The last time this happened, it was August 2012. Since 1946, for some random reason, the term came to refer to the second full moon of the month, which is what’s happening tonight. Actually, though, NASA says a “true” blue moon occurs when volcanic ash scatter red light and allows blue light through. This creates something like a filter in the sky. So tonight’s is the boring version. But there you have it: we’ve finally answered your most burning question. Yes, the phrase “once in a blue moon’ actually means something. Go outside tonight and soak it up. Discuss
A new Ebola vaccine appears "highly effective" at preventing future outbreaks of the deadly disease—and it could help contain current outbreaks, says World Health Organization. After positive trials, the new drug, VSV-EBOV, is immediately going to “all people at risk” in and around Guinea, one of three West African nations devastated by the outbreaks. Including Sierra Leone and Liberia, more than 11,000 people have died in the area since the Ebola outbreak started. So far, even though experts say they need more research, World Health says the vaccine shows 100 percent efficacy. Discuss
Carl Fredricksen would be pleased. That little 20th century home surrounded by Seattle’s city buildings has a bright future. The iconic house is famous for its resemblance to the Pixar’s Up house. After offers to buy the home, called the Edith Macefield House, and threats of being demolished—at one point someone offered $1 million for Macefield to vacate—it turns out that the house will live on, just in a different location. And it’s going the nonprofit route. We won’t know details until next week, but the property’s broker, Paul Thomas, confirmed that the current owner selected an organization to donate the house to. It’s not balloon flight, but it’s something. Discuss
We all know getting out of bed in the morning is tough. Well, an inventor in the U.K. just made it super easy—actually, he made it involuntary. The guy, Colin Furze, created a "High Voltage Ejector Bed." It's basically a combination of a sort of reverse Murphy bed and a two-piston air compressor that literally tosses you out of bed. And because he hates us, Furze added lights and trumpets. Check it out:
An Italian group called Rockin’ 1000 organized a massive group of musicians to play the Foo Fighters song “Learn to Fly” in a massive outdoor performance. Of course, they filmed the whole thing, and it’s pretty awesome. The stunt was part of an effort to get the band to come play a concert in Cesena, Italy. How could they say no?