| 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...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 2:21 PM
The 2013-14 schedule of public programs at the William M. Brish Planetarium has been released by Washington County Public Schools. Programs are scheduled at 5:30 and 7 p.m. on the first and fourth Tuesdays each month, unless otherwise noted. If schools...
| 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...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 5:26 AM
The sun is already out several fewer seconds each day since last week's solstice, but the time of sunset has continued to shift later -- until Friday.
Thursday's sunset, at 8:37 p.m., is just about the latest of the year. The sunset hovers around 8:37...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 12:25 PM
The first heat wave of the year is rolling in, just in time for the summer solstice, and it is being announced by a line of strong storms.
Temperatures could reach the upper 80s today and then 90 or higher Saturday through the middle of next week. It may...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 4:42 PM
On the heels of complaints about a left-wing "war on Christmas," now there's fuming from the right about a supposed "war on Easter."
Bill O'Reilly of "The O'Reilly Factor" fame recently identified several "anti-Easter municipalities" in various states....
| Mar 26, 2013
| 7:03 AM
March's full moon arrives Wednesday morning, the first to fall after the vernal equinox.
It is the fourth full moon after the winter solstice, something that usually falls in April. This full moon is known by names including Grass Moon, Egg Moon,...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 8:27 AM
The moon reaches its “fullest” phase at 3:26 p.m. today, so when it rises at about 6:05 p.m., it will be shining brightly, with clear skies expected. The International Space Station will meanwhile make a few passes over Maryland this week, but...
| Feb 4, 2013
Deep in a snowless, gray winter, clamped in bitter cold, it's reasonable to ask: What groundhog would be fool enough to think that spring is less than six weeks away? Why are we even thinking about spring on the 2nd of February? Where did this Groundhog...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 10:33 AM
It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of the year again. Ground Hog Day, that amusing event that occurs each year on the second day of February, is almost here.
According to folklore, the little brown marmot will awake from a long winter...
| Jan 27, 2013
Walk into the high-ceilinged, wondrously cluttered studio of the inventive Hartford kinetic sculptor Anne Cubberly and you step into the workshop of a creative visual artist's unbounded imagination.
Although small, even a bit claustrophobic, this is...