Summer kicks off with the “longest day of the year” – at least if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. (The days are really short in the Southern Hemisphere right now.) Matthew Francis has a great post that explains the Summer Solstice and why it stays light late in this part of the world these days.
For many of us, Summer often means a day at the beach. Miriam Goldstein at Deep Sea News shares an important video about riptides – how they work, how to spot them, and how to stay safe.
Summer can also mean putting on a lot of insect repellent. Mosquito bites are not pleasant here in the US, but they’re much worse in other parts of the world – some mosquitoes spread terrible diseases such as malaria. John Timmer at Ars Technica writes about how scientists are trying to breed a new kind of mosquito that won’t spread this devastating disease and introduce it into areas where this is a problem.
Finally, Summer is also a great time to look at the stars on a warm evening. The American Geophysical Union spent some time talking with people who REALLY like to look not only at the stars, but back at the Earth – they interviewed three astronauts on the International Space Station. It’s really worth a look.