The Selenelion Riseth!

blood moonEXCLUSIVE: The official title of J.K. Rowling’s new movie.

Spoiler alert: I’m pulling your leg.

Actually, a selenelion is a rare atmospheric phenomenon that makes the sun and the moon appear to be higher in the sky than they actually are. Why is this relevant, you ask? Because as a matter of fact, if you feel like staying up through the wee hours of the morning (and you happen to live in North America), you can witness the second “Blood Moon” of the year- a total lunar eclipse.

And by the way, due to the selenelion, it’s technically possible for viewers west of the Mississippi to see the eclipsed moon and the sun at the same time…technically a geometric impossibility, so if this piques your interest, you might want to consider setting your alarm. Or, you know, watching it on the news tomorrow, because that works too. (Sleep is glorious.)

Let’s get into tonight’s stories!

IN BRIEF:

-An 8-year-old boy in Hawaii survived a six story fall down a garbage chute in a condominium building today with cuts to his head and feet, and was taken to hospital.

-A sailor whose yacht nearly capsized in the English Channel has been rescued. Mick Royton was picked up after nearly eight hours adrift in stormy seas.

-The Cardinals have made it to the National League Championship Series! That’s Missouri 3, California 0 (Athletics, Angels, Dodgers). Not that anyone’s counting.

 

TONIGHT’S FEATURED STORY:

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The Nobel Prize in physics was recently awarded to three physicists for their work in the creation of blue LED lights. Professors Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura made the first blue LEDs in the early 1990s.

You may be wondering- what exactly is the big deal? A Nobel Prize just for creating a little glowing diode?

Here’s why blue light-emitting diodes are so important: they paved the way to white LEDs, which have made smartphone and computer screens possible, as well as more efficient and ling-lasting home and car lighting. LEDs convert electricity to light with about 50% efficiency, compared to about 4% for incandescent bulbs. White light is, or course, a combination of red, green, and blue (well, all the colors really), so it depended on the creation of blue LEDs.

Well done, Professors Akasaki, Amano and Nakamura!

 

VIDEO OF THE WEEK:

Always nice to see the more fortunate doing just a little bit for the less fortunate.

 

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK:

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This is just a little extra treat…that might help you get a little extra treat. This is a new website that touts itself as “the ultimate and complete secret menu resource.” Check it out and see if there are any secret menu items you want to try! (I know I’ll be trying the pizza sub at Subway next time I go.)

Have a great week!

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