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A central theme of Buddhism is that humans have the power to create happiness and to diminish pain by focusing the mind with prayer and meditation. The nearly 500 million Buddhists in the world are found in China, in the countries of south-east Asia, Japan to the far east, and in [...]

2018-02-27T09:23:08+00:00 0 Comments


During the first century, a Jewish man living in northern Israel began to preach about God's love and forgiveness, believing that it was a power that could change people’s lives. The men closest to Jesus tell the story of the events that occurred during his short lifetime and in the years after his death. The [...]

2018-03-19T09:09:19+00:00 Comments Off on Christianity


Approximately 80% of the population of India practices Hinduism, the world's oldest religion and third largest.  On India's northern boundary is the Himalayan mountain range, home to the highest elevation in the world, Mt. Everest. Major rivers, such as the Ganges and Indus river systems, carry water from high in [...]

2018-02-27T09:33:12+00:00 Comments Off on Hinduism


The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the most prosperous monarchy in the world, geographically accessible by land or sea, with wealthy cities connected by ancient trade routes across the dry, desert landscape. The country is home to 24 million people, and the world’s second largest and fastest growing religion, Islam.  [...]

2018-03-17T11:25:01+00:00 Comments Off on Islam


Judaism is one of the world’s oldest religions. Its ancient followers lived on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Parts of the landscape look much the same as it did thousands of years ago, with thriving settlements cropping up around lakes and rivers, and temples carved into the stone [...]

2018-02-27T09:44:16+00:00 Comments Off on Judaism

The Solar System

The Sun, like other stars in the universe, is three parts hydrogen to one part helium and other elements. Though it spins east to west at a 7.25-degree axial tilt, the sun is much different from either a terrestrial planet or gas giant since it’s plasma composition more [...]

2018-03-02T11:14:42+00:00 Comments Off on The Solar System

The Sun

About 4.5 billion years ago, the Sun formed the way trillions of other stars began, within a nebula of dust, radiation, and charged particles, possibly energized by a nearby supernova explosion. Gravity within the spinning mass of particles caused pressure in the center to reach a critical point where it collapsed [...]

2018-02-26T17:11:05+00:00 Comments Off on The Sun


Mercury is the smallest planet in the solar system, approximately the width of the United States, and is often compared to earth’s moon because it’s terrestrial surface is characterized by level planes and deep impact craters. But Mercury’s elliptical orbit brings it only 45 million kilometers from the Sun at perihelion, and [...]

2018-02-26T17:18:46+00:00 0 Comments