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BBC video: Footage reveals plant spores' walk

BBC video: Footage reveals plant spores' walk | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Microscopic footage reveals how horsetail plant spores move around on their moisture sensitive legs by walking and jumping.

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This Tower Pulls Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

This Tower Pulls Drinking Water Out of Thin Air | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Designer Arturo Vittori says his invention can provide remote villages with more than 25 gallons of clean drinking water per day
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WunderMap® | Interactive Weather Map and Radar | Weather Underground

WunderMap® | Interactive Weather Map and Radar | Weather Underground | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
WunderMap® is an interactive weather map from Weather Underground that allows users to choose from different weather layers plotted on top of a dynamic map interface.
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As Casualties Mount, Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been “Hugely Underestimated” | Dahr Jamail

As Casualties Mount, Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been “Hugely Underestimated” | Dahr Jamail | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
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Amaranth isn't just another weed -- here's how to cook this prolific leafy green

Amaranth isn't just another weed -- here's how to cook this prolific leafy green | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Turn those greens into a stir-fry with ginger.
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Eat your een choy, kiddies!

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Are there two different versions of environmentalism, one "white," one "black"?

Are there two different versions of environmentalism, one "white," one "black"? | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
And yet, judging from the 112 comments about the report — some from people who profess to spending years and even decades in the green movement — it appears that too many would rather accommodate their prejudices than test their understanding of how non-white, non-hetero, non-male, non-college-educated, non-wealthy human beings relate to the environment.
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The Ebola Outbreak: U.S. Sponsored Bioterror?

The Ebola Outbreak: U.S. Sponsored Bioterror? | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
We can now be extraordinarily confident that the U.S. government is lying, in key material respects, about the latest Ebola outbreak—and not just because it lies about nearly everything of political consequence.  This article shows that there are compelling reasons to believe we are being told three big lies about Ebola.  It also offers a simple, rational, yet disturbing, explanation that very tidily accounts for all three lies.  The explanation supposes that the current Ebola outbreak consists in an act of U.S.-linked bioterror.
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14 Hidden Tricks and Tools in iOS 8

14 Hidden Tricks and Tools in iOS 8 | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Some of the best new features on iOS 8 are the ones you probably haven't used yet.

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Finland Night Photography by Mikko Lagerstedt

Finland Night Photography by Mikko Lagerstedt | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
 
Finnish photographer Mikko Lagerstedt recently released night II, a collection of night time photographs captured in Finland in 2013 and 2014.
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BREAKING... Fukushima Disaster Leaves Hundreds of Whales Radiated to Death - National Report

BREAKING... Fukushima Disaster Leaves Hundreds of Whales Radiated to Death - National Report | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it

<National Report> On August 31st, four days ago the National Report ran the story… Fukushima Crisis Escalates Tons of Radioactive Waste Released into the Pacific Causes Ocean to Boil… http://wp.me/p3dd01-1QB. Since then we have been taking calls and emails from people all over the world wanting to confirm our story.

Two days after running the story we received an email from the World Nuclear Association, the mouthpiece of the nuclear industry who runs the website: www.world-nuclear-news.org, demanding we remove the story as it had resulted in a rush of people contacting this organization for more information. Per our policy however we refused to comply.

Due to the great deal of concerns and questions people have since the story broke and the fact that the world now knows that Japan has been anything but forthcoming with the truth the National Report sent it’s Editor-in-Chief Nigel Covington, to Fukushima to get to the bottom of the real Fukushima story.

New revelations coming out of Japan just days ago after the government took charge of this global emergency two years after the March 11, 2011 nuclear plant catastrophe it is clear that the government has intentionally failed to report the extent of the disaster to the people of the world. Nigel is in Fukushima now and we have received his first report on the disaster which follows.

 

<Fukushima> Reporting from the village of Fukushima I was shocked to find on my arrival that hundreds of whale carcasses were found along the beach early this morning which now extend up and down the shore as far as I can see.

The scene is absolutely devastating especially since no word of this latest crisis has been reported to the Japanese people or to the rest of the world. In fact the Japanese government has remained silent about today’s latest events.

Local residents claim they were told not to worry as the nuclear plant was brought under control shortly after the March 11, 2011 incident and there was little to no radiation concerns.

But what I’m hearing from experts and scientist here today is that they estimate 219,000 tons of nuclear waste has leaked into the Pacific Ocean over the past two years which up until 14 days ago TEPCO had kept a secret. After it was reported that at 300 tonnes (300 long tons; 330 short tons) of “heavily contaminated water” has been leaking from a storage tanks into the ocean daily. They also state the ground water in the region has been contaminated with high levels of radiation, but since the government stepped in to take control of the site relieving TEPCO the government has said little about the events taking place here.

It is an outrage for the government to remain silent. Two scientist I spoke to on the beach tell me maybe the government has been silent because no one can yet begin to image the impact this debacle will have locally as well as globally. Scientist on the site admit this is a major event but they too can only speculate on what will come tomorrow...

- See more at: http://nationalreport.net/breaking-fukushima-disaster-leaves-hundreds-whales-beached/#sthash.nRccUKCR.dpuf


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The "mainstream media" hasn't even mention Fukushima for over a year.....

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How To Pick Mushrooms Without Poisoning Yourself

How To Pick Mushrooms Without Poisoning Yourself | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Foraged vegetables are always more fun to cook. So Food52’s resident forager, Tama Matsuoka Wong, is introducing us to the seasonal wild plants we should be looking for, and the recipes that will make our kitchens feel a little more wild.
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Time to End the Abuse and Exploitation of Animals

Time to End the Abuse and Exploitation of Animals | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
If we accept that animals are self-aware beings and have emotions, then this raises the question of whether we should keep animals in captivity (zoos), whether we should allow the cruel confinement and treatment of farm animals, and whether we...
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Germany kicks our butts, again, at clean energy

Germany kicks our butts, again, at clean energy | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Germany has hit a new clean energy milestone: So far this year, the country has gotten more electricity from renewables than from any other single source, 27.7 percent.
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California High-Speed Rail—More Questions and Concerns

California High-Speed Rail—More Questions and Concerns | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
HSR in California is a boondoggle and a gigantic waste of money. You're likely subsidizing each potential rider with trends of thousands of dollars construction costs alone, plus more subsidies in operating costs. That's not even counting the expensive union labor for construction and public union labor for operating the trains. HSR is a scheme by which the average tax payer has to pay for the convenience of a small number of privileged and wealthy city dwellers, give contracts to a small number of well connected corporations, and pour money into the hand of unions and union workers. HSR represents political corruption, crony capitalism, and vote buying at its purest.
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Fukushima Radiation Spreads Worldwide

Fukushima Radiation Spreads Worldwide | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
California, Finland, Canada, Australia Hit By Radiation The University of California at Berkeley detected cesium levels in San Francisco area milk above over EPA limits … and even higher than they ...
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Calflora - Search for Plants

Calflora - Search for Plants | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it

 

information on  wild California plants  for conservation, education, and appreciation 
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Ebola Developed In US Bio-Warfare Labs

Ebola Developed In US Bio-Warfare Labs | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it

UPDATE: As I read this notice from ClinicalTrials.gov, The US government and pharmaceutical corporations have been conducting Ebola tests on humans. It appears that the test consists of giving an Ebola vaccine and then exposing the unaware person to Ebola, apparently an engineered version for bio-warfare. Whatever the tests are, it is clear that Boyle and Broderick in their articles below are correct that experimentation with Ebola by the US government is underway.

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What "The Media" won't tell you.....

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The U.S. could supply all of California with water if we fixed our leaky pipes

The U.S. could supply all of California with water if we fixed our leaky pipes | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it

"As if California didn’t already have enough water issues to worry about right now, last week Los Angeles lost more than 20 million gallons – a day’s worth for at least 100,000 people – when a pipe that was installed a century ago finally broke. But it turns out geriatric pipes aren’t just a problem for the City of Angels. Aging infrastructure means that nationwide, pipes hemorrhage seven billion gallons of treated drinking water each day; enough to meet the daily water needs of the entire state of California.

 

 

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Turns Out We Live in the Laniakea Galactic Supercluster

Turns Out We Live in the Laniakea Galactic Supercluster | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
We have finally established the contours that define the supercluster of galaxies we can call home,” said lead researcher R. Brent Tully, an astronomer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “This is not unlike finding out for the first time that your hometown is actually part of much larger country that borders other nations.”
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Space Jack-O’-Lantern! Amazing Images Of ‘The Pumpkin Sun’ Revealed by NASA

Space Jack-O’-Lantern! Amazing Images Of ‘The Pumpkin Sun’ Revealed by NASA | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
NASA has released a photo of the sun from October 8, where its active regions combined to make it look like a Halloween pumpkin or a jack-o’-lantern. That is a pleasant bonus for stargazers who enjoyed a spectacular “Blood Moon” on the same day.
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Flare pans: A faster, greener way to boil liquids

Flare pans: A faster, greener way to boil liquids | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
What’s remarkable about the pan is its basic principles of heat transfer can be applied to various appliances, including woks, pressure cookers and kettles. It can also be applied outside of the kitchen to objects that require open flames, such as water heating or melting asphalt for road surfacing.
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I don't like aluminum, but the concept is cool.

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Chelsea Green: The Politics and Practice of Sustainable Living

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Sweden Dismisses US Criticism For Recognizing Palestine

Sweden Dismisses US Criticism For Recognizing Palestine | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
Sweden has dismissed criticisms leveled at the Scandinavian country by the United States after Stockholm announced a plan to recognize Palestine as a state.
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How Do You Farm A Clam That Can Grow 3 Feet Long And Live For Over A Century?

How Do You Farm A Clam That Can Grow 3 Feet Long And Live For Over A Century? | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
We called up Marco Pinchot, of Taylor Shellfish Farms in Puget Sound. Taylor is the largest shellfish farm in the country, and they’re not just doing geoduck. “If you’ve ever had Manila clams in New York City, they’ve come from us,” says Pinchot.
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35,000 walruses start their own climate march

35,000 walruses start their own climate march | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it
The People’s Climate March had more impressive numbers, but Pacific walruses sure have us beat on color coordination.
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Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning - YouTube

Music video by Midnight Oil performing Beds Are Burning. (C) 1997 Midnight Oil
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Mercury Retrograde Oct. 3 - Oct. 26

Mercury Retrograde Oct. 3 - Oct. 26 | Natural History, Science, Digital & Appropriate Technology | Scoop.it

by Joseph Thomas

 

Yeah yeah, I know; astrology is superstitious nonsense. The same people who brought you nuclear weapons and pharmaceutical side-effects say so. But in point of fact, real science is the observation over a period of time of what actually happens. So here’s your chance to participate in an unofficial and unfunded but nevertheless empirical research project.

On October 3, 2014 our little neighbor Mercury slowed down a bit in its 88 day journey around the Sun. This phenomenon usually occurs three times per year, and lasts about 22 days. As seen from Earth, Mercury’s apparent motion is backwards, or retrograde; like passing a slower-moving car on the highway. And while there is no “logical” or “scientific” reason why this should affect things on Earth, here is your opportunity to prove that it does.

During this roughly three week period (it will seem longer!), all things involving communication and transportation will be affected by delays. Ha! you say, so what else is new? What will distinguish this period from the normal grind is the frequency and magnitude of these interruptions. In the immortal words of Carmine from Philly: “Big! Big, I tell you!”

The easiest way to observe this phenomena is to take a mental note of how often words that begin with re or de appear in print, broadcast, and your own personal life. The most common manifestations are repairs and delays. Misunderstandings, forgetfulness, and being late are easy to observe. Typographical and numerical errors also abound. Media types will be retracting statements on TeeVee and correcting errors in print.

The generally negative effects of this transit include: losing or misplacing things (including, or I should say especially computer files), travel delays (count the broken-down cars on the side of the road), transportation snafus, traffic accidents involving dozens or even hundreds of vehicles, “technical difficulties” in broadcast media, misspeaking (watch that “send” button!), retractions, lost persons and pets (a noticeable increase in road kill), recovery of remains, abductions, big fires, big floods, recalls of products, food poisoning, false alarms, wrong phone numbers, demolitions, demonstrations strikes, refugees, power outages, sports injuries (especially to star players), and of course the ever popular Celebrity (or other prominent person) Death Watch. You or someone you know will almost certainly arrive at a place that is closed because of remodeling, is out of business, or has moved.

Ahhh, but its not all bad. Research pays off in the form of major discoveries or revisions in science or technology. Often new species of plants or animals or new planetary bodies are discovered. The phrase “first time in history” may be bandied about. Finding lost objects and seeing people after long separations are common occurrences. There should be at least one national story about long-lost siblings being reunited, and about the dog or cat who traveled _____ miles to find their way home. Perhaps a heroic rescue, or the payment of reparations.

The easiest way to observe these phenomena is in the World of Sports. It will be readily apparent that there are an uncommon number of records being set, as well as overtime games, ties, blowouts, upsets, and the aforementioned injuries (bet the underdog). Instant replay will provide an unwelcome delay to games, and some teams will trot out their “throwback” uniforms and jerseys. 

Even if you do indeed notice an observable difference in the aforementioned phenomena, it really proves nothing. However, if you see the same things happen during each of Mercury’s three retrogrades each year for several years, then you might conclude there is something happening that modern science hasn’t figured out how to measure yet. All that would be necessary is to tie up a few supercomputers comparing the frequency and magnitude of these types of events when Mercury is retrograde, and when its not. 

 

But until then, you have been warned!

 

Here's a link to a good astrological calendar/ephemeris:

http://www.khaldea.com/kldaephem/2000/dec2009gmt.shtml

  

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