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Look up!

Astrological Observations from New York City

When I heard the learn’d astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.
~Walt Whitman

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… the balloon whispered itself fat with the hot air rising inside … It was so beautiful, with the light and the shadows dancing inside … It floated up above the apple trees, over the beginning-to-sleep town, and across the night among the stars.  
~Ray Bradbury (d. June 6, 2012)

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New Yorkers never look up, that’s what they say, but maybe you were out of town, or curious, or practicing a new yoga move, and noted these reasons to glance skyward:

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on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
in the category Science

Father’s Day gift ideas for fathers of all stripes

Get a handle on Dad's big day with these great books

Merle Browne, executive assistant to our President and CEO Michael Jacobs, has pulled together an impressive list of some of her top picks for every kind of dad as Father’s Day approaches. Read on for some of her picks.

Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 19!)—are you ready? No matter what kind of guy your dad is (chef, sportsman, nature lover), we’ve got the perfect book for him on his special day. Here are five of my favorites…

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on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
in the category Featured Book, Holidays, Music, Photography, Science, Sports

Earth Day 2011: 100 Places to Go Before They Disappear

Beautiful photographs from around the globe

Today is Earth Day and we all know what that means: celebrating the planet that nearly 7 billion of us call home (which reminds us, if you haven’t seen it yet: check out National Geographic’s 7 Billion project–truly incredible and somewhat terrifying). In the spirit of this greened occasion, we thought we’d share some brilliant photographs from our just-released 100 Places to Go Before They Disappear. It’s filled with images by some of the world’s greatest documentarian photographers and features some of the world’s most endangered locales, including six in the United States alone, that are most in danger of disappearing in our lifetime. The book includes some pretty frightening statistics from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which makes it quite clear that climate change is a very real problem for mankind (For instance: did you know that New York City’s Battery Park runs the risk of paralyzing floods every year that could raise sea levels by as much as 14 feet?) While we aren’t sure we’ll make it to all 100 places in our own lifetime, it’s sure worth doing our part to take care of our planet.

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on Friday, April 22nd, 2011
in the category Photography, Science