Martin's Beach: surfer-friendly

A judge granted the County of San Mateo District Attorney's motion to dismiss the trespassing charges filed against five surfers accessing Martin's Beach, in California.


In October 2012, the surfers entered Martin's Beach Road - the access road to the beach - on foot when the property manager informed them they were trespassing.

Upon exiting the water, Jonathan Bremer, David Pringle, Austin Murison, Tyler Schmid and Kyle Foley were issued a citation from a San Mateo County Sheriff.

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Great White Shark: deadly and rare

The population of great white sharks is considered to be dangerously low and near extinction.


Environment authorities have issued a statement saying that there is sufficient scientific information proving that the number of great white sharks is very low, off the coast of California.

The US wildlife officials believe there is a risk of extinction, as an estimated total of only 338 great white sharks is living in the waters of the west coast.

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Wrinkled fingers: hot bath effects

Three scientists from the Newcastle University have solved the mystery of the water-wrinkled fingers. Apparently, it's all in the genetics.


Surfing in cold water is an adventure. After a freezing experience in the icy waves, nothing better than a hot bath. The problem is when that warm bath is too long. Result: wrinkled fingers.

Kyriacos Kareklas, Daniel Nettle and Tom V. Smulders have discovered that wet objects are easier to handle with wrinkled fingers than with dry, smooth ones. Why does that happen?

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