The AnkiDroid Collection (Part 35) – Gilgamesh, Second World War & White Dwarf Stars

Ankidroid additions related to Science, History and Philosophy. More information about Anki can be found in this article.

The World’s Oldest Poem / Text

Gilgamesh is a 2100 BC Babylonian poem written in Akkadian. It is from one of the most ancient civilisations, located in modern Iraq. The poem tells of Gilgamesh, the King in Uruk who sought immortality.

It was translated in 1912. Half a million clay tablets were excavated from Mesopotamia (including the flood story). They are still being interpreted by Assyriologists at the British museum.

Which 4 companies were turned to, to build US military technology, supplies and armament in World War II (in response to Pearl Habor)?

Kaiser-built Liberty ships being outfitted, 1942
  • General Motors – Armoury (also vehicles and aircraft) – GM ranked first among United States corporations in the value of wartime production contracts.
  • Chrysler – Tanks – Chrysler built M3 Grant tanks, used by the British to fight the Germans and Italians in North Africa, and later the superior Sherman tank as one of the primary military suppliers for the Allied war effort.
  • Ford Motors – Aviation – FM is best known for its production of 6,790 B-24 Bombers at the US government financed and owned plant at Willow Run, MI.
  • Henry Kaiser – Shipbuilding – Kaiser fought Hitler far more directly with what he is most famous for: the Kaiser Shipyard in Richmond, California. 

White Dwarf Stars

White Dwarf Stars are what stars like the sun become after they have exhausted their nuclear fuel.
The nuclear fusion in the core of the sun (atoms colliding) is the hydrogen nuclei combining together to cause helium.
It expels most of its outer material in a series of pulses throwing off much of their mass in the form of a giant shell of gas, creating a planetary nebula. Only the hot core remains.
The sun is mid-way through its life cycle. It will last another 5 billion years.
Ultimately, our sun swells to a huge size, its radius twice the distance between the Earth to the sun. This stage is called the red giant phase.

In 2013, the shattered remains of a water-rich minor planet were found orbiting the white dwarf star GD 61, about 170 light-years from Earth.

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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