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Plata: Of Paper Money, Digital Money And Gold

Plata:  Of Paper Money, Digital Money And Gold | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The digital “Bitcoin” has bit the dust at Mt. Gox Bitcoin Exchange; over $400 million US has evaporated, or perhaps moved into someone’s pocket. The news is all over the Internet these days.

 

“Digital money” is accepted world-wide. There exists only a remnant of fiat paper money which is increasingly and deliberately made more difficult to use and transport physically. The reason being, that digital transactions leave a trail of information which governments use to control the behavior of their subjects (we can hardly call them “citizens” any longer) whereas citizens using paper money in their dealings leave no trail.

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Permaculture Zones

Permaculture Zones | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A major design concept of permaculture is zones. When you are accessing a permaculture site, dividing the property into zones can help you to position certain plants, animals, aquaculture, pasture, orchards, forest, and housing to result in the most positive connections between zones. This process leads to more stacking of functions, and a greater efficiency of the site.

 

There are (6) zones, starting at zone 0, and ending at zone 5. ...

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NASA Responds to California's Evolving Drought

NASA Responds to California's Evolving Drought | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 06, 2014 -
NASA is partnering with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to develop and apply new technology and products to better manage and monitor the state's water resources and respond to it
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Sea turtles 'lost years' mystery starts to unravel

Sea turtles 'lost years' mystery starts to unravel | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Orlando FL (SPX) Mar 06, 2014 -
Small satellite-tracking devices attached to sea turtles swimming off Florida's coast have delivered first-of-its-kind data that could help unlock they mystery of what endangered turtles do during t
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Virtual bees help to unravel complex causes of colony decline

Virtual bees help to unravel complex causes of colony decline | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Mar 06, 2014 -
Scientists have created an ingenious computer model that simulates a honey bee colony over the course of several years. The BEEHAVE model, published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology, was crea
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A world free from cancers: Probable, possible, or preposterous?

A world free from cancers: Probable, possible, or preposterous? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alexandria VA (SPX) Mar 06, 2014 -
A panel of leading health, economics and policy experts recently discussed the prospects for a future where cancers are rendered manageable or even eradicated and the variables affecting progress to
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Ivory Coast wants UN diamond export ban lifted

Ivory Coast wants UN diamond export ban lifted | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Government says diamond trade is no longer a threat to fuel instability as civil war has ended and the Kimberley Process has backed the lifting of the embargo.
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EU proposes conflict minerals law; rights group says it's toothless

EU proposes conflict minerals law; rights group says it's toothless | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The proposed law sets up a system of self-certification for importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold.
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US coal miner to pay largest-ever water pollution penalty

US coal miner to pay largest-ever water pollution penalty | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Alpha Natural Resources violated 6,000 permits related to pollution.
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Hop leaves—discarded in beer brewing—have substances that could fight dental diseases

Hop leaves—discarded in beer brewing—have substances that could fight dental diseases | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beer drinkers know that hops are what gives the drink its bitterness and aroma. Recently, scientists reported that the part of hops that isn't used for making beer contains healthful antioxidants and could be used to battle cavities and gum disease. In a new study in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and ...
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Indonesian clerics issue fatwa to protect wildlife

Indonesian clerics issue fatwa to protect wildlife | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Indonesia's top Islamic clerical body has issued a religious fatwa against the illegal hunting and trade in endangered animals in the country, which the WWF hailed on Wednesday as the world's first.
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Similarity breeds proximity in memory, researchers find

Similarity breeds proximity in memory, researchers find | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers at New York University have identified the nature of brain activity that allows us to bridge time in our memories. Their findings, which appear in the latest issue of the journal Neuron, offer new insights into the temporal nature of how we store our recollections and may offer a pathway ...
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Low saturated fat diets don't curb heart disease risk or help you live longer

Low saturated fat diets don't curb heart disease risk or help you live longer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Diets low in saturated fat don't curb heart disease risk or help you live longer, says a leading US cardiovascular research scientist and doctor of pharmacy in an editorial in the open access journal Open Heart.
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Step-By-Step: How to Tie the Fisherman's Knot | Outdoor Life Survival

Step-By-Step: How to Tie the Fisherman's Knot | Outdoor Life Survival | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Got two short ropes, but need a long one? A fisherman's knot can join the short ones together. Step One Loop one rope's end around the other rope, then bring it over both ropes.
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Whales, ships more common through Bering Strait

Whales, ships more common through Bering Strait | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Seattle WA (SPX) Mar 06, 2014 - The Arctic is home to a growing number of whales and ships, and to populations of sub-Arctic whales that are expanding their territory into newly ice-free Arctic waters. A study of the narrow passage of the Bering Strait uses underwater microphones to track the whales by their sounds.

 

Three years of recordings reveal more detections of both Arctic and sub-Arctic whales traveling through the narrow choke point. Kate Stafford, an oceanographer with the University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory, will present the results at the Ocean Sciences meeting in Honolulu.

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New targets needed to protect Lake Erie from massive 'dead zone'

New targets needed to protect Lake Erie from massive 'dead zone' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Mar 06, 2014 - Reducing the size of the Lake Erie dead zone to acceptable levels will require cutting nutrient pollution nearly in half in coming decades, at a time when climate change is expected to make such r
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Are plants more intelligent than we assumed?

Are plants more intelligent than we assumed? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Leipzig, Germany (SPX) Mar 06, 2014 -
Plants are also able to make complex decisions. At least this is what scientists from the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the University of Gottingen have concluded from their
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Warm Rivers Play Role in Arctic Sea Ice Melt

Warm Rivers Play Role in Arctic Sea Ice Melt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 06, 2014 -
The heat from warm river waters draining into the Arctic Ocean is contributing to the melting of Arctic sea ice each summer, a new NASA study finds. A research team led by Son Nghiem of NASA's Jet P
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Climate Code Red: Too hot to handle: life in a four-degree world

Climate Code Red: Too hot to handle: life in a four-degree world | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The book Four Degrees or More? Australia in a hot world, edited by political scientist Peter Christoff, is a timely overview of what we know currently about both global and local predicted impacts of climate change.

As Christoff notes, ‘this four-degree world is one of almost unimaginable social, economic and ecological consequences and catastrophes’ but, given current international and Australian energy and climate policies, it is "an impending reality". The book contains contributions by Australia’s leading scientists and economists, including Ross Garnaut, David Karoly and Will Steffen, setting out a four-degree future across the ecological, social and economic impacts, and the adaptation that will be required.

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South Africa platinum talks to end 6-week strike break down

South Africa platinum talks to end 6-week strike break down | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Tuesday’s apparent softening of the union position was not enough to keep negotiations open.
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London gold fix banks face lawsuit over price manipulation

London gold fix banks face lawsuit over price manipulation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Plaintiff accuses banks have been manipulating price for a decade.
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Shale gas revolution unlikely to go global any time soon: BHP’s MacKenzie

Shale gas revolution unlikely to go global any time soon: BHP’s MacKenzie | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The world’s No.1 mining company's CEO believes coal will remain the main source of affordable energy for growing economies.
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Rare turtle spotted in the Rio Grande

Rare turtle spotted in the Rio Grande | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This Valentine's Day (14 February) a team of young Belizean conservationists came across the Critically Endangered Hicatee, otherwise known as the Central American river turtle (Dermatemys mawii). For many of the team, this was the first time that they had seen this rare turtle – and it was the first ...
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Researchers find drug therapy that could eventually reverse memory decline in seniors

Researchers find drug therapy that could eventually reverse memory decline in seniors | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It may seem normal: As we age, we misplace car keys, or can't remember a name we just learned or a meal we just ordered. But University of Florida researchers say memory trouble doesn't have to be inevitable, and they've found a drug therapy that could potentially reverse this type of memory decline.
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Promising class of antibiotics discovered for treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis

Promising class of antibiotics discovered for treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have discovered a promising new class of antibiotics that could aid efforts to overcome drug-resistance in tuberculosis (TB), a global killer. The drugs increased survival of mice infected with TB and were effective against drug-resistant strains of TB. ...
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