How to Watch the Perseids Meteor Showers This Season

We are approaching the best time of the year for meteor showers, so grab a blanket, some brewskies, and this handy guide to actually finding them.

It’s just the beginning of meteor shower season, and according to NASA, the Perseids peak in mid-August. But the festivities begin in mid-July. The Perseids are popular because they mostly occur during our warmest season, which makes the prospect of sitting outside to see them immensely appealing. They often have long streaky tails, and can rain down in numbers of 50-100 an hour. The Perseids also feature “fireballs,” which are meteors of bright color and longer streaks that sometimes have “magnitudes greater than -3.” That’s big.

When You Can See It

NASA says the showering will begin July 14 and continue through August 24. Their meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com that the best nights will be August 11-12 and August 12-13, leaning more towards the later....more 

Culture "is now used just to promote" says Olafur Eliasson

Governments are using culture purely as a promotional tool rather than recognising its social value – and this is contributing to the rise of popularism, according to artist Olafur Eliasson.

States are exploiting culture for commercial gain, the artist told Dezeen, while failing to recognise culture's role in forging communities and shared values.

"The cultural ministry has become an extension of the export ministry and has failed to maintain culture," Eliasson said. "It is now used just to promote."

The Danish-Icelandic artist, who is currently based in Berlin, spoke to Dezeen at the opening of his first building in Denmark last month.

He claimed that European governments are neglecting culture as they see the sector as solely a means of promotion.

Public sector's use of culture is "promotional"

"The public sector's use of the culture sector has become more or less a promotional one," said Eliasson.

"It has failed to acknowledge that the cultural sector is the one that drives civic trust and social self-confidence. It is the culture that we have that gives us our shared identity."...more 

This Boot Camp Trains Young People to Fight Plastic Pollution

THE IMPACT OF YOUNG PEOPLE’S ACTIVISM HAS NOT GONE UNNOTICED. From 16-year-old Jamie Margolin leading to July 21’s Zero Hour youth climate marches in Washington, D.C., to the lawsuit Juliana v. United States filed on behalf of 21 youths suing the government for failing to address climate change — youth are leading the way on climate action.

And climate change isn’t the only big environmental problem that youth are stepping up to address. They’re also asserting leadership around the issue of plastic pollution.

The Ocean Heroes Boot Camp in New Orleans brought together nearly 1,000 youth activists ages 11 to 18 in early June. The camp gave attendees tools and knowledge to build new campaigns aimed at reducing plastic. It was organized by youth activists in collaboration with 10 national environmental organizations including the Captain Planet Foundation and Lonely Whale....more

The compelling case for working a lot less

Mastering 'active rest' is far harder than it looks, but there are good reasons why we should keep working at it.

When I moved to Rome from Washington, DC, one sight struck me more than any ancient column or grand basilica: people doing nothing.

I’d frequently glimpse old women leaning out of their windows, watching people pass below, or families on their evening strolls, stopping every so often to greet friends. Even office life proved different. Forget the rushed desk-side sandwich. Come lunchtime, restaurants filled up with professionals tucking into proper meals.

Of course, ever since Grand Tourists began penning their observations in the seventeenth century, outsiders have stereotyped the idea of Italian ‘indolence’. And it isn’t the whole story. The same friends who headed home on their scooters for a leisurely lunch often returned to the office to work until 8pm....more 

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