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Francis Bacon

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Columbus Makes Landfall in the Caribbean

Believing that Asia could be reached by traveling westward, Columbus' 3-ship expedition set sail from Palos, Spain in 1492. After a stop at the Canary Islands, Columbus sailed due west, turning in a more southerly direction after about 4 weeks at sea. Shortly thereafter, Columbus quelled a small mutiny and, on October 12, landed at an island in the Bahamas. Columbus also explored nearby Cuba and Hispaniola before returning to Spain. How many ships set sail with his second expedition?



Dark Matter

Dark matter is a hypothetical form of matter that is believed to make up more than 90% of the mass of the universe but is not readily visible because it neither emits nor absorbs light. Its existence could explain gravitational anomalies observed in the motion and distribution of galaxies. In 1993, astronomers identified part of the dark matter in the form of stray planets and brown dwarfs, and, possibly, stars that have failed to ignite. What acronym is used to refer to this hot, dark matter?

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Aleister Crowley

Crowley was a 20th century English occultist who developed a religious philosophy called Thelema. As a young adult, he was a member of the influential Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an occult fraternity, but later turned toward Buddhism and Yoga. While on vacation in Cairo, Egypt, Crowley had a mystical experience involving a voice that dictated The Book of the Law, relating Thelemic religious philosophy. According to Crowley, what did this voice call itself?

Last updated on Friday, 12th October 2007

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