Science Corner: Lunar eclipse, fidgeting and more

There will be a lunar eclipse this Saturday for the first time in 32 years. The moon will also be a supermoon, meaning that the moon will appear larger than normal because it will the closest to earth in its orbit of earth.

The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics and the University of Toronto Scarborough will be holding lunar eclipse viewing events. These parties are part of Canada’s Science Literacy Week, which began on Monday Sept. 21. A full list of Science Literacy Week events in Toronto can be found here.

Fidgeters can rejoice this week because researchers discovered that their habit is good for their health. Scientists in the United Kingdom recently published a study that showed that women who sit for a long period of time and do not fidget have a higher risk of mortality. The scientists are encouraging the public to view restless behaviours as a positive health move, rather than a rude habit that signals a lack of concentration.


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