" How could a man be satisfied with a decision between such alternatives and under such circumstances? No more than he can be satisfied with his hat, which he's chosen from among such shapes as the resources of the age offer him, wearing it at best with a resignation which is chiefly supported by comparison. "
George Eliot

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Philippine Declaration of Independence

After Spain's defeat at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War, Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands. However, neither the US nor Spain recognized Philippine independence. Instead, the Spanish government ceded the islands to the US in the 1898 Treaty of Paris, sparking a period of hostilities between US and Filipino forces. When did the US finally recognize the islands' independence?




Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction involving futuristic, dystopian, computer-based societies. Borrowing elements from hard-boiled detective novels, film noir, and postmodern prose, cyberpunk details the often nihilistic underground of electronic societies marked by rapid technological change. Typically set in the near future, cyberpunk plots often center on conflicts among hackers, artificial intelligences, and corporations. What are some of the most well-known cyberpunk novels?

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John Augustus Roebling

Roebling was a German-American civil engineer and pioneer in suspension bridge design. After demonstrating the practicability of steel cable and establishing a plant for manufacturing it, he built the Allegheny Suspension Bridge, the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, and a number of other spans. His most ambitious project was the Brooklyn Bridge, but it also led to his death. Early in the construction process, he suffered a foot injury, developed tetanus, and died. Who took over in his place?

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