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With Hours to Go, New Yorkers in Mad Dash for Solar Eclipse Glasses

What to KnowNYC won't be in the "path of totality" but it'll still be quite a spectacle; the moon will start to cover the sun at 1:23 p.m. Aug. 21At 2:44 p.m., it'll be at its maximum coverage (about 70 percent to 75 percent), and the partial eclipse will end at 4 p.m. The only safe way to look directly at uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, so get your glasses nowWatch live eclipse coverage from across the nation here starting at 12 p.m. ET.New...

Why You Shouldn’t Throw Away Your Solar Eclipse Glasses

Now that the much-anticipated solar eclipse has come and gone, what do you do with those eclipse glasses you waited hours in line to buy?The next solar eclipse won’t reach North America until April 8, 2024; so instead of holding onto (and probably misplacing) the flimsy cardboard and polymer glasses, you can donate them to school children in developing countries.Take Action:Ask World Leaders to fund Year 2 of Education Cannot WaitAstronomers Without Borders (AWB), a nonprofit that brings...

Online Retailers Offer Try-Before-You-Buy Approach

Amazon is set to launch a service that lets customers order clothes, try them on at home and pay only for what they keep. It sounds novel, but Amazon is actually late to the party. Several online startups have offered try-before-you-buy options for items including jewelry, clothing, glasses and more. It makes shoppers less nervous about buying online, the companies say, and also gives people a chance to touch and try on a necklace or shirt before splurging. The retailers also...