Read aloud – 09-16-2019

Question -1:

Banksia scabrella, commonly known as the Burma Road banksia, is a species of woody shrub in the genus Banksia. It is classified in the series Abietinae, a group of several species of shrubs with small round or oval inflorescence. It occurs in a number of isolated populations south of Geraldton, Western Australia, with the largest population being south and east of Mount Adams.

Question -2:

One of the most popular natural dandruff remedies, coconut oil can help reduce some of the yeast that contributes to flakes, explains Geeta Shah, MD, a Maryland-based dermatologist. She recommends massaging a small amount into your scalp and leaving it there for at least 15-20 minutes. “The longer the better,” she says. “Some people even leave it on overnight with a towel or shower cap so it penetrates a little deeper.”

Question – 3:

Smartphones have become an everyday essential for millions of us – we rely on them for everything from updating our social media profiles to banking. Taking out a smartphone contract that bundles together your calls, data, and texts with the cost of the handset can help spread the cost – but can also mean you’ll pay more over the long run.

Question -5:

The weather satellite is a type of satellite that is primarily used to monitor the weather and climate of the Earth. Satellites can be polar orbiting, covering the entire Earth asynchronously, or geostationary, hovering over the same spot on the equator. Meteorological satellites see more than clouds and cloud systems. City lights, fires, effects of pollution, auroras, sand and dust storms, snow cover, ice mapping, boundaries of ocean currents, energy flows, etc.

Question -6:

Public relations practitioners are constantly challenged to tell an organization’s story to the public. Top management invariably says, “We need to make them understand our side of the issue.” Providing information on an issue or, in the case of marketing, a product is not likely to change the behavior of the majority of any given public. At least that’s what two decades’ worth of research across multiple disciplines indicates.

Question -7:

U.S. President Barack Obama acted on December 20, 2016, to preserve the legacy of his policies aimed at protecting the environment by issuing a pair of memorandums that indefinitely banned oil and gas development in the entirety of the U.S. portion of the Chukchi Sea, the majority of the Beaufort Sea, and some 4 million acres along the Atlantic Coast containing a string of more than 30 underwater canyons, stretching from Massachusetts to the Chesapeake Bay.

Question – 8:

More than 70 members of the electoral college have asked to receive an intelligence briefing about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A Democratic U.S. representative has called for the electoral college vote to be delayed to accommodate that request; such a move would require action by the Republican-controlled Congress, however, and it was seen as extremely unlikely that the party would take steps that would jeopardize Donald Trump’s victory.

Question – 9:

On the basis of tidal friction alone, the length of the solar day would be expected to increase by 2.3 milliseconds per century. However, the eclipse records showed an increase of only 1.8 milliseconds per century. The astronomers speculated that the rebound of Earth from losing the weight of the glaciers on higher latitudes that had built up in the last ice age and the exchange of angular momentum between Earth’s liquid core and its solid mantle may have been responsible for the discrepancy.

Question – 10:

According to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, cheetahs are heading toward extinction, and different conservation efforts are needed to protect the species. While acknowledging the difficulty in gathering data because of the cheetah’s tendency to travel over vast amounts of territory, the study cites an alarmingly low population estimate of only 7,100 cheetahs remaining worldwide, with most found in six African countries.

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