Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Alexander Ii

Organization formed in the United States in 1916 at the instigation of Rodman Wanamaker, a Philadelphia businessman, with the stated purpose of promoting interest in professional golf, elevating the standards of the game, and advancing the welfare of its members. By the late 1980s the PGA had a membership of about 8,500 playing and teaching professionals. Its annual PGA national

Sunday, August 29, 2004


Chinese (Wade-Giles)  An-hui,  (Pinyin)  Anhui,   sheng (province) of China. It is one of the country's smallest provinces, covering an area of 54,000 square miles (139,900 square kilometres) and stretching for 400 miles (640 kilometres) from north to south. Landlocked, it is bounded by the provinces of Kiangsu to the northeast, Chekiang to the southeast, Kiangsi to the south, and Hupeh and Honan to the west. Its northern extremity barely touches

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Basil Ii

The reign of Basil II, widely acknowledged to be one of the outstanding Byzantine emperors, admirably illustrates both

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Group Insurance

The concept of group insurance

Monday, August 23, 2004


Although defamation is a creation of English law, similar doctrines existed several thousand years ago. In Roman law abusive chants were

Friday, August 20, 2004

West Falkland

One of the two major islands of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is 80 miles (130 km) long and 45 miles (70 km) wide and rises to Mount Adam (2,297 feet [700 metres]). The total area is 1,750 square miles (4,532 square km), excluding adjacent small islands, and the coastline is deeply indented. Pop. (1996) 174.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Boston, Continuous park system

When the Back Bay was nearing completion during the 1880s, the American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903) developed an imaginative and large-scale design for the city's parks. It linked the Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue with Franklin Park in West Roxbury by way of an open park known as the Fenway, which followed the Muddy River off to Brookline

Monday, August 16, 2004

Def Leppard

British rock band that was one of the prime movers of the new wave of British heavy metal. The original members were Pete Willis (b. Feb. 16, 1960, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Eng.), Rick Savage (b. Dec. 2, 1960, Sheffield), Joe Elliott (b. Aug. 1, 1959, Sheffield), and Tony Kenning. Later members included Steve Clark (b. April 23, 1960, Sheffield—d. Jan. 8, 1991, London, Eng.), Phil Collen (b. Dec. 8, 1957, London), Rick Allen (b. Nov. 1, 1963, Dronfield, Derbyshire,

Saturday, August 14, 2004


Also called  D-ribose,   five-carbon sugar found in RNA (ribonucleic acid), where it alternates with phosphate groups to form the “backbone” of the RNA polymer and binds to nitrogenous bases. Ribose phosphates are components of the nucleotide coenzymes and are utilized by microorganisms in the synthesis of the amino acid histidine.

Friday, August 13, 2004


Ahaz assumed the throne of Judah at the age of 20 or 25. Sometime later his kingdom was invaded by Pekah, king of Israel, and Rezin, king of Syria, in an effort to force him into an alliance with them against the powerful state of Assyria. Acting against the counsel of the prophet Isaiah, Ahaz appealed for aid

Monday, August 09, 2004

Karabagh Rug

Karabagh also spelled  Karabakh,   floor covering handmade in the district of Karabakh (Azerbaijan), just north of the present Iranian border. As might be expected, Karabagh designs and colour schemes tend to be more like those of Persian rugs than do those made in other parts of the Caucasus, and it is difficult to distinguish Karabagh runners from those of Karzdagh, in Iran, to the south. Certain Karabagh

Friday, August 06, 2004


Also called  Hard Coal,   most highly metamorphosed variety of coal. It contains more fixed carbon (about 90 to 98 percent) than any other form of coal and the lowest amount of volatile matter (less than 8 percent), giving it the greatest calorific, or heat, value. Because of this, anthracite is the most valuable of the coals. It is, however, also the least plentiful. Anthracite makes up less than 2 percent of

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Dead Sea Scrolls

Ancient, mostly Hebrew, manuscripts (of leather, papyrus, and copper) first found in 1947 on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea. Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls is among the more important finds in the history of modern archaeology. Study of the scrolls has enabled scholars to push back the date of a stabilized Hebrew Bible to no later than AD 70, to help reconstruct the history

Sunday, August 01, 2004