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- Part time, full heart: WG Grace
- Lunar eclipse #1
- BBC Two, 9pm tonight - Countdown to Life
- Lunar eclipse #2
- New on FutureLearn today
- Lunar eclipse #3
Another batch of images of last night's lunar eclipse which caught our eye. First, a jet transits past the eclipsing moon, by nebirdsplus:
A view of the moon over a lit building in Portland, by drburtoni:
And after the eclipse, as Marada points out with this photo, the moon was still awesome:
If it's Monday, that means there's a slew of high-quality, free-to-do courses gone live over on FutureLearn. Here's what they're offering this week:
- From The Open University: Smart Cities
- From The University of Birmingham: Filmmaking for the web
- From The University of Auckland: Logical and critical thinking
- From Pompeu Fabra University: The European discovery of China
- From The University of Liverpool: Superpowers of the Ancient World
- From The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: Improving the health of women, children & adolescents
- From The University of Dundee: Antimicrobal stewardship
- From The University of Leeds: The Importance of money in business
- From The University of Reading: Managing people and A Beginner's guide to writing in English for university study
- From UEA: Preparing for university
- From Lancaster University: Corpus Linguistics
As promised, here's a few more images from last night's Supermoon/eclipse double bill. First, a view of the moon rising above Mount Vernon in Washington state by Liquidcrash:
The moon travels through its eclipse in this image from Dominic Dierick:
And here's that same passage, rendered in a Instagram style, by Gina Pina:
We're using "supermoon" as if it's an actual thing. It's not, really, as our short feature Mythbusting Moons explains.
The last episode of three, and hence, the third trimester, of our series exploring how moments in the womb can change the life of the person the foetus mighrt become. Amongst the stories Michael Moseley explores is the island where one in ten are colourblind.
Overnight, we had the rare astronomical treat of a "supermoon" and a lunar eclipse. Pictures of the event are starting to come in - here's a NASA image of the event above the Colorado state capital building in Denver:
We'll bring you any others which catch our eye during the day.
In the meantime - why not try our free course on Moons?
This week, for our start-up segment we're going to be exploring the amazing achievements made part-time. We'll range over time and space, but we're going to start with sport, and the Victorian era. The cricketing hero, WG Grace.
That Grace achieved astonishing feats on the cricket pitch is inarguable, even if there is some dispute over quite how you tot up his career totals. On the pitch, he was without peer - having his best season at the age of 47; scoring thousand upon thousands of runs for club and country over a long period as a player. And all, as the Guardian's obituary noted, without ever needing a pair of looking glasses.
Grace's nickname, though, of "the Doctor" hinted at his other distinguished career. He studied medicine during the early years of his sporting career - after 11 years, graduating from Bristol Medical School. And then, despite the demands of practicing at the nets, he also practiced medicine. As a figure of some stature, Grace could have chosen to open a cosy, suburban practice, gently tending to the aches of the middle classes. But he was as uncompromising medically as he was sportingly, and opened his surgery in the colliery village of Easton. He was known for waiving the bills of those unable to pay, and was one of the doctors who worked for the Bristol Poor Law Union - treating inmates of the city's workhouse. His importance to his community was cemented on February 19th, 1886 - he was the first medic on the scene following a huge, fatal explosion in the Easton pits.
To the world, he might have been a cricketer first and foremost. But to the people in that corner of Somerset, it was as a doctor that Grace made his real impact.