The Perseid meteor shower — the year’s best — is tonight

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A long exposure photo of the 2012 Perseid shower, as seen in WyomingDavid Kingman

As Earth plows through a trail of dust and rock left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle, tiny pieces of debris will enter our atmosphere and burn up, producing dazzling shooting stars. Starting around 10 pm local time (regardless of your time zone) on Wednesday, you’ll be able to see as many as 50 of these meteors per hour — with the show aided by the low amount of light coming from the barely visible crescent moon.

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California fights drought with crazy shade balls

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This story is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

On Monday afternoon, the mayor of Los Angeles found a ballsy way to fight California’s unprecedented drought:

There are now 96 million « shade balls » floating on the surface of the L.A. Reservoir. They’re made of plastic, the same kind of polyethylene that gallon-sized milk jugs are made of, so they don’t pose a threat to the drinking water, according to the LA Times. They’re designed to keep water from evaporating and are expected to conserve 300 million gallons per year. And at a cost of $35 million, they’re about $250 million cheaper than the alternative, a tarp-like covering.

So, saving California from the drought just takes leadership from someone with a pair of … sorry I’ll just stop now.

#shadeballs.

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Discover John Sloan’s Gloucester: A gallery tour with curator Martha Oaks

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The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a special gallery tour with Cape Ann Museum curator Martha Oaks on Friday, August 21 at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $10 for Museum members; $15 nonmembers (includes admission). Space is limited; reservations required. For reservations and tickets please call (978)283-0455 x10 or emailinfo@capeannmuseum.org.

One of this country’s most important artists of the early 20th century and a highly respected teacher, John Sloan (1871-1951) spent five summers—1914 through 1918—living and working on Cape Ann. During that time he created nearly 300 finished oil paintings, using Gloucester’s rugged landscape as a backdrop to experiment with color and explore ideas about form, texture and light. Arguably the most productive period of his career, the body of work that Sloan created during this time continues to astonish and delight viewers a century after it was completed.

The Cape Ann Museum is proud to have…

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Dingle-Halbinsel

Aus Kanada-Blog wird Reise- und Fotoblog 😉

Heute ginges auf die Dingel-Halbinsel, und zwar bei richtig schönen Wetter, Sonne, ein paar Wolken und an die 20 Grad. Sehr angenehm. Natürlich waren Unmengen an Touristen dorthin unterwegs. Und für Busse, LKW’s etc gilt: nur im Uhrzeigersinn an die Insel fahren, denn es kommen definitiv keine 2 Busse an einander vorbei! Selbst die Variante Bus trifft auf PKW ist enorm eng.

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Control Freaks: Tyga Battling Kris Jenner For Control Of Reality TV « Reveal » Of Relationship With Barely-Legal Kylie

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Tyga And Kris Jenner Fight Over Reality TV Reveal Of Relationship With Kylie

Welp, the time has come. No pun intended…

Via RadarOnline

Keeping up with the Kardashians reality star Kylie Jenner‘s worst kept secret is about to be exposed! According to a source close to the family, now that she is 18 she and boyfriend Tyga are ready to go public in a big way, and momager Kris Jenner wants to be the one to break it!

After months of coy hints, “Kylie and Tyga are deciding on where and when to officially confirm that they are actually together,” a Kardashian insider tells Radar exclusively.

“Tyga wants to do it on his show Kingin’ With Tyga because the ratings are not doing so great,” says the source.

“But Kris has other ideas in mind. She wants to confirm their relationship by making it an entire episode of Keeping…

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ESTRENA ‘BETO’ NUEVOS MÉTODOS DE CENSURA EN QR: Aplica Gobernador en Cancún estrategia para amordazar y mantener a raya a la prensa

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CANCÚN, MX.- Aunque el Gobernador pretende cambiar la percepción sobre su gobierno, al impulsar una ley sobre protección a periodistas, la realidad es que no solo conserva su rechazo a la libertad de expresión sino que además, presenta innovadores metodos de censura.

En la rueda de prensa que este miércoles ofrecieron funcionarios de Semarnat, Fonatur y Profepa para confirmar la suspensión temporal de las obras del Malecón Tajamar en Cancún, pero que fue coordinada por la Unidad del Vocero, se consolidaron formas para evitar preguntas incómodas por parte de los representantes de los medios

Y es que este nuevo método establece que desde antes de la rueda de prensa los reporteron darán a conocer sus preguntas, las cuales son escritas por representantes de la Unidad del Vocero, y luego algunas de ellas son escogidas para planteárselas a los protagonistas de las ruedas de prensa.

Pero lo más extraño es que…

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Movie Review: The Gallows

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the-gallowsDuring the whole run time of this found footage supernatural film, the only thought which kept running in my head was – why would Warner Bros and producer Jason Blum‘s Blum House Productions back this film? The plot is not innovative, nor is the technical involvement! I always said a horror movie doesn’t always need blood, gore, nudity etc long as it has a great story behind it a story that does not leave more questions then answers. This movie lacks that as you get more questions then you do answers. Great marketing and a little controversy can make a mediocre movie more successful. We’ve all seen it time and time again, but rarely so effectively as with this film. Whether the film’s producers have anything to do with the controversy over whether there really was a Charlie Grimille who died during a play, they did do some other…

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Photograph by @paulnicklen taken while on assignment for @natgeo. After many weeks of waiting, this was the first Spirit Bear that I ever witnessed. They are also called Ghost Bears and after waiting for so long, it really seemed like a ghost during its brief appearance as it blended back into the Great Bear Rainforest. I sat in this same spot for an additional two weeks from dark to dark each day and only managed a few other glimpses. But, it was worth the wait. Through @sea_legacy, we are going to ensure that bears like the Spirit Bear will always have wild habitat to roam free. I am currently looking for other cool subjects to photograph in Alaska and will be posting images shortly on @paulnicken so stay tuned. #patience #gratitude #adventure #explore @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #BritishColumbia #bear #wild #free #MPA #marine protected areas. by natgeo http://ift.tt/1DyY60z