A full ‘sturgeon’ moon will illuminate the sky this week

A full ‘sturgeon’ moon will illuminate the sky this week

August is arguably the most exciting month out of the year for stargazers. Starting at 11:59 AM EDT on Monday, August 3, you’ll be able to see August’s most spectacular full moon, also known as the “sturgeon” moon. Yes, that’s “sturgeon” like the fish. “The Maine Farmer’s Almanac first published ‘Indian’ names for the full … Read more A full ‘sturgeon’ moon will illuminate the sky this week

Traveling during a pandemic is a heart-wrenching dilemma

Traveling during a pandemic is a heart-wrenching dilemma

“Pandemic” and “leisure travel” are almost mutually exclusive terms. We’ve been hunkered down for five months now, many of us daydreaming about vacations that fell by the wayside. Our logical brain knows we’re in a global health crisis, and traveling comes with countless risks, but the restless part of our brain — the part that … Read more Traveling during a pandemic is a heart-wrenching dilemma

Two cruise ships hit with COVID-19 shortly after resuming operations

Two cruise ships hit with COVID-19 shortly after resuming operations

Cruising has been one of the most contentious forms of traveling since the start of the pandemic, with cruise ships being viewed as petri dishes for the virus’ spread. In the United States, cruising is banned through September, but in other parts of the world, sailing has resumed — with unfortunate consequences. On one cruise … Read more Two cruise ships hit with COVID-19 shortly after resuming operations

US boaters are sneaking into Canada, and Canadians aren’t happy

US boaters are sneaking into Canada, and Canadians aren’t happy

With any restriction comes people trying to find loopholes. The United States-Canadian border has been closed for months, yet US travelers are trying to circumvent the closure by getting in via boats. Canada’s border patrol monitors the land border between the two countries, but those crossing by boat can be difficult to track. Many Americans … Read more US boaters are sneaking into Canada, and Canadians aren’t happy

Valencia has some of the richest architecture in Spain, here’s how to see it

Valencia has some of the richest architecture in Spain, here’s how to see it

Often thought of as just a neighboring city to Barcelona, Valencia doesn’t get nearly as much recognition as it deserves. The Mediterranean city has a rich history shaped by Roman, Islamic, and Christian influences that create a very unique, charming ambience with a strong sense of Old World European legacy. Peppered with cathedrals dating back … Read more Valencia has some of the richest architecture in Spain, here’s how to see it

Two mischievous emus have been banned from an Australian hotel

Two mischievous emus have been banned from an Australian hotel

People can get kicked out of a hotel for rowdy behavior, and apparently so can animals. The Yaraka Hotel in the Australian Outback just banned two emus from the premises, on account of their raucous behavior. Chris Gimblett, the hotel’s co-owner, said that the emu siblings were once welcome visitors who would occasionally show up … Read more Two mischievous emus have been banned from an Australian hotel

Animals ‘reclaimed’ cities during the pandemic. What happens to them now?

Animals ‘reclaimed’ cities during the pandemic. What happens to them now?

During the early months of the pandemic, anecdotal accounts of changes in animal behavior started popping up in Los Angeles. Locals and city staff noticed a more prominent presence of bobcats, coyotes, mule deer, and other mammals on LA’s hillsides while bird song and frog croaks ratcheted up along the Los Angeles River, as well … Read more Animals ‘reclaimed’ cities during the pandemic. What happens to them now?

This map is an interactive digitization of old LGBTQ travel guides

This map is an interactive digitization of old LGBTQ travel guides

In the 1960s, California businessman Bob Damron started publishing travel guides for the LGBTQ community, covering queer-friendly spaces around the country. He published the pocket-sized Bob Damron’s Address Book annually to fill a void in the LGBTQ travel sphere. Now, historian Eric Gonzaba and co-primary investigator Amanda Regan are using Damron’s guide books from 1965 … Read more This map is an interactive digitization of old LGBTQ travel guides

Dublin’s Trinity College is converting its front lawn into a wildflower meadow

Dublin’s Trinity College is converting its front lawn into a wildflower meadow

Trinity College in Dublin is getting more nature-friendly, converting its former manicured lawn into a beautiful wildflower meadow. The lawn, at the college’s entrance, was removed earlier this week and replaced by a meadow that will bloom with wildflowers next spring. The conversion was the result of a February vote, which polled Trinity’s staff, students, … Read more Dublin’s Trinity College is converting its front lawn into a wildflower meadow

Beyonce’s ‘Black Is King’ celebrates a future in which Blackness can’t be ignored

Beyonce’s ‘Black Is King’ celebrates a future in which Blackness can’t be ignored

“I’m not there yet, 100 percent,” a voice comes in over a black screen, “ya feel me? Like, I know I got the capabilities to, but sometimes I don’t know how to navigate.” Then we see a wide shot, a river, a basket floating in it, like we know from the Old Testament. A drone … Read more Beyonce’s ‘Black Is King’ celebrates a future in which Blackness can’t be ignored

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