Scientists a MIT have translated the vibrations of a spider web to music. As the web becomes more dense, the sounds become more complex.
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Leather from animal hides is one of the most ecologically damaging substances on the planet. The demand for Brazilian leather for everything from SUV interiors to luxury handbags is one of the reasons rainforests are swiftly disappearing, cleared to make more land for cattle. But researchers have now discovered how to make equally appealing leather from mushrooms! Mushrooms are also being converted into styrofoam, bricks, and other useful and sustainable materials!
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
This ancient pyramid, the Pyramid of Choclula in Mexico, has even more mass than the great pyramid of Giza in Egypt, with five miles of subterranean tunnels! It lies buried, with a church built on top it.
Monday, July 5, 2021
Twenty years ago in Brazil, photographer Sebastião Salgado returned from an assignment to his family property and discovered that the land was barren, deforested, and devoid of animal life. Over the next twenty years, he and his wife, Lélia Deluiz Wanick Salgado, along with others, planted 2.7 million trees. They completely restored the forest, which thus far has 283 species of plants, 15 types of amphibians, 15 of reptiles, 33 different mammals, and 172 species of birds! This remarkable couple has also founded a nonprofit institute dedicated to ecology, the Instituto Terra.
Monday, December 14, 2020
A VICTORY OVER MONSANTO!
Listen to this victory over Monsanto! Leydy Pech, a Mayan beekeeper, stood up to Monsanto when they were cutting down forest to plant soybeans and spray them, and she WON! She won the 2020 Goldman Environmental Award for this!
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The badger digs quickly and can scout out rodents that the coyote can then pounce upon. Each appears to be happy and, importantly, saves energy in this hunting association. They have not, however, been known to be generous about sharing the meal! (Badgers eat their prey underground, coyotes above-ground.)
For a more in-depth story, see https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/viral-video-coyote-badger-interspecieshttps://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/viral-video-coyote-badger-interspecies
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(Editor's note: While they're at it, another wise idea is to make windows bird-safe. There are a number of options. The windows in the preview photo reflect the sky. Windows should instead be slanted slightly downwards to reflect the ground to save the millions of birds who crash into glass high-rises.)
Little by little, we're moving toward a better future!