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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.


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.


First-ever Blind Barbie offers inclusivity, fun

She will have lots of features to differentiate her from her counterparts


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.


Wild dogs and other curious canines

Mention canines to most people and thoughts of dogs usually come to mind. But did you know that your pet pooch belongs to animals of the family Canidae? More specifically, the subfamily Caninae, which includes dogs, wolves, foxes, jackals, and coyotes. Furthermore, several of these creatures rank among the rarest in the world, endangered species that live in some of the remotest corners of the planet. So if you thought your dog was unique, think again! Intrigued? Click through and learn more about the Canidae family of animals.


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 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.


Victoria Beckham relaxes on her family yacht while husband David poses for a cute snap with daughter Harper as they enjoy a stunning sunset in France

The couple shared a slew of Instagram snaps with their sons Romeo, 21, and Cruz, 19, and daughter Harper, as they enjoyed a beautiful sunset after a romantic dinner at a vineyard.


Unstoppable at the Crease: Women Cricket’s Most Iconic Batswomen

These iconic batswomen have not only redefined batting in women's cricket but have also shattered stereotypes and paved the way for future generations of players. The post Unstoppable at the Crease: Women Cricket’s Most Iconic Batswomen appeared first on Cricket Country.


Ask A Nutrition Professional: What Is The Different Between Sweet Potato And Potato?

Expert opinion from Cassia D Muller Bechelor in Nutrition · 2 years of experience · Brazil Sweet potatoes, in addition to containing more vitamins and fibers, have a lower glycemic index than English potatoes, which causes a difference in how this food is absorbed by the body, making the sweet potato carbohydrate take longer to enter the blood flow...


Unique ways your zodiac sign sabotages romantic relationships

Breaking up is sad. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, the same pattern keeps playing out in our romantic life. Have you ever wondered why that is? Psychology aside, your zodiac sign represents archetypal traits that might dominate your personality. Before pointing the finger at the other person, perhaps it's time to ask yourself: am I the drama? Each sign tends to sabotage relationships in its own unique way. Click on the gallery to discover how each zodiac messes up in the romance department.


Why Lombardy is still one of the most beautiful regions in the world

Since the advent of tourism, this picture-perfect pocket of Europe has been delighting visitors with its medieval towns, fabulous art, and some of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Click through the following gallery for a pictorial journey through this stunning Italian region.


British strawberries under threat with growers at risk of going bust

Four in ten British berry growers are at risk of going out of business by 2026 due to rising costs and squeezed supermarket prices, according to a report.


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.


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.


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?


War between locals and second home owners in beauty spot intensifies

Some 45 per cent of respondents to the survey in the pretty hamlet of Burnham Overy Staithe said they were unhappy with the current mix of housing.


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.


How to improve your attention to detail

The ability to notice tiny details is a great asset. It improves the quality of your work, while saving time and effort. To some people, this skill seems to come naturally—they don't struggle to pay attention to the small details. To other people, usually those who work quickly with the big picture in mind, attention to detail tends to come less easily. Fortunately for those people, attention to detail is a skill that we can train and develop. Check out this gallery to find out how to improve your attention to detail.


Kathy Hilton narrowly escapes model’s path at Sutton Stracke’s fashion show

Kathy Hilton narrowly escapes model’s path at Sutton Stracke’s fashion show - ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star accidentally found herself on the catwalk during co-star Sutton Stracke’s fashion show


20 must-read books by Canadian Indigenous authors

September 30 marks Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Designated as a day of reflection, action, and learning, this statutory holiday aims to commemorate victims and survivors of the Indigenous residential school system. Why not take this opportunity to explore some of Canada’s best Indigenous authors? Check out these 20 must-read books!


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.


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.


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.


I’m Buying My 64-Year-Old Mom the Cleavage-Firming Cream Shoppers Say Is’ Like a Breast Lift’

Another saw a difference in their skin after just one week of use.


5 Beautiful Red Salwar Kameez Designs For Sawan 2024

As the auspicious month of Sawan has started, women, single and married, from all across the country are gearing up for a month full of rituals, ceremonies and fasts. Red and green are the colours of the month. We’ve curated a list of five beautiful red salwar kameez designs for this holy month of Sawan. Keep reading to learn more. Red Salwar Kameez Designs For Sawan Take inspiration from these five gorgeous and versatile red salwar kameez...


The most ambitious zodiac signs: are you one of them?

Many people believe that our personalities, desires, and ambitions are influenced by our zodiac signs. Indeed, each sign has its own approach to success, just as each constellation has its own shape in the night sky. Well, ambition is expressed differently among the signs, with some pursuing success tirelessly while others take a more relaxed approach. This gallery sheds light not only on the signs known for their perseverance, but also on the subtle ways ambition manifests in our personalities. By understanding the cosmos' influence on our earthly pursuits, we can gain a better understanding of ourselves and the aspirations that drive others around us. Without further ado, click on to discover which zodiac signs are the most ambitious.


Cost of Royal family engagements over the last year rose to £4.2m

The royals cut back on engagements last year amid the illness of the King and the Princess of Wales - but the cost of them went up by £300,000, official accounts reveal.


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.


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.


Professional Faqs: How To Cope With Having Dissociative Identity Disorder?

Expert opinion from Israel B Dos Santos Master of Public Health · 1 years of experience · Brazil There are different ways to cope with a dissociative identity disorder. Several key points about coping strategies include: the most effective strategies for you can depend on the specific symptoms you experience; unhealthy coping mechanisms can’t heal ...


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.


Small things you do that reveal a lot about your personality

Personality is unique to each and every one of us. We all have different personality traits, and many of these can be revealed by the way we do things. Yes, the way we roll our toilet paper roll or the way we walk can say a lot about our personalities. In this gallery, we look at some of the things we do that are usually signs of certain personality traits. Click on to find out how they apply to you.


LVMH Growth Slows Amid China Luxury Spending Slump

Luxury grup LVMH saw a slowdown in sales in the last quarter as wealthy shoppers reined in spending on pricey handbags and couture. Organic revenue at the luxury group's fashion and leather goods unit rose 1%, about half the gain expected by analysts. The group saw sales in the region that includes China tumble 14% in the quarter. Bloomberg's Rachel Chang reports.


Fascinating wedding traditions from around the world

There are countless meaningful wedding traditions from around the world that are kept and passed down to the following generations. With traditions symbolizing health, romance, unity, and happiness, these inspiring rituals have wonderful meanings in their cultures. Want to know more? Then click through the following gallery for a world trip in the different ways of saying "I do."


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...


Sara Cox on the joy of telling a good yarn – and why she’ll never write about a zombie invasion

Sara Cox on the joy of telling a good yarn – and why she’ll never write about a zombie invasion - The broadcaster and novelist talks to Lisa Salmon about writing novels, her ‘gorgeous’ horse, and why she stands up throughout her radio shows.


Surprising things you can do with your microwave

The microwave is a staple in most kitchens. Most of us, however, only use it to warm up and maybe defrost foods. But the microwave is a wonderful appliance that can do a lot more than just heating up leftovers. From cooking to cleaning, these microwave hacks will change your life for the better. Click through the gallery and start benefiting from these tips today.


Get the viral Korean tissue bread at this UAE bakery

Our sources say a slice should be paired with a honey butter dip for maximum deliciousness


How Do Bananas Cause An Allergic Reaction? A Review By Nutrition Professionals

Expert opinion from Cate F Keen Bachelor of Health Science (Food & Nutrition) · 2 years of experience · Australia Bananas may cause an allergic reaction due to the enzyme present called chitinase. This enzyme is also present in other fruits such as avocadoes and is very similar to proteins found in other natural substances such as latex. The immune...


Olympics-Tahiti brings chill vibes for surfing's second Olympics

By Lincoln Feast TEAHUPO'O, Tahiti (Reuters) - Tahiti welcomed the Paris Olympics in low-key fashion on Tuesday, with the idyllic French Polynesian island letting its natural beauty and relaxed vibe set the tone for surfing's second Games appearance. Tahiti, some 16,000km from Paris, is hosting the surfing events for the Paris Olympics because it is home to one of the world's greatest waves and


The world's most relaxing retreats are truly off the grid

Switch off your phone, pack your camera and let's explore the world's most envy-inducing retreats.


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.


Ask A Nutrition Professional: How Much Sugar Is In Rum?

Expert opinion from Leticia Soares Postgraduate Degree in Public and Family Health/Bachelor Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics · 5 years of experience · Brazil Rum is made from boiled sugarcane juice, the molasses, through a process of fermentation and distillation. Fermentation will result in the transformation of existing sugars in the juice into ...


Success Story: A Look At Fawry's Journey To Become Egypt's First Unicorn Startup

Fawry's journey to reaching unicorn status was a long one driven with strategic moves and focused vision, up until a landmark moment in 2019 when the company put 36% of its shares on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX).


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 fascinating and strange history of nail polish

Nail polish sometimes seems like just one of the many ways women have adorned themselves for years, as if that were some sort of natural fact. The truth is that the lacquer has a much more interesting history that dates back to ancient times and has morphed along with culture and style through the centuries. To find out more about the weird and wonderful history of nail polish, and to learn some surprising facts about the lacquer as we know it today, click through.


Cradle Cap Warning Signs: What To Look Out For

Overview A condition characterized by crusting and white or yellow scales on a baby’s scalp. This is not contagious, and does not result from poor hygiene. Symptoms If you're experiencing new, severe, or persistent symptoms, contact a health care provider. Most commonly noted symptoms are: Patchy scaling or thick crusts which may also be present on...


How the Sedona Method can change your life for the better

We've all pushed aside emotions at one point or another. Sometimes, it's the appropriate thing to do in the situation. Problems start to happen, however, when this becomes our default coping mechanism. Stress and tension can build up in the body in the form of these repressed, negative emotions. What's needed is a release, and that's what a self-help technique called the Sedona Method claims to provide. Intrigued? Click on to discover the power of releasing negative emotions using the Sedona Method, and change your life for the better!


Professional Faqs: How Does Bipolar Disorder Affect Quality Of Life?

Expert opinion from Soumya Ray MBBS, MS · 5 years of experience · India According to WHO quality of life is an individual's perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live & in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns. It has been found in several studies persons with bipo...