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Jupiter's Io Observed by Spacecraft Galileo

Photographs taken and transmitted by Galileo, the unmanned spacecraft launched in 1989, allowed scientists to learn more about lo, the innermost of Jupiter's four Galilean moons. The images revealed erupting volcanoes and extraordinary variations in color and brightness. Other data indicated that lo has an iron core and might have its own gravitational field. What is the origin of Io's name?



Terror Behind the Walls

Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary, which operated from 1829-1970, is considered the world's first penitentiary. Its revolutionary incarceration system used solitary confinement to rehabilitate inmates, but it is believed that this led to significant mental illness rather than the intended spiritual reflection. The prison now operates as a museum and hosts over 74,000 visitors at its annual Terror Behind the Walls haunted house. How did bank robber Willie Sutton escape the prison in 1945?

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Nietzsche was a German philosopher whose critiques of contemporary culture, religion, and philosophy centered on a basic question regarding the foundation of values and morality. He passionately rejected Western bourgeois civilization and regarded Christian civilization as decadent; in place of its "slave morality," he looked to the superman, the creator of a new heroic morality that would consciously affirm life and life values. What is Nietzsche's concept of “perspectivism”?

Last updated on Monday, 15th October 2007

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