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Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China | Video on TED.com

Speaking at a TED Salon in London, economist Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise?
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Fossilized insects prove: Mating technique has remained unchanged for 165 million years

Fossilized insects prove: Mating technique has remained unchanged for 165 million years | Mind Storm | Scoop.it

Permanently linked lovers suggest species' mating technique has remained unchanged for eons.

 

The moment the petite mort becomes a grand mort has been captured again. This pair of tiny insects — 15-millimetre-long froghoppers (Anthoscytina perpetua) from the Middle Jurassic — has now joined the ranks of animals fossilized at the moment of sexual intercourse.

 

Dong Ren, curator of insect fossils at the Capital Normal University in Beijing, and his colleagues scoured more than 1,200 fossilized froghopper specimens from Inner Mongolia and found only one pair of permanently linked lovers.

Although it will doubtless be scant consolation to these two individuals locked together belly to belly, they have become the oldest known fossil of copulating insects, reports Ren's team inPLoS ONE. And they suggest that froghoppers do not favour sexual experimentation: modern relatives of these ancient animals still mate using a similar choreography.

Or, as Ren and his team write, the animals’ “genitalic symmetry and mating position have remained static for over 165 million years”.


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Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off | Video on TED.com

Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook.
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Nature Blows My Mind! The Strange SCUBA-Diving Spider

Nature Blows My Mind! The Strange SCUBA-Diving Spider | Mind Storm | Scoop.it
An amazing little spider has figrued out how to live life underwater using a bubble of air that acts like gills. (A spider that lives under water. And uses a bubble of air to stay there.

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40 maps that explain the world

40 maps that explain the world | Mind Storm | Scoop.it
Visualizing everything from the spread of religion to the most racially tolerant countries to the world's writing systems.
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Whole coauthor Howard Jacobson interviews Ashley Flitter for Wholevana

Whole coauthor Howard Jacobson interviews Ashley Flitter for Wholevana | Mind Storm | Scoop.it
Ashley Flitter, the Unintentional Vegan, is interviewed by Howard Jacobson, coauthor of Whole, for the new Wholevana Community.
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Large-scale edible insect farming needed to ensure future global food supply

Large-scale edible insect farming needed to ensure future global food supply | Mind Storm | Scoop.it

The large-scale production of edible insects is unavoidable in order to continue feeding the ever-increasing global population and providing them with enough animal protein. Insect farming can be compared with mini livestock farming. It is environmentally friendly, does not require much land and produces high-quality nutrients. Furthermore, as a new sector of the food industry, it will provide a livelihood for large groups of people. This is the basic message contained in the book Edible insects: future prospects for food and feed security, written by researchers at Wageningen University and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO). The book will be launched in Rome the 13th of May.

 

At least two billion people currently consume insects on a regular basis. More than 1,900 edible insect species have been identified, including beetles (31 percent), caterpillars (18 percent) and bees, wasps and ants (14 percent).

 

Research has shown that insects are highly nutritious, healthy and full of proteins, and many species contain as many unsaturated fatty acids (such as omega 3 and 6) as fish. The environmental benefits of insect farming are manifold: insects are much more efficient at converting feed into edible body weight than chickens, pigs or cattle. Furthermore, they emit 50 times fewer emissions than traditional livestock and ten times less amonia. In addition, there is less risk of animal diseases being transmitted to humans.

 

Whether or not we eat insects ('entomophagy') is largely dictated by culture and religion. It is part of the staple diet in many regions. Here in the West, we tend to brand such behaviour as 'disgusting' and 'primitive'. The authors of the book think that a lot of effort will have to go into devising communication strategies to promote the consumption of insects. Non-Western consumers will have to reinstate insects as a useful source of nutrition rather than copying Western eating habits. New processing methods must be developed to overcome the resistance on the part of Western consumers. These may include grinding the insects or extracting their proteins so that insects cannot be recognised as such anymore.

The scientists concerned envisage a lot of hard work before large-scale insect farming becomes a reality. There will be numerous challenges regarding industrial automated farming methods, processing and preserving techniques, conducive regulations and legislation, and gastronomy.

 

Despite the existing wealth of knowledge on the advantages of producing and eating insects, the authors want to see prompt, simultaneous answers to four serious questions. More documentation about the nutritional value of insects is needed in order to promote them as a healthy alternative. The effects on the environment must be clarified in order to compare this form of farming with conventional livestock production. There needs to be more certainty about the social-economic benefits of insect farming, particularly with regard to food security in the poorest sections of the population. And finally, a clear and comprehensive system of international regulations must be devised to smooth the path for investments to encourage this new branch of the industry and enable international trade in the sector to develop to its full potential.


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Ibisime Etela's curator insight, July 31, 2013 9:05 PM

This would be very helpful for providing a source of sustainable livelihood for landless farmers.

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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | Video on TED.com

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them.

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Escher Style Optical Illusions

Escher Style Optical Illusions | Mind Storm | Scoop.it

Six very different looking illusions.

Go here: http://www.illusionspoint.com/illusions/escher-style-optical-illusions/ if the link in the title does not work.

No explanations are given.


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Wibbitz - Convert Text to Video

Wibbitz - Convert Text to Video | Mind Storm | Scoop.it

Wibbitz is a text-to-video platform that can automatically turn any text-based article, post or feed into a short video. Using Wibbitz almost any article, post or feed on the web can be instantly turned into a short video clip.


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Linda Mercer's comment, November 28, 2012 9:02 AM
Thanks for all of your comments and responses to my question. Perhaps the relative success of using Wibbitz depends upon the platform (if that's the right term!) upon which the web page rests. Interesting idea though.
Linda Mercer's comment, November 28, 2012 9:02 AM
Thanks for all of your comments and responses to my question. Perhaps the relative success of using Wibbitz depends upon the platform (if that's the right term!) upon which the web page rests. Interesting idea though.
Dennis T OConnor's comment, November 29, 2012 4:07 PM
I've had nothing but success using this tool. I've used the RSS feeds from my scoop.it magazines to create a Wibbitz news feed that I've placed on several of my blogs. Platform: Chrome +PC
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Interactive Live Holography - From Science Fiction to Science Fact

Introducing live medical holography - the world's first 3D holographic display and interface system, initially for medical imaging applications. To learn mor...
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I confess, I wrote the Arsenic DNA paper to expose flaws in peer-review at subscription based journals

I confess, I wrote the Arsenic DNA paper to expose flaws in peer-review at subscription based journals | Mind Storm | Scoop.it
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Roland FR8x, extraits...

Extraits sonores du Roland Fr-8x. Musette, swing, classique, rock, pop, tzigane, tango, jazz, ... Une visite sonore de l'instrument interprétée par ... B. Os...
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Accordion revolution!! amazing!!

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James Hayton: How to get through your PhD without going insane (complete lecture), Edinburgh 2013

http://3monththesis.com/the-painless-phd There is no shortage of PhD advice out there; how to be more organised, how to procrastinate less, how to sort your ...

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Russia extremely outraged - suggests that War may be necessary to stop Monsanto

Russia extremely outraged - suggests that War may be necessary to stop Monsanto | Mind Storm | Scoop.it

At the center of this dispute between Russia and the US, this MNRE report says, is the “undisputed evidence” that a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically related to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, are destroying our planets bee population, and which if left unchecked could destroy our world’s ability to grow enough food to feed its population.

 

“A single corn kernel coated with a neonicotinoid can kill a songbird,” Palmer said. “Even a tiny grain of wheat or canola treated with the oldest neonicotinoid — called imidacloprid — can fatally poison a bird. And as little as 1/10th of a neonicotinoid-coated corn seed per day during egg-laying season is all that is needed to affect reproduction.”

 

The new report concludes that neonicotinoid contamination levels in both surface- and ground water in the United States and around the world are already beyond the threshold found to kill many aquatic invertebrates.”

 

 


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, July 2, 2013 10:47 AM

Killing ourselves and other species on which we depend for our food ... all in the name of corporate profit. It just doesn't make sense, does it?

Naomie Mullins's comment, July 9, 2013 9:31 AM
more war posturing...always another reason to scare and manipulate
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The Ph.D Bust: America's Awful Market for Young Scientists—in 7 Charts

The Ph.D Bust: America's Awful Market for Young  Scientists—in 7 Charts | Mind Storm | Scoop.it
Perhaps it's time to start talking about a STEM surplus?
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Kenichi Ebina Performs an Epic Matrix- Style Martial Arts Dance - America's Got Talent

Kenichi Ebina Performs an Epic Matrix- Style Martial Arts Dance - America's Got Talent | Mind Storm | Scoop.it
You've never seen dancing done like this! From his head fall to his Matrix-style moves, Kenichi Ebina will blow your mind! Subscribe Now for More AGT: http:/...
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Nudity Provides Health Benefits for Your Body and Brain - ImmortalLife.net

Nudity Provides Health Benefits for Your Body and Brain - ImmortalLife.net | Mind Storm | Scoop.it
Is clothing crushing us? Are we trapped in tomb-like textiles, exiling our flesh from experiencing the environment? Are we atrophying our epidermis, our senses, our neuro-intelligence?

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, May 11, 2013 9:51 PM

But even the President of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked.
- Bob Dylan


Read More:  http://immortallife.info/articles/entry/nudity-provides-health-benefits-for-your-body-and-brain

Jaime A. Heidel's comment, May 13, 2013 9:13 PM
I love being naked.
Julia Mia Raye's comment, May 29, 2013 11:52 AM
Me too! The freedom, at one with ones self in it's entirety. No restrictions. Love yourselves folks!!
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What Most Schools Don't Teach - Short Film

Learn about a new "superpower" that isn't being taught in 90% of US schools. Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony H...
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Inspirations: A Short Film Celebrating the Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher

Inspirations: A Short Film Celebrating the Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher | Mind Storm | Scoop.it

Although Escher had no formal training in mathematics beyond secondary school, many mathematicians counted themselves as admirers of his work.

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50 Top Sources Of Free eLearning Courses

50 Top Sources Of Free eLearning Courses | Mind Storm | Scoop.it
Whether you are looking for a master’s degree program, computer science classes, a K-12 curriculum, or GED study program, this list gives you a look at 50 websites that promise education for free.

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