Ángeles Rodríguez Hidalgo was a humble woman who, when widowed at 41, worked two jobs to raise her five children. She lived in the working class Madrid neighborhood of Vallecas, where heavy metal music was popular with young people in 1980s.
The train from Saint Petersburg to Murmansk runs twice a day, along a 630-mile route that takes 26 hours from end to end. On its way, it passes Poyakanda, a settlement of just a few dozen people in the frozen wilds of the Arctic Circle. There is no train station there but, from time to time, trains will stop and allow railway staff to get on and off.
On 1 November 1929, Marie Curie spent her evening at the Plaza Hotel in New York. In her only public appearance in the city, she was scheduled as the guest of honor to address the third annual dinner of the American Society for the Control of Cancer. Feeling ill throughout most of her trip, she was able only to thank the audience of physicians. Robert G. Mead, a member of the society’s finance committee, read her speech, which was broadcast nationally on radio. Curie’s text focused on, as the New York Times put it, the “perils in radium” despite its use as a cancer treatment.
The Rohingya people (/ˈroʊɪŋjə/, or /ˈroʊhɪŋjə/; historically also termed Arakanese Indians) are a stateless Indo-Aryan people from Rakhine State, Myanmar. There were an estimated 1 million Rohingya living in Myanmar before the 2016–17 crisis. The majority are Muslim while a minority are Hindu. Described by the United Nations in 2013 as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world, the Rohingya population are denied citizenship under the 1982 Myanmar nationality law.
Jerry Eugene Pournelle (August 7, 1933 – September 8, 2017) was an American science fiction writer, essayist, and journalist who contributed for many years to the computer magazine Byte. Pournelle served as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1973.