| Dec 20, 2013
| 8:47 AM
We think of the winter solstice as the "shortest" day of the year, but the solstice actually occurs at an instant, when the sun is the furthest south in the sky because of the Earth's tilted axis.
This year, that happens Saturday at 17:11 Coordinated...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Two Canadian cities, Vancouver and Montreal, have the world’s best public library systems, according to a new survey by German researchers.
Library mavens at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf studied libraries in 31 major world cities,...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 10:37 PM
The winter solstice may mark the longest night of the year, but for Iranians, it's also known as Shab-e Yalda, a celebration with ancient ties that commemorates the triumph of Mithra, the Sun God, over darkness.
Feasting on fresh fruits from the...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 3:03 PM
People wore shorts and T-shirts all around Baltimore on Saturday as temperatures hit a record 70 degrees, with slightly higher temperatures expected Sunday.
Both the Inner Harbor and BWI Marshall Airport recorded highs of 70 degrees, while Annapolis hit...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:46 AM
Unique celestial events in 2014 include two full lunar eclipses visible from Maryland and a partial solar eclipse that will begin just before sunset one October afternoon. A new meteor shower could be a bonus.
Here’s what stargazers have to look...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Baltimore's first sunset to take place after 5 p.m. since November occurs Wednesday evening.
The last time the sun set after 5 p.m. or later was Nov. 6. Just a few days before that, sunset didn't come until after 6 p.m., but then an end to daylight...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 2:09 PM
Q: We work in the health services office of a large university that has a very diverse student population. For fear of offending others, some administrators want to institute a policy that would forbid us from putting up Christmas decorations, including...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 7:45 AM
Wednesday is the last day in Baltimore with more daylight hours than nighttime until spring.
There will be about 12 hours, 1 minute of daylight, with sunrise at about 6:57 a.m. and sunset at 6:58 p.m. But the hours of daylight are shrinking by about 2...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
It's July, Funny Money fans, and you know what that means!
No, not, "Put away the Christmas decorations" -- we're not that far behind on chores at the Funny Money household. Still, my boy, Funny Money Jr., or as I call him, "Li'l Money" ('cuz that's...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 2:19 PM
Sleep deprivation makes people look unattractive and sad, according to a small study in the academic journal Sleep. That should seem obvious to anyone who’s ever looked at themselves in the mirror after skimping on sleep, but the analysis is...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 6:51 AM
CYNITHIANA, Ohio - Fort Hill State Memorial is a place with interesting options.
It is home to some of the best hiking in the state, interesting geology and rare plants in a surprisingly wild corner of southwest Ohio. It is also home to ancient and...