lunes, diciembre 19, 2011

See you again on January 7th, 2012

To: All of our students, friends, followers, users and visitors around the world.
From: Prof JML in Mexico.

The public library in my neighborhood will be closed from today.

Due to I don't have my own computer, we regret to inform all of you that I won't be able to publish any post in My Homework Network.

The library will open again on January 7th, 2012.
Good luck!


miércoles, diciembre 14, 2011

Carl Edward Sagan * Nov 09 1934 - Dec 20 1996 * USA

Carl Edward Sagan
(Brooklyn, Nueva York Estados Unidos; 9 de noviembre de 1934Seattle, Estados Unidos; 20 de diciembre de 1996) fue un pionero y popular astrónomo, exobiólogo y divulgador científico en todo el mundo.


Sagan se crio en Brooklyn, Ciudad de Nueva York, en el seno de una familia de tradición judía y origen ruso.[3] Su padre, Sam Sagan, fue un trabajador de la industria del vestido. Su madre, Rachel Molly Gruber, fue un ama de casa. Carl recibió su nombre en honor a su abuela, Chaiya Clara, "la madre que nunca conoció", en palabras del propio Sagan. Sagan se graduó en la Rahway High School en New Jersey en 1951. Estudió en la Universidad de Chicago, en la que se graduó como Licenciado en Artes con honores generales y especiales (1954) y como Licenciado en Ciencias (1955), y donde obtuvo una Maestría en Física (1956), antes de acceder al Doctorado en astronomía y astrofísica (1960). Sagan se consideraba agnóstico.

También era un conocido escéptico con un fuerte posicionamiento en contra de las pseudociencias y las religiones en general.

No puedes convencer a un creyente de nada porque sus creencias no están basadas en evidencias, están basadas en una enraizada necesidad de creer.

Fue pionero en campos como la exobiología y promotor del proyecto SETI ("Search for ExtraTerrestrial Inteligence" literalmente: Búsqueda de inteligencia extraterrestre), casi desde sus años de postgrado. Conocido por el gran público por la serie para la televisión de Cosmos: Un viaje personal, presentada por él mismo entre 1977 a 1980 escrita y producida para la KCTE de California junto con su tercera y última esposa, la Dra. en biología Ann Druyan, reeditada en los años 1990-1991;[5] (también estuvo casado con la prestigiosa bióloga Lynn Margulis). Fue titular de la cátedra David Duncan de Astronomía y Ciencias del Espacio de la Universidad de Cornell.[6] Y director del Laboratorio de Estudios Planetarios de dicha universidad.

Somos el medio para que el Cosmos se conozca a sí mismo.


Carl Sagan (9 novembre 1934 à Brooklyn, New York20 décembre 1996, Seattle (Washington)) est un scientifique et astronome américain. Il est l'un des fondateurs de l'exobiologie. Il a mis en place le programme SETI de recherche d'intelligence extraterrestre et réalisé pour la télévision la série de vulgarisation scientifique Cosmos, diffusée sur plusieurs continents. Il est aussi renommé pour son scepticisme.


Carl Edward Sagan (Nova Iorque, 9 de novembro de 1934Seattle, 20 de dezembro de 1996) foi um cientista e astrônomo dos Estados Unidos[2].

Em 1960, obteve o título de doutor pela Universidade de Chicago. Dedicou-se à pesquisa e à divulgação da astronomia, como também ao estudo da chamada exobiologia. Morreu aos 62 anos, de câncer, no Centro de Pesquisas do Câncer Fred Hutchinson, depois de uma batalha de dois anos com uma rara e grave doença na medula óssea (mielodisplasia).


martes, junio 21, 2011

July 3rd 1962 * Tom Cruise * Actor * USA

Tom Cruise Biography
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Actor. Born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, on July 3rd, 1962, in Syracuse, New York, to Mary and Thomas Mapother. Cruise's mother was an amateur actress and schoolteacher, and his father was an electrical engineer. His family moved around a great deal when Cruise was a child in order to accommodate his father's career.

Cruise's parents divorced when he was 11, and the children moved with their mother to Louisville, Kentucky, and then to Glen Ridge, New Jersey, after her remarriage. Like his mother and three sisters, Cruise suffered from dyslexia, which made academic success difficult for him.

He excelled in athletics, however, and considered pursuing a career in professional wrestling until a knee injury sidelined him during high school.

At age 14, Cruise enrolled in a Franciscan seminary with thoughts of becoming a priest, but he left after a year. When he was 16, a teacher encouraged him to participate in the school's production of the musical Guys and Dolls. After Cruise won the lead of Nathan Detroit, he found himself surprisingly at home on the stage, and a career was born.

Cruise set a 10-year deadline for himself in which to build an acting career. He left school and moved to New York, struggling through audition after audition before landing an appearance in 1981's Endless Love, starring Brooke Shields.

Around this same time, he snagged a small role in the military school drama Taps (1981), co-starring Sean Penn.

Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana, Princess of Wales

(Diana Frances;[N 1] née Spencer;1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997) was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. Their sons, Princes William and Henry, are second and third in line to the thrones of the United Kingdom and fifteen other Commonwealth Realms.
A public figure from the announcement of her engagement to Prince Charles, Diana remained the focus of near-constant media scrutiny in the United Kingdom and around the world up to and during her marriage, and after her subsequent divorce. Her sudden death in a car crash was followed by a spontaneous and prolonged show of public mourning. Contemporary responses to Diana's life and legacy have been mixed but a popular fascination with the Princess endures. The long awaited Coroner's Inquest concluded in April 2008 that Diana had been unlawfully killed by the negligent driving of the following vehicles and the driver of the Mercedes in which they were travelling.

Engagement and wedding
Their engagement became official on 24 February 1981, with the heir to the throne presenting the princess-to-be with a walnut-sized £30,000 ring consisting of 14 diamonds surrounding a sapphire.[8] Diana accepted the proposal immediately.
The 20-year-old became the Princess of Wales when she married Prince Charles at St Paul's Cathedral, which offered more seating than Westminster Abbey, which was previously used for royal nuptials, on 29 July 1981 in what was widely billed as a "fairytale wedding" watched by a global television audience of 750 million.[9][10] At the altar Diana accidentally reversed the order of Charles' names, saying Philip Charles Arthur George instead.[11] She also did not say she would "obey," which caused a sensation at the time.[12] The wedding started at 11:20 A.M. BST, and Diana wore a gown valued at £9000 with 25 foot train and the finest lace.[13]

On 5 November 1981, Diana's first pregnancy was officially announced, and she frankly discussed her condition to the press.[14] In the private Lindo wing of St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington on 21 June 1982, Diana gave birth to her first son and heir, William.[15] There was some controversy in the media when she decided to take William, still a baby, on her first major overseas visit to Australia and New Zealand.[16] A second son, Henry was born a little over two years later on 15 September 1984.[17] Diana was a devoted mother and, like most mothers, lavished her sons with love and affection.[18] They came first and foremost in her life. It was she who chose their schools, their clothes and planned their outings. She also negotiated her public duties around their time-tables.

Charity work
Starting in the mid- to late 1980s, the Princess of Wales became very well known for her support of several charity projects. This stemmed naturally from her role as Princess of Wales—she was expected to engage in hospital visits where she comforted the sick and in so doing, assumed the patronage of various charitable organisations—and form an interest in certain illnesses and health-related matters. Diana was a supporter of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, a campaign that went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.[34]

AIDS awareness
In April 1987, the Princess of Wales was one of the first high-profile celebrities to be photographed touching a person infected with HIV at the 'chain of hope' organization. She contributed to changing the public opinion of AIDS sufferers.

In January 1997, pictures of the Princess touring an Angolan minefield in a ballistic helmet and flak jacket were seen worldwide. It was during this campaign that some accused the Princess of meddling in politics and declared her a 'loose cannon.'[35] In August 1997, just days before her death, she visited Bosnia with the Landmine Survivors Network. Her interest in landmines was focused on the injuries they create, often to children, long after a conflict is over.
She is believed to have influenced the signing, though only after her death, of the Ottawa Treaty, which created an international ban on the use of anti-personnel landmines.[36] Introducing the Second Reading of the Landmines Bill 1998 to the British House of Commons, the Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, paid tribute to Diana's work on landmines:

All Honourable Members will be aware from their postbags of the immense contribution made by Diana, Princess of Wales to bringing home to many of our constituents the human costs of landmines. The best way in which to record our appreciation of her work, and the work of NGOs that have campaigned against landmines, is to pass the Bill, and to pave the way towards a global ban on landmines.[37]

Robin Cook
The United Nations appealed to the nations which produced and stockpiled the largest numbers of landmines (United States, China, India, North Korea, Pakistan, and Russia) to sign the Ottawa Treaty forbidding their production and use, for which Diana had campaigned. Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), said that landmines remained "a deadly attraction for children, whose innate curiosity and need for play often lure them directly into harm's way".

Immediately after her death, many sites around the world became briefly ad hoc memorials to Diana, where the public left flowers and other tributes. The largest was outside the gates of Kensington Palace.

domingo, junio 19, 2011

William Kamkwamba * Africa


Most inspiring 2009: It has to be TED and their amazing stories, among them I have selected the story of, 14 year old William Kamkwamba, who decided to build a windmill to get electricity to his familys home in rural Malawi.

He simply went to the library, read up on the rudimentary workings on a electric generator, decided to improve on the design and then built the windmill with salvaged scrap parts, providing electricity for his family’s home. The power of human curiosity, willingness to learn, triumph of reason and dispersion of information.

This story resonates with everything that is good about humanity and our inherent power to overcome obstacles. Watch and learn !!!

Henry Junior Fr *

sábado, mayo 28, 2011

Proyecto Salon Hogar Com

L a G r a n E n c ic l o p e d i a I l u s t r a d a d e l P r o y e c t o S a l ó n H o g a r

O b r a d i s e ñ a d a y c r e a d a p o r H é c t o r A. G a r c í a

Biografías Mundiales en orden alfabético
Proyecto Salon Hogar Com

domingo, enero 02, 2011

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