Scientists have found a clever new way of measuring ocean warming, using sound waves from undersea earthquakes
Seismologists at the California Institute of Technology used the speeds of sounds to detect ocean warming. “Seismic thermometry,” the term the researchers use to describe the new method.
Sound waves move through the water due to the vibration of water molecules, but it is easier for them to vibrate at higher temperatures, so those waves travel faster in water when it is warmer.
The method is quite effective; it can be used in less studied and hard-to-reach areas of the ocean, as in the future, it would allow measuring water temperature across greater distances.
Wagner Festival to have woman principal conductor for first time
Ukrainian Oksana Lyniv will make history at next year’s world-renowned Bayreuth Festival of classical music, becoming the first woman to occupy the pit.
Festival director Katharina Wagner, who is the great-granddaughter of the composer, aounced Oksana will open the Bavaria festival’s 2021 season and conduct a production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman.
“No words, what I feel, it is very exciting and responsible at the same time! Such invitation is a great honor for me – my debut as the very first female-conductor in the 145-years-history of Wagner opera festival,” Lyniv said.
The organizers kept the name of the conductor a secret to the last, as the appointment is one of the main opera intrigues of the year.
Copenhagen celebrates the first month of The Happiness Museum
The museum was opened at the end of August in the capital of Denmark. It was founded by the Institute for the Study of Happiness. In this place, people can experience happiness from different perspectives and can become a little bit wiser around some of the questions related to happiness.
Meik Wiking, the co-founder of the museum, gives tours to visitors on how people from different culture define happiness, shows how the concept of happiness has changed over time, how it’s meaning changes in different regions of the world and why some countries are more happy than others.
Meik Wiking said that the motto of museum: “We might be Danish or Mexican or American or Chinese, but we are first and foremost people. It’s the same things that drive happiness no matter where we’re from.”
In addition, visitors can expect an interactive experience here and to be called upon to contribute by writing their definition of happiness on a post-it note. For example, a trust experiment “somebody lost their wallet” – museum staff periodically put a wallet with money on the floor, and each time it is returned to the check-in counter with all the items inside. They want to show that trust in citizens is the main factor of global happiness.
This week, artifacts of happiness have been donated by people around the world to the museum in Copenhagen. These artifacts of happiness should help visitors understand what happiness looks like around the world.
In Australia, tickets for a “flight to nowhere” sold out in just 10 minutes
Australian airline Qantas has launched a sightseeing flight for those who want to travel.
The flights, due to take place on October 10, are a seven-hour flyover. The flights depart and land at the same airport. Tickets were priced $575 to $2765. They went on sale on September 21 and sold out within 10 minutes.
“It’s probably the fastest selling flight in Qantas history,” the career’s representative said. “People clearly miss travel and the experience of flying. If the demand is there, we’ll definitely look at doing more of these scenic flights while we all wait for borders to open.”
The flight is a sightseeing trip around the nation. It will include low level flybys of unique Australian destinations, so that passengers can enjoy the view and take a photo.
The airline promises that those who buy tickets for the flight will get a unique scenic experience of an aerial look at one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia – the Great Barrier Reef.
Most fears of people in 2020
In 2020, people of the world fear climate change, corruption, poverty and conflicts the most. Such fears of people were given in the “UN75: The Future We Want, The UN We Need” research.
According to the poll, 49% of respondents believe that the global environmental situation on the planet will get worse in the future, while 41% of respondents expect worse corruption situation in the future. Meanwhile, about 90% of respondents believe that international cooperation is vital to deal with today’s challenges, including pandemic.
The immediate short-term priority of most respondents everywhere is improved access to basic services: healthcare, safe water and sanitation, and education. 72% out of almost 300,000 respondents believe that the access to healthcare will be the same or get better in the future.
As a long-term priority, the most respondents said they believe that access to education and women’s rights will improve.