I Rode a Rainbow Unicorn

I rode a rainbow unicorn.
We sailed across the sky.
(I'd fed him lots of Skittles,
since they always make him fly.)

We took off like a comet
on a long and graceful flight.
And everywhere the people stopped
and marveled at the sight.

His path was bright and colorful.
It sparkled, shimmered, shined,
as he arced across the heavens
shooting rainbows from behind

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Friends

How good to lie a little while
And look up through the tree!
The Sky is like a kind big smile
Bent sweetly over me.

The Sunshine flickers through the lace
Of leaves above my head,
And kisses me upon the face
Like Mother, before bed.

The Wind comes stealing o'er the grass
To whisper pretty things;
And though I cannot see him pass,
I feel his careful wings.

So many gentle Friends are near
Whom one can scarcely see,
A child should never feel a fear,
Wherever he may be.

 

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Hymn To The Night

I heard the trailing garments of the Night
Sweep through her marble halls!
I saw her sable skirts all fringed with light
From the celestial walls!

I felt her presence, by its spell of might,
Stoop o'er me from above;
The calm, majestic presence of the Night,
As of the one I love.

I heard the sounds of sorrow and delight,
The manifold, soft chimes,
That fill the haunted chambers of the Night
Like some old poet's rhymes.

From the cool cisterns of the midnight air
My spirit drank repose;
The fountain of perpetual peace flows there,--
From those deep cisterns flows.
 

Paul Bunyan

He rode through the woods on a big blue ox,
He had fists as hard as choppin' blocks,
Five hundred pounds and nine feet tall...that's Paul.

Talk about workin', when he swung his axe
You could hear it ring for a mile and a half.
Then he'd yell "Timber!" and down she'd fall...for Paul. 

Talk about drinkin', that man's so mean
That he'd never drink nothin' but kerosene,
And a five-gallon can is a little bit small...for Paul.

Talk about tough, well he once had a fight
With a thunderstorm on a cold dark night.
I ain't sayin' who won,
But it don't storm at all...round here...thanks to Paul. 

 

Long-Dreaded Superbug Found in Human and Animal in U.S.

The antibiotic resistance factor MCR, which protects bacteria against the final remaining drugs of last resort, has been found in the United States for the first time—in a person, and separately, in a stored sample taken from a slaughtered pig.

Department of Defense researchers disclosed Thursday in a report placed onlineby the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy that a 49-year-old woman who sought medical care at a military-associated clinic in Pennsylvania last month, with what seemed to be a urinary tract infection, was carrying a strain of E. coli resistant to a wide range of drugs. That turned out to be because the organism carried 15 different genes conferring antibiotic resistance, clustered on two “mobile elements” that can move easily among bacteria. One element included the new, dreaded gene mcr-1.

The discovery “heralds the

Friends

How good to lie a little while
And look up through the tree!
The Sky is like a kind big smile
Bent sweetly over me.

The Sunshine flickers through the lace
Of leaves above my head,
And kisses me upon the face
Like Mother, before bed.

The Wind comes stealing o'er the grass
To whisper pretty things;
And though I cannot see him pass,
I feel his careful wings.

So many gentle Friends are near
Whom one can scarcely see,
A child should never feel a fear,
Wherever he may be.

 

Waiting At The Window

These are my two drops of rain
Waiting on the window-pane. 

I am waiting here to see
Which the winning one will be. 

Both of them have different names.
One is John and one is James.

All the best and all the worst
Comes from which of them is first.

James has just begun to ooze.
He's the one I want to lose.

John is waiting to begin.
He's the one I want to win.

I am waiting here to see
Which the winning one will be. 

Both of them have different names.
One is John and one is James.

All the best and all the worst
Comes from which of them is first.

James has just begun to ooze.
He's the one I want to lose.

John is waiting to begin.
He's the one I want to win.

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The Charge Of The Light Brigade

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
"Forward the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!" he said.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Forward, the Light Brigade!"
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley

Teddy Bear

A bear, however hard he tries,
Grows tubby without exercise.
Our Teddy Bear is short and fat,
Which is not to be wondered at;
He gets what exercise he can
By falling off the ottoman,
But generally seems to lack
The energy to clamber back.

Now tubbiness is just the thing
Which gets a fellow wondering;
And Teddy worried lots about
The fact that he was rather stout.
He thought: "If only I were thin!
But how does anyone begin?"
He thought: "It really isn't fair
To grudge me exercise and air."

 

Halfway Down

Halfway down the stairs
Is a stair
Where I sit.
There isn't any
Other stair
Quite like
It.
I'm not at the bottom,
I'm not at the top;
So this is the stair
Where
I always
Stop.

Halfway up the stairs
Isn't up
And it isn't down.
It isn't in the nursery,
It isn't in town.
And all sorts of funny thoughts
Run round my head.
It isn't really
Anywhere!
It's somewhere else
Instead!

 

Vespers

Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,
Droops on the little hands little gold head.
Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!
Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.

God bless Mummy. I know that's right.
Wasn't it fun in the bath to-night?
The cold's so cold, and the hot's so hot.
Oh! God bless Daddy - I quite forgot.

If I open my fingers a little bit more,
I can see Nanny's dressing-gown on the door.
It's a beautiful blue, but it hasn't a hood.
Oh! God bless Nanny and make her good.

Mine has a hood, and I lie in bed,
And pull the hood right over my head,
And I shut my eyes, and I curl up small,
And nobody knows that I'm there at all.

 

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Nirmal Ranasinghe: well done Admin.

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Nirmal Ranasinghe: very nice Aaaa

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Searching for a Missing Son

In early 2014, a 27-year-old Alaskan named Cody Roman Dial embarked on a grand and rambling overland journey through Mexico and Central America. He was the son of National Geographic Explorer Roman Dial, a biologist and multisport virtuoso renowned for audacious feats in mountaineering, ice climbing, rafting, and grueling backcountry endurance races. In Anchorage's adventure circles, Roman is a mythic figure. Cody's odyssey seemed to be driven at least in part by an attempt to carve out his own space in the wilderness.

That spring, after a rafting trip in Mexico with Roman, Cody set out alone and began threading his way southward. He climbed Guatemala's 14,000-foot Tajumulco, the highest peak in Central America. He slept in a gold miners' camp and scuba dived with whale sharks. After a surfing idyll in Nicaragua, he crossed into Costa Rica on July 3. Several days later, Cody emailed his father from an Internet café in a small town called Pu

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Nirmal Ranasinghe: Where is he???? Can I find him........

ජාතික තොටිල්ල

වලාකුලින් උඩ - කන්ද නැගී     ලා
බලා වදිමු සිරි - පදෙ නැමි        ලා
බැද්ද පුරා මල් - පිපි වැනි         ලා
රෙද්ද  වගෙයි සුදු - පාට වැටි    ලා

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N.W.P.D.S.Perera: A good poem

A NASA Telescope Just Doubled Its Haul of Known Planets

By now, it’s no secret that the sky is swarming with planets, and as NASA’s Kepler spacecraft continues to cast its net into the cosmic ocean, it’s reeling in alien worlds faster than any other planet hunter in history.

Today, Kepler scientists announced that we can add 1,284 new exoplanetsto the list of confirmed worlds. The haul boosts the Kepler mission’s total to 2,325 discovered exoworlds, which accounts for more than two-thirds of the known planets in the galaxy.

“This is the most exoplanets that have ever been announced at one time,” Princeton University’s Timothy Morton said during a May 10 press conference revealing the discovery. “This announcement … more than doubles the amount of known Kepler exoplanets.”

The Secret History of the Women Who Got Us Beyond the Moon

What do Tim Berners Lee, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Joel Oppenheimer, Linus Torvalds—the list could go on—all have in common? 

A: They are all men. 

Sure, there are influential women in technology and science but the numbers are few. The same is true of space exploration. All the world knows the name Buzz Aldrin. How many of us have heard of Bonnie Dunbar or Joan Higginbotham? 

But “man” would never have made it to the moon without the work of a group of brilliant and tenacious female mathematicians at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, argues Nathalia Holt in Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars

Speaking from her home in Boston, Holt explains how the lab’s first “computers” were women; why, despite their example, the number of women working in technology today is

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Gihan maduksha: nice...

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Thedas Semika: beautiful

The Canary (New Edition)

Mary had a little bird,
With feathers bright and yellow,
Slender legs-upon my word,
He was a pretty fellow!

Sweetest notes he always sung,
Which much delighted Mary;
Often where his cage was hung,
She sat to hear Canary.

Crumbs of bread and dainty seeds
She carried to him daily,
Seeking for the early weeds,
She decked his palace gaily.

This, my little readers, learn,
And ever practice duly;
Songs and smiles of love return
To friends who love you truly.

Nirmal Ranasinghe.

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Nirmal Ranasinghe: you done well.

The Canary

Mary had a little bird,
With feathers bright and yellow,
Slender legs-upon my word,
He was a pretty fellow!

Sweetest notes he always sung,
Which much delighted Mary;
Often where his cage was hung,
She sat to hear Canary.

Crumbs of bread and dainty seeds
She carried to him daily,
Seeking for the early weeds,
She decked his palace gaily.

This, my little readers, learn,
And ever practice duly;
Songs and smiles of love return
To friends who love you truly.

 

World’s Largest Single Marine Reserve Created in Pacific

British Prime Minister David Cameron's government announced the creation of the world’s largest contiguous ocean reserve on Wednesday, setting aside 322,000 square miles (830,000 square kilometers) around the remote Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific for special protection.

The new reserve is nearly three and a half times bigger than the landmass of the United Kingdom—larger than the state of California—and is home to a stunning array of sharks, fish, corals, and other marine life, says Enric Sala, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who led a five-week Pristine Seas expedition to the island group in March 2012 that helped establish a scientific case for the reserve.

Announced via the government's 2015 budget, the reserve represents a bid by the U.K. to thwart the illegal fishing that threatens t

Earth Hasn’t Heated Up This Fast Since the Dinosaurs’ End

Carbon is pouring into the atmosphere faster than at any time in the past 66 million years—since the dinosaurs went extinct—according to a new analysis of the geologic record. The study underscores just how profoundly humans are changing Earth’s history.

The carbon emissions rate is ten times greater today than during the prehistoric hot period that is the closest precedent for today's greenhouse warming.

That period, known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), was marked by a massive release of the Earth's natural carbon stores into the atmosphere. (It’s not clear what caused the PETM, but volcanic eruptions and methane gas release are suspects.) The excess carbon triggered a 5°C (9°F) temperature increase, along with drought, floods, insect plagues, and extinctions. (Read more about this period of “Hothouse Earth.”)

The new analysis of the sediment record concludes that the carbon

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Nirmal Ranasinghe: important post

The Real Downton Abbey Powers Into the Future as TV Show Ends

“Downton Abbey” saw technological changes during its six glorious seasons on TV—and none appealed to perhaps its most memorable character, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley.

"First electricity, now telephones. Sometimes I feel as if I were living in an H.G. Wells novel," says the inimitable Lady Violet, played by actress Maggie Smith. Bemused by how the telephone works, she asks: “Is this an instrument of communication or torture?”

Unlike the TV countess, grief-stricken fans bidding cheerio to the British blockbuster—its last episode aired Sunday in the United States—may console themselves knowing that the real-life Downton is planning for an eco-minded future.

Massive Highclere Castle, along with other historic homes in Europe and the U.S. that were once heated solely by fireplaces, is taking steps to save energy by installing efficient lights and nearby solar panels. Blimey, it&rs

රාත්‍රිය (S. Mahinda Himi)

සමන් පිච්ච මල්              ඉහිරුණ 
නිල් තණකොළ             පිට්ටනියක් 
වගෙයි අහස අන්න          බලනු 
කොච්චර ලස්සන ද          රෑට 

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Nirmal Ranasinghe: your topic spellings are wrong which were typed in Sinhalese.

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Nirmal Ranasinghe: අපේ අතීතය මතක් වෙනවා. ආපසු පාසල් යන්න හිතෙනවා.

Americans in Danger From Rising Seas Could Triple

The number of Americans who could be displaced by rising seas will triple by the end of this century. That’s the stark new conclusion of scientists who studied the impact of climate change on coastal areas. 

As many as 13.1 million people in the United States will be in the path of flooding by 2100, three times the current population that resides in low-lying coastal areas, according to the paper published online Monday in Nature Climate Change. The researchers took into account rapid population growth along the coasts in a way never done before.  

"Populations are very dynamic by their very nature," says demographer and lead author Mathew Hauer of the University of Georgia. "You can end up with an obsolete assessment very quickly" in a study that doesn't fully capture the change already underway, he says. 

An estimated 4.9 mi

SpaceX Plans to Send Spacecraft to Mars in 2018

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has famously said he wants to die on Mars—just not on impact. Today, the spaceflight company announced plans to begin sending Red Dragon spacecraft to the red planet by 2018. While the initial flights won’t have humans on board, they would represent a critical first step to putting astronaut boots on Mars.

As ambitious as that sounds, SpaceX isn’t the only space exploration hopeful with Mars in its sights. Last week, China also revealed plans to send a spacecraft to Mars in 2020, when (as in 2018) the alignment of Earth and Mars favors an easier interplanetary voyage.

The details for both endeavours are still vague, though the director of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) has hinted that the country’s mission will be considerably complicated.

The probe is expected to orbit the red planet, land and deploy a rover all in one mission, which is quite difficult to achieve,” CNSA directo

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Gihan maduksha: Nice Post...

Clean Energy: The Future is Here

Nearly a century ago, Thomas Edison imagined tapping the inexhaustible power of the sun. Today, harnessing that energy—along with the power of wind, water and the earth’s heat—has become a reality. Technological and financial innovations have brought renewables into the mainstream, and the resulting transformation will lead to energy savings, reduced carbon emissions and greater energy diversification.

The switch to renewables is just one way that the world’s energy usage is changing. Smarter, internet-connected devices are giving consumers the ability to track their power consumption and control lights and appliances. Here’s how today’s technologies will come together in the house of tomorrow:

It takes great ideas to move an industry forward. But it takes capital to bring a great idea from the whiteboard to reality. Here are some of the key steps along the way:

Startup— In this early phase, governments, venture