We swear, by peace and love, to stand
Heart-to-heart and hand-in-hand.
Mark, O Spirit, and hear us now
Confirming this our sacred vow.
(Druid Prayer for Peace)
November 27, 2013
While the ongoing debate over the future of fossil fuels and renewables is unlikely to diminish any time soon, engineering research into an energy source named after a Norse God may soon provide a much-needed alternative. And although it may have been discovered nearly 200 years ago, there are a growing band of scientists, engineers and government officials who believe that the time has come to for Thorium to take its place in the discussion.
According to the BBC, the radioactive element is already being seen as a safer alternative to the existing use of uranium in nuclear reactors, with a number of engineering research and development projects across the world already engaged in assessing its energy potential. Thorium was originally found in Norway in 1828, and was named after the legendary god of thunder by the Swedish chemist who first identified its properties, although its use up until now has been sporadic.
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Global warming is a pressing issue that affects everyone. Though it may be hard to tell right now while we still have polar ice caps, National Geographic recently created a series of maps that illustrate how visually different the Earth would look if all the ice on the planet melted. The maps reveal a world with far fewer land masses that are above sea level. With all the glacial bodies thawing, it would lead to a rise in water levels by 216 feet. As a result, many of the continents’ current coastal areas would be submerged.
National Geographic explains: “There are more than five million cubic miles of [ice], and no one really knows how long it would take to melt it all. Probably more than 5,000 years, some scientists says. But if we burn all the earth’s supply of coal, oil, and gas, adding some five trillion more tons of carbon to the atmosphere, we’ll create a very hot planet, with an average temperature of perhaps 80 degrees Fahrenheit instead of the current 58. Large swaths of it might become too hot for humans. And it would likely be ice free for the first time in more than 30 million years.”
This was a great book. I had a real hard time putting it down. The story was well written and the characters were very interesting. I originally went into reading this thinking that it would be a very typical coming of age story, however, I was surprised by the characters and the real research that went into the novel. Very well done and worth the read.
Wow, what a great book. I really enjoyed the writing and the topic. It was a great new concept for me and I really enjoyed the characters. I would love to see another one in this series and hopefully one that digs a bit more into the characters and their relationships. Very entertaining and I would recommend it as a great read.
Jeju Loveland (제주러브랜드) (also known as Love Land) is an outdoor sculpture park which opened in 2004 on Jeju Island in South Korea. The park is focused on a theme of sex, running sex education films, and featuring 140 sculptures representing humans in various sexual positions. It also has other elements such as large phallus statues, stone labia, and hands-on exhibits such as a “masturbation-cycle”. The park’s website describes the location as “a place where love oriented art and eroticism meet” (source: Wikipedia).
As I said, a truly nymphobrainiac themed park! I wanna take a ride!
F*ck reblogging half naked girls, this is beautiful.
for all the people who think they wont find someone to love them, flaws and all…
I am in tears with how beautiful this was…
God bless this soldier
I have been reading books by this author for several years now and this particular set of characters have always been my favorites. I love the action and the interaction between characters. Who cannot love Pwent? This was yet another great read by a great author. I look forward to the next book in this series with extreme impatience.
I began reading this series way back around 1980 when I was still in Middle School. To this day I attribute my love of fantasy to this series. Over the years I have spent many an hour with the Ohmsford’s and Leah’s and I am never disappointed. With this book we see another generation of these family’s thrust into diversity. This time however, the story seems more related to human foe’s rather than super human. I think that this detracts a bit from the history of the series but it does work. I enjoyed the read very much and look forward to reading a future novel in the series.
One major draw back of this novel to me is that it appears to be setting up another book in the series. I was not completely satisfied by the ending as I felt that there should have been more to it. But, that may be to my own predetermined ideas rather than any real issue. I did enjoy the book and the author yet again delivers a wonderful novel of adversity and growth.
Björk: how Android is helping us take Biophilia to the masses | Wired 2013 video
"I’d always wanted to start my own music school as a kid, and I guess all this other stuff just happened in between," Björk Guðmundsdóttir told the audience at Wired 2013.
The musician uttered this quietly humble remark while explaining how her desire finally came true, thanks to touchscreens, a team of ten app developers from all over the globe, a lot of imagination — and Android.
But Björk isn’t just teaching children about music, through her album Biophilia and its accompanying ten apps she is teaching them about our relationship with sound and nature, and how they interweave and connect in strange and beautiful ways. It was only when the final app launched on Android in July this year that her vision of a new type of musical theory could be taken across the planet, to everyone.
"Now it’s translated to Android we can see classes in Buenos Aires using it"
"Now, Biophilia can travel independently without me and the instruments created round it. Now it’s translated to Android we can see classes in Buenos Aires using it, where all the children have small mobiles they can use," she said in an on-stage interview with Dazed Group founder Jefferson Hack.