Friday, November 18, 2005

Sai Ong Hue

Sai Ong Hue was a grandson of the great ruler Suliyavongsa. He spent most of his early years as a prince of the royal house in exile at Hue (now in Vietnam) while a usurper sat on the throne of Lan Xang. In 1698 he attacked Vientiane, the capital of Lan Xang,

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Arrhenius Equation

Mathematical expression that describes the effect of temperature on the velocity of a chemical reaction, the basis of all predictive expressions used for calculating reaction-rate constants. In the Arrhenius equation, k is the reaction-rate constant, A and E are numerical constants characteristic of the reacting substances, R is the thermodynamic gas constant, and

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Fields, Dame Gracie

In music halls from childhood, Fields gained fame playing the role of Sally Perkins in a touring revue called Mr. Tower of London (1918–25). She became tremendously popular in Great Britain with an act composed of low-comedy songs, such as “The Biggest Aspidistra in the World,” and sentimental ballads,

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Carnivore, Importance to humans

Of all mammalian families, the Mustelidae contains the greatest variety of valuable mammals utilized by the fur trade. Fur coats that command the highest prices are usually those made from these luxuriant furbearers, especially mink, ermine (short-tailed weasel), and sable (a name applied by the fur trade to several species of Martes, especially the Eurasian M.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Alexander I

Russian  in full Aleksandr Pavlovich   emperor of Russia (1801–25), who alternately fought and befriended Napoleon I during the Napoleonic Wars but who ultimately (1813–15) helped form the coalition that defeated the emperor of the French. He took part in the Congress of Vienna (1814–15), drove for the establishment of the Holy Alliance (1815), and took part in the conferences that

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Adams, Robert

Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, Adams studied medicine in Europe and then returned to Dublin,

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Themba, Can

After graduating from the University of Fort Hare, S.Af., Themba worked as a reporter and later editor on the magazine Drum