Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, love, and beauty, is a principal object of worship during the holiday of Diwali. Generally considered the personification of prosperity, she is somewhat analogous to the Greek goddess Aphrodite or her Roman equivalent, Venus. The consort of the god Vishnu, Lakshmi is often depicted as a finely dressed, four-armed woman. The lotus, a symbol of purity, features prominently in such representations. Who is her older sister, the goddess of misfortune?
Back in the day
Bruno Hauptmann, a German immigrant to the US, was convicted and sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., the young son of famed pilot Charles Lindbergh. In recent years, the case against Hauptmann has come under serious scrutiny, as it has been alleged that some of the evidence used to convict him was planted or doctored and that false testimony was given at the trial. What has modern forensic science revealed about the evidence used in the trial?
Born on a day like today
Asimov was an exceptionally prolific Russian-born author who achieved great success in the US for his science-fiction and popular science books. Along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, he was considered one of the "Big Three" science-fiction authors during his lifetime. A rationalist and humanist, Asimov wrote or edited more than 500 books, taking stands on issues ranging from global warming to nuclear power. Which of Asimov's stories have been made into films?