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There are many speculations and sketchy assumptions about how psychedelic facilitates the management of depression and this has engendered a few theories.  The cerebral stimulations that are associated with the frivolous use of psychedelics have shown to have lasting effects. This provides unmistakable insight into the reason behind the fact that people who use psychedelics for recreational purposes do not get similar gains when compared with people that use psychedelics in controlled and prescribed conditions.

Over the years, there have been extensive clinical investigations into use of psychedelics such as psilocybin mushrooms and LSD in the improvement of depression. New experimental findings have indicated that psychedelics have therapeutic effects that can help with the management of depression which is a lasting cognitive disorder that is very problematic to treat. Experimental investigations have revealed recognizable improvements on mood even when administered once.  

A couple of lifestyle and behavioral changes must be incorporated by people who have had depression before in the bid to maintain general wellbeing, in most cases, a blend of changes is required. These lifestyle and behavioral changes often encompasses the following: eating balanced diet, creating more time for relaxing activities, regular workout routines, and self-meditation for sustenance that prevents a relapse. 
Discoveries have strongly suggested that Psilocybin which gotten from psychedelic 'shrooms is most likely a potent therapy for anxiety and depression with special emphasis on people that suffer from cancer. Additionally, the therapeutic outcome lingers for an extended period and helps maintain overall psychological balance over a month.

According to an Associated Press report psilocybin was reported as potent alternative to placebo and has revealed noteworthy health improvements in those the drug was administered.  One of the advantage of the shroom as unraveled by the study is that the shrooms has an effect that triggers an inclination towards supernatural and magical behavior. The use of psychedelics has shown to have a profound impact in the management of depression with concomitant benefits that expands the cognitive capabilities and emotional awareness of people in ways that allows them to overcome the feeling of fear while offering an intense and deeper understanding of the environment and world. The use psychedelics empowers the mind in ways that foster emotional transparency while strengthening bonds with your core spiritual beliefs in ways that radically improves perception of  yourself and your existence.    

There are also other potent psychedelics to be found on the internet that could also have an inspirational and maybe therapeutical potential. For example in one can find magic truffles. Magic truffles are a type of mushroom that grows beneath the ground and are better known for their hallucinogenic and psychedelic effects. Magic truffles contain the substances psilocin and psilocybin.

Let's wait and see if Science will prove that psychedelics  unlock passages in the brain that were previously blocked, thereby fostering the unrestricted flow of emotions allowing the individual to be more in touch with underlying feelings.
Credits for the article to Nico Brown
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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 08:06

Want To Live In A Pyramid? Now You Can!

The pyramids of Egypt remain one of the great wonders of the world. These are of course the place that is the final resting place of the Pharoahs that once ruled over Egypt years ago. But have any of us had any desire to live in one ourselves?

Pyramid House Displays Unique form of Architecture

Well, it turns out that Architect Juan Carlos Ramos use the ancient pyramids as an inspiration for his design for an architecture competition. However, despite having a look that closely resembles that of an actual pyramid to overall design is unique in many ways. The design relies on a simplistic and modern somewhat flair to give it even more unique features. One notable feature is the fact that one of the sides is all window giving off the amazing views and supplying the entire structure with natural light. As for privacy, don't worry this house is designed to be a private getaway where there aren't any neighbors and plenty of natural beauty of mother nature surrounding it. In other words, not exactly something designed for those on a fixed budget but then for some of us looking at such an architectural marvel is great but living in one may not be something we would want to do.

The pyramid house has two bedrooms, a library, a kitchen, bathrooms and even a balcony at the very top. For Ramos creating the designing, the structure consisted of using 3-D Max software, Photoshop, I too, Forest along with other software programs to achieve the overall effect needed to show his vision.

Yes, this may not be the first time the pyramids of Egypt have been used as a design for an architectural achievement. The Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas also was inspired by the pyramids as well. But we might venture to say it's the first time a residential home has been proposed to take on this design. It is truly a unique concept in architecture and something many of us have to see for ourselves to truly believe it could be done. In order to create photo-realistic representations that would bring this unique architecture to life, the architect used 3D rendering software including 3Ds Max, Photoshop, Itoo, Forest and several other programs, all of which helped him to design a private house with simple geometric shapes that can be easily installed in residential architecture.



The pyramids of Egypt remain one of the great wonders of the world. These are of course the place that is the final resting place of the Pharoahs that once ruled over Egypt years ago. But have any of us had any desire to live in one ourselves? Pyramid House Displays Unique form of Architecture Well, it turns out that Architect Juan Carlos Ramos use the ancient pyramids as an inspiration for his design for an architecture competition. However, despite having a look that closely resembles that of an actual pyramid to overall design is unique in many ways. The design relies on a simplistic and modern somewhat flair to give it even more unique features. One notable feature is the fact that one of the sides is all window giving off the amazing views and supplying the entire structure with natural light. As for privacy, don't worry this house is designed to be a private getaway where there aren't any neighbors and plenty of natural beauty of mother nature surrounding it. In other words, not exactly something designed for those on a fixed budget but then for some of us looking at such an architectural marvel is great but living in one may not be something we would want to do. The pyramid house has two bedrooms, a library, a kitchen, bathrooms and even a balcony at the very top. For Ramos creating the designing, the structure consisted of using 3-D Max software, Photoshop, I too, Forest along with other software programs to achieve the overall effect needed to show his vision. Yes, this may not be the first time the pyramids of Egypt have been used as a design for an architectural achievement. The Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas also was inspired by the pyramids as well. But we might venture to say it's the first time a residential home has been proposed to take on this design. It is truly a unique concept in architecture and something many of us have to see for ourselves to truly believe it could be done. In order to create photo-realistic representations that would bring this unique architecture to life, the architect used 3D rendering software including 3Ds Max, Photoshop, Itoo, Forest and several other programs, all of which helped him to design a private house with simple geometric shapes that can be easily installed in residential architecture. READ MORE:
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Tuesday, 14 April 2015 05:56

How to grow your own furniture

How to grow your own furniture: Eco-friendly designer uses special moulds to guide branches into ready-made chairs, tables and lampshades - See more at:,-tables-and-lampshades.html#sthash.2U17eZkl.dpuf
Trees Patiently Grown into Art and Furniture
Using ancient techniques combined with modern technology we grow, graft, nurture then harvest living trees into Chairs, Tables, Sculpture – anything you can imagine.
Each piece is unique, epitomising elegant cooperation between nature and craftsmen that could last for hundreds of years.
A Statement, an Heirloom and a Legacy.
    These Molded Trees Grow Into Fully Formed Chairs, Tables, And Lamps
    U.K.-based company Full Grown offers a simpler, more eco-friendly way to manufacture wooden furniture with their forest of chairs and tables.
    Making wooden furniture from scratch is a complicated process: you grow a tree for 60 or more years, only to chop it down, peel off its bark, cut it up into little pieces, and then finally join it all back together into a whole new shape. When such furniture is mass-manufactured, the process is hard on the environment. It wastes wood, and uses lots of energy for powering trucks, chainsaws, and factories.
    Gavin Munro, a furniture designer based in Derbyshire, England, has found a simpler and more eco-friendly way to create wooden furniture: he uses specially designed plastic frames to mold young willow, oak, ash and sycamore trees into the shape of chairs, tables, frames, or lamps as they’re growing. Once they’ve matured, each tree has morphed into a fully functional furniture item made from a single piece of wood, no sawing or assembling necessary. Munro’s company, called Full Grown, aims to "rethink our relationship with trees and time," as the designer writes in an email.
    Full Grown is currently tending a small furniture forest of 400 trees in a field north of Derby. "If we want the beauty of wood in our furniture, why do we bother growing trees for more than 60 years, only to chop them up into little bits?" Munro says.
    After studying furniture design at university, "I was left with the desire not just to make things as beautifully as I could, but to make the whole manufacturing process—from acquiring the raw material to finished piece—as simple and elegant as possible, too," Munro says. Inspiration came when he was making driftwood furniture on a beach in San Francisco, and realized "it makes more sense to grow trees directly into objects." He remembered noticing the shape of a throne in an overgrown bonsai tree as a child, and then having to learn patience while sitting in a metal frame, waiting for a spinal fusion graft to heal. These memories formed the seed for Full Grown.
Using this method, growing an individual tree into a complete chair takes anywhere from four to eight years. "In essence, it’s an incredibly simple art," he says. "You start by training and pruning young tree branches as they grow over specially made formers. At certain points we then graft them together so that the object grows in to one solid piece." He likens the process to "a kind of organic 3D printing that uses air, soil and sunshine as its source material." After the tree has grown into the shape they want, they continue to nurture it as it thickens and matures before harvesting it in the winter. It's then planed and finished to show off the wood and grain inside. Each piece is as utterly unique as an individual tree.
Even though the basic process is simple, neatly organizing a small forest is not without its challenges. Munro is only making 50 or so pieces a year, but for every 100 trees you grow, there are a 1,000 branches you need to care for and 10,000 shoots you have to prune at the right time. "It’s an art-form in itself keeping track of everything," Munro says.
They’re still growing now, but when harvested and finished, Munro claims the chairs will be not just fully functional and ergonomic, but actually more durable and longer-lasting than current wooden furniture. Since they’re grown, grafted and fastened into one solid piece, there are no joints that loosen over time. "These could last for centuries," Munro says. "We hope and trust that this will eventually become an improvement on current methods." Still, it remains to be seen whether the model could be scalable as a method of mass-manufacturing furniture—it doesn't sound like furniture forests will be replacing IKEA factories anytime soon.
The first chairs will be ready for purchase mid-2017, for about $3,700 each (Munro expects potential customers to be looking for unique art pieces), and the geometric pendant lamps and mirrors frames will be ready late Spring 2016. Full Grown has a handful of pieces left for pre-order at 
An ingenious British designer has come up with the ultimate environmentally-friendly way to create stunning household furniture - by letting Mother Nature do all the hard work.
Gavin Munro grows young trees into specially-designed plastic moulds, pruning and guiding the branches into shape before grafting them together to form ultra-tough joints.
Using this method he's already created several prototype pieces and has a field in Derbyshire where he's currently tending a crop of 400 tables, chairs and lampshades which he hopes to harvest next year.
Farm fresh: The field in Derbyshire where British designer Gavin Munro is growing his unique and beautiful furniture
Farm fresh: The field in Derbyshire where British designer Gavin Munro is growing his unique and beautiful furniture
Furniture farmer: Gavin Munro with a prototype wooden lampshade grown into shape using his ingenious technique
Furniture farmer: Gavin Munro with a prototype wooden lampshade grown into shape using his ingenious technique
Mr Munro, 39, a keen environmentalist, believes the technique - which has been dubbed botanical manufacturing - could one day be used to create sustainable and ecologically-sound furniture on a much larger scale.
He explains: 'You start by training and pruning young tree branches as they grow over specially made formers.
'At certain points we then graft them together so that the object grows in to one solid piece - I’m interested in the way this is like a kind of organic 3D printing that uses air, soil and sunshine as its source material. 
'After it's grown into the shape we want, we continue to care and nurture the tree as it thickens and matures before harvesting it in the Winter and then letting it season and dry. 
'It's then a matter of planing and finishing to show off the wood and grain inside.'
Crops: A row of willow dining chairs growing directly into shape which Mr Munro hopes to have ready by 2017 
Sustainable: A chair takes shape
A table grown using Mr Munro's ingenious technique
Sustainable: A chair takes shape, left, while Mr Munro is also growing tables, right, and working on more ambitious designs 
Form and function: The technique creates furniture which is not only beautiful to look at but extremely strong too
Working together with his wife Alice, Mr Munro mainly uses strong, fast-growing willow for his designs but is also experimenting with ash, sycamore, hazel, crab apple, sessile oak and red oak.
He had the original idea while working as a gardener in San Francisco and making furniture from driftwood in his spare time.
Remembering an old over-grown bonsai tree in his mother's garden when he was child which resembled a throne, he decided it would be faster to grow furniture directly rather chopping a mature tree into bits.
As well as avoiding the need for nails, fixings and machinery, the designs should last longer than traditionally-made chairs as they don't have the weak points around the joins.
Wife Alice, 40, explains: 'Just like a broken bone will be a lot stronger where it heals, the points where the wood is grafted are extremely strong. 
The field in Derbyshire where the unusual crop is growing. Mr Munro hopes it will be ready to harvest next year
The field in Derbyshire where the unusual crop is growing. Mr Munro hopes it will be ready to harvest next year
A row of recently cropped lamp shades  in Mr Munro's Derbyshire field. The technique has been dubbed Botanical Manufacturing
A row of recently cropped lamp shades in Mr Munro's Derbyshire field. The technique has been dubbed Botanical Manufacturing
Technique: Grafting the wood together creates stronger joints than traditionally-made furniture which means they should last longer 
'It means you don't have joints which come lose like with a traditionally made chair so they should last a whole lot longer.'
The first prototypes were grown in Alice's mother's garden before Alice persuaded her husband to give up working as a gardener and web designer and focus on the project full time. 
Mr Munro, who has named his company Full Grown, has already harvested chairs, a table and lampshades and is currently working on more complex designs including a bookshelf and a chest of drawers.
But it's not simply a matter of setting up the molds and sitting back and letting the trees grow into shape. The technique involves copious amounts of pruning, coppicing and grafting.
Tragedy struck early on when a herd of cows rampaged through the field damaging many of the young trees. 
But the Munros recovered and weather-permitting they hope to have their first big crop harvested in 2016 and ready for sale in 2017.
Most of the pieces have already been pre-ordered with the chairs selling for £2,500 each and the light shades priced between £1,000 and £1,500. 
Two of Mr Munro's prototype designs. He is currently planning a  bookshelf and a chest of drawers
Finished articles: A beautiful table grown directly into shape using Mr Munro's special moulds
Finished articles: A beautiful table grown directly into shape using Mr Munro's special moulds
Mr Munro added: 'The whole process takes place over seasons and years - between four and eight years to grow a chair for example.
'But when you look at how long and how much effort it actually takes us now to go from having no tree to final wooden object then you realise that the craft we’re a part of developing is not just more cooperative with the natural world; it has an elegant efficiency all of it own. 
'I’m only making 50 or so pieces a year but for every 100 trees you grow there are a 1,000 branches you need to care for and 10,000 shoots you have to prune at the right time.  It’s an art-form in itself keeping track of everything.'
- See more at:,-tables-and-lampshades.html#sthash.2U17eZkl.dpuf
How to grow your own furniture: Eco-friendly designer uses special moulds to guide branches into ready-made chairs, tables and lampshades - See more at:,-tables-and-lampshades.html#sthash.2U17eZkl.dpuf
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Saturday, 13 September 2014 10:42


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SHANTI GALLERY & QUANTUM TRIBE приглашает вас 19 СЕНТЯБРЯ на долгожданное аудио-визуальное мероприятие, на котором будет представлена коллекция новых работ художника LUMINOKAYA, совместные лайв анимации от ACACIA VISUALS feat Luminokaya под музыкальное сопровождение от ASTROPILOT - live. В верхнем зале для вас выступит с атмосферным диджей сетом IVGENERATE.


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Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:52

16 Modern & Creative Camper Trailers

What do you do if you are absolutely in love with travel or camping, cannot compromise of your way of living and need your own things for comfortable living? Your own living space, your own amenities and a motor vehicle which has it all, that’s what you call a Camper Trailer.
Whether it is to be used for short leisure activities, vacations or camping or whether you are just interested in having a mobile home for yourself, these camper trailers will kick your senses to new heights!

1. The Rolling Stone
Sustainability and Functionality form the core of this modern and creative camper trailer. It accommodates a minimum two and maximum six people.



camper trailers

Each unit has a small closet, bedroom with a double bed, shower & sink and a toilet. A living room space and a kitchenette and living area can be created in summers and otherwise the open area can also function as a workshop area or theatre.
Energy can be had from two systems: either the wind turbine or the solar panels. Every unit also has a bathtub combination area and a water reservoir on the roof and a grey water treatment facility under the floor of the caravan.

2. The Foldoub Caravan Concept
This camping trailer is all about maximizing available space. It is a very simple concept yet very functional in use and can be towed away to be used whenever needed. It has a bright and bubbly unique design which adds to its appeal.


camping trailer

It offers us plenty of maneuverability options while doubling the available floor space. Three cheers to such innovations!

3. Mehrzeller Caravan
This camper trailer design is a direct reflection of a multi-cellular creation.
Several polygonal structures form this design which is far from being a conventional one. Every unit is custom made by the customers itself, through an online medium, which makes every single unit a unique one.


camper trailer


And inside, every cell performs a different function. No doubt all this makes it such a cool design!

4. The Case Van
This mobile trailer design is the mix of a conventional and a mobile home. It’s a modular mobile home which is extremely functional and yet chic in its looks.


mobile trailers


One of the walls inside will have a touch screen display with internet connectivity to be able to connect to the outside world. The lighting as well as other utilities on the inside are neatly built to fit the walls.

5. Colim Caravan
This camping trailer has its name ‘Colim’ in short for ‘colors of life in motion’, which is a multifunctional vehicle, and can be a small car when you don’t need the RV and a whole RV when you actually need one.


camping trailer

It is geometrically shaped and has a flexible living space with individually applicable multi-functional modules. Equipped with auto technology and modern amenities this RV is a very unique and an intelligent design combination.

6. Bob Villa’s Caravan
This camper trailer is far from the square boxes crowding caravan parks. It looks cool, features whitewall tires and wheel covers, aluminum band and dark windows and a smooth airstream form.


camper trailers

Its modern and sophisticated interior boasts of a bedroom covered by an electronically operated pop up roof above the living area. The bedroom can be accessed through a changeable ladder at the end of the kitchen.

7. Opera Mobile Holiday Home
It is more a mobile designer suite than a pop up camper giving you luxuries and amenities you cannot expect from a mobile home.


mobile trailers

It has features like electrically adjustable beds, teak veranda, water heater, low energy LED floor lighting and a hot air heater.
This is certainly not an affordable option but a must have for those who want a well-appointed mobile home.

8. 252° Living Area
This camp trailer is a concept spaceship house and boasts of being compact yet spacious.


camp trailer

There is a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom and an office in the 252° Living Area which fans out like Japanese fan. Looks like loads of fun!

9. Bob The Caravan
If you love leading a nomadic like then this is one of the best camper trailers. This motorhome trailer is designed for a small family giving them quality living space, literally a home away from home.


motorhome trailer

It fulfills all basic needs of the traveler and is effectively designed for maximum functionality.

10. Westfalia Verdier Solar Powered Camper
This camper trailer can accommodate a family of four, and give the travelers a realistic moving home for all their weird dreams and needs.


camper trailer

It generates electricity to sustain on-board accessories even if the vehicle is not moving. A GPS over the vehicle and an inbuilt installed PC are its other plus points.

11. The T@B Xl
This is not an RV but a uniquely and brilliantly furnished tear drop shaped tow-away camp trailer, measuring 22 feet with AKS safety coupling and AL-KO trailer control system for easy maneuvering abilities.


camp trailer

It is no doubt expensive what with the teak finishing, 23-inch flat screen TV fitted with a CD-DVD player and leather upholstery but a thing certainly worth having.

12. C3 Hotel Cube
This is one of the cool concept camper trailers with the makings of a futuristic model RV.


motorhome trailers

A dual action stove or refrigerator to pull out awning, an electronically controlled glass and other features as such, this camper van seems like the perfect choice for a weekend get away.

13. The Cam Concept Camping Car
This is a heavy duty off road camping vehicle and an ideal choice of a motorhome trailer. It has dual mode wheels with 5 spokes for additional grip to the vehicle.


camping car

The windows can be kept transparent or be made tinted with the touch of a button depending on what you want to do, whether it is enjoying the outside scenery from inside or having some privacy for happy moments. This new camper van design is surely to attract a lot of travel lovers.

14. Earthroamer Xv-Jp
This might not be a very roomy option for a camping trailer but it certainly is a sturdier one.
Unlike normal RV’s which require a ribbon smooth road to move on, this one guarantees going on without flipping on its roof because of its Jeep Wranger Rubicon Unlimited platform.


camping trailer

It has an 80-watt solar panel on the roof to charge the batteries when the vehicle is parked and a 160-amp engine alternator to keep things powered while its on the move.

15. Sylvan Sport’s Go
It boasts of being the most useful piece of outdoor equipment created and looks like a very versatile mobile trailer.



camper van

This camper van conveniently turns into a tent complete with sleeping platforms, entry awning, and various other living configurations for a comfortable on–the-move journey.

16. Compact Caravan Concept
Constant wanderers and campers will prefer this uniquely designed camper trailer because it not only is a fun factor but also gives the traveler a sense of comfort. It is designed to accommodate three people and is very compact in design.


camper van

It not only flaunts a roofed slide out elevated outdoor zone along with pull down seats but also a Mosquito net and other features to give greater flexibility and more freedom to interact with fellow neighbors.


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You would never think that a single plant could solve most of the worlds problems, well it can. Hemp has over 50, 000 uses, why this plant remains illegal is causing confusion among many. Everything from clothes, medicine, fabrics, fuel and more, hemp is definitely a large threat to a variety of corporations that control energy, health and a number of other industries. Many corporations would see a decline in profit if hemp were to be legalized. One in particular this article will focus on is the automobile industry.

The worlds most Eco-friendly car, the Kestrel, was designed in Canada by Calgary-based Motive Industries INC. Unlike the United States government, the Canadian government is open to hemp farming and actively supporting the industrial hemp industry and it’s potential benefit for us and our environment.

It has a top speed of 90 km per hour and a range of approximately 100 miles before needing to be recharged. It’s powered by a motor made by TM4 Electrodynamic Systems, a Quebec based company.

It’s weight is approximately 2,500 pounds, and has a very affordable price given the fact that hemp is very easy to grow and requires nothing but the sun. It fits 4 passengers and the production version of it was supposed to be available this year. Since the unveiling of it a couple of years ago, everything all of a sudden has become quiet. You can contact the developers here for more information if you are interested or would like to get your hands on one.

The body of the car is completely impact-resistant and made entirely out of hemp. When we think of cars we think of gasoline, steel, pollution, etc. Even though we have had some innovative and visually pleasing cars on the road today, it is difficult to ignore the sheer environmental impact that modern cars create.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a hemp car making noise, did you know that Henry Ford spent more than a decade researching and building his Model T car? This was in the 1940′s, it was completely made from hemp. This car was 10 times stronger than steel and was also designed to run off of hemp bio-fuel! Whatever happened to this idea? Read more about that here.

To think that even one of the founders of a major car manufacturer was trying to give the world a vehicle that was safe, strong and clean for the environment is good to know. At the same time, his invention was so suppressed that it is somewhat disheartening. How did we go from such an obvious and intelligent discovery, to using gasoline, steel and other non-harmonious materials? It’s important to keep in mind that not only do we need to look at the pollution factor of material while in use, we should also be aware of the pollution caused from manufacturing and creating of cars from raw materials.

Looking at hemp, it complies with every Eco-standard  that exists today; in fact, it blows them out of the water. The suppression of this technology is largely due to the fact that hemp was outlawed in the US in 1937 due to the potential damaging effect it would have on many powerful industries at that time. I highly recommend you check out the full story we wrote on how hemp became illegal.

The Kestrel’s hemp composite body shell passed its crash test in strong form, unlike steel, the panels bounce back into shape after impact. Hemp also has the same mechanical properties as glass. It is even lighter than glass and these properties help boost fuel efficiency.

The oldest known records of hemp farming go back 5000 years in China. For thousands of years, 90% of all ships sails and rope made from hemp. Hemp is an unlimited, forever lasting resource. For that reason alone it is a threat to our current financial and economic systems. It seems the systems we have in place are used to justify why products like this cannot be mass marketed and mass distributed. It’s time for a change, and it’s time for us to implement new methods and technologies that are more harmonious with the planet.
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As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors.
They’re presenting their research, which a Canadian start-up company is working on scaling up, at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

Although hemp (cannabis sativa) and marijuana (cannabis sativa var. indica) come from a similar species of plant, they are very different and confusion has been caused by deliberate misinformation with far reaching effects on socioeconomics as well as on environmental matters.

Hemp is the most universally useful plant we have at our disposal. The history of mankind’s use of hemp can be traced way back in time to between about 5000 – 7000 BC.

Industrial hemp and hemp seed could transform the economy of the world States in a positive and beneficial way, and therefore should be exploited to its full potential, especially relating to energy storage.

David Mitlin, Ph.D., explains that supercapacitors are energy storage devices that have huge potential to transform the way future electronics are powered. Unlike today’s rechargeable batteries, which sip up energy over several hours, supercapacitors can charge and discharge within seconds. But they normally can’t store nearly as much energy as batteries, an important property known as energy density. One approach researchers are taking to boost supercapacitors’ energy density is to design better electrodes. Mitlin’s team has figured out how to make them from certain hemp fibers — and they can hold as much energy as the current top contender: graphene.

“Our device’s electrochemical performance is on par with or better than graphene-based devices,” Mitlin says. “The key advantage is that our electrodes are made from biowaste using a simple process, and therefore, are much cheaper than graphene.”

The race toward the ideal supercapacitor has largely focused on graphene — a strong, light material made of atom-thick layers of carbon, which when stacked, can be made into electrodes. Scientists are investigating how they can take advantage of graphene’s unique properties to build better solar cells, water filtration systems, touch-screen technology, as well as batteries and supercapacitors. The problem is it’s expensive.

Mitlin’s group decided to see if they could make graphene-like carbons from hemp bast fibers. The fibers come from the inner bark of the plant and often are discarded from Canada’s fast-growing industries that use hemp for clothing, construction materials and other products. The U.S. could soon become another supplier of bast. It now allows limited cultivation of hemp, which unlike its close cousin, does not induce highs.

Since the 1950s, the United States has been lumped hemp into the same category of marijuana, and thus the extremely versatile crop was doomed in the United States. Hemp is technically from the same species of plant that psychoactive marijuana comes from. However, it is from a different variety, or subspecies that contains many important differences.

Industrial hemp has very low Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels, which is the principal psychoactive constituent. Compared to marijuana which is specifically cultivated for personal psychoactive use, it is nearly impossible to “get high” on hemp. Marijuana that can be smoked usually contains between 5-10% THC, industrial hemp contains about one-tenth of that. In order to get a psychoactive effect, one would need to smoke more than a dozen hemp cigarettes over a very short period of time to achieve any kind of psychoactive effect.

The reason for the low THC content in hemp is that most THC is formed in resin glands on the buds and flowers of the female cannabis plant. Industrial hemp is not cultivated to produce buds, and therefore lacks the primary component that forms the marijuana high. Furthermore, industrial hemp has higher concentrations of a chemical called Cannabidiol (CBD) that has a negative effect on THC and lessens its psychoactive effects when smoked in conjunction.

Scientists had long suspected there was more value to the hemp bast — it was just a matter of finding the right way to process the material.

“We’ve pretty much figured out the secret sauce of it,” says Mitlin, who’s now with Clarkson University in New York. “The trick is to really understand the structure of a starter material and to tune how it’s processed to give you what would rightfully be called amazing properties.”

His team found that if they heated the fibers for 24 hours at a little over 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and then blasted the resulting material with more intense heat, it would exfoliate into carbon nanosheets.

Mitlin’s team built their supercapacitors using the hemp-derived carbons as electrodes and an ionic liquid as the electrolyte. Fully assembled, the devices performed far better than commercial supercapacitors in both energy density and the range of temperatures over which they can work. The hemp-based devices yielded energy densities as high as 12 Watt-hours per kilogram, two to three times higher than commercial counterparts. They also operate over an impressive temperature range, from freezing to more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

“We’re past the proof-of-principle stage for the fully functional supercapacitor,” he says. “Now we’re gearing up for small-scale manufacturing.”

Governments have cooperated with powerful corporate lobbyists the ensure that hemp is lumped into the same category as marijuana. The primary reason is that hemp has too many abundant resources for fuel, housing, food, medicine that corporations cannot exploit. Think about how many polluting conglomerates would go down if hemp was permitted as a resource. The oil, pharmaceutical, supplement and constructions industry would need to radically shift their business model to survive.

Mitlin, who conducted the research while at the University of Alberta, acknowledges funding from Alberta Innovates Technology Futures,National Institute for Nanotechnology (Canada) and Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency.
Environmental Benefits of Hemp

* Hemp results in a 95.5% fuel-to-feed ratio when used for pyrolysis the thermochemical process that converts organic matter into fuel.
* Biomass has heating value of up to 8,000 BTU/lb., with virtually no residual sulphur or ash during combustion.
* Hemp is the #1 producer of biomass per acre in the world. Biomass energy expert Lynn Osburn estimates that 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 million acres of hemp would replace all of Canada’s fossil fuel demands.
* From 75°/O to 90% of all paper was made with hemp fiber until the late 1800′s.
* An acre of hemp will produce as much pulp for paper as 4,1 acres of trees over a 20 year period.
* The hemp paper-making process requires no dioxin-producing chlorine bleach and uses 75% to 85% less sulphur-based acid.
* Hemp paper is suitable for recycle use 7 to 8 times, compared with 3 times for wood pulp paper.
* Hemp produces the strongest, most durable natural soft-fiber on earth. Until the 1 820′s, up to 80% of all textiles and fabrics for clothes, canvas, linens and cordage were made principally from hemp.
* Hemp cloth is stronger, more durable, warmer and more absorbent than cotton. Best of all. ‘ grown in Canada, cotton cannot.
* An acre of land will produce 2 to 3 times as much fiber as cotton, about 1,000 Ibs. of fiber per acre.
* Hemp grown in most parts of Canada will require no herbicide, fungicide or insecticide applications. Up to ½ of all agricultural pesticides used in North America are applied to the cotton crop.
* Natural, organic hemp fiber breathes and is recyclable, unlike petroleum-based synthetic fibers.
* A fully mature hemp plant may contain 1/2 of its dry-weight in seed.
* Once hemp seed oil has been extracted, the remaining seed cake is second only to soya bean for protein content and is an excellent source of nutrition for either farm animals or humans.

Agricultural Benefits of Hemp

* England, France and Spain have all legalized low THC varieties of hemp for an agricultural crop. England planted 1,500 acres of hemp as a first year crop. Reports from England state that farmers are receiving in excess of 3,000$ per acre for their hemp crop.
* Low THC hemp is not suitable as a psychoactive drug.
* A Canadian report from the late 1800′s demonstrated that hemp works very well in rotation with bean and corn crops.
* In 1991 Ontario farmers receiver 290$ and 240$ per acre for grain corn and soya bean respectively.
* Hemp was grown successfully in Canada for over 100 years. For a period in the late 1800′s Canada produced ‘hi: of all England’s hemp requirements. At kite time, England was the largest hemp consumer in the world.
* In the 1930′s, a South Western Ontario newspaper reported that Canadian grown hemp was among the best in the world and far superior to tropical hemp.
* In Canada hemp can be grown successfully from our southern borders to approximately 60O North Latitude, the parallel that divides the North West Territories from the provinces. This remarkable range is possible due to hemp’s short growing season, usually 90 to 110 days.
* The hemp plant will reach a height of up to 5m (16ft.) and sink a main tap root down 1 ft. This tap root will draw nutrients from deep in the soil and make them available to subsequent crops when the hemp leaves are shed on the soil. This extensive root system also helps to alleviate the problem of soil compaction.
* Hemp is very easy on the soil and returns up to 60% of the nutrients it takes from the soil, when dried in the field.
* A report from Kentucky states that hemp was grown on the same land for 14 consecutive years without soil depletion or reduction in yield.
* Hemp is very economical crop to grow since it requires virtually no pesticide applications.
* Hemp is also relatively drought-resistant and has been relied upon several times during drought-induced famine for its high protein seed.
* Hemp is very resistant to increased UV radiation and should not suffer decreased yields, unlike soya bean and corn.
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Good news for all you Isolation Tank “floaters” — a new company is about to start producing the cheapest-ever in-home isolation tank, called the Zen Float Tent. Founder Shane Stott says his float tank “ships inexpensively, assembles in any room and offers personal sensory deprivation.” In a video, he assembles one in only fifteen minutes. They’ve done extensive prototyping and testing, and frankly it looks awesome. Shane seems like a very genuine guy and his enthusiasm is contagious.
If you’ve never heard of Isolation Tanks or “sensory deprivation” as a consciousness tool, watch this trailer for the documentary Float Nation:
How Does it Work?
Here’s how the creators describe it:
The Zen Float Tent is essentially a relaxation environment. You can achieve deep states of relaxation and rejuvenation by removing the normal stimulus overload of every day life. Touch, sight, and sound are removed.
Touch: The tent has 10″ of water that is heated to skin temperature (93.5°). This water is saturated with 800 lbs of Epsom Salt so you feel completely weightless. Shortly after hopping in, you will acclimate to the temperature of the water and air. As the water supports you, you begin to feel nothing:  no hot or cold, and no gravity.
Sight: Inside, the Zen Float Tent is pitch black. You can open your eyes and still see absolutely nothing.
Sound: In a quiet room with your ears under the water, you will only hear a heart beat, and perhaps an occasional eyelid flutter. When you settle in and the senses are removed, you enter a state of total peace. You are free to relax, or dive into thinking and make connections like never before. Imagine freeing your brain from monitoring what’s going on around it.
What they don’t say is that isolation tanks pair incredibly well with cannabis and psychedelics, turning a standard low-dose trip into an inter-galactic space adventure to the center of your soul. As I’ve written about before, sensory deprivation is one of the best ways to hallucinate, or to use a more positive term, to generate internal imagery, sounds, and sensations.
John C. Lilly, the dolphin researcher and inventor of the isolation tank, was famous for taking huge doses of ketamine and other psychedelics, and then floating in silent darkness for hours. Now that’s a psychonaut.
With the Zen Float Tank, now you, too, can trip for hours on end without the pesky distractions of light, sound, gravity, and other intrusive stimuli from the external world! In a float tank, with no incoming data to process, the mind is truly unshackled from consensus reality.  Even without drugs, it can be a psychedelic, deeply meditative experience.
How Much Will It Cost?
Say the creators: “Typically float tanks are in the $10K-30K mark, with the least expensive costing $4,500. We have priced the Zen float tent at a mere $1,700 (and discounts to our backers).”
The price tag doesn’t include the 800 pounds of epsom salt you’ll need (or the LSD), but it sounds pretty reasonable considering the competition’s steep pricing. A single float session averages $70 at most float centers, which means just 25 floats would cover the cost of this tank. And if you can’t afford a tank, consider chipping in to get a DVD or t-shirt while supporting this fledgling company.
Imagine what your friends and family will say when they see a white tent filled with epsom saltwater in the guest room — excuse me, in the the sensory deprivation chamber formerly known as the guest room


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Wednesday, 02 July 2014 17:15

Psychedelic Underwater Sculptures

Jason de Caires Taylor's Underwater Sculpture Garden
It's a rare case when a piece of sculpture means as much to the surrounding wildlife as it does to the humans who come to admire it. Such is the situation of Jason de Caires Taylor's underwater sculpture garden. Constructed out of concrete and steel, and bolted to the ocean substrate, the works here act as artificial reefs that provide "an ideal habitat for filter feeding organisms."
Located between two and eight meters underwater, the collection of over 65 sculptures is home to a number of species, including peacock flounder, juvenile striped parrot fish, banded coral shrimp, and fire worms. The sculptures are in clear, shallow waters and can be easily seen by divers, snorkelers, and those in glass-bottomed boats.
Despite the fact that some of the pieces weigh as much as 15 tons, they are not impervious to the powers of the ocean. Taylor's first work, Grace Reef, was torn to pieces by a hurricane. But such destruction is part of the point of Taylor's work. As the sculptures interact with their underwater environment in unpredictable ways, the art becomes more interesting and more complex. Eventually they may disappear completely into the expansive blue gallery they inhabit.

Jason deCaires Taylor’s underwater sculptures create a unique, absorbing and expansive visual seascape. Highlighting natural ecological processes, Taylor’s interventions explore the intricate relationships that exist between art and environment. His works become artificial reefs, attracting marine life, while offering the viewer privileged temporal encounters, as the shifting sand of the ocean floor, and the works change from moment to moment.
Below you will find a small collection of his work. For more pictures and extensive details on each project, the Sifter highly recommends Jason deCaires official site. Enjoy!

Jason deCaires Taylor is a man of many identities, whose work resonates with the influences of his eclectic life. Growing up in Europe and Asia with his English father and Guyanese mother nurtured his passion for exploration and discovery. Much of his childhood was spent on the coral reefs of Malaysia where he developed a profound love of the sea and a fascination with the natural world.
This would later lead him to spend several years working as a scuba diving instructor in various parts of the globe, developing a strong interest in conservation, underwater naturalism and photography. His bond with the sea remains a constant throughout Taylor’s life though other key influences are found far from the oceans. During his teenage years, work as a graffiti artist fired his interest in the relationship between art and the environment, fostering an ambition to produce art in public spaces and directing the focus of his formal art training.


He graduated in 1998 from the London Institute of Arts, with a B.A. Honours in Sculpture and Ceramics. Later, experience in Canterbury Cathedral taught him traditional stone carving techniques whilst five years working in set design and concert installations exposed him to cranes, lifting, logistics and completing projects on a grand scale.
With this range of experiences he was equipping himself with the skills required to execute the ambitious underwater projects that have made his name. Carving cement instead of stone and supervising cranes while in full scuba gear to create artificial reefs submerged below the surface of the Caribbean Sea, the various strands of his diverse life resolve themselves convincingly in the development of his underwater sculptures. These ambitious, public works have a practical, functional aspect, facilitating positive interactions between people and fragile underwater habitats.


Jason deCaires Taylor has gained significant interest and recognition for his unique work, with features in over 1000 publications around the world, including National Geographic, Vogue, USA today, the BBC, and CNN and he has made several TV appearances.
His international reputation was established in May 2006, when he created the world’s first underwater sculpture park in Grenada, West Indies, leading to both private and public commissions. Taylor is currently founder and Artistic Director of the Museo Subacuático del Arte (MUSA) in Cancun, Mexico.

Vicissitudes depicts a circle of figures, all linked through holding hands. These are life-size casts taken from a group of children of diverse ethnic background. Circular in structure and located five meters below the surface, the work both withstands strong currents and replicates one of the primary geometric shapes, evoking ideas of unity and continuum.


The underwater environment is much like that of the outdoors. An object is subject to changes in light and prevailing weather conditions. The cement finish and chemical composition of Vicissitudes actively promotes the colonisation of coral and marine life. The figures are transformed over time by their environment, and conversely as this happens so they change the shape of their habitat. This natural process echoes the changes exacted through growing up. Social interchange shapes this process, while conversely as the product of a particular society we in turn invoke change on the workings and dynamics of that environment.


The sculpture proposes growth, chance, and natural transformation. It shows how time and environment impact on and shape the physical body. Children by nature are adaptive to their surroundings. Their use within the work highlights the importance of creating a sustainable and well-managed environment, a space for future generations. Taylor notes that close to forty percent of coral reefs worldwide has been destroyed and that this figure is set to increase. His work reminds us that the marine environment is in a constant state of flux, and that this in turn reflects poignantly the vicissitudes, changing landscapes, of our own lives.

The Lost Correspondent depicts a man sitting at a desk with a typewriter. The desk is covered with a collection of newspaper articles and cuttings that date back to the 1970s. Many of these have political significance, a number detail Grenada’s alignment with Cuba in the period immediately prior to the revolution. The work informs the rapid changes in communication between generations. Taking the form of a traditional correspondent, the lone figure becomes little more than a relic, a fossil in a lost world.

La Jardinera de la Esperanza (the gardener of hope), depicts a young girl lying on garden patio steps, cultivating a variety of plant pots. The sculpture is sited four metres beneath the surface Punta Nizuc, Cancun. The pots are propagated with live coral cuttings rescued from areas of the reef system damaged by storms and human activity. This technique, a well-established procedure in reef conservation, rescues damaged coral fragments by providing a suitable new substrate.


The sculpture, a synthesis between art and science, conveys a message of hope and prosperity, portraying human intervention as positive and regenerating. The young Girl symbolizes a new, revitalized kinship with the environment, a role model for future generations.
The interaction between the inanimate and living forms highlights a potential symbiotic relationship with the life systems of the underwater world. Over the past few decades we have lost over 40% of our natural coral reefs. Scientists predict a permanent demise of 80% by 2050. The Gardner of Hope is designed to focus attention on this important, often forgotten, ecological issue. Built into the base of the sculpture are specialized habitat spaces designed to encourage individual types of marine creatures such as moray eels, juvenile fish and lobsters.


The Archive of Lost Dreams depicts an underwater archive, maintained by a male registrar. The archive is a collection of hundreds of messages in bottles brought together by the natural forces of the ocean. The registrar is collating the individual bottles and categorising the contents according to the nature of each message – fear, hope, loss, or belonging.


Various communities from a broad spectrum of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds have been invited to provide the messages, which, it is hoped, will document current values and aspirations for future generations to discover.


The sculpture is placed within an area of the national marine park, which had been previously damaged, by hurricanes and tropical storms. The choice of location aims to draw the high number of visitors to the region away from other sections of pristine reef allowing them space to develop naturally.


Oceans teem with microscopic organisms that are constantly drifting down towards the sea bed, attaching to and colonising on the way any hard secure surface, such as rock outcrops, and thereby creating the basis of a natural reef. Coral reefs attract an array of marine life (such as colourful fish, turtles, sea urchins, sponges, and sharks) and also provide enclosed spaces for sea creatures to breed or take refuge.


Only about 10 – 15% of the sea bed has a solid enough substratum to allow reefs to form naturally. In order to increase the number of reefs in these areas artificial reefs have recently been created from materials that are durable, secure and environmentally sensitive. These reefs appear to have been successful in that they have attracted coral growth which, in turn, can support an entire marine ecosystem.


One of the greatest benefits of artificial reefs is that they have lifted the pressure off natural reefs which, over the past few decades, have been over-fished and over-visited. By diverting attention to artificial reefs, natural reefs have now been given a greater chance to repair and to regenerate.


Jason deCaires Taylor
Born in 1974 to an English father and Guyanese mother, Taylor grew up in Europe and Asia, where he spent much of his early childhood exploring the coral reefs of Malaysia. Educated in the South East of England, Taylor graduated from the London Institute of Arts in 1998 with a BA Honours in Sculpture and went on to become a fully qualified diving instructor and underwater naturalist. With over 18 years diving experience under his belt, Taylor is also an award winning underwater photographer, famous for his dramatic images, which capture the metamorphosing effects of the ocean on his evolving sculptures.
In 2006, Taylor founded and created the world’s first underwater sculpture park. Situated off the coast of Grenada in the West Indies it is now listed as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic. His latest creation is MUSA (Museo Subacuatico de Arte), a monumental museum with a collection of over 500 of his sculptural works, submerged off the coast of Cancun, Mexico; described by Forbes as one of the world’s most unique travel destinations. Both these ambitious, permanent public works have a practical, functional aspect, facilitating positive interactions between people and fragile underwater habitats while at the same relieving pressure on natural resources.
Taylor’s art is like no other, a paradox of creation, constructed to be assimilated by the ocean and transformed from inert objects into living breathing coral reefs, portraying human intervention as both positive and life-encouraging. Numerous publications and documentaries have featured his extraordinary work, including the BBC, CNN, USA Today, the Guardian, Vogue, New Scientist and the Discovery Channel, yet nothing can quite do justice to the ephemeral nature of his art; for each actual visit to his sites is both unique and subject to the dynamic, fluctuating environment of the ocean.
His pioneering public art projects are not only examples of successful marine conservation, but inspirational works of art that seek to encourage environmental awareness, instigate social change and lead us to appreciate the breathtaking natural beauty of the underwater world.
Taylor’s studio is currently based in Lanzarote part of the Canary Islands.


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Wednesday, 02 July 2014 12:24

Solar FREAKIN' Roadways

Smart streets and solar roadways produce energy for the power-grid
American electrical engineer scott brusaw’s system of solar powered roads. conceived as an initiative to change the face of national highways by re-purposing them with photo-voltaic panels, the idea for ‘solar roadways’ was to introduce smart streets capable of directly inputting energy into ‘the grid’. if realized, the concept could essentially power an entire country with the generated electricity.
now in it’s second prototyping stage, the project has been further developed as a modular photovoltaic (PV) paving system that can withstand the heaviest of trucks – up to 120,000 kilograms. the plan would see the ‘solar road’ panels installed on highways, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths and even playgrounds.
smart streets and solar roadways produce energy for the power-grid
Parking lot
Phase II Prototype Solar Parking Lot

Pet Friendly!


Snow melt
Snow test - Powered row is snow/ice free.

Artist's rendition of interstate
Graphic design by Sam Cornett

Artist's rendition of downtown Sandpoint, Idaho - Home of Solar Roadways
Graphic design by Sam Cornett

Artist's rendition of downtown Sandpoint sidewalk
Graphic design by Sam Cornett
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Thursday, 26 June 2014 11:29

15 Tips for High Sensitive People

Empathic ability allows you to read and understand people’s energy. This ability may be genetic, passing from generation to generation.  You may share this ability with a relative, so look at your family tree; does anyone else seem to fit the description? Empaths have the ability to scan another’s energy for thoughts, feelings and possibly for past, present, and future life occurrences. Most empaths are unaware of how this really works, and have accepted that they are sensitive to other people’s energy. The ability to correctly perceive and to some extent mirror the energy of another is a challenge. This gift allows us to steer ourselves through life with added perception. You need to be selective and have coping skills in place, if not you will easily be overwhelmed. These are some excellent methods for coping:

1. Schedule time with you:
Spending time alone creates the space needed to release emotion, energy and stress.

2. Positive Affirmations:
Short messages that train thought patterns. An example: “Let me receive what is in my best and highest good at this time”

3. Shielding:
Placing a protective shield of white light that is around and encasing you in a bubble, remember to make a grounding cord so you don’t float away!

4. Chakra Cleansing and Balancing:
Regular cleaning of the chakras will keep your energy field free of negative or unwanted energy. Re-balance them by bringing in energy that will create alignment and balance.

5. Centering:
Align yourself with spirit and get out of Ego.  Try to live in the moment and whatever emotion comes up express and release it.

6. Stones:
Some people find that crystals and gemstones aid in clearing negative energy and maintaining balance. Choose yours by trying several different stones,and by paying attention to how each feels.

7. Aroma therapy:
Essential oils can enhance well being. Choose what elevates or calms your mood.

8. Forgiveness:
Forgiving others and forgiving self is one of the most powerful tools you have. It will clear your energy and raise your vibrational rate.

9. Grounding:
We have a grounding cord in the root chakra that connects us to the earth. Being aware of this and using this cord to both send negative energy into the earth where it is absorbed and drawing nourishing energy up from the center of the earth will increase your energetic flow.

10. Meditation: 
Quiets the mind so you can center, be present and listen to the voice within.

11. Soothing Sounds:
Relax yourself using music or nature sounds.

12. Animals and Nature:
Being in Nature or spending time with our pets is a great way to relax, clear energy and connect.

13. Smudging: 
The Native Americans have been doing this with great results for years. Burning sage while stating an intention is a great method for clearing energy.

14. Yoga: 
Yoga is effective because it combines breathing, centering and grounding. A wonderful way to raise vibrational energy.

15. Gratitude and intention journal:
Ending the day by writing a list of things you are grateful for and then stating an intention to work towards keeps the energetic flow steady.

Credits: Lynn Zambrano of
About the Author:
Lynn Zambrano R.N., has worked professionally as a nurse on a psychiatric crisis unit. While working as a nurse she studied energy healing and further developed her intuitive gifts. As an intuitive life guide she helps others achieve the success they want by breaking through perceived barriers, finding inner wisdom, clarity of mind, and inner strength.
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Friday, 13 June 2014 04:46

How to build your Hobbit house

Fed up with huge mortgage payments, Simon Dale decided to take matters into his own hands – literally.
Armed with only a chisel, a chainsaw and a hammer, the 32-year-old moved his family to a hillside in Wales and started digging.
The result is a wooden eco-home – constructed in four months and costing  just £3,000 – which would look perfectly at ease alongside the Hobbit houses in The Lord Of The Rings.
Finished article: Simon Dale's family home, made with his bare hands
Finished article: Simon Dale's family home which he built in four months for a cost of £3,000
The moon rises on the house which is roofed with grass and nestles in its woodland surroundings
Nestled: The moon rises on the house which is roofed with grass and blends in to its woodland surroundings
Home from home: In just four months the house was ready
Cosy home: The house is heated by a wood burner and a solar panel provides power
Mr Dale, who has no experience in carpentry or architecture, created his sustainable family home using scrap wood for floors, materials scavenged from skips and by diverting water from a nearby spring.
And while he was doing the building work, his wife Jasmine Saville and their two toddler children camped in the nearby countryside.
He said: ‘Being your own have-a-go architect is a lot of fun and allows you to create and enjoy something which is part of yourself and the land rather than, at worst, a mass-produced box designed for maximum profit and the convenience of the construction industry.
‘Building from natural materials does away with producers’ profits and the cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern buildings.’
Cosy: Inside the finished house, with windows and floors as well as a staircase
Sustainable: Simon Dale, who had no experience as a carpenter or architect when he started the project, used lime plaster and wood from the surrounding area
Woodland view: The house is fully sustainable
Woodland view: Mr Dale put the timber frame up first, then the roof, so his family could be sheltered while he carried out the rest of the work
Hobbit house: The finished article sits in the Welsh hillside and is almost hidden from view
Hobbit house: The finished article sits in the Welsh hillside and is almost hidden from view
The family struck lucky searching for a site for their dream project. In return for looking after the area, the owner of the woods gave them their plot for free.
After digging into the hillside, Mr Dale – with the help of his father-in-law, a builder – first constructed the building’s timber frame.
The roof, which came next, has a layer of straw bales for insulation and is covered  with sheets of plastic to make it waterproof.
Finally it is covered with a layer of earth, which ensures the house blends perfectly into its surroundings.
Finished article: Simon Dale, with wife Jasmine Saville, outside their home, just four months after starting work
Woodland home: Simon Dale, with wife Jasmine Saville and their two children outside their home, just four months after starting work
Once the outer shell was complete, the family made an interior wall from straw bales stacked on dry-stone walling and staked together with hazel sticks.
Once the walls were up a sub-floor made from pallets was laid, with floorboards put down on top.
Miss Saville, writing on her husband’s website, said: ‘Some past experience, lots of reading and self-belief gave  us the courage of our conviction that we wanted to build our own home in natural surroundings.
‘For us, one choice led to another and each time we  took the plunge events conspired to assist us in our mission. There were times of stress and exhaustion, but  definitely no regrets and plenty of satisfaction.’
Window on the woods: The cosy sitting room looks out through the conservatory to the surrounding woodland
Window on the woods: The cosy sitting room looks out through the conservatory to the surrounding woodland
From scratch: Simon Dale building his 'hobbit house'
From scratch: Simon Dale building his 'hobbit house'
Foundations: The house taking shape after putting palletes on top of straw bales ready for floor boards
From rubble: The beginning of the house...
Before and after:  View from the unfinished window (left) and piles of stones on the house site
Foundations: The house taking shape after putting palletes on top of straw bales ready for floor boards
Foundations: The house takes shape with palettes laid as a sub floor, ready for floor boards
Helping hand: Simon Dale's son helps out gathering wood
Helping hand: Simon Dale's son helps out gathering wood
Family task: Simon Dale moved his family to Wales and started building
Family task: Simon Dale moved his family to Wales and started building
As well as being made from sustainable material the Hobbit house, as it is dubbed by locals, has lime plaster on its walls instead of cement, a compost toilet, a fridge cooled by air from beneath the foundations and solar panels for power.
Mr Dale said: ‘This sort of  life is about living in harmony with both the natural world and ourselves, doing things simply and using appropriate levels of technology.’
Since building his house, Mr Dale is following the design to construct the first home in the Lammas Village, Wales’s first eco-development.
For more information on building low impact homes, visit
Plans: Drawings for the hobbit house
Plans: Drawings for the hobbit house
Insulation: Straw, membrane and earth make up the walls
Insulation: Straw, membrane and earth make up the walls


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Friday, 13 June 2014 04:33

Dome Home Alternative House

A former flight attendant has grounded himself in Thailand in a masonry dome-home he built in just six weeks. The 500 square foot structure is simply constructed much like a tropical igloo, with cement blocksstepping in for ice bricks.  The best part?  It cost under $10,000!

Steve Areen $9,000 house
Steve Areen hatched the hobbit-like home idea in 2011 while visiting a friend who was building dome homes for his Thailand retreat.  And what a friend!
Hajjar Gibran also offered Areen a small plot of land on his organic mango farm, and with an assist from Gibran and his son-in-law, six weeks later Areen was living in the finished building.
He took a few more weeks to install doors, window screens, and surrounding landscape – including a small pond.
Steve Areen $9,000 house
Labor costs are low in Thailand, and the materials – cinder block, clay brick, and stone pavers for flooring and as decorative “tile” -  were locally sourced.  Plumbing is rudimentary, and the electrical system is basic. The building shell came in under $6,000; accessories and furniture bumped it up another 50%.
Steve Areen $9,000 house
According to the Daily Mail, he’s been bitten by the dome-home-bug and is looking for more property back in the USA to build another.
“As much as I love my dome home, I probably would not have built it if was a long process. The low cost and time-efficiency of using blocks is what enticed me into building.  Because suitable compressed earth blocks were not available at the time, cement blocks and clay bricks were used,” said Areen.
Back in Thailand, Gibran is experimenting with more sustainable techniques. He recently built a compressed earth brick press and is planning to build a dome-home with cellular concrete, which offers better insulation. Hajjar conducts workshops in dome building at his retreat, The Gibran Center – link here.
His website bio implies a connection with the Lebanese poet and philosopher Khalil Gibran – it’s a read as interesting as this mango-colored house.
All images from Steve Areen
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A $9000 dome home for early retirement in Thailand
Steve Areen $9,000 house


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The 10 Inventions of Nikola Tesla That Changed The World
Nikola Tesla
July 10, 1856 - January 7, 1943
Nikola Tesla is finally beginning to attract real attention and encourage serious debate nearly 70 years after his death.  Was he for real? A crackpot? Part of an early experiment in corporate-government control?

We know that he was undoubtedly persecuted by the energy power brokers of his day -- namely Thomas Edison, whom we are taught in school to revere as a genius.  He was also attacked by J.P. Morgan and other "captains of industry." Upon Tesla's death on January 7th, 1943, the U.S. government moved into his lab and apartment confiscating all of his scientific research, some of which has been released by the FBI through the Freedom of Information Act. (I've embedded the first 250 pages below and have added a link to the .pdf of the final pages, 290 in total).

Besides his persecution by corporate-government interests (which is practically a certification of authenticity), there is at least one solid indication of Nikola Tesla's integrity -- he tore up a contract with Westinghouse that was worth billions in order to save the company from paying him his huge royalty payments.

But, let's take a look at what Nikola Tesla -- a man who died broke and alone -- has actually given to the world.  For better or worse, with credit or without, he changed the face of the planet in ways that perhaps no man ever has.

1. Alternating Current
This is where it all began, and what ultimately caused such a stir at the 1893 World's Expo in Chicago.  A war was leveled ever-after between the vision of Edison and the vision of Tesla for how electricity would be produced and distributed.  The division can be summarized as one of cost and safety: The DC current that Edison (backed by General Electric) had been working on was costly over long distances, and produced dangerous sparking from the required converter (called a commutator).  Regardless, Edison and his backers utilized the general "dangers" of electric current to instill fear in Tesla's alternative: Alternating Current.  As proof, Edison sometimes electrocuted animals at demonstrations.  Consequently, Edison gave the world the electric chair, while simultaneously maligning Tesla's attempt to offer safety at a lower cost.  Tesla responded by demonstrating that AC was perfectly safe by famously shooting current through his own body to produce light.  This Edison-Tesla (GE-Westinghouse) feud in 1893 was the culmination of over a decade of shady business deals, stolen ideas, and patent suppression that Edison and his moneyed interests wielded over Tesla's inventions. Yet, despite it all, it is Tesla's system that provides power generation and distribution to North America in our modern era.

2. Light
Of course he didn't invent light itself, but he did invent how light can be harnessed and distributed.  Tesla developed and used florescent bulbs in his lab some 40 years before industry "invented" them. At the World's Fair, Tesla took glass tubes and bent them into famous scientists' names, in effect creating the first neon signs.  However, it is his Tesla Coil that might be the most impressive, and controversial.  The Tesla Coil is certainly something that big industry would have liked to suppress: the concept that the Earth itself is a magnet that can generate electricity (electromagnetism) utilizing frequencies as a transmitter.  All that is needed on the other end is the receiver -- much like a radio. 

3. X-rays
Electromagnetic and ionizing radiation was heavily researched in the late 1800s, but Tesla researched the entire gamut. Everything from a precursor to Kirlian photography, which has the ability to document life force, to what we now use in medical diagnostics, this was a transformative invention of which Tesla played a central role.  X-rays, like so many of Tesla's contributions, stemmed from his belief that everything we need to understand the universe is virtually around us at all times, but we need to use our minds to develop real-world devices to augment our innate perception of existence.

4. Radio
Guglielmo Marconi was initially credited, and most believe him to be the inventor of radio to this day.  However, the Supreme Court overturned Marconi's patent in 1943, when it was proven that Tesla invented the radio years previous to Marconi.  Radio signals are just another frequency that needs a transmitter and receiver, which Tesla also demonstrated in 1893 during a presentation before The National Electric Light Association.  In 1897 Tesla applied for two patents  US 645576, and US 649621. In 1904, however, The U.S. Patent Office reversed its decision, awarding Marconi a patent for the invention of radio, possibly influenced by Marconi's financial backers in the States, who included Thomas Edison and Andrew Carnegie. This also allowed the U.S. government (among others) to avoid having to pay the royalties that were being claimed by Tesla.
5. Remote Control
This invention was a natural outcropping of radio. Patent No. 613809 was the first remote controlled model boat, demonstrated in 1898.  Utilizing several large batteries; radio signals controlled switches, which then energized the boat's propeller, rudder, and scaled-down running lights. While this exact technology was not widely used for some time, we now can see the power that was appropriated by the military in its pursuit of remote controlled war. Radio controlled tanks were introduced by the Germans in WWII, and developments in this realm have since slid quickly away from the direction of human freedom.

6. Electric Motor
Tesla's invention of the electric motor has finally been popularized by a car brandishing his name.  While the technical specifications are beyond the scope of this summary, suffice to say that Tesla's invention of a motor with rotating magnetic fields could have freed mankind much sooner from the stranglehold of Big Oil.  However, his invention in 1930 succumbed to the economic crisis and the world war that followed. Nevertheless, this invention has fundamentally changed the landscape of what we now take for granted: industrial fans, household applicances, water pumps, machine tools, power tools, disk drives, electric wristwatches and compressors.

7. Robotics
Tesla's overly enhanced scientific mind led him to the idea that all living beings are merely driven by external impulses.  He stated: "I have by every thought and act of mine, demonstrated, and does so daily, to my absolute satisfaction that I am an automaton endowed with power of movement, which merely responds to external stimuli."  Thus, the concept of the robot was born.  However, an element of the human remained present, as Tesla asserted that these human replicas should have limitations -- namely growth and propagation. Nevertheless, Tesla unabashedly embraced all of what intelligence could produce.  His visions for a future filled with intelligent cars, robotic human companions, and the use of sensors, and autonomous systems are detailed in a must-read entry in the Serbian Journal of Electrical Engineering, 2006 (PDF).

8. Laser
Tesla's invention of the laser may be one of the best examples of the good and evil bound up together within the mind of man.  Lasers have transformed surgical applications in an undeniably beneficial way, and they have given rise to much of our current digital media. However, with this leap in innovation we have also crossed into the land of science fiction.  From Reagan's "Star Wars" laser defense system to today's Orwellian "non-lethal" weapons' arsenal, which includes laser rifles and directed energy "death rays," there is great potential for development in both directions.

9 and 10. Wireless Communications and Limitless Free Energy
These two are inextricably linked, as they were the last straw for the power elite -- what good is energy if it can't be metered and controlled?  Free?  Never.  J.P. Morgan backed Tesla with $150,000 to build a tower that would use the natural frequencies of our universe to transmit data, including a wide range of information communicated through images, voice messages, and text.  This represented the world's first wireless communications, but it also meant that aside from the cost of the tower itself, the universe was filled with free energy that could be utilized to form a world wide web connecting all people in all places, as well as allow people to harness the free energy around them.  Essentially, the 0's and 1's of the universe are embedded in the fabric of existence for each of us to access as needed.  Nikola Tesla was dedicated to empowering the individual to receive and transmit this data virtually free of charge.  But we know the ending to that story . . . until now?
Tesla had perhaps thousands of other ideas and inventions that remain unreleased.  A look at his hundreds of patents shows a glimpse of the scope he intended to offer.  If you feel that the additional technical and scientific research of Nikola Tesla should be revealed for public scrutiny and discussion, instead of suppressed by big industry and even our supposed institutions of higher education, join the world's call to tell power brokers everywhere that we are ready to Occupy Energy and learn about what our universe really has to offer.

The release of Nikola Tesla's technical and scientific research -- specifically his research into harnessing electricity from the ionosphere at a facility called Wardenclyffe -- is a necessary step toward true freedom of information.  Please add your voice by sharing this information with as many people as possible.

As they state:
Tell your friends, bring it up and discuss it at your next general assembly, do whatever you can to get the word out, organize locally to make a stand for the release of Nikola Tesla's research.... America is tired of corrupt corporate greed, supported by The American government, holding us back in a stagnant society in the name of profit . . . The Energy Crisis is a lie.
As an aside: there are some who have pointed out that Tesla's experimentation with the ionosphere very well could have caused the massive explosion over Tunguska, Siberia in 1908, which leveled an estimated 60 million trees over 2,150 square kilometers, and may even have led to the much maligned HAARP technology.  I submit that we would do well to remember that technology is never the true enemy; it is the misuse of technology that can enslave rather than free mankind from its animal-level survivalism.

Please view the video below, which does an excellent job at personalizing this largely forgotten human being, as well as show the reasons why to this day he is not a household name.
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All you need is around $2000 to begin building one of these epic homes – made from recycled shipping containers! Check out some of these amazing creations!
A luxury home doesn’t always necessarily mean thousands of square footage, towering great rooms and gilded toilets. Take these homes for example: to begin building one of these epic houses, all you need is $2,000. That $2,000 will buy you a shipping container. What you do with that shipping container… well, that’s completely up to you. Some creative people have found a way to transform this rudimentary “room” with metal siding into luxury housing that blows us away. These homes are epic.
1.) A shipping container doesn’t have to be a closed space.
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3.) Open up the metal boxes and let your imagination run wild.
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5.) The shapes are basically the same, but wow.
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6.) Utilitarian… and awesome.
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7.) The best part about this one is that you know they made it out of shipping containers.
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8.) This open concept was taken a step further with a sliding garage door.
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9.) You don’t rob this house. Ever.
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10.) Modern, yet … not.
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11.) This is the kind of home that keeps a person happy.
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12.) Already-made pool? Yes please.
13.) Recycled materials AND it’s good for the planet.
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14.) This collection of containers is just epic.
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15.) These are so inspiring.
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The shipping containers are recycled materials, so you’re actually helping the environment if you invest in making a luxury shipping container home. You can’t beat a base price of $2,000. What a marvelous idea; share it with others by clicking on the Share button above/below this article.

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Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across. For the reasons that follow, I believe Earthships can actually change the world. See for yourself!
1) Sustainable does not mean primitive
When people hear about sustainable, off-the-grid living, they usually picture primitive homes divorced from the comforts of the 21st century. And rightfully so, as most sustainable solutions proposed until now have fit that description. Earthships, however, offer all of the comforts of modern homes and more. I’ll let these pictures do the talking…
2) Free Food
Each Earthship is outfitted with one or two greenhouses that grow crops year-round, no matter the climate. This means you can feed yourself with only the plants growing inside of your house. You can also choose to build a fish pond and/or chicken coop into your Earthship for a constant source of meat and eggs.
3) Brilliant Water Recycling
Even the most arid of climates can provide enough water for daily use through only a rain-harvesting system. The entire roof of the Earthship funnels rain water to a cistern, which then pumps it to sinks and showers when required. That used ‘grey water’ is then pumped into the greenhouse to water the plants. After being cleaned by the plants, the water is pumped up into the bathrooms for use in the toilets. After being flushed, the now ‘black water’ is pumped to the exterior garden to give nutrients to non-edible plants.
4) Warmth & Shelter
The most brilliant piece of engineering in the Earthship is their ability to sustain comfortable temperatures year round. Even in freezing cold or blistering hot climates, Earthships constantly hover around 70° Fahrenheight (22° Celsius).
This phenomenon results from the solar heat being absorbed and stored by ‘thermal mass’ — or tires filled with dirt, which make up the structure of the Earthship. The thermal mass acts as a heat sink, releasing or absorbing heat it when the interior cools and heats up, respectively.
The large greenhouse windows at the front of the house always face south to allow the sun to heat up the thermal mass throughout the daytime.
5) Energy
Solar panels on the roof and optional wind turbines provide the Earthship with all of the power it needs. As long as you’re not greedily chewing through electricity like a typical first-world human, you’ll never be short of power.
6) Freedom
With all of your basic needs provided for and NO bills each month, you’re free! You don’t have to work a job you hate just to survive. So you can focus your time on doing what you love, and bettering the world around you.
Imagine if the entire world was able to focus on doing extraordinary things instead of just making enough to get by. Imagine if even 10% of the world could do this. What would change?
7) Easy to build
At a recent Earthship conference in Toronto, Canada, a married couple in their forties shared about how they built a 3-story Earthship by themselves in 3 months. They had never built anything before in their lives and were able to build an Earthship with only the printed plans. They did not hire any help, nor did they use expensive equipment to make the job easier.
If one man and one woman can do this in 3 months, anyone can do it.
8) Cheap
Earthships are exorbitantly cheaper than conventional houses. The most basic Earthships cost as little as $7000 (The Simple Survival model) with the most glamorous models costing $70,000 and up, depending on how flashy you want to be with your decorating.
With these cost options, Earthships can fit the needs of everyone — from the least privileged to the most worldly.
9) Made of recycled materials
Much of the materials used to build Earthships are recycled. For starters, the structure is built with used tires filled with dirt:
If there’s one thing we’re not short of on Earth, it’s used tires! There are tire dumps like the one pictured here in every country in the world. There are even places that will pay you by the tire to take them away.
The walls (above the tires) are created by placing plastic and glass bottles in concrete. When the Earthship team was in Haiti after the earthquake, they employed local kids to both clean up the streets and provide all of the bottles required for building their Earthship. Plus, they look pretty sexy.
10) Think Different
The most powerful thing Earthships do is force people to think differently about how we live. If housing can be this awesome, and be beneficial to the environment, then what else can we change? What else can become more simple, cheaper and better at the same time?
It’s time for us to re-think much of what we consider normal.
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Wednesday, 28 May 2014 17:25

Manna Machine

The Manna Machine is an ancient astronaut book by George Sassoon and Rodney Dale which concludes that a machine device was given to the Israelites, when they went on their 40 year journey in the Sinai Desert.
The device was said to create manna, which is thought today to actually be a type of algae. It explains how the Israelites survived their 40 year wandering in the Sinai Desert. It is said by Sassoon and Dale that a nuclear reactor used to power the manna machine was stored in the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was supposed to have powered the machine to run continuously, producing manna for six days. On the 7th day it would be taken apart for cleaning so it could run the following week. This is where Sabbath is thought to come from. The knowledge was preserved within the Jewish Kabbalah that the authors claim to have correctly decoded.
There are many ways of producing food but the efficiency of the process depends upon the product’s position in the food chain.

We may chose to eat meat, if so then we will need a fair sized field for an animal, a cow say, to graze on. When the cow has fattened up we can eat it, however, we may only be able to have one such cow a year on the given field. In that time though, the cow would have munched through a much greater mass of grass than what ended up as meat. So maybe crops are a more effective method.

Instead of the cow we may choose to flood the field and plant rice. This will give us a much better return on our land, not as tasty perhaps, but if it’s a matter of survival then tastiness is not high priority.

Perhaps algae would start to grow in the stagnant pools. If we harvested this then there would be substantially more than what was produced from the rice. Of course no-one wants to eat algae even if it is nutritious.

The cow increased its weight by eating grass, the rice gained its mass from the soil and from the atmosphere while the algae gained all its mass by absorbing the atmosphere. The power which drives the whole system is of course the sun, without which everything would soon wither and die.

For a practical manna machine we need to produce as much food as possible in as small a volume as possible. It follows that such a machine must grow a simple life-form, the simpler the better. The life-form George Sassoon and Rodney Dale based their design on is a single celled plant known as chlorella. It doesn’t have to be chlorella but this plant has shown promising results in experiments.
Once we have the chlorella the next thing we need is a culture tank filled with water. The volume of this tank is determined by the number of people that will be fed by the machine, and by the maximum size that can be carried if it is intended to be portable. There is no way the sun could supply sufficient energy, so a powerful artificial light must be provided, situated in the centre of the tank.
Chlorella Cultivation. Compare these stages with the components of the Ancient of Days
Since the chlorella production  would slow down if there was overcrowding in the tank, the solution should be drawn off and processed continuously, this requires the tank to also be continuously topped up with fresh water. The Israelites (or any other user) cannot simply connect up to the nearest water supply so another solution must be found. The atmosphere can supply water if it can be extracted from the air. A good example of this is if the freezer door’s been left ajar, the ice rapidly builds up even though there is virtually no air flow. Another example, reminiscent of the “dew that distils on the outside part of the skull” is the condensation that forms on an ice cold glass.
So if air is made to pass over a chilled surface (not necessarily 0° Centigrade) then water droplets will be created. This may not be the only method of creating water but at least we know that there is one. For an effective air flow this chilled surface needs to be covered over creating a seal so that the air is forced to flow over, and close to the surface. A good way of doing this is as shown.

What we have at this stage is an illuminated water tank with a constant supply of clean water. It’s still no good at this stage throwing in a shovel full of chlorella and hoping it will grow, it will still need contact with the air. This can be achieved by attaching pipes to the outside of the tank.  The pipes would have to be made from a material porous to gases but not to liquids and preferably shaped to create maximum surface area.
The heat from the light source will make the liquid surrounding it rise, consequently the liquid will be pulled down through the pipes. Inside the tubes the chlorella is able to absorb carbon dioxide and nitrogen while releasing oxygen to the atmosphere.
For now that’s the culture vessel, we need to go on and look at the processing and storage. As with any machine we need a power source, this would have to supply huge quantities of energy - about half a megawatt. There is only one way known that can do this and still be small and portable - that is nuclear power. Nuclear power can be either from fusion (combining atoms) or fission (splitting atoms). Fission is by far the simplest, using uranium. For convenience the reactor is best placed at the rear of the machine. With an exhaust directly above it the enormous heat off the reactor will force the air out by convection, but this air needs to be drawn in from elsewhere. The obvious source is the air from the culture tank, which has already been chilled to remove its moisture.
In order to make the manna the chlorella solution needs to be continuously harvested. We cannot expect the Israelites to eat green sludge so it needs to be processed to be more palatable. The chlorella is rich in cellulose which is great if you want a high fibre diet but that would be wasteful. Instead it is necessary to convert this cellulose to sugar. This can be done by bringing the chlorella into contact with cellulase, a catalyst which will perform the reaction and remain itself unchanged.
The extracted chlorella needs to be dried and broken up and then stored as grains. This will be a staged process beginning with a liquid slurry which is sieved then dried and finally produces a granulated mix.

One large storage tank may seem the obvious choice and the best use of space however, remember the machine will need to be switched off regularly in order to be cleaned. This means an extra day’s manna must be built up to cover this period, so it is easier to ration if the every day manna is kept separate from the extra day’s supply. The capacity of the machine and its volume will determine how long it can run without being cleaned, although there will be a limit due to the speed of contamination (yeast would be especially damaging as this would ruin the entire process).

So there will be two large storage tanks and these will be connected to the final outlet pipe.
To determine the size of the Ancient of Days we need to know how many people depended on it. The Book of Exodus states that 600 thousand people went into the wilderness. This is thought by most to be an exaggeration and I believe the answer lies with the dual meaning of the Hebrew word for “thousand” which can also mean “families”. If it should be translated as 600 families, and an assumption of four people per family, then we have about 3000 Israelites at most.

With this information and by referring to previous experiments George Sassoon and Rodney Dale calculated that the culture tank should be about 5000 litres, so its dimensions would be a couple of metres in each direction. If manna has a density similar to modern bread, and it was produced on a seven day cycle then the storage tanks would hold 2200 litres (that is each tank holds 600 omer rations).

The design of machine shown on this site is about ten feet wide and long and sixteen feet high, giving a perfect fit in the Holy of Holies of the Tabernacle. I estimate it will probably require about fifty men to carry it on its 30 ft carrying poles, even if it could have fitted on a cart the vibrations would damage the delicate machinery.
Alternative structure - filter (ether skin) at top, 13 beard parts, 3 eyes and 3 cavities of the brain, and 2 hosts.
Curious Egyptian symbolism - Head of Osiris and the Djed Pillar. Interestingly, these 2 objects are depicted in Egyptian art to the correct scale.
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Monday, 26 May 2014 15:38

Are insects the food of the future?

Are insects the food of the future?
Locusts and grasshoppers are healthy, environmentally-friendly alternatives to beef. As the world population booms, edible insects may be the best solution for fighting hunger. But can Europeans stomach the thought?
At a noisy café in central Paris, three friends twist open a small snack jar and peer inside. "Woo, they smell kind of like paprika," says Katie Evans. She sticks her finger in the jar and removes a tiny grilled grasshopper. This is a delicacy in Mexico, but very uncommon in the European capital haute cuisine. Evans pops it in her mouth.
"Ooh it's spicy," she says. "All the way through, from head to tail, it tastes like pumpkin seeds."
These grasshopper snacks are produced by a gourmet spice company called Terre Exotique. At the moment, edible insects are only available by special order. But in the very near future, these crunchy critters (as well as crickets, locusts and thousands of other insect species) are expected to become more popular in hungry Western countries. That's because the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is encouraging wealthy nations to bump burgers and bite into bugs.
Protein for a growing population

With some seven billion people in the world today and a projected nine billion by 2050, one of the biggest concerns for world leaders is food security. The FAO says livestock production is one of the major causes of the world's most pressing environmental problems, including global warming, land degradation, air and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity. The organization says we simply can't sustain current levels of meat consumption - and insects are a viable replacement source of protein, which is gentler on the environment.

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Insects have many of the same essential nutrients as meat. They are high in protein, they contain iron and calcium, as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, and vitamin D. Edible insects are considerably lower in fat than pork or beef.
"Insects are very nutritious," says the FAO's director of forestry, economics, policy and products Eva Ursula Muller. "They play a major role in food security. Two billion people in the world - that means one third of the population - already eats insects."
Environmentalists also support entomophagy, which means eating bugs, because insects emit less greenhouse gas than cows, require about a quarter of the feed and breeders need very little space to raise their batches of bugs. While livestock farms cut into forested areas, insect production plants can be set-up in small sealed buildings.
Bug business boom
Europe hasn't yet embraced entomophagy, but new businesses like French start-up Ynsect are quickly developing new products and pushing for change. At their offices in downtown Paris, a small group of entrepreneurs led by Jean-Gabriel Levon are creating animal feed from insect meal.  On a tour of operations, Levon shows off his new product. It looks a bit like a pile of sawdust.
"It smells like fish food," says Levon proudly. "Fish love our product."
Ynsect's feed is made from ground mealworms and is also intended to feed chickens and pigs.
Ground insect parts are turned into feed for farm animals
Levon actually wanted to make insect food for people. He and his partners developed an insect cookie and insect chips - but across the European Union, most regulations only allow small mail-order companies to deliver edible insect products. So the bug-lovers at Ynsect decided to start with animal feed, because this is also in high demand. The EU currently imports about 70 percent of the animal feed it needs. Soy and cereals are flown across the planet to feed pigs, cows and other livestock. Levon says his company can make an insect replacement right here in France.
In fact, there are plenty products Levon hopes to produce from his insect colonies. Insects are already used in make-up, pharmaceuticals and as a biological control agent for crop protection.
It may take some time for insect recipes to catch on in Europe and North America. It doesn't help that dozens of guests at Noma, a world-famous restaurant in Denmark that serves ants and fermented grasshoppers, fell ill due food poisoning in March. It's unlikely that the illness was caused by ingesting insects, but the incident gave the bug trade a bad bit of press. That said, more than 1900 insect species already find their way onto people's plates in hundreds of countries around the world.
Levon says that EU regulations aren't the only hurdle. In order for edible insects to make their way into European diets, people will have to change their attitude. He optimistically points to the successful introduction of raw fish recipes from Asia.
"Thirty years ago, nobody was eating sushi in Europe. Now everybody is eating sushi," Levon points out. "Why not the same kind of thing with insects?"
But he's aware that the general public will need time to adjust. "It's not the kind of thing you can do in a few years. It will take decades," he says.
EU invests in insects
Back at the Paris café, Katie Evans and her friends have finished their grasshopper snacks. They say they are quite willing to try insect snacks but they don't think entomophagy will fly in Europe.
"I really hope we don't have to eat insects in the future," says someone at a nearby table. "If we have to, I can eat grasshoppers but not worms. That would be awful."
Snacking on insects might be new for Europeans, but in China dishes like this are considered a delicacy
Another adventurous eater is slightly more optimistic about the future of insect cuisine. "It could become a popular appetizer," he says. "It's a dry kind of thing you can bring to a party - a definite conversation starter!"
Meanwhile, the EU has offered its members states three million euros ($3.85 million) to research the use of insects in cooking and in 2014, the FAO will host a massive conference in the Netherlands called 'Insects to Feed the World'. It's expected that most regulations banning the sale of edible insects with be lifted within the next ten years.
7 Insects You'll Be Eating in the Future
As the human population continues to inch closer to 8 billion people, feeding all those hungry mouths will become increasingly difficult. A growing number of experts claim that people will soon have no choice but to consume insects.
As if to underscore that claim, a group of students from McGill University in Montreal has won the 2013 Hult Prize, for producing a protein-rich flour made from insects. The prize gives the students $1 million in seed money to begin creating what they call Power Flour. "We will be starting with grasshoppers," team captain Mohammed Ashour told ABC News on Monday (Sept. 30).
Earlier this year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released a report titled, "Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security." The document details the health and environmental benefits derived from a diet supplemented by insects, a diet also known as "entomophagy." Gleaned from the FAO document and other sources, here's a list of seven edible insects you may soon find on your dinner plate.
Mopane caterpillars
Mopane caterpillars — the larval stage of the emperor moth (Imbrasia belina) — are common throughout the southern part of Africa. Harvesting of mopane caterpillars is a multi-million dollar industry in the region, where women and children generally do the work of gathering the plump, little insects.
The caterpillars are traditionally boiled in salted water, then sun-dried; the dried form can last for several months without refrigeration, making them an important source of nutrition in lean times. And few bugs are more nutritious: Whereas the iron content of beef is 6 mg per 100 grams of dry weight, mopane caterpillars pack a whopping 31 mg of iron per 100 grams. They're also a good source of potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc, manganese and copper, according to the FAO.
Chapulines are grasshoppers of the genus Sphenarium, and are widely eaten throughout southern Mexico. They're often served roasted (giving them a satisfying crunch) and flavored with garlic, lime juice and salt, or with guacamole or dried chili powder. The grasshoppers are known as rich sources of protein; some claim that the insects are more than 70 percent protein.
Researchers have noted that the gathering of Sphenarium grasshoppers is an attractive alternative to spraying pesticides in fields of alfalfa and other crops. Not only does this eliminate the environmental hazards associated with pesticide sprays, it also gives the local people an extra source of nutrition and income, from the sale of grasshoppers.
Witchetty grub
Among the aboriginal people of Australia, the witchetty grub is a dietary staple. When eaten raw, the grubs taste like almonds; when cooked lightly in hot coals, the skin develops the crisp, flavorful texture of roast chicken. And the witchetty grub is chock full of oleic acid, a healthful omega-9 monounsaturated fat.
Though people often refer to the larvae of several different moths as witchetty grubs, some sources specify the larval stage of the cossid moth (Endoxyla leucomochla) as the true witchetty grub. The grubs are harvested from underground, where they feed upon the roots of Australian trees such as eucalyptus and black wattle trees.
Want to get rid of the termites gnawing at your floorboards? Just do like they do in South America and Africa: Take advantage of the rich nutritional quality of these insects by frying, sun-drying, smoking or steaming termites in banana leaves.
Termites generally consist of up to 38 percent protein, and one particular Venezuelan species, Syntermes aculeosus, is 64 percent protein. Termites are also rich in iron, calcium, essential fatty acids and amino acids such as tryptophan.
Red palm weevil
A delicacy among many African tribes, the palm weevil (Rhychophorus phoenicis) is collected off the trunks of palm trees. About 4 inches (10 centimeters) long and two inches (5 cm) wide, the weevils are easily pan-fried because their bodies are full of fats, though they're also eaten raw.
A 2011 report from the Journal of Insect Science found that the African or red palm weevil is an excellent source of several nutrients such as potassium, zinc, iron and phosphorous, as well as several amino acids and healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Stink bugs
Their name certainly doesn't lend itself to culinary appeal, but stink bugs (Hemiptera order) are consumed throughout Asia, South America and Africa. The insects are a rich source of important nutrients, including protein, iron, potassium and phosphorus.
Because stink bugs release a noxious scent, they are not usually eaten raw unless the head is first removed, which discards their scent-producing secretions. Otherwise, they are roasted, or soaked in water and sun-dried. As an added benefit, the soaking water — which absorbs the noxious secretions — can then be used as a pesticide to keep termites away from houses.
The larvae of the mealworm beetle (Tenebrio molitor) is one of the only insects consumed in the Western world: They are raised in the Netherlands for human consumption (as well as for animal feed), partly because they thrive in a temperate climate.
The nutritional value of mealworms is hard to beat: They're rich in copper, sodium, potassium, iron, zinc and selenium. Mealworms are also comparable to beef in terms of protein content, but have a greater number of healthy, polyunsaturated fats.
Published in NEWS Archives
Monday, 26 May 2014 14:33

Spirulina Food of the future

Spirulina: Food Of The Future
By Jack Joseph Challem and Renate Lewin
Reprinted with permission, LET'S LIVE Magazine
What is at the bottom of the food chain, yet is one of the most productive "food factories" in the world?
Not grains, not vegetables, not meat, not eggs, and not milk.
Simple, one-celled plants, called algae, are the oldest known makers of food on the planet, and they were here long before creatures left the sea to live on land. To this day, algae and other single-celled organisms, called plankton, form the basis of the food chain, especially in the oceans. Even enormous mammals such as whales live primarily on these simple cells.
Unlike other plants and animals, one-celled organisms don't have complicated bodies and biochemistries to maintain. They are built for one thing: food production. Using light, warmth, water, and minerals, algae devote almost all their energy toward producing protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, amino acids, and other nutrients vital to life.
Consequently, algae are one of the most concentrated food sources on earth. One type of blue-green algae, Spirulina, is making a name for itself as a nutritional supplement, diet food, and sustenance for those who need an inexpensive, quickly grown, and handy food, including everyone from astronauts to Third World villagers.
Spirulina, unlike many other types of algae, can live in brackish, still waters that are not suitable for other uses, such as drinking, fishing, or Irrigation. Spirulina can also live in very warm waters, such as desert lakes and ponds that are too hot to sustain other algae. And, if those ponds should dry up in the desert sun, spirulina transforms into sweet, wafer-like leaves that still provide protein and energy.
Although it is related to sea algae, spirulina is not "ocean-going." It grows in inland waters, and thus can be controlled and farmed just like any other crop. Given sunlight and minerals in the water, spirulina does nothing but produce food and more spirulina plants. Spirulina is so efficient a food producer that it photosynthesizes at a rate of 10 percent sun/food conversion. (In comparison, soybeans can only manage a three percent efficiency rate.)
And spirulina doesn't produce just any kind of food. Ounce for ounce, it provides more complete protein than meat -- about 70 percent compared with 22 percent for beef. In addition, spirulina has little or no fat, except for vital unsaturated fatty acids, and it is one of the few reliable vegetarian sources of the essential vitamin, B-12.
Spirulina is an excellent source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fat associated with heart health. GLA is also found in mother's milk, some cheeses, primrose seed oil, and flax.
Spirulina supplies all eight of the essential amino acids -- those that the body cannot manufacture itself -- plus 10 of the 12 nonessential amino acids. Amino acids are used by the body to build tissue, to maintain nerve and brain cells, and to control mood and energy levels, as well as cellular growth. Because it is especially rich in phenylalanine, an amino acid that energizes the brain and suppresses appetite, spirulina has been used in weight control programs.
Because it grows in mineral-rich brackish water, spirulina is an excellent source of many important minerals, including potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium, selenium, iron, and phosphorus. It provides these in a naturally "chelated" form bound with amino acids, which is easy to digest and assimilate. Yet spirulina is low in sodium and resists contamination by heavy metals (such as lead and cadmium) when properly cultivated.
Most of the important vitamins, including the B-complex, E, and beta carotene (used by the body to make vitamin A), are concentrated in spirulina. This algae also contains various digestive enzymes, chlorophyll (for bowel health), and pigments that help liver function. Unlike most single-celled algae, including chlorella, spirulina does not have a hard, cellulose wall around its cells, thereby making it easier and quicker to digest.
While spirulina is loaded with all these positive nutrients, it is very low in calories, fats, sugars, and sodium. For example, spirulina is only seven percent fat, and most of that is in the form of beneficial fatty acids that help normalize cholesterol levels in the body. Spirulina's sugar content is only 10 percent, primarily in the form of rhamnose, a complex sugar that does not require insulin for digestion.
Last but not least, the average 500 milligram tablet of spirulina contains only two calories! And most of that is from protein.
Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas, has begun a long-term study to see if spirulina would make a good food for astronauts living in space stations. Obviously, a compact, easily grown, nutrient dense food source is desirable in space, where the room and the facilities to produce food are limited.
The study hopes to determine if spirulina, not just as a supplement but as a major food source, is economical, feasible, and safe. One concern is that spirulina, so rich in protein and amino acids, could raise uric acid levels in the body. In some people, too much uric acid can lead to gout. The study will also explore the effect of high levels of pigments, such as chlorophyll, phycocyanin, and porphyrin, on human physiology. These pigments are present to some extent in all plant foods, but they are not as concentrated as in pure spirulina.
Although modern studies are refining the applications of spirulina, it is not really a new food, but one that is being rediscovered. Spirulina has been a staple in parts of Africa and Mexico for centuries. It is currently one of the most popular dietary supplements in Japan, where it is extensively studied for its beneficial effect on diabetes, ulcers, liver disease, allergies, and cardiac problems.
Archaeologists have even theorized that the ancient Mayan Indians of Guatemala and the Aztecs of Mexico may have used spirulina. In both civilizations, "traditional" sources of high-quality protein (such as meat and milk) were scarce, and farming was difficult, especially for the jungle-dwelling Mayans. Yet these civilizations thrived and were able to support complex social organizations that had nothing to do with food production. How?
When the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in Mexico almost 500 years ago they reported finding the natives enjoying a mysterious green scum that thrived on Lake Texcoco, located near Mexico City. The green scum, called tecuitlatl by the Aztecs, was probably a form of spirulina that is still found on Lake Texcoco. And in Mayan country, archaeologists have found carefully designed ponds and waterways that may have been used as algae-growing ponds. Because the area receives more than 90 inches of rain a year and is in general not suited to agriculture, it is unlikely that the waterways were irrigation projects for traditional field crops.
When Europeans arrived in parts of Africa, they noticed natives were collecting and eating green scum -spirulina -- that grew on stagnant, Inland waters. French and Belgian scientists and engineers developed some of the local spirulina growing and harvesting techniques on Lake Chad for European markets, and they continue to study the feasibility of wide-scale spirulina farming as both a food base for poor villages and as a resource for European health food markets. And during the past 20 years, entrepreneurs in California's inland valleys have experimented with algae ponds to supply high-quality spirulina for the natural foods and supplements market.
Although some Japanese Buddhist monks are said to survive on spirulina and water alone, most of us would use spirulina as a supplement, not a replacement, for a balanced diet.
Dieters can use spirulina to fill in nutritional gaps left by a reduced calorie regimen, and feel safe knowing spirulina is low in fat, sugar, and calories, because it contains such complete nutrition, spirulina helps dieters feel more "satisfied" since their bloodstreams remain richly supplied with protein and vitamins.
Because spirulina contains phenylalanine, it also suppresses the appetite centers in the brain while making the dieter feel more energetic. Too much phenylalanine in over the-counter diet pills can cause headache and hypertension when abused, but the average supplemental dose of spirulina rarely causes such problems. (Check with your doctor if you have phenylketonuria or other medical conditions that could be aggravated by phenylalanine.)
People with reduced appetites, perhaps following surgery or as a result of other illness, may want to use spirulina as a concentrated protein and vitamin supplement so they can safely eat less without compromising nutrition.
Ulcer victims and those with touchy digestion or food intolerances can get nutrients quickly, in a concentrated form and with relative ease of digestion, by using spirulina as a supplement.
Are you pregnant or lactating? Check with your doctor: Spirulina could help you meet your nutritional requirements without over-consuming high-calorie foods.
Because it is high in folic acid, vitamin B-12, vitamin E, and iron, spirulina is a good supplement for menstruating women and people with anemia, although a good overall diet is also necessary to improve anemia.
Spirulina is currently sold as a supplement, not as a replacement for food. For people interested in optimal nutrition from varied sources, spirulina supplements can make sense.
Spirulina is available as tablets or powder. It is sometimes added to diet foods and supplements, although people who don't like a blue-green food that tastes a little grassy may prefer to stick to the tablets. Many people report actually liking the taste once they get used to it, and the blue-green color can certainly perk up an ordinary vegetable dip or muffin mix.
In time, perhaps spirulina-based food "boosters" will be common. And soon, spirulina could become space food while also feeding the hungry people on earth
Published in NEWS Archives
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 18:36

What is "FREE ENERGY"?

What is "FREE ENERGY"?
By Foster Gamble
In an era of oil wars, gas price manipulation, fossil fuel pollution and economic collapse, it’s hard to imagine many more provocative terms than “Free Energy.”
So what does “free energy” mean?
First, like “free air,” it’s available anywhere, for anyone. Energy is endlessly available without burning or exploding anything.
Second, though devices would necessarily cost something to make and to buy, they would make energy access so inexpensive as to dramatically raise the quality of life for everyone.
This area of innovation also uses the terms: breakthrough, advanced, over-unity, innovative, novel, unconventional, revolutionary, outside the box, second-generation, zero-point, vacuum, cold fusion, novel hydrogen, etc. Professionally the field is now most often referred to as the “New Energy” movement.
But isn’t a perpetual motion machine impossible?
Of course no machine runs forever, because it is made of matter and all matter wears down. The key is that it is the source of power that is virtually endless.
But isn’t it true that nothing can violate the 2nd law of thermodynamics which says that in a closed system the organization of energy naturally runs down, so you can’t get more energy out of a system than it takes to run it.
2nd Law of Thermodynamics
“Over time, differences in temperature, pressure, and chemical potential equilibrate [all balance out] in an isolated physical system. From the state of thermodynamic equilibrium, the law deduced the principle of the increase of entropy ... The second law declares the impossibility of machines that generate usable energy from the abundant internal energy of nature by processes called perpetual motion of the second kind.” - Wikipedia
The second key is that a torus is not a closed or isolated system. It is open to the rest of the universe, as are galaxies, solar systems and the atoms that provide the electricity in our very own bodies. None of these are plugged into a wall socket. They all run off the infinite torque of the universe that is turning every system in existence. So what if there were devices that could tap that?
Most so-called “New Energy” devices, in my experience, either tap the innate energy of (toroidal) magnetic fields or they access the virtually unrecognized “longitudinal wave” at the center of an electro-magnetic vortex rather than the more commonly known “transverse” wave that is coiling around it. Others mimic cosmic vortices with copper coils that create toroidal fields. Rotating these fields at certain octave frequencies seems to tap into the ambient energy of the space around the coils. Harmonic resonance rather than combustion unlocks the power.
As far as I can tell, the entire universe is an alive sea of energy, and accessing power becomes possible when we can successfully adapt our relationship to waves of pressure. Gas explosions in piston chambers create a burst of force to turn a motor. Burning coal or even nuclear fission just serves to heat water and the pressure of the steam can crank an engine. A difference in charge on plates in a battery can create a wave of movement in some chemicals that can then power various implements. The pressure of wind, waves or geothermal heat turns a turbine. Traditional physics recognizes and measures “radiation” – the energy dissipating from a system, and those waves run our cars, heat our homes, fuel our weapons.
But physics has ignored half of the universe! Though it is common to read in textbooks that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction,” our textbooks tell us the universe is expanding and winding down. Might it make more sense that that motion is balanced by contraction and winding up? When you breathe out, don’t your lungs go in? Walter Russell called this side of the universal dynamic “genero-active” as opposed to “radio-active.” This is what creates order, gives life, forms a seed, a fetus or a black hole, and all the other progeny of the Universe. Traditional physics avoids dealing with this because it gets into “the life force” which is traditionally contained in the box of “biology.” It smacks of “consciousness,” which is hard to measure or prove and therefore better left to the “soft” sciences. At best they call the “in-wave” gravity, and give it some of the usual particle treatment by inventing “gravitons” which mediate the strange, unaccountable “gathering in.”
But let’s back way up and take a different cut...If we look through the lens of the torus as the fundamental and universal pattern of energy flow, the in and out waves could just be the enfolding and unfolding aspects, the inhale and exhale that maintain the toroidal wholeness. And one further vital, mind-stretching concept...Imagine that at the same time as waves spiral infinitely out from a point “singularity” its complementary wave spirals infinitely in – like the dark spirals between the light bands of a galaxy. Imagine if a device could access the boundless power of that inward pressure wave. Then it would be available anywhere in the universe and suddenly fuel-less propulsion becomes a possibility. Such a “drive” would be creating its own gravitational field, so theoretically it could do maneuvers independent of the Earth’s field and by aiming its pressure differential it could be pulled through space time like a helium balloon rising in the air...only much, much faster.
As it turns out, I interviewed several different people with very authentic sounding reports of having been on extra-terrestrial spacecraft. They each talked independently of just such a toroidal drive centering the ship, and they did not know each other. Numerous videos from around the world also seem to show toroidal energy fields surrounding the vehicles.
Free energy inventor Adam Trombly says that one of the main reasons why the UFO phenomenon is suppressed is because people would clamor to know what drives the vehicles and that would force disclosure of “free energy.”
“New Energy” devices may go back to the Ark of the Covenant and beyond. The Ark is the primary physical artifact treasured by the 3 major religions of the West – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Author, researcher Graham Hancock and many others have concluded that it was not a repository of Moses mystical tablets, but something much more real and practical – an electric capacitor box! Formed of Acacia wood, in Phi proportions and coated inside and out with gold, including two large electrodes (gold cherubim) on the top, the design fits the technical specifications for such a device. It’s difficult for me to imagine that this was a coincidence, given the expense and planning involved, and the fact that people were warned to only lift it with wooden poles and not to touch the device because the power of it might kill them. (See Ancient Cultures topic for more on the Ark of the Covenant)
How might they have known about such an advanced energy technology thousands of years ago? The only explanation that makes much sense to me is that this planet was already being visited long ago by extra-terrestrial entities who are way more technologically advanced even then than we are today. Check out the UFO / ET section of this website.
There has been an impressive legacy of more recent genius inventors all over the world - from Tesla, Moray, Gray, Schauberger, DePalma, Bedini, Lindemann and Adams, to Trombly, Inomata, Tewari, Bearden, Naudin and many more.

They have been developing Radiant energy, Permanent-Magnet-Powered Motors, Mechanical Heaters, Super-Efficient Electrolysis, Implosion / Vortex Engines, Cold Fusion technology, Solar Assisted Heat Pumps and more.
N-Machine by Physicist, Bruce DePalma
Future and Implications
"For understanding free energy and UFO/ET disclosure, many more of us will need to have the courage to awaken these greater truths, even if they appear bizarre at first blush. Unfortunately our culture has fragmented itself into so many fractions that do not communicate with one another, our expanded knowledge and awareness are artificially kept away from us. There are too many vested interests among scientists, industrialists and governmental officials to acknowledge free energy. Yet it exists.
I believe that the awakening will require that we move even beyond the sensible democratic policies of achieving sustainability and curbing the power of multinational and governments who continue to profit while devastating the planet; We will need to examine who we are, why we’re here, what happens after our lives on Earth, and how our consciousness can heal ourselves and the world around us."
      - Brian O’Leary, Re-inheriting the Earth
This energy transformation is obviously not a light matter nor an easy transition. Many have tried to bring to market working New Energy devices. None have succeeded. It’s going to take many hundreds of millions, perhaps billions of dollars to turn this corner...and that is a small price to pay, considering the cost of not doing it and the savings when we are successful. The funding would need to provide for R&D, security, educational marketing, manufacturing and distribution and a very substantial legal defense fund to protect against the legal actions that would likely be mounted by current controllers to try and protect the future sales of the oil, coal and gas in their $200 trillion underground piggy banks.
As proof of viable, marketable New Energy devices becomes available, the ripples through the economic world will start immediately. The transition using the technology will be faster than the cell phone, but still take years. The stock market, however, would react immediately with unprecedented movement of capital out of the oil, coal and gas companies and into the new energy developers.
The effects on personal prosperity of not having to pay fuel, heating and electricity bills will be thrilling. Imagine how different your life would be with little or no taxes (see Liberty section) and little or no energy costs. Picture that extra cash available for owning your home and car, voluntary education, organic food, preventive and holistic healthcare, savings and responsible investment. With such prosperity, the evidence is that people would take care of one another far better than governments do.
Imagine pristine skies and no asthma. Think of drinkable water in our streams and rivers. You go on the Internet and innovative inventors are being rewarded, awarded and celebrated...instead of gagged, threatened or assassinated. Let yourself enjoy the notion of no wars of aggression fighting over resources. Envision flying among the stars and through time and space in fuel-less vehicles.
I believe the time has come for nothing less...
"Everything is connected to everything else in my opinion - hardcore physics, outer fringe physics, cosmology, you name it, biology, electro-chemistry, it’s all part of the one universe. All fossil fuels, all nuclear fuels – get them out of the way and employ technologies that work in the natural sense, with the space time continuum and with nature ... mankind really needs to get its act together instead of focusing on greed and war and oil and focus on a more promising future in medicine, health, energy, environment, and really get a roll on, similar to the NASA project when everyone was excited about going to the moon, so that mankind has something better to do than pick on its neighbors, fighting over race, color and things like that ...The technology itself has to come out into the world.”
     - John Hutchison, New Energy and Anti-gravity Inventor
To date the public has not been sufficiently informed to demand the liberation of these ideas and devices. But all of that is changing rapidly now.
Published in NEWS Archives
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 18:07

Future Transportation Technology

Over the next decade, the idea of getting to work on time, heading out to the hinterlands for your family vacation or even going to the game will become much easier. Cars will drive themselves along pre-determined routes. Trains will use new magnetic rail systems. And an amazing new “hyperloop” train will speed along at 800 miles per hour.

The best part? These innovations are not just spinning their wheels. They are set to debut within the next 10 years or have already started transporting us.

“New technologies have the potential to make our roads and transit systems safer, greener and more efficient,” Gregory Winfree, the administrator of the Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, told “We are working hard to ensure that these technologies can be integrated safely into our existing system.”

“We will need to do something,” said Thilo Koslowski, the lead automotive analyst at research firm Gartner, who studies next-generation transportation, “given that we will continue to see more vehicles on the road but won’t be able to grow infrastructure at the same time. We have to get smarter about using that infrastructure and/or innovate in passenger vehicles and mobility.”

Maglev Trains
Various segments of the passenger compartments on these high-speed maglev trains can be removed as the train passes through the station.
These removable sections can then take passengers to their local destinations while other compartments are lowered in their place.
This method allows the main body of the train to remain in motion, thus conserving energy. In addition, the removable multi-functional compartments could be specially equipped to serve most transportation purposes.
Since military aircraft will be unnecessary in the future, emphasis can be shifted to advancing medical, emergency, service, and transportation vehicles. Here is an example of VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) aircraft with three synchronous turbines, which allow for exceptional maneuverability. These delta-configuration aircraft can be controlled by electrodynamic means eliminating the need for ailerons, elevators, rudders, spoilers, flaps or any other mechanical controls. In addition to providing better maneuverability and aerodynamic qualities, this innovative technology will also serve as an anti-icing system. In the event of an emergency landing fuel will be ejected to prevent fires.
These Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft are designed to lift passengers and freight by the use of ring-vortex air columns. The helicopter in the foreground has a stationary center around which the rotors are propelled by engines at their tips. VTOL aircraft will be propelled by a variety of techniques, from ducted fans to vectored jets. They will be designed to combine the most desirable attributes of fixed winged aircraft, helicopters, and flying platforms. Transcontinental travel will be achieved through advanced aircraft and high-speed mag-lev trains, all integrated in a worldwide transportation system.
The central dome of this airport of the future would contain air terminals, maintenance facilities, service centers, and hotels. The runways are arranged in a radial configuration, which allows airplanes to easily take off into the prevailing winds and to avoid dangerous crosswind landings. Emergency stations are located at the edge of the runways, which are fully equipped with built-in fire fighting equipment and emergency arresting gear.
All of the runways will be equipped with built in sprinkler systems in case of emergency. Passengers will be transported to and from the airport by underground conveyors. Many of the terminals themselves will eventually be constructed underground.
Streamlined cars will provide high-speed, energy efficient, and safe, long-range transportation. Some vehicles will have wheels, while others will eventually be equipped with magnetic levitation or air-floatation capabilities. Most vehicles will be equipped with voice-recognition technology that will allow the passengers to program their destination by voice command.
Self-monitoring systems will tell the vehicles when service is required, and they will be able to transport themselves to service and maintenance facilities. Use of clean, non-polluting electrical energy allows for silent vehicle operation, while proximity-sensor devices linked to automated velocity and breaking systems enhance safety by enabling the vehicles to avoid collisions.
As a secondary safety measure, the entire interior will be equipped with ergonomically designed air bag systems. Within the cities, horizontal, vertical, radial, and circular conveyors will serve most transportation needs.
This modular freighter leaving a city in the sea consists of floating, detachable sections that can be rapidly loaded or unloaded.
The number of sections can be varied depending on the amount of freight to be delivered. When all of the modules are connected, they can be propelled as a single unit.
Then, when the freight arrives at its destination, the selected modules can be disconnected and towed to docks.
Sea craft
Sea craft will be available for recreation, exploration, and other submersible activities. Their hydrodynamic designs will permit high speed, safe and energy efficient travel.
They will provide maximum comfort for the passengers. Their internal construction will include flotation chambers, which will render them practically unsinkable.
They can be self-maintained and fully automated.
  • Autonomous vehicles

    A robotic driver can think faster and smarter than a human driver -- and look in all directions at once. That’s the idea behind autonomous driving, where you take your hands off the wheel and let the car do the driving for you. Ford has already announced a project called Traffic Jam Assist and Cadillac is working on something called Super Cruise that lets the car take over.
    Still, Google is leading the charge. It now uses a fleet of about 24 Lexus RX450h vehicles that have logged a total of about 500,000 miles on California roads. The cars can look for exit ramps, detect buildings, stop suddenly for other cars and change speeds as needed.
    Enderle says there are many prototypes already on the road, especially those being tested by Google in San Francisco. Nevada has already created laws that make them legal to use in cities, including Las Vegas. In fact, Enderle says autonomous driving could appear within two years if it weren’t for some nagging legal issues (such as how to insure them) and public safety concerns.
  • Smart cars

    One way to solve transportation problems in major cities is to make the cars much smaller and smarter. So-called “smart cars” have been around for many years. But there are signs of progress. Many automakers, including BMW and Nissan. already offer compact electric cars. The BMW i3, already available in Europe, can brake automatically when you take your foot off the accelerator, consumes no gasoline and operates for 80-100 miles per charge.
    “I do believe that there is a growing opportunity for new types of vehicles specifically designed for urban areas,” Koslowski said, adding that these cars need more of a “wow” factor and will have to become part of an urban area’s overall plan for better transportation in a city, not just showy small cars for individual drivers.
  • Urban transport pods

    Transport Systems Catapult
    What if you could jump into a moving pod and speed away to another part of the city? That is what the Milton Keynes neighborhood about 45 miles northwest of London is planning. The pods seat one person and move on their own over a pre-described route.
    The idea is that the human operator interacts with the pod using a touchscreen in the windshield. You swipe to select a destination, and you can read the daily news, check your e-mail or even play a video game during the trip. There will be a built-in wireless hotspot to connect your gadgets. The pod operates on its own, showing its current route.
    (Similar pods are already being used in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi and at the London Heathrow airport, but both are used in tightly controlled areas.)
    Jon Beasley, the program director at Transport Systems Catapult who is charged with developing the technology, told the project is an “urban laboratory” where they can test not just the autonomous pods but also how they work in a real public setting.
    “We want to gain familiarity with future transport solutions in one area, to make it easier for industrial collaborators to come together and work together,” he says.


Published in NEWS Archives
Friday, 09 May 2014 19:17

Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind

These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
Some of these sleek, weird houses look like they've been ripped out of the twenty-second century — and some look like they're from the next millennium. Get ready to move into the freaky saucer homes of tomorrow.
Sleeper House or Sculptured House, Genesee Mountain, Colorado (Charles Deaton, 1963)
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
This famous elliptical house was one of the places where Woody Allen took a nostalgic look at the future in his 1973 movie Sleeper.
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
The Steel House, designed by Robert Bruno, Ransom Canyon, Lubbock, Texas built between 1973 and 1996 out of 110 tons of steel.
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
Dupli Casa, designed by J. MAYER H. Architects, Ludwigsburg, Germany, 2008
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
House O, by Jun Igarashi Architects, Tokoro District, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan, 2009
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
House on the Flight of Birds, designed by Bernardo Rodrigues, located in Ribeira Grande, St. Michael Island, The Azores, Portugal, 2010
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
Himmelhaus, designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au, Venice, California
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
A house in Ashdod, Israel, designed by Zahavi Architects, 2012
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
The transparent Villa Kogelhof in Noord-Beveland, The Netherlands, designed by Paul de Ruiter Architects, 2013
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
The Monte Rosa Hütte (Monte Rosa Hut), a mountain hut near Zermatt, Switzerland, designed by Bearth & Deplazes Architekten in 2009. The hut is at an altitude of 9,459 ft (2,883 m).
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
"The prefabricated elements were transported by train to Zermatt and 3,000 helicopter trips were needed to take 35 workers and materials up to the glacier" – according to its Wiki page.
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
These Futuristic Houses Will Blow Your Mind
Published in NEWS Archives
Friday, 09 May 2014 18:59

3D Printers Save the World

Will 3D Printers Save the World?
3D printers have exploded in popularity with promises of reinventing everything from manufacturing to entrepreneurship. While 3D printing has a few detractors and people who point out that it won’t live up to the hype, I believe 3D printing  will actually do more than reinvent the way we design and build things. Ultimately, I believe it will dramatically improve lives in 3rd world countries by empowering everyone to improve their own lives.

This is why re:3D got my attention. They are creating a large format printer designed to work in developing countries that typically lack the infrastructure we take for granted. The company has been accepted into Startup Chile, a program run by the Chilean Government to encourage innovative entrepreneurs to launch businesses in Chile. They have also successfully raised over $100,000 with their Kickstarter campaign. Their goal, to do good while making a profit, is the cornerstone of social entrepreneurship and their mission is to revolutionize the way products are made all over the world.

Social entrepreneurship has long been focused on the Bottom of the Pyramid. This is the term applied to the largest (but poorest) group of people on the planet living off of $2.50 per day (All 4 billion of them). Selling shoes or laundry detergent in developing nations is one thing. Selling an advanced personal factory is quite another.
3D Printing Will Save Lives

The small build area of most consumer grade 3D printers makes it impossible to print truly useful objects for people who lack even the most basic of amenities…like toilets or a rain bucket. These are objects we take for granted that many people only dream of. This is the main reason re:3D is designing a large format printer that could ultimately accept recycled plastics. Landfills are overflowing with plastic and building a “complete solution” designed to take waste and turn it into useful objects has three benefits.

    1 - Most important, allowing a village to print out basic household objects that we take for granted will have a HUGE impact on their lives, health and wellbeing.
    2 - The feed stock will be available for cheap (and possibly free).
    3 - It will reduce waste in places that typically have very little (if any) environmental regulations.
Seriously? How will printing a toilet change the world? According to UNICEF, a lack of toilets is one of the leading causes of juvenile death. When I say “developing nations” I’m not talking about countries that only have basic cable and lack wifi. I’m talking about places where hygiene is still a big issue.
Improving the Local Economy
Affordable 3D printing will also help locals build micro-enterprises to sell products both locally and internationally. While the growing middle class in Chile will easily be able to afford one, a farmer living off of $2.50/day will not. This is where micro-lending becomes important.
In order to overcome this obstacle, the company is considering micro loans to help finance 3D printer purchases. In turn, the owner turned entrepreneur will start selling the wares she printed to finance the purchase. Micro-lending in developing nations has been credited with raising standards of living and empowering women. To date, most micro-lending has been geared toward businesses like goat herding or sewing. Imagine the possibilities when tied with 3D printing using cheap (or free) recycled plastics.
Culture Differences Are Important
Beyond the obvious differences such as lack of infrastructure or language barriers, there is one major (and very important difference)…culture. Failure to understand and work with the local culture will ensure failure. For example, the culture in Chile where re:3D is launching, is very focused on relationships. Who you are is just as important as what you’re selling. People in Chile will take the time to get to know you and will want to share ideas. This can be a huge culture shock to result-oriented Americans who tend to come “blazing in” absolutely convinced they have the right answers.
Developed nations like the United States have a lot of innovative ideas and products that can radically improve lives in the bottom of the pyramid. But these benefits can only take hold if the products are accepted by the community. Entering a market with the right mindset and a willingness to work within the cultural and social norms of that country will go along way in helping that happen.
What do you think?
Do you think 3D printing will change the world? Or is it just hype?


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Friday, 09 May 2014 18:45

Best Hippie Travel Destinations

Best Hippie Travel Destinations
The sixties seem to be long gone, but the hippies haven't. Hippies were the style of the sixties and the trend continues to this day. They have evolved over the years to form their own culture, traditions, practices and alternative lifestyles which embraced peace and love. They bring along the charm of a joyful and "devil-may-care" way of life with things that a normal person can only dream of. Hippies still flock to a few corners of the world, practicing the ideals they believe in and reliving the age which they so obdurately fought to keep alive.

Goa, India
The original hippie getaway, this tiny former Portuguese enclave in the South West of India was discovered in the 60’s and has had a steady influx of travelers ever since. Goa is still one of the few places where old hippies assemble, soaking up the sun and the heady amalgamation of cultures. It’s also the birthplace of Goa trance, and the beaches of Anjuna and Vagator are often the setting for all night raves. A visit will reaffirm the fact that old hippies don’t die. They just pack their bags and go to Goa.
Ibiza, Spain
No matter how cliché it sounds, Ibiza cannot be ignored on any hippie list even remotely connected with travel. Taking into consideration that it was the birthplace of raves and the focal point for all European hippies in the 60′s to tune in, turn on and drop out, Ibiza boasts a far from idyllic picture nowadays. For starters, four million tourists visit this island every year, so be prepared to share your paradise with package tourists on charter flights. It’s by no means cheap, but the unique architecture and the wonderful walking trails towards the north make this World Heritage site well worth the visit. Oh, and there are the raves. The Raves.
El Bolson, Argentina
On Argentina’s border with Chile lies El Bolson, a hippie haven in the rugged South American wilderness. Declared an ecological municipality and a ‘non nuclear zone’, the village has been a magnet for adventure travelers since the hippies moved into the area in the 70′s. With sustainable lifestyle choices being the norm rather than the exception, it is not difficult to see why El Bolson seemed a perfect fit for the tree hugging types. With plenty of hiking for nature enthusiasts and a thriving artisan’s community for the creatively inclined, a real hideaway awaits the hippie.
Nimbin, Australia
A tiny village located in the state of New South Wales, Nimbin saw a counterculture revolution in the 1970′s which has survived till date. Of significant cultural importance to Aborigines, you can experience the first rays of sunlight on Mt. Warning and incidentally, on Australia. The town itself was the site of the Aquarius festival in 1973 and it seems that many of the visitors relish the amnesia which exists. The citizens of this tiny enclave established a Hemp Embassy whose aim is to disseminate information regarding the use of marijuana as well as provide essential paraphernalia for the same. It’s even got a Hemp bar….
Christiania, Denmark
Christiania was once the site of Danish naval barracks, but a group of free spirited individuals transformed it into a commune with a penchant for alternative lifestyles. Especially significant was the symbolic meaning that it carried. Christiania has a sizable community of artisans and environmentally conscious people who have built unique but sometimes eccentric homes which further reinforces the non-conformity position that most denizens of the city adhere to. However, there is one position on which conformity is reached far more easily. A visit to Pusher Street will clarify all doubts.
Arembepe, Brazil
There is something about a peaceful tropical paradise with a groovy beat. In Brazil’s Bahia state is Arembepe, once the favorite getaway of rock stars Mick Jagger and Janis Joplin. Brazil’s own cultural icons, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil are said to have taken quite a liking to this seaside village and if it’s good enough for them, you should have no problem settling down. A short distance away is the village of Caratingui, Brazil’s first hippie community. Yes, it’s as relaxing as it sounds. It’s Brazil, for god’s sake.
Panajachel, Guatemala
On the banks of Lake Atitlan lies one of Central America’s hippiest towns. A thriving indigenous culture is one of the main draws, the scenery of the lake helping in the process. Panajachel, or ‘Pana’ as is it called has a sizable expatriate population, so don’t be surprised if that old high school friend in traditional Mayan garb and long hair serves you beer at one of the many bars. Although it has become increasingly commercialized over the years, the sweeping vistas of a lake which Aldous Huxley vouched for and the hospitality of the Kaqchiquel and the Tz’utujil Maya more than make up for the crowds.
Chefchaouen, Morocco
With a name as exotic as that, it’s no wonder that hippies have found this place captivating. Luckily for them, it has lived up to the aura it so easily creates. The blue colored city with the magnificent Rif Mountains as a background and a delightful medina, Chefchaouen may be overshadowed by the more illustrious Marrakech or Tangiers, but it has developed a reputation of its own as an artisan’s city. You might be offered Kif, and if you are into mind altering substances, you might end up staying for more than one session of ‘Kif on the Rif’.
Kathmandu, Nepal
The final destination on the hippie trail, Kathmandu was the tired traveler’s dream. Hippies converged to this magical kingdom from around the word, attracted by the seemingly arduous travel it took to get there and the relatively negligible cost of living. Things have changed since the 60’s but Freak Street still retains the allure that so many travelers have come to relish.  Hashish can be found in copious amounts and the Himalayas will give you company. In every sense, you’ll be high.
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