Eclectic News

By Gayle Tabor | Interesting and eclectic finds from around the web

What Would the Solar Eclipse Look Like From the Moon?

A space artist dreamed up the experience in a painting in 1989, nearly three decades before the actual event.<p>Pat Rawlings was thinking about next week’s eclipse nearly 30 years ago.<p>Rawlings has spent more than three decades as a space illustrator, creating scenes of human exploration in the cosmos, …

Astronomy

Cubs pick 'That's Cub' as 2017 slogan

The Cubs started a new marketing slogan, "That's Cub," this month, but the phrase's origin goes back to 2013.<p>Minor-league players came up with the term to define team expectations. "They meant it in a very positive way," said <b>Alison Miller</b>, Cubs marketing vice president. "So a guy hits a ground ball …

Joe Maddon

Women with diabetes are especially prone to developing heart disease

Women typically don’t develop heart disease — or high blood pressure, one of its major risk factors — until after menopause. But “if you have diabetes, that rule no longer applies,” says Christine Maric-Bilkan, a program officer in the vascular biology and hypertension branch of the National Heart, …

Diabetes

Northern California braces for more rain and possible flooding

SAN FRANCISCO — The first outer rain bands from a powerful Pacific storm headed to Northern California on Sunday brought light rain and wind and renewed warnings of possible flooding in the already soggy region.<p>The San Joaquin River at a measuring station near Vernalis remained at “danger stage,” …

Weather

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime

Every now and then during the workweek—usually around three in the afternoon—a familiar ache begins to saturate my forehead and pool in my temples. …

What if the internet stopped working for a day?

For many people, going without the internet even for a few hours is unthinkable. But if it did stop working, the impact might not be what you'd expect.<p>Jeff Hancock likes to give his Stanford University students weekend assignments that let them experience concepts discussed in class for themselves. …

Australian man trapped in pond with nose just above water

<b>An Australian man has survived spending hours struggling to keep his nose above water after his excavator rolled into a waterhole.</b><p>Daniel Miller, 45, had been riding the machine at his remote property 300km (180 miles) north of Sydney.<p>When the edge of the dam gave way, the farmer was pinned down by …

Australia

'Runner on 2nd' rule considered for extras

Rookie-level leagues may try tweak in effort to quicken pace, keep players fresh<p>As Major League Baseball continues to contemplate ways to improve …

New Dead Sea Scrolls cave discovered

<b>Archaeologists have found a cave that once housed Dead Sea scrolls in a cliff in the Judean desert - the first such discovery in over 60 years.</b><p>Israel's Hebrew University said the ancient parchments were missing from the cave, and were probably looted by Bedouin people in the 1950s.<p>Storage jars, …

Theology

White House says it will keep Obama-era LGBTQ worker protections

The White House sought Tuesday morning to calm fears that President Donald Trump will roll back protections for the LGBTQ community, issuing a statement saying he will keep in place a 2014 executive order that bans anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination.<p>“President Trump continues to be respectful and …

Donald Trump

Olympian Ron Hill ends 52-year running streak

<b>A former Olympian has taken a day of rest to end a 52-year running streak of at least one mile every single day.</b><p>Ron Hill, who competed at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and Munich in 1972, has put on his running shoes every day since 20 December 1964 - a total of 52 years and 39 days.<p>The 78-year-old …

Commonwealth Games

Why Democrats need to pick unwinnable fights against Trump

Democrats are famously squishy consensus-seekers. That must change. In the age of Trump, it's high time for them to show some backbone and pick big, …

Republican Party

Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year

Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016, trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures …

How being alone may be the key to rest

<b>How much rest do we think we need, who is getting the most, and what are the most restful activities? The results of the world's largest survey on rest indicate that to feel truly rested, a lot of us want to be alone.</b><p>Last November an online survey called The Rest Test was launched to investigate …

Personality

‘He hurt the heroes’: The Iraq War veteran who lied his way to a Purple Heart and $750,000

The rocket exploded under the Army Humvee and launched the vehicle into the air.<p>It was August 2005, two years into Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Darryl Lee Wright was on patrol with the Idaho National Guard in Kirkuk, a city in northern Iraq.<p>Wright recalled later that he was “violently thrown and …

Veterans

The people getting rich off the discards of our addiction

It's not the cuppa itself, but the grounds we toss away as rubbish. Coffee socks, anyone?<p>Desperate for our morning coffee fix, most of us are blind to the mammoth mounds of messy wet grounds left behind. But some people — from engineers to designers — have found novel ways to reap financial rewards …

How to track poverty from space

You can get a pretty good idea of a country’s wealth by seeing how much it shines at night – just compare the intense brightness of China and South …

College & University

10 of the best cycling holidays for families

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best,” Ernest Hemingway once observed. That doesn’t have to change once you have children in tow – but even the most intrepid parents would be wise to consider their route a little more carefully than before. Now may not be the time …

Amazing photos capture ‘scared’ fish trapped alive inside jellyfish

A photographer captured an astonishing underwater sight when he came across a fish trapped in a jellyfish.<p>Ocean snapper Tim Samuel saw the scared-looking fish ‘swallowed up’ by a jellyfish in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.<p>The incredible photo has been shared by thousands of social media …

Amazing

Dolly Parton: 'There ain't much real about me but my heart'

After more than a half-century in show business, Dolly Parton hasn’t changed a bit.<p>“I’m most comfortable in high heels and wigs and makeup and gaudy clothes,” Parton told Page Six at an appearance celebrating the 31st year of Dollywood, her amusement park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. “Same as always!”<p>At …

Dolly Parton

A message for my fellow Republicans: If you back Trump you will not be trusted again

It was once unimaginable. Now Donald J. Trump – the reality TV star, questionable businessman, and political bomb thrower – is on the verge of becoming a major party’s presidential candidate.<p>When Mr. Trump ran for president on the Reform Party ticket in 2000, his candidacy was scoffed at. He was an …

Donald Trump

The Outlaws’ Most Wanted Music

A classic country playlist from the original outlaws<p>Take a spin through some of our all-time favorites from Willie, Waylon, Hank, Johnny, and more.<p>Click here to listen on Spotify.

Near-Extinct Sumatran Rhino Spotted In Indonesian Borneo For The First Time In 40 Years

Fewer than 100 of the species are believed to exist in the wild.<p>In the uphill battle to save the critically endangered Sumatran rhino, good news is hard to come by. Last year, the species was declared extinct in the wild in Malaysia and conservationists warned that the creatures -- which number …

Wildlife

American teen arrested in Israel after spending night in historic cave

A US tourist has been arrested after spending the night in an historic cave below Jerusalem's Old City.<p>Reports said he may have been hunting for mythical buried treasure.<p>Zedekiah's cave, also known as Solomon's Quarries, covers a five-acre area beneath the Muslim quarter.<p>Israeli newspaper Haaretz …

Archaeology

Florida woman fighting to keep motorcycle-riding pet alligator

A Florida woman was fighting Wednesday to keep her 6-foot-long clothes-wearing, motorcycle-riding pet alligator in her home.<p>The 125-pound reptile named Rambo even has a bedroom in Mary Thorn's home in Lakeland.<p>Thorn has had a license for the alligator for 11 years, but the gator recently grew to 6 …

Florida

Commuters who shun car travel keep slimmer, study concludes

<b>People who cycle, walk or catch the train or bus to work keep more weight off than commuters who travel by car, a large UK study has found.</b><p>The results come from 150,000 UK adults aged 40 or older who agreed to be measured and weighed and fill in a survey about their typical journey to and from work.<p>…

Obesity