Earlier this month, some of the leading scientists from around the world congregated at the Hotel Du Vin in Cambridge to discuss the evidence that has amassed over the years. The experts reached a unanimous decision that animals – specifically mammals and birds – are in fact conscious beings. Through advancements in brain imaging techniques such as fMRI and EEG machines, the scientists concluded that animals show a sufficient degree of characteristics that indicate they are not as non-human as some had believed. The official decision was reached late into the night after the Francis Crick Memorial Conference on July 7th.
Organized by Philip Low, CEO of NeuroVigil and inventor of the iBrain, the group consisted of 25 of the planet’s top minds on the mind, including honorary guest Stephen Hawking. The scientists discerned the key differences in human and animal brains, mainly found in the frontal cortex, do not play a role in the phenomenon we associate with consciousness. The decision does not in any sense define what consciousness is, which will be a debate that continues to rage on. But moving forward, there are many consequences to this finding that will need to be addressed as we look to develop a more humane relationship with animals.
With the fast development of urbanization in the world especially in China, megacities such as Beijing and Shanghai will face the challenges of transportation, water and land for food, especially vegetables.
Chick-fil-A's anti-gay marriage stance has gotten some high-profile support by way of Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin and other conservative lawmakers. But among their longtime customers, it's a much different story.
"College students across the country have taken to Facebook, Twitter, and other social-media sites to campaign for the closure of Chick-fil-A restaurants on their campuses, after weeks of controversy over the fast-food chain's public opposition to same-sex marriage and its donations to like-minded advocacy groups."
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Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - and that make clear who the real enemy is (RT @Greenpeace: If we don’t act now, we’re heading for ‘a planet straight out of science fiction’ says @BillMcKibben
"There's not a more reckless man on the planet than Tillerson. Late last month, on the same day the Colorado fires reached their height, he told a New York audience that global warming is real, but dismissed it as an "engineering problem" that has "engineering solutions." Such as? "Changes to weather patterns that move crop-production areas around – we'll adapt to that." This in a week when Kentucky farmers were reporting that corn kernels were "aborting" in record heat, threatening a spike in global food prices. "The fear factor that people want to throw out there to say, 'We just have to stop this,' I do not accept," Tillerson said. Of course not – if he did accept it, he'd have to keep his reserves in the ground. Which would cost him money. It's not an engineering problem, in other words – it's a greed problem."
Agriculture is being threatened by the worst drought in memory. Ranchers are selling their herds and still no effective climate change bills are being passed.
"Thanks to the Republican congressional climate change deniers and greed, the American public is facing a hidden tax of substantial bucks and much sooner than later. It’s all about an extremely precious commodity that rarely rates a mention in the daily rush of media lead stories, headlines and yes, Internet sites. And yet without it, you die. Automatic. You don’t get this stuff within roughly 3-5 days; the grim reaper pays you a visit and guides you to your new home, six feet under.
"By now, many of you have guessed that commodity to be water. You would be correct. Drought, brought on by global warming, is eating into nature’s supply as well as numerous corporate greed factors. Our water delivery infrastructure is also older than Betty White in most places, but unlike Betty, it’s crumbling and will soon need to be extensively repaired or replaced. And lurking behind their mahogany desks is a new breed of Romney-type moneygrubbers…private water barons. Ready and willing to charge a king’s ransom for privatized water or already in the business of selling you bottled water, oft-times little more than a plastic bottle of tap water gilded by a fancy label. Even companies whose products have nothing to do with water, can siphon off hundreds of thousands of gallons in the course of their manufacturing process. Desperate cities will often deeply discount water contracts and build free infrastructure as part of their incentive package."
Wednesday WIP: Folklore Moroccan Cross Stitch. I've got a HUGE pile of unfinished WIPs (works in progress), so I thought it might be fun to show you what I'm working on each week - and to motivate myself to get them all ...
"In a matter not atypical for the U.S. Congress, senators and representatives are attempting to change public opinion by passing legislation that accomplishes two things. First, it does nothing to solve the actual problems. And second, it actually does harm to others."
How much do you know about natural gas drilling? Turns out, it depends a lot on what state you live in.
A new analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that the majority of states where fracking occurs have no disclosure laws at all, and that those that do are woefully behind when it comes to revealing behind-the-scenes details of their operations.
Author: Teresa O'Connor Looking for plants that live happily with less water, but don’t want to skimp on beauty, fragrance and other great attributes? No problem. You’d be surprised how many of your...