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In a flash, nature’s night lights add sparkle to summer nights

Every summer, as the Earth enters a region of space containing high concentrations of solar debris, nighttime skywatchers are rewarded with a wonderful light display: the Perseid meteor shower. The annual Perseids occur when the Earth passes through a stream of dust from the Comet Swift-Tuttle, although a close to full moon may make this year’s meteor shower a little less intensive than last year’s, you are still likely to see 10–15 Perseids per hour during the peak night of Aug. 12–13.

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Gifts for the holidays, resolutions for the New Year!

With the holiday season upon us, our attention turns to giving gifts to friends and family or ways to contribute to charities. Thoughts also turn toward New Year’s resolutions as we look for ways to improve ourselves or our world. So...

Bee grateful this Thanksgiving for native pollinators

Many people do not realize that native bees have been pollinating the continent’s flowering plants long before honey bees were brought from Europe. As bees move from flower to flower collecting nectar, they also move pollen from flower...

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