at the German Charles-Ferdinand University of Prague, a position which he held from 1912 until 1938. Frank, Jewish, fled to the United States after the German occupation of Prague. Frank became a lecturer on mathematics at Harvard University. In 1947 he founded the Institute for the Unity of Science as part of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; this arose after Howard Mumford Jones had issued a call to overcome the fractionalization of knowledge, which he felt the AAAS well suited to address. The institute held regular meetings attracting a broad range of participants.

Quine regarded the organisation as a "Vienna Circle in exile". Astronomer Halton Arp described Frank's Philosophy of Science class at Harvard as being his favorite elective. In lectures given during World War II at Harvard, Frank attributed to Mach himself the following graphic expression of Mach's principle: "When the subway jerks, it's the fixed stars that throw you down." In commenting on this formulation of the principle, Frank pointed out that Mach chose the subway for his example because it shows that inertial effects are not shielded: The action of distant masses on the subway-rider's mass is direct and instantaneous. It is apparent why Mach's Principle, stated in this fashion, does not fit with Einstein's conception of the retardation of all distant action. Philosophy of Science, Prentice Hall Einstein: His Life and Times, A. A. Knopf. Wikisource has original text related to this article: Philipp Frank

John Synowiecki

John Synowiecki is a Nebraska former state senator from Omaha, Nebraska in the Nebraska Legislature and the former program director for governmental relations for Catholic Charities. He was born on November 28, 1963, in Omaha and graduated from Paul VI High School, a Roman Catholic high school, in 1982. In 1987 he graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in criminal philosophy. Synowiecki is descended from Polish immigrants, his grandmother was born in Poland. From 1990 to 2000 he was a probation officer and from 2000 to 2002 he was a probation supervisor, he won the Nebraska State Probation Officer of the Year in 1998. He was appointed on January 2002 to replace John Hilgert who had resigned. Synowiecki was elected in 2002 to represent the 7th Nebraska legislative district and reelected in 2004, he was the vice chairman of the Nebraska Retirement Systems. In 2016, Synowiecki ran losing to Tony Vargas. Nebraska Legislature Poles in Omaha, Nebraska "Nebraska Unicameral Legislature". Sen. John Synowiecki.

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Ojos de Mar

Ojos de Mar is a group of 3–6 small water bodies close to the town of Tolar Grande in Argentina and an important tourist attraction there. They are inhabited by extremophile microorganisms of interest to biotechnology; the Ojos de Mar are six or three small 3–8-metre deep ponds characterized by a blue-turquoise colour in a white salty desert landscape under a bright blue sky. Their water is salty and alkaline and their colour changes depending on the angle of the sun impacting the clear waters; the water bodies are filled by water coming from surrounding rocks that evaporates in the Ojos de Mar. The name may refer to the colour and saltiness of the water. Water temperatures of 14 °C have been measured; the Ojos de Mar are one of the main tourist attractions of Tolar Grande and are of scientific interest due to the stromatoliths that grow there. They lie at elevations of 3,510 metres close to the town of Tolar Grande in the Salta Province of Argentina, can be reached from Tolar Grande through a road and a parking lot.

The environment of the waterbodies is fragile and thus visitors are discouraged from approaching too also because the ground is unstable. Other tourist attractions of Tolar Grande are the volcanoes Llullaillaco and Socompa and the Cono de Arita; the Ojos de Mar display a rich assembly of microorganisms including extremophiles in their waters which have been analyzed with bioinformatics methods. In general, the Argentine Puna in South America features a number of high altitude lakes between 3,000 and 6,000 metres elevation which are characterized by extreme environmental conditions: Extremely high insolation by the sun, low temperatures, large temperature changes between day and night high salinity of their waters owing to high evaporation rates and accumulation of toxic elements such as arsenic; because of this and animals are rare in these areas and extremophile microorganisms which can tolerate the extreme conditions make up much of the biota. These in turn could be used to obtain enzymes that could be useful for industrial processes, such as ultraviolet radiation-resistant or -exploiting enzymes like photolyases and antioxidants that protect cells from oxidative damage.

Tolar Grande, un parque jurásico en miniatura "Ojos de Mar". TripAdvisor

Woburn Abbey

Woburn Abbey occupying the east of the village of Woburn, England, is a country house, the family seat of the Duke of Bedford. Although it is still a family home to the current duke, it is open on specified days to visitors, along with the diverse estate surrounding it, including the historic landscape gardens and deer park, as well as more added attractions including Woburn Safari Park, a miniature railway and a garden/visitor centre. Woburn Abbey, comprising Woburn Park and its buildings, was set out and founded as a Cistercian abbey in 1145. Taken from its monastic residents by Henry VIII and given to John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford, in 1547, it became the seat of the Russell family and the Dukes of Bedford, who demolished the original abbey building and built their house on the monastic site, although the name Abbey was retained; the Abbey was rebuilt starting in 1744 by the architects Henry Flitcroft and Henry Holland for the 4th Duke. Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford, originated the afternoon tea ritual in 19th-century England.

In April 1786 John Adams visited other notable houses in the area. After visiting them he wrote in his diary "Stowe and Blenheim, are superb. Wotton is both great and elegant, though neglected"; however in his diary he was damning about the means used to finance the large estates, he did not think that the embellishments to the landscape, made by the owners of the great country houses, would suit the more rugged American countryside. From 1941 Woburn Abbey was the headquarters of the secretive Political Warfare Executive which had its London offices at the BBC's Bush House. Following World War II, dry rot was discovered and half the Abbey was subsequently demolished; when the 12th Duke died in 1953, his son the 13th Duke was exposed to heavy death duties and the Abbey was a half-demolished, half-derelict house. Instead of handing the family estates over to the National Trust, he kept ownership and opened the Abbey to the public for the first time in 1955, it soon gained in popularity as other amusements were added, including Woburn Safari Park on the grounds of the Abbey in 1970.

Asked about the unfavourable comments by other aristocrats when he turned the family home into a safari park, the 13th Duke said, "I do not relish the scorn of the peerage, but it is better to be looked down on than overlooked." The 13th Duke moved to Monte Carlo in 1975. His son Robin, who enjoyed the courtesy title Marquess of Tavistock, ran the Abbey with his wife in his father's absence. In the early 1990s, the Marquess and The Tussauds Group planned to turn the Abbey into a large theme park with the help of John Wardley, creator of the roller coasters "Nemesis" and "Oblivion". However, Tussauds built one there instead. From 1999 to 2002, the Marquess and the Marchioness, the former Henrietta Joan Tiarks, were the subjects of the Tiger Aspect Productions reality series Country House in three series, totalling 29 episodes, which aired on BBC Two, it detailed the business of running the Abbey. It inspired several Monarch of the Glen storylines; the Marquess of Tavistock became the 14th Duke on the death of his father in November 2002 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States.

The 14th Duke was the briefest holder of the Dukedom and died in June 2003. On the death of the 14th Duke, his son Andrew became the 15th Duke, he continues his father's work in running the Woburn Abbey Estate; the building is listed in the highest category of architecture at Grade I. The art collection of the Duke of Bedford is amongst the finest in private hands, encompasses a wide range of western artwork; the holdings comprise some 250 paintings, including works by Rubens, Van Dyck and Velasquez. Moreover, the collection encompasses examples of the most expensive manufacturers of furniture and English in many periods, a diverse collection of porcelain and silverware. Dutch School Asselyn, Jan – 1 painting Cuyp, Aelbert Jacobsz – 5 paintings Delen, Dirk van – 1 painting Flinck, Govert – 1 painting Goyen, Jan van – 1 painting Potter, Paulus – 2 paintings Rembrandt, Harmenszoon van Rijn – 2 paintings Ruisdael, Jacob van – 2 paintings Steen, Jan – 2 paintings Velde, Willem van de Velde – 1 painting Werff, Adrian van der – 1 paintingEnglish School Gainsborough, Thomas – 1 painting Gheeraerts, Marcus – 2 paintings Hayter, Sir George – 4 paintings Hoppner, John – 2 paintings Knapton, George – 1 painting Landseer, Edwin Henry – 2 paintings Reynolds, Joshua – 12 paintings George GowerFlemish School Critz, John de – 1 painting Dyck, Anthony van – 10 paintings Eworth, Hans – 1 paintingFrench School Bercham, Nicholas – 1 painting Lorrain, Claude – 2 paintings Lefebvre, Claude – 1 painting Loo, Carl van – 1 painting Poussin, Nicolas – 2 paintings Vernet, Claude Joseph – 2 paintingsGerman School Holbein, Hans – 1 paintingItalian School Batoni, Pompeo – 1 painting Canaletto – 24 paintings Ricci, Sebastiano – 1 painting Salvi, Giovanni – 2 paintingsSpanish School Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban – 1 painting Velázquez, Diego – 1 painting CFF produced the film "Five Clues To Fortun

Alvin Harper

Alvin Craig Harper is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League. He played college football at Tennessee, was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft. Harper played in Dallas for four years as the Cowboys won Super Bowl XXVII and Super Bowl XXVIII, twice against the Buffalo Bills. At Frostproof High School, Harper was an outstanding football player, earning USA Today high school All-American honors as a senior in 1986, he excelled in track and field, where he at one time held the Florida High School high jump record and won two state Class A high jumping titles, as well as basketball where he averaged 23 points and 10 rebounds per game. He went on to the University of Tennessee, where he ran track & field, he continued to excel in track and field, capturing the 1989 Southeastern Conference indoor high jump championship with a jump of 7 ft 2½in. He anchored the University of Tennessee 4x100 and 4x400 metres relays. In American football, he earned All-Southeastern Conference Freshman First Team honors in 1987, All-Southeastern Conference first team honors in 1990.

He was the MVP of the 1991 Hula Bowl, finished his NCAA football career with 103 receptions for 1,547 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft, in order to find a receiving partner for Michael Irvin. During his rookie year, he caught 20 passes for 326 yards and one touchdown, helping Dallas finish 11–5, its first winning season since 1985. In 1992, he caught 35 passes for 562 yards and four touchdowns, he had the signature play of his career during the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers, catching a slant route for 70 yards, setting up the Cowboys on the 10-yard line and sealing the win. He caught a 45-yard touchdown from quarterback Troy Aikman during the 52–17 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII, after which he dunked the ball over the goal post crossbar. In 1993, Harper established himself as one of the best deep threats in the NFL with a 21.6 yards per catch average, a total of 36 receptions for 777 yards and five touchdowns.

He again had a key play in the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers: with Troy Aikman knocked out of the game with a concussion, Dallas backup quarterback Bernie Kosar connected with Harper for a 42-yard touchdown. That year, Dallas returned to face the Bills in Super Bowl XXVIII during which Aikman completed a 16-yard pass to him to give the Cowboys a first-and-goal at the six early in the fourth quarter; that set up a one-yard-run by running back Emmitt Smith and helped seal the Bills' fate as Dallas won 30–13. Harper's best year came in 1994, when he led the league with a 24.9 yards-per-reception average, catching 33 passes for 821 yards and eight touchdowns. However, Dallas failed to make a third consecutive trip to the Super Bowl with a 38–28 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. In 1995, Harper signed a lucrative free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers based on his big play ability and championship experience. However, although he had a career-high 46 catches his first season in Tampa, he was not able to live up to his free agent billing.

He was released before the start of 1997 season. During his two years in Tampa he was slowed by injuries and played in only 25 games where he caught 65 passes for 922 yards and three touchdowns. In 1997 the Washington Redskins signed him, gambling that he could flourish again after being reunited with Norv Turner, but Harper played in 12 games in which he caught only two passes for 65 yards; the Redskins released Harper before the season ended, after he had complained about his playing time following Washington's 23-20 loss to the St. Louis Rams; the New Orleans Saints claimed Harper off waivers. His final season in the NFL was in 1999 when he returned to play for his former team, the Dallas Cowboys, he played only two games that year. Harper finished his eight NFL seasons with 191 receptions for 21 touchdowns, he rushed once for 15 yards, completed a pass for 46 yards, recorded one interception on defense. In 2001, Harper signed with the Memphis Maniax of the short-lived XFL, he did not finish among the league's top ten receivers in any category.

In 2005, Harper was a volunteer wide receivers coach with the NFL Europe team Rhein Fire