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Researchers discover seaweed that tastes like bacon and is twice as healthy as kale

Researchers discover seaweed that tastes like bacon and is twice as healthy as kale
Om nom nom. Flickr Researchers at Oregon State have patented a new strain of seaweed that tastes like bacon when it's cooked. The seaweed, a form of red marine algae, looks like translucent red lettuce. It also has twice the nutritional value of kale and grows very quickly. Did we mention it tastes like bacon? According to Oregon State researcher Chris Langdon, his team started growing the new strain while trying to find a good food source for edible sea snails, or abalone, a very popular food in many parts of Asia. The strain is a new type of red algae that normally grows along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines. But Langdon realized he had his hands on something with a lot more potential when his colleague Chuck Toombs visited his office and caught a glimpse of the growing seaweed. Toombs said he thought the bacon-seaweed had "the potential for...
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Tunisia beach attack: British families to sue TUI

Tunisia beach attack: British families to sue TUI
Media caption Survivor Allen Pembroke went back to the beach Relatives of the British victims of the Tunisia terror attack will sue tour operator TUI, a lawyer representing many of the families has said. The announcement was made after a coroner ruled the victims were "unlawfully killed" by a gunman at a hotel in Sousse in June 2015. Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith rejected a finding of neglect against the tour firms and the hotel. The 38 dead included 30 Britons. TUI has denied gross failure. Judge Loraine-Smith ruled the Tunisian police response was "at best shambolic and at worst cowardly". On 26 June 2015, a gunman opened fire on holidaymakers staying in the popular resort of Port El Kantaoui, just north of Sousse in Tunisia, killing 30 British tourists and eight others. So-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the attack by Tunisian student Seifeddine Rezgui. "The simple but tragic...
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Michel Bourez Joins Kelly Slater in Réunion Island Shark Cull Debate

Michel Bourez Joins Kelly Slater in Réunion Island Shark Cull Debate
Michel Bourez came to Kelly’s defense. A few days ago, a 26-year-old bodyboarder named Alexandre Naussance  was killed by a shark on Réunion Island. It happened in an area where authorities had banned water activities and was the twentieth incident involving sharks since 2011. Eight of them were fatal. Somewhat surprisingly, Kelly Slater weighed in on Instagram, calling for a cull . He was quickly hit by a shit storm of epic proportions, which he is currently still weathering.  Michel Bourez, though, just threw his hat in the ring, and he’s in Kelly’s corner. “What would you do if going into the sea just 2 metres from shore put your life in danger?” Bourez wrote on Facebook. “Nobody wants to kill sharks, they are in their element. But right now, the situation is getting out of control. Bull shark populations are out of their natural balance and still rising. Bull sharks don’t attack...
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Surfer loses two limbs in shark attack after being warned not to go into water

Surfer loses two limbs in shark attack after being warned not to go into water
A 10-foot bull shark was said to be responsible for the attack on a 21-year-old surfer on Reunion Island. Photo: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons A 6-foot hole in the anti-shark safety nets guarding the beach at Boucan Canot on Reunion Island prompted officials to raise the red flag Saturday, but that didn’t stop a dozen or so surfers from entering the water. “That same morning the nets were inspected a 2-meter hole was found, so they closed the beach,” South African surfer Davy Stolk told Zigzag , a surfing magazine in South Africa. “But the swell was big so the guys still hit the water while the waves were breaking over the nets.” Officials were obviously worried about a possible shark attack, and those worst fears were realized when a 21-year-old student from nearby Etang Sale was bitten twice by a 10-foot bull shark, according to Surfing Life and local...
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Shark Attack Number 19 and All is Not Well on Reunion Island

Shark Attack Number 19 and All is Not Well on Reunion Island
There are many things that don't sit right about the shark attack in Reunion Island on August 27. Firstly, right there – evening? It’s not the ideal time to go surfing anywhere in the world where there is a trace of shark activity. “I have no idea why the guys were out after five,” said South African transplant and Reunion Island surfshop owner Davey Stolk, adding “I’d never be out at that time. It is such a terrible thing. There has not been an attack on the island for one year and one month, and everyone honestly thought that we were on the road to a better place.” The surfer, 21-year-old Laurent Chardard, was on holiday from his studies from France, and not a local surfer. He was just visiting. The situation was complicated in that there are two beaches in Reunion that now have nets, are monitored, and are...
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