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My Potato Project; The Importance of "Organic"
3rd grader Elise, uses three types of sweet potatoes in her experiment - non-organic, big-agriculture organic, and local organic.
The non-organic, 'conventional' sweet potato never sprouts because conventional sweet potatoes are sprayed with chlorpropham, also known as 'budnip' an herbicide which is a plant growth inhibitor, so that the potato may be stored long-term.
The FDA states, "In studies using laboratory animals, chlorpropham generally has been shown to be of low acute toxicity. It is slightly toxic by the oral route and has been placed in Toxicity Category III (the second lowest of four categories) for this effect." And they claim that chronic dietary risk is minimal. (epa.gov) If your child eats many conventional sweet potatoes, you might think about switching to organic potatoes.
When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine -- an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.
Lesson by Nicole Avena, animation by STK Films.
View full lesson: ed.ted.com/lessons/how-sugar-a...
Oklahoma City is a midsized town that had a big problem: It was among the most obese towns in America. Mayor Mick Cornett realized that, to make his city a great place to work and live, it had to become healthier too. In this charming talk, he walks us through the interlocking changes that helped OKC drop a collective million pounds (450,000 kilos).
The world is noticing Oklahoma City’s renaissance and its mayor, Mick Cornett. His list of awards includes nods for urban design, health, sports and the arts. Newsweek called him one of the five most innovative mayors in the country. London-based World Mayors listed him as the No. 2 mayor in the world, and Governing magazine named him the Public Official of the Year.
Best known for helping Oklahoma City attract an NBA franchise and putting Oklahoma City “on a diet,” Cornett also led the charge to pass MAPS 3, an innovative $800 million investment in parks, urban transit, wellness centers and infrastructure that will dramatically reshape Oklahoma City and enhance the quality of life of its residents.
Automatic is a Smart Driving Assistant that connects your car to your smartphone and makes driving safer, more efficient, and fun. www.automatic.com
Just plug the Automatic Link into your car's data port. Your car and smartphone will automatically connect whenever you drive in the U.S., wirelessly. Works with just about any gasoline engine car sold in the U.S. since 1996.
The Link is an auto accessory that talks to your car's onboard computer and uses your smartphone's GPS and data plan to upgrade your car's capabilities. Every Link works with both iPhone and Android.
Automatic helps you make small changes in your driving habits that can lead to huge savings on gas over time.
Automatic contacts help in a crash. Crash Alert can detect a crash and notify local authorities with your location even if you can't. Crash Alert only works in the US. In a crash, it requires an adequate location (GPS) signal, connection to the Link, and cellular data connection. It cannot contact local authorities or emergency contacts if your Link or iPhone is damaged or disconnected by the crash.
Automatic connects to your car's onboard computer to decipher that little 'check engine' light and explain exactly what's wrong.
Automatic always remembers where you parked, so you don't have to.
“Into The Atmosphere” is a tribute to the state of California and the beautiful deserts, mountains and coastlines that exist there. This video showcases a variety of national/state parks as well as less recognized natural areas. The video also focuses on clouds, fog and interesting atmospheric conditions. Although California is known for blue sunshine skies, seeing a colorful storm cloud over Half Dome or an incredible sunset at the La Jolla Coves is really a sight to see. The goal of this video is to show these environments in their best possible light.
This video was an ongoing project for about a year with an estimated 75,000 images taken, and about 12,400 made it into the 3.5 minute piece.
To create this video there were many nights sleeping outside, and many days spent in the wild to embrace the environment and get to know the surroundings. There is a common misconception about Timelapse shooters that we quickly set up cameras and go sleep in the car for hours at a time, which is far from the truth. We are constantly hiking heavy equipment through dangerous areas and spending time camping in uncomfortable situations, I love it and wouldn't trade it for anything else.
Some of the locations are Mono Lake, Anza Borrego Desert, Alabama Hills, Trona Pinnacles, Big Sur, Mount Laguna, Santa Maria, Yosemite, Gaviota, The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, La Jolla Coves, Santa Ynez, the San Francisco Coast, and the Santa Barbara Mountains.
Directed and Filmed by Michael Shainblum.
Waste to Waves is a program that recycles waste polystyrene foam into new surfboards.
They say surfers are an indicator species. They are the first affected when the natural environment gets degraded. Hence, they are watchdogs, activists and trend-setters. However, foam and fiberglass, the two materials that make up the very symbol of their pursuit, are both toxic materials. So, they're also a bit hypocritical. Fortunately, Reef has joined forces with SustainableSurf.org to help create a program where surfers can recycle packing styrofoam so that it may one day be a surfboard blank. It's a small step, but if we're going to pass on what we love, leading by example is as important as a solid cutback.
Waste to Waves is a program by non-profit Sustainable Surf.
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The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura. The violins are fashioned from oven trays, the cellos from oil barrels. Even the strings are recycled.
The residents of Cateura, Paraguay, don't just make a living from the massive garbage heap in their town. They also make music - crafting ingenious instruments from the trash. Bob Simon of 60 Minutes reports.
Amazon's Prime Air might be available to customers in 4 to 5 years, so says Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon. Amazon has been working on the project in their next generation R&D lab. The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less, from one of their 96 distribution centers, using unmanned aerial vehicles that can carry up to five pounds. Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take a number of years as they await the necessary FAA rules and regulations. This is footage from a recent test flight. See page at: amzn.to/PrimeAir
Watch Jeff Bezos introduce Prime Air on 60 Minutes: cbsnews.com/news/amazons-jeff-bezos-looks-to-the-future/
The 'School We'd Like' winners: Horniman primary's pedal-powered radio station. Last year Horniman primary scooped one of three £5,000 prize funds up for grabs in the competition. Here, student Milo gives us a tour of the school and their winning project.
Sea World as it should be...
Whale watching in the Gulf of Biscay.
Climate Change — The state of the science.
Produced by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and Globaia and funded by the UN Foundation for the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report.
The data visualization summarises and visualizes several of the most significant statements in the IPCC's latest summary for policymakers published September 2013. This summary covers the physical science basis of climate change. In 2014, IPCC will publish summaries concerning societal impacts, mitigation and adaptation. climatechange2013.org
Detox: How People Power is Cleaning Up Fashion
Around the world a growing movement of people are using their creativity, design skills and purchasing power to demand fashion without pollution. United by a shared belief that the clothes we wear should carry a story we can be proud of, activists, bloggers, designers, scientists and models have been able to convince big brands including Zara, Mango, Valentino, UNIQLO and H&M to commit to toxic-free fashion. There is still a long way to go, but our successes so far prove that when we work together, big brands are forced to stand up and deliver.
For more information or to find out how you can join the campaign visit: greenpeace.org/detox
Rachel Maddow shows how the power of corporate opponents of GMO food labeling can cause a popular initiative to lose at the polls. www.msnbc.com
"The Urban Elephant" a touching story of Shirley and her keeper, Solomon James. Trapped in a man-made world, Shirley's life at the Louisiana Purchase Zoo was a lonely one, bereft of the company of other elephants. Follow Shirley and Solomon through a life of captivity to release in the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary. This two-time Emmy Award winning film was produced for PBS's Nature Series. www.argofilms.com
Note the coal tar accidents: plastics, saccharine, synthetic dyes, microwaves from radar equipment, teflon from chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants...all these unnatural mishaps are in contact with our food...
A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, Derek Muller of Veritasium (youtube.com/user/1veritasium) intentionally discovers unintended (scientific) discoveries, such as the pacemaker, post-it note, and viagra.
Derek's Channel: youtube.com/user/1veritasium
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What happens when you pay two monkeys unequally? Watch what happens.
An excerpt from the TED Talk: "Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals." Watch the whole talk here: www.ted.com/talks/frans_de_waa...
Psychologist Nicholas Humphrey has proposed that our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish and thrive.
By Jason Silva - Facebook facebook.com/jasonlsilva
Watch More Shots of Awe on TestTube: testtube.com/shotsofawe
In 1991, Cuba's economy began to implode. "The Special Period in the Time of Peace" was the government's euphemism for what was a culmination of 30 years worth of isolation. It began in the 60s, with engineers leaving Cuba for America. Ernesto Oroza, a designer and artist, studied the innovations created during this period. He found that the general population had created homespun, Frankenstein-like machines for their survival, made from everyday objects. Oroza began to collect these machines, and would later contextualize it as "art" in a movement he dubbed "Technological Disobedience." motherboard.vice.com
Al Gore is worried about the future. We're at a point, he says, where the very survival of civilization as we know it is at risk. But he's optimistic, too, for a number of reasons. Motherboard sat down with the world's most famous—and certainly busiest—vice president to talk about two possible futures.
In one, Americans kick-start an "Occupy democracy movement" to restore our political system, which Gore says has been "hacked," to come together to fight climate change. In the other, human civilization literally lies in ruin. Here's how Al Gore thinks things will unfold.
Over 6,000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year.
From 1/10th of an acre, four people manage to get over 90% of their daily food and the family reports earnings of $20,000 per year (AFTER they eat from what is produced). This is done without the use of the expensive & destructive synthetic chemicals associated with industrial mono-cropping, while simultaneously improving the fertility and overall condition of the land being used to grow this food on. Scaled up to an acre, that would equal $200,000 per year!
To follow the Dervaes and their Urban Homesteading activites, you can find them at urbanhomestead.org
Urban and near-urban farming can be highly productive, causing whatever size of land you have to work with to produce with more abundance. It is time to solve hunger worldwide, through creating local food abundance.... Anyone can do it, once you learn how.