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Photos: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry tour Australia

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018.

Man charged with raping 10-year-old girl in Tennessee

A man is behind bars after police said he raped a 10-year-old girl in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Francisco Rodriguez, 30, is charged with rape of a child. The alleged attack happened Saturday, police say.

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The arrest affidavit said the victim’s mother said she saw the man leave a room where he had been alone with the victim. When she went in to see her daughter, the girl was crying. The girl then said Rodriguez had raped her, police said. 

Rodriguez is due in court Monday.

What the length of your fingers says about you; new report says it reveals sexuality

Did you know you could determine someone’s sexuality by looking at their hands? That’s what a new report has claimed. 

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Researchers from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom recently conducted a small study, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior journal, to determine the link between sexuality and length of fingers.

To do so, they examined 14 sets of male identical twins and 18 sets of female identical twins with different sexual orientations. They then observed the variations of their hands, particularly measuring the length of the ring and index fingers.

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“Because identical twins, who share 100 percent of their genes, can differ in their sexual orientations, factors other than genetics must account for the differences,” the authors wrote in a statement.

After analyzing the results, they found that bisexual and lesbian sisters had different size ring and index fingers, which they said was usually a male trait.

“Typically in women the index (second) and ring (fourth) fingers are of similar length, while in men there is a greater difference between the two,” the team said.

On the other hand, the heterosexual sisters had similar size ring and index fingers.

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As for the male siblings, they said the bisexual and gay brothers also had different size ring and index fingers, while the heterosexual ones had the similar size ring and index fingers. 

The scientists believe the association between finger length and sexuality is related to the hormone and testosterone levels babies are exposed to in the womb.

>> Related: Why are my fingers and toes always so cold?

“Research suggests that our sexuality is determined in the womb and is dependent on the amount of male hormone we are exposed to or the way our individual bodies react to that hormone, with those exposed to higher levels of testosterone being more likely to be bisexual or homosexual,” the authors concluded. “Because of the link between hormone levels and difference in finger lengths, looking at someone’s hands could provide a clue to their sexuality.

Bedbugs infest offices at South Carolina courthouse; exterminators brought in

Bedbugs were found inside a South Carolina courthouse last week, but officials say exterminators eradicated the problem .

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York County Clerk of Court David Hamilton said the bedbugs were found in private offices and not in public areas at the Moss Justice Center in York.

Solicitor Kevin Brackett told The Herald of Rock Hill that the bugs were found in the public defender's office on the first floor and the prosecutors' offices on the second floor. They are on the same end of the building.

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Employees were kept out of the offices until special heating instruments could be brought in to kill the bedbugs.

Brackett says prosecutors worked out of conference rooms, a law library and a jury room while awaiting the exterminators.

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Officials told The Herald that the extermination efforts worked and that the office are now free of the pests.

Former Panther Rae Carruth just hours away from walking out of prison 

Former Carolina Panthers player Rae Carruth is scheduled to walk out of prison a free man Monday after nearly 19 years behind bars.

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He is expected to be released from Sampson Correctional Facility in Clinton, North Carolina sometime after 8 a.m.

It is unclear whether Carruth will return to Charlotte. He has three months to come up with a plan and provide it to the Department of Public Safety as a condition for his release.

When he leaves prison, he’ll have a copy of his release papers, his social security card, birth certificate, community resources information and a pharmacy discount card.

Carruth will also have certificates for the programs he completed while locked up, including a registered examiners' card from the North Carolina Board of Barbers and a barber's certificate from Central Carolina Community College.

Despite his high-profile case, officials said Carruth won’t receive any special privileges and will be treated like any other released inmate.

In 1999, Carruth was charged with planning the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams.

Doctors managed to save their son, Chancellor Lee, but the trauma Adams suffered before she died left the child with cerebral palsy.

>> Related: Rae Carruth: "I just truly want to be forgiven"

The former Panthers first-round draft pick was sentenced to 18-to-24 years in prison after he was convicted in January 2001 for conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child. He was found not guilty of first-degree murder.

Adams was shot four times by Van Brett Watkins. 

Snow falls on Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s tallest mountain

A dusting of snow covered the top of Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s tallest mountain, over the weekend after a rare October snowfall.

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The snow was due to unstable weather near the Big Island, according to Hawaii News Now.

A ranger message said the icy road conditions have closed down the road to the summit.

Mauna Kea, which means White Mountain, is a dormant volcano and rises 13,500 feet above the Hawaiian island chain.

It’s also the home of the world’s largest astronomical observatory, where telescopes are operated by astronomers from 11 countries, according to the University of Hawaii.

Man arrested for flashing two women, one of whom fell and hit her head

A Florida man was jailed for allegedly exposing himself to two women, one of whom was so startled she fell and hit her head, police said.

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Michael David Fournelle, 32, is accused of exposing himself to the women on Aug. 31 in Orlando.

In both instances, the victims said he pulled up in a car, called them over and was not wearing any clothes from the waist down, police said.

In one case, police said the victim “was so startled and she tripped as she tried to get away.” That woman needed stitches after she fell and hit her head, police said.

Six weeks after the incidents, police arrested Fournelle after investigators traced the license plate to the car he was driving.

According to police, when officers confronted Fournelle he said he had been “having marital and sexual problems with his wife and these problems could’ve contributed to him exposing himself while driving.”

Fournelle also told investigators that alcohol may have played a role because he sometimes has a few drinks before going for a drive, police said.

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Police said the charges are more serious because the woman who fell and hit her head is older than 60.

On Friday, Fournelle told a judge that he has a wife and two children to support before the judge set bond at $2,500.

Photographer asks for help to find couple in proposal picture

A Michigan photographer is trying to find a couple who got engaged in a picture he took while on a vacation at Yosemite National Park. 

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Matthew Dippel was on a road trip with his friends when they went to Taft Point Oct. 6 at sunset, WOOD reported

"I looked at my camera right after to make sure that I actually got it, and I was wowed. That's an incredible shot," Dippel told WOOD.

He walked over to the area where they were and asked about 20 people, but no one knew who they were. So, he has taken to social media in an attempt to find them. 

"Honestly I'd like to give them just a big print of the photo, because it's such an incredible moment,” Dippel told WOOD. "It's a very cherished moment that hopefully they can see this photo and be able to relive that moment on that cliff.”

Man accidentally fatally shot with hunting rifle in Kmart parking lot, police say

A 48-year-old man died Sunday after accidentally shooting himself with a hunting rifle in a Kmart parking lot. 

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Officers found the man on the side of a red pickup truck and started first aid, the Helena Independent Record reported. He was pronounced dead after arriving at a hospital. 

Police believe the victim, who has not been identified, accidentally fired the rifle while he was getting it from the back of the truck. Police said he and another man had just come back from a hunting trip, the Independent Record reported.

Selma Blair reveals she has multiple sclerosis, wants to ‘give hope’ to others

Actress Selma Blair has gone public with her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

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In a social media post on Saturday, Blair, 46, said she decided to go public with her diagnosis after a costume designer on her Netflix series showed amazing kindness in helping her into a costume.

“She carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my top over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself,” Blair said on Instagram.

Blair said that kindness prompted her to tell others about how’s she’s handling the disease, which she was diagnosed with in August.

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“I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken GPS,” she wrote on Instagram.

“I don’t know exactly what I will do, but I will do my best,” she said.

Blair, who has starred in such movies as “Cruel Intentions,” Legally Blonde” and “Hellboy,” said MS has not gotten her down.

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“I am in the thick of it, but I hope to give hope to others. And even to myself.”

She said she was overwhelmed when she was first diagnosed with MS and that she wanted to sleep all the time, but Blair said she’s more adjusted now. 

“I have MS and I am OK. But if you see me, dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. Thank you and may we all know good days amongst the challenges,” she said.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that is unpredictable and often disabling, according to the National MS Society.

There is no known cause or cure, but researchers believe it is triggered by environmental factors in people genetically predisposed to the disease.

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More women than men suffer from the illness, and most are diagnosed between 20 and 50 years old.

Woman harasses family speaking Spanish at restaurant

A restaurant customer went on an expletive-laden tirade when she heard another family who was dining there speaking Spanish. 

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The family, who asked to remain anonymous, was confronted at Andy’s restaurant by the woman, who asked them for their passports and said it was disrespectful for them to speak Spanish in the United States, WRC reported.

"It's not fair that they do this to us, and even less acceptable if there are children present,” the victim, whose 7-year-old daughter was present, told WRC. “It's not fair for any child to have to go through that. You just don't do that.”Police were called, but no charges were filed, WRC reported

The restaurant owner told WRC the customer who victimized the family is not welcome back.

The woman who was harassed said she is sharing her story to help motivate others who might have been discriminated against to speak out.

NYPD recalls nearly 3,000 body cams after one explodes 

The New York Police Department is recalling nearly 3,000 body cams issued to officers after one exploded during a Saturday night shift. 

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An officer with the 121st Precinct “noticed there was smoke exiting from the bottom portal and immediately removed it,” according to a department statement. “After it was safely removed, the device exploded.”

The officer was not injured. 

In light of the incident, officials recalled all Vievu LE-5 body cameras issued to its 2,990 officers. 

The police academy also uses the device. A training Monday was canceled, the Daily News reported.

Older LE-4 cameras also used by the department are not affected. The NYPD has 15,500 body cameras in use, the Daily News reported

The NYPD launched its body camera program last year with a goal to issue cameras to all of its 22,000 patrol officers by the end of 2019.

Police: 6 people shot, 3 critically, near Jacksonville Jaguars stadium

Six people were shot -- three critically -- near the football stadium where the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars play, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Sunday.

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The shooting happened “outside the stadium footprint” while a game was underway, but did not impact the game, authorities said

Update 5:40 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: Jacksonville police released a photo of the vehicle used in the drive-by shooting Sunday that injured six people, three of them critically.

Investigators believe the suspects were driving a silver grey four-door sedan, and that the victims were intentionally targeted.

Update 3:31 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: The shooting occurred on a sidewalk at 12:35 p.m at A. Philip Randolph Boulevard and Pippin Street, a spokesman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference Sunday. The victims -- five men, one woman -- ranged in ages from “their 20s to 70s,” the spokesman said. The vehicle carrying the suspect or suspects was a silver gray sedan and possibly a Nissan Altima or Maxima, the Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

Authorities said the shots appeared to come from the passenger’s side of the vehicle. The spokesman said the shooting could be gang-related.

Update 3:28 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said that six adults were shot, with three people in critical condition. The Sheriff’s Office said the suspect was driving a gray-silver four-door vehicle.

This is a developing story.

Piano teacher accused of child molestation found dead in jail cell

The Roswell piano teacher arrested on child molestation charges last month was found dead in his Fulton County Jail cell Saturday morning, officials said.

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Roswell resident Troy Lawrence Palmer was found hanging in his cell around 8 a.m. Saturday, the Atlanta Police Department said in a statement. An investigation is underway, but the initial cause of death appears to be suicide, officials said

Palmer was accused of molesting two children “multiple times between 2008 and 2012 while inside Palmer’s home,” Roswell police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Holland said in September. Investigators said there could have been more victims.

Palmer, 55, was arrested on Sept. 13 and charged with two counts of aggravated child molestation.

He taught piano for more than 35 years, and offered lessons at his home for 13 years, Holland said. He had taught piano to hundreds of students over the years, officials said.

>> Related: Piano teacher arrested on child molestation charges; police seek more victims

Palmer’s death comes just days after another metro Atlanta teacher, Zachary Meadors, was found dead after he was accused of sexually abusing a minor.

Man orders 2 waters, leaves $10,000 tip

A customer left a server at a hot dog restaurant a $10,000 tip Friday after ordering two waters. 

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MrBeast, a YouTube star with nearly 9 million subscribers, surreptitiously sat down at Sup Dog restaurant, ordered two waters, browsed the menu and then left after plunking down 100 $100 bills and a note that read; “Thanks for the delicious water,” WRAL reported

“He said he wants everyone to know that good things still happen to good people," restaurant owner Bret Oliverio told WRAL. "I thought it was pretty cool. I think he wanted to make someone's day and wanted to get that 'wow' factor."

Millions of viewers subscribe to MrBeast’s videos, some of which include episodes where he gives random online video game players thousands of dollars.

Some of MrBeast’s friends stayed behind to record the reaction; however, a video is not yet posted.

The server was impressed and generous. She kept $800 and split the rest with her co-workers.

Amazon accused of illegally using eBay's internal messaging system

eBay filed a lawsuit against Amazon on Wednesday that accused the online giant of illegally poaching sellers using eBay’s internal messaging system.The lawsuit says Amazon “perpetuated a scheme to infiltrate and exploit eBay’s internal member email system” in order to “recruit high-value eBay sellers to Amazon.” The system allows sellers to communicate with one another, with the company and with customers.

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“The breadth and scope of Amazon’s conduct is startling -- involving large numbers of Amazon reps, targeting many hundreds of eBay sellers, and spanning several countries overseas and many states in the United States,” eBay attorneys said in the complaint.

The suit filed in Santa Clara County, California, alleges that Amazon representatives have established eBay seller accounts to recruit the sellers since 2015. The online marketplace had previously sent a letter to Amazon to cease the activity and provide information about the conduct.

Amazon at the time said it was investigating the accusation, but it didn’t stop the conduct or provide information, eBay said in the complaint.

Both Amazon and eBay rely on independent merchants to provide products to sell on the websites.

While Amazon’s sales have taken off, eBay has struggled. While it saw a 9 percent increase in revenue after the first quarter of 2018, its operating expenses also increased, causing the company to lay off 274 workers.

High school seniors building prosthetic hand for 4-year-old girl

Four-year-old Hansika Hamre has a rare genetic condition that caused her to be born without a right hand. Now, four seniors from Lakota East High School are using advanced technology to give her a new one.

According to her parents, Hansika is a very active little girl.

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“She climbs ladders and she plays and she bounces balls,” Hansika’s mom, Cara Hamre, told our news partners at WCPO.

Hansika was born with symbrachydactyly, a condition that causes babies to be born with shorter digits or missing fingers and toes. Her left hand is fully developed; her right hand is not. Usually, her mother said, it’s not an issue.

“She adapts very well,” Hamre said. “You wouldn’t know that she was missing her fingers.”

However, she added that some activities — zipping up a zipper, for example — present a real challenge.

That’s why a group of Lakota East seniors is working to build her a prosthetic hand that will, hopefully, make daily tasks like that one easier.

“We wanted to do a project that makes a direct difference in someone’s life,” said Cali Hoffman, one of the Lakota seniors who is working on the project.

“We got to meet her and it was really sweet, just kind of tugged at your heart strings a little bit,” Hoffman said. “(We were like) we have to deliver, you know … you don’t want to disappoint her.”

Hoffman and her classmates — Logan Spilie, Ben Roth, and Sam Billisits — co-presented the details of their project to engineers at Kinetic Vision, where engineers used a 3-D scanner to capture geometric data of Hansika’s hands.

“We’ll be able to leverage these data sets to scale (and) change geometry,” Kinetic Vision lead imaging specialist Alex Doukas said. “If we need to do any sort of changes, this will all be manipulatable data.”

Butler Tech and Lakota East engineering instructor Ken Kinch said he wants to send his students into college with applicable engineering skills and working to help Hansika will get them just that. Their capstone project will include taking 3D scans, finding materials and then finding a way to 3D print the prosthetic hand.

“The (3D) scan (done at Kinetic Vision) was so, so big for us because now we can model something and actually overlay it over top of that 3D scan to make sure the fit’s right,” Kinch said.

The group will work on Haniska’s prosthetic, which they hope will be able to grow alongside its user, throughout the school year.

Hansika’s project is one of 17 different ones at Lakota’s East and West high schools, which are projects also guided by faculty at Butler Technology and Career Development Schools. Every capstone project by the students is designed to accomplish a single mission of helping the community in some way.

“It’s exciting for us to engage with students and make them aware of the latest (research and development) tools,” said Jim Topich, VP of engineering at Kinetic Vision, which has partnered with Lakota Schools and Butler Tech since 2014.

“At the end of the day, the real reward in harnessing all this technology is when we all see Hansika using a functional new hand,” he said.

2018 World Series: Some things you might not know about Red Sox vs. Dodgers

Although the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers are two of major league baseball’s storied franchises, this is only the second time the teams have met in the postseason.

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In the 1916 World Series, the Red Sox defeated the Dodgers, who were then based in Brooklyn and were known as the Robins in honor of manager Wilbert Robinson, in five games.Like 1916, the Red Sox will host the World Series opener Tuesday night in Boston, but it will be the first time the Dodgers will play a postseason game at Fenway Park. In 1916, the Red Sox played their World Series at Braves Field, which had a larger capacity than Fenway Park.

>> World Series 2018: Schedule, times released

The Red Sox won the first two games of the 1916 classic, and then clinched their fourth World Series championship in Game 5, also played at Braves Field.

Game 2 featured the World Series pitching debut of Babe Ruth. Although Ruth was on the roster for the 1915 World Series, when the Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in five games, he only appeared as a pinch-hitter in Game 1. The Babe would have a more prominent role in 1916, pitching all 14 innings in Boston’s 2-1 victory.

With two outs in the first inning, Ruth allowed an inside-the-park home run to Brooklyn’s Hi Myers. He shut out Brooklyn for the next 13⅓ innings.

Ruth’s effort began a record 29⅔ shutout innings for Ruth over the next 23 months, a record that would stand until it was broken by Whitey Ford in 1961.

“[F]or 14 innings this Boston defense formed a long, wide wall of steel and stone back of Babe Ruth,” Grantland Rice wrote in the Boston Globe the nt day. “And against this wall Brooklyn rebounded to her second defeat.”

By winning the pennant Saturday night, the Dodgers tied the Giants for the most in National League history with 23. The Dodgers have won six World Series titles -- five while playing in Los Angeles -- but have not won the championship since defeating the Oakland Athletics in 1988.

The New York Yankees own the major-league mark with 40 American League pennants and 27 World Series titles.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, have won 14 AL pennants and eight World Series titles. Boston has gone 3-for-3 in World Series appearances in the 21st century, sweeping St. Louis in 2004 and Colorado in 2007, while defeating the Cardinals in six games in 2013.

That borders on a dynastic run for teams not named the Yankees. But the Red Sox were a dynasty of their own a century ago. Their victory in the 1916 World Series was their second in a row and third in five seasons, and Boston would win again against the Cubs in 1918 before suffering an 86-year World Series title drought.

Interestingly, the Red Sox won the first World Series in 1903, but even though they won the pennant in 1904 they did not play in the Series. That’s because the NL-champion New York Giants refused to participate in the series.

What makes this year’s matchup intriguing is that the two teams haven’t met in the Series. The Red Sox and Dodgers have combined for 42 winning seasons, 25 playoff appearances and six pennants since the wild-card era began, ESPN reported.

In their 19 previous World Series, the Dodgers have gone 7-12 in Game 1, but have won the opener in their last two appearances (1988 and 2017). The Red Sox, meanwhile, are 9-3 in their previous Game 1 appearances.

Oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook have installed the Red Sox as slight favorites to win this year’s Series, ESPN reported.

Boston is a minus-135 favorite, while the Dodgers are plus-115 to win it all. That means that a $135 bet on the Red Sox will pay $100, while a $100 bet on the Dodgers will pay $115.

How you can watch Orionid meteor shower, which peaks this weekend

The dazzling Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak at the tail end of this weekend and you don’t want to miss out on the much-anticipated celestial event.

The annual shower has been called “one of the most beautiful showers of the year” by Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, and is a popular celestial event for stargazers everywhere.”

Here are 11 things you need to know about the 2018 Orionid meteor shower:

Why are these meteor showers called Orionids?

The meteors radiate (or originate) from a region close to the constellation Orion the Hunter.

What causes the meteor shower?

According to Space.com, the meteor’s particles come from Comet 1P, also known as  Halley’s Comet, which zips by the planet every 75 to 76 years.

As the comet passes Earth, it leaves behind “a trail of comet crumbs,” and every now and then, the Earth’s orbit around the sun crosses paths with the comet’s debris.

What’s the difference between a meteoroid, meteor and meteorite. anyway?

Cooke told Space.com that a meteoroid is essentially space debris. For example, the crumbs from Halley’s Comet are meteoroids.

Once the meteoroids enter Earth’s atmosphere, they become meteors (or shooting stars).

Though most meteors disintegrate before hitting the ground, meteors that do strike the surface of the planet are called meteorites, Cooke said.

How fast will the Orionids be?

According to Cooke, some will zoom at speeds up to 148,000 mph in relative speed — less than 4 mph slower than the Leonids.

When will it peak?

The Orionid shower will peak between Sunday, Oct. 21, and Monday, Oct. 22 this year, but you may be able to catch a meteor or two before then.

Peak visibility is around 2 a.m.

Orionid meteors usually fly between Oct. 2 to Nov. 7 each year.

How many meteors will I see?

According to EarthSky.org, you can expect to see up to 15-20 meteors per hour during peak time.

Where do I have to go to watch the meteor showers?

The meteor shower will be visible from anywhere on the planet, but be sure to go somewhere far from city lights.

How to find the shape of Orion the Hunter

The meteor shower will radiate from Orion’s sword, which is slightly north of the star Betelgeuse.

According to Space.com, it could be helpful or just educational to find the shape of Orion the Hunter as you get settled for the show.

But staring straight at the point of origin won’t do much for you, Cooke said. That’s because “meteors close to the radiant have short trails and are harder to see — so you want to look away from Orion.”

Your best bet is to simply look up at the vast, dark sky.

GLOBE at Night has a nifty Orion Finder Chart that will show you Orion based on your location, for anyone interested.

From globeatnight.org:

The easiest way to find Orion is to go outside in the evening and look in the southwest sky if you are in the northern hemisphere or the northwestern sky if you are in the southern hemisphere. If you live on or near the equator, he will be visible in the western sky. You are looking for three bright stars close together in an almost-straight line. These three stars represent Orion's belt. The two bright stars to the north are his shoulders and the two to the south are his feet. 

Do I need binoculars?

According to Space.com, binoculars and telescopes won’t actually help. That’s because those tools are designed to magnify and focus on stationary objects in the sky.

The naked eye will do just fine.

How to safely watch the shower

Space.com recommends heading outdoors around 1:30 a.m. and letting your eyes adjust to the darkness for about 20 minutes.

Microplastics found in 90 percent of table salt used around the world, study says

Microplastics are present in 90 percent of table salts tested worldwide, a study published earlier this month found.

Researchers analyzed 39 brands of sea, rock and lake salt produced in 16 different countries on six continents and determined microplastics were in 36 of them, according to the study published in Environmental Science and Technology.

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"In order to limit our exposure to microplastics, preventative measures are required, such as controlling the environmental discharge of mismanaged plastics and more importantly, reducing plastic waste," Seung-Kyu Kim, a marine science professor and author of the study, said in a statement.

The three brands that did not contain microplastics are a refined sea salt from Taiwan, a refined rock salt from China and an unrefined sea salt produced through solar evaporation from France, National Geographic reported

The density of microplastics found varied by brand, with many of the salt samples from Asian countries testing higher, National Geographic reported. 

The study, led by South Korea and Greenpeace, determined salt from Indonesia, which has some of the worst levels of plastic pollution in the world, tested highest for microplastic contamination, National Geographic reported

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