Although they are somewhat bearlike in appearance and are sometimes called koala bears, koalas are not related to true bears. Native to Australia, the koala is a slow-moving, nocturnal, arboreal marsupial, or pouched mammal. It has perhaps the most specialized diet of any living mammal: it feeds on leaves and shoots of a particular species of eucalyptus in a certain stage of maturation. What identifying features possessed by koalas are almost indistinguishable from those of humans?
Booker T. Washington
Back in the day
The Outer Space Treaty represents the basic legal framework of international space law. It bans the stationing of weapons of mass destruction in outer space, exclusively limits the use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes, and forbids any government from claiming a celestial resource, such as the Moon or a planet, on the grounds that they are the common heritage of mankind. What are laser brooms, and why are they not expressly prohibited by the treaty?
Born on a day like today
Mozart is considered one of the greatest composers of European classical music, having written an astonishing number of works in almost every musical genre during his short life. He began touring as a child prodigy and went on to a career in Vienna that was fraught with illness and financial difficulties. Underappreciated in his own time, his gifts for clarity, balance, and chromatic harmony have since inspired countless composers. How old was Mozart when he began composing music?