Aquaponics and Vertical Farming. Aquaponics is a sustainable, closed-loop food production system that combines traditional aquaculture (breeding/keeping fish) with hydroponics (growing plants without the use of soil) using an eco-system approach within a symbiotic environment. The by-products from the fish get broken down by beneficial bacteria into nutrients. The waste water is then pumped up/upcycled as an organic fertilizer for the plants in the hydroponic sub-system. The plants take up the nutrients whilst also cleaning the water – which is then recirculated back down for the fish. Aquaponics is about recycling wastes into resources, combining technologies, creating eco-systems, promoting biodiversity and producing food. Ultimately Aquaponics is all about creating more from less.
The Mysterious History Of 'Marijuana' : Code Switch hide captionOne of the many, many forms of cannabis. "it was 3 a.m."/via Flickr One of the many, many forms of cannabis. We've decided to take a weekly look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology, or just because it has an interesting story. This week, we look into how we came to call cannabis "marijuana," and the role Mexico played in that shift. Permaculture: Creating Sustainable Systems Permaculture is a design science based on the observation of natural systems. It helps us realise an ethical approach for creating ecological systems for sustainability in all aspects of our lives. It involves creating forest food gardens; planting and maintaining both non-edible and edible plants such as vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts, berries and grain. Along with keeping and breeding animals, eliminating the need for herbicide, catching and reusing rainwater; creating swales, soil creation, local economics, preventing pests and diseases, reducing waste and creating energy and community systems. The Tasmanian word “Permaculture” derives from the terms “permanent Culture” and “Permanent agriculture”.
It's Really Easy to Create Your Very Own Legal High Image: via Flickr/CC Pick a banned drug, any banned drug. Perform a slight molecular twist. Find a lab—probably somewhere in China—that's down to pump out a bunch of this stuff et voilà, you've got yourself a new, legal version of that illegal substance. So goes the reportage in the sort of breathless and oftentimes inaccurate (or straight up untrue) press and television coverage we've come to expect in the wake of overdoses and psychological traumas wrought on by whichever so-called new psychoactive substance is hot at any given moment. But is inventing and manufacturing a perfectly legal version, or analogue, of an illegal recreational drug a simple matter of tweaking that banned drug's chemical structure and putting out feelers to some sketchy pill stamper or powder-head outside of Shanghai?
Four Quadrant Energy Exchange in Magnetic & Dielectric Fields of Induction The Magnetic Field of Induction, Phi, is directly related to the magneto-motive force, or “current”, i, in amperes. A constant, time invariant, M.M.F. constitutes a constant, or “direct current”, magnetic field. This constant M.M.F., or direct current, gives rise to no reactionary Electro-Motive Force, E. E.M.F. is a result of the magnetic field acting to maintain a constant current in a regulatory manner.
Inside a Goa trance crack rave – Alex Wickham The thick, oily smell of marijuana stagnating in the air was overpowered briefly but unmistakably by the acrid, chemical, yet almost chocolatey fumes of crack cocaine. A dreadlocked man who had a face like Keith Richards might if he had stopped holding back passed a makeshift crack pipe to a teenage European girl. She choked as she inhaled, and once again that deliciously poisonous vapour filled the room.
Using a Clock Pendulum to Generate Electricity Bill Mehess has invented a system in which a clock pendulum mechanism swings magnets into coils, allegedly generating enough electricity to recharge the clock spring as well as power other devices. by Sterling D. AllanPure Energy Systems NewsCopyright © 2007
The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral Will Amaze, and Maybe Infuriate, You When Jonah Berger was a graduate student at Stanford, in the early aughts, he would make a habit of reading page A2 of the Wall Street Journal, which included a list of the five most-read and the five most-shared articles of the day. “I’d go down to the library and surreptitiously cut out that page,” he recalls. “I noticed that what was read and what was shared was often different, and I wondered why that would be.” What was it about a piece of content—an article, a picture, a video—that took it from simply interesting to interesting and shareable? Patent US20130256066 - Mechanical motion system for energy generation - Google Patents This application relates to and claims priority from U.S. Provisional Application 61/636,276 filed Apr. 20, 2012, entitled SYSTEM OF MECHANICAL MOTION FOR POWER GENERATION, still pending. The contents of this application are incorporated by reference herein in their entirety. This application for patent registration is similar to my previous application called “SYSTEM FOR ENERGY PRODUCTION AND EQUIPMENT TO PRODUCE SAID ENERGY” dated Mar. 30, 2012 under number BR 10 2012 007288 2, however, it is different.
My Night at the NSFW Oscars (Things Get Weird at the AVN Awards) She was plucked from relative obscurity to star alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman in the TV adaptation. And she’s brilliant, don’t ya know. You know that dream you have, where you own a fabulous pair of new shoes, or have an amazing job? And everything about the dream is so hyper-realistic that when you wake up it takes several seconds to remember that it wasn’t real life?
This Bamboo Scooter Runs On Nothing But Air Forget gas, now a scooter exists that is designed to run on nothing but air. Specifically, compressed air, the same stuff that’s used to clean computer keyboards, fill scuba tanks, fire paintball guns, and more recently, to power cars. Like an electric scooter, the Ecomoto is quiet, doesn’t pump pollution into the atmosphere, and if the air compressor used to fill its tank runs on renewable electricity, doesn’t have much of a carbon footprint. Darby Bicheno, an Australian design student who created the conceptual scooter for a class, says that an air engine runs directly on the air inside, rather than converting energy from a battery.