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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 

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

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

Why should we be growing hemp

For centuries, North Americans have utilized hemp in their homes, diets, and health regimens. For decades, we’ve also turned to imported products to meet much of our growing need.

And now, after years of major change for US agriculture and industry, real investment in this versatile crop stands to significantly elevate our economy and quality of life for generations to come.

The idea of upping hemp production is already common ground politically. As farmers have faced water shortages, unstable markets, and punishing seasonal conditions, communities around the country have pressured lawmakers to help them restore US agriculture with more profitable, sustainable plants.

Hemp has long been seen to fit that bill. Best known for its use in textiles, it offers wide-ranging applications that countless sectors are keen to get in on.

For example, hemp seeds in whole or processed form contain an impressive amount of protein, nutrients, and essential fatty acids, among other things — offering an efficient way to boost nutrition in human and animal diets — while hempseed oil has increasingly become a preferred ingredient in common food, beauty, and health products.

See also: Cannabis Is Creating A Boom For Biological Pesticides

Its sturdy fibers have also been put to growing use in high-quality plastics and auto paneling, durable building materials, and other common industrial commodities. And when it comes to environmental impact, hemp is not only a low-fuss crop capable of flourishing in US farmland; it can also clean up tainted water and soil, bully weeds away, and be converted into biodiesel.

Unlike other Cannabis sativa varieties and hybrids, which are mostly grown for their chemically potent flowers (or ‘buds’), hemp is also legally distinguished from marijuana in the US as containing less than 0.3% of the cannabinoid chemical THC — considered to be the most intoxicating, psychoactive component in cannabis plants, as well as a treatment option for certain serious illnesses.

So while hemp crops can be used to extract the non-intoxicating chemical cannabidiol, or CBD, which has a demonstrated and growing list of compelling health uses, they can’t get anyone high.

In short, it’s no wonder that hemp has been described as an industrial ‘miracle plant.’

The deeper meaning behind waistbeads

The African Waist Beads, Meaning, Significance, And Uses

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Source – AfricaAnswers 

 

We would make bold to say that African waist beads were more commonplace a couple of generations earlier, certainly a lot more so than they are right now.

There was, in fact, a rather innate fascination with waist beads that existed, especially for some younger women who longed to reach the age where they could adorn some. Hidden from view underneath the modest female clothes that were favored in those times, the beads peeked out at random intervals, surprising and enticing an onlooker.

Although some people remained unaware of their significance, the allure of a beaded woman was practically undeniable.

There are many varied reasons we have come across as to why African waist beads were/are worn. Common folklore attributes it to the definition of a woman’s waist; in essence, that it helps them to maintain their figures.

Traditional Ghanaian culture though had a more practical usage, where the many strings of beads around the bikini line were employed as an anchor to strap the menstrual cloth.

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Some other varied uses or significance of the waist beads include;

  • As a symbol of femininity and sensuality, only the partner a woman chooses would have the honor of seeing them fully.
  • As a sign that a woman had reached marriageable age and could now have suitors
  • Strung with bells, to show that a woman was still pure as at the time of marriage.
  • Worn on babies during naming ceremonies, some say; to accentuate their waistlines and hips as they grow.
  • As a weight measure; when gaining weight, the belt of the beads climb up and when you lose weight, it falls elegantly on the hips.
  • Upon addition of precious stones, waist beads take on healing or rejuvenation qualities; depending on ailment or what needs to be enhanced (i.e. love, physic powers, balancing), various semi-precious stones can be included in the design of your waist beads.

These days, only a few people maintain the culture of adorning these beads on a daily basis, but a vast majority are likely to put them on during special occasions. Most of the significance of the tradition is also now mostly redundant.

The women who adorn waist beads in this day and age, use it more for ornamental and beautification reasons, or simply to check their weights, so it may be wise not to read too much into a woman’s decision to wear them.

All we know is that waist beads when worn properly are beautiful things and since they have been around for quite a while, a lot of people evidently agree.

Origin of the waist bead

While there’s so much history behind waist beads, it’s generally agreed that the existence of waist beads dates back to antiquity, as far back as the 15th century.

In fact, many scholars are of the opinion that the history of beads began in ancient Egypt (North Africa) where they were donned by beautiful women as a status symbol. They were simply called ‘girdles’ at the time.

In West Africa, many historians believe the tradition of waist beads was popularized by the Yoruba tribes, notably in Senegal and Ghana (notably the Ewes, Ashantis, Krobos, Ga-Adangbes) where they speak of nobility, femininity, and affluence. Today, countries like Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone have also adopted the waist bead.

Waist bead colour: Meaning and Significance

Generally, colours play very important roles in our lives. While some people easily get drawn to bright colours, some certain colours, on the hand, literally get on other people’s nerves.

Though the meaning of the colour of a waist bead varies from culture to culture, tribe to tribe, its significance is considered very important and powerful in many African communities. Choosing the right colour of beads remains as important as its design, weight, length, and flexibility.

Below are the meanings of some bead waist colour:

  • Brown – Earth and stability
  • Gold – Good health, power and wealth
  • Green – Abundance, fertility, nature and prosperity
  • Red – Confidence and vitality
  • Turquoise – Communication and self-awareness
  • White – Light, truth and purity
  • Yellow – Energy, joy and happiness
  • Black – Power and protection
  • Blue – Loyalty and truth
  • Orange – Courage, self-confidence and vitality
  • Pink – Care, beauty, love and kindness
  • Purple – Royalty, spirituality and wisdom

The waist bead bears different names in different tribes. In Nigeria, the northern part of the country calls it Jigida while the Yorubas (the people of Southwestern Nigeria) call it Bebedi. In Igbo, it is called mgbájị́.

The waist bead is also identified as Giri-Giri, Yomba, Jel-Jelli, Bin Bin, Ileke Idi and Djalay Djalay in some other tribes.

 

The Goddess Awakening ATL 11.11

A moment to release and come together!
The Medicine Wheel Meditation
A sensual massage given by the Kings in attendance

The Goddess Revival was magical as intended!  This was the 5th event I have captured and the vibe is all so familiar. Its great seeing familiar faces and hear all the changes and progress being made in life. It feels like these are the moments that remind me time is actually passing. Events seem to be my roadmap of where I am and the direction i’m going in particularly The Goddess Gatherings. I stayed longer than I planned but it was well worth what was captured + I know more footage = more editing! The edibles was popping from AdventuresOfaSacredGoddess, had me floating 2 inches off the ground. Across the room I heard a recognizable laugh so I breezed over to find Holisticallyhealarious having a laugh yoga session. I stumbled upon her through Hadiiya and have been laughing ever since! Check her page out it will be well worth it! She was telling me something about an event coming up Dec 16th In LA … I think … I was getting pulled in by her eyes and my ears stopped working! The next Goddess Gathering event with Hadiiya Barbel will be in NY 1.19.19 I’ll post the specifics once the flyer begins circulating. Get your snow boots ready!

Experiences being shared that demonstrate the power of spirit.

 

I’m looking forward to capturing the next event and being on a black sand beach soon after to thaw out from the cold weather!

Isurumuniya Cave – Ancient ULTRASONIC GATEWAY Found in Sri Lanka?

Phenomonal Travel Videos – Hey guys, I am at the Isurumuniya temple in Sri Lanka, and it is a fascinating site with many beautiful statues, but there is an ancient structure which defies all explanation. This is a cave or a den like structure which is considered sacred by locals and if you visit this place, there are 2 reasons you will feel really weird about this. One, is the thousands of bats which are tightly packed inside and you don’t understand why you see such a large number of bats here. But there is another question which will run through your subconscious mind. Why do you see these bats in such a bright place? We never see bats in broad daylight. Actually bats don’t like light, their eyes are not adapted to this condition, in fact bats go so far to avoid flying on Full Moon nights because even that much light is too bright for them. So why do bats tolerate this well-lit area and hang around this place? Locals believe that this den emits a magical sound which is not audible to human beings, but bats are mesmerized by this divine sound, which is why they stay here forever. This story seems like a fairy tale, but there is some strange coincidence between this folklore and modern scientific findings. Human beings can hear sounds only up to a frequency of 20 Khz and anything over 20Khz is called ultrasonic frequency and we are not capable of hearing such frequency. However, bats can hear ultrasonic frequencies up to 200 Khz. Is it possible that this cave is emitting an ultrasonic frequency which attracts bats? How can a natural cave emit such a frequency? Now, At first sight, we think this is a natural cave, but if you observe carefully we can see that it is not a natural structure at all. On the top, there is an arch neatly laid with stone slabs. You can see cubes cut out on the walls. There are several curvy lines carved all over the walls. And if we look carefully on the other side, and we can see small stone slabs placed on top of each other. According to legend, there is an ancient device concealed behind the stone wall which emits a magical sound capable of mesmerizing these bats. Is such a device possible? Scientists have recently discovered that it is in fact possible to make bats come to your location by emitting specific ultrasonic frequencies. Bats do get attracted to these frequencies and will approach the source. What we see in the movie “Batman” is based on fact – so today, we do have such ultrasonic devices. We know that this is not a natural cave. So, did ancient builders create some kind of ultrasonic device which is still hidden behind the wall, and if so, what does it look like? Is it possible that this cave is emitting an ultrasonic frequency which attracts bats? How can a natural cave emit such a frequency? Now, At first sight, we think this is a natural cave, but if you observe carefully we can see that it is not a natural structure at all. On the top, there is an arch neatly laid with stone slabs. You can see cubes cut out on the walls. There are several curvy lines carved all over the walls. And if we look carefully on the other side, and we can see small stone slabs placed on top of each other. According to legend, there is an ancient device concealed behind the stone wall which emits a magical sound capable of mesmerizing these bats. Is such a device possible? Scientists have recently discovered that it is in fact possible to make bats come to your location by emitting specific ultrasonic frequencies. Bats do get attracted to these frequencies and will approach the source. What we see in the movie “Batman” is based on fact – so today, we do have such ultrasonic devices. We know that this is not a natural cave. So, did ancient builders create some kind of ultrasonic device which is still hidden behind the wall, and if so, what does it look like? Perhaps the device would looks like this strange carving, which is located less than half a mile away. This figure looks like a circuit diagram with complex symbols carved all over it. There is also a wave which looks remarkably similar to a sound wave. Is it possible that an actual device like this lays buried in the walls of the bat cave? This carving is known as ‘The Stargate of Sri Lanka’ and is considered as a device that can transport us to different planets. What is even stranger is that, there is yet another similar cave nearby, popularly known as the Yoni. This Yoni is also considered a worm hole which can be activated using sound. Some people even claim that this a sonic boom tunnel. #SriLanka #AncientAliens #Search4Truth

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