From yesterday's featured article
The black-breasted buttonquail (Turnix melanogaster) is a buttonquail endemic to eastern Australia. It is a plump quail-shaped bird with white eyes and predominantly marbled black, rufous and pale brown plumage, marked prominently with white spots and stripes. Like other buttonquails, it is unrelated to the true quails, and the female is larger and more boldly coloured than the male, with a distinctive black head and neck sprinkled with fine white markings. The usual sex roles are reversed, as the female mates with multiple male partners and leaves them to incubate the eggs. It is usually found in rainforest and forages in large areas of thick leaf litter. Most of its original habitat has been cleared, and the remaining populations are fragmented. The black-breasted buttonquail is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. A three-year conservation project has been under way since 2021. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that the release of the MacCharlie (pictured)—an IBM PC that clipped onto the side of the original Macintosh—nearly bankrupted Dayna Communications in 1985?
- ... that Indian Carnatic music vocalist R. K. Padmanabha teaches group singing predominantly to women?
- ... that a targeting penalty that caused the disqualification of an Arkansas player during overtime of the 2022 Liberty Bowl was overturned by the NCAA the next day?
- ... that Fernando Cajías, who belongs to the first generation of professional historians in Bolivia, composed part of history academia's "Mirista wing"?
- ... that a mercury spill occurred at Agua Fria High School when students discovered and started playing with an unsecured supply of the element?
- ... that industrial designer Cesar Vergara started designing trains because he "thought most were awful looking"?
- ... that the Three Tuns, a 17th-century pub in Alcester, has been left roofless since a 2021 fire?
- ... that Solihin G. P. was anecdotally asleep when he was announced as the commander of the Hasanuddin Military Region?
In the news (For today)
- A suicide bombing in a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, kills 61 people and injures more than 170 others.
- Petr Pavel (pictured) is elected as president of the Czech Republic.
- Cyclone Cheneso leaves at least 25 people dead in Madagascar.
- An armed attack on the Azerbaijani Embassy in Iran leaves one person dead and two others injured.
- Chris Hipkins succeeds Jacinda Ardern as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party after her resignation.
- Brahim Ghali is re-elected as secretary general of the Polisario Front and president of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
On the previous day
- 1607 – Low-lying places around the coasts of the Bristol Channel of Britain were flooded, resulting in an estimated 2,000 deaths.
- 1835 – Richard Lawrence became the first person to attempt to assassinate a sitting US president when he failed to kill Andrew Jackson at the US Capitol (assassination attempt pictured) and was subdued by the crowd.
- 1939 – In a speech to the Reichstag, Adolf Hitler threatened the "annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe".
- 1972 – The Troubles: On Bloody Sunday, members of the British Parachute Regiment shot 26 civil-rights protesters in Derry, Northern Ireland, killing at least 13 people.
From yesterday's featured list
The 59th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards honored the best in artistic and technical achievement in American prime time television programming from June 1, 2006, until May 31, 2007, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The awards were presented on September 8, 2007, in a ceremony hosted by Carlos Mencia at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee received five wins from 11 nominations, leading all programs in both wins and nominations. Planet Earth and Tony Bennett: An American Classic tied for the second-most awards with four each, followed by Jane Eyre, Rome, and When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts with three each. HBO was the most-recognized network, receiving 15 awards from 53 nominations. (Full list...)
Yesterday's featured picture
Frontonia is a genus of free-living unicellular ciliate protists, belonging to the order Peniculida. As Peniculids, the Frontonia are closely related to members of the genus Paramecium. However, whereas Paramecia are mainly bacterivores, Frontonia are capable of ingesting large prey such as diatoms, filamentous algae, testate amoebas, and even, in some circumstances, members of their own species.
Photograph credit: Wiedehopf20