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Bamboo Water Collecting Towers

The need for fresh water has pushed humans into exploring new and innovative techniques. For thousands of years, in regions where water is scarce, sometimes using air wells, people have harvested water from the rain, fog or even dew. In Ethiopia, we can witness an upgrade to the age-old technique. With a slick modern design, the WarkaWater will definitely improve collection of water from the surrounding environment. Standing 30 ft. tall and 13 ft. wide, the bamboo tower was envisioned by Arturo Vittori and his team, Architecture and Vision. How does it work? Well, the mesh netting installed on the structure captures moisture from the air and directs it into hygienic holding tank. Then, you can access the water via a spout. Check out the blueprints and other images involving this modern technique of collecting water!

The WarkaWater Tower, which is easy and cheap to construct, uses no electricity and has the ability to produce up to 25 gallons of water in a day by capturing condensation and could be the answer to water scarcity in parts of the world that have little to no access to water. A project developed by Architecture and Vision

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Who Still Cares About The Moon ?

Going down the youtube rabbit hole i stumbled upon a video about the Moon. Soon after i finished watching that I felt a curious urge look over that China announcement about the darkside of the moon again. You would think something of that nature would be talked about more but 8 months later and none of the videos uploaded online barely have passed 300k+ views, the highest reaching close to 800k views.  This made me wonder does the general public still hold interest today as it did decades ago?  Eclipse seem to bring out the casual on looker but is that where it stops.

Im guilty of being the person thats looks for the “inconsistencies/conspiracy” within the presented information. So with a quick google search of “China landed on dark side of moon inconsistency” An article pointing out a photo that made it through without being edited clearly shows a stage prop line.

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Hmmmm in todays wild world of content manipulation who knows if someone created this image in effort to get a buzz going about a potential staged moon landing.  I personally think it would be more of a cinematic event if ships were actually going to the Moon landing then returning to earth. We love to film every little thing on earth and all of a sudden that ends once we decide to go to space?  Im skeptical for this reason but lets continue.

It feels like a club and in this club we must believe each other because if we don’t who will?  That is the scenario I imagine when I read lines like “However, scientists, including those who are not from China, believe the east Asian nation has accomplished the mission.”

Human error reveals human error once again but do we even care?  Simple mistakes like this make me think these space missions and launch missions have become the WWF of  Space travel presentation but the production team is being underpaid.  If it were me I would double and triple check to make sure all the edits in the photos were correct so not one person can say a thing about how we faked a moon landing. It’s a billion dollar error in the business of belief.

Complete Earthbag Tiny House Build

Sept. 7 – 14
Bottom Leaf Intentional Community
near Asheville, NC

During this workshop, we will build an entire house from the ground up. The build will last from five to eight days, depending on how fast it goes. Participants should leave with all of the skills needed to build their own home. Participants will get hands-on experience with earthbag, cob, bottlewall, earthplaster, and more. We will also discuss house design, site selection, roof and foundation types and much, much more!  

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What Is An Earthbag Building?

Earthbag house construction uses bags(often polypropylene grain bags) filled with dirt or other mineral-based materials that are tamped down in place – similar to laying bricks in courses – which creates an incredibly strong and durable wall.

Why build with earthbags? 

Earthbags are a great medium for building strong, versatile, inexpensive structures. They can be used in applications that would be too moist for wood, cob, or strawbale. They can be used to build above and below ground houses, sheds, root cellars, stemwalls, greenhouses, walipinis, freestanding walls, cisterns, spring boxes, storm and emergency shelters, pools, steps, and many, many other things. Earthbags are non-toxic, fireproof, bugproof, moldproof, rotproof, bulletproof, impactproof, and floodproof

Barbed wire between courses keeps bags from slipping and adds tensile strength. The final plastered walls look just like adobe structures.


DIY Earthbag house building is considered to be one of the easiest methods for the average person to build. Even I might have a fighting chance.

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If building an Earthbag house seems like something you may be interested in, the go to person is Dr. Owen Geiger. His book, Basic Earthbag Building is considered a must have for those who have an interest in DIY Earthbag construction.

John Hopkins launches Psychedelic Research Center

The university is launching a Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research within John Hopkins Medicine. It’s believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S. and the largest research center of its kind in the world, according to the school.

“Johns Hopkins is deeply committed to exploring innovative treatments for our patients,” said Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in a statement. “Our scientists have shown that psychedelics have real potential as medicine, and this new center will help us explore that potential.”

The center is funded by a group of private donors, who collectively donated $17 million to start the center. Its focus will be on how psychedelic drugs affect the brain — looking specifically into brain function, behavior, learning and memory, the brain’s biology and mood.

That also means that the center will research the medical benefits of psychedelics. The center has already said its researchers will study psilocybin, the chemical naturally found in “magic mushrooms,” and see whether the compound helps with things like opioid addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, post-treatment Lyme disease, anorexia and alcohol use in people with major depression.

Read the full article at CNN

3 Queens Statue in Denmark

COPENHAGEN — The statue of the woman is nearly 23 feet tall. Her head is wrapped and she stares straight ahead while sitting barefoot, but regally, in a wide-backed chair, clutching a torch in one hand and a tool used to cut sugar cane in the other.

In Denmark, where most of the public statues represent white men, two artists on Saturday unveiled the striking statue in tribute to a 19th-century rebel queen who had led a fiery revolt against Danish colonial rule in the Caribbean.

They said it was Denmark’s first public monument to a black woman.

The sculpture was inspired by Mary Thomas, known as one of “the three queens.” Thomas, along with two other female leaders, unleashed an uprising in 1878 called the “Fireburn.” Fifty plantations and most of the town of Frederiksted in St. Croix were burned, in what has been called the largest labor revolt in Danish colonial history.

“This project is about challenging Denmark’s collective memory and changing it,” the Virgin Islands artist La Vaughn Belle, one of two principal forces behind the statue, said in a statement.

Read the full article at NYTimes

Pedro Bell : The Psychedelic Artist

Pedro Bell, a Chicago artist who helped create the powerfully trippy mythos for George Clinton and Funkadelic, designing colorful album covers that looked as if they might have been birthed in outer space, has died, according to Clinton and bassist Bootsy Collins.

It was psychedelic from a black perspective,” Mr. Bell said in a 2009 interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.

At the time, he was suffering from multiple health problems, had fallen on hard times and was living at the Hyde Park Arms, a single-room-occupancy hotel at 53rd Street and Harper Avenue.

He was near-blind and on dialysis as a result of kidney damage from hypertension and “recently beat an eviction order on a court technicality.”

The details of his death weren’t immediately clear.

In the interview, Mr. Bell said he hadn’t profited financially from his artistic association with some of the primogenitors of Afrofuturistic funk and soul.

Talking about how he started, he said he offered to create art for Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic after hearing their music on WXFM, known as Triad, an underground 1970s Chicago radio station. “I found the record company and sent a letter and said I wanted to do stuff,” he said, and began by doing concert posters and playbills.

In a post Tuesday night, the Facebook page for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic referred to him by his artist’s name, Sir Lleb — that’s Bell spelled backward: “RIP to Funkadelic album cover illustrator Pedro Bell (1950-2019). Rest easy, Sir Lleb!”

In additional posts on Wednesday, it said: “He rose above it all. Pedro Bell aka Sir Lleb. (1950-2019)” and “One of the great aspects of Pedro’s artistry is the fact that many of his illustrations come from actual pictures. Mainly promo shots. Art imitates life which imitates Funk! Now that’s Zeep! Rest well, Sir Lleb!

Going by Sir Lleb, Mr. Bell would write album liner notes using punny phraseology and terms like “Funkapus” and “Thumpasaurus.”

Robert Harris, manager of the Hyde Park Arms, said Wednesday he remembered Mr. Bell and his undulating artwork even though he moved out years ago. 

“He was a nice guy,” Harris said. “Everybody got along with him.”

 Jean Lachat / Sun-Times

Collins tweeted: “We lost the Master Mind behind the Graphic’s & Artwork of Funkadelic. Mr. Pedro Bell is an American artist and illustrator best known for his elaborate cover designs and other artwork for numerous Funkadelic and George Clinton solo albums. Thxs for yr service our brother.”

His work was included with pieces by Andy Warhol and Ed Paschke in a 2007-2008 exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, “Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock ’n’ Roll Since 1967.”

Read the full article at Chicago Times

The Amazon is on fire

The Amazon has been burning for over two weeks. Wildfires raging in the  Amazon rainforest—the world’s largest—have hit a record number this year. According to Brazil’s space research centre INPE, there have already been over 73,000 fires this year, an 83% increase from the number of fires last year. As the largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon is a vital carbon source that helps slow down the pace of global warming. The increase in wildfires has led to the state of Amazonas declaring an emergency.

What’s going on?

Between 11-13 August, several fires were detected over the regions of Rondônia, Amazonas, Pará and Mato Grosso in Brazil. Last week,  INPE declared more than 9,000 new fires, seen mostly in the Amazon Basin. The smoke from the wildfires have so intensified that it can be spotted from space. INPE is using satellite images to track the extent of the wildfires. On 19 and 20 August, smoke from these fires caused a complete blackout at 3pm in the city of Sao Paulo, nearly 1,700 miles away.

According to the Global Fire Emissions Database it can be noted that though current fire levels are slightly below average compared to the last 15 years, they are higher in some states like the Amazonas.

Is this normal?

For most of the year, fires in the Amazon are rare events, however in the drier months of July and August, farmers set their plots and pastures on fire to clear the land. Wildfires in the Amazon are not natural events and are usually the result of human activities and droughts that are caused by a combination of climate change and deforestation. The mixture of these fires and droughts ultimately lead to a decrease in the humidity of the forest, making it more susceptible to the spreading of fires.

Source – The Traveler

Cactus being converted into Bio Degradable Plastic

While some Earth-friendly plastic is now made from corn, cacti don’t need the resources and can be grown on land we don’t need for food production.

This new biodegradable plastic is made from cactus

In a university lab near Guadalajara, Mexico, researchers trim cactus leaves and feed them into a juicer, creating a bright green liquid. When it’s mixed with other natural materials and processed, it undergoes an impressive transformation: The cactus juice becomes a biodegradable plastic.

It’s one experiment to help tackle the world’s plastic problem. Around nineteen billion pounds of plastic ends up in the ocean each year, and as plastic breaks down there and in landfills, it makes its way into the food system; people now eat an annual diet of more than 50,000 pieces of microplastic. Plastic made from cactus wouldn’t necessarily help stop the flow of trash into waterways. But the researchers say that the material biodegrades quickly and is nontoxic if it’s eaten. And unlike plastic made from fossil fuels, the cactus-based plastic is carbon neutral as it breaks down–the carbon dioxide it emits equals the carbon dioxide it took in as a plant as it grew.

[Photo: Sandra Pascoe Ortiz]

The prickly pear cactus used in the experiment, which grows locally, is well suited to become plastic. “The cactus of this species contains a large amount of sugars and gums that favor the formation of the biopolymer,” says Sandra Pascoe Ortiz, a chemical engineering professor at the University of the Valley of Atemajac, who is leading the research.

Cactus also has another advantage over some other plants that are currently used to make plastic. Corn, for example, which is often used to make compostable forks or cups, still has an environmental footprint from the fertilizer and other resources used to grow it. It’s also using land that could be used to grow food. Cactus, which survives in harsh environments with little or no intervention, can grow on land that doesn’t make sense for farming. “It does not require much care for its cultivation and production,” says Pascoe Ortiz.

The resulting material isn’t yet as long-lasting as plastic made from fossil fuels. But it could still be useful in some applications. “We are thinking of products that are disposable, single-use, or that do not need to be durable,” she says. It may also be more biodegradable than other alternatives; corn-based plastic, for example, is unlikely to break down unless it’s in an industrial composting facility, and most consumers still don’t have access to that type of facility. The cactus-based plastic can biodegrade in a backyard composter within a few months.

The researchers are currently working with a company that is interested in bringing the material to market.

Source – FastCompany 

Ghana Investing Billions Into the Cashew Industry

Under one of Ghana’s economic boom policies; Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD), the government of Ghana is making huge investment into the cashew industry to provide job for the people and also to increase the country’s economic standing.

In return, the cashew industry is expected to yield to the nation some US$2.5 billion in the next five years, Mr Augustine Collins Ntim, a Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, made this known.

He indicated that the government has devoted GHC1 billion towards the establishment of a Tree Crop Development Authority that would regulate the cashew industry and revamp that sector to contribute significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

Mr Ntim, who is responsible for Rural Economic Development and Agriculture, directed the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to raise the targeted 100,000 cashew seedlings under the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) programme to meet the target.

The cashew seedlings would be supplied to registered farmers under the PERD programme free of charge for plantation.

He said the PERD has come to stay and that government is contemplating on engaging unemployed youth to plant the cashew seedlings for farmers.

Interacting with the Heads of Department (HODs) and staff of the Pru East District Assembly at Yeji in the Bono East Region, the Deputy Minister said the successful implementation of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PfFJs) and the PERD programmes depended mostly on the MMDAs.

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