We are trying to plan a no-stress vacation for two - our last as a couple before we have a baby! The plan is to go somewhere easy and hot, easily-ish accessible from Montreal, to lie on the beach and not think about too many stressful details, for about a week. I'm going to be 6 months pregnant, so we are trying to avoid places that are likely to give me food poisoning (yes we know the risks are everywhere.) What's your best place/hotel/resort/beach suggestion with direct flights to Montreal? [more inside]
How long do I have to be exposed to 'bad UV' to be at risk of negative effects? [more inside]
Soliciting thoughts and links to articles about "The Sun Also Rises", primarily explaining how it was received at the time. [more inside]
What indoor plants will thrive with the sun blazing down on them? I have gorgeous 8' tall windows and inviting wide windowsills. I want to keep lots of plants on them, but my southeastern exposure has turned most things into shriveled up husks. I know that cacti are the obvious answer, but I haaaate cacti. Does anything else love tons of light and heat?
I am looking for a quiet place to pitch a tent and do nothing for a few days preferably by the beach. I have gear and am familiar with travelling in Mexico.
If you had a multivariate equation whose output variable is mean surface temperature on earth, what would be the rough beta value for distance from the sun (in millions of miles or whatever)?
Help me identify this animated cartoon I remember watching in the mid/late 80s about a village of people who worshiped the sun. They all got up while it was still dark to start their preparations while singing, and once the sun rose they worshiped it and collected the golden sunshine in buckets. [more inside]
But I was wondering, why do you think we still use the terms "sunrise" and "sunset"? We know that the Earth revolves around the Sun (not the other way around) so the Sun isn't really 'rising' or 'setting', right?
Just moved into a wonderful new apartment that the lady friend and I are in love with. Fantastic neighbors, perfect location, amazing view. Except that we face the lovely California sunshine and the temperature difference during the day can literally be 20 degrees or more. I work from home quite a bit and I've actually taken to working on the stoop because when its 65 outside, it can be 85-90 inside. What can we do to keep it cool? Deets inside. [more inside]
What are the downsides, or dangers to my TV, of putting my TV in a bay window? [more inside]
If hydrogen fusion in the center of the sun suddenly increased by a factor of 10^3 to 10^10, how long would it take until the energy burst reaches the surface and is radiated away? As I understand it, energy is transfered via convection and radiation within the sun and may take tens of thousand of years until reaching the surface and being radiated away. Would this hold even when the energy flux is much bigger? [more inside]
I recently moved. My new commute has me driving directly into the sun in both the morning and evening; as winter approaches, it is getting more and more hazardous. I slowed to a crawl this morning as there was so much glare I literally couldn't see the road/cars/anything in front of me and if a child had darted out into the road in front of me I honestly don't know that I would see. I tried rolling my window down and sticking my head out but maybe I didn't stick my head out far enough because it didn't seem to help the front view (it did make it easier to see what was going on leftwards though). I wear sunglasses and pop the visor down. I had my car's defrost on. What else can I do? [more inside]
I have a trip to Hawaii planned. The last time I was there, the sun seemed much stronger than I'm use to in California, and I tend to burn even under the best circumstances. It being vacation, I'll probably be outside more often the normal and maybe even wet more often than normal. What's the best way to avoid getting burned? [more inside]
I know it is a funny thought but I am curious. For instance, the mega-quakes can speed up or slow down self-rotation of Earth, albeit minutely. So in a similar vein would it be possible for a group of wacko scientists to get Earth off its orbit around the Sun to freezing cold in outer space by means of technology and materials? Can this idea be proved to be possible or not? Or maybe it was discussed earlier somewhere on Intertubes and you can help me find it.
Is there a word that means "sunrise or sunset?" [more inside]
When i was a kid in the late 70's, early 80's ... i saw, what i think was a movie (could have been a made for TV movie, IDK), on TV. It was about a bunch of school children living on (what i THINK was earth)... possibly even set in the future. It rained... all the time. And the 1 girl was a bit of an outcast... but she had remembered when it didn't rain (possibly from her childhood maybe being on earth). One day the sun came out for just a day.... and the other kids locked her in a room... ran out to play in the sun.... and later, forgot they locked her in the room... and at the end gave her a bunch of flowers they all picked .... I don't remember much more.... wasn't particularly special or anything, but i think my kids would like seeing it. Any ideas? It's a bit more on the obscure side for sure.....
How does living in an area with near-constant overcast skies affect the placement of plants that are labeled "Full Sun", "Part Sun/Part Shade" or "Shade"? [more inside]
You've just been out in hot direct midday unclouded sun somewhere with a stupid high UV index and stupidly forgot sunscreen. You were out long enough to suspect you might have given yourself some sunburn, but you don't know for sure - yet. Is there anything doable immediately post-exposure (but prior to observing an actual sign of burn) that might help the skin fight the burn in any way that is not just pain-alleviating? [more inside]
Are there any public views of real-time / live views from objects in space, especially ones that are pointed at the Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn? [more inside]
Where would be a good location in Eastern Massachusetts to see and photograph both the sunset and (full) moonrise on Sunday, June 23rd? [more inside]
I need daily sunscreen recommendations compatible with oily skin. [more inside]
My flower bed gets full sun in Summer, full shade in Winter, and plenty of dog pee. What can I plant? [more inside]
I live in northern New York where we have short hot summers of about 2 to 3 months and long cold winters. I have a variety of health problems, including joint problems, and hormone problems including low testosterone and higher than normal estrogen (I am a male) . I have noticed that in the summertime If I sit outside for one to two hours every day to absorb the sun I feel healthier, my joints hurt less, my hormones seem better, and I have more energy. Also if I have a cut or a twisted ankle It seems to heal faster then in the winter. Assuming that it was the vitamin D from the sun that was causing this , I took vitamin D pills every day in the winter. However, I did not experience any of the benefits that I experienced with regular sunshine exposure. This leads me to believe there is something else, some sort of other healing power in the sun that either science is not aware of yet or that I am simply not aware of. Is this possible?
Winter Sun holiday destination, less than a 12-hour flight from the UK, safe for a single woman to go on her own. Are there any? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: "How do I best go about buying/getting/building a shade structure for Burning Man? Specific requirements, as always, inside." [more inside]
I have a cherry tomato plant and a few pepper plants (scotch bonnets and jalapenos) in pots in a window that faces due west - they get bright shade until about 3 pm, and then hot, direct sun until about 6:30 pm. Should I move them to the front garden (facing south) in the mornings? [more inside]
What's the best way to determine how much sun our back patio gets? And what's the best way to plant an urban garden on a concrete back patio? [more inside]
Say you have 5 days, $1000 for flight+hotel (+maybe car rental) and you want to get out of rainy Seattle to somewhere warm and relaxing. Where do you go? [more inside]
I need a way to block sunlight (UVA/UVB) on the driver's side window of a car while I'm driving. Difficulty: I'm driving. [more inside]
Do you have Polymorphic Light Eruption (PMLE), where your skin breaks into an itchy rash at least once a year when you're out in the sun? How do you deal with it? [more inside]
We're planning a road trip to Hailey and Ketchum, Idaho this spring. We're avid hikers and we'll have a dog with us. What advice or tips can you give us? [more inside]
So let's say we wanted to blow up the sun... [more inside]
I am looking for the most accurate calendar. With even increments and no exceptions(leap years). [more inside]
How to get a really good looking tan? Is there an aesthetic difference between "side-effect" tans and "lie-down" tans? And, should one tan their face? [more inside]
If some future civilization decided that they should tap solar energy at the source for industrial purposes, how close to the Sun could they site their energy collection facilities without having them burst into flames/die from radiation degradation, and how much energy could they harvest? Just to keep things simple, say they use photovoltaics or some other technology we have access to. [more inside]
Is it possible to sun tan safely? [more inside]
How do I calculate when the sun will rise directly over a particular landmark? [more inside]
When sailing, how do you protect your face from wind and salt as well as the sun? [more inside]
Inflatable kids pool - best way to warm the water and keep it clean over a long weekend. [more inside]
How do I make my permanently sunburned red face, less red? [more inside]
What is the best way to keep a merry band of seven- and eight-year old girls cool at soccer games? [more inside]
YANMD, but MD(ermatologist) can't see me until October (!), thanks to some excellent health insurance. Last summer I started, seemingly out of nowhere, having a very odd and very severe reaction to the sun on my face - whiteheads, all over, almost literally in crops all over my face. If you picture a person's skin being almost completely swapped for whiteheads, that's along the lines of what I had (not on eyelids, etc, but it hurt and felt horrific). It might be getting worse, I can't get to see a dermatologist, and I work outside in the summers - is there any help for me this summer? [more inside]
Even though I have central air, my large and sunny room is too hot for my heat-sensitive self. What strategies can I employ in order to keep it more tolerable in this hot, humid Jersey summer? [more inside]
I was in a school play when I was in the first grade, in 1976. I would love to know what the play was, so I can find it and read it again! [more inside]
I'm looking to move, and I need some help figuring out where. [more inside]
Is the sun over the yardarm earlier when one is closer to the equator?
Affordable sunshine for single Toronto gal? Bonus points for dodging single supplements and interesting locales. [more inside]
How much sun damage do I have to do to my skin to doom me to skin cancer? I'm a white male in an ozone-free country. [more inside]
Why do the specs of some non-x86 processors seem so much better than those of the latest Intel chips, even though Intel's manufacturing is more cutting-edge? [more inside]
Help me get a solar recharge during the winter! [more inside]