Make A Bee Waterer And Help Hydrate Our Pollinators A single bee tends to at least 2,000 flowers daily, with their tiny wings beating 10,000 times per minute, carrying pollen, and dramatically assisting our food supply. All that work makes the bees thirsty, especially on a hot day. Bees need access to safe water sources, they often risk drowning in birdbaths or being eaten at rivers and lakes among birds, fish, frogs and other wildlife. This is why they often fly around our clothes lines and may even land on us if we are in an outdoor pool on a hot day. Kim Flottum, editor of the Bee Culture magazine, writes in her book The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden: “Water is used to dissolve crystallized honey, to dilute honey when producing larval food, for evaporation cooling during warm weather, and for a cool drink on a hot day.” “Bees know exactly where to return for the same water source. One solution to this problem is to add marbles or pebbles to a bowl or pan and then add water.
In Undertale, you can choose to kill monsters — or understand them / Offworld Like a lot of roleplaying games, Undertale asks you to become a child. When you fall down a hole into an underworld populated with monsters, your path seems clear: set off on a brave journey across a hostile land, destroy the evil monsters you meet along the way, and emerge a hero. Then, almost immediately, you meet a monster who doesn't want to fight. Welcome to Undertale, a game where every battle is a choice between the complex morality of compassion, and the simplicity of the sword. Other monsters you encounter are more aggressive, but just as complicated. Whatever else a monster is in this world, it's also a person, and every foe you encounter has its own fears, anxieties, and dreams. You can try to talk to them, to understand and defuse the problems that are drawing them into the conflict, or you can kill them. Undertale was originally funded on Kickstarter, where developer Toby Fox crowd funded over $50,000 for his pitch: a role-playing game where no one has to get hurt.
Taoism - Resources This page provides further online Taoist resources by topics. More resources will be added soon - please register with our newsletter to be informed of updates. Taoism > Introduction to Taoism by Huston Smith (PDF)No civilization is monochrome. > Daoism and Ecology by James MillerDaoism, as the indigenous religion of China, is profoundly ecological in its theoretical disposition, but in practice does not conform easily to Western notions of what this should entail. > Taoist ResourcesA collection of Taoist scriptures located at the Internet Archive. Tao-te ching > The Complete Tao-te ching - translation by James Legge (PDF). > A comparative version (Legge, Suzuki, Goddard) plus Chinese version. > Tao-te ching - A matrix translation with Chinese text (PDF). > Chinese version with vocabulary and English explanation of each character. > A few comments on Tao-te ching by D. > 175+ translations of the first chapter. > Sixty interactive translations provided by Mobilewords Limited I-ching Lieh-tzu
Paul Ford: What is Code? | Bloomberg A computer is a clock with benefits. They all work the same, doing second-grade math, one step at a time: Tick, take a number and put it in box one. Tick, take another number, put it in box two. Tick, operate (an operation might be addition or subtraction) on those two numbers and put the resulting number in box one. Tick, check if the result is zero, and if it is, go to some other box and follow a new set of instructions. You, using a pen and paper, can do anything a computer can; you just can’t do those things billions of times per second. Apple has always made computers; Microsoft used to make only software (and occasional accessory hardware, such as mice and keyboards), but now it’s in the hardware business, with Xbox game consoles, Surface tablets, and Lumia phones. So many things are computers, or will be. When you “batch” process a thousand images in Photoshop or sum numbers in Excel, you’re programming, at least a little. 2.1 How Do You Type an “A”? It’s simple now, right?
16 Of The Most Magnificent Trees In The World How do I love thee, tree? Let me count the ways; you change carbon dioxide into the oxygen we breathe, you sequester carbon, and you provide shelter for countless critters. There are many reasons for which we should all be tree-hugging hippies, but within the scope of this article, all we’ll focus on is how amazing some of them look. Granted, not all of these amazing beautiful trees are trees (the Wisteria is a vine, Rhododendrons are shrubs, and bamboo technically belongs to the grass family), but we’ll give them a pass because they are amazing, huge and beautiful. If you know of an amazing tree not on this list, you can submit it at the bottom of this post. 125+ Year Old Rhododendron “Tree” In Canada This huge 125-year-oldold rhododendron is technically not a tree – most are considered to be shrubs. 144-Year-Old Wisteria In Japan Image credits: tungnam.com.hk At 1,990 square meters (about half an acre), this huge wisteria is the largest of its kind in Japan. Image credits: falcor88
TAO.ORG |The Center of Traditional Taoist Studies | The Temple of Original Simplicity Men who possess my Tao are princes in this life and rulers in the hereafter. — Chuang Tzu Lao Tzu is the founder of Taoism in 500 BC. Taoism is both a religion and philosophy with roots extending to ancient shamanism. It is codified in the Tao Te Ching, history's second most translated book after Christianity's Holy Bible. Its eighty-one poems were written in 500BC by the Sage, Lao Tzu. Grand Master Anatole explains Taoism Basic Principles The Tao Te Ching unifies all aspects of existence. Taoism's Nine Cardinal Principles Principle #1. Who can find repose in a muddy world? The purpose of Taoism is to explain how the world operates and the best way to navigate through life. Principle #2. In that he saw the unity, he was of God; in that he saw distinctions, he was of man. — Chuang Tzu Taoism is a philosophical and religious system built on a holistic view of reality. Principle #3. Do not develop the nature which is of man, but develop the nature which is of God. — Chuang Tzu Principle #4.
Cheap Water from the World's Largest Modern Seawater Desalination Plant The world’s largest and cheapest reverse-osmosis desalination plant is up and running in Israel. Availability: now Breakthrough Demonstrating that seawater desalination can cost-effectively provide a substantial portion of a nation’s water supply. Why It Matters The world’s supplies of fresh water are inadequate to meet the needs of a growing population. Key Players IDE Technologies Poseidon Water Desalitech Evoqua On a Mediterranean beach 10 miles south of Tel Aviv, Israel, a vast new industrial facility hums around the clock. Worldwide, some 700 million people don’t have access to enough clean water. The new plant in Israel, called Sorek, was finished in late 2013 but is just now ramping up to its full capacity; it will produce 627,000 cubic meters of water daily, providing evidence that such large desalination facilities are practical. The traditional criticism of reverse-osmosis technology is that it costs too much. —David Talbot
Strange Artifacts, Baghdad Battery This experiment proved that electric batteries were used some 1,800 years before their modern invention by Alessandro Volta in 1799. It also seems that the use of similar batteries can be safely placed into ancient Egypt, where several objects with traces of electroplated precious metals have been found at different locations. There are several anomalous finds from other regions, which suggests use of electricity on a grander scale. The Riddle of "Baghdad's batteries" Arran Frood investigates what could have been the very first batteries and how these important archaeological and technological artefacts are now at risk from the impending war in Iraq. I don't think anyone can say for sure what they were used for, but they may have been batteries because they do work Dr Marjorie Senechal War can destroy more than a people, an army or a leader. Biblical clues THE KEY COMPONENTS Batteries dated to around 200 BC Could have been used in gilding Scientific awareness "They are a one-off. Enough zap
Daoist Philosophy Along with Confucianism, “Daoism” (sometimes called “Taoism“) is one of the two great indigenous philosophical traditions of China. As an English term, Daoism corresponds to both Daojia (“Dao family” or “school of the Dao”), an early Han dynasty (c. 100s B.C.E.) term which describes so-called “philosophical” texts and thinkers such as Laozi and Zhuangzi, and Daojiao (“teaching of the Dao”), which describes various so-called “religious” movements dating from the late Han dynasty (c. 100s C.E.) onward. Thus, “Daoism” encompasses thought and practice that sometimes are viewed as “philosophical,” as “religious,” or as a combination of both. While modern scholars, especially those in the West, have been preoccupied with classifying Daoist material as either “philosophical” or “religious,” historically Daoists themselves have been uninterested in such categories and dichotomies. Table of Contents 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The term Dao means a road, and is often translated as “the Way.” 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Is Human Empathy an Evolutionary Advantage?' Bill Nye, scientist, engineer, comedian, author, and inventor, is a man with a mission: to help foster a scientifically literate society, to help people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has been doing most of his life. In Seattle Nye began to combine his love of science with his flair for comedy, when he won the Steve Martin look-alike contest and developed dual careers as an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Nye then quit his day engineering day job and made the transition to a night job as a comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. While working on the Science Guy show, Nye won seven national Emmy Awards for writing, performing, and producing. Nye is the host of three currently-running television series.
Ancient Underwater City Found Off India: Discovery in Bay of Cambay Will Force Western Archaeologists to Rewrite History Now, it was announced in January, a civilization has been uncovered that would have appeared just as ancient to the people who built the pyramids as the pyramids seem to us. According to marine scientists in India, archaeological remains of this lost city have been discovered 36 metres (120 feet) underwater in the Gulf of Cambay off the western coast of India. And carbon dating says that they are 9,500 years old. This news completely contradicts the position of most Western historians and archaeologists, who (because it did not fit their theories) have always rejected, ignored, or suppressed evidence of an older view of mankind's existence on planet Earth. Human civilization is now provably much more ancient than many have believed. According to the BBC's Tom Housden, reporting on the Cambay find: Several reports confirm this estimate. Unheard-of Scope of Cambay Ruins The BBC article tells us that the remains of this ancient city stand upon "enormous foundations." According to Howe:
Chapter 17 Translation The greatest heights exist below what we realize, Next comes what we praise. Next comes what we fear. Next comes what we bully. When trust is lacking, there is no trust. Long drawn out speech is noble, Meritorious accomplishment is fulfilling, The people all say, “I am natural”. 1) highest (greatest; excessively; too) upper (higher; superior; better), below (under; lower; inferior) know (realize; notify) have (exist) of. 2) his (her; its; their; that; such) order (sequence; next) parent (relative; intimate) <conj.> and (yet, but) reputation (fame; praise) of. 3) his (her; its; their; that; such) order (sequence; next) fear (respect) of. 4) his (her; its; their; that; such) order (sequence; next) insult (bully) of. 5) true (confidence; trust; faith; believe in) not foot (enough; ample) here (herein; how; why), have (exist) no (not) true (confidence; trust; faith; believe in) here (herein; how; why). 6) long-drawn-out (leisurely) ! Second Pass: Work in Progress Issues: D.C.
Gifts With Meaning Photo IT’S time for my annual holiday gift guide, the chance to recommend presents more meaningful than a tie or sweater. For $20, through Heifer International (heifer.org), you can buy a flock of ducks and help a family work its way to a better life. Or $74 through CARE (care.org) pays for a schoolgirl’s books and supplies so she can attend school for a year — and girls’ education may be the highest-return investment available in the world today. Here are some other ideas: ■ We’re seeing painful upheavals about race on university campuses these days, but the civil rights issue in America today is our pre-K through 12th grade education system, which routinely sends the neediest kids to the worst schools. For $15 a month per child, it offers mentoring, pregnancy prevention, college counseling and more, and it’s effective: 91 percent of the students it helps end up graduating from high school. Continue reading the main story ■ I wrote this month about Dr. ■ In June I wrote about Dr. Dr.