July 23, 2014

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July 20, 2014

The Golden Temple (aka Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib) is situated in Amristar, India and attracts Sikhs from not only all over India but also the entire world. The Golden Temple is the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion, and during the daily meal time an estimated 80,000 people receive free food. The Golden Temple is open not only to the Sikhs but people of all other religions. On average, 350,000-400,000 people visit the Golden Temple every day. On occasions like Amavasya, Sakranth, Diwali, Vaisakhi, and Guruparv, the turnout increases considerably. According to temple officials, around 1 to 1.5 million people visit the temple on these days. The Sikh religion, which emerged in the Punjab region about 500 years ago, rejects the social hierarchies of caste, a precept of Hinduism. The four entrance doors (North, East, South, West) of the Golden Temple signifies Sikhism’s acceptance of people of all walks of life regardless of caste, race, or religion. The principle of equality is enshrined in the langar, where everyone eats together sitting on the floor, regardless of social status. The Golden Temple’s dome is said to be gilded with 750 kilograms of pure gold.

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July 20, 2014
"The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas."

Linus Pauling, winner of both a Nobel Prize in Chemistry and the Nobel Peace Prize. Also, named one of New Chemistry Magazine’s top greatest 20 scientists of all time.  (via archiemcphee)

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July 20, 2014
mapsontheweb:

Countries that prefer instant coffee over fresh-brewed

mapsontheweb:

Countries that prefer instant coffee over fresh-brewed

(Source: Washington Post)

July 18, 2014
currentsinbiology:

Young Scientists Say They’re Sexually Abused In The Field (NPR)

In a survey of scientists engaged in field research, the majority — 64 percent — said they had personally experienced sexual harassment while at a field site, and 22 percent reported being the victim of sexual assault.
Most of the people reporting harassment or assault were women, and the vast majority were still students or postdocs.
And for female victims, the perpetrator was more likely to be a superior, not a peer. “This is happening to them when they are trainees, when they are most vulnerable within the academic hierarchy,” says evolutionary biologist Katie Hinde , an author on the study in PLOS ONE. Hinde and her colleagues say this could be a factor in the large number of women who enter scientific fields but don’t continue.

Students work at an archaeological dig near Silchester, England.

currentsinbiology:

Young Scientists Say They’re Sexually Abused In The Field (NPR)

In a survey of scientists engaged in field research, the majority — 64 percent — said they had personally experienced sexual harassment while at a field site, and 22 percent reported being the victim of sexual assault.

Most of the people reporting harassment or assault were women, and the vast majority were still students or postdocs.

And for female victims, the perpetrator was more likely to be a superior, not a peer. “This is happening to them when they are trainees, when they are most vulnerable within the academic hierarchy,” says evolutionary biologist Katie Hinde , an author on the study in PLOS ONE. Hinde and her colleagues say this could be a factor in the large number of women who enter scientific fields but don’t continue.

Students work at an archaeological dig near Silchester, England.

(via ohsoanthropological)

June 29, 2014
"For more than 2 billion years, virtually every facet of Earth’s near-surface environment has displayed the intimate interplay of life and rocks."

Robert Hazen at Aeon. Mineral fodder

We may think we are the first organisms to remake the planet, but life has been transforming the earth for aeons

(via protoslacker)

June 24, 2014
thelandofmaps:

The major United States aquifers. [1440x1076]CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

thelandofmaps:

The major United States aquifers. [1440x1076]
CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!
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June 10, 2014
"If you want to make enemies, try to change something."

— Woodrow Wilson (via infamoussayings)

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June 8, 2014
historical-nonfiction:

This is a Judean date palm, once the staple crop of Judea and renowned for everything from its cooking oil to its aphrodisiac powers. But the Romans tried to destroy the date palm after the Jewish Revolt, and hurt the Judean economy. It worked —  by 500 CE the once plentiful date palm was gone completely. How do we have this tree then? A jar of dried-out date palm seeds were found while excavating Masada, declared interesting, and then kept in a university professor’s drawer for four decades. Until 2005 when a botanical researcher decided to try planting one. And wonder of wonders, a leaf sprouted

historical-nonfiction:

This is a Judean date palm, once the staple crop of Judea and renowned for everything from its cooking oil to its aphrodisiac powers. But the Romans tried to destroy the date palm after the Jewish Revolt, and hurt the Judean economy. It worked —  by 500 CE the once plentiful date palm was gone completely. How do we have this tree then? A jar of dried-out date palm seeds were found while excavating Masada, declared interesting, and then kept in a university professor’s drawer for four decades. Until 2005 when a botanical researcher decided to try planting one. And wonder of wonders, a leaf sprouted

(Source: ancient-origins.net)

June 3, 2014
killthemwithpoison:

Ink Calendar designed Oscar Diaz. The ink will slowly color each day of the month as time passes by.

killthemwithpoison:

Ink Calendar designed Oscar Diaz. The ink will slowly color each day of the month as time passes by.

(via devinthestone)

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