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howstuffworks:

TechStuff » Tesla: The Man, the Myths, the Truth

Nikola Tesla was a genius, a science nerd, and an underdog — the perfect recipe for an Internet superhero. But who was Nikola Tesla, really? What did he actually invent? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they explore some of the popular misconceptions about Tesla’s life and work.

Tesla in his laboratory, circa 1910. [Image source]

Let yourself be enchanted by Tesla’s science not his myth.

tothedeathsheadtrue:

portionsofeternity:

lurid-curiosities:

LOOK AT THESE.

100% handmade grimoires from Period Fine Bindings. As the maker (Paul Tronson) states, “the creation and blessing of each sigil is performed in the day and hour of its planet thus ensuring its empowerment.

If you happen to have a few stacks of extra cash lying around, you can commission a custom grimoire from Paul Tronson at http://periodfinebindings.typepad.com/

This guy lives in my (small) city! He does a beautiful Novem Portis reproduction/prop, I really want one.

My eyes…….. my tears…….

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In Which Diversity Isn't a Myth

clementive:

Ok. I’m tired of the typical vampire, werewolf and fairy.I’m also tired of the occidental-centrism in mythology. Hence, this list.

I tried to included as many cultural variants as I could find and think of. (Unfortunately, I was restricted by language. Some Russian creatures…

probablyasocialecologist:

Solar farms can enhance biodiversity and sequester soil carbon too
Image: mcmees24

Utility-scale solar farms are cropping up across the world. But what does this growth mean for land-use in the countryside? New research, backed by leading UK conservation charities, suggests that far from being a threat to the countryside, solar farms may actually offer opportunities for supporting biodiversity while still obtaining an economic yield. Authored by independent ecologist Dr Guy Parker in partnership with leading UK conservation groups like the Grassland Trust and the Royal Society for Protection of Birds, as well as the Solar Trade Association (STA), the publication also includes guidance for solar farm operators to maximize their potential conservation benefits.

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probablyasocialecologist:

Solar farms can enhance biodiversity and sequester soil carbon too

Image: mcmees24

Utility-scale solar farms are cropping up across the world. But what does this growth mean for land-use in the countryside? New research, backed by leading UK conservation charities, suggests that far from being a threat to the countryside, solar farms may actually offer opportunities for supporting biodiversity while still obtaining an economic yield. Authored by independent ecologist Dr Guy Parker in partnership with leading UK conservation groups like the Grassland Trust and the Royal Society for Protection of Birds, as well as the Solar Trade Association (STA), the publication also includes guidance for solar farm operators to maximize their potential conservation benefits.

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policymic:

Stunning photos of tears under a microscope vary by emotion

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"The project, called "The Topography of Tears," captures unique moments in human experience, but there’s also a scientific reason why every tear looks so different. There are three different types of tears: basal (lubricating), reflex (responding to stimuli) and psychic (triggered by emotion). Each type of tear contains different organic substances, and the molecular makeup depends on the causative agent. For instance, emotional tears contain the neurotransmitter leucine enkephalin, a natural painkiller that the body releases to mitigate stress."

Wow!

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http://gypsji.tumblr.com/post/85495013120/metaphorformetaphor-it-is-not-hard-to-imagine

metaphorformetaphor:

It is not hard to imagine how quickly
we’ll be forgotten. What endures is the idea we can
endure. We hang these stories on a few fragile
branches of memory.
This is where you are
supposed to be addressed with allusions to
the particulars.
We are alive because…

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indefenseofplants:

Spring is just about in full swing finally and some may find it quite tempting to dig up a nice plant that they find in the forest to add it to their garden. As we advance further into the Homogenocene, there are so many threats to biodiversity that things can quickly seem overwhelming. It is easy to feel helpless and, to a degree, apathetic to many causes. Well, here is one way you can help fight plant extinction:

Don’t pick them!!

That’s right. Aside from habitat destruction and invasive species, over-harvesting of plant species is a serious threat to their long term survival on planet Earth! Exploitation is such a serious issue that an entire category of protection had to be invented to keep some plants from disappearing from our local landscapes!

Because of their beauty or purported value as a medicinal herb, some plants are under serious pressures simply because people want them. Yes, it is possible to love something to death. Each state has it’s own list of plants that are considered exploitably vulnerable but some common threads run through each list. 

Most orchids (many of which are, in fact, endangered) fall under this category. The global orchid trade is quite a beast. Many species of orchids can safely be propagated in captivity but many can not. This does not stop people from going to serious lengths to try to add them to their collections. For most orchids, the simple act of removing them from their habitat is enough to kill them. Orchids depend heavily on intricate fungal relationships to survive and if they are disturbed, these relationships quickly break down and the orchid will die a few seasons later. Plants like cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) and turtlehead (Chelone sp.) also all too quickly disappear simply because they have pretty flowers. Trillium species are classic examples of this type of deadly beauty. A trillium can take up to 7 years to flower. If picked, the plant is mortally wounded and dies. Seven years of struggle can be wasted by an ignorant person with grubby paws or a shovel. Countless other species end up with similar fates. Entire populations can be lost because people want them in their gardens. It’s not just flowers either, most ferns fall under this category due to their subtle beauty.

Other plants like goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), are sought after for their medicinal benefits. While some herbs have shown promising results when tested, goldenseal is not one of these. It is harvested under false beliefs which, to me, is just too sad. Not all herbalists are bad people though. I would argue that a vast majority of them practice sustainable and ethical collecting. A wonderful group of concerned herbalists collectively known as the United Plant Savers, have begun to put together lists of medicinal herbs that are under serious threat from over harvesting. Here is a list of at-risk herbal species that United Plant Savers has put together:

American Ginseng - Panax quinquefolius
Black Cohosh - Actaea racemosa (Cimicifuga)
Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis
Blue Cohosh - Caulophyllum thalictroides
Echinacea - Echinacea spp.
Eyebright - Euphrasia spp.
False Unicorn Root - Chamaelirium luteum
Goldenseal - Hydrastis canadensis
Lady’s Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium spp.
Lomatium - Lomatium dissectum
Osha - Ligusticum porteri
Peyote - Lophophora williamsii
Sandalwood - Santalum spp. (Hawaii only)
Slippery Elm - Ulmus rubra
Sundew - Drosera spp.
Trillium -Trillium spp.
True Unicorn - Aletris farinosa
Venus’ Fly Trap - Dionaea muscipula
Virginina Snakeroot - Aristolochia serpentaria
Wild Yam - Dioscorea villosa

The IUCN estimates that as many as 15,000 medicinal plant species worldwide are at serious risk of extinction from collecting.

So… some food for thought: Leave wild plants in the wild, they look best there. There are many nurseries out there propagating their own native plant stock. If you seriously desire a certain species, find it for sale. Also, in doing this, make sure the nursery sells “nursery propagated” plants and not “nursery cultivated.” Cultivated means dug up from the wild. If you can’t find them in a nursery, try collecting seeds! Finally, do your research. Know which herbs actually do what they are claimed to do. Many do not! Also, know what companies to get your herbs from. Nature’s Way for example, still harvests their herbs from the wild. They are a corporation just like any other and their bottom line is profit!

www.facebook.com/indefenseofplants


Further Reading:

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Watching+the+wildcrafters%3A+overharvesting+threatens+the+booming…-a0114327232

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1523-5408.2001.00004.x/abstract

http://www.localharvest.org/blog/10524/entry/herbs_in_danger_of_extinction

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/publications/papers/Medicinal_Plants_042008_lores.pdf

http://www.unitedplantsavers.org/content.php/121-species-at-risk

Great Nurseries for Native Plants:

http://www.prairiemoon.com/

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scinerds:

mediamattersforamerica:


A Scientific American editor claims that a Fox News producer asked him to not talk about climate change during a segment on future trends in science and technology.
Suzanne Scott, SVP of programming at Fox News, gave a statement to Business Insider denying this: 

"We invited Michael on for a segment on technological and scientific trends we can expect in the future. We worked closely with him and his team and there was never an issue on the topic of climate change,"  Suzanne Scott, SVP of programming at Fox News, said in a statement. "To say he was told specifically not to discuss it, would be false."



Not that you needed more reasons to know why Fox news is scum but here.

scinerds:

mediamattersforamerica:

Scientific American editor claims that a Fox News producer asked him to not talk about climate change during a segment on future trends in science and technology.

Suzanne Scott, SVP of programming at Fox News, gave a statement to Business Insider denying this: 

"We invited Michael on for a segment on technological and scientific trends we can expect in the future. We worked closely with him and his team and there was never an issue on the topic of climate change,"  Suzanne Scott, SVP of programming at Fox News, said in a statement. "To say he was told specifically not to discuss it, would be false."

Not that you needed more reasons to know why Fox news is scum but here.

america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
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america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…

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