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Two Meteor Showers Will Peak on the Same Night in the Same Region This Month

On the night of July 30, stargazers will be treated to a celestial double feature as two meteor showers peak simultaneously. The Delta Aquariids and the Alpha Capricornids will illuminate the sky, offering a spectacular show particularly visible from southern latitudes. During the darkest hours, observers can expect to see a meteor every two minutes, with the Delta Aquariids contributing up to 25 meteors per hour. Although the Alpha Capricornids will be less frequent, they promise to be notably brighter, potentially including dazzling fireballs. The American Meteor Society notes that while the Alpha Capricornids are not prolific, the brilliance of their fireballs makes them worth the watch.

These meteor showers derive their names from their radiant points, which are the locations in the sky from which the meteors appear to originate. The Delta Aquariids seem to come from the constellation Aquarius, near the star Delta Aquarii, while the Alpha Capricornids appear to emerge from the constellation Capricornus, near the star Alpha Capricorni. This proximity in the sky means that on the night of their peak, it may be challenging to distinguish between the two showers. The Delta Aquariids are the result of debris from the 96P Machholz comet, whereas the Alpha Capricornids come from the remnants of comet 169P/NEAT. Both showers span several weeks, with the Delta Aquariids visible from July 18 to August 21, and the Alpha Capricornids from July 3 to August 15, providing ample opportunity for skywatchers to witness this astronomical event.

 

Ingenious Artist Uses Cutlery To Create Charming Bird Sculptures

When most of us look at silverware, we think about the next meal we’ll be eating, but not Matt Wilson. The South Carolina-based artist, also known as Airtight Artwork, bends and manipulates spoons, forks, and knives into works of art. While he sculpts various animals, some of our absolute favorites are his flocks of birds, which he mounts on gorgeous wood backgrounds. Wilson is an expert at using the shapes and textures of the flatware to create the details of his birds. The ridges on a handle may become a wing’s feathers, while the spoon’s curve helps create their heads. And though Wilson Continue reading “Ingenious Artist Uses Cutlery To Create Charming Bird Sculptures” »

Sanctuary Lets People Go Glamping With Hundreds Of Cats

Denise and Thom Howard never imagined they’d one day be helping people go glamping with hundreds of cats. Originally, the plan was to help as many cats as possible. “We started as a home-based rescue in Jacksonville in 2016, just helping neighborhood cats,” Thom Howard told The Dodo. “My wife, Denise, incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in Florida as Purrapy Inc. in October 2019, just months before the pandemic hit. Then that created an overpopulation wave — including in our Jacksonville home.” The couple knew rescuing cats from their home was no longer sustainable, so Continue reading “Sanctuary Lets People Go Glamping With Hundreds Of Cats” »

Whole Pod of 77 Whales Die in ‘Biggest Mass Stranding in Decades’

A tragic incident unfolded on the shores of Orkney when a pod of 77 pilot whales stranded on Tresness Beach, leading to what is considered the largest mass stranding in Scotland in decades. The British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) found that 12 of the whales were still alive when they arrived but ultimately decided to euthanize them after refloating efforts proved unsuccessful. The stranded pod included whales of varying ages and sizes, from calves to adults up to seven meters long. The exact cause of the stranding remains unknown, but experts speculate that one whale might have Continue reading “Whole Pod of 77 Whales Die in ‘Biggest Mass Stranding in Decades’” »

Pick Up Litter and Get Free Stuff in Copenhagen This Summer Through Eco-Conscious Rewards Program

Copenhagen is setting a new benchmark for sustainable tourism with its innovative Eco-Conscious Rewards Program, designed to attract eco-minded visitors this summer. As the largest tourist season on record sees cities in Italy, France, and Spain grappling with overwhelming crowds and implementing stricter controls, Continue reading “Pick Up Litter and Get Free Stuff in Copenhagen This Summer Through Eco-Conscious Rewards Program” »

Tiny ‘Frog Saunas’ Help Endangered Amphibians Fight off Fungal Disease

Researchers in Australia have found that a form of sauna, a popular leisure activity for humans known for its health benefits, can help certain frog species combat the devastating fungal disease chytrid. Chytrid, which has infected over 500 species of frogs worldwide, thrives in cooler tropical climates but cannot survive at temperatures above 84°F (29°C). Anthony Waddle from Macquarie University has pioneered the use of “frog saunas”—simple unshaded black brick structures within artificial greenhouse habitats—to aid in the recovery of golden and green bell frogs from this deadly pathogen. In a study, frogs that frequented these warmer environments showed milder infections, demonstrating that access to these saunas significantly aids in fighting off the disease.

The effectiveness of these saunas is profound. Frogs that recovered using the saunas were found to be 23 times less likely to succumb to subsequent chytrid infections. This innovative approach, which can be easily implemented in gardens, not only helps the frogs survive outbreaks but also boosts the population’s overall resistance to the disease. Anthony Waddle noted that before chytrid, bell frogs were common in human habitats, and reestablishing these “sauna” habitats could help their populations rebound. However, this method is mainly beneficial for warm-weather species, as not all frogs tolerate high temperatures well. For species preferring cooler conditions, alternative solutions need to be explored to combat the chytrid threat.

4 Frugal Methods to Cool Down Without A/C This Summer

By exploiting physics and the cardinal elements, most people can cool their house down reliably without A/C, it just requires a bit of observation. For example, observe the path of the Sun throughout the day. Shielding from the Sun: Where are the rays falling during the hottest hours of the day? As the USA lies in the Northern Hemisphere, the Sun travels across the southern sky, and so for most homeowners or tenants, its rays will beat down on the southeastern, southern, and southwestern flanks of your house. As it arrives at a window, close the shutters—or buy a set of blackout curtains to repel the heat from entering through the window. If one is really desperate, curtains—or even a blanket or rug—will work better hung outside the window on the exterior of the house. After the Sun’s rays have completely left a window, that’s the moment to open it. Master the art of airflow: Keep a flag outside your house and observe the direction of the wind when it blows. Opening windows on opposite ends of your home will create an airflow that, when moving through the narrow confines of the window openings, causes the flow to accelerate and cool down, like the way rivers speed up when channeled into a more narrow section. Most people know that hot air rises, but it doesn’t always follow for them to deduce that this means cold air sinks. As such, positioning yourself at lower levels, both micro and macro, can help a lot.

Consider moving your bed to the basement. This is what desert dwellers have done for millennia—sleeping below the level of the earth to stay cool. One can also consider removing the boxspring and frame and placing their mattress directly on the floor. The closer one’s body is to the ‘bottom’ of whatever, whether a house or a room, the cooler it will be. Investing in a reversible fan is a good idea for mastering airflow. If there’s a source of hot air in the room, the fan can blow it out of a window or up a flight of stairs, inviting cooler air to fill the room. Likewise, if there’s a source of cooler air, a fan can pull it up from a basement, or in from the outside after dark. Using water: Water can be used to cool oneself and the room in various ways. A bowl of ice, when placed on a stool in front of a fan, cools the air blown out into the room. Likewise, if a breeze or air is coming in through a window, a wet towel suspended across it will cool the air further as it enters. If one can’t handle a cold shower, one can easily apply wet towels to any part of the body that’s significantly hot. Around the neck, or between the thighs are good places for cold towels because blood flow passes through major arteries. Ice packs would work just as well. Combining these methods with a fan is a surefire way to cool down whilst trying to sleep. Also, it’s important to stay hydrated, as a lack of available water in the body will impede one’s natural cooling systems. Understanding heat: Heat is generated in many ways throughout the day and throughout the house. For starters, our bodies generate heat through excessive movement, digestion, and other activities. No one is recommending you do a water fast (though that would keep you generally cooler probably) but eating a lighter dinner, or perhaps even splitting dinner into two separate meals, will avoid too much metabolic heat being generated through digestion. On the subject of food—think salads and sandwiches, since stoves and ovens saturated the air with heat. A more clever alternative is to cook with crock pots or slow cookers, or even running an appliance like a rice steamer or air fryer outside. When running at full capacity, computers generate a serious amount of heat—so keep the PC or laptop running at less than half memory speed. You can accomplish this by closing programs you’re not using, and keeping the number of tabs and browser windows to a minimum.

Deforestation in Colombia Reached 23-Year Low in 2023

Deforestation in Colombia has reached a significant milestone, hitting a 23-year low in 2023. According to recent government figures, environmental destruction has decreased by 36%, marking a considerable achievement for one of the world’s most biodiverse countries. This environmental victory is largely attributed to President Gustavo Petro’s proactive approach to conservation. His administration has emphasized the importance of protecting Colombia’s natural resources, Continue reading “Deforestation in Colombia Reached 23-Year Low in 2023” »

She Rescues Wild Mustangs That Are Rounded-Up and Reunites Their Herds on Her Ranch

Clare Staples, a former Hollywood producer turned rancher, has dedicated her life to rescuing wild mustangs and burros from potentially abusive environments or slaughterhouses. She founded Skydog Ranch and Sanctuary on 9,000 acres of land, providing a haven where these animals can roam freely and stay with their families. Staples was moved by the plight of these wild horses, who are often separated from their herds during annual round-ups conducted by the Bureau Continue reading “She Rescues Wild Mustangs That Are Rounded-Up and Reunites Their Herds on Her Ranch” »


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