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Giant Antarctic glacier beyond point of no return › News in Science (ABC Science)

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Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier is melting irreversibly and could add as much as a centimetre to ocean levels in 20 years.
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Despite the claims of climate change deniers, Antarctica's glaciers are melting. The resulting runoff is fresh water, which has contributed to an expanding ice sheet, but water that was previously bound up on land is now being added to the total amount of water in our oceans, causing sea levels to rise.

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US National Archives Plans to Upload All Holdings to Wikimedia Commons

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News and notes US National Archives enshrines Wikipedia in Open Government Plan, plans to upload all holdings to Commons The US National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) have committed to engaging with Wikimedia projects in their newest Open Government Plan. The biannual effort is a roadmap for how the agency will accomplish its goals in the digital age.

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Excellent news for scholars, writers, genealogists, and anyone else with an interest in historical US documents.

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Joseph E. Stiglitz: The People Who Break the Rules Have Raked in Huge Profits and Wealth and It's Sickening Our Politics | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com

Joseph E. Stiglitz: The People Who Break the Rules Have Raked in Huge Profits and Wealth and It's Sickening Our Politics | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
In his powerful speech at the AFL-CIO convention in September last year, the Nobel Prize-winning economist said that our economy is sick and we are losing the American dream.
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"Let us be clear: our economy is not working the way a well working economy should. We have vast unmet needs, but idle workers and machines. We have bridges that need repair, roads and schools that need to be built. We have students that need a 21st century education, but we are laying off teachers. We have empty homes and homeless people. We have rich banks that are not lending to our small businesses, but are instead using their wealth and ingenuity to manipulate markets and exploit working people with predatory lending."

 

"We are losing the ability to call ourselves the land of opportunity.... We are losing the American dream."

 

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Map creator online to make a map with multiple color pins and regions

Map creator online to make a map with multiple color pins and regions | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Create a map from location list, crowd source, spreadsheets, etc. Publish, share your interactive maps. Highlight radius and other regions. Get map images.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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This tool will be of interest to teachers, scholars, genealogists, historians, and just about anyone with a need to share information about multiple locations. Best of all, the Basic plan is free and provides access to the functionality most individual users are likely to need.

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Ian Fairhurst's curator insight, February 18, 7:48 AM

Map creator online to make a map with multiple color pins and regions

alexislucas's curator insight, March 26, 2:22 AM

à suivre

Bernard Gagnon's curator insight, March 26, 9:32 AM

Créer vos propres cartes géographiques avec possibilité d'insérer des vidéos, photos ou fichiers audio. Et encore plus...

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Lost child of the Titanic and the fraud that haunted her family - Telegraph

Lost child of the Titanic and the fraud that haunted her family - Telegraph | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
DNA tests have helped solve what has been called the Titanic's last mystery
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What a fascinating story.

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Start-Up Aims to Replace Eggs with More Sustainable Vegetable Proteins: Scientific American

Start-Up Aims to Replace Eggs with More Sustainable Vegetable Proteins: Scientific American | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
A west coast start-up wants to make the staple ingredient obsolete
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Better for the planet because they use less energy, healthier for us because plant-based diets help reduce many metabolic diseases, and definitely better for chickens. I just hope Hampton Creek and the scientists working with them are able to achieve their goal, "to totally replace eggs without sacrificing taste."

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Learning to learn: 5 ways to optimize your to-do list

Learning to learn: 5 ways to optimize your to-do list | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
The age old to-do list -- a common tool to help get $#&T done. In my years of to-do listing, I've discovered that it is often this common productivity trick that actually prevents me from being optimally productive.
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This is first for me: scooping the Scoop.it! blog. :)

 

I don't often share time-management techniques, but this one looks useful. I'll be trying this, the next time I create a to-do list. Although, I will say that the rule of thumb that recommends allotting 1 hour per task looks like one that should be applied judiciously, since some of my tasks will be household repairs that will definitely require more than an hour to complete.

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World’s First Vertical Forest Gets Introduced in Italy

World’s First Vertical Forest Gets Introduced in Italy | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it

The Bosco Verticale is a system that optimizes, recuperates, and produces energy. Covered in plant life, the building aids in balancing the microclimate and in filtering the dust particles contained in the urban environment. Milan is one of the most polluted cities in Europe. The diversity of the plants and their characteristics produce humidity, absorb CO2 and dust particles, producing oxygen and protect the building from radiation and acoustic pollution. This not only improves the quality of living spaces, but gives way to dramatic energy savings year round.

Each apartment in the building will have a balcony planted with trees that are able to respond to the city’s weather — shade will be provided within the summer, while also filtering city pollution; and in the winter the bare trees will allow sunlight to permeate through the spaces. Plant irrigation will be supported through the filtering and reuse of the greywater produced by the building. Additionally, Aeolian and photovoltaic energy systems will further promote the tower’s self-sufficiency.

The design of the Bosco Verticale is a response to both urban sprawl and the disappearance of nature from our lives and on the landscape. The architect notes that if the units were to be constructed unstacked as stand-alone units across a single surface, the project would require 50,000 square meters of land, and 10,000 square meters of woodland. Bosco Verticale is the first offer in his proposed BioMilano, which envisions a green belt created around the city to incorporate 60 abandoned farms on the outskirts of the city to be revitalized for community use.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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I greatly appreciate the efforts of so many architects to examine ways that we can make our cities more ecologically sound. Plus, so often, the proposed solutions offer greater natural beauty to previously sterile cityscapes.

 

I can't help wondering, though, how the plants on the many scattered balconies on these apartment buildings will be maintained and cared for. I'm sure that however well-meaning the various occupants of the apartments might be, that few of them will be entirely up to the task.

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Sieg Holle's curator insight, October 25, 2013 10:43 AM

excellent use of space   for  new vitality -renewal

Eco Installer's curator insight, November 7, 2013 3:42 AM

A perfect way to live in a forest! 

Chris Vilcsak's curator insight, March 29, 9:49 PM

Now THAT's a green building...

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Sneaky Food Experiments, Part II: Do You Want Fries With That? | Dr ...

Sneaky Food Experiments, Part II: Do You Want Fries With That? | Dr ... | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Love & Sex · Career & Money · Women's Health. You might also .... Healthy Living · Travel · Women · Recipes · LIVE ... Dr. Susan Albers. Licensed clinical psychologist. GET UPDATES FROM Dr. Susan Albers.
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The Psychology of Choice: When only one choice is offered, most of us don't think past that option, even when we know there are other possibilities. When all the possibilities are offered, we select from among them. It's common sense, and marketing companies have used this for a long time to manipulate us, but we're only just beginning to recognize the ways in which we can use this information to improve our health and our lives.

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The Forgotten 1950s Girl Gang

The Forgotten 1950s Girl Gang | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
You might have heard of the Teddy Boys, a 1950s rebel youth subculture in Britain characterized by an unlikely style of dress inspired by Edwardian dandies fused with American rock’n roll.
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Before there was Steampunk, there were the Teddy Boys. Very interesting!

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National Portrait Gallery | Face to Face blog: Herein Hangs a Tale: The Bache Silhouette Book

National Portrait Gallery | Face to Face blog: Herein Hangs a Tale: The Bache Silhouette Book | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
In the 1920s, Alice Van Leer Carrick, the pioneering authority on American silhouettes, came upon an album kept by William Bache (1771–1845) as a record of his work and expressed her delight in “turning the pages of this century-old treasure-trove...
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An entertaining story about silhouettes and the importance one US Revolutionary War hero attached to his queue.

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Invasion of the Viking women unearthed

Invasion of the Viking women unearthed | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
So much for Hagar the Horrible. Viking women may have have outnumbered men moving to England in the medieval era, suggests a look at ancient burials.
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New osteological evidence contradicts earlier assumptions based on grave goods, such as the presence of swords and other weapons, regarding the sex of the individuals buried. In the 14 Viking burials in Eastern England examined by the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Western Australia, as reported in the Early Medieval Europe journal, 6 were women, 7 were men, and the sex of 1 has not yet been determined. 

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Taiwanese Wind Tower is Covered with Thousands of Wind Turbines and LED Lights

Taiwanese Wind Tower is Covered with Thousands of Wind Turbines and LED Lights | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Beijing-based Decode Urbanism Office has designed a tower with a façade composed of multiple wind-driven generators.

 

Thousands of wind turbines will produce enough energy to power the entire building. At night, the diamond-shaped generators are lit with thousands of LED lights incorporated into the building envelope.

The 350-meter (1,150-foot) structure, in Taichung City, China, will house the city’s Department of Urban Development, as well as commercial activities.

The tower’s façade, inspired by the plum blossom — China and Taiwan's  national flower – reacts to changes in direction and intensity of the wind, creating a truly dynamic visual effect. Similarly, mechanical wind power generators have LEDs, illuminating the façade and producing a pulsating flow of light, whose intensity and color adjust to correspond to changes in temperature and season.

 

The wind harnessing capability, along with the lighting that responds to local atmospheric conditions, makes this conceptual tower a true “decoder of nature.”


Via Lauren Moss
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I love the creative new approaches to wind turbines that may help to make them more practical for multiple applications.

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Federico Morabito's comment, May 18, 2013 5:41 AM
This is an example of "Smart Progress" is in an effort to channel the interests of research towards evolutionary solutions, through systematic monitoring of the quality process of mental and physical state of the individual with the 'environment.
Edmund Chan's comment, May 19, 2013 12:45 AM
What about routine maintenance ?
Clem Stanyon's comment, May 30, 2013 11:17 PM
Fantastic!
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Paper & Thread: Japanese Tradition in Tucson, May 15 | Tucson Cowgirl Communications

Paper & Thread: Japanese Tradition in Tucson, May 15 | Tucson Cowgirl Communications | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
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Monica Surfaro Spigelman reports on her blog that Ben's Bells <<http://bensbells.org/>>; is hosting a demonstration of Japanese textile art by Origamic Artist Fukumi this Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The event is free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, please RSVP.

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The Archaeology News Network: 'Incredibly important' medieval find in Wales

The Archaeology News Network: 'Incredibly important' medieval find in Wales | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
"Medieval nunneries like this are incredibly rare with only one other known in Wales."

Read more at: http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.fr/2014/06/incredibly-important-medieval-find-in.html#.U5tOWShAu6h
Follow us: @ArchaeoNewsNet on Twitter | groups/thearchaeologynewsnetwork/ on Facebook
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This will afford us a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Welsh nuns of Medieval times. From the article: "Medieval nunneries like this are incredibly rare with only one other known in Wales."

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Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'?

Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'? | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Nafeez Ahmed: Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system
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From the article: "Modelling a range of different scenarios, Motesharri and his colleagues conclude that under conditions 'closely reflecting the reality of the world today... we find that collapse is difficult to avoid.'"

 

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Sex in the Middle Ages - Medievalists.net

Sex in the Middle Ages - Medievalists.net | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Here are some of the more interesting pieces of research we have uncovered about sex in the Middle Ages.
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Yet one more set of reasons we can be glad we don't live in the Middle Ages. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

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Giant Antarctic glacier beyond point of no return › News in Science (ABC Science)

Giant Antarctic glacier beyond point of no return › News in Science (ABC Science) | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier is melting irreversibly and could add as much as a centimetre to ocean levels in 20 years.
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Despite the claims of climate change deniers, Antarctica's glaciers are melting. The resulting runoff is fresh water, which has contributed to an expanding ice sheet, but water that was previously bound up on land is now being added to the total amount of water in our oceans, causing sea levels to rise.

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Why Some Civil War Soldiers Glowed in the Dark

Why Some Civil War Soldiers Glowed in the Dark | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
They called it “Angel’s Glow.”
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Fascinating article about nematodes and luminescent bacteria that helped Civil War soldiers overcome serious infections.

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Patient Outcomes Improved by Pay-For-Performance - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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NIH Research Matters - Pay incentives for clinician performance can improve cardiovascular care in small primary care clinics that use electronic health records, a new study reports.

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It only makes sense! We all focus on those goals for which we receive recognition, and this is especially true of organizations. When incentives to medical practitioners focus on the number of patients seen, patients become cogs on an assembly belt, hurried through the system. But, when the focus is on providing improved health outcomes, then the quality of the health care improves.

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Extinct tree grows anew from ancient jar of seeds unearthed by archaeologists

Extinct tree grows anew from ancient jar of seeds unearthed by archaeologists | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it

For thousands of years, Judean date palm trees were one of the most recognizable and welcome sights for people living in the Middle East -- widely cultivated throughout the region for their sweet fruit, and for the cool shade they offered from the blazing desert sun.

 

From its founding some 3,000 years ago, to the dawn of the Common Era, the trees became a staple crop in the Kingdom of Judea, even garnering several shout-outs in the Old Testament. Judean palm trees would come to serve as one of the kingdom's chief symbols of good fortune; King David named his daughter, Tamar, after the plant's name in Hebrew.

 

By the time the Roman Empire sought to usurp control of the kingdom in 70 AD, broad forests of these trees flourished as a staple crop to the Judean economy -- a fact that made them a prime resource for the invading army to destroy. Sadly, around the year 500 AD, the once plentiful palm had been completely wiped out, driven to extinction for the sake of conquest.

 

In the centuries that followed, first-hand knowledge of the tree slipped from memory to legend. Up until recently, that is.

 

During excavations at the site of Herod the Great's palace in Israel in the early 1960's, archeologists unearthed a small stockpile of seeds stowed in a clay jar dating back 2,000 years. For the next four decades, the ancient seeds were kept in a drawer at Tel Aviv's Bar-Ilan University. But then, in 2005, botanical researcher Elaine Solowey decided to plant one and see what, if anything, would sprout.

 

"I assumed the food in the seed would be no good after all that time. How could it be?" said Solowey. She was soon proven wrong.

Amazingly, the multi-millennial seed did indeed sprout -- producing a sapling no one had seen in centuries, becoming the oldest known tree seed to germinate.

 

Today, the living archeological treasure continues to grow and thrive; In 2011, it even produced its first flower -- a heartening sign that the ancient survivor was eager to reproduce. It has been proposed that the tree be cross-bred with closely related palm types, but it would likely take years for it to begin producing any of its famed fruits. Meanwhile, Solowey is working to revive other age-old trees from their long dormancy.


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Jose Reyes's curator insight, October 8, 2013 2:33 AM

i found this article intresting because an ancient tree that was suppposed to be extinct for many years came back to life and could lead to cultivating more of these trees and not be exctinct

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The Guinea Pig as a pet in Tudor England

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A little known painting of three Elizabethan children containing what may be the first portrait of a guinea pig has been uncovered by the National Portrait Gallery in London.
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The Guinea Pig may be common now, but must have been an exotic pet for an Elizabethan girl.

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I understood gender discrimination once I added “Mr.” to my resume and landed a job

I understood gender discrimination once I added “Mr.” to my resume and landed a job | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
It was the late 90s and I was at an interesting phase of my career. For the first time in my life I possessed relevant qualifications, experience and could also show a successful track record in my chosen career path.
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This man's experience provides a fairly dramatic example of one way in which gender discrimination continues to be a problem in technologically advanced nations around the world.

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Vegetarian Diets Linked to Lower Mortality - NIH Research Matters - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Vegetarian Diets Linked to Lower Mortality - NIH Research Matters - National Institutes of Health (NIH) | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Adults who eat a more plant-based diet may be boosting their chance of living longer, according to a large analysis.
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There are many reasons for being a vegetarian, or even for continuting to eat meat, but reducing how much and how often you include meat in your diet, but the health benefits apply to everyone who reduces their meat intake, regardless of their reasons for doing so.

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North American Dialects and Fonetik Speling

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There is an interesting meme making the rounds of Facebook this week. It is a map of North American English Dialects, Based on Pronunciation Patterns. Rick Aschmann operates a website, Aaschmann.net, that includes a lot of genealogy information.
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"You didn't pronounce that correctly." We all hear this sometimes, but is it true? Our pronunciation and even word choice vary greatly, based on where we grew up and where we currently live. This article links to an interesting site with lots of detailed information about the dialects found in North America. Of interest to historians, genealogists, teachers, and writers, as well as anyone who's interested in linguistics.

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Refining Supplements for a Blinding Eye Disease - NIH Research Matters - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Refining Supplements for a Blinding Eye Disease - NIH Research Matters - National Institutes of Health (NIH) | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
New findings may help improve nutritional supplements for treating age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness nationwide.
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Both of my parents have sufferred from age-related macular degeneration, so I know I'm in the high risk category for also developing this disease. When my mother was diagnosed, twenty or more years ago, there seemed little that could be done for her. My 83-year-old father's situation has been very different. His physician placed him on AREDS and recommend he include more of the fruits and vegetables (blueberries, avocado, bell peppers, etc.) believed to contain the nutrients associated with eye health. This has not only helped improve his eyes (we're told that his macular degeneration has been reversed), but has improved his overall health. In particular, I notice that his memory and overall cognition have even improved over the past few years, rather than decline, which has got to be the best "side-effect" possible.

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