The Coconut Revolution This is the modern-day story of a native peoples remarkable victory over Western Colonial power. A Pacific island rose up in arms against giant mining corporation Rio Tinto Zinc (RTZ) - and won despite a military occupation and blockade. When RTZ decided to step up production at the Panguna Mine on the island of Bougainville, they got more than they bargained for. The islands people had enough of seeing their environment ruined and being treated as pawns by RTZ. The Papua New Guinea Army (PNGDF) were mobilised in an attempt to put down the rebellion. What was happening within the blockade was an environmental and spiritual revolution. Watch the full documentary now -
War of Currents In the War of Currents era (sometimes, War of the Currents or Battle of Currents) in the late 1880s, George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison became adversaries due to Edison's promotion of direct current (DC) for electric power distribution over alternating current (AC). Thomas Edison, American inventor and businessman, known as "The Wizard of Menlo Park", pushed for the development of a DC power network. George Westinghouse, American entrepreneur and engineer, financially backed the development of a practical AC power network. Edison's direct-current system generated and distributed electric power at the same voltage as used by the customer's lamps and motors. This meant that the current in transmission was relatively large, and so heavy conductors were required and transmission distances were limited, to about a mile (kilometre); otherwise transmission losses would make the system uneconomical. At the time, no method was practical for changing voltages of DC power. DC AC
How Was the Solar System Formed? | What Created the Solar System | Life's Little Mysteries Scientists aren't completely sure how the solar system formed, but most agree the best explanation is that a cloud of molecules collapsed inward on itself, forming our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. In this description, called the nebular model, our sun coalesced first, surrounded by a spinning disk of gas and dust. How the sun formed Some evidence, such as a 2010 study from scientists at the Carnegie institution, suggests this contraction could have been spurred by a burst from nearby supernovas . Other forces like differences in density could also have caused the cloud begin collapsing according to "From Suns to Life: A Chronological Approach to the History of Life on Earth" (Springer, 2004), an astronomy review text. Initially, gas collected in the dense center of this spinning disk, creating a protosun. How the planets formed Meanwhile, in the disk of material around the young sun, a process called accretion formed the planets, moons, comets and asteroids. Got a question?
Colombia declares US base share deal unconstitutional (Build 20100722155716) 18 August 2010Last updated at 08:06 A Colombian court has declared as unconstitutional a deal which gives US troops access to its military bases. The constitutional court ruled the 2009 accord should be redrafted as an international treaty and sent to Colombia's Congress for approval. The deal allows the US to use seven bases to help with operations against drug trafficking and terrorism. But it was criticised by other Latin American countries over a concern about the rise in US influence in the region. The US, which has supplied Colombia with more than $7bn (£4.5bn) in aid since 2000, was forced to look for a new centre for regional operations after Ecuador refused to renew the lease on its military base at Manta. The deal agreed by former President Alvaro Uribe in October 2009 gave the US access to the bases for 10 years and would see a maximum of 800 US military personnel and 600 civilian defence contractors based in Colombia.
Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived Additional notes from the author: If you want to learn more about Tesla, I highly recommend reading Tesla: Man Out of Time Also, this Badass of the week by Ben Thompson is what originally inspired me to write a comic about Tesla. Ben's also got a book out which is packed full of awesome. There's an old movie from the 80s on Netflix Instant Queue right now about Tesla: The Secret of Nikola Tesla. It's corny and full of bad acting, but it paints a fairly accurate depiction of his life. The drunk history of Tesla is quite awesome, too. History.com has a great article about Edison and how his douchebaggery had a chokehold on American cinema.
Applied and Environmental Microbiology Propaganda Matrix.com: Exposing the 4th Reich of the Elite and Government Sponsored Terrorism Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Тесла; 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. Born and raised in the Austrian Empire, Tesla received an advanced education in engineering and physics in the 1870s and gained practical experience in the early 1880s working in telephony and at Continental Edison in the new electric power industry. He emigrated to the United States in 1884, where he would become a naturalized citizen. He worked for a short time at the Edison Machine Works in New York City before he struck out on his own. Attempting to develop inventions he could patent and market, Tesla conducted a range of experiments with mechanical oscillators/generators, electrical discharge tubes, and early X-ray imaging. Early years Tesla's baptismal record, 28 June 1856 Tesla coil
2ème édition du Nantes Food Forum du 3 au 7 octobre 2018 Après une première édition organisée à Nantes en juin 2017, le Nantes Food Forum a été reconduit et remet le couvert pour une seconde édition du 3 au 7 octobre 2018. C’est LE rendez-vous de ceux qui pensent l’alimentation de demain et qui se retrouvent autour de tables rondes, conférences mais aussi d’événements conviviaux. Et oui, vous avez bien lu, la deuxième édition du Nantes Food Forum, ce n’est plus trois jours mais bien cinq, du mercredi au dimanche. La raison ? L’alimentation est un sujet qui prend de l’ampleur et il était difficile de traiter tous les sujets qui nous animent, nous énervent, nous font peur, nous enthousiasment, nous taraudent, nous posent question. Le programme est en cours d’élaboration mais on peut quand même déjà dire que vous retrouverez quelques constantes. En attendant la sortie du programme, vous pouvez dores et déjà ajouter à votre agenda de rentrée un week-end pour penser à vos assiettes et à votre santé. Nantes Food Forum 03 au 07 octobre Nantes
History is not black-and-white... Point to ponder: "Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much." Oscar Wilde, Irish writer and poet (1854-1900). In politics and history - two disciplines linked closely by cause-and-effect relationships - there is a mainstream school of thought which is shaped and guided by vested interests such as, for example, lobby groups and the behind-the-scenes forces whose purpose they serve. In either discipline - or in any other subject, for that matter - an incomplete understanding of more than just the officially sanctioned side prevents one from making the correct decisions and drawing informed conclusions. Obviously, where a mainstream school of thought is useful to an Establishment, any non-mainstream views are detrimental to those who benefit from the status quo. For our efforts towards making these things public, we have been accused of "racism", "Holocaust denial", "re-writing history", "hatemongering", "stretching the limits of free speech", and the list goes on.