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#773 Celebrating when your odometer clicks over a major milestone

Posted July 16, 2018 by Anonymous

When your bucket of bolts clicks over a major milestone you can’t help but smile and feel proud. “We made it, rusty lady,” you say out loud, slapping the dash and honking the horn as you sit jammed in the KFC drive-thru. “Happy birthday, you ol’ highway roller. Never thought we’d get this far.” And […]

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Mexico’s New Populist President Considers Foreign Pipeline Plans Despite Indigenous Protests

Posted July 15, 2018 by Steve Horn

Read time: 12 mins

Andrés Manuel López Obrador at a rally in Mexico in 2012

By Martha Pskowski and Steve Horn

Andrés Manuel López Obrador looked out at the crowd of reporters at a Mexico City Hilton Hotel the night of July 1. It was a moment that he had waited years for: his victory speech for the Mexican presidency.

To win in his third presidential campaign, López Obrador, a left-wing populist whose roots are in the oil-producing state of Tabasco, had to calm business leaders, who warned that foreign investment would flee the country if he took office. However, the candidate who once said he would overturn Mexico’s 2013 reforms privatizing its energy sector — which opened the oil and gas industry to foreign investment and created a subsequent pipeline boom — struck a different tone on election night.

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#774 Those little tabs on the side of the aluminum foil box

Posted July 15, 2018 by Anonymous

Put your hand up if you’ve ever accidentally yanked the entire roll of aluminum foil out of the box when you were trying to swipe a small slice? My brother, if your hand is up right now, you are not alone. See, I’m a bit clumsy in the kitchen, too. My oven burners are covered […]

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Fake Grassroots Campaigns Deserve Uprooting

Posted July 14, 2018 by David Suzuki

Read time: 4 mins

Patch of astroturf on real grass

AstroTurf looks and feels like grass—in an all-too-perfect way. But it’s not grass.

Now the well-known artificial turf’s brand name has taken on a new meaning, referring to purported “grassroots” efforts that are actually funded and supported by industry and political entities.

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#775 When someone holds your keys, wallet, and cell phone in their purse for you

Posted July 14, 2018 by Anonymous

Hey, nobody likes walking around with big bulging pockets. So today let’s give thanks to the Bag Ladies of the World for their giant purses and free storage. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Follow me on Instagram —

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Night shifts put your brain and gut clocks out of whack

Posted July 13, 2018 by Anonymous

Clocks in the digestive system have a ‘mind of their own’

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Freshly detected ‘ghost particle’ offers a new way to observe the universe

Posted July 13, 2018 by Anonymous

Detection of a neutrino from ‘the most violent astrophysical processes’ gives scientists a new way to understand the cosmos

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Parrot’s unique brain structure explains why they’re so smart

Posted July 13, 2018 by Anonymous

Parrot smarty-pants challenge ‘bird brain’ insult

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Why do predatory dinosaurs have eyes on the sides of their head?

Posted July 13, 2018 by Anonymous

Most meat-eating dinosaurs had limited depth perception because their eyes were on the sides of their heads, but not all, including T-Rex.

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Lab-made hybrid embryos could save the northern white rhino from extinction

Posted July 13, 2018 by Anonymous

Scientists create first ever hybrid white-rhino embryo to prevent species extinction

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Humans can judge a person’s strength from their aggressive roars

Posted July 13, 2018 by Anonymous

Men and women differ at estimating each other’s strength from vocalizations, scientists find

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Incredible dandelions could hold the key to growing plants on the oil sands

Posted July 13, 2018 by Anonymous

Fungus treated plants can turn hydrocarbons in oil sands’ tailings into CO2 and water.

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Exxon Leaving ALEC: Important But Insufficient Step in Addressing Company’s History of Climate Science Denial, Campaigners Say

Posted July 13, 2018 by Anonymous

Read time: 3 mins

Exxon Mobil forecourt

ExxonMobil has announced it will leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate lobby group known for its attempts to block climate action. Campaigners cautiously welcomed the decision, though said Exxon had to do more to prove it was committed to addressing climate change.

Exxon’s decision comes after opposition to ALEC’s attempt last December to get the Environmental Protection Agency to abandon its position that climate change proposes a risk to human health.

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Video: Meet BlackFly, the first Canadian-qualified single-seat Personal Aerial Vehicle

Posted July 13, 2018 by Anonymous

PAV, personal aerial vehicle, flying vehicle

BlackFly has been in development secretly for the past nine years by OPENER, an aviation company founded in Warkworth, Ont. and now based in Palo Alto, California. (Photo: Courtesy OPENER)

BlackFly is the world’s first ultralight all-electric fixed-wing extreme short/vertical take-off and landing aircraft, and on July 6 Transport Canada qualified it for operation as a Basic Ultralight Aircraft. The single-seat personal aerial vehicle (PAV) created by aviation company OPENER has simple controls and requires no special skills to operate, though in Canada, operators are required to have an ultralight aircraft license.

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#776 Realizing you love this movie but forget how it ends

Posted July 13, 2018 by Anonymous

You know the feeling. Your favorite characters are introduced, the story kicks off, but then a couple plot twists and turns seem a bit unfamiliar. Suddenly it dawns on you: you have no clue how the movie wraps up. No, you can’t remember who the killer is, who dies, or if the cats ever get […]

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Still No Evacuation Plan for Vulnerable Residents at End of Louisiana’s Bayou Bridge Pipeline

Posted July 12, 2018 by Julie Dermansky

Read time: 6 mins

Ethel M. Harris, a long-time resident of St. James, Louisiana

Sharon Lavigne and Geraldine Mayho took me to meet some of the most vulnerable members of their community, handicapped residents of St. James, Louisiana, who live near a terminal where the Bayou Bridge pipeline will end. “These people have no way of getting out if there is a spill or explosion,” Lavigne told me. She explained with only one road in and out of the area, if the pipeline fails or an industrial accident occurs, “we are all trapped back here.” 

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Smoky Jackfruit “Chicken” Salad

Posted July 12, 2018 by Angela (Oh She Glows)

Can you believe we’re more than halfway through the year? I sure can’t. When it hit me that we were 6 months into 2018, I did a bit of a mental check-in on how things have been going so far this year—it’s definitely had its ups and downs. My challenges this year have been mainly […]

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From Donald Trump to Theresa May: How a US-UK Network Pushes Climate Science Denial and Lobbies for a Hard Brexit — Mapped

Posted July 12, 2018 by Anonymous

Read time: 7 mins

Network map of US-UK climate science deniers

Donald Trump has finally come to the UK, 20 months after he won the election to make him the 45th President of the United States.

During that time, a trans-Atlantic network of business people, think tank analysts, and lobbyists have grown in influence — pushing a free market ideology and spreading climate science denial on both sides of the Atlantic.

DeSmog UK first mapped the network when Trump was sworn into office in January 2016. Things have moved on a bit since then.

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#777 Inspecting the nutritional label … and eating it anyway

Posted July 12, 2018 by Anonymous

Sometimes you just gotta peek. As you unwrap the Lindt truffle, peel open the McDonald’s cheeseburger, or scoop that second bowl of ice cream, you can’t help turn the package around to glance at the nutritional information panel on the back. And guess what’s waiting for you over there? You got it, baby: 64% of […]

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My Tiny Home

Posted July 11, 2018 by Anonymous

three moves in three years hasn’t been fun but along with the stress is the opportunity to create a life that resonates to find a home that is a closer reflection of the person you are becoming i’ve…

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Big Oil’s ‘Explore Offshore’ Propaganda Is Corporate Ventriloquism

Posted July 11, 2018 by guest

Read time: 4 mins

Offshore oil rig

This is a guest post by ClimateDenierRoundup

A couple of weeks ago, Reuters reported on a new effort by the American Petroleum Institute: Explore Offshore. Its goal is “to convince Hispanic and black communities to support the Trump administration’s proposed expansion of offshore drilling.”

Per Reuters, a key part of the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) effort to convince minority communities to support a product that disproportionately hurts them is through a series of op-eds. Media Matters took a look at the pieces that have been published so far, and surprise! They’re misleading. They can’t even get the API talking points (which are going to be biased) right, as one API stat about economic benefits of drilling was exaggerated “by a factor of 20.”

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3 Reasons the Deadly Lac-Mégantic Oil Train Disaster Could Happen Again

Posted July 11, 2018 by Anonymous

Read time: 10 mins

Oil trains burning in Lac-Megantic, Quebec

In the five years since the oil train disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, claimed 47 lives, the world has learned much about the risks that hauling oil by rail poses. One of the clearest lessons is how little has been done to address those risks, which means that deadly event could easily happen again.

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New Intermittent Fasting Study: No Magic Weight Loss Benefits. Hungry Making.

Posted July 11, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

If you even remotely follow dieting zeitgeist, there’s no doubt you’ve come across intermittent fasting.

Briefly, intermittent fasting involves, yes, intermittently fasting. Sometimes for 8 hours a day. Sometimes for 24 hours. Sometimes even more.

And if you’re wondering if it’s for you, the simple answer is, if you find it helps you to control calories and weight, and you enjoy it enough to keep doing it, then go for it.

But putting aside the needing to enjoy living with it part for a moment, and assuming everyone could happily follow this strategy forever, would intermittent fasting lead to a greater weight loss than plain old old-fashioned dieting?

That was the question researchers in Norway recently took on, and their paper, Effect of intermittent versus continuous energy restriction on weight loss, maintenance and cardiometabolic risk: A randomized 1-year trial, has some answers.

The style of intermittent fasting they chose to study was the 5:2 style, whereby 5 days a week you eat normally, and then 2 days a week you eat no more than 400 calories if you’re a woman, or 600 calories if you’re a man. They compared a year worth of this approach to a year worth of reducing total daily calories by the same theoretical amount as the 5:2 fasting would provide but spread out evenly over 7 days rather than the 2. In all, 112 middle aged people with obesity were randomly assigned to one of the two treatments and then followed for a year – the first 6 months being a weight loss effort, and the next 6 months weight maintenance. All participants received individualized counselling, were trained in cognitive behavioural methods to help with adherence, and encouraged to follow, whether fasting or not, a Mediterranean style diet. The outcomes studied were weight loss, waist circumference, blood pressure. lipids (including ApoB), glucose, HbA1C, CRP, and RMR.

Participants were also asked to rate their degrees of hunger, well-being, and overeating quarterly.

Follow up was terrific, with only 4 lost in the intermittent fasting group, and 3 in the continuous.

Outcomes wise, at a year, weight loss (and the spread of weight loss with identical percentages of participants achieving 5-10% and >10% weight loss) and weight circumference were the same. There was also no difference to the various measured metabolic parameters.

In fact pretty much the only between group difference was hunger, whereby the intermittent fasters, when rating, “I have often felt hungry while on the diet”, reported significantly more hunger (p=0.002).

Which brings me back to my wholly unsurprising tl:dr summary: Intermittent fasting provides no magical weight loss benefits, and is hungry making, but if you enjoy it, it’ll probably work just as well, but not better, than anything else.

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#778 Unjammer Man

Posted July 11, 2018 by Anonymous

A jammed photocopier is a terrible scene. Yes, toner fumes fill the air, plastic doors are swung open, and crumpled papers lay wedged tightly in the Xerox machine’s Plinko board torso of hot springs and bright green clasps. And there you stand at the scene of the crime in your pleated pants and button-down shirt. […]

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What #ShellKnew and How it was Used to Stall International Climate Change Negotiations

Posted July 10, 2018 by Anonymous

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Shell, one of the world’s largest oil companies, has gained privileged access to the UN Climate negotiations while pushing the same unworkable solutions for almost 20 years, internal company documents reveal.

DeSmog UK has previously reported on a tranche of documents first unearthed by Jelmer Mommers of De Correspondent published on Climate Files, that reveal Shell knew about the causes and impacts of climate change since at least the 1980s.

Analysis of these documents, combined with new sources freshly uncovered by DeSmog UK, shows that while Shell’s understand of the science developed, its proposed solution to the problem has remained remarkably static.

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Retracing river roots

Posted July 10, 2018 by Anonymous

RCGS founder Charles Camsell

Geologist, explorer and RCGS founder Charles Camsell, pictured here in an undated photo, was the first to officially map the Yukon’s Peel River watershed. This summer, Camsell’s great-grandson and great-nephew will retrace part of his journey on the territory’s wild rivers. (Photo: RCGS Archives)

In March 1905, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society founder Charles Camsell set out from Ottawa to do the first official mapping and exploration of the Peel River watershed in the Yukon and Northwest Territories for the Geological Survey of Canada.   

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#779 Getting into clean sheets right after shaving your legs

Posted July 10, 2018 by Anonymous

Stubble-free legs and cool, clean sheets combine to form a silky-smooth ride into Dreamland. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Follow me on Twitter —

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Court Reaffirms Bayou Bridge Pipeline OK to Cut Through America’s Largest River Swamp

Posted July 9, 2018 by Julie Dermansky

Read time: 6 mins

Julie Dermansky standing on a cypress tree stump in the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana

A day before a federal court reaffirmed Bayou Bridge LLC could keep building an oil pipeline through Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin, I stood on a cypress tree stump there, viewing the destroyed trees which pipeline opponents were trying to save. 

On both sides of the Bayou Bridge pipeline’s right-of-way, a path of shredded trees cut through the massive river swamp — the nation’s largest — home to abundant wildlife and fishing grounds for wild crawfish. 

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What They’re Saying: #HowWeUseTheCCB

Posted July 9, 2018 by Liberal Party of Canada

Thanks to the Canada Child Benefit, 9 out of 10 families are getting more money to provide for their children. On July 20th, the CCB will increase to keep up with the cost of living, giving Canadian parents even more money each month for clothing, scho…

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Registered Dietitian Christine McPhail Reviews The Picky Eater Project: 6 weeks to Happier, Healthier, Family Mealtimes

Posted July 9, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

Today’s guest post, a review of The Picky Eater Project 6 weeks to Happier, Healthier, Family Mealtimes, was written by Christine McPhail MSc RD. Full disclosure: I was given a review copy of the book by Dr. Muth.

I work with parents, and picky eating is a common issue. Fortunately, there are some general recommendations that I can review such as following the division of responsibility in feeding, where parents are responsible for the what, when and where of feeding and children are responsible for whether they eat and how much they eat out of what parents offer. Within this, I ask parents to focus on neutrality when offering different foods, bridging from foods their family already enjoys, involving children in grocery shopping, growing food and cooking for buy-in and avoiding pressure in general to eat more or less of certain foods.

The most important part of addressing picky eating with my clients is working on practical steps collaboratively with them. That’s where I have found the resources within The Picky Eater Project: 6 weeks to Happier, Healthier, Family Mealtimes by Natalie Digate Muth MD, MPH, RDN, FAAP and Sally Sampson from CHOPCHOP MAGAZINE to be very insightful and useful.

Here is what I liked about this book:

  • It is a project. The book is very interactive and includes goal setting, action planning strategies, and ways to measure your progress at each stage of the project. Each section also uses to do/check lists.
  • Picky eating is defined and explained and the book follows examples from real life families as they progress through the project. This shows families that it’s OK to stumble when they are trying to make changes and it allows them to see the recommendations translated into realistic outcomes.
  • The concept of picky-free parenting allows parents to review their current behaviours around food to see if there is anything they could change in their behaviour that may be influencing their child’s picky eating behaviours. This also aligns well with learning about the Division of Responsibility in Feeding.
  • There is a focus on changing your home food environment with sample pantry lists, snack lists, a how to use herbs and spices resource, recipes etc. which can be a useful tool for parents especially when they are tried and tested!
  • Involving kids in the kitchen has its own section with a focus on age-appropriate kitchen tasks, tips for beginner chefs, meal ideas and recipes. This is so important for families to review and understand as we know that kids who participate in meal preparation are more likely to WANT to try new foods.
  • Similarly, there is a section on involving kids in grocery shopping, growing foods, and visiting local farms with a focus on learning about food but also math and literacy skills too. It’s all buy-in and family involvement.
  • Family meals are a primary focus of the picky eating project with tips on how to make them a priority, meal planning, meal time rules, and even packed lunch mix and match ideas.
  • The project does not leave out all of the other factors and people that can either support or hinder your efforts to have your family eat a wider variety of foods. Those important people include peers, school staff, caregivers, grandparents etc. As the section is appropriately titled…it takes a village!
  • To finish up the project, there is a section that addresses that behaviour change is hard! I think this is important for parents to understand but it’s equally important to for them to have tips on how to make changes stick. The focus is on starting small, using SMART goals, having a plan, anticipating problems, and involving your kids the whole way!
  • The last section of the book discusses severe picky eating and when to seek more professional help. I was impressed with this because it identifies red flags for parents to watch out for so they know when they may need to incorporate health professionals into their journey.

The only issue I had about the picky eating project was the risk associated with labelling your child as picky i.e. they live up to the expectation. On the other hand, with the family-focussed nature of the book the journey is not simply for the “picky” child, it’s for the whole family to expand their palette in an open and honest way that includes all family members.

Christine McPhail MSc, RD is one of our Registered Dietitians at the Bariatric Medical Institute (though is moving on soon to work with the eating disorders team at Hopewell). Christine has worked in academic, clinical and public health nutrition settings and has been fortunate to have worked on projects relating to food sustainability, food security, food policy and politics, childhood nutrition, body image, and school nutrition programs. She believes in the power of connecting with your food from farm to table. She feels fortunate to share this passion with her clients, as she helps them strengthen their relationship with food and learn more about nutrition.

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#780 Squeezing through a door as it’s shutting like Indiana Jones

Posted July 9, 2018 by Anonymous

Tiny squirts of adrenaline pump into your bloodstream when you pull off this classic move. Yes, suddenly you morph from Guy Walking To The Subway After Work into Indiana Jones In That Scene Where He Slides Under The Wall At The Last Second. Your hands stay clean, your strut stays mean, and you zip through […]

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What Next for the EPA? Here’s What Reagan Did

Posted July 8, 2018 by guest

Read time: 6 mins

Rep. Dan Kildee speaking at an EPA protest in DC
By Seema Kakade and Robert Percival, University of Maryland

Scott Pruitt’s resignation as EPA administrator caught many by surprise because President Donald Trump had repeatedly supported Pruitt’s efforts to dismantle environmental protections and the agency itself. But it is not without historical precedent.

During the first two years of President Ronald Reagan’s administration, both EPA Administrator Anne Gorsuch and Interior Secretary James Watt were forced out due to scandals. The question now is who should replace Pruitt.

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#781 Guys who wear no shirts at freezing cold sporting events

Posted July 8, 2018 by Anonymous

Now that’s commitment. AWESOME! Photo from: here — Follow me on Instagram —

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Electric Vehicle Sales Foretell a Big Oil Crash

Posted July 7, 2018 by guest

Read time: 4 mins

Electric vehicle charging stations in a parking lot in France

By Paul Brown. Originally posted on Climate News Network.

Oil and gas companies have underestimated probable electric vehicle sales and the effect they will have on their own businesses and profits, a new report says.

If the car manufacturers’ projections of future sales of electric cars are correct, then demand for oil will have peaked by 2027 or even earlier, sending the price of oil in a downward spiral as supply exceeds demand, says Carbon Tracker (CT), an independent financial think tank carrying out in-depth analysis on the impact of the energy transition on capital markets.

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#782 Squeezing cookie batter with your bare hands

Posted July 7, 2018 by Anonymous

Yeah, yeah, health nuts, we know, we know. Hands are the dirtiest part of our body — turning doorknobs, flushing toilets, shaking hands all day in a hot, neverending exchange of sweat, grime, and bacteria. And yes, those germs form tiny Ewok Villages in the cracks of our palm and corners of our fingernails and […]

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10 Scandals That Ultimately Booted Pruitt

Posted July 6, 2018 by guest

Read time: 5 mins

EPA chief Scott Pruitt at CPAC 2018

By Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch. Reposted with permission from EcoWatch.

When Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt resigned his position Thursday, he explained in a letter to President Donald Trump that he was stepping down because “the unrelenting attacks on [him] personally, [and his] family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizeable toll on all of [them].”

What he didn’t mention was that he is also subject to more than a dozen federal ethics investigations, due to an “unprecedented” list of scandals that came to light during his nearly 17 months in office. All investigations will continue despite his departure, The New York Times reported Thursday.

No one knows which, if any, of these scandals finally persuaded Pruitt to call it quits, but, as America bids Pruitt goodbye, here is a look back at 10 of his most corrupt actions.

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Justin Trudeau delivers remarks to supporters in Calgary

Posted July 6, 2018 by Liberal Party of Canada

Ottawa, ON – Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, will deliver remarks at a Laurier Club donor appreciation reception in Calgary on July 7, 2018. The Liberal Party of Canada has committed to the strongest standards in federal politics for openness and transparency, and is challenging other parties to do the same. […]

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Where are we in the Milky Way galaxy?

Posted July 6, 2018 by Anonymous

We’re in one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way galaxy, so when we look at it from Earth, we’re seeing the centre.

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