Scientists suggest staring down seagulls to protect your snacks

first_img 20 Photos Tags Share your voice This seagull tried to snatch my shrimp in Illinois. Amanda Kooser/CNET A pleasant meal beside a scenic body of water can quickly turn into an Alfred Hitchcock movie if you’re not careful. Seagulls are notorious for strolling right up to people and stealing their lunches. But the good news is you might be able to battle this avian crime wave with a simple tool: your eyes.Researchers at the University of Exeter in the UK wanted to know if staring at seagulls might dissuade them from abducting your dinner, so they headed to coastal towns in Cornwall.The team put a bag of chips (that’s fries for us US folks) on the ground and monitored how long it took the gulls to approach the food. “On average, gulls took 21 seconds longer to approach the food with a human staring at them,” the university said in a release on Tuesday.The researchers initially tried to test 74 herring gulls, but most of them weren’t interested in sticking around or stealing food, so only 19 gulls were usable for the study. 1 Comment Watch a leviathan of a shark nibble on a sub’s speargun Oh snap! Weird ocean worms make a racket when they rumble Cool critters “Gulls are often seen as aggressive and willing to take food from humans, so it was interesting to find that most wouldn’t even come near during our tests,” said Madeleine Goumas, lead author of the study Herring gulls respond to human gaze direction, published in the journal Biology Letters.The researchers found that individual gulls behaved very differently from each other. Goumas suggested “a couple of very bold gulls might ruin the reputation of the rest.”The study had a small sample size, so your gull-staring mileage may vary. It’s worth a shot, though. If you want to protect your food and still enjoy your time at the seaside, then it may just be a matter of playing stare down with the local birds. A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in amber Sci-Techlast_img read more

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2019-09-10

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BSE closes points 7116 down on Dec 10

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 10 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed points 71.16 down to stand at 21249.80. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 31.05 points down to stand at 6,322.85. Hindustan Zinc and Oberoi Realty were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.03% and 5.21% along with Indian Hotels Company Ltd. and MRF Ltd with an increase of 5.05% and 4.54% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include NTPC and Torrent Power Ltd. with a decrease of 11.26% and 4.83% along with Adani Power Ltd. and Jaypee Infratech Ltd. with a decrease of 4.43% and 4.40% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 11.03 points at 12,455.14, while the banking sector is down 244.17 points at 13,510.63 and the realty sector is down 20.76 points at 1,380.42. The Indian currency is down 0.04% at Rs 61.16 per dollar.last_img read more

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2019-09-05

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When India Africa jazz up the Swiss with music

first_imgNuanced rhythms of India and Africa power the sounds of Swiss jazz giant Malcolm Braff’s contemporary compositions that address the musical concerns of the world rather than the niche musical stage of traditional jazz that grew out of America.Braff, described as one of Switzerland’s best contemporary jazz pianist, was in India with his band, the Malcolm Braff Trio, at the International Jazz Festival in the capital presented by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He played a fusion recital with bassist Reggie Washington and percussionist Stephane Galland from a repertoire of new European arrangements with global sounds.‘I came to India for the first time in 2005 with French-Swiss contemporary jazz maestro Erik Truffaz as a trumpet player. He was touring India. In every city that we visited, we invited local classical musicians to join us,’ Braff said. The local collaborations led to fusion performances, most of which were impromtu. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIt was the beginning of the 42-year-old musician’s engagement with Indian music. ‘While we were playing in Kolkata, we met an upcoming musician duo – Indrani and Apurva Mukherjee – and played their songs with them,’ Braff recalled.The concert later matured into a project when the band returned to Kolkata after two years in 2007 and spent a month rehearsing with them. ‘We created an album of western jazz improvisations with Indian classical music,’ he said. It was not really fusion as the way people understood fusion here, Braff said.‘We were trying to merge two traditions so that they could retain their identities,’ the musician said. The album was special to Braff because ‘there was no bass’.Indian tabla and African rhythms – especially the influences of Abdullah Ibrahim’s Africa and Zulu gospel – creep into Braff’s compositions in subtle ways.‘I am inspired by what I perceived as a child travelling around the world. I was born in Brazil and moved to Africa at the age of two. I spent my childhood in Cape Verde and Senegal,’ he said. Braff says he cannot pretend to be bringing ‘African rhythm directly in my music, but it comes in unconsciously’.Jazz has, over the years, evolved into distinct genres to become ‘Indian, American and European. I don’t really know Indian jazz really well, but I think about musicians applying jazz attitude to their music to express differently and improvise’.last_img read more

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2019-08-31

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The Surprising Airport With the Fastest Cell Service

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 19, 2017 If you’re traveling in the United States, don’t expect to have great cell service. A recent study by Speedtest revealed the major airports with the best and worst cell service across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Central America. The verdict? There’s only one city in the states where travelers can expect fast service.Of the surveyed 30 airports, Detroit’s airport takes third place with fastest cell service across the continent — the only U.S. airport making it to the top five. And while Detroit is the U.S. leader when it comes to airport cell service, airports throughout Canada rule the charts.Related: Here Are the Airports With the Best and Worst Wi-FiVancouver comes in first place with the fastest cellular speed at a North American airport. However, if you’re looking to take advantage of the fast network, it’s important to note that you may only be able to download items through your cell data. Speedtest also researched and compared downloading and uploading speeds via cellular data and recorded them in megabits per second (Mbps). The firm discovered downloading to be far faster than uploading. In fact, Vancouver’s average download speed (59.84 Mbps) is more than twice as fast as its uploading capabilities (24.6 Mbps).The case is the same for the airport with the second fastest cellular service — Toronto also offers travelers incredible downloading speeds through cell service (56.63 Mbps), but slower speeds when it comes to uploading (19.08 Mbps).Related: 10 Ways to Travel the World Without Breaking the BankAfter Detroit, the next U.S. airport on the list is San Francisco International Airport, coming in at number six. Although, compared to airports such as Vancouver and Toronto, there’s a major drop in average downloading and uploading speeds. On average, San Francisco’s downloading speed scores a 30.80 — 29.04 Mbps slower than Vancouver’s.Here are the top five airports with the best cellular service.Vancouver (YVR)Toronto (YYZ)Detroit (DTW)Calgary (YYC)Montreal (YUL) Register Now »center_img 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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2019-08-30

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