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June 2015

Mother Earth Monday – The OTHER Solar Power

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have seen explosive growth because of their stunning 99 percent price drop in the past quarter century. As a result, the other form of solar power — concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) — is a small fraction of the solar market.… Read the rest

Wild Friday: Parallel Realities

Gilbert Ross writes:

The idea of parallel universes is certainly not something new. It has been entertained in popular media since the existence of universes existing simultaneously has been theorised in Quantum Physics. Many Sci-fi novels and T.V series scripts have been written based on the idea.… Read the rest

Thirsty Thursday: CityWrights 2015

City Theatre’s groundbreaking CityWrights Professional Weekend for Playwrights, will take place from June 25 – 28, 2015 at the EPIC Hotel in Miami. This convocation of playwrights continues to grow as a nationally recognized event that puts South Florida center stage as a cultural destination for theatre  professionals.… Read the rest

Techie Tuesday: Pepper the Android Makes Me Hot!

It coos, it giggles, it finger-wiggles.  Watch Pepper, the humanoid android, come alive in this video called Pepper’s Wake Up.  It is haunting how alive this thing looks and acts.  Without a word it engenders warm feelings and wonder.  Could it really be alive?  … Read the rest

Mother Earth Monday: German Military Bases Become Bird Sanctuaries

Out with the guns, in with the wildlife!  That is the plan for military bases in Germany. Sixty-two disused military bases on what used to be the edge of the Iron Curtain in West Germany will be turned into bio reserves for rare eagles and woodpeckers, as well as threatened bats and beetles and other critters.… Read the rest

Wild Friday: Astral Travel

At last! A practical guide to astral travel for dummies made easy.  Thanks to Paramahamsa Nithyananda’s series on the Siddha Tradition we have this speech on the topic Parakaaya Pravesha or astral travel. He reluctantly used the word astral travel, as there really isn’t an English word to explain this phenomenal concept.… Read the rest

Thirsty Thursday: Tonys Dis Dramatists?

Why does the broadcast of the Tony Awards fail to celebrate playwrights, those who start the entire process and “face down the blank page”?  The new president of the Dramatists Guild of America wrote this letter to CBS, asking why commercial breaks preempted honoring the all-female writing team to take home awards for Best Score, Best Book and, ultimately, Best Musical.… Read the rest

Worldwide Wednsday: Extraordinary Toroidal Vortices

Just cuz they pretty, here are some extraordinary toroidal vortices produced by dolphins, beluga whales, humpback whales, volcanoes, hydrogen/atomic bombs, and well, you will see!.

A toroidal vortex, also called a vortex ring, is a region of rotating fluid moving through the same or different fluid where the flow pattern takes on a toroidal (doughnut) shape.

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Mother Earth Monday: Root Bridges in Cherrapungee

Mother Nature offers all sorts of solutions if we just help her out.  Case in point are these amazing bridges that are coaxed from natural tree roots in India.   1

The southern Khasi and Jaintia hills are humid and warm, crisscrossed by swift-flowing rivers and mountain streams.… Read the rest

Vital Sunday: I Hate All Bigots?

What do you call someone who makes sweeping generalizations on billions of people based on the actions of a few? A bigot. Bill Maher, says Mary Elizabeth Williams, is such a bigot.

Maher has famously said, “Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don’t have all the answers to think that they do” — which is pretty funny, given the know-it-all arrogance of the anti-religion big leaguers like Maher himself.

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