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December 10-18 - Chanukah
December 12 - Lady of Guadalupe Day
December 14 - New Moon Total Solar Eclipse 23° Sagittarius
December 20 - National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
December 21 - Winter Solstice
December 21 - Sun in Capricorn
December 25 - Christmas
December 26 - Kwanzaa
December 26 - Boxing Day
December 30 - Full Moon 8° Cancer
December 31 - New Years Eve

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Ellie's 2020 Archives

2020 Coronavirus Blogs

Crystalinks turns 25 - August 25, 2020

Saturday December 5, 2020     6:00 PM EST

Ellie's World Blogs
Christmas Themes
Covid Baby Boom?
Remembering 2020
The Galactic Keyhole and Ancient Aliens
Celestial Alignments in December
Mystery of galaxy's missing dark matter solved
Monoliths 2020 and Beyond
Setting Sun, Cloud Spirits, UFOs, and Bar Code

Japanese space capsule carrying pristine asteroid samples lands in Australia

China now holds the world's last giant, single-dish telescope after the Arecibo Observatory radio telescope collapsed

China plants flag on moon

Most accurate map of our galaxy pinpoints 1.8 billion cosmic objects


Crystals may help reveal hidden Kilauea Volcano behavior

New undersea supervolcano possibly discovered in northern Pacific Ocean


Using a video game to understand the origin of emotions

Once hospitalized, Black patients with COVID-19 have lower risk of death than white

This Weekend: Mariah Carey spreads Christmas cheer on Apple TV+and Selena comes to Netflix

Today's Events and Birthdays

December 5, 1975

Paula Patton - Videos - Filmography

Enjoy your holiday season it's been a really rough year.

December 5, 1968

Margaret Cho - Videos - Filmography

Though I often make light of things Covid is deadly.
Please follow the rules.

December 5, 1979

Nick Stahl - Videos - Filmography

Trailer for Hunter Hunter starring Devon Sawa,
Nick Stahl and Camille Sullivan

December 5, 1985

Frankie Muniz - Videos - Filmography

Is the world of entertainment moving from
theaters to home screens and digital venues?

Friday December 4, 2020     7:00 PM EST

World's largest atom smasher could seed microscopic black holes

Physicists recorded the flowing sound of a 'perfect' fluid for the first time

Researchers observe what could be the first hints of dark bosons


Astronomers Confirm Earth’s Newest Mini-Moon Is Actually a Long-Lost Rocket

Researchers uncover key clues about the solar system's history

Hayabusa 2: Returning asteroid sample could help uncover the origins of life and the solar system

Voyager Mission Finds a New Type of Electron Burst at The Edge of Our Solar System

Drone catches Arecibo Observatory's last moments

China's Chang'e 5 probe lifts off from moon carrying lunar samples

Nasa to pay company $1 to collect rocks from moon


Bond Fire in Southern California now 10% contained, two firefighters injured


Lost islands beneath the North Sea survived a mega-tsunami 8,000 years ago

Ireland's Only 2 Dinosaur Bones Have Just Been Confirmed For The First Time

3000-year-old temple-era gold bead found by 9-year-old Jerusalem boy


Warner Bros. will stream movies on HBO Max the same day they drop in theaters

With more than 700 theaters forced to close again

Today's Events and Birthdays

December 4, 2020

National Cookie Day - History of Cookies

December 4, 1969

Jay-Z - Videos - Discography -- Filmography

Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor
that can make the difference between damaging your relationship
and deepening it. That factor is attitude. Think about it.

December 4, 1973

Tyra Banks - Videos - Filmography

Tyra Banks’ ‘Dancing with the Stars’ finale dress compared to cleaning products on Twitter

December 4, 1949

Jeff Bridges - Videos - Filmography - News

Jeff Bridges turns 71: the story of a
prolificactor and his battle against cancer

December 4, 1964

Marisa Tomei - Videos - Filmography

For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.

Thursday December 3, 2020     7:00 PM EST

Voyager spacecraft detect new type of solar electron burst

Astronomers Are Mystified by These Ghostly, Unexplained Circles Seen in Space

Gaia: Most accurate data ever for nearly two billion stars

NASA: Mystery object is 54-year-old rocket, not asteroid

'Rare' meteor triggers sonic boom, brilliant flash over Lake Ontario

Elon Musk is ‘highly confident’ SpaceX will land humans on Mars by 2026


The U.S. Geological Survey registered a small earthquake in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania

43 earthquakes in 24 hours hit California-Nevada border

Six people missing after Alaska landslide

The Alps are growing taller

2020 Is on Track to Be Second-Hottest Year on Record

Santa Ana Winds and Dry Air Stoke California Fire Dange

Sediment cores from Dogger Littoral suggest Dogger Island survived ancient tsunami

Water samples reveal microplastics in remote Patagonian fjord system

Lightning ‘superbolts’ have a unique formation mechanism, satellite studies suggest


A baby born in Tennessee can lay claim to being the oldest baby ever born, in that she is believed to be the longest-frozen embryo ever successfully delivered in a live birth.

Small and large birth weight linked to genetics of mother and baby - except in tiniest babies

Autism study suggests connection between repetitive behaviors, gut problems

Neuroscientists Found Which Part of Our Brains Tells Real Words Apart From Srhlil

Scientists Invent a Microscope That Can Safely Look Straight Through Your Skull

Scientists reverse age-related vision loss, eye damage from glaucoma in mice

Feeling sore after exercise? Here's what science suggests helps (and what doesn't)


COVID-19 caution fatigue: Why it happens, and 3 ways to prevent it

What social distancing does to a brain

U.S. tops 14 million Covid-19 cases, sets daily record for deaths, cases and hospitalizations

Covid-19 vaccines may have potentially unpleasant side effects

Map: Coronavirus cases are surging around the U.S. See where the hot spots are.


They rank among some of the oldest known art in the world. Strange statuettes of female figures dating back to the Late Stone Age, many with heavily rounded breasts, buttocks, thighs, hips, and stomachs


More Than 110,000 City Public School Students are Homeless, Report Says

The Soviet Spy Who Invented the First Major Electronic Instrument

Three Ex-Presidents - Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton fill leadership vacuum as Trump ignores worsening pandemic

Why does it matter if most Republican voters still think Biden lost?

Republicans brace for Trump rally in Georgia ahead of January runoffs

Today's Events and Birthdays

December 3, 1979

Tiffany Haddish - Videos - Filmography

Tiffany Haddish narrates new trailer for Mariah Carey’s Christmas TV special

December 3, 1960

Julianne Moore - Videos - Filmography

An audience doesn't come to see you, they come to see themselves.

December 3, 1980

Jenna Dewan - Videos - Filmography

Reach for the sky because if you should happen to miss,
you'll still be among the stars.

December 3, 1987

Michael Angarano - Videos - Filmography

Don't overthink. Trust your instincts especially at this time.

December 3, 1968

Brendan Fraser - Videos - Filmography

Darkness serves a purpose,
to show us that there is something beyond chaos.

December 3, 1755 - July 9, 1828

Gilbert Stuart

Portrait artist in Federal America along with
Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough.

Portraits of George Washington

Paint what you see and look with your own eyes.

Artists capture inner illusion and emotions.

Wednesday December 2, 2020     7:30 PM EST

Meteor exploded and disintegrated in midair above Syracuse around noontime

Mystery of galaxy's missing dark matter solved

Black holes may not exist, but fuzzballs might, wild theory suggests

Scientists discover new way to measure turbulence of large planets and exoplanets

Videos: Watch China spacecraft land on the moon in this amazing video

China spacecraft collects moon samples to take back to Earth


Sydney storm sets bell tower ablaze and cuts power to thousands


Gene that protects against osteoarthritis identified

There Are 6 Human Chronotypes, Not Just Morning Larks And Night Owls, Study Says

New Study Reveals The Content of People's Dreams During This Weird Pandemic Time

It Now Looks Like COVID-19 Was Already in The US in December 2019


A 37-Million-Year-Old 'Sabre-Toothed Tiger' Just Went Up For Auction


Bill Barr has sounded the death knell on Trump's wild claims

Justice Department investigating potential presidential pardon bribery scheme, court records reveal

Today's Events and Birthdays

Wednesday December 2, 2020

87th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting - Wikipedia - News

December 2, 1981

Britney Spears - Videos - Discography - Filmography

Britney Spears debuts previously unreleased song on her birthday

December 2, 1983

Daniela Ruah - Videos - Filmography

Having a gun in your hand is very empowering.

December 2, 1968

Lucy Liu - Videos - Filmography

Can you tell a hologram from the real thing?

December 2, 1985

Amanda Seyfried - Videos - Filmography - Discography

Amanda Seyfried Finally Stakes Her Claim

December 2, 1989

Cassie Steele - Videos - Discography -- Filmography

It's been a year like no other, but the pull
and nostalgia of the holiday season remain.

December 2, 1923 - September 16, 1977

Maria Callas Soprano - Videos

When music fails to agree to the ear, to soothe the ear
and the heart and the senses, then it has missed the point.

December 2, 1859 - March 29, 1891

Georges-Pierre Seurat Artist - Videos - Neoimpressionism

Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte is an icon of 19th century painting.

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science.

Art is harmony.
Harmony is the analogy of contrary and of similar elements of
tone, of color and of line, conditioned by the dominate key, and under
the influence of a particular light, in gay, calm, or sad combinations.

December 2, 1846 - April 20, 1933

William Henry Holmes - Videos

American anthropologist, archaeologist, artist, geologist and museum director who helped to establish professional archaeology in the United States. Holmes was regarded as a master in the scientific documentation of landscapes. His achievements included important publications on Indian cultures in prehistory and on Maya Civilization at Chichen Itza.

The Maya were an ancient civilization who mastery of
astronomy and mathematics was far beyond their time.

Tuesday December 1, 2020     5:00 PM EST

China's Chang'e 5 lands on the moon to collect the 1st fresh lunar samples in decades

Broken Arecibo telescope collapses, ending an era of alien-hunting

Several constellations to see in December

Australian scientists map millions of galaxies with new telescope

Astronomers Just Mapped 1 Million Previously Unknown Galaxies, And You Can Take a Tour


Neurological diseases of the brain such as dementia, autism and schizophrenia are now a growing social problem

Study finds some primary school-aged children self-harm, as experts call for earlier intervention

A Baby Was Born With Protective Antibodies After Mom Had COVID-19 During Pregnancy

How HIV became the virus we can treat

AI Solves 50-Year-Old Biology 'Grand Challenge' Decades Before Experts Predicted

Rock-a-bye - Why vibrations lead to sleepiness


Major storm hits U.S. East Coast, leaving more than 230 000 customers without power

Researchers explore population size, density in rise of centralized power in antiquity

What will the climate be like when Earth's next supercontinent forms?

Early human landscape modifications discovered in Amazonia

Revealed: The lost Doggerland archipelago that SURVIVED the tsunami that cut Britain off from Europe 8,000 years ago and became a 'staging post' for early farmers arriving from the continent

Sprawling 8-mile-long 'canvas' of ice age beasts discovered hidden in Amazon rainforest

Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon surges to 12-year high

Researchers find that building footbridges positively affects rural economies in flood-prone areas

Chinese submarine reaches the deepest place on Earth

Nemonte Nenquimo - A female indigenous leader from the Ecuadorean Amazon is one of the winners of the Goldman environmental prize, which recognizes grassroots activism


Researchers offer new theory on 'Venus' figurines

Tens of Thousands of 12,000-Year-Old Rock Paintings Found in Colombia

Newly discovered Amazon rock art show the rainforest's earliest inhabitants living with giant Ice Age animals

Animals Are Using Utah’s Largest Wildlife Overpass Earlier Than Expected


Roman-era Egyptian child mummy scanned with laser-like precision


The Smithsonian’s Evolving Role as the Nation’s Knowledge Partner

Suburbs are becoming increasingly diverse – urban development and the pandemic will transform them further

How politics drive our personal relationships - and even where we live

Two thirds of school-age kids without internet access: UN

Study: Students falling behind in math during pandemic

New study shows strong links between music and math, reading achievement


William Barr says there is no evidence of widespread fraud in presidential election

Dr. Scott Atlas, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, has resigned from the Trump administration

Georgia's lieutenant governor joins state GOP officials in rejecting Trump's 'misinformation'

Today's Events and Birthdays

December 1, 1971

Emily Mortimer - Videos - Filmography

Every year on my birthday the holiday season washes over me.

December 1, 1988

Zoe Kravitz - Videos - Filmography

With greater restrictions due to Covid
the holidays won't be the same.

December 1, 1970

Sarah Silverman - Videos - Filmography

Sarah Silverman Describes Adam Schlesinger's
Coronavirus Death: 'I'm Still in Shock

December 1, 1945

Bette Midler - Videos - Discography - Filmography

Bette Midler slams 'repulsive ugly vindictive' Trump for
failure to concede and death row executions

Monday November 30, 2020     7:00 PM EST

Our solar system will disintegrate sooner than we thought

Dangerous 'naked' black holes could be hiding in the universe

Swarms of 'primordial' black holes might fill our universe

Neutrinos Prove Our Sun Is Undergoing a Second Type of Fusion in Its Core

New tech can get oxygen, fuel from Mars's salty water


Thousands flee as Indonesian volcano bursts to life

Strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - Chile-Argentina Border Region

Deep-sea volcanoes: Windows into the subsurface

Seismic guidelines underestimate impact of 'The Big One' on metro Vancouver buildings

East Coast braces for snow, heavy rain in first major storm system of the fall

Historic 2020 Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close


The Amazing Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot


A mysterious Arthur C Clarke-style monolith appears in Romania after unexplained metal monolith vanished from Utah - so who (or what) put it there?
It was spotted a few metres away from the well-known archaeological landmark the Petrodava Dacian Fortress, which is the oldest historical monument in Piatra Neamt.

Today's Events and Birthdays

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse 8° Gemini

November 30, 2020

Cyber Monday - News

November 30, 1952

Mandy Patinkin - Videos - Filmography

People on both sides of any conflict believe they are right,
whether it's on a TV show or in the real world.

November 30, 1965

Ben Stiller - Videos - Filmography

Even when I'm not directing, that doesn't stop me
from having ideas about what I should be doing.

November 30, 1835 - April 21, 1910

Mark Twain - Writer - Videos - Quotes

The electricity between Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla

Boys will be boys ...

Nikola Tesla (blurred at center) performs an electrical experiment for writer
Samuel Clemens (left), aka Mark Twain, and actor Joseph Jefferson in 1894.

Do you think they figured out how to time travel? Nicky was tricky.

November 30, 1985

Kaley Cuoco - Videos - Filmography

Follow your dreams. They last forever ...

November 30, 1969

Amy Ryan - Videos - Filmography

Imagine what life would be like if Covid never happened ...

November 30, 1982

Elisha Cuthbert - Videos - Filmography

I set boundaries and goals for myself. I try not to compare myself
to anyone else because I will never be anyone else except myself.
I try and stay true to me. Hopefully the right projects come my way.

November 30, 1929 - April 18, 2012

Dick Clark - Videos

Dick Clark was an award winning American television,
radio personality, game show host and businessman.

Finish this year by doing something you can be proud of.