Top 10 Essential Oils for a Starter Kit

Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Essential oils are all the rage. There are raw scented essential oils, combinations according to chakras or healing and more. The very first association that I had with these oils was for aromatherapy. They can be mixed with water and steamed or vaped to promote specific healing or aromatherapy effects. For example, Lavender can be added to promote relaxation and an open heart chakra. Or perhaps patchouli to promote a grounding, comfortable space that gets all the old hippies to tell you really good stories about concerts that they’ve been too. I’m serious, it works every time. When I first wanted to get into buying essential oils on a tight budget, I was concerned because I wasn’t sure where to start. I eventually found my way but decided it’d be nice of me to share with all of you! I compiled this list of essential oils to create a beginner kit and…

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Cosmic rays in the mid-latitude stratosphere now are approximately 10% stronger than they were 1 year ago.

Posted in 2016, astronomy with tags , , on February 10, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Last month, spaceweather.com reported that cosmic rays are intensifying. Measurements so far in February 2016 indicate that the trend is continuing. In fact, the latest balloon flight over California on Feb. 5th detected the highest value yet……(together with human pollution…and methane leaks in LA…etc ….we sure have a winner!)

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http://spaceweather.com

German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too

Posted in 2016 with tags , , on February 9, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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“When I say, ‘Trees suckle their children,’ everyone knows immediately what I mean.” PETER WOHLLEBEN
GORDON WELTERS FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

HÜMMEL, Germany — IN the deep stillness of a forest in winter, the sound of footsteps on a carpet of leaves died away. Peter Wohlleben had found what he was looking for: a pair of towering beeches. “These trees are friends,” he said, craning his neck to look at the leafless crowns, black against a gray sky. “You see how the thick branches point away from each other? That’s so they don’t block their buddy’s light.”

Before moving on to an elderly beech to show how trees, like people, wrinkle as they age, he added, “Sometimes, pairs like this are so interconnected at the roots that when one tree dies, the other one dies, too.”

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mobile.nytimes.com/2016/01/30/world/europe/german-forest-ranger-finds-that-trees-have-social-networks-too.html

 

Words of Wilderness: 1836 – Present

Posted in 2016 with tags , , , on February 9, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

This love letter to wilderness celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act with stunning images and excerpts of poetry and words on wilderness.In 50 years, the designated wilderness areas in the United States has grown from nine to 109 million acres, including national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges, and Bureau of Land Management lands.

Short by Pete McBride and Vital Films
Happy 50th Wilderness Act – In 50 years how you have grown: From Nine to 110 million acres.
Cinematography by Pete McBride, Matt Hobbs and Cael Jones.
Words by Edward Abbey, Aldo Leopold, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir and Wallace Stegner
Words read by Duke Beardsley
Aerial Support by the late Doug Sheffer, DBS Helicopters, Aerial Filmworks, John McBride and Tom Walton.
Thanks to the visionaries who saved some wild country.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=6932

Sea Sheperd: Magnificent Blue Whales

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , , on February 8, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

So far a NASA Discovery program designed to look for possible life-supporting planets has discovered 4,706 potential planets

Posted in 2016, astronomy with tags , , , , on February 8, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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NASA has made it a mission to discover the truth. In March 2009, the space agency launched the Kepler Mission, a NASA Discovery program designed to look for possible life-supporting planets.

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Photo: NASA/JPL-CalTech

So far, Kepler has discovered 4,706 potential planets (2,326 in just the first 16 months). Once confirmed by follow-up studies, these potential discoveries could continue to raise the tally of exoplanets (planets outside our solar system) over its current count of 2,056. Here are 10 images from NASA depicting these wild worlds.

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Photo: NASA/JPL-CalTech

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http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/photos/10-nasa-images-of-planets-like-earth/

 

 

There are a lot of Things We don’t know about monkeys

Posted in 2016, animals with tags , , on February 8, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame
Curious baby monkeys in Lopburi, Thailand.

Curious baby monkeys in Lopburi, Thailand. (Photo: jeep2499 /Shutterstock)

Considering they’re one of our closest cousins, you’d think we humans would know a thing or two about monkeys. However, there’s a surprising number of misconceptions and myths that continue to circulate about these clever primates.

As we usher in the Chinese New Year and celebrate the Year of the Monkey, let’s all take a moment to brush up on these 11 eye-opening facts about these fascinating creatures.

1. Apes and lemurs are not monkeys

A chimpanzee, a Javan lutung and a ring-tailed lemur.

A chimpanzee, a Javan lutung and a ring-tailed lemur. (Photo: Kjersti Joergensen/Marek Velechovsky/Eric Gevaert/Shutterstock)

The term “monkey” is sometimes used as a catch-all for every animal in the primate family, but the truth is that monkeys live on completely different branches of the evolutionary tree from both apes (i.e. chimpanzees, gorillas and humans) and prosimians (i.e. lemurs, tarsiers and lorises). If you’re not sure if you’re looking at a monkey or an ape, keep an eye out for these telltale traits.

2. Human industry threatens many of the world’s monkeys

Gray-shanked douc langurs are one of the world's most critically endangered primates.

Gray-shanked douc langurs are one of the world’s most critically endangered primates. (Photo: grass-lifeisgood/Shutterstock)

Some of the most fascinating monkey species are experiencing rapid declines in population due to a variety of factors based on their unique location. These factors include everything from habitat loss and fragmentation, live capture for the global pet trade, and hunting for bushmeat or traditional medicines.

Just a few of the monkeys that are on theIUCN’s list of the 25 most endangered primatesyear after year include the grey-shanked douc langur (pictured above), the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey, the Delacour’s langur and the golden-headed langur.

3. There’s only one free-living species of wild monkey in Europe

A barbary macaque rests on a ledge in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar.

A barbary macaque rests on a ledge in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. (Photo: Anilah/Shutterstock)

Nearly all of the Earth’s wild monkeys are confined to just four parts of the world: New World species are found in South and Central America, while Old World species are found in Asia and Africa. There is one exception, though — the thriving population of wild Barbary macaques that roam free in the Iberian island of Gibraltar. DNA analysis shows that these macaques, which have been in Gibraltar for many centuries, originated from Northern Africa.

Although these Barbary macaques are the only wild monkeys currently living in Europe, it’s important to note that it wasn’t always that way. Prior to the Ice Age, macaques could be found as far north as Germany and the British Isles.

4. Pygmy marmosets are the world’s smallest monkeys

Pygmy marmosets are not just tiny — they're downright adorable!

Pygmy marmosets are not just tiny — they’re downright adorable! (Photo: bluedogroom/Shutterstock)

Native to the Amazon Basin of South America, this tiny New World monkey weighs in at about 3.5 ounces upon reaching adulthood. Although the pygmy marmoset is the tiniest monkey, the award for the smallest primate goes to the Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur.

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http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/11-things-you-didnt-know-about-monkeys

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