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New mercury threat to oceans from climate change

<b>Rising temperatures could boost mercury levels in fish by up to seven times the current rates, say Swedish researchers.</b><p>They've discovered a new way in which warming increases levels of the toxin in sea creatures.<p>In experiments, they found that extra rainfall drives up the amount of organic material …

Barcelona marches to curb negative effects of tourism boom

Community groups join forces to protest over soaring level of rents fuelled by a big rise in visitor numbers<p>Behind banners reading “Barcelona is not for sale” and “We will not be driven out”, some 2,000 people staged an “occupation” of the Rambla, the city’s famed boulevard, on Saturday.<p>The protest …

Female Samurai Warriors Immortalized in 19th Century Japanese Photos

Most of my generation’s exposure to Japanese culture came heavily mediated by anime and samurai films. One cultural artifact that stands out for me …

A sleep doctor says 4 types of animals represent how people sleep — and these are the ideal daily routines for each

When it comes to health and productivity, it's not just about what you do — eating right, exercising, and working hard — it's also about <i>when</i> you do it.<p>Chronobiology is the study of internal clocks, how they differ among people, and how you can adjust your daily schedule to suit your unique …

5 apps to help anyone better manage their mental health

For those instances where a cat being surprised by a cucumber doesn't cut it or you can't get your hands on <i>The Little Book of Calm</i>, the inventions of …

Mental Health

Why You Can’t Stop Waking Up in the Middle of the Night

Prolonged restlessness can have a profound effect on your body.<p>Everyone wakes up a little during the night as your brain moves through its sleep cycles; usually you just roll over and don't remember it at all. But sometimes you completely wake up and are left staring down the numbers on the clock, …

Abandoned Warehouse Reclaimed by the Sprawling Roots and Branches of a Banyan Tree

For the past 70 years, nature has been gradually reclaiming an abandoned warehouse in the Taiwanese city of Tainan. Overgrown with a massive, sprawling banyan tree that has swallowed the walls and roof of the building, the eerily beautiful Anping Tree House is an example of the pervasive power of …

Satan's fall from heaven retold as an animation for David Gilmour's Rattle That Lock music video

<b>Music:</b> hand-drawn imagery depicts stormy and celestial scenes in Alasdair + Jock's intricate animation for David Gilmour's Rattle That Lock (+ movie).<p>…

15 of the coolest pieces of environmentalist street art you’ll ever see

STREET ARTISTS, MORE THAN ANY OTHER type of artists, have to be aware of the environment where their art is made. Most of them use physical features …

Airplane noise affects perception of taste, boosting umami, dulling sweets

If tomato juice tastes particularly delicious when you fly, while chocolate loses a bit of its magic, it might be your ears exerting a little influence over your taste buds.<p>A new study finds airplane noise can affect your perception of taste, enhancing some flavors while dulling others.<p>“To me, this …