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NASA Weighs In on Mayan Apocalypse on YouTube The title says it all, "Just Another Day." The official YouTube channel for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released its stance on the much publicized December 21, 2012 Mayan doomsday scenario. (VIDEO BELOW) In a nutshell - it's safe to make plans for December 22. Window Farms Lets Green Thumbs Grow Fresh Veggies Indoors Window Farms – Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World It all started when Britta Riley decided to build a mini-garden in a Brooklyn window, creating a low-maintenance and self-sufficient alternative to consuming. We’ve been fans of Window Farm‘s edible gardens for long while, and just in time for the holiday season the team has evolved their fantastic gardening systems to create a brand new stand-up version of their original microfarms. These mini-gardens can hang in columns or stand on the sill, allowing you to grow fresh vegetables, herbs, and leafy treats in practically any space. Britta Riley‘s vertical hydroponic Window Farm systems are a boon for space-starved urban dwellers looking to start their own garden. In their latest form the gardens are made from environmentally-friendly plastic and wire. The Window Farm team is featuring special offers through their Kickstarter page, and they even offer a varied selection of seedlings (at an extra cost) which can be shipped to your door.

100 Best Illustrator Tutorials of All Time Adobe Illustrator is the most powerful vector software on the planet, and whether you’re using it alone, or in a workflow with other tools such as a 3D program, Photoshop, InDesign, or something else, it can be a great asset to any designer’s arsenal. However, Illustrator is also one of the most daunting programs to learn how to use, with a vast array of tools and features at your fingertips. Some high quality tutorials will go a long way to easing the process, and get you up and going on your own vector creations. In our sequel to the Best Photoshop tutorials of all time, today we have the best Illustrator tutorials ever created and showcased on the web.

Ask Chris #81: Scooby-Doo and Secular Humanism Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That’s why every week, Senior Writer Chris Sims puts his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions! Q: On Scooby-Doo, do you prefer the monsters to be real or people in costumes? Why time appears to speed up with age (idea) In a groundbreaking article, T. L. Freeman discusses the relationship between actual age and effective age1. Nano Vent-Skin of Micro-Wind Turbines Some think big when it comes to wind turbines; designer Agustin Otegui thinks very small, at the nano scale, with his idea for Nano Vent-Skin, the ultimate green wall. "Using nano-manufacturing with bioengineered organisms as a production method, NVS merges different kinds of micro organisms that work together to absorb and transform natural energy from the environment. What comes out of this merging of living organisms is a skin that transforms two of the most abundant sources of green energy on earth: Sunlight and Wind. There is another advantage of using living organisms: the absorption of CO2 from the air." The outer skin of the structure absorbs sunlight through an organic photovoltaic skin and transfers it to the nano-fibers inside the nano-wires which then is sent to storage units at the end of each panel. Each turbine on the panel generates energy by chemical reactions on each end where it makes contact with the structure.

Anti-piracy lawyers caught pirating each other’s work We would like to think that the lawyers that are prosecuting alleged copyright infringers are practicing what they preach, but it looks like one of the most high profile firms involved in such cases are just as guilty of stealing other’s work as those who are downloading illegal media. Allegedly, the file sharing settlement letters and follow-up response templates used by ACS:Law were blatantly copied by lawyers at Tilly, Bailey and Irvine, who were starting their own settlement letter operation. Andrew Crossly from ACS:Law claims that the firm contacted him for help, which he provided, but instead of just using his templates as a guide, Tilly, Bailey and Irvine began to use them as their own without consent. “My cooperation does not extend to allowing, without my prior knowledge, license or permission, to use my firm’s range of precedent letters, paragraphs and responses.

Judith Jarvis Thomson: A Defense of Abortion Judith Jarvis Thomson: A Defense of Abortion From Philosophy & Public Affairs, Vol. 1, no. 1 (Fall 1971). (Reprinted in "Intervention and Reflection: Basic Issues in Medical Ethics," 5th ed., ed. Ronald Munson (Belmont; Wadsworth 1996). pp 69-80.) Most opposition to abortion relies on the premise that the fetus is a human being, a person, from the moment of conception. The premise is argued for, but, as I think, not well. Cartoonist turns lawsuit threat into $100K charity fundraiser Internet Rosa Golijan NBC News June 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM ET Twitter / Updated 7:43 p.m. The World’s First Vertical Forest: An I’d like to introduce you to the world’s first Bosco Verticale (Italian for Vertical Forest), which is being built right now in Milan. According to Christopher Woodward, a writer for the Financial Times, it’s “the most exciting new tower in the world.” This vertical forest will span across two towers that have fabulous balconies designed to house these trees.

Six Charged in Federal Crackdown on Hacking by Anonymous, LulzSec Groups The U.S. charged six leaders of an underground hacking movement that spent more than a year embarrassing law enforcement officials and turned cyber attacks into a tool of political activism. The six, some involved with the group “Anonymous,” are accused of intrusions that attracted worldwide attention such as defacing the website of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, stealing customer data from Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (CPEI) and recording a confidential FBI teleconference of U.S. and Irish agents discussing an international hacking probe. They also stole personal information of at least 1 million people, U.S. authorities said. One those charged, Hector Xavier Monsegur, who used the nickname Sabu and is described as an “influential member” of Anonymous and an off-shoot group LulzSec, is cooperating with U.S. authorities, according to a transcript of his August guilty plea in federal court in New York.

Dudes With Beards Eating Cupcakes Apr 10 Dads With Beards Eating Cupcakes Apr 7 Second time’s a charm I informed our friend Rob here that his submission violated DWBEC’s Shirts-On Policy. 1 Million Spiders Make Golden Silk for Rare Cloth A rare textile made from the silk of more than a million wild spiders goes on display today at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. To produce this unique golden cloth, 70 people spent four years collecting golden orb spiders from telephone poles in Madagascar, while another dozen workers carefully extracted about 80 feet of silk filament from each of the arachnids. The resulting 11-foot by 4-foot textile is the only large piece of cloth made from natural spider silk existing in the world today.

Memphis Teacher Ordered to Dismantle Urban Garden Photo Credit: glabber, Stock.xchng. From the "Are You Freaking Kidding Me??" department... A Memphis, Tennessee math teacher, along with three students from his neighborhood, tend an urban garden, keep bees, make vermicompost, produce biofuel, and make soap with the byproducts of biofuel production. The teacher does this on his own time, on his own property, after spending all day teaching.

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