"The universe could only come into existence if someone observed it. It does not matter that the observers turned up several billion years later. The universe exists because we are aware of it.” Martin Rees, quantum physicist Picture Credit: www.saroltaban.com … [Read more...]
Urban bees are using PLASTIC to build hives – and it could stop parasites from infecting their nests!
Plastic bags are seen as the scourge of the landscape, threatening the lives of wildlife and marine creatures around the world. Yet urban bees in Canada have found a novel use for the litter. Research from the University of Guelph has revealed some urban bees have resorted to using small pieces of plastic bags and plastic building materials to construct their nests. The plastic is used as a substitute for plant resins and researchers claim it … [Read more...]
The Future of Earth – What can we expect in 1,000 years, one million years.
There may be trouble ahead... … [Read more...]
National Geographics interactive map shows what 216 feet of sea level rise will do to coastlines around the world.
National Geographics good, but disturbing, interactive map shows what 216 feet of sea level rise will do to coastlines around the world. The maps here show the world as it is now, with only one difference: All the ice on land has melted and drained into the sea, raising it 216 feet and creating new shorelines for our continents and inland seas.There are more than five million cubic miles of ice on Earth, and some scientists say it would … [Read more...]
Japanese Going Off The Grid In Huge Numbers
In a post-tsunami revolt against conventional electric utilities, tens of thousands of Japanese homeowners have started generating their own power from hydrogen fuel cells and solar panels, turning the country into the world's leading laboratory for overturning the traditional grid and the century-old business model behind it. Two and a half years after a nuclear-plant disaster crippled a primary source of electricity, major home builders are … [Read more...]
Brave Enough to Bite into a Grasshopper?
Insect protein is a much-discussed alternative to meat, dairy and eggs because it can be raised cheaply and sustainably. Raising insects will ultimately slow the environmental degradation process. Crickets, for example, are so much more sustainable as a protein than beef. A single cow can produce up to 132 pounds of methane a day which is roughly equivalent to a car. A cricket, however, produces 80 times less methane than a cow. Still not … [Read more...]
Words From the Poet Laureate: Hi Again and Birthday Poem
Today we have two illuminating poems, "Hi Again" and "Birthday Poem," from David Tucker, the Poet Laureate of the Quantum Revolution. A Vermont-based poet, David is an insightful commentator on our internal and external cultural, spiritual and political milieu.
Hi AgainWhen, naked and empty, I am delivered from busy streets into the quiet city of death, I will cry, I will be frightened a … [Read more...]
Solar Power Expert
Did you know who is the most competent solar power expert, according to a research team from Tel Aviv University? It is the humble common Oriental hornet found in our gardens! Much to the astonishment of the scientists and researchers, the hornet utilizes solar power much like a plant and it produces electricity. Think how much easier it would be if only we could unravel how the hornet manages it. This discovery could revolutionize future solar … [Read more...]
Quote of the Day: 11/5/13 – Thich Nhat Hanh
"Enlightenment, for a wave in the ocean, is the moment the wave realizes that it is water." - Thich Nhat Hanh … [Read more...]
Living Building Challenge Has Developed The Net Zero Energy Building Certification
Net Zero Energy is quickly becoming a sought after goal for many buildings around the globe - each relies on exceptional energy conservation and then on-site renewables to meet all of its heating, cooling and electricity needs. Yet the true performance of many developments is overstated – and actual Net Zero Energy buildings are still rare. But now, the Living Building Challenge has developed the Net Zero Energy Building Certification and it is … [Read more...]
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