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Good Reads: Snuggle into a big blanket with the kids and look up, way up

August 14, 2014

The night sky is beautiful. And that includes the Perseid Meteor Shower, an annual favour rite that peaked this past week, although burning bits of space flotsam will continue to stream into the atmosphere until Aug. 24 or so. But the moon’s brightness this month will make all but the biggest and hottest meteors invisible.
In any case, there’s always something else to see. Skywatchers have all sorts of cool things to look up to year-round. On Aug. 18, Jupiter and Venus, the two brightest planets in our sky, will be a mere 0.25 degrees away from each other.

STOP! TV: Pay attention!

August 14, 2014

“The average attention span of people tested in 2013 was eight seconds, in 2000 it was twelve seconds. The average attention span of a goldfish? Nine seconds.”