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Spanis Steps: Rome Travel guide about Spanish steps

With its irregular butterfly design, the beautiful “Scalina Spagna”, or Spanish Steps are just one of these must see places when in Rome and a great example of Roman Baroque Style. It’s a great place to just sit down and enjoy the atmosphere and views of the Eternal City. The steps are a wide irregular gathering place consisted of 138 steps placed in a mix of curves, straight flights, vistas and terraces. They connect the lower Piazza di Spagna with the upper piazza Trinita dei Monti, with its beautiful twin tower church dominating the skyline.
7 FACTS ABOUT THE SPANISH STEPS:1 The Spanish steps were built in 1723-1725 by a design of the rather little known architect Francesco de Sanctis and were financed by French diplomat √Čtienne Gueffier’s bequeathed. It was built in order to link the the Trinit√† dei Monti church that was under the patronage of the king of France, with the Spanish square below. The long, triangular Spanish square is named after the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See. …

Colosseum history and information: Rome tourist guide

The Colosseum or Flavian Amphitheatre is a large ellipsoid arena built in the first century CE under the Roman emperors of the Flavian dynasty: Vespasian (69-79 CE), Titus (79-81 CE) and Domitian (81-96 CE). The arena was used to host spectacular public entertainment events such as gladiator fights, wild animal hunts and public executions from 80 CE to 404 CE. PURPOSE & DIMENSIONS The construction of the Colosseum was begun in 72 CE in the reign of Vespasian on the site that was once the lake and gardens of  Emperor Nero’s Golden House. This was drained and as a precaution against potential earthquake damage concrete foundations six metres deep were put down. The building was part of a wider construction programme begun by Emperor Vespasian in order to restore Rome to its former glory prior to the turmoil of the recent civil war. As Vespasian claimed on his coins with the inscription Roma resurgens, the new buildings --the Temple of Peace, Sanctuary of Claudius and the Colosseum-…

Bill Gates says crypto-currencies cause deaths A BBC news article

Crypto-currencies are killing people in a "fairly direct way", Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said. He was referring to the way digital currencies like Bitcoin are used to buy drugs like synthetic opioid fentanyl. In an "ask me anything" session on news website Reddit, he said that the anonymity of digital currencies meant they were linked to terrorist funding and money laundering. Some criticised him, saying he was ill-informed about the technology.

Asked by one user for his opinion on the technology, Mr Gates replied: "The main feature of crypto-currencies is their anonymity. I don't think this is a good thing. The government's ability to find money laundering and tax evasion and terrorist funding is a good thing. "Right now, crypto-currencies are used for buying fentanyl and other drugs so it is a rare technology that has caused deaths in a fairly direct way. I think the speculative wave around ICOs [initial coin offerings] and crypto-curren…

AutoSaw: Robot carpenter makes custom furniture

Researchers have repurposed existing robotic technology so it is able to create custom wooden furniture, a move they say will greatly improve safety.
 The team at the Massachusetts' Institute of Technology (MIT) modified existing technology, including the popular vacuuming robot Roomba, to create the system. The group said the goal was not to replace human carpenters but to allow them to focus on more important tasks such as design. It is hoped systems like this might also improve safety. 
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"Every year thousands of carpenters injure their hands and fingers doing dangerous tasks such as sawing," the team said. AutoSaw could let "non-experts customize different items that can then be constructed with the help of robots". Robotics have long been used to manufacture mass-produced, flat-pack furniture but MIT's work could pave the way for robots to create custom furniture for specific purposes and spaces. The robots will cut t…

Every Day Science MCQs

Few important everyday science questions. Number of bones - 206 Number of muscles - 639 Number of kidneys - 2 Number of milk teeth - 20 Number of ribs - 24 (12 pairs) Number of chambers in the heart - 4 Largest artery - Aorta Normal Blood pressure - 120 - 80 Ph of blood - 7.4 Number of vertebrae in the spine - 33 Number of vertebrae in the Neck - 7 No of bones in middle Ear - 6 Number of bones in Face - 14 Number of bones in Skull - 22 Number of bones in Chest - 25 Number of bones in Arms - 6 Number of bones in each human middle ear - 3 Number of muscles in the human arm - 72 Number of pumps in heart - 2 Largest organ - Skin Largest gland - Liver Smallest cell - Blood cell Biggest cell - Egg cell (ovum) Smallest bone - Stapes First transplanted organ - Heart Average length of small intestine - 7 m Average length of large intestine - 1.5 m Average weight of new born baby - 2.6 kg. Pulse rate in one minute - 72 times Body Temperature - 36.9o C (98.4o F) Average blood volume - 4 - 5 lit…

most important general knowledge questions

Important GENERAL KNOWLEDGE Questions : 1. When the stock market is rising it is called Bullish. 2. When the stock market is falling it is called Bearish 3. Pakistan’s fiscal year starts from 1st July and end 30 June. 4. State Bank of Pakistan was established in July 1st 1948 5. Headquarters of UNESCO (United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization) is located in Brussels, Belgium. 6. Headquarters of RAW (Research and Analysis Wing, Secret agency of India) is located in New Delhi, India. 7. RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) was established in 21 September 1968. 8. The currency of IMF (International Monetary Fund) is called SDRs (Special Drawing Right). 9. Father of Economics, Adam Smith and Adam Smith book “Wealth of Nations” (1776) is also known as “Bible of Capitalism” 10. Father of Socialism Karl Marx and his book “Das Capital” (1867) is also known as “Bible of Socialism” 11. Death Valley is located in California USA. 12. Genesis is a last book of Bible 13. B…