This Artist Illustrates People As Anime Characters And The Result Is Stunning

17 hours 40 minutes ago

Rudi, an Indonesian illustrator, is a very talented artist who transforms regular images into sketches which look like they've just come straight out of a comic book. Rudy reimagines his fan’s photos as various anime-style characters and they're just too cute!


So far the artist has more than 40k combined followers on his Instagram accounts and people seem to love his works. It looks like the artist doesn’t merely draw people – a cat must have wanted to be illustrated as an anime character too (though we wonder how he paid for his commission – perhaps with some fish?).


See Rudi’s amazing illustrations in the gallery below!


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19 Hilarious Photobombing Dogs That Made Our Day

17 hours 41 minutes ago

If you want something to put a smile on your face, then what's better than photobombing dogs?


Here is a weird and wacky list of cute dogs that took photobombing to another level and made our day.


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Reference: Artfido

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New Zealand Aims To Plant One Billion Trees To Fight Climate Change

17 hours 46 minutes ago

New Zealand is getting closer to finalizing its plan to plant one billion trees, according to Stuff.


The country's government allocated an additional $240 million to its project, bringing its total budget to $485 million for the next three years.


If approved, this program would play a key role in New Zealand's efforts to mitigate climate change. The country is considering enacting a zero emissions target by 2050. Planting trees can be incorporated into a cap-and-trade, or emissions trading scheme (ETS), program.


Forestry Minister Shane Jones told Stuff:


"Getting the ETS correct could drive the planting of 340 million trees over the next decade – twice the amount that would be planted if the ETS was left in its current state.”

Trees fight climate change by removing greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. They help to protect landscapes from some of the more extreme consequences of climate change such as flooding and storms as well. That is on top of the plenty other benefits of trees, such as cleaning the air, water, and soil; providing food and shelter; and many more.


New Zealand has put the tree planting initiative in social uplift terms.


Jones, the forestry minister, said the trees will help to rehabilitate degraded environments, help wildlife thrive, and provide approximately one-thousand job opportunities.


Critics of the project criticize the government for being disingenuous regarding where the funds are coming from and have stalled its implementation.


However, the initiative enjoys broad support, and the government is considering public-private partnerships which would provide funding to landowners to start planting trees on their properties.


This kind of all-hands-on-deck approach to environmental rehabilitation is happening in other parts of the world, too.


Newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan in Pakistan announced a plan to plant ten billion trees and India has backed similarly ambitious projects.


Those efforts are undoubtedly good for the environment, but they do not directly tackle climate change, the world’s major environmental challenge.


To do this, countries have to cut greenhouses emissions drastically. Currently, New Zealand has a run-of-the-mill emissions reductions target under the Paris climate agreement. The country is trying to reduce 2005 emissions levels by 30 percent by the year 2030.


The 2050 plan of achieving net zero emissions is even more ambitious and could be a big compliment to a billion new trees.


Reference: Global Citizen

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These Are The Finalists Of The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

17 hours 48 minutes ago

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have recently announced the finalists for 2018, narrowed down to only 41 from over 2000 quality entries. Anyone can enter this competition; the photographers are usually a mix of around 30 percent professional and 70 percent amateur, which makes for a wider variety of animals captured. The message the organizers want to promote addresses wildlife conservation.


The winners of the ranking categories, and the overall winner as well, will be announced at the awards night at Foyles, in Charing Cross, London on November 15th, 2018. An expert panel will select the overall winner; what they search for is a mix of the best technical excellence, along with the most engaging content and caption.


You can vote for your favorite photo in the Affinity Photo People's Choice Award. Voters will be put in the hat to win an Ipad!


More info: Website | Facebook | Born Free | Book | People's Choice Award


Wildlife Photograbear

Roie Galitz


Caught In The Act

MARY MCGOWAN


Rhinopeacock 4

Kallol Mukherjee


Split

Geert Weggen


Happy

Muriel Vekemans


Mother Returned From Her Parents Meeting From School

Valtteri Mulkahainen


Have A Headache

Maureen Toft


The Black Skimmer Gang

Ke Qiang Ruan


Hot Kiss

Sergey Savvi


Drive Safe

Jonathan Irish


Peek A Boo

Shane Keena


Crouching Tiger Peeking Moose

Jamie Bussey


Yoga Bear

Roie Galitz


Cheeky

Robert Adamson


The People Are Back

Patty Bauchman


Bullies

Amy Kennedy


This Is Sparta

Sergey Savvi


Tango

Michael Watts


Astonished Lemur

Jakob Strecker


Flying Hyena

Kevin Rooney


Ashamed

Antonio Medina


Smiling Ele

Anup Deodhar


The Yawn

Danielle D'Ermo


Dancing Deer

Bartek Olszewski


The Singing Moose

Mary Hone


Spy

Muntazeri Abdi


A Farewell

Qiusheng Hu


Coastal Brown Bear Cub With A Headache

Danielle D'Ermo


Perfect Pillow

Denise Dupras


Martian Tango

Sergey Savvi


Dances With Bears

Luca Venturi


I Guess The Honeymoon Is Over

Christopher Schlaf


Should Have Gone To Specsavers

Michael Lane


Least Tern Chick

Sarah E Devlin


So There

Barney Koszalka


Smiling Blue Shark

Tanya Houppermans


Rabbit Hiding Face In Embarrassment

Daniel Friend


Walrus Breath

Jackie Downey


Guffaw

Amy Kennedy


Order

Achim Sterna


Yoga Bear

Roie Galitz

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Surprising Infographic Lists The Estimated Chances Of Dying In Various Scenarios

1 day 16 hours ago

We are all going to die one day, and most of us try our best to put it in the back of our mind and try not to think about it too much. Some folks can’t help themselves, though, and worry about the danger of all kinds of activities.


Somebody has helpfully compiled an infographic for these people, listing the estimated possibilities of death in various scenarios, such as motorbike racing or obesity. Some of them offer a truly unusual perspective, for instance, skydiving and bungee-jumping are much safer than you would think, particularly when compared to something apparently more innocent, such as canoeing.


Best Health Degrees presented the data that collated its statistics from the US National Centre for Health Statistics’ database. The results are always changing, of course, with new technologies contributing mainly to a safer world, but the overall results undoubtedly put the risks that we choose to take into context. Have a look:
























































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20 Shocking Pictures Prove That Our World Has Already Turned Into A Dystopia

1 day 16 hours ago

What comes to your mind when you think of a dystopian universe? Is it surrealist landscapes or does it look more like the real world of 'The Handmaidens Tale?' According to the late British academic and cultural theorist Mark Fisher, we're already living in a dystopia, which is both terrifying and boring.


Fisher coined the term 'boring dystopia' in 2015. It refers to the subliminal coercion which abounds in a capitalist society. It's so subtle, in fact, that if you're not looking, you might not realize it's happening. Charlie Booker's Black Mirror is the closest depiction of this theory, with all episodes questioning how far has become too far when it comes to evolving technology.


Nevertheless, for real-life examples of that theory look no further than the sub-Reddit titled 'A Boring Dystopia,' dedicated to sharing images which are disturbingly unassuming. Scroll down below to view the Orwellian thread of signs!


Photo source: ABoringDystopia


Peak Bureaucracy (Happened In Toronto)

How To Advertise To Millennials

You Must Be Noteworthy To Take A Selfie At This Spot

Drink Soda To Help Fight Diabetes

The Only Way To Live

Look At All That Freedom

Healthcare Described In One Picture

You Get 3 Minutes

"Anti-Homeless" Bench

"How Can We Decorate Our Lobby To Look Refined While Still Being Utterly Devoid Of Character?"

Boring Dystopia

Quick Reminder That We Have Been At War For 17 Years. Sure, People Are Sent To Fight And Die Each Day, But It Is Just Old News, Right?

Kurt Cobain Wasn't Diagnosed With A Mental Illness And Leave A Suicide Note For It To Be Turned Into A Fashion Trend

American Airlines Announces Pay Raises For Pilots And Flight Attendants, And Investors Balk

Mass Shootings Are Now So Common That President Trump Just Copies-And-Pastes His Condolences

Trump's Official Survey Doesn't Include Any Negative Response Options

Teaching Kids To Read Via Logos

Boring Dystopia

Liquidation Sale

Plastic, As God Made It
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20 Genius Jokes Only Greek Mythology Lovers Will Understand

1 day 16 hours ago

Many schools teach Greek Mythology as it provides the foundation for most of western culture, introducing concepts of good and evil, identifying human virtues, and providing the framework for much of the literature we grew up with.


As well as all of this, they're just some damn good stories with interesting badass characters. Are you familiar with any of them? Whether you've read the myths or not, you're sure to understand some or all of these killer jokes by Buzzfeed! From Medusa to Apollo, Zeus, Midas, and Achilles, all the gang is represented below:



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Wikipedia Took The Initiative To Build A Digital Archive of Priceless Artifacts, Lost In The Brazil Museum Fire

1 day 16 hours ago

Jonas de Carvalho via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 2.0)


On September 2, 2018, a fire destroyed Brazil’s Museu Nacional (National Museum) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tragically, approximately 20 million irreplaceable artifacts went up in smoke, with only very few—if any at all—backed up by digital copies. Wikipedia has recently launched a campaign to crowdsource photographs of the museum before the blaze and compile them into a digital archive, in an attempt to preserve this priceless permanent collection.


The oldest fossilized human remains discovered in the Americas, a colorful collection of moth specimens and a 3,000-year-old Egyptian coffin are only some of the objects Wikipedia hopes to immortalize in its virtual collection. To build the most comprehensive archive possible, the website is asking people to send in any photo—even selfies—that they've got of the Museu Nacional.


As Wikipedia wrote on Twitter: “There were over 20 million objects inside the #MuseuNacional. Did you take a photo of any of them? Help us preserve the memories of as many as we can and add them to @wikicommons.”


This tweet is followed by a helpful infographic which details how to submit these priceless images:



Wikipedia


While there's no way to resurrect the 200-year-old museum, Wikipedia wishes that this project will provide future generations with a glimpse into these tragically lost treasures. The growing collection of user-submitted photos can be accessed through Wikimedia Commons.



(Photo: Lets Vamoose LLC via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0)



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References: Mymodernmet, Open Culture

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Spectacular Transformations By 23-Year-Old Cosplayer Who Can Transform Herself Into Literally Anyone

1 day 16 hours ago

Unique Sora (aka Jasmine) is an extremely talented cosplayer who can literally transform into anyone she picks.


As she says about herself, she is a queer black/PoC cosplayer. She has been recently annoyed with people who reposted her pictures without asking and, what is more, they edited and lightened her skin.


While we silently judge these people, let's admire the talent they are so desperately jealous of. From Missandei of Game Of Thrones to Domino of Deadpool 2 to Kida From Atlantis: The Lost Empire, there is no character Unique Sora can't turn into. Scroll down to check out her unbelievable transformations and feel free to support her with a cup of coffee.


More info: Instagram | Twitter




Domino From Deadpool 2

Nani From Lilo & Stitch

Esmeralda From The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame

Manda Panda From Dream Daddy

Princess 'Kida' Kidagakash From Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Storm From X-Men

Spinelli From Recess: School's Out

Missandei From Game Of Thrones

Chel From The Road To El Dorado

Chloe Frazer From Uncharted

Roxanne From A Goofy Movie

Black Rose From .hack

Reggie Rocket From Rocket Power

Marceline The Vampire Queen From Adventure Time

Yoruichi From Bleach

Princess Jasmine From Aladdin

Urd From Oh My Goddess

Chel From The Road To El Dorado

Lance From Voltron

Kuki From Kids Next Door

Uraraka From Boku No Hero
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Artist Repairs Broken Wooden Furniture By Using Modern Translucent Materials

3 days 2 hours ago

Visual artist Tatiane Freitas 'fixes' broken wooden furniture by replacing all the missing pieces with translucent acrylic as a part of her ongoing series called My Old New Chair.


Her designs restore functionality to the chairs while acknowledging the history of each piece and looking pretty darn amazing at the same time.


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Scientific Study Warns That Our Planet Requires Immediate Action

3 days 2 hours ago

The planet is struggling. Study after study, scientists warn that we have pushed far beyond the physical boundaries of what the living world can sustain.


From rapidly increasing temperature extremes leading to disastrous weather - such as record-breaking droughts and unprecedented fires - to ecosystem collapses and plastic choked oceans, it is painfully clear something massive has got to be changed. And still, most governments are waiting for all of it to make economic sense before they finally take action.


In light of that, a background document for the UN's draft Global Sustainable Development Report 2019 says that we seriously need to make drastic changes to our economic systems.


As the researchers wrote in the document: "The economic models which inform political decision-making in rich countries almost completely disregard the energetic and material dimensions of the economy."


"Economies have used up the capacity of planetary ecosystems to handle the waste generated by energy and material use."


This means that perhaps it's time to accept we cannot somehow maintain endless economic growth on a finite world.


The UN report is overseen by a team of independent scientists from various disciplines around the globe.


This document for the chapter of the report named Transformation: The Economy, has been written by scientists from environmental fields, like ecosystem scientist Jussi Eronen from the University of Helsinki, as well as business economic, and philosophy researchers, like economist Paavo Järvensivu from Finland's independent BIOS research unit.


Not only we've reached the point where using our water, land, and atmosphere as a large-scale "landfill" is no longer viable, the document is warning that our current economic systems are bringing about critically expanding gaps between the rich people and poor around the world.


This is causing a rise in unemployment, and debt that is all contributing to destabilizing our societies.


In fact, data demonstrates continuing to pursue economic growth in wealthy nations does not continue to improve wellbeing, as ecological economist Dan O'Neill explained for The Conversation.


Yet, the notion of changing our economic system to fit within the physical limits of our reality is viewed as highly controversial and is not something many policymakers will discuss.


Meanwhile, we are failing to meet the Paris agreement to hold temperatures within two degrees Celsius of warming above pre-industrial times.


Each indication from scientists is that we only have two options: either make widespread drastic yet controlled changes to the method by which we live or continue as we are, blundering towards disaster.


It isn't the first time humans have had to rally and find unique solutions to extraordinary scientific challenges. UN's document points out that the US Apollo program succeeded only because the government had set a clear mission and then discovered ways to achieve the funding and research required.


They did not wait for market-based mechanisms to make the Moon landing happen. Journalist Naomi Klein, who is the author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate, states "we humans are capable of organizing ourselves into all kinds of different social orders, including societies with much longer time horizons and far more respect for natural life-support systems."


Nobody is suggesting we revert to technology-less societies. The idea instead is to learn from various ways of living that have proven track records of longevity. From there, we can discover new and better ways forward with the help of our advanced technologies.


Klein thinks that we need to see this need to transition our economies as a chance to shape them for the better, an opportunity for us to create both a fairer and more sustainable world.


Järvensivu and colleagues also point out that to transition societies in time to prevent hurtling ourselves beyond the critical two degrees Celsius threshold of warming, it'll take an emergency scale response.


That echoes warnings from other scientists: "Incremental linear changes … are not enough to stabilize the biosphere. Widespread, rapid and huge fundamental transformations will likely be required to significantly reduce the risk of crossing the threshold."


As discussed by one the top Harvard atmospheric scientist James Anderson, such a response could look like a World War II type of transformation of industry, just on steroids.


Meanwhile, experts around the globe are exploring alternative ways in which we can set up our economic systems, like Doughnut Economics, Post Growth Economics, Steady State Economy, and Prosperity without Growth - and Järvensivu and colleagues have asked forward-thinking leaders on Earth to start testing possible transitional strategies, as a universal job guarantee.


According to Science Alert, these suggestions are pretty daunting. However, if we humans have proven anything with our time on the planet so far, it is that we can achieve unbelievable things when we work together.

Katerina Pap

Here Is What Wearing Only Black Clothes Indicates About Your Personality

3 days 2 hours ago

The color black is considered to be a color of power. When it comes to clothing, wearing only black often signals a desire to be in power.


Whether that is by creating safe distance, trying to shield their heart and feelings, or requiring people to respect you – dressing in black can often send a subconscious message to other people and to yourself.


Different colors stimulate several different sensations in your brain, and also, the way you respond to some colors says a lot about yourself.


People who prefer wearing black clothes are frequently perceived by others as successful, strong, taking care of themselves and their looks, and maybe slightly neurotic.


They're highly emotional, but they don’t wear their feelings on their sleeve. In that way, they're trying to protect themselves and their emotions because emotional stability is very significant to them.


Moreover, those who wear all black are quickly overwhelmed, and this is why they might be struggling with lack of focus and anxiety. So, by choosing to only dress in black, you develop a sense of “having it together” inside you.


However, what is interesting is that people who wear black clothes, particularly women, want to be more than they are.


They also want other people to perceive them as classy and “collected” individuals. They do not want to bring much attention to themselves by wearing colorful clothes.


Experts in color psychology state that the color black shows power and prestige. People who wear black take themselves very seriously. They're very ambitious, and they expect others to respect them.


They are extremely driven, but also sensitive. The color black is the color people wear when they want to impress someone. People who wear black are often seen as reliable and trustworthy individuals. They are the kind of people to whom you would undoubtedly hand over all your savings and even thank them for offering you the chance.


The color black is also perceived as the most attractive color. It speaks of self-sufficiency, self-assurance, and extreme confidence.


Who else wears black and only black?

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British Astronomer Donates £2.3M Prize Winnings To Minorities So That They Can Become Scientists

3 days 2 hours ago

One of Britain’s top astronomers — who happens to be a woman — has just won £2.3 million for a significant science prize.


And she is giving it all away again.


On September 6th, 2018, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell was announced as the Breakthrough Prize's winner, for the discovery of what is known now as radio pulsars.


She stated that she was "speechless" and "taken aback."


But instead of keeping the winnings for herself, she is using them to help fund women, ethnic minorities, as well as refugee students — to help them become physics researchers.


As she told BBC News, she didn't need the money herself, so that seemed the best use she could put it to.


This is not the first award for the discovery of radio pulsars — a kind of neutron star which gives out a beam of radiation — has received either.


This discovery was also awarded the Nobel prize for physics in 1974. However, the award went to Bell Burnell’s male collaborators.


That is despite the fact she was the first to observe and analyze the pulsars, as reported by the BBC.


Bell Burnell was a research student at Cambridge University when the pulsars were discovered over 50 years ago. She noticed them while trawling through data from a radio telescope she had helped to build.


However, she now contributes her success to the fact she was a minority — and what is described as “imposter syndrome.”


British astrophysicist overlooked by Nobels wins £2.3m award for pulsar work.

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell @OxfordSparks will donate the money to help students underrepresented in physics https://t.co/lAdT3H6bxB#WomenInSTEM#STEM pic.twitter.com/NzlGHSxfAP

— Stemettes 💙 ★ # + (@Stemettes) September 6, 2018

Because she didn’t feel that she belonged and doubted that her achievements were good enough, Bell Burnell was working “really careful, really thoroughly,” which is why she spotted the “very, very small signal.”


She hopes that the new funding, as a result of her winnings, will help to tackle the “unconscious bias” that she says is still present in physics research jobs.


Just when the world is getting you down, you get to hear today's news about Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell. A great scientist. A great human being. pic.twitter.com/fwaAgiQbC4

— Philip Ardagh (@PhilipArdagh) September 6, 2018

Reference: Global Citizen, BBC, The Guardian

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Stunning Footage Of Meteor Crashing Down To Earth

3 days 17 hours ago

The present is a fun time to live in. It's extremely contradictory. On the one hand, we're sending aircraft into space; we're analyzing all of the rocks which are drifting into the universe while on the other there are entire civilizations who live in poverty and struggle for their next meal. We're reaching for the stars, and we still don’t know even half of all the deep blue waters of the oceans hold. It seems in many ways as though it has been ages since humans have been on this planet, but in reality, our existence could be measured in hours compared to the original age of Earth. It looks as though even the grandest of inventions aren't that grand compared to the universe's complex functioning, and these facts can get extremely scary and exciting too.


If there's one thing to be totally sure about, it’s that we can't predict the future. Just imagine all of those futuristic books we read about as children. They were usually set in the new millennium, approximately around the time we live in today. They were talking about hovering cars or trips to the Sun, life with a million gadgets or intergalactic friendships. However, the reality is much less glamorous. Perhaps our imagination will need to work a tad bit longer because we are so far off track as a civilization. It may take us another millennium to get there. But we are working on it.


The following video is an example of our progress. A meteor was captured crashing down to Earth close to a farm in South Africa. The CCTV cameras captured the fiery ball while it sliced through the sky and crashed behind the trees. Meteors, also called meteorites, are created when little lumps of shake and trash in space fall through a planet's air. Gigantic protest passing Earth 'meandering in interstellar space for ages'. They leave a bright trail as the grinding of the air warms them. If they hit the ground, they turn into a shooting star.


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35 Heartwarming Sketches Depict The Magical Feeling Of Being Crazy In Love

3 days 17 hours ago

Art is a language we can all relate to. The same applies to love. A Japanese artist decided to speak both in the languages of love and art. Through beautiful illustrations, Haruna Hiraizumi shared the incredible feeling of love between two partners.


The following illustrations vibe the words love, care, intimacy, and the importance of every moment with your lover. It is something that most of us crave for and relate to. Enjoy!


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20 Adorable Comics Depict Cute, Funny Habits Of Animals

3 days 17 hours ago

Liz Climo is an artist and animator who likes drawing adorable animal comics. These sweet illustrations feature a regular cast of characters, such as a lovable dog, a carefree sloth, an enthusiastic snake, and a well-meaning shark. In every comic, Climo imagines how these adorable creatures would handle human situations, such as an awkward dinner date or a prickly case of the Mondays.


Her comics have earned her ample success, leading to a line of goodies perfect for art and animal lovers. Quirky calendars, cute greeting cards, delightful books (such as Lobster Is the Best Medicine) are only some of the gifts which have been graced by her wildly popular comics. You can find these products on Amazon.


For a regularly updated selection of comics, take a look at her whimsical website, called The Little World of Liz Climo.


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Artist Has Been Photographing Rats For Years To Make The World Love Their Image

3 days 17 hours ago

Diane Ozdamar has been taking photos of pet rats for years aiming to break the negative image which is often associated with these animals.


Here are some of these images, both of her rats and of her friends’ rats and, as you might see, they're far from being dirty nasty little creatures. They are instead highly intelligent social beings which love interacting with one another and their favorite humans. They're very friendly, smart, playful, love cuddles and are very clean: several rat owners compare them to tiny dogs.


She made all the little accessories herself (except for the small black hat) so these would not constrain the rats: they managed to remove them very easily, though they did not bother most of the time since they were quite cool and relaxed. According to the artist, no animals were harmed during the capturing of these photos, the ladybug was also alive and flew away soon after the photo shoot.


If you ever decide to adopt pet rats, you should consider contacting your local pet shelter since there are lots of rats waiting for a forever home. You should also adopt at least two rats of the same sex; rats absolutely need to have a friend from their own species.






































































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There Is A 'Positive Update' On The Great Barrier Reef According To A New Report

3 days 17 hours ago

JC Photo/Shutterstock


After decades of damning reports, bleak photos, and depressing headlines, a new report claims to have a “positive update” on the GBR - the Great Barrier Reef.


The Reef & Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC) is a non-profit organization that has recently published a report for the Queensland State Government. The report claims parts of the GBR are showing signs of recovery from years of bleaching.


However, don’t crack out the champagne yet, as the future of the largest coral reef in the world(or any coral reef, for that matter) still isn't looking rosy. At all.


Although scientists and policymakers have been working really hard to support the reefs, the recent development is mainly thanks to a milder 2017-18 summer. The weather has let parts of the reef regain some health after the disastrous bleaching events of 2016 and 2017. However, all it takes is another bad reason and it is back to square one.


Saxon Reef, for instance, suffered some form of bleaching on 47.1% of its live coral cover during the 2016 event, according to Sheriden Morris, RRRC Managing Director. Luckily, much of the bleached coral recovered, but "this recovery is always going to be contingent on environmental conditions", he said in a statement, warning about the continuation of global warming.


Coral have a mutually beneficial relationship with microalgae which live in their tissues. The corals provide protection and extra surface area, the photosynthetic algae provide the “food.” If the algae become stressed by pollution, disease, or temperatures, then the algae leave the coral. Along with losing their vibrant rich coloring, the corals will lose a significant energy source, becoming weak and susceptible to disease. Luckily, corals do have an important capacity to bounce back from this damage.


The GBR is much more than a beautiful sight. Stretching for more than 2,300 km (1,430 miles) down the coastline of Queensland in northeast Australia, it's the largest coral reef system in the world by some margin. Coral reefs, in general, contain approximately a third of the Earth's known marine biodiversity, such as giant turtles and teeny seahorses.



A section of bleached coral. Richard Whitcombe/Shutterstock


For Queensland, it is also a great source of tourism.

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New 117-Day Cruise Will Take Passenger To 30 Countries Around The Whole World

5 days ago

Regent Seven Seas


If your passport is perhaps a little light on stamps, there is no shortage of incredible destinations, such as affordable private islands and over-the-top train trips, to fill it up. One standout travel experience is a new journey around the world guaranteed to knock out most, if not every single thing, of your bucket list in just one fell swoop.


The extra-special trip is the newest cruise from Regent Seven Seas Cruises. It spans 117 days (only under four months) aboard the luxurious Seven Seas Mariner ship and will travel to 6 continents with stops in 30 countries.



Regent Seven Seas


The 700-passenger luxury vessel is made for long-haul expeditions. It's the first all-suite and all-balcony ship of its kind. Actually, some of the balconies are bigger than a standard cruise ship stateroom.


Inside, it boasts a Canyon Ranch Spa, fitness center and jogging track, and a pool. As for dining, the ship offers a wide range of restaurants and cocktail lounges. There's also a theater and casino to fill time between ports.



Regent Seven Seas


The cruise ship is astounding, but the real appeal is the stunning itinerary. The cruise departs from Miami on January 5, 2021, and will harbor at 60+ ports en route to its final destination in Barcelona, Spain.


Highlights on the route include traveling through the Panama Canal as well as the Suez Canal and stops at Australia, New Zealand, Bora Bora, Bali, Easter Island (Chile)Thailand, Oman, Dubai, Dubai, Italy, Greece, and many more breathtaking destinations.



Regent Seven Seas Cruises


Passengers will get to see 56 different UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Some ports include overnight stays on land, and they all feature plenty of tour choices to soak up the sights off the ship.


The fares start at $61,999. This all-inclusive price works out to approximately $530 per night, while early bookings get a discount of up to $26,000 per suite. The fare includes first-class airfare to Miami, as well as transportation to the ship with luggage services and business-class airfare back from Barcelona.



Flickr | bovinum


While onboard, the perks of this cruise only get better. There's unlimited onboard medical services, dry cleaning and pressing services. Dining at any of the restaurants or lounges is included, as also are drinks, and the in-suite mini-bar is replenished every day. Best of all is the unlimited shore excursions, subject to availability, which guests can book at no extra cost.



Flickr | Bert Kaufmann


Always desired to take your dream vacation? There is still time to save up money for this trip of a lifetime!


Reference: Simplemost

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All Pet Owners Must Read This Confession That Reveals What Pets Do Right Before Death

5 days ago

There is one thought, one picture every pet owner is always running away from. Saying the last goodbye to their trusted companion. It is inevitable, yet we act like we can merely put it away. Until we can’t anymore and it creeps up on us, unprepared. However, we should.


Pet lover Jessi Dietrich from Jacksonville, Illinois, asked her vet what the most challenging part of his job was, and what he revealed about putting down pets immediately broke her. Jessi soon tweeted the unexpected answer which went viral, generating more than 140,000 likes and almost 42,000 retweets.


“I just have one pet of my own. His name is Rick, he’s a black and white cat and is about two and a half years old,” Jessi said. “Although he only weighs about five pounds, he has the biggest personality to make up for what he may lack in size.”


“I took him to the vet because about a year and a half ago he nearly died from a UTI blockage. My vet had to perform an emergency surgery which one of the risks of which was an increased risk for infection for the rest of his life if the surgery was successful,” she added.


“The surgery went wonderfully, but since then he gets at least one or two infections a month (the vet said he is not in pain from them). So we’re regulars at our current vet to treat these chronic infections in short.”


Rick’s almost deathly experience made Jessi very aware that one day will come when she'll have to say goodbye to her furry little treasure.


Scroll down to understand why so many pet owners are going about the whole thing the wrong way. You might end up crying!


P.S. Jessi also wants to add that her intention of tweeting that was only to share what a veterinarian said and not to guilt people into staying nor making others feel bad for not waiting for their previous pets. She only wanted to share her experiences to raise awareness to them.



iStock / skynesher








Hillcrest Veterinary Hospital has also shared a post written by a vet, where he encourages people not to abandon their pets when they need them the most







People were heartbroken:















Several replies were from actual vets, too:






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