Once or twice every summer, Maine news feeds explode with word of great white shark sightings off the state’s coast. Last month, three reported great white sightings — near Wells, Old Orchard Beach and Portland — stirred up all sorts of beach excitement and anxiety. But after reviewing images taken of these supposed great whites, […]
According to a report this week in Slate, a team led by the former lead NASA scientist on climate change is now forecasting a much more rapid and dramatic rise in sea level than was previously expected. James Hansen’s 16-person team of researchers has concluded that, as Slate reports, “glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will […]
There are a lot of early birds in Piscataquis County.
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made solar system history this week when it successfully flew by Pluto. It has traveled longer and farther — over 3 billion miles in nine-and-a-half years — than any space mission before. The flyby of the dwarf planet and its moons will give scientists a close look at a region of space that may […]
Come March or April of each year, after our umpteenth snowstorm hits and we swear we may never see the sun again, many Mainers start grumbling about fleeing the state for good in search of warmth. Those are usually empty threats, as we push back memories of the winter hardships once the summer rolls around. But […]
Summer in Maine is magical. The problem is, there are nine other months. According to the Washington Post, July 8 is historically the sunniest day of the year. Which means each subsequent day is part of the grim march toward our annual five-month meditation on death and loneliness. That’s based on more than 30 years of sunlight data […]