Chushu

The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms. Chǔshǔ, Shosho, Cheoseo, or Xử thử (traditional Chinese: 處暑; simplified Chinese: 处暑; pinyin: chǔshǔ; Japanese: 処暑; rōmaji: shosho; Korean: 처서; romaja: cheoseo; Vietnamese: xử thử; literally: “limit of heat”) is the 14th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude […]

A Newly Discovered Species Of Moth

No doubt Donald Trump will be showered with honors at his inauguration, but none will be quite as unique as this little moth. A biologist has named a newly discovered species of moth after our next president. The Neopalpa donaldtrumpi is a wee little creature found in parts of California and Baja, Mexico. It seems […]

$632K For A Single Tuna

A sushi chain boss paid $632,000 for a 466-pound bluefin tuna at auction on Thursday. The 74.2 million yen winning bid for the prized but imperiled species was the second highest ever after a record 155.4 million yen bid in 2013 at the annual New Year auction at the famed Tsukiji market. Kiyomura Corp. owner […]

Oldest American

The New Jersey woman who is the oldest American is another year older. Adele Dunlap received balloons, and fellow residents at the Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown on Monday sang “Happy Birthday” to the 114-year-old. Dunlap didn’t appreciate the fuss. Asked what she was thankful for, Dunlap said, “Gee, how should I know?” As […]

Pumpkin Record With 2,261 Pounder

A Rhode Island man has squashed a record set by his son by taking first prize in a pumpkin contest with a 2,261.5-pound gourd. Richard Wallace’s 2,261.5-pound pumpkin beat the North American giant pumpkin record set by his son, Ron, at the same event last year. Ron Wallace’s pumpkin topped the scales at 2,230 pounds […]

Millions of Bees Dead

On Sunday morning, the South Carolina honey bees began to die in massive numbers. Death came suddenly to Dorchester County, S.C. Stressed insects tried to flee their nests, only to surrender in little clumps at hive entrances. The dead worker bees littering the farms suggested that colony collapse disorder was not the culprit — in […]

Laughter Therapy

What Happens When We Laugh? We change physiologically when we laugh. We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues. People who believe in the benefits of laughter say it can be like a mild workout — and may […]

13 Planets

According to the International Astronomical Union we have eight major planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune; and five dwarf planets: Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake and Eris. The IAU left it a bit ambiguous as to whether dwarf planets count as real planets or not. If you count the dwarf planets as […]