5 Things to Talk About Today

Sacha Strebe

Tonight is a full moon, but this time it will be a blue one. While the actual color will be a yellow/white, it's called a “blue moon” because it is the second full moon of July. The blue color is applied anytime there are two full moons in the same month. The last time we had a blue moon was in 2012, and since they only occur every 2.7 years, we probably won't see another until 2018. So clear skies permitting, head outside and take a look tonight. — Mashable 

Homeless people have planted a huge organic rooftop garden that feeds an entire shelter in Atlanta. With so many residents needing access to healthy food, they took action and started The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless to produce their own. The 80-bed garden provides ample fresh greens for a full meal every day, including kale, carrots, chard, and squash, among others. The first harvest this spring produced 55 pounds of greens, but aside from the nutritional value it provides to the homeless, it also teaches them people about "urban food production and sustainable technologies." — Huffington Post

Courtney Love and Frances Bean have urged a Seattle court not to release Kurt Cobain's death scene photos to the public. A local TV host is suing the city of Seattle to release the photos because he says they will prove that the Nirvana frontman was murdered. In April 1994, Cobain's death was cited by police as a suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head, but this conclusion has been debated ever since. This new lawsuit is seeking official police death-scene photographs to be released to prove the theory once and for all. — NME

A Japan distillery is sending the world's best whisky to age in space. Tokyo-based Suntory wants to study the effect of zero gravity on taste and plans to send six samples of its whiskies and other alcohols to the International Space Station (ISS) next month. Japan's oldest whisky distillery is renowned globally for its Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013, named the best whisky in the world last year. The goal, according to Suntory, "is to learn how a zero-gravity, temperature-stable environment affects the 'mellowness' of the drinks as they age." — The Verge

A massive solar-powered drone called Aquila was built by Facebook to "connect everybody in the world." Designed by FB's Connectivity Lab, Aquila will be sent up into the stratosphere for months at a time to beam broadband Internet to rural and remote areas. There are about four billion people without Internet access, and 10% don't have the infrastructure to support it. Facebook is also working on drones, satellites, lasers, and terrestrial Internet technology. — Money

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