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ICYMI: A roundup of all the things that the internet is talking about

I’ve had a list of topics I’ve been meaning to post about but just haven’t gotten around to on my desk for about a week now, and I realized some of y’all might have missed these things, too, so I’m rounding them up for ya. There are some gems in here, if I do say so myself.

Did I miss something? Tell me in the comments!


Um, so there’s a bunch of magma churning beneath us rn

Yeah, that’s right: I said MAGMA.

Y’know, this stuff.

(Yeah, yeah, this is technically lava, but lava is just magma that has broken through the Earth’s crust and escaped, soooo — it’s liquid hot magmaaaaa)

A group of researchers at Rutgers and Yale universities have made a surprising, if not slightly concerning, discovery: A huge pocket of molten magma is brewing directly underneath our feet, spanning multiple New England states, including New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, according to a recent WMUR report.

Rutgers professor Vadim Levin has the scoop:

“What we found is a material that is warmer than it should be, according to what we understand.”

“It will not make a large supervolcano. It will not break through the surface, not in our lifetime, but it is not supposed to be there, so that is what is fascinating.”


The good news is it’s probably not gonna kill us: It could take millions and millions of years to reach the surface, if it ever does, WMUR reported.

Happy Friday!

Boscawen, N.H., teen wows judges with tap routine on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

He danced — er, tapped — right into their hearts.

Eighteen-year-old Eddie Hoyt’s audition for Season 15 of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance aired on Monday night, and the Boscawen, N.H., resident talked with the Concord Monitor this week about the experience.

Hoyt was the last performers to audition, according to the Monitor, and it seemed he saved the best for last. He stunned judges Nigel Lythgoe, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary Murphy and Stephen “tWitch” Boss with his mesmerizing tap routine. He earned a standing ovation from Lythgoe, and then engaged in a little dance battle with tWitch, a popular hip-hop dancer.

“I’m feeling many emotions, really. I’m excited, thrilled, and a little stressed,” Hoyt said in an interview on the show. “It’s definitely the biggest performance I’ve ever done. In New Hampshire, we don’t really have opportunities like this.”

Hoyt will be moving on to the next round of the show. Congrats, Hoyt!

Watch his performance above.

Find a tick? These folks want to know

(CM/Courtesy photograph — BeBop Labs)

New Hampshire researchers are asking residents who find ticks on them to save the tick and submit it ~for science~.

A newly launched project aims to analyze diseases each tick is carrying and use that data to create information that is specific, down to the time and date, about the risk of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. It actually sounds pretty cool, minus the gross ticks.

According to the Concord Monitor, BeBop Labs, run by Plymouth State University biology lecturer Dr. Kaitlyn Morse, is seeking to track ticks by using crowdsourced data. That’s where you come in, friends. Morse asks that if you find a tick — on yourself or otherwise — you mail the tick to her.


Put your tick in a zip-close bag and send it to:

Dr. Kaitlyn Morse
Tick Collection
P.O. Box 183
Ashland, NH 03217

Be sure to include the date, the street address or coordinates where you found the tick, and specifics about how you found it (like on your dog’s leg).

RELATED: Lyme Disease Symptoms Linger

Hooray for this snowy owl who was just released back into the wild

Here’s a feel-good story.

WMUR-TV reports that Hampton, a snowy owl, was released back into the wild this week after spending months recuperating and rehabilitating. Hampton was found injured on the side of Route 101 early last month. Hampton had lead poisoning, a hairline fracture in her wing and trauma to her head and thoracic spine, according to WMUR.

A crowd of people turned out to give her a proper send-off and to celebrate her release.

Fly, Hampton, fly!