wallpaper Patterns

This pattern has 4 rotations, it has a reflection, and there are mirror lines intersecting at 45 degrees, which makes it a p4m wallpaper pattern.

This pattern has 2 rotations, it has both a horizontal and a vertical reflection. This brick layout pattern has symmetry group cmm.

The living Fossils

Now that 1,864 is the estimated minimum population of pandas, pandas are not endangered anymore. The number increased over the past decade by 16.8% and the geographic range of giant pandas increased by 11.8% since 2003.

How does this compare to past figures? 

 -The first survey from 1970 Ford is 1977 evaluated that there were 2,459 giant pandas in the wild.

– The second survey from 1985 to 1988 estimated that there were 1,114 giant pandas in the wild.  

Finally, the hard work of the Chinese government, the nature staff and the WWF is paying off.

Why were pandas initially endangered?

– Pandas eat 40 kilograms of bamboo daily and it is covered in cellulose that is hard to digest.

– Baby pandas are 150 grams when they are born which results in them dying because they have a weak immune system and their mothers sit on them occasionally because they are very small and unnoticeable.

-Female pandas ovulate for only 48 hours a year.

I have inserted a link to the WWF for some additional information about pandas.


Voting Age and voter turnout

The last time voting age was lowered in America was in 1971 when the 26th amendment was put in place mainly because 18-year-old citizens were fighting in Vietnam and it didn’t seem fair that those brave soldiers couldn’t vote for their national leaders. While the legal voting age is protested till today and demanded to be lowered in America, 16-year-old Brazilian citizens have had the right to vote since 1988. Many other countries have granted people as young as 16 years old the right to vote such as Austria, Nicaragua, and Argentina. In Indonesia and Sudan, 17-year-old citizens can legally vote. Scottish citizens on the other hand who are 16 and 17-year-old were granted the right to vote recently in 2014.

While people argue that granting younger citizens the right to vote is irrational. Reasoning that citizens at that age are not knowledgeable enough to participate in such an important decision and that they should mature before taking that responsibility. Even though I don’t agree with theses statements as younger generations are more knowledgeable about politics these days more than ever.  I do think that lowering the voting age and adding more eligible voters will most likely not increase the voter turnout in the next elections for many reasons. One would be that even though in the 2014 elections younger generations were about 53% of eligible voters only 36 million voted and the number continued to decrease.

photo source: http://www.pewresearch.org

While most of us are fairly familiar with America’s voting system and process, we don’t really know much about elections in other countries. So, for your entertainment and educational purposes, here are 15 facts about elections around the world.




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Not to brag or anything but, math was never my strongest subject. However, I have been told by fellow students that this class will help me demolish my extreme fear of math. will I conquer my fear of math or will math conquer me?!

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