Fun fact: Dubai literally doesn’t have a functioning sewer system or underground waste disposal, so the city government employs thousands of trucks to transport shit in huge vats away from the city! The Burj Khalifa has a lot of bathrooms, which means a lot of trucks line up every day to literally transport the poop out of sight.
What was that?
POCS were thriving and had expansive civilizations BEFORE white people came,colonized everything, and “discovered them”?
Go read the source article. And if you haven’t, go read “1491” by Charles Mann. Indigenous people in the Amazon actually found a way to farm that instead of wearing out the soil, actually IMPROVED it with extensive farming. It’s called terra preta and no one has been able to replicate it (not even living indigenous people), and if it were to become replicable it could have enormous impact on agriculture worldwide. #indigenoustechftw
Charles Mann states that for a long time (and still today) outsiders have thought of Amazonian Indian people as “remnants” of the most “primitive” state of humanity, when in fact evidence increasingly points to the idea that modern Amazonian indigenous ways of life are the result of massive upheaval in the face colonizing disease, warfare, land theft, and general genocide. That, effectively, modern Amazonian indigenous people are living in the aftermath of what probably looked a lot like an apocalypse to them.
Which, well, no duh.
are you sure it wasn’t some alien technology that let them farm sustainably before the White Men came & showed them how to civilised?
White people theworld didnt start with your invasion
UCLA’s Steve Cole from The Social Life of Genes.
Your DNA is not a blueprint. Day by day, week by week, your genes are in a conversation with your surroundings. Your neighbors, your family, your feelings of loneliness: They don’t just get under your skin, they get into the control rooms of your cells.
How To Read A 223-Page Novel In Just 77 Minutes
Spritz is a company that makes a speed-reading technology which allows you to get through a mass of text, reading every word, in a fraction of the time it would take if you were turning the pages of a book or swiping through a Kindle.
The basis of Spritz concept is that much of the time spend reading is “wasted” on moving your eyes from side to side, from one word to the next. By flashing the words quickly, one after the other, all in the same place, eye movement is reduced almost to zero. All that’s left is the time you take to process the word before the next one appears.
The company is selling licenses for other companies who might want to use the technology in operating systems, applications, wearables, and websites. Obviously, the tiny screen of a smart watch instantly springs to mind.But the real revelation of Spritz is in trying it yourself.
Ethnic Russians outside Russia in the former USSR, circa 1994
Given the degree to which this weekend’s events in Crimea seem to have caught the world off guard, I was curious to see if the Wikileaks cables contained any discussions by U.S. diplomats of a scenario like this one. Indeed, there is some now ominous foreshadowing to be found.
A 2006 cable under the name of Kiev Deputy Chief of Mission Sheila Gwaltney, who as it happens is now the highest ranking diplomat at the U.S. embassy in Moscow following the departure of Amb. Michael McFaul, warns of a possible Russian threat to Crimea – Ukraine’s “soft underbelly”[.]"
“Crimean Foreshadowing" by Joshua Keating
Apparently, we didn’t read the leaked memo…(via dreamdefer)
Fernan Federici – postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge working in the area of Synthetic Biology.
"It all began the city of Slobozia, Romania, in the 1920s. World War I photographer Costica Acsinte had just returned from the war. To further his experience, he decided to open his own commercial studio, the Foto Splendid C. Acsinte, and welcomed everyone and anyone who needed their photo taken.
Within two decades, he had accumulated photographs in the thousands, being possibly the only professional photographer in Romania at that time, so that by the time of his death in 1984, he had some 5,000 negatives, preserved in glass plates, collected.
In all those years, Acsinte had photographed hundreds – men, women, children, families, lovers – and captured many important moments – weddings, friendship, love, even deaths – in those people’s lives.
But his collection had deteriorated considerably as time passed. Bidding the end of their lives in wooden crates, most of the negatives, which were acquired by a small regional history museum, were succumbing to the elements – cracking, shrinking, peeling, molding, and fast becoming next to nothing.
And so lawyer-turned-photographer Cezar Popescu, whose father – also a photographer – had once worked with Acsinte’s son, is now racing against time to save the photographs before they disappear completely. He has undertaken this massive project, painstakingly cleaning and scanning every single glass-plate negative in the collection, to digitalize and preserve Acsinte’s life’s work.”
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