" You had no right to be born; for you make no use of life. Instead of living for, in, and with yourself, as a reasonable being ought, you seek only to fasten your feebleness on some other person's strength. "
Charlotte Bronte

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US President Truman Signs Executive Order Desegregating Military

Expanding on 1941's Executive Order 8802, which prohibited discrimination in the defense industry, Order 9981 required that all persons in the armed forces be treated equally without regard to race or other factors. It also called for the establishment of an advisory committee to facilitate the implementation of this policy. The order eliminated segregation in the armed forces within years, though racism was another matter entirely. What historically black boot camp was eliminated by Order 9981?




One of the world's most prestigious and most cited scientific journals, Nature was founded in 1869. It covers a wide range of disciplines, and publication in the respected magazine is highly competitive. Nature has published many significant breakthroughs, such as the first cloning of a mammal, the discovery of neutrons, and the sequencing of the human genome. Why was the 1953 Watson and Crick paper that revealed the structure of DNA not peer-reviewed prior to publication?

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Aldous Huxley

Huxley was a British writer known for his works of witty and pessimistic satire, like Antic Hay (1923), which established his reputation as a novelist. In his acclaimed Brave New World, he envisions a nightmarish, scientifically controlled future society that underscores the dehumanizing aspects of technological progress. His later works reveal an interest in philosophy and mysticism. Though he spent much of his life in the US, he was repeatedly denied citizenship for what reason?

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