This Is What An Ecological Disaster Looks Like…And It’s The Worst Thing Ever

When we hear about a far-reaching and devastating ecological disaster, it’s no surprise that most of us would assume it happened in China. While these types of catastrophes take place all over the world with startling regularity, they seem to occur in the Asian country far more often.

This time around though, something unbelievable happened much closer to home than we’re used to — just off the Space Coast of Florida, a resident caught this on camera…

Redditor SPAZZEH lives in the area and on a recent trip down to the coast, they snapped these pictures of a massive fish and wildlife die off.

The Space Coast is where NASA conducts many of its space launches, however that’s not necessarily the cause.

According to SPAZZEH, the area has been dealing with a massive algae bloom that has suffocated many of the fish by pulling all the oxygen out of the water.

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But sadly, that’s not the only problem, says SPAZZEH. There are several big polluters in the area dumping septic waste, chemical waste, and excess fertilizer into the water.

The effects of these different compounds when mixed together are poorly understood. It’s proving to be a challenge for local scientists who are hoping to devise a cleanup solution.

Then again, a solution might not do much at this point. According to SPAZZEH, local politicians seem more or less apathetic to what’s happening in their waters.

Looking out over the bay, it doesn’t take a pile of dead fish to tell you that something isn’t right here.

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That is horribly heartbreaking. If the dumping and excessive pollution continues like this, just imagine how those once-beautiful waters will look in five years. I honestly, don’t even want to think about it.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/florida-disaster/

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This Is What A Cheeseburger Looks Like In Space

I’ll stick to the regular earth kind, thanks.

1. Astronaut Terry Virts has tweeted out a picture of a space-cheeseburger.

2. Just. Look. At. It.

3. It makes sense that the normal ingredients are replaced with their space-paste versions, but why is it in a tortilla?

Zero gravity makes assembling a sandwich difficult, and the crumbs from regular bread are dangerous if they get stuck in airvents or sensitive equipment. That’s why Tortillas have replaced bread in space since 1980.

4. Sadly, that means this gif is lying to you.

5. And that this cat sits on a throne of lies.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jobarrow/space-burger

9 Scientific Hacks To Help You Get Over Jet Lag

Make the most of your trip by beating jet lag once and for all.

If you’ve ever travelled more than a few timezones in a few hours, you’ll know that jet lag is terrible.

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Waking up in the middle of the night and feeling sleepy and hungry at the wrong times can be all sorts of annoying when all you want to do is explore a new city, or have to be on top form during a work trip.

It happens because your body’s internal clock gets all out of sync.

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Every cell in your body has its own circadian clock, and they’re all regulated by a central one called the suprachiasmatic nucleus in the hypothalamus region of your brain. When you skip time zones, it sends these little clocks out of whack.

The good news is external signals help regulate your internal clock, and you can use that to your advantage.

Your hypothalamus judges what time it is by the signals your body sends it, which is mostly based on light, but also when you eat.

Here are some things you can do to help your body adjust and get over jet lag as quickly as possible.

1. Start to shift your body clock before you go anywhere.

Professor Richard Wiseman, author of Night School (Macmillan, 2014), recommends making use of the days before you travel.

There’s some evidence that starting to get up earlier in the few days before traveling east can alleviate some of the horrible fuzziness jet lag brings. A study of 28 people in the Journal of Biological Rhythms found that bringing sleep forward an hour a day for three days and exposing participants to bright light in the morning meant they could advance their sleep pattern without losing out on alertness.

If you’re going west instead of east, you need to delay your sleep pattern, to try sleeping in an hour later per day for the three days before you travel.

2. Adjust your watch as soon as you get on the plane.

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And try to do whatever you would at that time. “If it is time to sleep, get your head down. If it is dinner time, eat something,” writes Wiseman.

3. If you need to sleep on the plane, avoid sitting on the sunny side.

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It’s going to be hard to convince yourself to sleep if you have bright daylight streaming in through the window next to you. You can use the website Sun Flight to check where the sun will be during your flight to book the best seat.

4. Know whether to seek out or avoid light when you get to your destination.

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As a general rule, if you’ve travelled east you’ll need to avoid morning light but make the most of it in the afternoon, says Wiseman. If you’ve travelled west, try to expose yourself to light throughout the day.

If you want to get really detailed, the University of Michigan has created an app called Entrain that can take your normal sleep schedule and travel schedule and tell you exactly when you seek out bright light and when to avoid it.

5. Use sunglasses to control your light exposure.

In a New York Times article, Steven Lockley from NASA’s fatigue management team, recommends wearing sunglasses during a flight if you need to sleep, and at the airport once you arrive if you need to.

For example, on an overnight flight from New York to London, Lockley says you should wear sunglasses for the entire flight and until 11am local time, to help yourself adjust. Don’t seek out bright light right away, because your body thinks it’s the middle of the night and you’ll just exhaust yourself.

6. If you really need to nap when you get there, make sure you time it right.

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Between 1 to 2pm in your new timezone is the best time for this, Wiseman told BuzzFeed.

7. Melatonin supplements could help you control your sleeping patterns.

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Melatonin is a hormone that regulates your body’s sleep and wake cycles. “Research suggests that daily doses of melatonin can help alleviate jet lag, and that short-term usage seems to have few negative side effects,” writes Wiseman. A Cochrane review of the evidence found that melatonin is “remarkably effective” at preventing or reducing jet lag.

Obviously, though, you should consult your doctor before taking any medication.

8. If your trip is short, it might not be worth trying to adjust at all.

“Adjusting to a new local time takes about half a day per time zone if you are flying east to west, and two-thirds of a day per time zone if you are flying west to east,” writes Wiseman.

If your trip is only a few days anyway, you’ll just be getting on local time as you leave to go back home – and have to do it all over again.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/kellyoakes/why-jet-lag-is-so-terrible-and-what-you-can-do-about-it