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feynman on beauty

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Enjoy the beauty of the mother nature while listening to comments from one of the great scientists of 20th century Richard Feynman.

See here how the idea of meshing Feynman’s views with beauty of nature, curious world and and even honors came by.

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November 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

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why do we get old?

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There are many theories of aging (hormonal, wear-and-tear, etc.), but only the overmineralization theory (video) explains why humans age at three different speeds:

  1. no biological aging during childhood years, characterized by using calcium, iron and copper in making new bones, red blood-cells and collagen;
  2. accumulation of minerals once childhood growth ceases and progressive aging as evidenced by buildup of lipofuscin;
  3. slight decline in the rate of aging in late life, which has been correlated with reaching a steady state of minerals.

Harvard research postulates that “root cause of aging” are sirtuins.

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October 19, 2011 at 9:19 am

future of human life and biomimicry

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4.5 billion years of evolution taught nature what works and what lasts.

We’ve been increasingly distancing ourselves from nature: agricultural revolution – grow stock and abandon hunting/gathering; scientific revolution – “torture nature for her secrets;” industrial revolution – machines replace muscles.

Biomimicry is the study of nature for solutions to our problems. Having 96% of our bodies built upon carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, nature can teach us how to:

  • use only the energy needed
  • fit form to function
  • recycle everything
  • curb excesses from within
  • tap the power of limits
  • devise systems that can face unknown situations
  • update ourselves by feedback loops

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October 3, 2011 at 8:04 am

fungi can save the world

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Humans are more closely related to fungi than other kingdoms. Humans share same pathogens with fungi. Fungi don’t like rot from bacteria – our best antibiotics come from fungi. Fungi don’t need light, using radiation as energy source.

Fungi were first (1.3 billion years) organisms on Earth. Plants followed few hundred million years later.

Mycelium reduces oxalic acids/enzymes that pockmark rocks, forming calcium oxalates from minerals and CO2. First step to soil creation. Mycelium also converts cellulose into fungal sugar (ethanol).

Agarikon is essential for human health; it’s highly efficient against pox viruses and  flu viruses. Entomopathogenic fungi kill insects (ants/termites).

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September 28, 2011 at 6:59 am

10 things you didn’t know about orgasm

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main points:

  1. you don’t need genitals to stimulate orgasm (stroke of eyebrow; knee orgasm; one woman had orgasm (from Greek οργασμός orgasmosorgan to mature/swell) each time brushing her teeth)
  2. you can have orgasm when you are dead (brain-dead, kept alive on respirator)
  3. orgasm can cause bad breath (a slight semenal odor can be detected on a breadth of a woman an hour after an intercourse)
  4. orgasms cure hiccups
  5. doctors once prescribed orgasm for fertility (Hippocrates believed orgasm was essential for conception)
  6.  pig farmers still do (upsuck theory)

More orgasm jazz here.

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September 23, 2011 at 6:16 am

honey, pinocembrin and explosives

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Honey is the only food including all substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it’s the only food, containing pinocembrin, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.

Bees are the only insects that produce food that humans eat.

Like ants, honey bees communicate with one another by “dancing.”

Like rats, bees use their advanced olfactory, stamina and flying abilities to detect explosives. A hive of 40,000-65,000 bees costs USD $100 and can be trained in two hours. Bees can also signal environmental anomalies, and bee-hive samples (wax, honey, pollen) can highlight environmental contaminants in an area.

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September 22, 2011 at 6:45 am

rats, landmines and tuberculosis

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Colorblind, sociable, strong, smart, fast (from meetup to hookup to breakup lasts two seconds), a rat can go longer than a camel without water and fall 15 meters without being injured. Rats have the most developed olfaction of all mammals.

In Western cultures, rats stand for dishonesty and cunning, but in Eastern cultures, rats are associated with honesty, hard work, intelligence and good luck. Rats are very clean. In Eastern spirituality, the Year of the Rat is the first year of the Chinese zodiac.

These talents of rats are now put in good cause. APOPO trains rats to detect landmines, tuberculosis,…

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September 15, 2011 at 5:00 am