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Anschluss: German Troops Occupy Austria

The German term Anschluss, meaning “unification” or “political union,” is most frequently used in reference to the Nazis' 1938 annexation of Austria into Greater Germany. When the Nazis entered Austria to enforce the Anschluss, they encountered no military opposition and quickly took control of the newly created German province. The US, USSR, and UK signed a declaration proclaiming the Anschluss null and void in 1943, yet Austria did not regain its sovereignty until what year?



Trembling Madness

Delirium tremens, known colloquially as the DTs, is an acute, sometimes fatal episode of delirium generally caused by alcohol withdrawal following habitual excessive drinking. A patient suffering from the DTs may experience sweating, hallucinations, tremors, and convulsions, as well as increased heart rate and body temperature. In severe cases, delirium tremens may lead to hypothermia, cardiovascular collapse, and death. When left untreated, what percentage of DT sufferers die during withdrawal?

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Gustav Kirchhoff

German physicist Gustav Kirchhoff was a pioneering scientist who contributed to the fundamental understanding of electrical circuits, spectroscopy, and the emission of black-body radiation by heated objects. Kirchhoff formulated a number of laws, now known as “Kirchhoff's laws,” which explain the activity of both electrical circuits and thermodynamic reactions. In 1861, Kirchhoff and Robert Bunsen, inventor of the Bunsen burner, co-discovered what two chemical elements?

Last updated on Wednesday, 12th March 2008

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