republic congo

  • Habitat preference: Found mostly in rain forest. Said to prefer relatively low and thick, flowering bushes.
  • Venom: Bites from this particular species have resulted in at least one report of severe hematological complications as well as two deaths.

#Blackout Featured Artist: Sloane Siobhan

The Artist Behind “Lollipop Girl” featured on the #Blackout’s Shorty Awards Page.

Sloane Siobhan is a visual artist specializing in oil painting. Nurturing her talents at the age of 4, she enrolled in MonArt and was trained by Jillian Goldberg and later attended high school at NorthWest School of the Arts to concentrate in visual arts. She graduated from Appalachian State University in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and painting concentration.

Sloane has worked on various projects including but not limited to client commissions, t-shirt designs & banners for the student run club Black Student Association, and silent auctions for the Heart Association. She was published in the Charlotte Observer in an article showcasing her talents to help spread awareness about the plight of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The article highlighted her successful solo exhibition at Providence Gallery in Charlotte, NC in 2010 in which all proceeds from the exhibit went to the foundation, Women for Women.

She was accepted into a year-long group exhibition at Appalachian State’s Chancellor’s House and exhibited her work in the 2016 group summer show, Visual Jungle in Charlotte, NC. She was commissioned by Appalachian State’s chancellor to create a piece for the university, that was also featured in the Bachelor of Fine Arts group exhibition, Calico, in December of 2016.

Sloane currently resides in Charlotte, NC and travels to do shows along the East coast.

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The world’s largest lava lake is located inside Mount Nyiragongo, an active stratovolcano in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to Wikipedia, Nyiragongo’s lava lake has at times been the most voluminous known lava lake in recent history. The depth of the lava lake varies considerably. A maximum elevation of the lava lake was recorded at about 3,250 m (10,660 ft) prior to the January 1977 eruption - a lake depth of about 600 m (2,000 ft), as a recent low elevation of the lava lake was recorded at about 2,700 m (8,900 ft). Nyiragongo and nearby Nyamuragira are together responsible for 40% of Africa’s historical volcanic eruptions.

Ross´s turaco (Musophaga rossae)

Ross’s turaco is a mainly bluish-purple African bird of the turaco family, Musophagidae. It is found in woodland, open forest and riparian habitats in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

photo credits: Ed Schipul

guys this post has almost every country in the world on it i think i died while making it but i’m not too sure

[for this list i decided to use the mainland versions of the country names unless i could not find it (in those rare cases i used the taiwanese versions). also, this post is long so if i made any mistakes please tell me]

非洲 Africa

阿尔及利亚 ā'ěrjílìyǎ Algeria

安哥拉 āngēlā Angola

贝宁 bèi níng Benin

博茨瓦纳 bócíwǎnà Botswana

布基纳法索 bù jī nà fǎ suǒ Burkina Faso

布隆迪 bùlóngdí Burundi

佛得角 fú de jiǎo Cabo Verde/Cape Verde

喀麦隆 kāmàilóng Cameroon

中非共和国 zhōng fēi gònghéguó Central African Republic (CAR)

乍得 zhàde Chad

科摩罗 kē mó luó Comoros

刚果民主共和国 gāngguǒ mínzhǔ gònghéguó Democratic Republic of the Congo

科特迪瓦 kētèdíwǎ Cote d’Ivoire

吉布提 jíbùtí Djibouti

埃及 āijí Egypt

赤道几内亚 chìdào jǐnèiyǎ Equatorial Guinea

厄立特里亚 èlìtèlǐyǎ Eritrea

埃塞俄比亚 āisāi'ébǐyǎ Ethiopia

加蓬 jiāpéng Gabon

冈比亚 gāngbǐyǎ Gambia

加纳 jiānà Ghana

几内亚 jǐnèiyǎ Guinea 

几内亚比绍 jǐnèiyǎ bǐ shào Guinea-Bissau

肯尼亚 kěnníyǎ Kenya

莱索托 láisuǒtuō Lesotho

利比里亚 lìbǐlǐyǎ Liberia

利比亚 lìbǐyǎ Libya

马达加斯加 mǎdájiāsījiā Madascar

马拉维 mǎ lā wéi Malawi

马里 mǎlǐ Mali

毛里塔尼亚 máolǐtǎníyǎ Mauritania

毛里求斯 máolǐqiúsī Mauritius

摩洛哥 móluògē Morocco

莫桑比克 mòsāngbǐkè Mozambique

纳米比亚 nàmǐbǐyǎ Namibia

尼日尔 nírì'ěr Niger

尼日利亚 nírìlìyǎ Nigeria

卢旺达 lúwàngdá Rwanda

圣多美和普林西比 shèng duō měihé pǔ lín xī bǐ Sao Tome and Pricipe

塞内加尔 sàinèijiā'ěr Senegal

塞舌尔 sāi shé ěr Seychelles

塞拉利昂 sèlālì'áng Sierra Leone

索马里 suǒmǎlǐ Somalia

南非 nánfēi South Africa

南苏丹 nán sūdān South Sudan

苏丹 sūdān Sudan

斯威士兰 sī wēi shì lán Swaziland

坦桑尼亚 tǎnsāngníyǎ Tanzania

多哥 duō gē Togo

突尼斯 túnísī Tunisia

乌干达 wūgāndá Uganda

赞比亚 zànbǐyǎ Zambia

津巴布韦 jīnbābùwéi Zimbabwe

phew. the rest of the continents are under the cut

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Oddly enough, Kate Rubins journey to space started in central Africa.

“If you put your finger on a map in the middle of Africa, that’s about where our field site was located,” says Rubins, a microbiologist as well as an astronaut.

It was 2007, and an airplane touching down on a grass runway in the Democratic Republic of the Congo had brought Rubins and her colleagues to study a nasty outbreak of monkey pox in a remote village. She’d already spent time studying HIV, Ebola and smallpox in the lab.

This time the airplane wouldn’t be back for six weeks.

Rubins didn’t know it at the time, but that remote expedition gave her experience she’d eventually draw on during a much bigger journey — to outer space. And while, she doesn’t fit the normal astronaut profile. Many start out as military pilots, engineers or doctors — not microbiologists studying viruses. But she got the job.

A Microbe Hunter Plies Her Trade In Space

Photo by NASA Johnson/Flickr and NASA

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. North Kivu. November 2012. M23 rebels.“We are not a rebellion,” said Benjamin Mbonimpa, an electrical engineer, a bush fighter and now a top rebel administrator. “We are a revolution.”Their aims, he said, were to overthrow the government and set up a more equitable, decentralized political system.

Photograph: Jehad Nga for The New York Times