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Heatwaves 'cook' Great Barrier Reef corals

Heatwaves 'cook' Great Barrier Reef corals

Science
Prolonged ocean warming events, known as marine heatwaves, take a significant toll on the complex ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef.This is according to a new study on the impacts of the 2016 marine heatwave, published in Nature.In surveying the 3,863 individual reefs that make up the system off Australia's north-east coast, scientists found that 29% of communities were affected.In some cases up to 90% of coral died, in a process known as bleaching.This occurs when the stress of elevated temperatures causes a breakdown of the coral's symbiotic relationship with its algae, which provide the coral with energy to survive, and give the reef its distinctive colours. Certain coral species are more susceptible to this heat-induced stress, and the 2016 marine heatwave saw the death of many tabul...
New scanning technique reveals secrets behind great paintings

New scanning technique reveals secrets behind great paintings

Science
Researchers in the US have used a new scanning technique to discover a painting underneath one of Pablo Picasso's great works of art, the Crouching Woman (La Misereuse Accroupie). Underneath the oil painting is a landscape of Barcelona which, it turns out, Picasso used as the basis of his masterpiece.The new x-ray fluorescence system is cheaper than alternative art scanning systems - and it is portable, making it available to any gallery that wants it. Details were revealed at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement for Science in Austin, Texas.The Crouching Woman is a painting from Picasso's blue period. Media playback is unsupported on your deviceWhat is remarkable is that the landscape painting beneath - probably by a student artist - is turned 90 degrees. Th...
'English rose with great boobs' Victoria Clay exposed in full-frontal Kim K-style shoot?

'English rose with great boobs' Victoria Clay exposed in full-frontal Kim K-style shoot?

Entertainment
FLYNET/SPLASHNEWSLATEX LOVING: Victoria shot to fame on Britain's Next Top Model in 2017The gorgeous model first got a taste for the spotlight when she appeared on the 11th cycle of Britain's Next Top Model in 2017 alongside transgender model Talulah-Eve.Victoria was the third beauty to leave the competition, which was eventually won by Olivia Wardell, but not taking home the crown hasn't appeared to hinder her modelling credentials one bit.The striking redhead – who boasts 22,100 followers on Victoria Clay's Instagram – has continued to carve out a modelling career for herself and recently finished up a hair colour campaign.But it's her flair for revealing ensembles that has really put her on the map.Victoria, 23, has declared herself to be an "English rose with good boobs" and doesn't mi
3 Metabolism Experts Weigh in on the Great Breakfast Debate

3 Metabolism Experts Weigh in on the Great Breakfast Debate

Health
If there’s a discussion that we have often at Cooking Light, it’s about whether breakfast is really so important. Readers constantly ask: Will skipping breakfast cause me to gain weight? How exactly does breakfast help me stay healthy?And there’s so much conflicting research that it's hard to keep track. Some studies show that the meal jump-starts your metabolism, promoting weight loss. Others suggest it doesn't make much difference whether you skip it or not. Still others find skipping breakfast may help you lose weight.So to set the record straight—or at least get the most up-to-date info, we reached out to a team of professionals who agreed to provide some much-needed clarity.These experts have read the research, have helped plenty of clients get healthy, and know how to eat well and st
Global models offer new insights into Great Lakes mercury pollution

Global models offer new insights into Great Lakes mercury pollution

Science
Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community living on Michigan's Upper Peninsula have a fairly simple question: when is it safe to eat the fish they catch?To help fish-eaters better estimate their risk of exposure, researchers at Michigan Technological University have developed a model designed to measure the impact of local mitigation efforts, socioeconomic pressures, ecological systems, climate change, land use and other variables on local levels of mercury.Mercury is an atmosphere-surface exchangeable pollutant, a group of invisible, tasteless contaminants that move efficiently throughout the natural environment."We're taking phenomena that act on a global scale and predicting what they will do," Judith Perlinger, professor of environmental engineering at Michigan Tech...