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South African Teens build plane and fly to Cairo

A historic aviation challenge involving twenty South African teenagers flying in a self-assembled Sling-4 aircraft that uses ordinary motor fuel and was built in only three weeks is set to take place from Cape to Cairo (and back). Their journey, that is scheduled to start on the 12th of June 2019, will see different teams of the twenty teenage pilots, charter a course that will cut across several African cities and towns spreading the key messages of an African narrative that started as a dream. Pilots Adriaan van den Heever and Abel Dlamini talk about the epic journey.

Why Film makers lose money?

In this Film Courage video interview, Chicago filmmaker Mark Harris shares why most filmmakers lose money on their movies.

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Rain Water Home Design

Architecture company develops a roof that collects rainwater and cools your house at the same time

A brilliant new bowl-shaped roof serves a double purpose for people living in hot, arid climates — providing free water and free air conditioning.

The “Concave Roof” is designed to “help even the smallest quantities of rain flow down the roof and eventually coalesce into bigger drops, just right for harvesting before they evaporate,” the architects told Arch Daily.

The shape of the roof is perfect not only for maximizing water collection but also for providing shade and airflow between itself and the interior layer of roof, helping keep the house below cool.

The “bowl roof” also provides a second cooling feature. The water it collects is stored in tanks in the walls of the house, cooling the walls and insulating the house.

The Iranian architecture company BMDesign Studios hopes the design will help provide water security in a part of the world that receives less than a third of the global average for annual rainfall.

The company is working on a school building as a prototype, which is expected to be able to collect and store over 7000 gallons of water with 10,000 square feet of rooftop.

 Source – ReturnToNow 

Benefits of Eating Tuna

What is Tuna Fish?

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Tuna fish is a very diverse saltwater fish that belongs to the Scombridae family, commonly called the mackerel group. However, tuna belongs to a tribe, called Thunnini. This tribe contains 15 species of tuna, most of which are enjoyed around the world in culinary traditions.

The health benefits of tuna fish include its ability to reduce cardiovascular disorders, stimulate growth and development, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and help in weight loss. Tuna also has the ability to boost the immune system, increase energy, aid in skin care, increase red blood cell count, and has anti-cancerproperties. It also protects against various kidney diseases, prevents age-related macular degeneration, reduces general inflammation, and inhibits cell membrane damage.

Nutritional Value of Tuna Fish

The health benefits of tuna fish can be attributed to the impressive content of vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds found in this delicious fish. These include antioxidants and protein, without much-saturated fat or sodium. It also has impressive levels of selenium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, and potassium, according to the USDA National Nutrient Database. In terms of vitamins, there is a wealth of vitamin B12and niacin, as well as a good amount of vitamin B6 and riboflavin.tuna fish

Health Benefits of Tuna Fish

Now, let’s explore more of the health benefits of tuna fish that these components confer.

Weight Loss

Tuna fish is low in calories and fat, yet loaded with beneficial nutrients like protein. The omega-3 fatty acids found in this fish stimulate a hormone called leptin, which balances the body’s food intake with the internal desire to eat more. This can reduce overeating and make sure that your body is only consuming what it actually needs.

 

Boosted Immune System

Tuna contains a good amount of vitamin C, zinc, and manganese, all of which are considered antioxidant in nature. Antioxidants are one of the body’s defensemechanisms against free radicals, the harmful by-products of cellular metabolism that cause chronic diseases. However, the real champion of tuna’s immune system-boosting potential is selenium. This fish is rich in this mineral, giving nearly 200% of the daily requirement in a single serving. This makes the fish a very powerful antioxidant and immune-boosting food.

Energy Levels

The B complex vitamins in tuna have been connected with a wide range of health aspects. They are mainly involved in boosting the metabolism, increasing the efficiency of organs, protecting the skin, and increasing energy levels. By consuming this fish regularly, you can ensure that you are active, energetic, and healthy.

Blood Circulation

Tuna is a rich source of iron, along with the B-complex vitamins that play an important role in red blood cell formation. Without iron, people become anemic and their blood is unable to oxygenate the vital organs that need fresh oxygen to function efficiently

Read about all the benefits at Organicfacts

The Crystal Mountain

The Crystal Mountain in Egypt (Photos)

The Crystal Mountain (28° 26′ E and 27° 39′ N) between the oasis Bahariya and Farafra, northern of the White Desert, Egypt.

The Crystals are probably Barite (Schwerspat, BaSO4) and/or Calcite crystals (CaCO3). The hill was opened during works at the road from Farafra to Bahariya by accident and destroyed in part.

The hill is not a paleokarst cave with columnar-shaped stalagmites. It is a subvolcanic vault, which was emerged probably during the Oligocene age. The visible layers are e.g. White Desert limestone of the Khoman Fm.* (Late Cretaceous age), as well as a younger coal seam and hydrothermal impregnated reddish to brownish ferruginous layers. The strata are broken or brecciated and intensely with each other folded.

It is to be ascertained intense heat. The coal seam e.g. was transformed to anthracite. The crystals have increased out of climbed hydrovolcanic solutions. The hot solutions were high concentrated with BaSO and/or CaCao, which had been solved from the sediments. The solutions have penetrated into all cavities. After cooling of the solutions the crystals could increase. It were formed columns or round domes with crystals within.

The Barite veins are widely distributed to the south of Gebel El Hafhuf which is composed of a rock sequence including sandstone, shale, limestone, phosphatic limestone and phosphatic calcareous sandstone. This succession is capped by the Oligo-Miocene basaltic sheet which takes the form of open circle of about 20 m thickness.

The Crystal Mountain in Egypt (Photos)
The Crystal Mountain in Egypt (Photos)
The Crystal Mountain in Egypt (Photos)
The Crystal Mountain in Egypt (Photos)
The Crystal Mountain in Egypt (Photos)Read more at Geologyin

Mycology: The Masters Mix

One of my favorite things about being a dedicated mushroom grower is that I’m constantly learning new things. As soon as I think I have it all figured out, I’ll try something new that changes everything. 

In fact, the more I learn, the more I realize that there is so much more to learn!

A perfect example of this occurred just recently, when I picked the most gigantic flush of Blue Oysters I’ve ever seen off of a 5 lb fruiting block. (almost 2 lbs!) 

The thing is- this particular fruiting block wasn’t made with the standard fruiting block recipe of sawdust amended with bran. Instead, this unbelievable bounty was harvested from a 50:50 mix of hardwood sawdust and soy hulls- known by many as the “masters mix”.

As far as I know, the master behind this substrate recipe is T.R. Davis from Earth Angel Mushrooms. I first heard of it while browsing some of his videos on his YouTube, where he describes this beautifully uncomplicated substrate recipe while standing in front of some pretty impressive looking oyster blocks. 

I couldn’t wait to give it a try!

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THE MASTERS MIX

The masters mix is pretty straight forward:

“Combine 1 part hardwood sawdust with 1 part soy hulls, hydrate to 60%, and sterilize at 15 PSI for 2.5 hours.” 

It is simply A 50/50 mix of soy bean hulls and hardwood sawdust hydrated to perfection!

To break it down even more, for every 5 lb fruiting block, you need:

  • 1 lb sawdust 
  • 1 lb soy bean hulls
  • about 3 lbs (1.4 liters) water

Many hobby growers like to use hardwood fuel pellets, and pelletized soy hulls instead of bulk. In that case, in order to get the perfect mix, you’ll need:

  • 2.5 cups Hardwood Fuel Pellets
  • 2.5 Cups Pelletized Soy Hulls
  • 1.4 Liters of water 

Just mix up the ingredients and sterilize! The hardwood pellets break apart really easy, but Soy Hulls need a little more encouragement-, so be sure to soak them overnight so they are easier to mix.

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Why Grow Mushrooms On Soy Hulls? 

So what are soy hulls and why are they so effective?

Oyster mushrooms are known to grow on just about anything… coffee grounds, sawdust, banana leaves, cotton seed hulls, and many other agricultural waste products… they all make reasonable substrates.

But some substrates are bound to produce faster growth and higher yields, and I gotta say that for Oysters, I have never seen something so effective in producing huge yields as the Master’s Mix.

Read the full article at Freshcapmushrooms.com

Goddess Body The Brand

Our mission is to provide a wealth of knowledge and attainable products & services focusing on holistic healing, mental/emotional well-being & overall wellness.

We must educate ourselves on how to program our daily actions, thoughts & beliefs to be conducive to the attainment of our goals & desires. We must take responsibility for our health & wellbeing, & all this starts with re-education of how the body, mind & spirit operate, and how to keep this beautiful work of the creator in optimal condition, in order to truly create the reality in which we seek.

We must learn how to take care of ourselves individually, before we can make any significant accomplishments in our families, communities, cultures, and the world itself. It is our mission to assist people in achieving overall wellness. ~Angela Elizabeth CHHP

 

 

Angela Elizabeth Baker, (Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Biologist, Herbalist, Astrologer, & Educator of the Holistic Sciences), is a force in raising awareness and spawning positive actions towards bringing a harmonious holistic lifestyle to humanity.

 She experienced her own battles with ill health, at the young ages of16-21, ranging from dire feminine health disorders, anxiety/panic attacks, kidney issues etc. After many failed attempts to heal from these issues, she took on a plant-based diet, researched and trained with the best in holistic health. After a year and a half of specialized natural regimens she successfully eradicated all forms of dis-ease once residing in her body. This spawned her to live her making as a holistic healer and educator and inspired the creation of her Goddess Body® Women’s Holistic Health product line, including holistic services, educational seminars & courses, offered online and around the globe.

 Education

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Bachelors – Forensics/Criminal Justice, minor Biology
  • Virginia State University, Masters of Science – Biology with Concentration in Plant Science

 

 Certifications

  • Certified Holistic Health Consultant, certified by Dr. Llaila O. Afrika MD
  • Certified Advanced Natural Wellness Practitioner, Certified by Dr. Llaila O. Afrika MD
  • Reiki Energy Healer, Certified by A Life of Peace Wellness Institute

 

Experience

  • Holistic Nutritionist
  • College Biology Professor
  • Over 10 years of bio-medical experience working as a Histocompability, Pharmacy And Microbiological Laboratory technician; Organ Donation / Transplantation & CDC

To learn more about Goddess Body products at GoddessBody.net

Why Bonsai Cost so much ?

Bonsai is an artform that requires years of training, and centuries of dedication. At the 2012 International bonsai Convention a tree was on sale for one hundred million yen, just under a million dollars. And many more of these trees are considered completely priceless. So what is it that makes these trees so expensive?

The Mycelium Revolution

Humans have been harnessing the power of yeast for thousands of years. These fungi allow fermentation, the molecular process whereby living cells typically transform sugar or starch into more complex molecules or chemicals. Discovered 10,000 years ago, the technology of liquid fermentation—from mead to beer to spirits—and solid-state fermentation—bread and cheese—helped put humanity on a rapidly accelerating path of evolution and advancement.

Fast forward 9,950 years. Around three decades ago, humans applied the potential of liquid fermentation to create medicines. In 1978 Arthur Riggs and Keiichi Itakura produced the first biosynthetic insulin using E. coli as a single-celled manufacturing plant. The epiphany that single-celled bacteria and yeast are sugar-powered microfactories that can be utilized to synthesize novel compounds is one of the most powerful discoveries of the past 100 years.

Since that revolutionary insight occurred, science has been devoted to understanding, cultivating and ultimately reprogramming single-celled organisms such as yeast, bacteria and algae, and we’ve been using the process to make more lifesaving drugs, biobased fuels such as corn ethanol, fragrances and a growing suite of small biological molecules. Liquid fermentation is now a 150-billion-dollar industry and growing rapidly: many of the products we use today are moving from chemical factories to biological fermenters.

Enter mycelium. Mycelium is technically a kind of a yeast, but unlike most yeast cells, which grow as a single cell, mycelium is multicellular and can grow into macro-size structures—which we most often recognize as mushrooms. Not only does mycelium produce small molecules, but it gently and with supreme precision assembles them into complex structures so small that they are invisible to the human eye.

Working much like single-celled yeast, mycelium takes in small molecules of food—typically sugar but often from sources such as wood or plant waste—by excreting enzymes that break these materials down into digestible morsels. As the mycelium grows it assembles a dense network of long, microscopic fibers that grow through the substrate like a superhighway system.

Once the mycelium has fully built its network, it transitions to its next stage: building a mushroom. This is where humans can intervene. Rather than letting a mushroom pop up out of the substrate, the mycelium can be coaxed to build predictable structures by controlling temperature, CO, humidity and airflow to influence the growth of tissue. This is a rapid process: the accumulation of fibers becomes a visible speck after a few hours, a visible sheet after a day or two, and an 18-by-2-by-12-inch sheet weighing a couple of pounds within the course of a week.

Read the full article at ScientificAmerican

Queen Afua Planet Healing Expo

“A black state of mind led me to Queen Afua

Yesterday was unexpectedly eventful. I was laying in the bed getting ready to walk down to the river for a workout when Kaela called. It’s before Noon, typically I don’t answer calls before noon unless it’s about business or pleasure. I answer and agree to what was being asked. That quick, my day changed and I would be meeting up to assist Kaela on a maternity shoot.

I made it to West End tapped  @occasionalsuperstar on the shoulder as he was spraying up a Bob Marley Mural on the side of Mangoes gave him a quick head nod and kept it moving as time was of the essence. I make it Tassilis to meet Kaela. Stood in line for 20 min then hopped in a Uber/Nascar to head to Cascade Nature Reserve. The shoot was another day in the life of a photographer to say the least. Things don’t always play out as they are planned but some how the mission is accomplished. Hearing the sound of two children yelling in pain  from the sting of ant bites is enough to wrap up any shoot. I’m sure Kaela captured some great shots you can check her work at @ablackstateofmind.

@ablackstateofmind pulling it all together and working with the childrens on a photoshoot.

Now I’m downtown with two  plans in mind. One – stop by an art show later that night and Two – get some greenery from my friend that also lived in the vicinity. After Kaela wrapped up the shoot she reminded me of an event that was happening. Queen Afua’s Planet Heal Expo, it wasn’t too far from the park and right around the corner from plan Two, perfect. I’m familiar with events revolving around holistic practices but the presentation was much different from anything I’ve experienced.  I didn’t have the full amount on cashapp to get in but they were still kind enough to let me through. Its the little things that make the world go round.

Queen Afua’s strong elegant movements demand your eyes not to blink. Her powerful voice resonates throughout the audience touching each and every women that can relate to the struggles, beauty and pain that are experienced daily.

Uncertain if I was allowed to record photos or video, I took my normal approach. Keep going until someone tells you to stop. When attending this type of event there are consistent similarities that i’ve learned to expect. Informational presentation, dance, group release, group love then finally testimonial is the usual flow.

Queen Afua’s presentation hit all the points in a way I’ve never seen. There were a few approaches that stood out to me. Instead of speaking in lecture form sharing what she has been through she transformed the truths of life into a performance giving you a chance to witness her go through the full motions. As a child i’ve been to a play but this felt new and refreshing.  I think Queen Afua’s method of performance really highlights the holistic experiences women have trouble dealing with. Play/stage format gives the audience a chance to feel and absorb each moment. Taking your imagination and sitting it down for a second to take in what is it right in front of your eyes and ears.  To hear Queen Afua share her personal honest perspective cuts through, getting directly to a real relatable point.

The mmms coming from the audience let me know what she was saying was being felt deeply. The information was weaved throughout the play showing the process of finding an answer by listening to your intuition.

There was the group love type segment I happened to join in on. She called up about 7 or 8 women and an equal amount of men. I noticed there was a shortage on men but I continued shooting because if I put the camera down then none of it is recorded which I saw as a travesty. It seemed like right after I had that thought Kaela floats in from the shadows behind me. Gracefully relieving  my hands as my eyes look up refocusing on her face to see who was taking the camera away.

Photography @ablackstateofmind
Photography @ablackstateofmind

Queen Afua began by walking up each step asking for forgiveness as well as giving forgiveness to each of us. Once she went up the whole staircase it was our turn to look into each other’s eyes and forgive each other. At this point in my mind I’m taking in the experience but I’m still in videographer mode so I’m hoping Kaela is recording video and not taking photos but I know she is most likely taking photos. Focus … looking into the eyes of young lady standing directly across from me I felt relaxed thinking about how life is so interesting I didn’t plan to be here yet here I am once again, right place right time.  Once we finished hugging each other it was our job to go spread the love into the crowd and forgive everyone!

This was unexpected being warped from observer to participant but I felt a bit lighter after. I made my way around the room passing on the hugs to eyes that attracted me most. The forgiving hugs flowed into the next act of the play. The importance of having your sisters with you during hard times to lift you up. She went through a sequence of giving birth even improvising when the “mid wife” was being found. The performance was powerful, impactful and most importantly effective. It’s easier to remember everything when it invokes a feeling you can’t forget.

The Planet Heal Expo wrapped up with a wonderful dance performance. The women in attendance were also given a chance to say their peace and share their experience.  I’ll be looking forward to capturing more events with a theatrical approach. A black state of mind led me to Queen Afua.

 

You can find out more about Queen Afua at  https://queenafua.com
Planet Heal is the new book that she will be releasing. Follow @QueenAfua on instagram for daily updates.

Until next time stay focused, Peace – London