DEET is the abbreviation of N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, a chemical compound commonly used as an insect repellent. DEET was developed by the US Army following its experience with jungle warfare during World War II and entered civilian use in 1957. Intended to be applied to skin or clothing to protect against tick and mosquito bites, it is believed to work by blocking the receptors insects use to locate hosts. What potential detrimental health effects have been linked to its use?
Back in the day
On Bloody Sunday, Tsar Nicholas II's Imperial guards opened fire on unarmed, peaceful demonstrators as they marched toward the Winter Palace, killing and wounding thousands. The protesters' intention was to present the tsar with a petition that included demands for equality before the law, an eight-hour workday, improved working conditions, and fair wages. Why was Father Gapon, the Russian Orthodox priest who organized the demonstration, later killed by his friend Pinhas Rutenberg?
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Kreisky was the first Jewish chancellor of Austria, holding the position from 1970 to 1983. As chancellor, he increased Austria's role in world affairs and presided over a growing economy. He instituted many liberal reforms, such as the decriminalization of homosexuality and abortion, and sought to reconcile differences between Israel and Arab states on the world stage. What controversial remarks did he make about Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir?