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Blue Moon in August – Two Full Moons this Month

Full Moon - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - The saying “once in a blue moon” probably is referring to this occasional event which will begin today. In August, two full moons will appear.

The blue moon event is not referring to the moon changing color. One full moon will appear tonight and another on the 31st. It will be almost another three years before the next blue moon occurs.

Originally, a blue moon was an extra full moon for the season. Maine Farmers' Almanac described the event as having four instead of three full moons in one season. When there was an additional fourth full moon for the season, it was deemed a blue moon.

Walmart reaches milestone of 100 Rooftop Solar Installations in California

Solar Power Generating Systems Credit: Walmart

(Best Syndication News) - Walmart announced that they have reached 100 rooftop solar panel installations in California. The 100th California Walmart store to have solar panels installed was the College Avenue store in San Diego.

Walmart said that they have an ideal goal of getting 100 percent of their energy needs supplied by renewable sources such as windmills and solar panels. Right now, each location with solar panel installations will generate between 10 to 30 percent of the locations total electricity needs.

GM investigating Wi-Fi sensing Technology for Vehicles

Bicylcist on a busy street - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - General Motors (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) announced that they are working on technology for vehicles to sense Wi-Fi found in Smartphones to let drivers know when a person is crossing the street or riding a bicycle. This could be helpful on busy intersections and streets, and in poor visibility situations.

Additionally, GM is investigating the idea of a complementary app for Wi-Fi Direct capable Smartphones to help bicyclists and road workers notify Wi-Fi Direct vehicles of there location on the street.

Astronaut Sally Ride dies at age 61

Sally Ride - Credit: Nasa.gov

(Best Syndication News) - Sally Ride died at her home in San Diego this Monday after battling pancreatic cancer for the last 17-months. Ride was the first US woman astronaut to travel into space. She travelled twice on the Challenger; the first time was on June 18, 1983 and a second time was October 5, 1984.

Ride was born in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley on May 26, 1951. Growing up in Encino, she loved Science and later studied Physics and English at Stanford University.

She was almost finished with her Ph.D. in physics when she saw an ad looking to hire astronauts. This was the first time that NASA was recruiting astronauts that were not just military test pilots. There were over 8,000 applicants and only 35 people were chosen. Ride was picked along with 5 other women and 29 men to take part in the 1978 astronaut class.

Lead exposure in California Condors threaten Population Growth

California Condor - Credit: U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior/USGS, U.S. Geological Survey/photo by Susan Haig - PD

(Best Syndication News) - A study from the University of California, Santa Cruz, found that condors in the state are being exposed to detrimental lead levels, which is slowing the repopulation of the endangered species. On June 25, the researchers published their study results in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

The primary source for lead exposure comes from lead found in ammunition. The researchers determined this based on a “fingerprinting” technique of isotopes. Additionally, they studied the lead levels in the birds’ feathers to understand the history of lead exposure.

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