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SKYWATCH: DELTA AQUARIIDS KICK OFF SUMMER METEOR SHOWERS, MISSING CRATERS ON CERES, AND MORE

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Students Discover a Galactic Eye of Horus

Sky & Telescope

Undergraduate students in Japan stumbled on a rare lensing of two distinct background galaxies.

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NASA’s K2 Mission Confirms 100+ Exoplanets

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Kepler’s K2 mission has confirmed 104 new exoplanets – including a system with four rocky planets.

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Missing Craters on Ceres

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The dwarf planet has a paucity of big pockmarks because it has somehow erased them.

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No Dark Matter from LUX Experiment

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An underground detector reports zero detections of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs), the top candidate for mysterious dark matter.

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MeerKAT in South Africa Sees First Light

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The MeerKAT radio telescope has produced its first light image – even at quarter-strength, it’s already the best of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Dark Streaks on Mars Revisited

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New research on seasonal streaks in Martian canyons provides evidence against underground pools of water.

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OBSERVING HIGHLIGHTS

This Week’s Sky at a Glance, July 29 – August 6

Sky & Telescope

Sagittarius is moving toward a high stance in the south these evenings, so we’re entering prime time for the profusion of Messier objects in and above this constellation. How many can you locate with binoculars?

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Delta Aquariids Kick Off Summer Meteor Showers

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The meteors are coming! Three annual meteor showers are active and may spark up your nights this weekend.

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Tour August’s Sky: Perseids & Planets Aplenty

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Download or play Sky & Telescope’s astronomy podcast, and you’ll get a guided tour of the night sky. In early evening look for Mars and Saturn embedded in Scorpius toward south, and key an eye out for Perseid meteors.

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HATEWATCH: HEADLINES FOR JULY 27-29, 2016

Hatewatch Staff

July 29, 2016
 

Duke may face GOP limitations; Russian trolls posed as Trump fans; Kansas mom loses custody of kids who sang at Malheur; and more.

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The Times-Picayune (New Orleans): Louisiana GOP considers restrictions aimed at limiting David Duke’s reach.

The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA): State police arrest Baton Rouge man for posting videos threatening Duke, officers.

Business Insider: It looks like Russia hired Internet trolls to pose as pro-Trump Americans online.

Right Wing Watch: Bryan Fischer proclaims that ‘it is not possible for homosexual behavior to be a constitutional or moral or ethical or legal right.’

KPAX-TV (Missoula, MT): Hamilton man gets death threats after social-media rumors suggest his building might house refugees.

Raw Story: Militia goon threatens to shoot Pennsylvania cops who arrested his teen son on heroin charges.

Jackson Free Press (MS): Mississippi’s relentless pursuit of the LGBT community reflected in draconian ‘religious freedom’ law.

NBC Washington: Homeland Security employee pleads not guilty to charges he brought a gun to workplace.

WDRB-TV (Louisville, KY): Indiana woman awakens to find racist threats scrawled on building, car on property.

Media Matters: Watch an immigration expert tear apart Fox Business’s Bartiromo’s right-wing talking points.

Kansas City Star: Kansas mom whose children sang at Malheur standoff loses custody after abuse charges surface.

Seattle Times: Congressional candidate says cops racially profiled him after paper’s editorial claimed he criticized opponent for being white.

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Hatewatch Staff
July 27, 2016
 

Trump’s denunciations of Duke don’t hold water; Railroad workers push for white hires; Thiel backs out of nationalist event; and more.

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Huffington Post: Donald Trump’s denunciations of former KKK leader David Duke don’t hold water anymore.

BuzzFeed: Duke says Trump left the door open to supporting his candidacy later down the road.

Raw Story: Racists light up social media with hate-filled posts after #MothersoftheMovement appear at DNC.

Media Matters: Fox’s Bill O’Reilly rebukes Michelle Obama for speech, saying White House slaves were ‘well fed.’

Omaha World-Herald: Union Pacific workers’ group shares flier urging advancement of white men, chairman rebukes them.

AlterNet: Five insane theories promoted by Donald Trump’s favorite conspiracist, Alex Jones.

Houston Chronicle: Tampering charges dismissed against Planned Parenthood videographers.

LGBTQ Nation: American pastor expelled from Russia because he’s not anti-gay enough.

Huffington Post: Trump’s top tech backer, Peter Thiel, opts out of attending ‘white nationalist friendly’ event.

Talking Points Memo: The black woman who led the fight against Jim Crow, and why no one has heard of her.

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COLORLINES: A WEEK OF SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER

 

WATCH: Alicia Garza, Ben Jealous Talk Freddie Gray and Police Militarization

The Truth to Power panel—held during the DNC in Philadelphia—discussed the dismissal of charges in Freddie Gray’s death and the structural conditions that lead to police militarization.

In the Wake of Her Mom’s Assassination, Laura Cáceres Hits the DNC With Fervor

The daughter of Berta Cáceres, the Honduran Indigenous environmental activst who was killed in March, tells Colorlines that she came to the ever-meddlesome United States to seek justice for her mom, her pueblo and her country.

Mothers of the Movement Say Hillary Clinton is Unafraid to #SayTheirNames

Nine women—the mothers of Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin and more—took to the stage at the DNC to endorse the candidate they feel cares the most about Black lives.

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Charges Dropped Against 3 Remaining Officers Involved in Freddie Gray’s Death

After Decades of Silence on Race, Michael Jordan Calls for an End to ‘Divisive Rhetoric and Racial Tensions’

Activists Protest Police Violence, State Oppression During #DemsInPhilly Action

ICYMI: Purvi Patel’s Feticide Conviction Overturned

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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FRIENDSHIP: JULY 30, 2016

International Day of Friendship

The International Day of Friendship is a United Nations (UN) day that promotes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures. It is observed on July 30 each year.

The UN has a special day to promote the concept of friendships across diverse backgrounds and cultures.
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What Do People Do?

To mark the International Day of Friendship, the UN encourages governments, organizations, and community groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that promote solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.

Public Life

The International Day of Friendship is a UN observance and not a public holiday.

Background

In 2011, the UN proclaimed the International Day of Friendship with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, and cultures can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. The UN wanted for the day to involve young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.

International Day of Friendship Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Sat Jul 30 2011 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Mon Jul 30 2012 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Tue Jul 30 2013 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Wed Jul 30 2014 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Thu Jul 30 2015 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Sat Jul 30 2016 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Sun Jul 30 2017 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Mon Jul 30 2018 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Tue Jul 30 2019 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Thu Jul 30 2020 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance

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CIRCUS AFRICANUS: “THE REDEMPTION OF HAM”, OR, A BRAZILIAN FAMILY

Ham’s Redemption or ‘A Redenção de Cam by Spanish artist Modesto Brocos,  circa 1895. Redenção de Cam [The Redemption of Ham], 1895. Oil on canvas, 199 × 166 cm. Rio de Janeiro: Museu Nacional de Belas Artes. Photo: © Coleção Museu Nacional de Belas Artes.

The painting is of a Brazilian family consisting of a Black grandmother,  mixed mother and White child, and a Portuguese father, with each generation becoming “whiter”. The painting represents the Brazilian ideology of ’embranquecimento’ or whitening of the black genetic line, and it depicts the Black grandmother thanking God for making her grandchild white.

 

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WORLD HEPATITIS DAY [WHO]: JULY 28, 2016

World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day is annually held on July 28 to promote awareness of hepatitis, a disease that affects the liver.

One way of preventing hepatitis is to get a vaccine against the disease before travelling
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What Do People Do

Organizations such as the United Nations and the World Hepatitis Alliance work with individuals and community groups to promote awareness raising campaigns worldwide about hepatitis. Information about World Hepatitis Day is usually distributed via social media, newspapers, posters, and through the World Health Organization (WHO) website.

Background

Hepatitis simply means inflammation of the liver and can be caused by different things. One of the most common causes of chronic (long-term) hepatitis is viral infection. According to the World Hepatitis Alliance, about 500 million people are currently infected with chronic hepatitis B or C and 1 in 3 people have been exposed to one or both viruses.

The World Hepatitis Alliance first launched World Hepatitis Day in 2008. Following on, the UN declared official recognition of this event in 2010.

Symbols

There is a different theme for World Hepatitis Day each year. Past themes included “Get tested” and “This is hepatitis”.

2016 Theme: Prevent Hepatitis: Act Now

World Hepatitis Day Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Thu Jul 28 2011 World Hepatitis Day United Nations observance
Sat Jul 28 2012 World Hepatitis Day United Nations observance
Sun Jul 28 2013 World Hepatitis Day United Nations observance
Mon Jul 28 2014 World Hepatitis Day United Nations observance
Tue Jul 28 2015 World Hepatitis Day United Nations observance
Thu Jul 28 2016 World Hepatitis Day United Nations observance
Fri Jul 28 2017 World Hepatitis Day United Nations observance
Sat Jul 28 2018 World Hepatitis Day United Nations observance
Sun Jul 28 2019 World Hepatitis Day United Nations observance
Tue Jul 28 2020 World Hepatitis Day United Nations observance

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