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Very cool...you can close down beaches with this thing. Dear Santa, I want one!!
The rewards of Practice! The spoils of a good imagination! A marching band in the formation of an American footballer kicking a ball!
Truly, this video has it all.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MREKsMPUdcgThe rewards of Practice! The spoils of a good imagination! A marching band in the... more
After the fall of british wrestling, big daddy, kid mccoy, johnny saint, buddy ward. what happend to wrestling in britain where do we look and what does a young british wrestler do to make it in wrestling. as a wrestler i look into the left overs of british wrestling and where i am to turn to get better and more work as a wrestler.After the fall of british wrestling, big daddy, kid mccoy, johnny saint, buddy ward.... more
Matt Blaze's presentation for RSA conference 2011
http://www.uniquescoop.com/2010/11/matt-blazes-presentation-for-rsa.htmlMatt Blaze's presentation for RSA conference 2011... more
The Supreme Cat Show (15 pics)
http://www.rockingfundas.com/2010/11/supreme-cat-show-15-pics.htmlThe Supreme Cat Show (15 pics)... more
Great apes raised with language. Bonobos said to understand English and Anderson Cooper becomes a bunny.Great apes raised with language. Bonobos said to understand English and Anderson... more
All links can be found here: http://www.ecobold.com/green-gift-guide/
This green gift guide was especially made for you and Mother Earth. It's filled with cool gifts that are environmentally friendly and can be given to women, men, kids, friends and even co-workers. I hope you enjoy it and think green this holiday season!
Secret Storage Books: what a neat idea to take unwanted, unsold, unused books that would have been otherwise destryoed and make a secret storage box that you can hide many things inside! I actually just found a video that shows how they do it, just go to their site and click on process. In the end you see that this is almost like a piece of art! Here are some ideas on what to use this storage box as: surprise packaging, coffee table organizer, remote control garage, cell phone caddy, desk organizer, camera storage and any other secret you might have!
Blue Tea: the blue tea company was founded by John Reyers who inherited an ancient recipe from an elder of his tribe. The ingredients were said to pacify hostile warriors after the battles. This tea has a special ingredient called Palo Azul that's proven to enhance health. They say on their site that bioflavinoids and antioxidants found in Blue Tea have been said to have significant health benefits according to Modern Medical Research. They also say that by drinking Blue Tea one could reduce the risk of cancer. This tea contains tannings which are said to help prevent urinary tract infections. It's also caffeine free.
Terracycle Speakers: these M&M speakers done by Terracycle are made with recycled M&M boxes, in fact everything Terracycle makes were previously trash, which in the green world, we call this process upcycling. They also donate a small percentage of each trash a school or an individual sends them and so far have donated over $1.5M. You can also find other cool gift ideas such as a circuit board desk clock, a bike chain frame or an oreo wrapper kite.
Reusable water bottle by U-Turn 2 Tap: their reusable water bottle is fabulous, it is made with food grade stainless steel, it's BPA-free, phthalate free, the paints are non-toxic and even the cap is BPA-free There are several colors and sizes available, they've several designs to choose from and they're all made by eco-friendly artists. And last but not least, they donate 1% of their revenue to the planet. The perfect green gift for that friend who hasn't made the switch yet or your gym buddies who don't have a reusable water bottle.
iPad Sleeve by Brenthaven: this company makes iPad sleeves with 100% recycled billboard. The corners are excellent protection and inside there's a faux suede liner to help keep the iPad scratch free. There's even a video on their site of them dropping this sleeve with an iPad inside from about 3 feet high, nothing happened to it. This sleeve has a lifetime warranty and is very affordable, something that their competitors can't match. Another cool thing about Brenthaven is that every marketing material is made with recycled paper and printed on soy based ink, way to go above and beyond!
I hope you enjoyed our Green Gift Guide and may you have an amazing holiday season with your loved ones. Stay tuned for a couple more guides coming up before Christmas!All links can be found here: http://www.ecobold.com/green-gift-guide/ This green... more
Roommate Ate All Pizza. She Left Apology Note
http://www.rockingfundas.com/2010/11/roommate-ate-all-pizza-she-left-apology.htmlRoommate Ate All Pizza. She Left Apology Note... more
17 Excellent TV Screenshots
http://www.rockingfundas.com/2010/11/17-excellent-tv-screenshots.html17 Excellent TV Screenshots... more
Separated during a brutal attack on their village during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, Pastor Murekezi and his future wife would not see each other again until years later at a refugee camp. Once married, the couple has since decided to follow a higher calling to become leaders of the Free Methodist Church outside of Ndola, Zambia.Separated during a brutal attack on their village during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994,... more
After 6 days in Zimbabwe traversing between multiple project partners including Foundations for Farming, Mtshabezi Secondary School, and The Rock Church among others, the team from Forgotten Voices has moved on to Zambia. You may have noticed from their tweets that the team's schedule has been incredibly busy, a roller coaster ride of mixed emotions as they reunite with old friends and also become reacquainted with their hardships...After 6 days in Zimbabwe traversing between multiple project partners including... more
Derby look set to have the coolest christmas lights around. A team of light technicians have put together a show that can seemingly make buildings come alive and fairy lights look really pathetic.Derby look set to have the coolest christmas lights around. A team of light... more
The Samsung YP-Q3 was a 2.2-inch TFT screen with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA), voice recorder, FM radio with RDS applications reading text file, and a battery provides up to 45 hours of music playback, up to 6 hours of video playback. It is supplied microUSB port and come in two color schemes ? black and white silver pink.The Samsung YP-Q3 was a 2.2-inch TFT screen with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels... more
Music video for "Weapons For War" by A Lull. Directed by Anthony Ciannamea. From the album Confetti on Mush Records. www.mushrecords.com. Additional Credits: Producer/DP/Editor - Anthony Ciannamea; Camera Operators - Anthony Ciannamea, Lane Fujita and Mark Wisniowski; Assistants - Mike Brown, Todd Miller and Lenny Ciannamea; Wardrobe and Effects - A Lull and Anthony Ciannamea; Creatures - Nigel Evan Dennis and Ashwin DeepankarMusic video for "Weapons For War" by A Lull. Directed by Anthony Ciannamea.... more
A centuries-old religious ceremony of an indigenous people in southern Mexico has led to small evolutionary changes in a local species of fish, according to researchers from Texas A&M University.
Since before the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the New World, the Zoque people of southern Mexico would venture each year during the Easter season deep into the sulfuric cave Cueva del Azufre to implore their deities for a bountiful rain season. As part of the annual ritual, they release into the cave's waters a distinctive, leaf-bound paste made of lime and the ground-up root of the barbasco plant, a natural fish toxin. Believing the cave's fish to be gifts from their gods, they scoop up their poisoned prey to feed upon until their crops are ready to harvest.
However, a team of researchers led by Dr. Michael Tobler, an evolutionary ecologist at Oklahoma State University, and Dr. Gil Rosenthal, a biology professor at Texas A&M, has discovered that some of these fish have managed not only to develop a resistance to the plant's powerful toxin, but also to pass on their tolerant genes to their offspring, enabling them to survive in the face of otherwise certain death for their non-evolved brethren.
Their findings recently were published in the online journal Biology Letters.
Tobler has been studying the small, cave-dwelling fish species known as the Atlantic molly or Poecilia mexicana and its uncanny ability to survive in the toxic sulfur environment of Cueva del Azufre since 2004. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Zurich in 2008 and spent the next two years as a postdoctoral research associate at Texas A&M, studying under Rosenthal and Dr. Kirk Winemiller, a professor in wildlife and fisheries science, as part of a two-year, $79,000 Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.
After learning about the Zoque people's sacred ritual and witnessing the event firsthand in 2007, Tobler and Rosenthal decided to investigate the effects of this peculiar ceremony on the mollies and their habitat. Ironically, it was the last ceremony ever held, as the Zoques ended the practice that year due to political pressure from the government, which sought to preserve the cave as a hotbed for tourism and potential revenue.
"We wanted to do a lab experiment where we exposed fish from different parts of the creek to barbasco," Tobler says. "Some of these fish had been more exposed than others."
In March 2010, the team collected molly specimens from two different areas of the cave annually exposed to the barbasco toxin as well as from two different areas upstream, further away from the Zoque's ritual. With both groups of fish in a single tank, they then introduced the barbasco root to determine how both groups would react.
They found that the mollies annually exposed to the barbasco indeed were more resistant than the fish further upstream -- to the extent that they were able to swim in the noxious water nearly 50 percent longer. Tobler and Rosenthal's group concluded that human beings had, over time, not only affected molly population dynamics, but also inadvertently kick-started the evolutionary process of natural selection as well. Mollies able to tolerate the poisonous conditions survived and passed those traits to their offspring, resigning those that perished to their fate of serving as a ceremonial feast for the Zoque.
"The cool thing is that this ceremony has gone on a long time and that the fish responded to it evolutionarily," Tobler says. "Lots of species couldn't live with these changes. It highlights how nature is affected by human activity."
Rosenthal contends that the idea of imposing evolutionary divergence on a species at an extremely localized spatial scale is not a new concept. In fact, he says, it's been happening since the beginning of humankind and that the idea of the "noble savage" is passé.
"We tend to have this wonderful Pocahontas idea that before Europeans came in, everything was pristine and in harmony with nature and that all of the changes in our environment have been post-industrialization," he explains. "No. People have been changing the environment forever."
Moreover, Rosenthal says, once a species has become genetically adapted to human presence, it is not very easy to suddenly reverse.
Their ritual since banned, the Zoques still perform a mock ceremony each Easter season. Tobler, however, would like to see the Zoque's original ceremony resume, but in a way that is sustainable to nature as well as other cave inhabitants. The key, he and Rosenthal believe, is to find a balance between human activity and their environment. In the case of the Zoques, it may mean a few limitations on barbasco usage for their ritual, such as releasing the toxin only 50-to-60 meters into the cave rather than 100 meters.
Pending further resolution, Tobler will continue his research with the mollies at Oklahoma State, where they are housed in a special tank built to safely imitate their sulfuric living conditions in Cueva del Azufre.
"We need to understand what the impact really is on these fish rather than eliminate the ceremony completely," Tobler says. "We want to hopefully find a balance between the cultural practices of these people and the ecosystem."
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101105091811.htmA centuries-old religious ceremony of an indigenous people in southern Mexico has led... more
Meet Jordan, a college student giving up XBOX for http://www.ForgottenVoices.org. Jordan is part of a super rad event called Nervosity, which raises money for orphans every summer. What would you do to help the orphans we love to serve?Meet Jordan, a college student giving up XBOX for http://www.ForgottenVoices.org.... more
Meet Chris, a high school student who gave up money he saved for a car to support a farm project at The Rock, a church partner of http://www.ForgottenVoices.org. Chris is part of a super rad event called Nervosity, which raises money for us every summer. What would you do to help the kids we love to serve?Meet Chris, a high school student who gave up money he saved for a car to support a... more