These Mysterious Larvae Have An Unknown Adult Form

These teensy sea creatures, known as phoronids or horseshoe worms, might look relatively straightforward, but they’re keeping marine biologists up at night. That’s because they are simply the larval stage of an organism. Although we know a bunch of stuff about these babies, we’re pretty clueless about what form they take as adults. Their name comes from “Phoronis”, another name for the Egyptian goddess Isis. The larvae look like dancing aliens, with vibrant yellow or pink patches of pigment on a translucent body, but they will eventually sink to the sea floor and develop into adults, completing their life cycle. But which larva turns into which adult is a bit of a mystery.  Adult phoronids are filter-feeding worm-shaped animals that hook onto rocks typically between …

Why You Should Stop Using Charcoal Toothpaste

There are certain health trends that do more harm than good, from exfoliating the vagina and staring into the Sun to eating your own placenta.  Now, you can add charcoal toothpaste to the list. Activated charcoal, as a health trend, started to pick up steam in 2016. Today you can find it in everything from black lattes to goth ice cream. Even pizza, burger buns, and French pastry sometimes include it. There is no doubt that part of its appeal lies in its Instagram aesthetic. (See also: ube, unicorn toast, and many of today’s top food trends.) But its popularity also comes down to various health “benefits” attributed to charcoal. In particular, those that class it as a “detoxifier”.  According to a review recently published in the British Dental Journal, demand for charcoal toothpaste seems to be increasing …

Sea-Watch group challenges Italy’s ban on entering waters

MILAN – Italy has allowed migrant families rescued at sea by the humanitarian group Sea-Watch to be transferred to the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, but is refusing landfall to others. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Saturday that children and those with ailments were permitted to enter Italy, “but the absolute ban remains on the Sea Watch 3 against entering our territorial waters. “ Despite the ban, the Sea Watch announced on Twitter that it would enter Italian waters, citing humanitarian reasons. The Italian news agency ANSA said it had crossed into territorial waters by mid-afternoon.

Judith Kerr: I like drinking dregs of whisky from the night before

The author of The Tiger Who Came To Tea on guilty pleasures, escaping Nazi Germany and wanting to be famous Born in Berlin, Kerr, 95, fled the Nazis in 1933 and settled in England at the age of 12. She studied at the Central School of Art and Design and worked as a BBC scriptwriter. In 1968 she published her first picture book, To Tea. Her other titles include The Curse The School Rabbit, at festival on 1 June. She is a widow, has two children and lives in London. When were you happiest?When I received my scholarship to art school in 1945. What is your greatest fear?Not being able to work. Which living person do you most admire, and …

5 Ways ‘The Office’ Would Be Different In 2019 Betches

As the modern world crumbles around us, The Office remains a beacon of hope, a reminder of simpler times, and hands-down one of the best ways to put off solving your actual problems. Whether you’re pre-gaming, recovering from a hangover, or not an alcoholic, The Office is the perfect soundtrack, and the number of hours I’ve spent watching and re-watching in my life is probably frightening. Because fans in 2019 can’t leave well enough alone, there’s of course been an uproar about getting an Office reboot. But Steve Carell says a reboot would never work—and when Michael Scott talks, you listen. Carell makes some decent points: “The show is way more popular now than when it was on the air,” he noted, adding, “I just can’t …

40 Perfectly Captured Animal Images Get Turned Into Hilarious Sculptures By Japanese Artist

Japanese artist Scroll down below to check them all out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments! #1 Do you know where the concept of memes originally came from? This popular form of communication actually has its roots in academia, and the term was coined by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in his famous 1976 book, The Selfish Gene. His original idea of a meme was “a unit of cultural transmission or imitation,” with examples including the concept of God, nursery rhymes and jokes, catchphrases and fashion trends. According to The Conversation, the word “comes from the Greek “mimema”, meaning imitated, which Dawkins supposedly shortened to rhyme with gene; a nod to the similarities between the survival of …

Atmospheric CO2 Levels Top 415 Parts Per Million For The First Time In Human History

In 2015, the world got together and signed the Paris Agreement, pledging to avoid the worst effects of human-caused climate change by limiting warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Four years on and the UN Secretary-General has warned we are not on track to do so, while the carbon-tracking sensors reveal we broke yet another record over the weekend – on Saturday, the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) recorded at the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii, reached 415.26 parts per million (ppm). This is the first time CO2 levels have breached 415 ppm in the entirety of human history.  “This is the first time in human history our planet’s atmosphere has had more than 415ppm CO2,” meteorologist Eric Holthaus tweeted. “Not …

How can wine be worth 4,500?

So for those of us who would struggle to justify spending quadruple figures on anything, let alone a single bottle of wine, how does this one – a Chateau le Pin Pomerol 2001- actually taste? “It’s really, really good,” enthuses Fattorini. “I haven’t had the 2001, which is quite hard to get hold of. But it’s the epitome of their house style. “It’s glossy, rich and voluptuous with lots of cherries and leaves your mouth coated with a glycerine feel. It’s exceptional.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A vineyard in Bordeaux – the one owned by Le Pin occupies just one acre He adds of the Le Pin 2001 wine: “It’s also very exotic. It’s a really good vintage …

New York Dem appears to take swipe at Ilhan Omar over anti-Semitic controversy, denies talking about colleague

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY, listens during committee hearing on Kosovo’s Wartime Victims, Tuesday April 30, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., have both supported Omar. In February, Omar was accused of using an anti-Semitic stereotype to suggest that Jewish lobbying groups are buying political support. The lawmaker didn’t mention Omar or her controversy by name during his interview. “It’s not that Israel can’t be criticized. It’s just, I know when things are anti-Semitic, being Jewish, I have a feeling … we all know it when we see it,” he said. On Monday, Engel denied that his comments last week had been aimed at his Democratic …

Free Physical Keto CookBook – Hungry? Thinking about dinner? – Get your print copy Today for FREE

Hey – my friend Louise just came out with a brand new paper edition of TheEssential Keto Cookbook. And she’s giving away a limited number for FREE — you just cover a small amount for shipping and handling (international shipping is a bit more). If you don’t know Louise, she’s the co-founder of The Keto Summit, and a phenomenal cook! Her Keto cookbook is packed with 100+ keto recipes covering everything from breakfast to dinner to snacks (and desserts!). Every recipe is designed to help you feel energized, regain your health, lose weight, and keep you in ketosis. Of course, all recipes are 100% keto (sugar-free, low-carb, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, dairy-free, and legume-free) and 100% delicious. Just look at what …

Gunmen storm luxury 5-star hotel in Pakistan, battle security forces

Local media reported that militants carrying firearms attacked the luxury Pearl Continental in Gwadar in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. (pchotels.com) It remains unclear exactly whether any people were injured, but Balochistan Home Minister Ziaullah Langu claimed there were some casualties. He told AFP that the “majority” of the guests were successfully evacuated, but “there are reports of a few people sustaining minor injuries.” MORE EVIDENCE EMERGES OF IRAN-AL QAEDA TIES Mohammad Aslam, the on-duty officer in Gwadar, told the outlet that he heard the gunfire but believes the operation will soon end. “There were no Chinese or Pakistani guests in the hotel”, he said, noting that only hotel staff were present in the building. The province, the country’s poorest, has long …

Sudanese union says 6 killed in clashes with security forces

Just hours earlier, Sudanese prosecutors announced that they have charged al-Bashir with involvement in killing and incitement to kill protesters during the uprising, according to the state news agency SUNA. It was not immediately clear what punishment he might face. Protest organizers say security forces killed around 100 demonstrators during the four months of rallies leading to al-Bashir’s overthrow. Al-Bashir is also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and genocide linked to the Darfur conflict in the 2000s. But Sudan’s ruling military council has said it would not extradite him to the ICC at The Hague. The Sudan Doctors Committee, which is part of the Sudanese Professionals Association that has been spearheading the protests since …

Black Dogs And Cats Are Last On The List For Adoption, I Want To Change That By Taking Beautiful Portraits Of Them

I’ve done a bit of research on this and there seem to be four major reasons that black dogs and cats are last on the list for potential adoptees – firstly, they don’t photograph well (I think these images disprove that point) which is tragic if you want to take over Instagram with your new pet (repeatedly smacks forehead against wall), secondly, black dogs can look intimidating and aggressive, thirdly, black cats are superstitiously unlucky (or should that be stupid-stitiously) and lastly, they are a bit plain and boring to look at. What. Evs. here. My Googling did reveal an interesting tip for shelters looking to encourage people to adopt their ‘boring’ black dogs and cats – place them with …

A 75-year-long study just revealed the key to happiness, and most of us are getting it so very wrong.

There are lots of things that can contribute to happiness and fulfillment, and they vary with each individual. A 75-year-long study, however, has found one common element that’s believed to play a pivotal role in most people’s genuine, longstanding happiness. Good ol’ fashioned friendship. This study, which is considered the longest ongoing study on human happiness, started at Harvard University in 1938 with 724 men, 60 of whom are still alive today (women were added later because misogyny). After decades of observation, one of the study’s leaders, Robert Waldinger, came to this conclusion: “Good relationships keep us happier and healthier,” he stated in a TED Talk on the subject.   That’s right, friends. You don’t have to make millions of …

Sudan’s Bashir charged for protestors’ deaths

(CNN)Sudan’s Public Prosecutor Office has instructed expedited charges be bought against former President Omar al-Bashir in the killing of protestors, according to a statement released to CNN on Monday. The military, which has since dissolved the government, has said it would remain in power for up to two years, despite renewed protests against their rule. Bashir has been transferred to Kober prison, a maximum-security prison notorious for holding political prisoners during his 30-year dictatorship. He also faces five counts of crimes against humanity and two counts of war crimes at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, in connection with Sudanese military actions in Darfur between 2003 and 2008. Sudan’s military has previously said that it would prosecute Bashir, but …