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The Earth Just ‘Rang Like A Bell’ And Nobody Knows Why

It seems like the earth is up to something, and no one can tell what exactly it was. Some sort of “event” originating near an island between Madagascar and Africa, as far as Chile, New Zealand, and Canada was picked up by sensors.

What’s phenomenal is that 11,000 miles away in Hawaii, the “event” was also picked up by sensors.

So, what exactly was it? An earthquake? Some sort of volcanic activity?  A nuclear test?  A meteorite? Scientists are having a hard time identifying its cause.

Göran Ekström, a seismologist from Columbia University, gave his two cents to National Geographic:

“I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it. [However] it doesn’t mean that, in the end, the cause of them is that exotic.”

The “event,” beginning around 15 miles off the shores of Mayotte, on November 11 wasn’t just a short occurrence that popped up and then disappeared instantly; it had sensors ringing for twenty minutes, but without the sensors, we may have never known it happened. Not one single human felt it!

Wave Train

Researchers are identifying it as a “monotone, low-frequency ringing,” but they still haven’t put their fingers on what caused it.

The possibility of an earthquake has altogether been ruled out. What normally happens in an earthquake is a sudden jerk lasting just a few seconds as a result of tension built up between earth’s plates. This occurrence was nothing like that.

The waves following an earthquake’s initial jolt are a sort of “wave train” according to Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the University of Southampton. The “primary waves” move forward quickly in bunches, and the “secondary waves” that follow have more of a side-to-side motion. Both these waves possess a high-pitched frequency which Hicks refers to as “a sort of ping rather than a rumbling.” Finally, surface waves similar to the “event” that recently occurred happen, and these can travel the planet more than once. They “ring Earth like a bell,” as Hicks so eloquently put it.

The problem with the waves coming from Mayotte is that no earthquake happened to trigger them, so scientists are saying it was a monochromatic event, meaning it possessed only one type of wave which repeated itself every seventeen seconds.

However, Mayotte has been plagued with frequent seismic activity over the last year. Since May of 2018, the island has experience hundreds of quakes originating approximately 31 miles offshore, a location just east of the recent “event.”

The French Geological Survey suggests that a “new center of volcanic activity may be developing” off the island’s coast as they’ve been monitoring Mayotte’s seismic activity.

Though it’s been over 4,000 years since the island experience any major volcanic eruptions, the French Geological Survey thinks it’s possible that there could be a new movement of magma offshore.

However, results are still unclear and inconclusive. Researchers continue to look into the “event” and figure out the origin and potential effect of this seismic activity.

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Cut & Save: What To Do If You’re Caught In Rising Waters

According to the National Weather Service, flood-related deaths account for the majority of storm hazards.  Out of these flood-related deaths, over half will occur from driving a car into floodwaters.

As the National Weather Service explains on its website, many people do not have any concept of how strong the currents are in a flooding situation.  The deaths occur as drivers’ cars are swept away.

The saddest part is that these deaths are almost always preventable.  Drivers place their lives at risk when they choose to ignore warning signs and drive around barriers blocking flooded roadways.  According to the National Weather Service, it is never safe to walk through flooded areas, or to drive through flooded roadways.

Flooding can occur through a gradual buildup of water, as seen in many hurricanes.  If flooding happens quickly, within three to six hours of rainfall, it is called a flash flood.  Flash floods can occur from thunderstorms with heavy rainfall, broken levees or dams, or mudslides.

The rapid onset of a flash flood is what makes it dangerous.  People can be caught off guard and be unprepared for how quickly their situation becomes dangerous.

Get Ready For Hurricane Season

Flash flooding can occur across the United States, but the time of year can pose bigger risks for some areas. Coastal areas are high risk for flooding, especially during hurricane seasons, but heavy spring and summer rains place the Midwest at risk.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, states that if you live in low-lying areas near water you should always be prepared for a flood situation.

Here are a few tips to prepare in case of flooding, as recommended by the Ready Campaign:

  • Don’t drive across any bridge that spans fast-moving floodwaters. The force of the flood can make the bridge footings under the structure very unstable.
  • It doesn’t take much to sweep away an adult; your car can be swept along by only one foot of moving water while it only takes six inches to knock you off your feet.
  • Get yourself out of danger and move to higher ground if flooding is predicted.
  • Stay in your car if the car is being swept along by moving waters. If the water isn’t moving, abandon the car and seek safety.
  • Don’t park or camp along the banks of streams, creeks or rivers if heavy rainfall is expected. These areas will flood quickly and take a victim by surprise.
  • Never drive or walk through floodwaters, even if they don’t seem to be moving.
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ®

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The Real Cause For The Ice Ages

The past three leading ice ages which happened over 540 million years ago, were followed by massive tectonic build-up all across the equator.  A team of U.S. researchers’ findings were published in the Journal of Science offering new insight into the causes of ice ages that were believed to be related to volcanic eruptions, until now.

A team from the University of California, led by Francis Macdonald, had been looking at the collision of tectonic plates that created the Himalayas.  The team discovered that when an oceanic plate pushes against a continental plate, a mountain range of rock is created.

They also discovered the two collisions that created the Himalayas happened in tropical zones near the equator.  They found both collisions were immediately followed by global atmospheric cooling.

This led to questioning if the exposure of new rock caused a chemical reaction that led to global cooling?  After examining the rate at which the rock from the oceanic plate reacted with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it could have removed enough of the greenhouse gas to trigger an ice age.

The team further researched if there were similar patterns in other ice ages. They traced back the cooling events from the last 540 million years and were able to match them to locations of continental collisions.  Their findings revealed that before each ice age, there were collisions in the tropics.

More Than One Reason

They believe that the combination of heat and humidity in the tropics aided in spurring a chemical reaction between calcium and magnesium found in rocks and atmospheric carbon dioxide causing gas to be sucked out of the atmosphere.  Atmospheric carbon dioxide has a warming effect on the planet, creating a barrier around the Earth.

This prevents heat from escaping back into space which means its removal led to Earth’s temperature dropping. What this means, we are presently living in an ice age that started over 2.5million years ago.  We are in an interglacial period in which the earth goes through a warming period with this ice age.

Right now, there is a zone in Indonesia in which two tectonic plates are colliding.  It’s believed this could potentially be responsible for our current ice age along with why we have a cool climate along with ice caps.

It’s believed this will end in approximately 10 million years and it is believed the Earth will return to a non-glacial climate.  Macdonald said that due to the current movements of the plates, they can project arc-continent collisions and their latitude will become more uncertain the further the projection.

With further studies, the team hopes to clarify records regarding continental collisions and be able to calculate the changes more clearly regarding carbon dioxide concentrations. Their study shows a coincidence but in order to test causality, they need a better understanding of the chemical mass balance.

Macdonald believes what they have gotten from their work is the geography in the tropics which is particularly important for the chemistry of the oceans and setting the global climate condition.

From the Laboratory of Climate and Environmental Sciences in France, William Gray said even though he was not involved in the study, the findings contributed to their understanding of what causes ice ages over a period of time – volcanic eruptions and/or the chemical breakdown of rocks.

He said it has been long debated which side of this balance is more important for driving the variations in CO2 and climate.  The results from the study by Macdonald and his colleagues suggest the changes in the level of CO2 removed from the atmosphere by the weathering of rocks could have driven variations in atmospheric CO2 and the climate over the past 500 million years.

This suggests changes in CO2 emissions from volcanoes may only play a minor role.

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How One Japanese Island Seemed to Vanish

In the rapid and exceptional changing pace of our world, it’s hard to notice everything. Don’t pass through a city for a month or two, and it changes a fair bit. Don’t pass through for a year or two, and it’s transformative. However, things like islands and genuine land masses tend to be something that we can spot and acknowledge – if they were not there, we would surely notice. Right?

Apparently not. According to Japanese outlet Asahi Shimbun, one of the 158 islands which belong to the country but was uninhabited, has vanished. The Japanese Coast Guard are out searching for the island, which is known as Esanbehanakitakojima. The island in question is around a third of a mile away from Sarufutsu, a small village based on Hokkaido island. According to Japanese media author Hiroshi Shimizu, the man who reported the missing island, it’s gone.

He was to visit the island as part of a project that he was writing as a follow-up to his picture book on Japanese islands. The paper rejected his claim, though saying he couldn’t find it: so Shimizu headed out to Sarufutsu to ask around.

It turns out that Esanbehanakitakojima was last surveyed by the Coast Guard in 1987 – when the island was around 4 ½ feet above sea level. Now, it’s not able to be seen from land whatsoever. One senior Coast Guard quoted in Asahi Shimbun, Tomoo Fujii, said: “There is a possibility that the islet has been eroded by wind and snow and, as a result, disappeared,”

Has this happened before?

Strangely, yes. Land vanishing might seem very odd, but a 2016 report which was published in Environmental Research Letters claimed this is more commonplace than one might assume. They found that five reef islands of the Solomon Islands had vanished between the years of 1947-2014. They believe that major events, such as sea walls and ‘inappropriate development’ could be the main causes of that kind of vanishing act.

Interestingly, Japan has in the past been very clear about claiming islands in a bid to ensure territorial dominance over some of their neighbors. In 2016 they committed to a $107m rebuild of an observatory tower on Okinotorishima, around 1,000 miles from Tokyo.

This was disputed by China, and has created a back-and-forth quarrel ever since, culminating in a United Nations convention suggesting that “rocks which cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of their own” cannot qualify as an exclusive economic location.

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Watch: Animation Of What 80,000 Tons Of Garbage In The Ocean Looks Like

Each year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste ends up inside the sea. In the Great Pacific Garbage Patch alone, about 80,000 tons of debris find their way inside the ocean annually.

In recent years, plastic has continued to pose an increased level of threat to the ecosystem and human life in general. Most animals inside the sea ingest harmful chemicals such as microplastics which human consumption as well when they use these animals to prepare meals. It is estimated that about 8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean annually.

The world generates a huge amount of plastic every year, large enough to build 50 pyramids of Giza. That automatically translates to over 350 million tons of candy wrappers, synthetic T-shirt and PVC pipes. 8 million tons end up in the sea while the rest end up in landfills each year. Most of them find their way into massive garbage patches in different parts of the world. A good example of such is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Each piece of plastic picked in this patch would result in 1.8 million individual parts. Such could weigh up to 80,000 tons which is equivalent to the weight of three statutes of liberty.

Half of the patch comprises of plastic fishing nets, ropes and lines as a result of the fishing activities performed in the area. The other half is made up of films and hard plastics such as plastic wraps and water bottles. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch does not refer to a mountain of debris as the name implies, rather it relates to waste that is scattered over an oceanic region that is twice the size of Texas alone.

It will take you 121 days to pick up every piece of plastic on the ocean at a walking pace of 5 km/hr. But the garbage patch has no end in reality because it is constantly flowing with the ocean currents. The size of the patch is getting bigger, and for 70 years, its size has been on the increase. The permanent nature of plastics causes this. For instance, a plastic fishing line will take at least 600 years to decompose.

Even after they break down, the resultant effect will still linger on the environment. Some of them decompose into microplastic and cannot be seen with the naked eye. But sea animals can ingest them, and when humans consume these animals, their health is automatically in danger. According to recent studies, every species of sea turtle has ingested these harmful microplastics including 60% of whales and seabirds.

Even at that, plastic is heaped unto the ocean on a daily basis. It has been estimated that by the year 2050, the number of plastics in the ocean will be more than the entire species of fishes in the oceans of the world.

When next you toss a water bottle inside the sea, have a deep thought on its recycling effect and how it is harmful to sea life and human life. You can contribute your quota to help make the environment safe for habitation.

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The Earth Map Is A Lie!!!

Turns out the Earth actually is flat. Those YouTube accounts with suspiciously large followings might just be right after all.

Sorry, jokes aside. It turns out that the world map that most of us grew up observing, though, might not be true either. The world is not quite the way it was set out in the maps of old. Most of the maps that we see come from the Mercator projection. However, at a good bit over 450 years old, the map obviously has some limitations.

The Mercator projection is a cylindrical map projection on a flat surface, presented by the Flemish geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator in 1569. The projection on a flat surface creates a distorted image of land masses and countries.

Instead, Google Maps has decided to stop using the old metric and start creating its own projection instead. Since it poorly maps out the size of countries properly, the Mercator projection often poorly projects the size of some locations. For example, climate scientist Neil formed a new map visualization which is a closer medium between the Mercator projection and other accepted projections.

Want to see just how odd this project can be at times? Take a look at this GIF – it shows you in perfect detail why this might not be the best way to estimate the size of nations.


Indeed, limitations like showing Greenland to be larger than the whole of Africa is a joke. At fourteen times the size of Greenland, it’s these limitations that make the Mercator projection more than a little wobbly all these years on. While once a very powerful and useful, today it’s possible that we can do even more.

Why the need for a change?

Well, the Mercator projection came to be in 1569, when Gerardus Mercator put it together. The famous Finnish cartographer was a major name in his time, and he was seen as the creator of a tool which made navigation much easier. By being able to plot a straight-line course whilst maintaining the true shape of country, it was very useful for the time.

However, convert the Mercator projection into a 3D globe, and it does not really work. Unless the flat Earth people are correct, it’s likely that this rule very much needed an update. Others claim that the Mercator projection needs to go as it presents a very European-sympathetic view of the world – to the point where some schools got rid of it and replaced it with the alternative maps made by Gall-Peters.

The 2018 release of the Equal Earth projection map is supposed to be the catch-all solution to bring an end to these constant arguments. However, we are sure that cartographers will continue to vociferously debate the pros and cons of each choice.

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Yellowstone Geyser Spits Out Freaky Objects In Eruption

As one of the most stunning pieces of natural land, Yellowstone is easily one of the most beautiful places to visit. It is also one of the most dangerous, though. The home of many a catastrophe waiting to happen, the immense power held within Yellowstone can be hard to quantify in many ways. Indeed, when a huge geyser eruption took place recently in Yellowstone, it was enough to produce some interesting objects due to being ‘coughed up’ along the way.

Over at Ear Spring, the normally quiet hot pool spat out all manner of garbage – in what is the largest eruption to take place here since the late 1950s. What it produced, though, was more of a surprise than anything else.

According to the park itself on their official Facebook page, they said: “After Ear Spring erupted on September 15, employees found a strange assortment of items strewn across the landscape around its vent! Some are clearly historic: they’ll be inventoried by curators and may end up in Yellowstone’s archives,”

What was produced by Ear Spring?

It produced all manner of items from back in the day. One of the oddest items to have come out was that of a pacifier that came from the 1930s. How it’s still in one piece, we will never know. It also spat up a bunch of coins – which will no doubt become worth a pretty penny just purely because of where they came from.

Some plastic knives and forks came up, too, and also a series of aluminum cans were spat out from the geyser. It’s all quite nuts, and can be pretty hard to actually fathom. How can so much be produced in such a short space of time? It’s incredible to see, in truth.

Using a clean-up team to get rid of the items and put them into storage, they found all manner of odd items including funnels and even a sign that appeared to be for some kind of bear management business.

However, fear not: while some are making it out like this is a sign that a major eruption is on the way, it’s not. The supervolcano is not on the verge of eruption: geothermal activity happens all the time, and is entirely normal. Don’t worry, cans and coins being spat out by the ground is – to our knowledge – not one of the signs of the apocalypse, Ragnarok or any other end of days’ scenario.

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Hilarious: Wildlife Funny Photography Award Finalists

This is the third year it will be held. Every year, the fans gather round to view the annual comedy Wildlife Photography Awards nominated pictures. As always, this year will be even better. We expect to see animals in their natural habitats caught on camera in acts that may not have been believable. But with the photographs as proof, these pictures make it to the Awards.

The humour attached to the annual event is exceptional. The animals are in no way harmed, but they have been captured in rare displays that leave the audience reeling over in laughter.

The awards started in 2015; it was organized by Paul Joynson Hicks. They promote the Born Free Foundations through the event. Paul is also a wildlife photographer who has been an active member of the foundation. The Born Free Foundation was established to create more awareness about the need to protect our wildlife. The submissions are open to everyone. After all the photographs are collected, screening commences, and only the best make it to the final selection.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 |Mary McGowan | Title: Caught In The Act | Location of shot: Brandon, FL USA

In total, every year, over one thousand pictures are collected for this award. The final selection screens out the rest leaving only forty-one pictures. Some of the criteria used for the selection include the photographs that show animals making the funniest expressions.

Many pictures also depict the animals in their natural habitat interacting in peculiar ways that can be termed as hilarious. However, not everyone may find the pictures very funny. The ability to project our lifestyle as humans in these pictures is a starting point to connect with the photographs in a comedic way.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018| Shane Keena | Title: Peek-a-boo! | Location of shot: Salton Sea, CA

This year the final forty-one pictures have been released. It is now time to start voting for the winners. The public is encouraged to view the final selections and pick their favourite. This year’s event is sponsored by the Affinity Photo, the software company. All participants during the voting exercise also stand a chance to win an iPad. It has also been announced that the winners will be revealed at the ceremony scheduled for November 15, 2018.


The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 | Jamie Bussey | Title: Crouching Tiger, Peeking Moose | Location of shot: Southern Alberta, Canada

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 | Geert Weggen | Title: split | Location of shot: BispgÃ¥rden

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 | Amy Kennedy | Title: Bullies! | Location of shot: South Georgia

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 | Sergey Savvi | Title: Hot Kiss | Location of shot: Krabi, Thailand

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 | Robert Adamson | Title: majestic stag?! | Location of shot: Laggan, Scottish highlands

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Google’s New “Touring Bird” App Is A Traveler’s Dream

Google’s Touring Bird website is a nifty new travel tool designed to help vacationers easily find activities in top travel destinations according to their interests, budget, and time.

Planning a trip is a key component of any successful vacation. Hours spent on the web reading reviews, scrolling through photos, and comparing prices are familiar to every traveler. “Traveling to new places is fun and exciting — but for a lot of people, planning what to do once you’re there is not. It often involves hours of research, reading dozens of travel guides and blogs across the web, sifting through reviews, compiling your own lists, comparing prices and offerings, and asking friends and family for recommendations,” Google’s Touring Bird team wrote.

Thanks to their new web application, planning a trip has never been easier. “Touring Bird helps travelers explore, compare, and book tours, tickets, and activities from multiple providers in top destinations around the world—all in a single place,” Google says.

Touring Bird is accessible on both desktop and mobile, and offers the best price for each selected activity or activities, including options to bundle activities to save money. The website includes a built-in bookmarking and sharing feature which allows you to save your favorites to a list.

The website displays a mixture of things to experience for each city divided into categories. These include:

  • Top Sights: Most popular Prague-area attractions.
  • Tours & Activities: Guided tours, tickets & travel experiences.
  • Local Tips: Recommendations from locals & travel experts.
  • Free Tours: Guided tours on a pay-what-you-wish basis.
  • and the ability to explore the city by interest.

The interest category allows visitors to filter the city’s attractions, such as helping them find essential experiences, track hidden spots and locals’ picks, discover drinking and dining (and cooking) experiences, learn about the kid-friendly activities on offer, locate the arts and architecture hub, as well as pinpoint the most Instagrammable sites and selfie-worthy spots. “A leisure trip to a destination is usually between three to eight days,” Lax Poojary, who leads the Touring Bird team said. “People want to do top activities and attractions in the first few days, but then they want to do more immersive things. We wanted to build a one-stop shop.”

An added bonus of the website is that it also serves as a useful tool to assist in locating trusted ticket booking options for when tourists are ready to start checking out attractions. Each entry on the website has a price included, with the ability to filter by price according to your budget, as well as the refund options available. The website also gives easy access to every tour and attraction’s cancellation policy terms, which is a huge welcome to travelers who typically find this difficult to locate as this is often buried in the fine print, and sometimes requires a phone call to understand.

The website currently lists attractions, activities, and tips for 20 of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, with plans to increase the number in the future. “We’re working hard to bring Touring Bird to more cities—please stay tuned!” says the website. The cities currently covered are Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Miami, New Delhi, New York, Orlando, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

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Discovery: Scientists Find New Pyramid Evidence

From the source of infinite power through to being a dimensional portal, few structures on this planet are as mythical as the Great Pyramid of Giza. Built thousands of years ago – it varies massively depending on who you listen to – it’s among the most amazing structures ever seen. However, despite extensive investigation and research into the pyramid itself, there is still so much that we do know not about them and are still learning as time goes on.

Indeed, the 481ft pyramid built for the famous Pharaoh, Khufu, is typically believed to house many unique secrets of ancient Egyptian life. Today, the aim is more on trying to find out the physical properties that can be proven instead of looking into mythical and spiritually-based content.

The latest discovery, then, is definitely more physical in nature. The pyramid has been found to have the ability to concentrate magnetic and electric energy into its various chambers and also below the base. This would create unique and powerful pockets of energy within the walls.

According to Dr. Andrey Evylukhin, the co-ordinator of the latest project: Egyptian pyramids have always attracted great attention. We as scientists were interested in them as well, so we decided to look at the Great Pyramid as a particle dissipating radio waves resonantly.”

By looking into the electromagnetic content of the pyramid, the hope is that they will be able to find more of the hidden chambers – including where the remains of Khufu himself may be. According to the research team: “The electromagnetic energy accumulates in the chambers […] It is shown that basically the Pyramid scatters the electromagnetic waves and focuses them in to the substrate [underground] region.”

The belief, then, is that this could be used to help create nanoparticle designs. After using thermal scanning to look at the Great Pyramid in 2017, a major anomaly was found: three massive stones at the base of the pyramid, with much higher temperature readings than those around them.

This led to the belief that yet more hidden chambers may exist that were yet to be discovered. Indeed, the massive void that exists within the central point of the pyramid above the rand Gallery was found last year alone: there is still so much to find out and discover about these amazing pieces of architecture.

Who knows what will come next for these incredible pieces of architecture? One day we might even find out how they were truly built!

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Need a New Activity? Consider Cow Cuddling

As one of the most hilarious and placid animals on the planet, the cow is a uniquely enjoyable animal to spend time around. Like all animals, though, a cow can be hard to spend time around for long without feeling at least a little uncomfortable: especially if you aren’t used to being around cows.

However, if you want to get over that problem, for the mere price of $300, you could cuddle a cow for an hour and a half.

 

That’s right – cow cuddling is now officially a very expensive activity that you can take part in. Hugging a massive cow might be one of the best ways to improve your mental health, apparently, and it’s become a very important part of the wonderfully expensive “wellness” industry that has become so strangely popular.

Thanks to PubMed, we can say that this kind of activity is now a popular thing to do with your time. Animal interaction is supposed to be good for our mental health and can go a long way to making sure we can recover from mental stress and strain. If you wish to take part, then a trip to the Mountain Horse Farm in New York is the place to start. You can play with them, brush their coats or simply pet the cow – or hose if you prefer.

According to the official website: “Cows have a body temperature that is slightly higher than humans and their heart rate is lower than ours. Cuddling up with a cow, feeling that lower heart rate and higher body temperature, is very relaxing,”

So fear not: there is a genuine science behind this. It’s not some weird idea that has been concocted by farmers to charge people comical sums of money to hug a barnyard animal.

Unorthodox but Outstanding

Not only does it help us to connect with nature in a way that many of us simply cannot in the modern world, it also makes it easy for us to communicate with said animals. The website notes that ‘They will pick up on what’s going on inside and sense if you are happy, sad, feel lost, anxious or are excited, they will respond to that without judgment, ego or agenda.’ – and that it can bring a sense of healing and comfort to the body that simply would not be attainable otherwise.

For $300, you can get a 90-minute session which is sure to bring about some rather comical personal experiences. For an hour, you would pay around $75. You can also bring a friend with you, and you can enjoy the cuddling of a cow together.

Odd? Yes. Therapeutic? Extremely. It’s an odd experience, but there appears to be something genuine about it given the immensely positive nature of the feedback it receives. Why not try it out?

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Darwinism 2018: Panama Monkeys Are In Their Stone Age

The discovery was made on the Jicarón Island. The group of white-faced capuchin monkeys was observed to have started using stones to get food such as breaking nuts and shellfish. This is the Stone Age path human beings took before we advanced. From the reports, these groups of monkeys are the fourth primates that have been noticed to exhibit this behavior after humans.

The Jicarón Island is a small piece of land off the Panama coast. It is part of the Coiba National Park which is a popular tourist attraction in the country. The capuchin white-faced monkeys inhabit different parts of the National Park. But only a small group on the Island have been noticed to exhibit this smart behavior.

The scientists behind this discovery are in shock at the behavior. They were observed to regard the stones as tools which were used to get their food. There have been so many documented videos captured on cameras placed discretely in the areas where the monkeys inhabit.

From the videos, the monkeys were reported to be seen breaking snails, coconuts, and crabs for food. While there have been movements between the groups of monkeys spread across the park, it has also been noticed that this behavior has not been adopted by other monkeys.

From all indications, the movement into the Stone Age will be beneficial to this set of primates. By learning how to gain access to food, they stand a better chance of survival even when food becomes scarce. The necessity can encourage the discovery of more tools by the monkeys.

A team of scientists has devoted their time to study these monkeys and hopefully observe the advancement of their species as the may express more intelligent behavior.

Other primates that have been found to exhibit this behavior are the macaques which are found in Thailand and the chimpanzees found in many parts of West Africa. These animals have been the subject of study for many years, and the scientists are happy to add one more class of primates to their list of study samples.

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The discovery was made on the Jicarón Island. The group of white-faced capuchin monkeys was observed to have started using stones to get food such as breaking nuts and shellfish. This is the Stone Age path human beings took before we advanced. From the...