Nature Blows My Mind! Macro photographs of brilliant hummingbirds Hummingbirds are one of nature's many wonders, with their freaky flying abilities and jewel-like colours. They are difficult to photograph close up, but on a recent trip to Bosque De Paz, a 3,000 acre private biological reserve in Costa Rica, photographer Chris Morgan was able to accomplish this feat of superhuman patience, snapping macro shots of a tiny Green Crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula) hummingbird. Morgan says: The hummingbirds were so tempting to photograph to the point of madness!
Asceticism Asceticism (/əˈsɛtɪsɪz(ə)m/; from the Greek: ἄσκησις áskēsis, "exercise" or "training") is a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from various worldly pleasures, often with the aim of pursuing spiritual goals. Many religious traditions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and some Christian groups (for example, the Desert Fathers) include practices that involve restraint with respect to actions of body, speech, and mind. The founders and earliest practitioners of these religions lived extremely austere lifestyles, refraining from sensual pleasures and the accumulation of material wealth. They practised asceticism not as a rejection of the enjoyment of life, or because the practices themselves are virtuous, but as an aid in the pursuit of physical and metaphysical health. They eschewed worldy pleasures and led an abstemious lifestyle. Etymology
Plants Are Far More Intelligent Than We Ever Assumed Like higher organisms, plants appear able to make complex decisions. A new study shows that plants may be able to initiate a survival mechanism by aborting their own seeds to prevent parasite infestation. Plants have previously been shown to draw alternative sources of energy from other plants. Graham Hill Explains How Less Stuff Leads to More Freedom at TED TreeHugger Founder Graham Hill stopped by the TED Conference recently to outline his LifeEdited project—and explain why a keen ability to edit will be the most important skill of the next century. Watch a video of the talk below:Watch the Video in Full Screen at Ted.com In the end, the goal of the LifeEdited project was not to strip everything away—rather, it was to cut down to the essential in order to open more opportunities with less space and fewer things. And moving into a sub-500 square foot apartment is not necessary. Graham explains how the project holds lessons for everyone, regardless of where they are starting from. Read more about LifeEdited:Help Design, Build an Ultra-Low Footprint Apartment: The LifeEdited ProjectWinners Selected in LifeEdited Competition To Design New York ApartmentLifeEdited: What We Can Learn From Camping Equipment
maps home page Down to: 6th to 15th Centuries | 16th and 19th Centuries | 1901 to World War Two | 1946 to 21st Century The Ancient World ... index of places Aegean Region, to 300 BCE A young man asks a homeless man to borrow his bucket, what happens next will burst you into tears - The Mind Awakened A German student was walking in the street and noticed a homeless man trying to get some money from the pedestrians. Unfortunately his technique was not very successful so the student asked him to borrow his bucket. At first, the homeless man was hesitant but he agreed to… it was the choice to make because what happens next will burst you into tears!
9,000-Year-Old Remains Show Evidence Of Oldest Known Decapitation In The Americas What do Henry VIII, George R.R. Martin, the Red Queen, and people who lived in South America 9,000 years ago all have in common? Big fans of decapitation. For history buffs and literature lovers, those first three are no surprise, but the discovery of a decapitated head in a South American grave was a bit of a shock, mostly due to its extreme age. In a study published today in PLOS One, researchers announced the discovery of the oldest known decapitation in the Americas. Found in the lowlands of Brazil at a site called Lapa do Santo, the body belonged to someone who lived more than 9,000 years ago. Fascinating Photos of Reindeer People Living in Mongolia After living in Nepal and exploring Tibet and the Himalayas for more than a decade, photographer Hamid Sardar-Afkhami decided he would travel to outer Mongolia to document the nomadic tribes and their unique way of life. A scholar of Tibetan and Mongol languages who received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Sanskrit and Tibetan Studies, Sardar was just the right person to capture the Dukha people, Mongolia's last nomadic reindeer herders. The Dukha are an ancient group of people of Turk descent who are dependent on reindeer for their way of life. In addition to milk and cheese, the reindeer provide transportation for hunting. They're ridden to hunt wild elk and boar.