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Benefits Wool is a high quality natural fibre with very low carbon and water footprints. Wool can be farmed without the need for chemicals or pesticides. Drawbacks Conventional wool uses chemical pesticides to control parasites and either hot water or chemicals to process the fleece. Recommendations Organic wool, certified Predator-Friendly (if produced in North America), artisanal hand-spun wool varieties, and alpaca minimise the environmental impacts of wool and are the most eco-friendly options. High-growing varieties of the Cannabis plant can be refined into products such as hemp seed foods, oil, paper, rope, and cloth.
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Chiara Vigo: The last woman who makes sea silk
Silk is usually made from the cocoons spun by silkworms - but there is another, much rarer, cloth known as sea silk or byssus, which comes from a clam. Chiara Vigo is thought to be the only person left who can harvest it, spin it and make it shine like gold. Villagers stare as I knock on the door of Chiara Vigo's studio, otherwise known as the Museum of Byssus, on the Sardinian island of Sant'Antioco. One sign on the door says: "Haste doesn't live here." Vigo is sitting in a far corner of the room surrounded by yarns and canvasses, holding hands with a young woman whose eyes are full of tears. Then she hums a song with her eyes closed and fixes the bracelet on the girl's wrist. The girl is flabbergasted but this is no magic. The bracelet is made of an ancient thread, known as byssus, which is mentioned on the Rosetta stone and said to have been found in the tombs of pharaohs. Some believe it was the cloth God told Moses to lay on the first altar. "The byssus is the soul of the sea.
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Each spring, under the cover of darkness and guarded by members of the Italian Coast Guard, 62-year-old Chiara Vigo slips on a white tunic, recites a prayer and plunges headfirst into the crystalline sea off the tiny Sardinian island of Sant’Antioco. Using the moonlight to guide her, Vigo descends up to 15m below the surface to reach a series of secluded underwater coves and grassy lagoons that the women in her family have kept secret for the past 24 generations. She then uses a tiny scalpel to carefully trim the razor-thin fibres growing from the tips of a highly endangered Mediterranean clam known as the noble pen shell, or pinna nobilis. It takes about 100 dives to harvest 30g of usable strands, which form when the mollusc’s secreted saliva comes in contact with salt water and solidifies into keratin. You may also be interested in:– The last mermaids of Japan– The secret behind Italy's rarest pasta– The world's smallest kingdom Vigo is known as su maistu (‘the master’, in Sardo).
NASA calls it Sick Building Syndrome. I know it as a stuffy house that needs a good airing, as my Mom put it. By the end of January, if it weren’t for the forest of houseplants in my home, I’d open the windows, despite the snow and freezing daytime temperatures. Houseplants help rid the home of toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon dioxide and trichloroethylene, all chemicals that off-gas from man-made materials used to build and insulate a home. The NASA studies on indoor pollution done in 1989 recommends 15 to 18 plants in 6 to 8-inch- diameter containers to clean the air in an average 1,800 square foot house. Most of the plants that remove pollutants, scientists found, come from tropical forests where they only get light filtered through the branches of taller trees. Soil and roots also remove air-borne pollution. Common houseplants are the most efficient, NASA found. Take a look at NASA Top 15 Plant List below.
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How to Grow and Care for African Violets
African violets are a beautiful indoor plant, so find out how to grow and care for African violets. What Are African Violets? If you are in need of some flowering companions to get you through the cold days of winter, look for a plant that hails from the southern hemisphere, the African violet. African violets (Saintpaulia ionantha) are native to Tanzania and get their Latin name from a 19th century colonial official and amateur botanist, Baron Walter von Saint Paul, who was stationed in the east African country known then as Tanganyika. He sent specimens of these wild violets home to his father in Germany and in a very short time African violet seeds and plants were available all over Europe. Though these dainty flowers may look fragile they are pretty tough plants and easy to grow on a warm sunny windowsill. Caring for African Violets These plants have few demands but will reward you with almost constant bloom if they are happy.
An African ant, Megaponera analis, carries an injured soldier from the battlefield. (Credit: Erik Frank) Ants that hunt termites can risk getting grievously injured in battle, but that doesn’t mean its the end of the line. In a newly published study, scientists observed ant medics caring for their wounded comrades, which may be the first scientifically documented example of such medical care in the animal kingdom outside humanity. The African ant Megaponera analis specializes in hunting termites. After scouts of this ant species find termite feeding sites, the scouts lead columns of 200 to 600 fighters back to capture and kill termite prey. “The colony only has between 10 to 20 scouts at a time looking for food, and these scouts make all the important decisions about where to forage and how large the army should be that goes out,” said study lead author Erik Frank, a behavioral ecologist who carried out this research at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg in Germany.
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Art & Algae: The Work of Anna Atkins | Full Stop
Polysiphonia Affinis from Anna Atkins’ Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressiona “To my dearest father this attempt is affectionately inscribed” reads a touching dedication in the frontispiece of a rare book. The page is a cyanotype print of the most vibrant blue, and the lines of white hand-written words are those of early naturalist and photographer Anna Atkins. Several lifetimes older than myself, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions is thought to be the first book to feature photographic images. In 1841, William Harvey had published another first of its kind, A Manual of British Marine Algae. I first came to Atkins’ cyanotypes in preparation for Bloom, an exhibition at the Horniman Museum, a museum of anthropology and natural history in the south London suburb of Forest Hill. They appear fragile, but Horniman librarian Helen Williamson assures me of the cyanotypes’ hardiness. No two copies of British Algae are exactly alike. As historians such as Ann B. 1.
March 18, 2016 by ArtPlantae Nature-printed fern by Henry Bradbury © private collection The Chelsea Physic Garden has announced the the upcoming release of The Nature-Printer: a tale of industrial espionage, ferns and roofing lead by Simon Prett & Pia Östlund, a limited edition book about a lost technique of nature printing first announced in Vienna in the 1850s. Prett and Östlund’s book was inspired by a book Pia Östlund discovered while working at the Physic Garden five years ago. Overwhelmed by the beauty of the images, she set out to rediscover this lost technique of nature-printing. The Physic Garden explains: The quality of the nature-prints was astonishing. In The Nature-Printer, Prett traces Östlund’s determined quest and her attempt to repair broken connections between art, science and engineering. This limited edition book will be available beginning May 1, 2016. Pre-publication price: £150 (currency exchange) Publication price: £195 (currency exchange) Reserve Your Copy Like this:
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Charles Darwin (1758-1778): Nature printing
This small volume of ‘nature printed’ leaves and flowers offers an intriguing insight into late eighteenth-century botany. It belonged to Charles Darwin (1758-1778), the eldest son of Dr Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), of Lichfield, Derbyshire (himself the grandfather of the Charles Darwin of the ‘theory of evolution’ fame). As a child, Charles had been interested in botany, and had travelled with a botanical tutor in France when nine years old. He either made or acquired the book the year he went up to Oxford University, labelling it number eighty-four in his library, and noting the year as 1774. Charles left Oxford after a year to study medicine in Edinburgh. As a medic, he would be expected to have a knowledge of botany as many drugs were plant based. Charles’s death in 1778, while still a medical student at Edinburgh University, meant that the book reverted to his father, just when Erasmus Darwin was developing an intense interest in botany. Dr Anne Secord Darwin Correspondence Project
LA LIMPIEZA HEPÁTICA ¡Clave de la Salud! - robertobenitez.info
La cura, es facilísima, y sobre todo, natural. Poca gente sabe como limpiar el hígado! La mayoría lo tenemos lleno de sedimentos que atrancan su trabajo, sin saberlo. Echamos la culpa a el estómago, intestino etc.…, pero en la raíz de todas la patologías está el silencioso Hígado. El hígado es el gran olvidado de la medicina! Comparativamente con el hígado, poca gente tiene piedras en la vesícula. Versión con voz informática: Mucho cuidado con operarse de la vesícula, pues esta cura evita la operación. Casi nadie sabe que la gran mayoría de las personas desarrollamos piedras también en el hígado a lo largo de la vida y no lo sabemos porque nadie nos lo ha dicho, pues la medicina sólo las extrae en casos extremos, cuando están calcificadas y se pueden ver en las ecografías. Todo es por la intoxicación, generalmente debido a un hígado que no filtra, o lo hace muy poco y mal. Visita periódicamente mi blog para ver las fotos de la gente que va haciéndola:
La Venas varicosas se desarrollan generalmente debido a dietas excesivamente altas en almidones y azucares concentrados y productos inorgánicos y por lo tanto, la impureza de la sangre forma depósitos calcáreos. Para combatir esta condición hay que hacer lo siguiente: hay que evitar sus causas y luego desintoxicar y vitaminizar al sistema con las siguientes combinaciones de verduras fresca y crudas y algunas hierbas medicinales. Medio litro de combinaciones de jugo de zanahoria y espinaca, en las siguientes proporciones: zanahoria 5/8 partes y espinaca 3/8 parte.Medio litro de jugo de espinaca.½ litro de combinación zanahoria, un poco menos de ¼ de litro; apio, ¼ de litro; espinaca hasta completar el ½ litro.Zanahoria un poco más de la mitad del ½ litro; remolacha, ¼ de litro de pepino ¼. Se toma ½ litro diario.Zanahoria ½ litro; espinaca ¼ litro; nabo 1/8 y berro 1/8 . Se toma medio litro diario. Estos jugos se toman todos los días. También estos te son muy beneficiosos:
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Bicarbonato de Sodio: 1.001 utilidades. - robertobenitez.info
Uno de los textos consultados para este artículo es el libro: “Las increíbles propiedades del bicarbonato de sodio”, entretenido e instructivo, podemos descubrir las increíbles virtudes del bicarbonato de sodio, un incomparable aliado para llevar a cabo la mayor parte de las tareas del hogar, para remediar las ligeras molestias físicas y curar pequeñas heridas. Si aún no habéis descubierto el bicarbonato de sodio, probadlo sin perder más tiempo. Os sorprenderá descubrir los grandes servicios que os puede prestar ese polvito blanco. Esta obra pretende dar a conocer en profundidad el bicarbonato de sodio para conseguir un uso óptimo y eficaz. Usos del Bicarbonato de sodio. Higiene personal: 1. 7. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Olores. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Control de plagas. 1. 2. 3. 4. Otros usos. 1. 2. Salud. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Antes de tomar bicarbonato de sodio: Consulta con el médico si tomas otros medicamentos, especialmente otros antiácidos. No tóxico.
Early Bird or Night Owl? It May Be in Your Genes
If no amount of coffee seems to help you feel fresh and alert in the morning, you may be able to blame your genes. According to a new study by the genetics company 23andMe, the preference for being a "morning person" — someone who enjoys waking up early and going to bed early — rather than being an "evening person," who tends to stay up late at night and desperately reaches for the snooze button when the alarm goes off in the morning, is at least partially written in your genes. Researchers at the company found 15 regions of the human genome that are linked to being a morning person, including seven regions associated with genes regulating circadian rhythm — the body's internal clock. "I find it interesting to see how genetics influences our preferences and behaviors," said study co-author David Hinds, a statistical geneticist at 23andMe, a privately held genetic testing company headquartered in Mountain View, California. [7 Diseases You Can Learn About from a Genetic Test]
How Microbes, Viruses, Imprinted Genes, and Other Selfish Entities Shape Our Behavior Abstract Psychologists and psychiatrists tend to be little aware that (a) microbes in our brains and guts are capable of altering our behavior; (b) viral DNA that was incorporated into our DNA millions of years ago is implicated in mental disorders; (c) many of us carry the cells of another human in our brains; and (d) under the regulation of viruslike elements, the paternally inherited and maternally inherited copies of some genes compete for domination in the offspring, on whom they have opposite physical and behavioral effects. This article provides a broad overview, aimed at a wide readership, of the consequences of our coexistence with these selfish entities. The overarching message is that we are not unitary individuals but superorganisms, built out of both human and nonhuman elements; it is their interaction that determines who we are. Article Notes © The Author(s) 2015
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It wasn’t until Europeans took over North America that natives adopted the ideas of gender roles. For Native Americans, there was no set of rules that men and women had to abide by in order to be considered a “normal” member of their tribe. In fact, people who had both female and male characteristics were viewed as gifted by nature, and therefore, able to see both sides of everything. According to Indian Country Today, all native communities acknowledged the following gender roles: “Female, male, Two Spirit female, Two Spirit male and Transgendered.” “Each tribe has their own specific term, but there was a need for a universal term that the general population could understand. The “Two Spirit” culture of Native Americans was one of the first things that Europeans worked to destroy and cover up. “..Must be extinguished before it can be more fully recorded.” However, it wasn’t only white Europeans that tried to hide any trace of native gender bending.
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