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9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Eleven years ago today, members of the al-Qaeda terrorist network hijacked four commercial airplanes and crashed one of them into the Pentagon and two into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, killing about 3,000 people in a matter of hours. The last plane crashed in a rural field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, after passengers attempted to overpower the hijackers. What is believed to have been that plane's intended target?




Heliamphora is a genus of carnivorous pitcher plants native to South America. The plants lure insects into their deadly pitchers with their vivid pigmentation, sweet scent, and a spoon-like appendage suspended above the tube that secretes nectar. Inside the pitcher, downward-facing hairs force insects deeper inward, until they are drowned in fluid collected at its bottom and then digested by symbiotic bacteria. How do these plants keep from filling completely with water when it rains?

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David Herbert "D.H." Lawrence

Lawrence was an English writer whose works condemned industrial society and explored sexuality, often drawing on his own life for inspiration. Now noted for their intensity and erotic sensuality, several of his works, including Lady Chatterley's Lover, were banned as obscene. Persecuted for being a pacifist and shunned for having a German wife during World War I, he left England forever. He died of tuberculosis in France. Lawrence once acquired a ranch in New Mexico in exchange for what?

Last updated on Tuesday, 11th September 2012

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