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  • Brazil's Belo Monte hydropower complex (photo by Dr. Kirk Winemiller, Texas A&M University)
  • David Keene presents Carole Stubsten with the 2015 Person of the Year Award.
  • Heifer Ranch is a 1,200-acre farm dedicated to educating youth and adults about Heifer International’s worldwide programs for sustainable solutions to combat hunger, poverty and environmental degradation, said Dr. Darlene Locke, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 4-H youth development education specialist, College Station.
  • When I arrived at the spa, my first gentle assignment, flanked by the soothing sound of a harp-filled rain forest combined with a "viewing-the-body music," was to disrobe "to a comfortable level" and wrap myself in a plush terry cloth robe and slippers. Little did the spa rep know that "a comfortable level" for me included an Eddie Bower ribbed turtleneck sweater.
  • The Chinese New Year, which is based on the lunar calendar, begins tomorrow. So, instead of having black-eyed peas and cornbread, try eating your favorite Chinese dishes tomorrow. Here’s one that's good for a winter day. It will also make your home smell warm.
  • 1812 – The strongest in a series of earthquakes strikes New Madrid, Missouri. The 1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes were an intense intraplate earthquake series beginning with an initial earthquake of moment magnitude (7.5 -7.9) on December 16, 1811 followed by a moment magnitude 7.4 aftershock on the same day. They remain the most powerful earthquakes to hit the contiguous United States east of the Rocky Mountains in recorded history. They, as well as the seismic zone of their occurrence, were named for the Mississippi River town of New Madrid, then part of the Louisiana Territory, now within Missouri. There are estimates that the earthquakes were felt strongly over roughly 50,000 square miles, and moderately across nearly 1 million square miles. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake, by comparison, was felt moderately over roughly 6,200 square miles. New forecasts estimate a 7 to 10 percent chance, in the next 50 years, of a repeat of a major earthquake like those that occurred in 1811–1812, which likely had magnitudes of between 7.6 and 8.0. There is a 25 to 40 percent chance, in a 50-year time span, of a magnitude 6.0 or greater earthquake.