This week’s question was asked by a friend.QUESTION: What is the meaning of “a life well-lived? "ANSWER: If you asked a dozen people that question, you would probably get a dozen different answers. I suppose it would be someone who contributed to the general well-being of people and to our planet Earth. Someone who followed the Golden Rule and a person who did their best to follow the Ten Commandments. Let’s look to the scientific community for one example.
Answer: This solar eclipse is a big deal, and you don’t want to miss it.How rare is a total solar eclipse? In any one location, a total solar eclipse occurs, on average, every 375 years. Even though folks know that a total solar eclipse is happening, the experience can be awe-inspiring, beautiful, even eerie and unsettling. The last total solar eclipse to sweep across the entire continental United States was in 1918. The next total solar eclipse after Aug. 21 will be on April 8, 2024.
This week’s question was asked by the optical technician at the Gundersen eye clinic.QUESTION: Why don’t robins eat worms off the sidewalk or pavement after it rains?ANSWER: I’ve often wondered about that. Reports from people seem to vary on the subject. Yes, we’ve all seen it; a whole smorgasbord of tasty delights slithering over a wet roadway, parking lot or sidewalk. And what do we see Mrs. Robin doing? She’s not feasting at the banquet.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".