Don’t Swat That Bug! – They are amazing

This Changes Absolutely EVERYTHING I Thought About Insects. I’ll Never Swat One Ever Again.

If you were sitting outside on a beautiful, sunny day, and something buzzed near your face… what would you do? My immediate reaction would be overwhelming annoyance, but after seeing these photos, I’m going to rethink that. John Hallmén is a photographer who focuses on taking macro and microscopic photos of insects, showing us what they really look like…

His stunning photographs may take you by surprise.

Strange explosion in Argentina, scientists probe meteor link

“This happened at an altitude of approximately 70 kilometers”, said Argentine space expert Jorge Coghlan who added that as the “space rock penetrates the atmosphere; in a radius of forty kilometers it could be clearly heard”. However in this case the radius area was estimated in 300 kilometers.

The Fire Brigade of the town of El Trebol in central Santa Fe province had been warned by NASA that sometime in the morning a phenomenon of this kind was possible, “and most probably that is what happened”. The Rest Of The Story…

Water Crisis In America Affects 40 Million In Rare Drought

The water crisis in America’s Southwest has come to a head for the first time in over a millennium. US cities such as Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas are among the cities facing a serious problem that affects 40 million people, and as the infamous pop duo Milli Vanilli put it, we might be tempted to “blame it on the rain.” The Rest Of The Story…

Kenya to get 50% of electricity from solar by 2016

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From solar-powered irrigation to pay-as-you-go solar power systems, there’s lots of interesting distributed power projects going on in Kenya that have the potential to leapfrog the kind of centralized, fossil fuel-dependent infrastructure that we in America find ourselves reliant on. But here’s another type of leapfrogging:

The Guardian reports that Kenya has committed to building nine massive solar power plants, enough to power half the country’s electricity needs, and it plans to have completed the project by 2016. The Rest Of The Story…

Understanding The Fibonacci Sequence And Golden Ratio

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The Fibonacci Sequence

The Fibonacci sequence is possibly the most simple recurrence relation occurring in nature. It is 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89, 144… each number equals the sum of the two numbers before it, and the difference of the two numbers succeeding it. It is an infinite sequence which goes on forever as it develops.

The Golden Ratio/Divine Ratio or Golden Mean –

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Media Blacks Out New Snowden Interview The Government Doesn’t Want You to See

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This past Sunday evening former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down for an interview with German television network ARD. The interview has been intentionally blocked from the US public, with virtually no major broadcast news outlets covering this story. In addition, the video has been taken down almost immediately every time it’s posted on YouTube.

In contrast, this was treated as a major political event in both print and broadcast media, in Germany, and across much of the world. In the interview, Mr. Snowden lays out a succinct case as to how these domestic surveillance programs undermine and erode human rights and democratic freedom.He states that his “breaking point” was “seeing Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress” denying the existence of a domestic spying programs while under questioning in March of last year. Mr. Snowden goes on to state that, “The public had a right to know about these programs. The public had a right to know that which the government is doing in its name, and that which the government is doing against the public.” The Rest Of The Story…

Indonesia volcano Sinabung in deadly eruption

A villager run as Mount Sinabung erupt at Sigarang-Garang village in Karo district, Indonesia's North Sumatra province, February 1

A volcano has erupted on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, engulfing villages in ash and killing at least 14 people.

Mount Sinabung spewed hot gas, ash and rocks 2km (1.5 miles) into the air in a series of eruptions during the morning.

Emergency official Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said three schoolchildren and a teacher were among the dead.

Thousands were evacuated in September when Sinabung erupted after being dormant for three years. Many were allowed back to their homes on Friday.

Officials fear there may have been more casualties, but they cannot get closer because of the heat from the eruption.

Pictures taken at the scene showed rescue workers recovering bodies that were buried in ash. The Rest Of The Story…

Milan Creates the World’s First Vertical Forest

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In an age where harmonious innovation is becoming more celebrated, sustainable designs to preserve the Earth and contribute to wellbeing are being implemented at a rapid rate. One such innovation to recently be accepted for development is a vertical forest designed by Stefan Boeri Architects.The first ever vertical forest will soon be the greenest building in Milan. Because the average household in a city produces approximately 25-30 tons of CO2 per year, implementing greener architecture in highly populated areas cannot come soon enough.

This stunning development is part of a vision presented by BioMilano which promises to incorporate 60 abandoned farms into a greenbelt surrounding the city. Part of the mission is to create a vertical forest building which boasts a stunning green façade planted with dense forest systems to provide microclimate and to filter out polluting dust particles. According to Inhabit, there are two buildings currently under construction.

The greener architecture will help absorb CO2, oxygenate the air, moderate extreme temperatures, and lower noise pollution. The bio-canopy is not only aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but it helps lower living costs. The Rest Of The Story…

Why The Media Blackout on the Condition of Our Environment?

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For a normal human being who understands the value of having clean air and water to consume, clean soil to grow food in, and of living in a habitat that can support life, it is frustrating to watch one environmental calamity occur, after another without ever seeing a mainstream, non-politicized conversation about the condition of our natural world. It seems that merely expressing concern over the direction the environment is going is enough to solicit a number of stigmatized labels, such as hippie, liberal, terrorist, downer, debbie-downer, slacker, tree-hugger, climate changer, Al Gore, global warmer, Agenda 21′er, and so on. There is an extreme cultural bias against environmentalism, from many angles. Environmentalism is not a public priority.

What is at the root of this indifference toward the quality of our natural world? We certainly are a society that is highly preoccupied with security, but, for some reason, when it comes to securing a healthy environment, most of us look the other way, or put these concerns well below others. The Rest Of The Story…