News, Offbeat, Space

The science behind the supertide that stranded the French Abbey

A supertide envelopes Mont Saint-Michel. Associated Press

A shocking image went viral a few days ago, with an 11th-century French abbey completely surrounded by water following a super tide. Naturally, many similar photos followed, and many “explanations” emerged, most vaguely referencing the solar eclipse, something about gravitational cycles, and some even stated it was caused by the “tide of the century”, although the “tide of the century” comes by every 18 years. So let’s take a look at what actually happened.

Great Pics, News, Offbeat

“I wanted to take a picture of an octopus… but the octopus took pictures of me”

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How the tables have turned! While documenting the experiments conducted on campus, Benjamin Savard, a digital media producer at Middlebury College, wanted to take some underwater pictures of an octopus. But the octopus had other plans. It grabbed the camera and turned it on Savard, who posted the photos and GIF of the entire sequence on Reddit.   “I was just trying to brainstorm…

Offbeat

ZME Science Newsletter – Spring is here!

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Time flies fast when you’re trying to figure out the mysteries of the Universe… it seems like 2015 started just yesterday, and now winter is already over. Let’s take a deep breath and have a look at what we’ve done so far in 2015, what went right, what went wrong, and what we’re planning for the future! What you liked…

News, Offbeat

Christians Against Dinosaurs – The Latest Quackery From the Internet

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“I am getting sick and tired of dinosaurs being forced on our children.” You just know something’s up when you hear that kind of phrase. Apparently a group of concerned Christians stood up against what they believe to be the grand conspiracy of scientists: shoving dinosaurs into the world so they can make money. I’ll just let you watch this…

Health & Medicine, News, Offbeat

Study Confirms What Everyone Suspected: Teens Get Less and Less Sleep

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US researchers have conducted a national survey and found that the percentage of U.S. teens who get seven or more hours of sleep is steadily decreasing. The number of teens suffering from sleep deprivation has continuously decreased, up to the point where less than half of all teens sleep adequately.

Mind & Brain, News, Offbeat

So you love religion but hate intolerance? Try Buddhism

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A new study has found that unlike monotheistic religions, buddhism doesn’t promote intolerance – instead, it promotes both selfless behavior and tolerance of people we perceive as unlike ourselves….

News, Offbeat

Oldest Man in Australia is Saving Penguins by Knitting Them Sweaters

An oily penguin gets around in his sweater.
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Alfred “Alfie” Date is Australia’s oldest living person, at 109; he’s also a self-taught expert knitter who is doing his best to help penguins in Australia and New Zealand survive oil spills – by knitting them sweaters. He told 9stories he answered the call of Phillip Island’s Penguin Foundation which asked for knitters from around the world to make tiny woolen sweaters for Little Penguins…

Animals, Feature Post, Offbeat

Thousands of Fish To Be Freed From Abandoned Mall in Thailand [with Photos]

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The Bangkok’s New World Mall is one of the most dystopian places on Earth – initially 11 stories high, now the building can only boast 4, and it has no roof. A population of fish thrived in the post-apocalyptic setting, but now, with the building being set for demolition, the fish are finally going to be set free. An estimated 3,000…

Geology, Offbeat

This fire in Australia has been burning for 6000 years

View of the summit. Image via Wiki Commons.

Some fires are big enough to see from outer space, others burn for a very long time, but from what I could find, this is the oldest continuous fire in the world. Beneath an Australian mountain, a fire has been burning continuously since 4000 BC.

News, Offbeat

Education has no age limit: 90 year old woman goes back to primary school

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It’s never too late to do something you really want to – and this is a great example. A 90 year old woman from Kenya decided to go to primary school. She is believed to be the oldest pupil in the world. Sitting at the front of the class (because seeing can be a bit difficult when you’re 90), Priscilla Sitienei…