Off-the-grid communities: 5 places carving a sustainable path
Learn about several communities around the United States where people live independent of any utility connections in sustainable, self-sufficient villages.
Mark Buehrle can’t bring pit bull to Ontario
The Miami Marlins pitcher was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, but pit bulls are a banned breed in Ontario.
New count reveals rare U.S. bird
The striking blue bird lives exclusively on California’s Santa Cruz Island.
Farthest known galaxy in the universe discovered
The galaxy is about 13.3 billion light-years away, and since the universe is about 13.7 billion years old, the light has been traveling since the start of time.
16 Nov 2012
A good thing:
Australia created the world’s largest network of marine national parks today protecting an area of ocean the size of Western Europe in a move which will prevent oil and gas exploration and commercial fishing in the most sensitive areas.
Read more: http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/australia-creates-worlds-biggest-marine-parks/
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This koala joey was found abandoned beside a road in Brisbane, Australia last month. Named after the man who discovered him, Raymond was dehydrated and skinny, and weighed just 260g. It is believed his mother was either been hit by a car or was too ill to care for the 2-3-month-old. Initially, carers feared that Raymond wouldn’t survive because he weighed so little and wouldn’t feed properly. Julie Zyzniewski, who is looking after him, says: He had to be coaxed to feed. He was frail and his future was uncertain. Suddenly, one day he decided life wasn’t so bad and he has been absolutely powering along ever since.
Now, Raymond spends his days sitting at Julie’s desk, where she is able to feed him his diet of special bottle formula every three hours. According to Julie she is fortunate that her boss Paulette Jones has a soft spot for wildlife.
Two divers look at a great white during a dive without shark cages in the waters off the coast of Mexico. Deep sea photographer Daniel Botelho took a series of pictures on a recent trip to a remote island off the coast of Mexico. The award-winning nature photographer insisted that while great white sharks are top predators they very rarely regard humans as food.
He explained the key to safely diving with this notorious shark was to remain relaxed, keep eye contact with the shark and hold ones ground no matter how close the shark swims to the diver.
NOTE: the excitement starts about 2/3 of the way through
This machine is crazy big and crazy fast, and if you look closely you can see Kari Byron!
it’s so fast… as is speeds up you can hear it slicing through the air… also there are people in that truck! look at the smoke! holy cow!
November 5, 1605: The Gunpowder Plot fails.
On November 5, 1605, a man named Guy Fawkes was arrested after he was found beneath the House of Lords near dozens of barrels of gunpowder, ready to be lit. Fawkes was one of a small group of conspirators plotting to assassinate James I, England’s first Stuart king, whose attitude toward Catholics had turned from moderate to hostile as time passed. In 1604, the king reintroduced fines against non-Anglicans (and his hostility was exacerbated by the discovery of this conspiracy, of course).
Although Fawkes was the would-be assassin who was immortalized and remembered by history, the leader of the group and principal organizer was one Robert Catesby, a charismatic and zealous “crusader” who, after the plot was foiled, was found dead holding a picture of the Virgin Mary.
The “Gunpowder Plot” had come extremely close to succeeding and had failed almost by chance. On October 26, an anonymous letter was sent informing the lords of a possible attack on Parliament, but the conspirators, aware of the letter, thought little of it. Their plan seemed to have been going smoothly until the King ordered a last-minute search of the cellars beneath Parliament, where Guy Fawkes was discovered and arrested. When interrogated and asked what he intended to do with the gunpowder that he had been found guarding, Fawkes replied that his intention had been to “to blow you Scotch beggars back to your native mountains.” He, along with his co-conspirators, was hanged, drawn, and quartered in January of 1606, and, that same year, Parliament passed an act establishing what would later be known as “Guy Fawkes Night”. The holiday was meant to commemorate the failure of the Gunpowder Plot, and (in its early years) it was as much a condemnation of Catholicism as it was a celebration of the King’s survival. A rhyme often accompanied these festivities; one went this way:
Guy Fawkes, Guy
Stick him up on high,
Hang him on a lamp post
And there let him die.
Poke Him in the eye,
Put him on the fire
And there let him die
Burn his body from his head
Then you’ll say
Guy Fawkes is dead
Hip, Hip, Hooray!
The most famous begins with these lines:Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
do you see the meaning behind the celebration of a failed terrorist plot?
Stop what you’re doing. Look at these photos. Buzzfeed’s Matt Stopera has gathered 60 photos of the destruction from Hurricane Sandy. It is worse than you think it is. Stopera’s only commentary — “These people need help” — nails it.
(Above: Breezy Point, Queens. Photo by Spencer Platt / Getty Images)
If prizes for Halloween costumes were handed out in the world of nature, this scary skull-faced creepy-crawly would surely win. The extraordinary specimen is the larvae of the pink underwing moth, an endangered species only found in the Australian rainforest. Ecologist Lui Weber photographed the rare caterpillar, which is characterised by a set of teeth-like markings set between spots that look like eyes with large pupils.
Picture: Lui Weber/Rex Features (via Pictures of the day: 29 October 2012 - Telegraph)
The Earth has the most complicated atmosphere in the solar system, so complicated that meteorologists look to other planets to understand how our weather works. Combined with its constantly active plate tectonics, our planet is truly an adventurous place to live.
As the East Coast of the United States braces for a storm of historic proportions in Hurricane Sandy, we take a look back at awesome Earth events past, from earthquakes, to blizzards, to floods.
29 Oct 2012
A good thing:
Scientists have come up with a test for the virus that causes AIDS that is ten times more sensitive and a fraction of the cost of existing methods, offering the promise of better diagnosis and treatment in the developing world.
Read more: http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/new-test-to-improve-hiv-diagnosis-in-poor-countries/
“We’ve never really done anything like this before, but climate change hasn’t really reared its head in this kind of way before. Even though you can’t attribute every storm to climate change, the average of 5-degree warmer oceans have created so much more vapor for the storm to pick up and dump on NYC and Boston.” Hurricane Sandy: Climate Change Activists Offer Stark Reminder Before Storm Hits