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New Study Finds Planting Trees Can Reduce CO² Levels By 25%

I am a believer that eventually, whether we like it or not, humans will burn most of the fossil fuels available to us - and consequently release the carbon into the atmosphere.

Interesting fact: for every kilogram of fuel you burn, you release about 3.7kg of CO² into the atmosphere.
Click below to plant some trees!

 

We definitely need to develop stronger sources of renewable energy in order to keep our civilization powered after the fossil-fuel era — but in order to control the amount of CO² in the atmosphere, for pollution and global climate concerns — my thoughts have recently been that we need to show some ingenuity and engineer 21st century solutions. But we may not need a high-tech solution to get us started...

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Arctic Fox Walks From Norway To Canada In 76 Day 3,500km Odyssey

We still don't know the exact motivation for this young fox's journey. Perhaps she is protesting climate change? Perhaps it's a statement of female empowerment? Maybe she was simply looking for food? Or it's even a possibility that she was innately curious about what lies over the horizon? But one thing is for sure, scientists have been truly stunned by the finding.

The vixen (the technical term for a female fox) was first tagged with a gps tracker in Svalbard, which is a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole.

She was less than a year old when she set off at what would later average out to be 72km/day - reaching Greenland 21 days later with 1,500km of ice and snow behind her. After spending a little while in Greenland, perhaps not liking the culture, she moved on and reached Canada's Ellesmere Island, nearly 2,000 km further, just 76 days after leaving her island of birth. This is a total trip distance of 2,170 miles, at more than 28 miles per day! Not bad for a 3kg light, 30cm short (6lbs, 12 inches) 1 year old canine.

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Iran Openly Breaches Its Nuclear Deal By Expanding Its Stockpile Of Enriched Uranium

Iran has today made a massive statement of power - one that cannot be ignored by any world power. No doubt in response to the United States recent activities near their homeland, Iran's own Fars newsagency has reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency had measured their nuclear stockpile today, and they have found Iran's enriched uranium to exceed the 300kg (660lbs) limit set out in the 2015 nuclear deal made by the Obama administration.

Although the United States, headed by Donald Trump's administration, have indicated their disapproval of the 2015 nuclear deal - European powers have insisted that breaching the deal will have serious consequences. Despite Trump withdrawing the United States from the deal, the superpower's military will no doubt play the situation as an act of malicious defiance, and further escalation of the situation from the US seems inevitable.

From Iran's point of view ...

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In Praise Of Hans Zimmer’s Time

I'm really challenging myself by writing about this masterpiece. It's entire essence is expressing and conveying the profound, and you grasp it not through thought and words, but by feeling.

There are really two ways to enjoy music. The first is through dancing, and letting your body express and move with the flow of the music - not acting from your own volition, but surrendering to the music.

A second, very different and more subtle way of feeling music is to sit entirely still, no movement at all. The mind becomes clear as the void of space - with light absolutely everywhere, but nowhere for the light to strike. Your breathing matches the rhythm and the flow of the music - you inhale at the chest as we reach the crescendo - you inhale at the ...

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Universal Love, Said The Cactus Person

This is a redirect to a story written by Scott Alexander on the Slate Star Codex. I include it here because this short work has really had a lasting and dynamic impact on me. It pops into my mind every few months or so, as it did today, and it has opened possibilities and memories that can be hard to access. For those who have had inexplainable experiences of intense, seemingly indiscriminate outpourings of love - then you know the feeling of of intense confusion that will almost assuredly follow. We can remember the experience in our body - or rather - we can remember that we had a deeply intense experience that we intuitively know has a lot of meaning and deep, deep truth. But we cannot go back there, and we cannot feel what we felt on demand. Our mind will shortly kick in and try to make sense of it all, and try to attach meaning and importance - but this trying to rope down the beauty of a butterfly. Universal love is a phrase thrown around easily - but oh so deeply tricky to integrate into actual life, moment to moment, again and again, day after day, into a living perceptual truth. This story doesn't contain all the answers you are looking for on this topic, but I have found it useful as a living flow of energy - ping your ideas of universal love onto this story and see where it takes you. There is a lot of integration needed to be done! (Is that not the whole purpose of your incarnation after all?) And love is one of the deepest aspects to integrate throughout your entire life. No one can do this except yourself, your I, but we can share tools we have found along the way.

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Over 1 Million USD Gifted To Hackers By Florida Towns

ACCESS DENIED

Ransomware is a real threat in 2019, and in the past 2 weeks, Florida has succumbed twice and payed over $1,000,000 in bitcoin to re-enable their software services. The decision was taken by Lake City and Riveria Beach officials, who decided that the price demanded by the hackers was worth restoring the computer system, and worth regaining access to important files respectively. But is it worth the cost when considering the huge incentive this payout is dangling in front of potential hackers? People will do almost anything for half a million dollars, and these two incident no doubt have attracted the attention of potential black hat hackers around the world.

Of course, this is also a great opportunity for white hat hackers, as they now have a great threat to display to prospective clients.

In the latest cyber attack, government workers were locked out of email accounts, and members of the public were unable to ...

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The Most Viewed Music Videos From YouTube’s Inception, Year On Year

I thought about writing a bit on each of the songs below, and how each may have influenced society at large, and their individual fans - but I thought it would be more interesting to get your viewpoints on this. So in the spirit of reflection, let us know on the forum, or wherever, --- what effect did these songs have on you and those around you? What memories do these songs bring up for you?

It will be a great insight into the pop music genre and its influence over the last decade and a half!

I find this list a very interesting indicator of our society's supra mind throughout the years - you can really see the ages evolving and morphing - and it makes you realize how what sort of themes billions of other people in the world are and were exploring in their lives at that time. This would be a very informative list to some aliens trying to understand the human being. Would they be impressed or perplexed?

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Airborne Particles Generated During Braking Operation and Their Effects on Health

When I finished my 4th year of university, I had really had enough. For years I was doing what needed to be done, and upon completion I was (and I still am) very happy that I had achieved my goals of not failing any units and of graduating with first class honors. But I wasn't feeling as though there had been any true, meaningful value to what I had been doing for the past 48 months.

To be honest, I felt like thick sailor's ropes had finally been cut from my wrists after handing in my final thesis paper!

I am a very sentimental person, and so in the spirit of integrating a past unpleasant episode of my life ...

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Aladdin 2019 – A Movie Truly Worthy Of Celebration

Aladdin
2019 - 2h 8min

Aladdin is a 2019 American musical fantasy film directed by Guy Ritchie. It is a live action adaptation of Disney's 1992 animated film, which is based on the eponymous Middle Eastern folktale from One Thousand and One Nights. Will Smith was the first member of the cast to join, signing on to portray Genie in July 2017.

Movies have such a big impact on the consciousness of the public at large - and that's why I really applaud the fantastically produced new Aladdin movie! This film is really a must-watch for all ages - but as a family friendly movie - the adventure and the themes you will explore are such a gift to those in their formative years. Aladdin is a masterfully created 130 minutes of vibrant imagination brought to life by extraordinarily dynamic CGI - and the archetypal interactions of the classical myth are so wonderfully developed by truly A-class acting.

Diving straight into it - this is such a rich and dense movie in its value. Let us start with the pure enjoyment factor. Compared to a lot of people, I may considered a bit of a bore when it comes to humour - but even for me, I genuinely laughed out loud at least 20+ times - and in really sustained fits of laughter too! The comedy you will find is all about timing, relating to the characters' situation, and brilliantly executed facial animation - no cheapshot humour in sight - the prune debacle ...

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