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Amazon, Facebook, and Family: Agriculture Nature bogleech: revretch: awed-frog: Prairies are some of the most endangered ecosystems in the world, with the tallgrass prairie being the most endangered. Only 1-4% of tallgrass prairie still exists. Prairies are critically important, not only for the unique biodiversity they possess, but for their effect on climate. The ability to store carbon is a valuable ecological service in today’s changing climate. Carbon, which is emitted both naturally and by human activities such as burning coal to create electricity, is a greenhouse gas that is increasing in the Earth’s atmosphere. Reports from the International Panel on Climate Change, a group of more than 2,000 climate scientists from around the world, agree that increased greenhouse gases are causing climate change, which is leading to sea level rise, higher temperatures, and altered rain patterns. Most of the prairie’s carbon sequestration happens below ground, where prairie roots can dig into the soil to depths up to 15 feet and more. Prairies can store much more carbon below ground than a forest can store above ground. In fact, the prairie was once the largest carbon sink in the world-much bigger than the Amazon rainforest-and its destruction has had devastating effects. [source] I just have to add–that extensive root system? It’s not just how the plant eats, and how it keeps itself from getting pulled out of the ground during storms, or dying when its aboveground portion is eaten… it’s how it talks to its friends and family, how it shares food with its friends and family, and more than likely, how it thinks. That’s a whole plant brain we’ve domesticated away, leaving a helpless organism that has trouble figuring out when it’s under attack by pests, what to do about it, has very little in the way of chemical defense so it can do something about it, and can’t even warn its neighbors. Even apart from the ecological concerns, what we’ve done is honestly pretty cruel. Here’s some more articles on this too!https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/02/plants-talk-to-each-other-through-their-rootshttp://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141111-plants-have-a-hidden-internethttps://www.the-scientist.com/features/plant-talk-38209Whether or not you think this should qualify as a form of “intelligence” as we know it (which in itself as a pretty nebulous and poorly defined thing), plants exhibit complicated interactive behaviors that help them grow and thrive, and the way we harvest a lot of them for our produce just doesn’t even give them a chance to reach their maturity and begin trading nutrients the way they’re supposed to.
Amazon, Facebook, and Family: Agriculture
 Nature
bogleech:

revretch:
awed-frog:



Prairies are some of the most endangered ecosystems in the world, with the tallgrass prairie being the most endangered. Only 1-4% of tallgrass prairie still exists. Prairies are critically important, not only for the unique biodiversity they possess, but for their effect on climate. The ability to store carbon is a valuable ecological service in today’s changing climate. Carbon, which is emitted both naturally and by human activities such as burning coal to create electricity, is a greenhouse gas that is increasing in the Earth’s atmosphere. Reports from the International Panel on Climate Change, a group of more than 2,000 climate scientists from around the world, agree that increased greenhouse gases are causing climate change, which is leading to sea level rise, higher temperatures, and altered rain patterns. Most of the prairie’s carbon sequestration happens below ground, where prairie roots can dig into the soil to depths up to 15 feet and more. Prairies can store much more carbon below ground than a forest can store above ground. In fact, the prairie was once the largest carbon sink in the world-much bigger than the Amazon rainforest-and its destruction has had devastating effects.


[source]

I just have to add–that extensive root system? It’s not just how the plant eats, and how it keeps itself from getting pulled out of the ground during storms, or dying when its aboveground portion is eaten… it’s how it talks to its friends and family, how it shares food with its friends and family, and more than likely, how it thinks. That’s a whole plant brain we’ve domesticated away, leaving a helpless organism that has trouble figuring out when it’s under attack by pests, what to do about it, has very little in the way of chemical defense so it can do something about it, and can’t even warn its neighbors. Even apart from the ecological concerns, what we’ve done is honestly pretty cruel.

Here’s some more articles on this too!https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/02/plants-talk-to-each-other-through-their-rootshttp://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141111-plants-have-a-hidden-internethttps://www.the-scientist.com/features/plant-talk-38209Whether or not you think this should qualify as a form of “intelligence” as we know it (which in itself as a pretty nebulous and poorly defined thing), plants exhibit complicated interactive behaviors that help them grow and thrive, and the way we harvest a lot of them for our produce just doesn’t even give them a chance to reach their maturity and begin trading nutrients the way they’re supposed to.

bogleech: revretch: awed-frog: Prairies are some of the most endangered ecosystems in the world, with the tallgrass prairie being the mo...

Tumblr, Blog, and Http: space-pics: Aurora over the Ukraine photographed from the International Space Station [5568 x 3712]
Tumblr, Blog, and Http: space-pics:

Aurora over the Ukraine photographed from the International Space Station [5568 x 3712]

space-pics: Aurora over the Ukraine photographed from the International Space Station [5568 x 3712]

Tumblr, Blog, and Http: space-pics: Northern lights from the international Space Station :
Tumblr, Blog, and Http: space-pics:

Northern lights from the international Space Station :

space-pics: Northern lights from the international Space Station :

Tumblr, Blog, and Germany: JAZZ AZZLFE ONES vintagepromotions:Poster for the International Jazz Festival in Dortmund, Germany (1976). Designed by Günther Kieser.
Tumblr, Blog, and Germany: JAZZ
 AZZLFE
 ONES
vintagepromotions:Poster for the International Jazz Festival in Dortmund, Germany (1976). Designed by Günther Kieser.

vintagepromotions:Poster for the International Jazz Festival in Dortmund, Germany (1976). Designed by Günther Kieser.

Omg, Taken, and Tumblr: omg-humor:A picture of the Mt Etna eruption taken from the international space station
Omg, Taken, and Tumblr: omg-humor:A picture of the Mt Etna eruption taken from the international space station

omg-humor:A picture of the Mt Etna eruption taken from the international space station

Taken, Space, and International: A picture of the Mt Etna eruption taken from the international space station
Taken, Space, and International: A picture of the Mt Etna eruption taken from the international space station

A picture of the Mt Etna eruption taken from the international space station

Target, Tumblr, and Winter: SS WARRIMOO EQUATOR INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE rhube: rockyp77: GREAT SEA STORY The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought Captain John DS. Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo’s position was LAT 0º 31’ N and LONG 179 30’ W. The date was 31 December 1899. “Know what this means?” First Mate Payton broke in, “We’re only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line”. Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check double check the ship’s position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed. The calm weather clear night worked in his favor. At mid-night the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line! The consequences of this bizarre position were many: The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere in the middle of summer.  The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere in the middle of winter.  The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899. In the bow (forward) part it was 1 January 1900. This ship was therefore not only in: Two different days, Two different months, Two different years, Two different seasons But in two different centuries - all at the same time! What an absolute ledge.
Target, Tumblr, and Winter: SS WARRIMOO
 EQUATOR
 INTERNATIONAL
 DATE LINE
rhube:

rockyp77:



GREAT SEA STORY
The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought Captain John DS. Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo’s position was LAT 0º 31’ N and LONG 179 30’ W. The date was 31 December 1899. “Know what this means?” First Mate Payton broke in, “We’re only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line”. Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime.


He called his navigators to the bridge to check  double check the ship’s position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed.

The calm weather  clear night worked in his favor. At mid-night the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line! The consequences of this bizarre position were many:


The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere  in the middle of summer. 

The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere  in the middle of winter. 

The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899.

In the bow (forward) part it was 1 January 1900.



This ship was therefore not only in:


Two different days,



Two different months,



Two different years,



Two different seasons



But in two different centuries - all at the same time!

What an absolute ledge.

rhube: rockyp77: GREAT SEA STORY The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on ...

Nasa, Target, and Tumblr: cheri-fabuleux: sixpenceee: NASA astronaut Drew Feustel who spent 197 days on the International Space Station shows how hard it is to walk on earth again Me after a few too many shots
Nasa, Target, and Tumblr: cheri-fabuleux:

sixpenceee:

 NASA astronaut Drew Feustel who spent 197 days on the International Space Station shows how hard it is to walk on earth again

Me after a few too many shots

cheri-fabuleux: sixpenceee: NASA astronaut Drew Feustel who spent 197 days on the International Space Station shows how hard it is to wal...

Christmas, Memes, and Nasa: NASA TV via AP) The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station Saturday with Christmas goodies for the astronauts.
Christmas, Memes, and Nasa: NASA TV via AP)
The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station Saturday with Christmas goodies for the astronauts.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station Saturday with Christmas goodies for the astronauts.

Memes, Nasa, and Taken: NASA TV via AP In this image taken from NASA Television, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft approaches the robotic arm for docking to the International Space Station.
Memes, Nasa, and Taken: NASA TV via AP
In this image taken from NASA Television, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft approaches the robotic arm for docking to the International Space Station.

In this image taken from NASA Television, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft approaches the robotic arm for docking to the International Spa...

Abc, News, and Parents: DAILY NATION I Wednesday August 10, 2016 ON Video games sharpen, social media dumbs Teenagers who play video games are more likely to get better grades at school, a study told News Limited yesterday has found. average in science," study co- author Albert Posso from RMIT to understand some of the principles of chemistry; evern so, they really have to under- stand science," Mr Posso told the ABC. "Some psychologists have argued that massive online player games can be beneficial to cognitive development: Teachers should consider incorporating "When you play online However, the research also games you're solving puzzles to move to the next level and ed social media every day that involves using some of the were receiving grades 20 points general knowledge and skills in below the average in maths than maths, reading and science that you've been taught during the tablished that students who popular video games into teaching so long as they are not violent Mr Posso said the link be tween excessive social media use and poor academic results could be attributed to "oppor- tunity cost" in terms of study time. ones ose who did not. The study, released by the day" said Mr Posso. "Teachers Albert Posso, study Royal Melbourne Institute of should consider incorporat co-author Technology (RMIT), says that students who play online games daily perform, especially well in maths, science and reading ing popular video games into teaching so long as they are not violent ones." Programme for International that online gamin analyse the online habits of lem-solving skills. then compared to academic re- sults. He said the data revealed g could help "You're not really going to solve problems using (social media)," Mr Posso said Mr Posso used data from the tudents who play online games almost every day score 15 points above the average in maths and 17 points above the Australian 15-year-olds, which he "Sometimes (players) have Student Assessment (Pisa) to young people to develop prob- The research was published in the International Journal of Communication. (Xinhua) Record Pogback'> When coach shunned him, he left and shone Take this to your parents.
Abc, News, and Parents: DAILY NATION I Wednesday August 10, 2016
 ON
 Video games sharpen, social media dumbs
 Teenagers who play video
 games are more likely to get
 better grades at school, a study told News Limited yesterday
 has found.
 average in science," study co-
 author Albert Posso from RMIT
 to understand some of the
 principles of chemistry; evern
 so, they really have to under-
 stand science," Mr Posso told
 the ABC. "Some psychologists
 have argued that massive online
 player games can be beneficial
 to cognitive development:
 Teachers
 should consider
 incorporating
 "When you play online
 However, the research also games you're solving puzzles
 to move to the next level and
 ed social media every day that involves using some of the
 were receiving grades 20 points general knowledge and skills in
 below the average in maths than maths, reading and science that
 you've been taught during the
 tablished that students who
 popular video games
 into teaching so long
 as they are not violent
 Mr Posso said the link be
 tween excessive social media
 use and poor academic results
 could be attributed to "oppor-
 tunity cost" in terms of study
 time.
 ones
 ose who did not.
 The study, released by the day" said Mr Posso. "Teachers Albert Posso, study
 Royal Melbourne Institute of should consider incorporat co-author
 Technology (RMIT), says that
 students who play online games
 daily perform, especially well in
 maths, science and reading
 ing popular video games into
 teaching so long as they are not
 violent ones."
 Programme for International that online gamin
 analyse the online habits of lem-solving skills.
 then compared to academic re-
 sults. He said the data revealed
 g could help
 "You're not really going to
 solve problems using (social
 media)," Mr Posso said
 Mr Posso used data from the
 tudents who play online
 games almost every day score
 15 points above the average in
 maths and 17 points above the Australian 15-year-olds, which he "Sometimes (players) have
 Student Assessment (Pisa) to
 young people to develop prob-
 The research was published
 in the International Journal of
 Communication. (Xinhua)
 Record
 Pogback'> When coach shunned him, he left and shone
Take this to your parents.

Take this to your parents.

Asian, College, and Crocs: andiamburdenedwithgloriousfeels Do you ever start bullshitting a paper, and then look over it halfway through and think, "...Wait a minute, I could be onto something here. imguiltyofthis this is the definition of college smurflewis Literally I was writing a paper on Asian salt water crocodiles, like a simple about them paper for a college class, and I started noticing some inconsistencies in the scientific papers I was sourcing and I accidentally discovered that the crocodile has been misdiagnosed as least concerned on the endangered species list when they should be classified as endangered and now my professor is having me write a formal report to the international Red List to have them reclassified and all I wanted to do was write this paper on an animal I thought was cool and now I'm considered an expert on this species.. waluwadjet this is how it works half of esteemed biologists trip and fall into their specialty while pursuing something else. one lecturer i just went to started as a biochemist researching antibiotics and discovered that crocodiles change colors based on environment and now he has 30+ crocs in his yard for research purposes and he's just lik.. wait... i'm a chemist..." Source: andiamburden. 575,821 notes True. I wrote a paper comparing and contrasting Girl Interrupted and Prozac Nation- thinking that I loved both but halfway through I realize I hate Prozac Nation and my professor loved it
Asian, College, and Crocs: andiamburdenedwithgloriousfeels
 Do you ever start bullshitting a paper, and then look over it halfway through and
 think, "...Wait a minute, I could be onto something here.
 imguiltyofthis
 this is the definition of college
 smurflewis
 Literally I was writing a paper on Asian salt water crocodiles, like a simple about
 them paper for a college class, and I started noticing some inconsistencies in the
 scientific papers I was sourcing and I accidentally discovered that the crocodile
 has been misdiagnosed as least concerned on the endangered species list
 when they should be classified as endangered and now my professor is having
 me write a formal report to the international Red List to have them reclassified
 and all I wanted to do was write this paper on an animal I thought was cool and
 now I'm considered an expert on this species..
 waluwadjet
 this is how it works half of esteemed biologists trip and fall into their specialty
 while pursuing something else. one lecturer i just went to started as a biochemist
 researching antibiotics and discovered that crocodiles change colors based on
 environment and now he has 30+ crocs in his yard for research purposes and
 he's just lik.. wait... i'm a chemist..."
 Source: andiamburden.
 575,821 notes
True. I wrote a paper comparing and contrasting Girl Interrupted and Prozac Nation- thinking that I loved both but halfway through I realize I hate Prozac Nation and my professor loved it

True. I wrote a paper comparing and contrasting Girl Interrupted and Prozac Nation- thinking that I loved both but halfway through I realize...