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This weekend, you might want to take a moment to look up at what promises to be a spectacular supermoon.
Added bonus: It’s also a hunter’s moon. « That’s because in other months, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day, while the October moon rises just 30 minutes later, » National Geographic explain. « That offers more light overall during a 24-hour day, which came in handy for traditional hunters. »
Viewing will be at its best on Sunday, when the moon is both full and « at its closest point to our planet as it orbits Earth, » according to NASA. National Geographic advises that the best time to see it is as it rises on Sunday evening.
Read the rest of the article on the website of NPR: click HERE.
Even though its historical provenance is dubious, Plymouth Rock has had a tumultuous history all its own. After emerging as a colonial symbol of liberty, the stone has been moved from place to place, split it two and whittled away at by souvenir hunters. Still, the Pilgrims’ purported landing place endures. Explore the real history of Plymouth Rock on the website History: click HERE.
A digital crypto-currency has launched that is generated by human movement.
Bitwalking dollars will be earned by walking, unlike other digital currencies such as Bitcoins that are « mined » by computers.
A phone application counts and verifies users’ steps, with walkers earning approximately 1 BW$ for about 10,000 steps (about five miles).
Initially, users will be given the chance to spend what they earn in an online store, or trade them for cash.
The founders of the project, Nissan Bahar and Franky Imbesi have attracted more than $10m (£6.6m) of initial funding from mainly Japanese investors to help launch the currency and create the bank that verifies steps and any transfers.
Read the rest of the article on BBC News: click HERE.
Cheering crowds have greeted the Queen in Edinburgh on the day she becomes Britain’s longest reigning monarch.
Bad weather delayed her arrival at Waverley Station, but the 89-year-old monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh have now set off on the new Borders Railway.
The Queen will have reigned for 63 years and seven months – calculated at 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes at about 17:30 BST.
Read the rest of the article on the website of the BBC: click HERE.