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September Astronomy: Watch Mars Zoom Across the Sky!

September Astronomy: Watch Mars Zoom Across the Sky!

Monday, September 01, 2014  |  Robert Victor

Mars forms colorful pairs with other objects in the southwest evening sky in September, as the red planet moves from just more than 5 degrees from yellowish Saturn on Sept. 1, to within 5 degrees of red Antares from Sept. 22 through Oct. 3.

Saturn, with its rings tipped 22 degrees from edge-on, is im...

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Everything Is Connected: The Goal of Joshua Tree's Synchronicity Symposium—to Raise Attendees' Consciousness

Everything Is Connected: The Goal of Joshua Tree's Synchronicity Symposium—to Raise Attendees' Consciousness

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

In January 2013, Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock spoke at a TEDx event in the London area.

Both of these speakers are familiar with controversy, thanks to their criticisms of modern science and their outside-of-the-mainstream ideas about consciousness. However, these talks would catapult them int...

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Open Seat: Democrat Karalee Hargrove and Elusive Republican Chad Mayes Compete to Represent Assembly District 42

Open Seat: Democrat Karalee Hargrove and Elusive Republican Chad Mayes Compete to Represent Assembly District 42

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

Since 2008, Republican Brian Nestande has represented much of the Coachella Valley in California’s Assembly.

However, that will be changing this year: Nestande—the former chief of staff for the late Congressman Sonny Bono, as well as Bono's wife, Congresswoman Mary Bono—is running for the U.S. House ...

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Astronomy: Why the August Full Moon Is the Closest—but Not the Brightest

Astronomy: Why the August Full Moon Is the Closest—but Not the Brightest

Wednesday, August 06, 2014  |  Robert Victor

The full moon occurs on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 11:09 a.m. The moon passes perigee—221,765 miles from Earth, the closest approach of the year—at the same hour.

But this “supermoon,” visible at dawn and dusk on that date, is not the brightest moon of 2014, because of the phase effect, which makes the moon’s bri...

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'A Great Disparity': Artist Michael Weems Tries to Make Life Just a Little Better for the Valley's Homeless Residents

'A Great Disparity': Artist Michael Weems Tries to Make Life Just a Little Better for the Valley's Homeless Residents

Tuesday, August 05, 2014  |  Brian Blueskye

Michael Weems is an artist with an impressive collection, a successful gallery, and a renowned résumé in the art world.

As of late, however, he’s had a focus beyond art: Helping the homeless. He’s asking his fellow Coachella Valley residents to assist as well.

Weems recently talked to the Independent ab...

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Turn Down the Faucet: Valley Water Agencies to Hold Public Hearings on State-Mandated Water Restrictions

Turn Down the Faucet: Valley Water Agencies to Hold Public Hearings on State-Mandated Water Restrictions

Monday, August 04, 2014  |  Judith Lewis Mernit

Five years ago, when south-central Texas was suffering through its driest year in more than a century, public officials in the city of San Antonio turned in desperation to a new tactic to enforce water conservation: They dispatched the police .

From April 2009 and on through the rest of the year, off-d...

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