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Otto von Guericke

Otto von Guericke was a German scientist and politician. His major scientific achievements were the establishment of the physics of vacuums, the discovery of an experimental method for demonstrating electrostatic repulsion, his advocacy for the reality of "action at a distance" and of "absolute space", he was a spiritual man in the Dionysiac tradition, as were many scientists of the Enlightenment, connected the vacuum of space to an infinite divinity. Von Guericke described this duality "as something that ‘contains all things’ and is ‘more precious than gold...more joyous that the perception of bountiful light’ and ‘comparable to the heavens’." Otto von Guericke was born to a patrician family of Magdeburg. He was tutored until the age of fifteen. In 1617 he began studying philosophy at the Leipzig University. However, in 1620 his studies at Leipzig were disrupted by his father's death, he returned home before continuing his studies at the Academia Julia in Helmstedt and the universities of Jena and Leiden.

It was at Leyden that he first began attending courses on mathematics and fortification engineering. His education was completed by a nine-month Grand Tour to England. On his return to Magdeburg in 1626 he married Margarethe Alemann. Before Margarethe's death in 1645, they had three children together: Anna Catherine, Hans Otto, Jacob Christopher. Anna Catherine and Jacob Christopher both died in infancy. Von Guericke remarried to Dorotha Lentke in 1652. Von Guericke's political career began upon his return to Magdeburg in 1626, he and his family were well-known. He was forced to flee Magdeburg during the Holy Roman Empire's brutal sack of the city during the Thirty Years' War, in which four fifths of the city's population perished; this attack destroyed most of the city as well as von Guericke's personal wealth. Von Guericke returned to Magdeburg in 1631 and, because of his engineering background, led the rebuilding process of the town. After this rebuilding, he became a master brewer to rebuild the town's wealth.

In 1646, he was elected as Magdeburg's Burgomeister, similar to mayor. He remained in this position for more than thirty years until his retirement from office in 1678, after much pressure from younger politicians. During his time in office he met with many kings and emperors. In 1666 Otto von Guericke was given aristocratic status by Emperor Leopold I, giving the "von" title to his name and changing the spelling of his last name from "Gericke" to "Guericke". Otto von Guericke used both his political status and scientific knowledge in tandem to make political gains for his town, his demonstrations of his inventions, such as the air pump and electrostatic generator, were used to impress his audiences and allow for political communications to unfold. He would not explain scientifically how his shows worked leading people to believe in his wizardry, promoting his status as a great leader, his first diplomatic mission on behalf of the city, in September 1642, was to the court of the Elector of Saxony at Dresden to seek some mitigation of the harshness with which the Saxon military commander treated Magdeburg.

In 1648 he represented the city at the treaty delegations following the end of the Thirty Year's War. During another diplomatic mission to Ratisbon in 1654, Guericke used his invention of the air pump to impress those he was meeting and help sway the meeting in his favor, as well as promote his own scientific advancements. Diplomatic missions dangerous as well as tedious, occupied much of his time for the next twenty years. A private scientific life, of which much remains unclear, was developing in parallel. Inspired by Copernican cosmology and the idea of vast, empty space where light could propagate, bodies could move about unhindered, sound cannot be detected, von Guericke set about replicating this phenomena on Earth. Von Guericke first started investigating the concept of a vacuum through the use of fire pumps by pumping water out of wooden barrels. However, he soon figured out that the porosity of wood was allowing unwanted water, filled with dissolved air, to enter; the pressure fluctuations experienced inside the barrel were allowing this encapsulated air to escape: spoiling the vacuum inside.

In 1647 he turned his focus to pumping out enclosed air instead of water to solve this problem. His scientific and diplomatic pursuits intersected when, at the Reichstag in Ratisbon in 1654, he was invited to demonstrate his experiments on the vacuum before the highest dignitaries of the Holy Roman Empire. One of them, the Archbishop Elector Johann Philip von Schonborn, bought von Guericke's apparatus from him and had it sent to his Jesuit College at Wurzburg. One of the professors at the College, Fr. Gaspar Schott, entered into friendly correspondence with von Guericke and thus it was that, at the age of 55, von Guericke's work was first published as an Appendix to a book by Fr. Schott - Mechanica Hydraulico-pneumatica - published in 1657; this book came to the attention of Robert Boyle who, stimulated by it, embarked on his own experiments on air pressure and the vacuum, in 1660 published New Experiments Physico-Mechanical touching the Spring of Air and its Effects. The following year this was translated into Latin and, made aware of it in correspondence with Fr.

Schott, von Guericke acquired a copy. In the decade following the first publication of his own work von

United Concordia

United Concordia is a dental insurance company headquartered in Harrisburg, United States. It is one of the largest dental insurers in the United States; the company insures more than 8.9 million members worldwide. The corporation operates regional offices covering the rest of the United States in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan, New York, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. United Concordia Companies, Inc. was a part of Pennsylvania Blue Shield. The company was established as a wholly owned subsidiary of Highmark in 1992. Over time, United Concordia acquired, today operates, eleven subsidiary companies licensed to transact health insurance and/or dental managed care in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. United Concordia maintains third party administrator licenses and utilization review agent certifications in a number of states; these licenses support United Concordia's insured group and individual dental products and permit it to administer dental benefits for self-funded employers, as well as a number of federal government contracts.

United Concordia operates several dental provider networks, the largest of which has more than 127,000 participating dentists at over 410,000 access points. United Concordia has administered dental benefits for active duty service members and their families since 1996 through the Department of Defense's TRICARE Active Duty Dental Program and TRICARE Dental Program. In 2008, United Concordia was selected by the DoD to administer the ADDP; this program provides private sector dental care to ensure dental health and deployment readiness for 1.4 million eligible ADSMs. In 2016, United Concordia was selected by the DoD to administer the TDP; this program provides dental benefits for over 1.8 million active duty family members, as well as National Guard and Reserve members and their families. United Concordia has been a dental carrier for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Program contract since 2006. FEDVIP is a dental and vision insurance plan available to Federal employees and their dependents along with eligible retired service members.

United Concordia provides dental insurance benefits to over 26,000 companies and local governments and associations, including many of the top 100 Fortune® 500 companies. United Concordia Dental is committed to improving the oral and overall health of the people in our communities. In 2018, our dental clinic sponsorships helped to provide nearly 19,300 underserved individuals with over $14 million in free dental care. We support the next generation of students pursuing degrees in the dental field. In 2018, United Concordia provided scholarships to 15 aspiring dental and dental hygiene students to help defray the costs of their educations

More Ghost Stories

More Ghost Stories is a horror short story collection by British writer M. R. James, published in 1911; some editions under the title Ghost Stories of an Antiquary contain it and the earlier Ghost Stories of an Antiquary in one volume. It was his second short story collection. "A School Story" "The Rose Garden" "The Tractate Middoth" "Casting the Runes" "The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral" "Martin's Close" "Mr Humphreys and His Inheritance" "A Guide to Supernatural Fiction". Archived from the original on 2007-02-19. Retrieved 2007-03-29. Tuck, Donald H.. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. P. 240. "M. R. James: free web books, online". Retrieved 2009-09-11; the full text of More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary at Wikisource Ghost Stories of an Antiquary at Project Gutenberg Ghost Stories of an Antiquary public domain audiobook at LibriVox

Dirk Eddelbuettel

Dirk Eddelbuettel is a Canadian statistician, data scientist and researcher. He is the author of the open-source software package Rcpp, written in the R programming language, has written the textbook Seamless R and C++ Integration with Rcpp on the topic, he is co-founder of the R In Finance Conference. In addition, he has contributed to many packages in R as well as the Debian project, he works as a senior quantitative analyst in Chicago. Eddelbuettel has an M. Sc in Industrial Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, he received an M. A. and a PhD in Financial Econometrics from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in France. Eddelbuettel maintains around twenty packages, he is the Debian/Ubuntu maintainer for R and other quantitative software, edits the CRAN Task Views for Finance and High-Performance Computing, is a co-founder of the annual R/Finance conference, an editor of the Journal of Statistical Software. He is a member of the R Foundation, he has contributed to R-Hub.

Eddelbuettel has been interviewed by others. He gives talks to the R community. Official website R In Finance Conference

Lake Worth Monster

In Texan folklore, the Lake Worth Monster is a scaly, "part-man, part-goat" creature said to have been seen in Lake Worth, old Alton’s bridge just outside Fort Worth. Reports of sightings by local citizens of "a half-man, half-goat, with fur and scales" in July 1969 led to the belief that a mysterious creature lived in Lake Worth. Newspapers reported the alleged sightings, including one in which the monster landed on a man's car after jumping out of a tree, another in which it threw an automobile tire at a group of people. Newspapers published a photograph purportedly of the creature and locals began driving out to the lake at night to get a look at it. Local police investigated the claims, but found no evidence of the monster in the Lake Worth and Greer Island area. Four decades many, including Allen Plaster, who took the supposed photograph of the creature, suspected that it was a hoax. Reports of the monster ceased when school resumed, which suggests that the incidents were pranks carried out by high school students.

In 2005, a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram received an anonymous letter from someone claiming to be one of three high school classmates who, in the summer of 1969, "decided to go out to Lake Worth and scare people" using a tinfoil mask. In 2009, Fort Worth, Texas magazine published a report about an unidentified man who said that he had been a perpetrator of the tire-throwing incident. Since 2009, the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge has held a Lake Worth Monster Bash each October. Maryland Goatman List of cryptids Pope Lick Monster

Baby Snatcher

Baby Snatcher is a 1992 American made-for-television drama film starring Veronica Hamel, Nancy McKeon and directed by Joyce Chopra based on a true story of the kidnapping of Rachael Ann White. The film was released in the United States on 3 May 1992, in the Netherlands on 28 September 1994, in the United Kingdom 16 March 1995; the film is based on the true story of the kidnapping of Rachael Ann White, abducted from her grandmothers house on February 19, 1988, in Colorado Springs and recovered four days later. Lead detectives Sgt Joe Kendra and Sgt Brian Sapp of Homicide Hunter fame; as seen on Season 7 Episode 20. Karen Williams has to go back to work at the end of maternity leave, her mother, Ruth, is watching the baby for her. The mother is interviewing people in order to try to find a babysitter for all of Karen's children, including Rachael Ann White, a daughter by a married man, David Anderson, who used to be Karen's boss. Another couple, Bianca Hudson and her husband Cal Hudson, are having marital problems.

He informs her. Bianca had an abortion a few months earlier, for medical reasons, she believes. As Cal is about to leave her, Bianca tells him. Bianca fakes the pregnancy, when it is time for the imaginary baby to be born, she goes out to look for a baby to steal. A disguised Bianca shows up for an interview for the position of babysitter for Karen's children; when Karen's mother Ruth steps into another room, Bianca walks out with the baby. Bianca goes home with the child and tells her husband that she had gone into labor, so she went to a local hospital, had the baby, returned home, all in one day. Karen realizes that Bianca is a suspect, decides that the best way to find her daughter is to appeal to the media, put flyers out. Cal's boss and wife make a surprise visit to the Hudson home, where they can plainly see that the baby is much older than four days, they alert the authorities. Police arrive, arrest Bianca and Cal, return the baby to its rightful home; the main cast of the movie: Veronica Hamel — Bianca Hudson Nancy McKeon — Karen Williams Michael Madsen — Cal Hudson David Duchovny — David Anderson Penny Fuller — Ruth Benson When the movie first aired May 3, 1992, on CBS from 9:00 until 10:30 pm, the movie followed 60 minutes and Murder, She Wrote, receiving a 16.3 rating and a 26 share.

This beat ABC, FOX, NBC for the time-slot. The Baby Snatcher on IMDb Homicide Hunter