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Why the news about "cocaine sharks" is even worse than you think

It is well known that our environment is in danger. It's perhaps less acknowledged that every species, even if it seems menacing, is important to maintaining the balance of our ecosystem. If our ecosystem is not balanced, it's only a matter of time before the negative effects are felt in the form of resource shortages, mass extinctions, and further global warming. A very important animal in the ocean ecosystem is the shark. For a long time, humans have feared sharks and have been convinced that they are a danger. While they may pose an immediate threat if you are swimming near them with a cut leg, sharks don't actually attack that many humans. On the contrary: humans kill millions of sharks every year, accidentally and intentionally. Recently, the human impact on the endangered shark population reached a new low. Scientists captured 13 sharpnose sharks from the Brazilian coastline off Rio de Janeiro and found that they all had high levels of cocaine in their bodies. The findings were published in the journal Science of the Total Environment and explained that they all tested positive for the recreational drug, which had likely entered the water via the city's sewage system. They theorized that it could have come from illegal cocaine farms, the untreated bodily waste of cocaine users, or even bales of the drug abandoned in the ocean by smugglers. It's the first time cocaine has been detected in free-roaming sharks, and scientists are concerned about the impact it will have on their health and behavior. It's concerning to think of sharks becoming more unpredictable and aggressive, which are the side effects noted in some humans who take the drug. "Cocaine targets the brain, and hyperactive and erratic behaviour has been noted in other animals. It's a possibility and further studies are required," said Enrico Mendes Saggioro, an ecotoxicologist from the Oswaldo Cruz Institute. Ecologists have long warned of the dangers of industrial pollution and overfishing, but drug pollution is an entirely new threat to reckon with. The repercussions of our actions will lead not only to the eventual extinction of sharks, but also to the destruction of many water ecosystems. To understand why sharks are so crucial to our world, and how we can help their survival, click through this gallery.


30 cute family moments from the animal kingdom

There’s a unique bond that develops between a parent and his or her babies, even in the mammal world. And catching those moments of quiet cuddling (or playing!) is almost always awe-inducing. Here are 30 such sentimental shots.


A parent's guide to raising emotionally intelligent children

Whether you have one child or multiple, teaching them about emotional intelligence is crucial. This life-changing skill will not only benefit you as a parent, but the child will have a happier, healthier, and often more successful life. If this is your first time hearing emotional intelligence or EQ, fret not, for you're in the right place. This parent's guide will lay out the basics of what emotional intelligence is, why it is important, tips to help teach your kids EQ, and so much more! Curious how you can be the best for your child and help them along the way? Click through now.


Sawan 2024: Why Wearing Green Bangles Is Considered Auspicious During Shravan Month? Know Significance And Benefits

Sawan 2024: The colour green holds great significance during the month of Sawan, considered a highly auspicious and beneficial time to incorporate green into one's attire, such as wearing green sarees and Kurtis. This practice symbolizes a connection with nature, as green is the colour of the natural world during this month. As the fifth month in the Hindu calendar, Sawan marks the beginning of the festive season, which culminates at the end of...


Things every home in the '70s had that you rarely see today

Feeling nostalgic about the '70s? Well, it's time for a reminder of how we used to live back then. From floral patterned furniture to record players and colored Pyrex dishes, there were certain items most modern homes had at the time. But whether good, bad, or just plain tacky, homes in the 1970s were certainly unique! And if you didn't live it, then you should definitely take a look at how it was. So, if you want to step inside the time machine, click through this gallery of 30 things homes in the '70s had that you rarely see today.


Famous people who died with major secrets

Celebrities are often in the spotlight, but some still manage to keep secrets throughout their lives. It's surprising how certain stars were able to conceal facts that only came to light after their passing. This gallery reveals a range of stories, from heartbreaking tales of abuse to heartwarming accounts of stars who were extremely generous. Curious? Click through to discover the secrets these stars took to their graves.


Important life lessons that kids can teach adults

We normally think of kids as being less knowledgeable than adults. There are many things they haven't experienced, and lots of things that adults have picked up along the way. Adults aren't the only knowledgeable ones, however: kids also know lots of things that adults would do well to remember. Check out this gallery for some important life lessons that kids can teach adults.


How to teach kids the importance of dental health

One of the most difficult tasks parents have is getting their kids to appreciate good oral hygiene. Unfortunately, children, and even some adults, don’t see the value in protecting their teeth from cavities. However, teaching your little ones the importance of proper dental hygiene can set them on a lifelong journey to a beautiful and healthy smile. Plus, good oral hygiene helps prevent future dental problems like caries and gum diseases. To establish good dental habits for kids, you need a great dental routine that is also fun. To get your kids brushing and flossing their teeth, click on the following gallery.


Why a Chennai man threw necklace worth Rs500,000 in the garbage

And what happened when a woman misplaced her diamond ring at the airport?


10 common dreams and what they may mean

Have you ever woken up in a cold sweat because of a nightmare? Or spent the morning in a funny mood after a bizarre dream the night before? Understandably, most of us tend not to dwell too long on our dreams—despite centuries of study it is still not fully understood why we even dream at all. Yet with the average person having between three and five dreams per night, psychologists and neurobiologists have a number of theories to offer about why we dream and what our dreams may mean. Check out this gallery to explore some of the most common dreams and gain insight into their possible meanings.


Things we should stop pressuring ourselves (and each other) about

We live in a world largely made up by the minds of mere humans, most of whom have long passed, and yet their rules and (largely unachievable) standards remain in this rapidly changing world. Everyone knows how it feels to be pressured throughout their lives, starting from a very young age, and with or without knowing it we eventually start to put that pressure on ourselves, and then even on others—just because it’s all we know. But it’s high time we start reimagining what a happy, healthy life can look like. Click through to see the things we should stop pressuring ourselves and others to do.


Cracking facts about macadamia nuts

The macadamia is one of the world's most popular nuts. Native to Australia, these nuts were originally cultivated by First Nations peoples both as a food source and for other uses. Today, this versatile and nutritious nut is grown and harvested in countries as diverse as South Africa, Guatemala, and the United States. The culture and natural history of indigenous Australians and the special connection they maintain with this extraordinary fruit. Ready to go nuts and learn more? Click through for some cracking facts about macadamia nuts.


Earliest Sunday roast? Neanderthals roasted small birds for dinner

There's nothing quite as comforting as sitting down for a Sunday roast. And it turns out the practice might have been going on for tens of thousands of years.


Understanding the different stages of relationships

Although most of us are well aware that our romantic relationship will change over time with our partners, beyond knowing that the honeymoon phase is encapsulated by physical desire and overwhelming infatuation with the other person that eventually settles down, we feel more in the dark regarding what comes afterward. Therefore, it is extremely valuable for every person who wants their relationship to last to understand these stages of a relationship, so as to know what to expect. When we know what to expect, we can make informed decisions and understand our own emotions and the emotions of our significant other better. To learn about how relationships tend to evolve and change, click through this gallery.


Gajanana Sankashti Chaturthi 2024: Date, Time, Shubh Muhurat, Significance And Rituals Of This Day

Gajanana Sankashti Chaturthi 2024 Date: Gajanana Sankashti Chaturthi, also known as Sakat Chauth, is a significant day in the Hindu calendar, dedicated to the worship of Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles. Observed every month on the 4th day of Krishna Paksha, each Sankashti Chaturthi has its own distinct name and importance. This sacred day holds great importance for devotees of Lord Ganesha, who come together to honour and seek his...


Your Love and Relationship Horoscope for July 24th, 2024

These sun signs are likely to witness these changes in love today. Find daily astrological predictions for all sun signs for July 24. We recommend reading the horoscopes for your rising sign.Read: Your Daily Chinese HoroscopeAries Love HoroscopeToday, you can invest in the best of bot


Everything you've always wanted to know about Buddhism

The practice of Buddhism dates back to the 6th century BCE. The religion originated in India and is currently practiced in several countries, with special emphasis on Eastern societies. It is estimated that Buddhism has around 500 million followers scattered around the world and is regarded as the fifth largest religion on the planet. Japan, China, Tibet and Thailand are the places where the largest number of practitioners of this religion is concentrated. Click on the gallery and discover amazing facts about Buddhism!


Wanted - vegetarians only! One bedroom apartment where NO meat allowed

The flat, on Kenton Lane, London is being advertised for £1,450 per month but potential renters must have a meat-free diet.


Victoria Beckham takes a swipe at husband David as she cheekily calls him out for making her look 'ginger' in a loved-up vineyard snap

The couple enjoyed a romantic meal together at a stunning vineyard in France on Tuesday.


How to be more spontaneous

From going to work, to coming home, to watching TV for hours, life can sometimes become very repetitive and filled with routine. But even if routine and planning are important, there are many benefits to introducing some more spontaneity into your life. Indeed, it's time to let go of fear and become more spontaneous! Curious as to how to have more spur-of-the-moment adventures? Then click through this gallery.


Roman mythology: important gods and goddesses everyone should know

The ancient Romans were followers of paganism, a religion with a variety of different gods and goddesses. Each played an important role in different aspects of their everyday lives. The Roman Empire was primarily a polytheistic civilization, which meant that people recognized and worshiped multiple deities. The Romans adopted a lot of the Greek gods into their own religion, combining them with the older Etruscan gods that the Romans worshiped before. However, as the years went by and with the emergence of Christianity, their polytheistic religion started to slowly decline, eventually disappearing completely. Curious to learn more about the important gods and goddesses of Ancient Rome? Then check out this gallery.


The Block's Adrian Portelli slammed for letting his baby son suck on an extremely rare $130K dinosaur fossil: 'That's a rare piece of history, treat it with respect'

The Block bidder Adrian Portelli recently raised eyebrows after revealing he had purchased a Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil.


How to promote civility and respect around you

Without even noticing, we can all be uncivil. This can sometimes entail an overlooked email, a missed meeting, or even a forgotten acknowledgment. While these mishaps can seem innocent, when repeated they can translate to a lack of respect for others. And this can be problematic. Everyone wants to be treated with kindness and respect, and by demonstrating civility you'll do just that. To learn more about the importance of civility and how to promote it, click on the following gallery.


These star signs don't take things lying down

As much as we would like to live in peace and harmony all the time, the reality is that conflict is a part of life. We can feel a huge amount of love and admiration for someone, but that doesn't mean we will always agree with them. And when it comes to handling conflict, each sign of the zodiac has a slightly different approach. Well, understanding your own approach and the approach of those close to you can help resolve issues more efficiently. Curious? Check out this gallery to find out more.


Health Benefits of Red Bananas

Medically reviewed by Lindsey DeSoto, RD Medically reviewed by Lindsey DeSoto, RD Bananas (Musa spp.) are popular fruits native to tropical areas like Southeast Asia and Australia. There are over 1,000 varieties of bananas, including red bananas, with reddish-purple skin and sweet-tasting flesh high in vitamins, minerals, and protective plant compo...


Ways that adults can release their inner child

With the responsibilities that adult life brings, it can be difficult to be present and even more challenging to release our inner child. But there are some activities we can do beyond attending parties and festivals to reconnect with our playful, creative, and fun inner child. Click through this gallery to discover what adults can do to reconnect with their inner child, to live a happier and more wholesome life.


The unique power of ritual

Rituals have been around since as long as humanity can recall, in their many forms and guises. Given their association with religion, we often think of rituals as a way to live out our beliefs and nothing more. However, scientists are now beginning to think that performing rituals can produce anti-anxiety effects that could have a wide application in our everyday lives. Check out this gallery to learn about the surprising power of ritual.


The best advice for anyone who lives alone

Living alone for the first time can seem daunting. Whether you're in your twenties and move into your own apartment for the first time, or it's a little later in life and you're venturing out for the first time without a partner, it can take some getting used to. There are practical concerns, safety concerns, and the challenge of simply being alone with yourself. Here are some of the best tips for anyone who lives alone. Whether you're worried about serial killers or how to zip up the back of your dress with no one there to help, we've got you covered! Click through the gallery to get started.


Baby skin care: tips for your newborn

If you're a new parent and are just getting settled into a new routine with your baby, keeping your little one warm and fed is your main priority. However, caring for your baby's skin is also important, and there are particular ways to look after it until it has time to mature. Should you have concerns about your newborn's skin, it's best to speak to your healthcare provider. But if you're looking for starter tips on how best to look after your bundle of joy, click through this gallery today.


Terri Irwin shares an adorable baby picture of her daughter Bindi in sweet post marking her 26th birthday

The conservationist, 60, took to Instagram to share a sweet gallery of pictures of herself and Bindi over the years alongside a loving tribute to her daughter.


Katie Holmes shows off her fresh-faced complexion while rocking a nose ring in cute selfies with her cat... after THOSE black eye shots

Katie Holmes looked radiant in a series of makeup-free snaps she shared to social media on Tuesday, a day after she was seen stepping out with a bruised eye.


How your zodiac sign influences your personality traits

How does astrology affect your personality? It's a big question! Each of the twelve signs represents an archetype, but the sign's element, and also what's referred to as its "modality"—i.e., how it shows up in the world—contribute to certain dominant traits. There is an overlap between many signs, which might be why you feel you vibe with them the best, or perhaps you complement each other's differences. Click on the gallery to discover how your zodiac sign influences your personality.


Intriguing objects famous figures were buried with

The fear of leaving everything we know behind is one of the most daunting aspects of death. This rings true even for famous stars who have left an immense impact on the world. In addition to their personal stories, these stars have also left behind a captivating mythology about themselves. While some stars have chosen to be buried with items that symbolize their lives, others have surprised us with unexpected additions to their coffins. There is a distinction between famous last words and famous last wishes. Some express their desire to take specific keepsakes with them on their journey to the afterlife. Click through to discover who have been buried with the most unusual mementos.


These are the best fine-dining restaurants in Riyadh

Visit these fine-dining restaurants when you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to treat yourself… Riyadh has a plethora of worthy destinations when you want a great meal. But if you’re looking for something extra special, Riyadh’s fine dining restaurants offer the kind of atmosphere, service and cuisine that take dining out to the […]


The ultimate guide to starting your own podcast

Have you always dreamed of having a way to share your thoughts and ideas with a larger audience? Perhaps you’ve seen influencers online interviewing guests and sharing their inspirational words of wisdom with the world and thought to yourself, “I could do this.” Well, now is your chance to turn your hopes and desires into reality! Starting a podcast is not only a fun and exciting venture to undertake but, with the right guidance and support, it can also be quite easy. The popularity of podcasts has steadily risen worldwide as people crave more information than ever before, and in a world where, fortunately, accessibility to resources is improving each day. So, curious to start your own podcast, but unsure where or how to start? This guide will take you from beginning to end and list all the steps along the way. Click through to learn more about how to start your own podcast today!


A Celeb Just Walked the Red Carpet in These Comfy, Travel Editor-loved Sneakers — and They’re Under $100

The Cariuma Oca Lows are fabulous everywhere — from the red carpet to airports to city sightseeing.


Sephora fans are raving about this game changing hair oil

A 'game changing' new hair oil is being praised by beauty enthusiasts wanting to prevent blonde locks from turning yellow or orange.


The best pet for you according to your personality and lifestyle

Looking for a pet, a dog perhaps or a cat? What about a rabbit or a hamster? Maybe it's a fish you're after, or some kind of bird. Acquiring a pet is one thing, but have you ever wondered whether or not you're actually compatible with animals? Believe it or not, it's possible to pick the perfect pet based on your personality and lifestyle. And it's important to choose the right buddy, because they can have a huge impact on your physical and mental health. So, what character traits do you possess, and do they complement those of your chosen pet? Click through and pair yourself with your next companion.


Wild moment angry shopkeeper confronted teens with a huge knife

Lin Ge, the shopkeeper at Friendly Grocer in Newport north of Brisbane, claims she has been hit by thieves on several occasions and took matters into her own hands.


You’re turning into your mother—here’s proof

The changes are subtle, taking place over the years, but one day you wake up and realize you’re slowly turning into your mother. Here are 20 signs that, as you get older, you’re becoming just like your mom.


Eye-popping facts about eyeglasses

Glasses serve various purposes for people. Some utilize them as a correction device for their eyesight, while others wear them to safeguard their delicate peepers. And of course there are individuals who sport glasses solely for aesthetic reasons. And while all these reasons are valid, how much do you really know about eyewear? Sure, they enhance vision, But did you know for example, that the use of wearable eyewear dates back to 13th-century Italy? For more intriguing specs about eyewear, click and focus on the gallery.


Easy bathroom storage hacks that will make your life easier

Cracking under the clutter in a busy bathroom? Make use of each inch of space with these bathroom storage hacks.


20 times animals made the news… for a funny reason!

Squirrels on skis, food-stealing birds, and grumpy cats—animals provide us with endless hours of entertainment, companionship, and the occasional laugh. And while newsfeeds fill with tales of scandal, corruption, and crime, a sliver of humour can work wonders for the brain and mental health. Whether it was for their looks or antics, click through for 20 times animals made the world laugh.


The dark truth behind your childhood memories

We often mistake children’s media as content that has been specially made with great care for young viewers. The truth, however, is that most of our childhood memories are based on strange adaptations, dark secrets, and disturbing jokes made by often unstable adults. If you want to know more, and if you're ready for it, click through this gallery to learn facts that will completely change how you see your childhood.


Your favorite curries—in order of heat!

Curry is a variety of exotic dishes originating in the Indian subcontinent. Mouthwatering in their flavors and appealing to the eye, curries are some of the most popular dishes in the world. And there are dozens of different varieties out there. So, would you know a mild, creamy curry from a fiery, tongue-tingling curry? Browse the galley and prepare your palate for a spicy look at what's hot, and what's... not so hot.


Influential art movements of the 20th century

In the kaleidoscopic canvas of 20th-century art, each brushstroke told a story of rebellion, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of expression. Entire movements exploded into existence so that ideals could be brought to life in every possible way. A century of artistry saw the rise of abstract creation, performance, and the shattering of creative boundaries. Intrigued? Click through this gallery to see which art movements rose to prominence in the 20th century.


How to grow food in the city

Quite a lot of people living in the big city rely on farmers near and far to bring produce to their dinner tables. After all, it’s efficient and doesn’t require a lot of effort. But have you ever considered what might happen if the food chain suddenly collapsed? Can we look after ourselves? Food shortages are a very real possibility, and urban dwellers must be able to fend for themselves. Intrigued? Click through the following gallery to see how you can grow crops between the concrete!


Learn the truth about the love hormone

For a long time, it was thought that oxytocin (otherwise known as the '"love hormone") directly brought about feelings of empathy, trust, and happiness in human beings. Recent research shows, however, that this may be an oversimplification of the way oxytocin works, and that it actually has a clarifying effect on existing emotions. This may have implications, among other things, for the way in which oxytocin is used to treat patients with autism. Intrigued? Check out this gallery to learn all about oxytocin.


Kanwar Yatra 2024: Significance And Benefits Of This Divine Yatra During Sawan To Please Lord Shiva

The Kanwar Yatra is a revered and iconic pilgrimage in India, undertaken by millions of devotees during the sacred month of Sawan. This labour of love involves carrying sacred Ganga water in a kanwar, a small bamboo pole, on their shoulders, symbolising unwavering devotion, unshakeable faith, and a deep quest for spiritual growth. Steeped in Hindu tradition, the Kanwar Yatra embodies the essence of spiritual seeking and holds immense cultural...


Weird pizza toppings from around the world

Pizza is one of the most beloved dishes worldwide, becoming a staple in countless countries with endless variations to suit every palate. Originally, it was made with just tomato sauce and garlic on a bread base. Today, however, the flavor combinations range from classic and delicious to adventurous and downright strange. From mango pizza in the Philippines to reindeer meat in Finland, this gallery takes you on a whistle-stop tour of some of the world's strangest pizza toppings. Click now to discover.