Artist buries gold on British beach: A great number of people have gone to Folkestone beach in the South East of England to dig for gold after a German artist announced he’s buried 30 bars worth £10,000. The initiative is part of a local art festival.
29 August 2014
Buried beneath the golden sands of Folkestone are 30 tiny pieces of not silver, but gold. It’s part of a project by the German artist Michael Sailstorfer, who buried the treasure by hand and there’s no map.
There are two sizes – one worth around £250 and the other around £500 – and it’s finders keepers for anyone lucky enough to unearth one.
Beachcombers with metal detectors are out in force. But the artist has also buried metal washers to try to level the playing field.
It’s thought some gold may already have been found, but there’s plenty left in this art installation. It’s called Folkestone Digs and it’s certainly living up to its name.
Talking turtles: Scientists in Brazil have recorded river turtles apparently talking to each other underwater. They make different noises depending on what they’re doing and whether they’re with adults or young turtles. Researchers from The Wildlife Conservation Society believe that the turtles might use sound to exchange information.
18 August 2014
This muffled creak is what researchers heard repeatedly when they listened to giant South American river turtles swimming together. It could help explain how the animals coordinate their behaviour so well in the nesting season, when females gather in large groups at beaches before laying their eggs.
The researchers used microphones above and below the water to record the turtles at different stages in the season. And when the newly hatched turtles and adults were together in the river, scientists heard a different sound.
This, they think, is parents guiding newly hatched babies on their first migration. The researchers also say that their study shows how vulnerable turtles could be to man-made noise disturbing this quiet but seemingly vital chatter.
Ebola experimental treatment: Two US aid workers who caught Ebola in Liberia appear to be getting better after receiving an experimental drug, officials have said. The World Health Organization (WHO) is now considering whether to make such treatments more widely available.
11 August 2014
No one really knows if the drug given to two American aid workers really helped or whether now, back in the US, they are improving simply because they’re getting the best medical care money can buy.
The World Health Organisation’s discussions on whether to support further use of the experimental drug will be difficult.
Deciding against risks the accusation that a potentially life-saving treatment is available only to aid workers from wealthy countries.
Deciding in favour might, if the drug were to have major side effects, lead to charges the world’s top public health body approved harmful medical experiments on some of the world’s poorest people.
Researchers explain goalkeepers’ mistake: Goalkeepers facing penalty shootouts make a predictable mistake that could influence the outcome, say researchers. Psychologists who analysed World Cups and European championships over 36 years found that after three kicks in the same direction, the keepers were more likely to throw themselves the opposite way. The research has been published in the journal Current Biology.
1 August 2014
If a tossed coin comes up ‘heads’, ten times in a row, is it more or less likely to show ‘tails‘ on the next throw?
If you think it must be tails, you are falling for the gambler’s fallacy, the idea that sequences of results are connected. And you’re not alone.
Some of the world’s top goalkeepers are prone to making the same mistake.
Researchers from University College London analysed videos of penalty shootouts at every World Cup since 1976. They found that after three kicks in a row towards the same side of the goal, on the next shot the goalkeeper dived for the opposite side 69% of the time.
This small but statistically significant pattern could be enough to win shootouts. But so far the goalkeepers have been lucky. Penalty takers are under such pressure to score, they’ve failed to notice and take advantage of the flaw.
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