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Category: Science

History of Global Living Conditions

A very interesting and must read article titled “The short history of global living conditions and why it matters that we know it” by Max Roser that answers the question, “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?” by looking at the history of global living conditions.

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On Light Pollution: The End of Darkness

A nice little video from the New Yorker on the effect of light pollution and its impact on star-gazing by the general public:

I’ve said it before, but visiting parts of the globe that have minimal light pollution is one of the things I am most excited about for our world trip plans.

Perseid Meteor Shower

2016 has lined up to be some of the best meteor shower viewing in the last twenty years! I am very excited about this because the kids and I are in a “green zone” in the Dark Map right now and should be able to see a great show.

The Dark Map looks like this. (It is a bit sad to see how much light pollution there is. Especially sad for all of the kids who live in urban centres and rarely get a chance to see the night sky.)

I am also looking forward to our trip around the world for star-gazing. Seeing the southern hemisphere constellations, maybe the northern or southern lights, the band of the Milky Way Galaxy, or just an incredible amount of stars when we are in a proper dark zone. So cool!

Perseids Meteor Shower – A Magical Night in Joshua Tree from Kai Gradert on Vimeo.

Perseids Meteor Shower – A Magical Night in Joshua Tree from Kai Gradert on Vimeo.

 

Vox also has a great link round-up, including NASA’s livefeed.

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