Author - Noah Jones

I spent most of my earlier days writing at local Newspapers in Los Angeles. I'm also a graduate of UCLA having studied Journalism and Creative Writing, earning two different degrees in one. So have fun reading

Science

Solving The Mystery Of Green Icebergs

Since long before the 1900’s, explorers and sailors around Antarctica have been greeted by the sight of beautiful, but strange,  green icebergs.  Researchers have been perplexed for decades by the unusually colored ice formations.

The mystery may finally be laid to rest, however.  A recent publication released in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans reports that the brilliant emerald green colorations occur because of mainland Antarctica’s rock dust is heavy in iron oxides.  The findings were revealed by a University of Washington glaciologist team, headed by Stephen Warren.

In a Newsweek report, Warren explained that the green icebergs wouldn’t have been seen before 1774’s discovery of the Antarctic Ocean by James Cook’s expedition.  In fact, a famous poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge, describes the phenomenon:
“Ice, mast high, came floating by, as green as emerald.”  It seems this was based on fact, not poetic license.

Warren went on to explain that a German expedition in 1903 noted the green icebergs, and they made the scientific headlines in 1921.  The novelty has been spotted on occasion by a number of sea captains and explorers.

When ice breaks apart from an ice shelf or a glacier, it forms an iceberg. Layers and layers of snow will pile onto the iceberg, gradually becoming solid.  These formations will contain light reflecting air pockets.  The iceberg absorbs less blue light than red, giving them a bluish appearance.

Layers Of Different Ice

The emerald green icebergs in the Antarctic Ocean contain layers of frozen ocean water under the ice shelf.  This marine ice lacks air pockets, making the icebergs look darker and more clear than normal icebergs.  According to Warren, one percent of all icebergs have this layer of visible marine ice.

The theory behind the green icebergs was traditionally that they were formed out of marine ice, not glacier ice.  The iceberg, it was thought, would take on a greenish hue because of dead marine animals or plants trapped in it as it froze. When this organic material began to break down, it took on a yellowish tinge as it produced organic carbons.  The green color, accordingly, was as elementary as this yellow marine ice mixing with the blue tinged glacier ice.

Warren, however, found that the same amounts of organic materials were found in both blue ice and the green.  This 1990’s discovery torpedoed the long-standing theory.  Something else had to be at work within the green icebergs.

A recent discovery by Tasmanian researchers found that an ice sample taken from the Antarctica Amery Ice Shelf had a significantly higher iron content at its base than was produced by the glacier ice above.  In fact, there was nearly 500 times more iron at the base of the core sample.

Rocks and soils that have heavy iron oxide content will be red, yellow or orange in color.  Warren began to consider that perhaps this is why the icebergs in Antarctica were green. The researchers theorized that when ocean water mixes with the mainland rock of Antarctica, the result was green marine ice.  If the ice turned over as it was breaking away from the main ice sheet, the green bottom layer would be exposed and create a green iceberg.

Scientists are considering the uses of this information and suggest that these icebergs play an important role as a delivery system of iron nutrients to the Southern Ocean.  Tiny marine plants at the bottom of the food chain, known as phytoplankton, need iron to survive.

Warren believes that the green icebergs are responsible for delivering iron directly to the phytoplankton that use it.  This means that green icebergs are more than just a bizarre fluke of nature, they are, in fact, very important to marine life.

Currently, Warren is teaming up with colleagues from the Hobart, Australia Antarctic Center for more testing.  They are hoping to gather more iceberg samples of all colors to check iron content and prove the theory.  The Australian team specialize in measuring the levels of iron in seawater and sea ice.

Warren says, “If our project is approved, we will travel by ship to the Australian Antarctic stations close to the Amery Ice Shelf, where green icebergs are commonly found. The iron analyses will be done in Australia. Spectral reflectance of icebergs will be measured by others of our group. We have submitted a proposal to do this work.”

Since long before the 1900’s, explorers and sailors around Antarctica have been greeted by the sight of beautiful, but strange,  green icebergs.  Researchers have been perplexed for decades by the unusually colored ice formations.

The mystery may finally...

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Kids Who Are A Spitting Image Of Their Famous Parents

“The Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” ­— a saying as old as time itself. And while spotting a child who is a carbon copy of their parent is always a little freaky, these celebs whose children are their splitting image have the whole world exclaiming “Wow!”

Gal Gadot & Alma

We’re proud to be able to include this strong beauty into our list. Crowned Miss Israel of 2004, Gadot has bloomed into a multinational icon of girl power. As the cliche goes, she has it all, and her daughter Alma, as it seems, has received her genes from Gal.

Alma, Gal‘s oldest, has her exact beautiful and strong eyes and smile. Gal said in an interview not long ago, “Alma, I’ll tell you, she’s the best thing that ever happened to me.” Alma was present in some of Wonder Woman’s scenes in the movie, as Gal was already pregnant during filming. Gadot said that many scenes needed to be changed later on with special effects to hide her belly.

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“The Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” ­— a saying as old as time itself. And while spotting a child who is a carbon copy of their parent is always a little freaky, these celebs whose children are their splitting image have the whole world...

Humans Are Awesome

Tech Company Hires Specifically Autistic People, Is Awesome

When it comes to companies today, we all too often see heart-wrenching stories of employment practices gone very wrong indeed. The tech industry is an industry in particular where it’s easy to find disheartening stories about people not getting jobs due to obscure reasons.

However, one company, Auticon, is making sure that such nonsense does not have to be the norm. They are a company that gives adults who are on the autistic spectrum a chance to get into the workplace: in fact, it exclusively employs people from this background.

The company tends to employ IT experts giving them a chance to get into the working world. They offer training and workplace adjustment programs to help make sure that all employees are happy in their workplace, too; and they are expanding all the time.

Auticon already has offices based in places like Switzerland, Italy France, Germany, the United States and parts of the United Kingdom: including plan to set up in Scotland.

This is a very cool thing to hear and to see, with autistic people often finding it hard to get into the working world. With just 16% of autistic adults in full-time employment, it’s nice to see a company actively pushing to improve and expand opportunities.

A Refreshing Take On Recruitment

With many companies simply not being able to manage the recruitment process for those on the spectrum well enough, this is a very interesting step forward. Many autistic people fall through the cracks despite having the skills and qualities to be a massive contribution to their chosen industry.

Companies like Auticon, then, will make sure that they are no longer ignored and instead can show the world what they can do.

With regular adjustments made for each staff member to help ensure they can feel as comfortable as is possible, Auticon make it easy for their staff to fit into their working culture. This is very important, and is sure to be very useful for those who want to be treated as individuals judged on their own personal merits.

Depressingly, just 15% of the present Auticon workforce were actually employed prior to coming into contact with this awesome organization. All but one of these people who were unemployed had a degree.

This shows that there is an obvious stigma which we need to combat as soon as possible, otherwise we’re going to have serious problems in the future getting autistic people into the workplace.

For now, though, awesome companies like Auticon can be the ones who help to change the opinion of employers. When people see just how well this company do, they will come to realize that autistic people are an incredible benefit to any workplace.

We sincerely hope that Auticon can enjoy a wonderful 2019 and beyond, as they are the perfect example how we can create a better, less fractious world.

When it comes to companies today, we all too often see heart-wrenching stories of employment practices gone very wrong indeed. The tech industry is an industry in particular where it’s easy to find disheartening stories about people not getting jobs due to...

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Gorgeous Kids And Their Celebrity Parents

“The Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” ­— a saying as old as time itself. And while spotting a child who is a carbon copy of their parent is always a little freaky, these celebs whose children are their splitting image have the whole world exclaiming “Wow!”

Gal Gadot & Alma

We’re proud to include this strong beauty into our list. Crowned Miss Israel of 2004, Gadot has bloomed into a multinational icon of girl power. As the cliche goes, she has it all, and her daughter Alma, as it seems, has received her genes from Gal.

Alma, Gal‘s oldest, has her exact beautiful and strong eyes and smile. Gal said in an interview not long ago, “Alma, I’ll tell you, she’s the best thing that ever happened to me.” Alma was present in some of Wonder Woman’s scenes in the movie, as Gal was already pregnant during filming. Gadot said that many scenes needed to be changed later on with special effects to hide her belly.

It only gets better from here, click Next to watch

“The Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” ­— a saying as old as time itself. And while spotting a child who is a carbon copy of their parent is always a little freaky, these celebs whose children are their splitting image have the whole world...

Inspiring Stories

Man Saves Life By Watching The Office

A guy from Arizona was in a situation where he had to try out life lessons which he learned from watching The Office. This life lesson came from an unlikely source – a fictional character – Michael Scott.

The very real Chris Scott rushed in to save the day when he saw a driver slam herself on her car’s steering wheel. The 21-year-old rushed over to the car, then broke the car’s window in order to get the woman out. This woman was on the verge of losing her life, as her lips were already turning blue.

Stain’ Alive

And with no pre-knowledge in first aid, Cross remembered one episode in The Office where Michael Scott administered CPR to a dummy with Bee Gee’s Stayin’ Alive playing in the background. According to various sources, at 103-beats per minute, the number one song from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is assumed to be the correct tempo for carrying out chest compressions.

After about a minute, Cross’s lessons from The Office made a huge impact, the woman began to breathe again, after which she threw up and was taken to the hospital where she regained her health.

Cross explained too, that he was still unaware of the correct way to administer CPR, but the lessons from the show helped him maintain the right tempo.

In Cross’s very words: “I still have no idea how to do CPR – all The Office gave me was a song tempo to go to.” In spite of Cross’s inexperience with first aid, and according to paramedics, there is a great chance that the woman – Claire as identified by local media – would have been in a rather hopeless situation if Cross didn’t step in.

Cross went on to give a shout out to two other women who did their bit in saving Claire’s life by calling 911.

A guy from Arizona was in a situation where he had to try out life lessons which he learned from watching The Office. This life lesson came from an unlikely source – a fictional character – Michael Scott.

The very real Chris Scott rushed in to...

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Funny Moments At The Gym

Get your tissues ready because you’re going to cry from laughter. These gym moments are something you’ll have a hard time understanding.

Working High

Another woman, another stiletto. Her stilettos are fabulous, but it can’t be easy to lift weights while trying to keep your balance on those things!

Get your tissues ready because you’re going to cry from laughter. These gym moments are something you’ll have a hard time understanding.
Working High

Another woman, another stiletto. Her stilettos are fabulous, but it can’t be easy to lift...

Health Science

Research: Your Brain Has Two Clocks

One of those clocks relies on our memories of past experiences and the other on rhythm.  They are both critical to our ability to navigate and enjoy the world and our surroundings.

You have to be able to calculate when you move, anticipate the timing of future events, and adjust your attention and actions when needed.

According to a new UC Berkeley research, the neural networks that support each of these clocks are split between two different areas of the brain depending on what you need to accomplish.

Timing Is Not A United Process

It doesn’t matter if it’s music, sports, speech or allocating attention, the study suggests that timing is not a united process.

There are two different ways you can make temporal predictions and they depend on different areas of the brain, according to lead author Assaf Breska, a postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience at UC Berkeley.

When working together, both brain systems will allow you to exist at the moment and anticipate the future as well. Both Breska and Richard Ivry a UC Berkeley neuroscientist studied anticipatory timing strength and deficits of people with Parkinson’s and people with cerebellar degeneration.

It revealed that if one of these neutral clocks is not working properly, the other will step in. The study also revealed that the context of neurological patients that are impaired can adjust their surroundings to interact better in the world.

The brain uses two different mechanisms for anticipatory timing which challenges theories that a single brain system handles all our needs.  Results from their studies suggest there are at least two different ways the brain has evolved to anticipate the future.

The rhythm-based system is sensitive to periodic events such as inherent in speech and music.  An interval system offers a more general anticipatory ability that is sensitive to temporal regularities even in the absence of a rhythmic signal.

One of those clocks relies on our memories of past experiences and the other on rhythm.  They are both critical to our ability to navigate and enjoy the world and our surroundings.
You have to be able to calculate when you move, anticipate the timing of...

City Life Uncategorized

Check It Out: 10 Surprising Elevators

A lot can happen in an elevator – or very little. Typically, it’s one of the most boring parts of your days – especially if you work in a high-rise or live in an apartment building. Sometimes you’re stuck in there alone from the first floor to the very top with nothing to do in this small, enclosed space.

Other times, you get stuck in there for such a duration with someone you know but never talk to. Welcome to five minutes of awkward silence or hesitant pleasantries.

Don’t get me wrong, the elevator is much better than walking up all those flights of stairs, but at times it can also be hugely inconvenient – if it’s one of those elevators that never seems to work – or just plain boring or awkward.

That is, until you get on one of these twenty elevators designed by some unique people who were tired of the typical elevator experience.

Check it out:

1) To keep the elderly patients from feeling anxious or, worse, running away, this long-term care facility for the elderly thought making the elevators into a mural would be a good idea.

Now, it just looks like a warm, inviting scene!

2) This designer must have been wishing for a snow day and decided to make his own. Step into a winter wonderland with evergreens and snow angels. It feels like Christmas every time you need to go up or down!

3) Wait, where are the buttons? Don’t worry; you’re not trapped. Just look down, and kick instead of pushing buttons, like any ordinary elevator would have you do.

Maybe get some of that pent up anger out while you’re at it, too!

4) This designer had emergency situations in mind. What an inventive way to take care of medical emergencies that cause one to land on the ground, unable to rise!

The alarm button located by the floor is accessible in any situation.

5) Now we’re going from winter wonderland to the tropics. Dive into this elevator that seems to take you under the sea as it’s surrounded by a giant aquarium.

I’d never take the stairs again in this German building.

6) The elevator up to the top of the World Trade Centre is one-of-a-kind.

While you’re in the clear elevator, you’re also getting a clear picture of the architectural evolution of the city as you head up.

7) If you’re self-conscious about your weight, you may want to take the stairs instead of this elevator.

The elevator provides a digital visual aid to alert its riders of how close it is to reaching its weight capacity. Smart!

8) Now this is probably my personal favorite. The button is located 30 feet away from the elevator so that, by the time you arrive at the doors, it should be ready to receive you!

Good for impatient, always-in-a-rush people like me.

9) Whether you struggle with memory loss or you can’t even remember what day it is after what just happened last night, this hotel in Ukraine has got your back.

Every morning, they change the elevator rug to let riders know what day it is.

10) Now this is a bit hilarious; I wonder what prompted the need for a “shuffle” button in an elevator.

The elderly? Indecisive people? Who knows! Definitely the first time I’ve had the option to shuffle off of an elevator without getting stuck in the doors.

A lot can happen in an elevator – or very little. Typically, it’s one of the most boring parts of your days – especially if you work in a high-rise or live in an apartment building. Sometimes you’re stuck in there alone from the first floor to the...

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Celebrity Generation: Who’s The Real Star?

We compiled a whole list of celebrities and their children, who might be much more famous than their parents, or not, but they have taken their talent to higher levels!

Goldie Hawn & Kate Hudson

Kate is Goldie and Bill Hudson’s daughter, though they divorced when she was merely 18 months old. Kate, being Goldie’s only daughter, is naturally very close to her mother. On the other hand, she still has issues with her biological father and considers Kurt Russel, Goldie’s longtime life partner to be her father.

Kate burst into fame with playing Penny Lane in “Almost Famous” and then amazingly topped it with iconic comedies “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “You, Me and Dupree”. Same brilliant talent. Go girl power!

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We compiled a whole list of celebrities and their children, who might be much more famous than their parents, or not, but they have taken their talent to higher levels!
Goldie Hawn & Kate Hudson
Kate is Goldie and Bill Hudson’s daughter, though...

Cool Stories

Student Finds World Class Car in Grandmothers Garage

When living the life of a student, you need to find money – and fast. Money is hard to come by in the hours after studying, but you’ve gotta pay for the weekend somehow, right? That’s why cleaning out at your grandparents is always a decent way to get money for a few beers. However, it’s not often that when you go along to help out with your grandmother that you find something of genuine value during cleaning.

From an old vinyl to some wartime memorabilia, you might something cool. At best, you might help make a few bucks for your grandparents – and they might help you in on the reward. However, how often do you walk into the garage of a grandmother and find an untouched Lamborghini!?

That’s what happened to Eriegin, who took on the task of cleaning out her grandmother’ garage. Her grandfather had sadly passed on, and cleaning out a garage with the best part of 20 years of clutter was going to be a challenging starting point. However, she did have an inkling that they might find some good value to put light on what is obviously a tragic circumstance. What she did find, though, was quite different to what anyone might have expected.

Finding the time to do something special

While we described at the top that many students help out for money, it’s clear that Eriegin was doing this to be kind. Her grandfather had passed on, leaving her grandmother in need of a lot of help. Reading over documents and looking at the financial situation of her grandparents made her feel worried: without a material change in circumstance, her grandmother might not be able to stay at home forever.

So, she got to work, hoping to both help get the place tidied up and hoping to find something that would be worth a few bucks. Pulling back a big section of tarp, she stood, amazed, at what was at in front of her – a fresh, untouched Lamborghini.

This was among the rarest cars on the planet, too – a 1982 LP500S Lamborghini Countach!

Undriven, in good (though by no means perfect) condition and also totally ready to be sold on, this was a tremendous find. And better yet? There was a Ferrari 308 next to it!

Instead of selling these rare cars back in the day, it was clear that her grandfather had held on to them with good reason. In a flash, their financial fears were put away into the distance, with offers made on both vehicles despite their condition issues.

While in perfect condition they could probably make you close to a millionaire, these amazing strokes of luck turned the tragedy of loss and the worry of financial deprivation into a feel-good story that, at the very last, had a happy ending after the loss of what was clearly a very intelligent, caring man.

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When living the life of a student, you need to find money – and fast. Money is hard to come by in the hours after studying, but you’ve gotta pay for the weekend somehow, right? That’s why cleaning out at your grandparents is always a decent way to get...

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Stephen Hillenburg, Creator of ‘SpongeBob’ Dies at 57

On Tuesday afternoon, Nickelodeon broke the sad news that SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg has passed away at the age of 57.

Hillenburg died from ALS, which he revealed he was diagnosed with in March 2017. Nickelodoen paid tribute to him in a tweet on Tuesday, writing,

“We are incredibly saddened by the news that Steve Hillenburg has passed away following a battle with ALS,” Nickelodeon said in a statement. “He was a beloved friend and long-time creative partner to everyone at Nickelodeon, and our hearts go out to his entire family. Steve imbued ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ with a unique sense of humor and innocence that has brought joy to generations of kids and families everywhere. His utterly original characters and the world of Bikini Bottom will long stand as a reminder of the value of optimism, friendship and the limitless power of imagination.”

Hillenburg graduated from Humboldt State University in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation, with an emphasis on marine resources.He began his animation career in 1987, pursuing a degree in Experimental Animation at the California Institute of Arts in Valencia and earning his Master of Fine Arts in 1992.  He started working at Nickoleadon in 1993 serving as a director and writer on the show“Rocko’s Modern Life.”

It is there that he began to work full-time on writing producing, and directing on the animated series that would eventually become “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

The first episode aired on Nickelodeon on May 1, 1999 and the series commenced its full run on July 17 of that year. The series has aired nearly 250 episodes to date..The series has won both U.S. and British Emmy Awards, Annie Awards, and ASACP Awards and has been dubbed or sub-titled in more than 60 languages, including Urdu, Azerbaijani and Maori.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years Karen Hillenburg and their son Clay.

On Tuesday afternoon, Nickelodeon broke the sad news that SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg has passed away at the age of 57.
Hillenburg died from ALS, which he revealed he was diagnosed with in March 2017. Nickelodoen paid tribute to him in a...

Cool Lists

Yummy: Most Expensive Meals In The World

When we live in a world of haves and have-nots, stories like this can always feel a bit grim. You know, stories about luxurious foods that cost more than the average person earns in a month. It’s a dreadful state of affairs and only helps to perpetuate the idea that those with all the money don’t have a clue how to spend it properly. Anyway, I digress. You are here because you want to read about quality food items.

Well, the world knows how to price its luxury foods. Want some examples? Here are a few grotesquely priced delights.

Vanilla Flower

I know what you are thinking – but you have lots of vanilla ice cream in the freezer. At around $4,000 per pound, vanilla costs a huge amount. It only blooms for a few hours in a year, and does not leave much by way of pollination.

Vanilla itself is a very expensive product – the idea that you can get it so easily is quite a surprise given the cost of it per pound in its purest form.

Almas Caviar

A classic of the ‘it cost how much!?’ food world, Almas caviar is horrendously expensive. You would be paying as much as $25,000 for this kind of caviar. It’s needle in a haystack stuff to find it, even in its native Iran. The fact it comes in a 24-karat gold tin lets you know just how ridiculous the world has gone when it comes to how we spend.

White Truffles

At not far off seven grand for a kilogram of white truffles, these outrageous foods are one of the most expensive in the world. They are used in the highest quality of fishes, and only tiny amounts will be used such is their rarity, cost and, most importantly, quality.

It’s one of those foods that, you may be surprised to know, I have never tried. Apparently, though, it’s dynamite with scrambled eggs. It looks rancid, but apparently tastes like royalty.

Bluefin Tuna

Another very popular dish but madly priced is that of the Bluefin tuna. At close to $4,000 for a single pound of it, Bluefin is a very expensive product. It gets used in a lot of top meals and tends to be a very expensive add-on if you were to want it used in your food.

However, given the Bluefin tuna is a species getting close to extinction as it stands, it’s not just an expensive dish to eat – it’s an ethical hazard, too.

Densuke Watermelon

One of the most expensive items that we could find, though, is the Japanese Densuke watermelon. This item sold for over $6,000 at an auction in Japan, and became a huge talking point. This black watermelon isn’t rotten or anything like that – it’s a unique kind of Japanese fruit.

It might seem a bit nuts, but the Densuke watermelon is among the most expensive dishes that you could ever eat.

Foie Gras

Out of all the items we looked into, though, we found that Foie Gras – duck/goose liver – was among the most expensive. It’s extremely nice apparently, but it’s going to cost you a hell of a lot to eat if you want to try it out. Prices depend on where you go, but a 2lb Foie Gras would cost you around $150.

That might not sound like much considering the above prices, but keep in mind it’s a meal, not an ingredient like some of the above.

In a world where so many starve, it’s pretty wild that we have food that can cost as much as this, right?

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When we live in a world of haves and have-nots, stories like this can always feel a bit grim. You know, stories about luxurious foods that cost more than the average person earns in a month. It’s a dreadful state of affairs and only helps to perpetuate the...