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August is an awesome month for skywatching: Here’s how to make the most of it

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Get out your comfy blankets and red light flashlights: August is going to be quite a month for skywatchers. 

 Usually this month is a great time to watch the skies — it’s warm and home to one of best meteor showers of the year — but August 2017 in particular will be jam-packed with some particularly great events, including not one but two eclipses. 

The spacey festivities kick off on August 7 with a partial lunar eclipse gracing skies above much of Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia. 

Lunar eclipses happen when the moon dips partially or fully into Earth’s shadow.  Read more…

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Little girl rides her pony through a corner store to pick up treats

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You’ll probably get turned away from your local drive-thru riding on your horse.

But it’s not a problem at this corner store (or dairy, as they like to call it), located in Opotiki, a small town on New Zealand’s North Island. Well, if you can both fit in the store, obviously.

Here a little girl, 3-year-old Paris Smith, rides on her pony through the Tirohanga Beach Store to pick up some candy, in a video posted on the shop’s Facebook page on Friday. 

“Look, only in Opotiki,” a man can be heard saying on camera.

Riding through the store is apparently a long-running tradition, owner Ray Williams told the New Zealand Herald. Read more…

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Kid draws a hilarious family portrait, featuring his mother on her period

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Periods are normal, but kids pointing them out in their sketches is something else.

Australian woman Penny Rohleder shared a photo of her son’s drawing on the Facebook page of blogger Constance Hall on Jul. 25, which well, says it all.

“I don’t know whether to be proud or embarrassed that my 5 year old son knows this,” Rohleder wrote. 

“Julian drew a family portrait. I said ‘What’s that red bit on me?’ And he replied, real casual, ‘That’s your period.'” 

Well, at least he knows.

To give further context, Rohleder revealed she had pulmonary embolism in October 2016, and was put on blood thinning treatment which makes her periods “very, very bad,” she explained to the Daily Mail. Read more…

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Ouch! A former Google exec just dissed Android photography big time

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Android phones might have larger screens, bigger batteries, and headphone jacks, but there’s one thing the iPhone has going for it that’s consistent every year: better cameras.

It’s not just Apple fans that thinks so, either. In a post shared on Facebook, ex-Google SVP of Social Vic Gundotra declared the iPhone 7 Plus’s photos taken with its Portrait mode “stunning” and the “end of the DSLR for most people.” He then blamed Android’s open source design for its photography shortcomings. Ouch.

The iPhone 7 Plus’s Portrait mode is really impressive — the dual cameras and image signal processor crunch billions of computations on each photo where the “depth effect” is applied — but Android phones like the Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel have caught up in other ways. Hell, the OnePlus 5 even apes the iPhone 7 Plus’s dual cameras and Portrait mode. Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’ got upstaged by the #NoConfederate campaign

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As the third episode of Game of Thrones’ seventh season aired, another HBO-focused campaign pulled a lot of attention away from the mega-popular fantasy drama.

Last week, HBO announced a new project with Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, an alternative reality show in which the Civil War did not stop slavery and it continued to this very day. Woof. Pretty rough, right? 

Lots of people thought so, and the announcement was greeted with multitudes of backlash against the extremely sensitive subject and the fact that it would be spearheaded by two white dudes. (Writer couple Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman, who are black, are tapped to co-write and executive produce, but D&D are still set to be the showrunners.)  Read more…

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Doctor takes a break from giving birth to deliver another baby

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A doctor in Kentucky and her patient will always remember their babies’ birthdays. 

Amanda Hess, an OB/GYN in Frankfort, Kentucky, was in the hospital as she prepared to give birth to her daughter. While she waited, Hess heard another expectant mother who was closer to giving birth. 

The doctor went to the room, where a woman who happened to be one of her patients was fully dilated. The doctor on call was on his way to the hospital, but the baby was coming. So Hess stepped in and handled the delivery right before she went back to her own room to give birth.  Read more…

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We finally know what the inside of Tesla’s Model 3 looks like, and it’s stunning

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The wait is finally over.

After months of hype and anticipation, Tesla has finally given us our first peek at the interior of the Model 3 and, well, it was worth the wait.

The interior is every bit as sleek and minimalist as we expected. The most prominent feature is the 15-inch digital display, which has more of a landscape orientation than Tesla’s other cars. Note that, as Musk confirmed to a disappointed Tesla fan earlier this year, there is no speedometer (or any kind of gauge, for that matter) behind the wheel.

Close observers will notice that there are very few buttons or controls of any kind, which makes sense considering Tesla’s autopilot ambitions. Read more…

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One of the world’s longest electric car highways will be built in Australia

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Flush with long stretches of road, Australia is now set to be home to one of the world’s longest electric highways.

Queensland has unveiled plans for the Electric Super Highway, a series of fast-charging stations in 18 cities and towns it hopes will encourage the uptake of electric vehicles.

“This project is ambitious, but we want as many people as possible on board the electric vehicle revolution, as part of our transition to a low emissions future,” the state’s acting roads minister, Steven Miles, said in a statement. Read more…

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