| 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, 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...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 6:06 AM
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:
It starts with a bird.
The ancients thought...
| 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...
| Dec 1, 2013
Every walk of life has its existential quandaries, and for Santa stand-ins, it is: To shave or not to shave. For a dozen Christmases, Steve Francois has answered the question with a hirsute "No."
Even in the offseason, he sports a bushy, white beard...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 5:05 PM
There's a nip in the air. Couples bundle against the cold. It must be time for the "war on Christmas."
Like the changing of the weather, the war on Christmas arrives each year a few weeks before Dec. 25. Conservatives take to the airwaves to denounce...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 7:06 AM
The Long Night’s Moon will be in the night sky early Tuesday morning, getting its name from its proximity to the winter solstice. But it may be hard to see through growing clouds from another snowy system.
The moon reaches its fullest phase at 4:...
| 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
| 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...