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Scientists Discover Fungus That Collects Gold From Its Environment

The Australian fungus could help miners find the next generation of underground gold deposits

The fungus picks up gold from its surroundings, oxidizes it, and then transforms the dissolved element back into a solid state (CSIRO)

By Meilan Solly

SMITHSONIANMAG.COM
MAY 28, 2019

Afluffy pink fungus with long, thread-like tendrils encrusted in gold particles could help prospectors mine the precious element, a team of Australian researchers report in the journal Nature Communications.

As Mindy Weisberger explains for Live Science, the fungus—a strain of the species Fusarium oxysporum—relies on chemical interactions with underground minerals to collect gold from its surroundings. The organism then oxidizes gold before using yet another chemical to transform the dissolved element into tiny, nanoscale particles of solid gold. Gold particles produced by this process cling to the fungus, enabling spores to grow faster and larger than their non-gold covered counterparts.

The team suspects that gold also serves as a catalyst, helping the fungus digest certain carbon foods, as the study’s lead author Tsing Bohu, a geo-microbiologist at Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, explained in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Company’s Anna Salleh. Moving forward, Bohu says the researchers hope to use the fungus, which was found in the gold fields of western Australia, as a tracker of sorts. If spores are present in a certain area, for instance, miners may be able to narrow down the locations in which they undertake exploratory drilling.

“Fungi are well-known for playing an essential role in the degradation and recycling of organic material, such as leaves and bark, as well as for the cycling of other metals, including aluminium, iron, manganese and calcium,” Bohu explains in a CSIRO press release. “But gold is so chemically inactive that this interaction is both unusual and surprising—it had to be seen to be believed.”

According to Rebecca Le May of the Australian Associated PressF. oxysporum appears to grow larger and spread faster than fungi not known to interact with gold, which means there could be a biological advantage to being covered in gold. Still, many details surrounding the singular fungus remain unclear; as Le May writes, Bohu plans on conducting additional analysis to better understand the organism’s relationship with gold and determine whether the fungus’ presence is indicative of a large underground deposit.

Australia is the world’s second largest gold producer, but predictions suggest the industry will soon be in trouble if new gold deposits are not found. In a press release, study co-author and CSIRO chief research scientist Ravi Anand notes that miners are already using exploratory techniques, including sampling termite mounds and gum leaves, to support the industry. It’s possible, he says, that the newly described fungus can be used in conjunction with these tools to “target prospective areas in a way that’s less impactful and more cost-effective than drilling.”

Overall, ABC’s Salleh reports, the fungus could help Australia’s gold mining industry in a number of ways: In addition to using the organism to detect gold in underground deposits, miners may be able to use it to recover gold from waste products such as sewage and manmade electronics.

Expanding on the science behind the fungus-gold interaction, Joel Brugger, a geochemist at Monash University who was not involved in the new study, tells Salleh that F. oxysporum may act as a “lovely pathway,” transporting gold from the depths of the planet to more shallow, mineable soil. To accomplish this, the fungus oxidizes the element, making it lose electrons, grow more soluble, and, finally, move closer to the Earth’s surface.

Brugger concludes, “The fungus may be really critical in mobilising the gold.”

New Way to Generate Electricity From The Sun

UCLA Professor invents new way to generate electricity from the sun

Bringing light to darkness sounds good.  But using darkness to create light is something out of a manual for wizards.  Until now.

Now, it’s an idea out of the pages of a scientific journal.

It starts with a round piece of polystyrene, a thermoplastic polymer made, not by wizards but by America’s petrochemical companies.

In case you’re wondering, polystyrene is made from the petrochemicals benzene and ethylene. And of course, petrochemicals are made by breaking apart molecules of petroleum and natural gas which get turned into chemical building blocks that are found in thousands of products we use daily.

That round piece of plastic is painted black so it looks sort of like a hockey puck, sitting on a dish.  At night, when the air cools down, the top side of that “puck” loses heat faster than the bottom side.  Add a thermoelectric generator, and you can turn that difference in temperature between top and bottom into electricity. No grid, no transmission towers, no expensive infrastructure needed.  No sun needed either.  Sorry solar panels.

Now, we’re not necessarily talking megawatts or kilowatts of electricity. We’re talking watts, period.  But around the world, close to a BILLION people don’t have any electricity at all so even something that just keeps a light on at night, could be a big deal.

In fact, that’s how this idea got started.  University of California Los Angeles Professor Aaswath Raman was on a trip in rural Africa, and didn’t realize he was passing through one particular village at night, until he was already in it (and heard people), because there was no light of any kind.

So what he came up with is a potentially simple, sturdy source of electricity that can bring light to the darkness from the darkness, no magic wand required.

Project in Morocco combines Hemp Architecture and Solar Energy

A team of organizations has completed construction of a ground-breaking eco-building in Morocco that combines hemp construction with a high-tech solar energy system for total independence from the electrical grid.

The SUNIMPLANT project, designed as a single-family dwelling, was created as an entrant in the recent “Solar Decathlon” organized by the United States Department of Energy and Morocco’s Centre de recherche en Energie solaire et Energies nouvelles. The biannual international competition challenges teams of students to design and construct solar-powered buildings. The most recent edition was hosted in Ben Guerir, Morocco, the first time the competition has been held on the African continent.

Advanced ‘space ship’

“This ‘space-ship’ is advanced in time and reflects a turn not only in North Africa but in hemp construction, which doesn’t have comparable prototypes anywhere in the world,” said Monika Brümmer, a German architect and natural builder who led the project.

While the building was designed as a stimulus for rural development, the technology also has application in urban settings, Brümmer noted.

Owner at Spain-based Cannabric, Brümmer is also a co-founder of Adrar Nouh (2017), an NGO which promotes the use of indigenous hemp stalk for rural development and sustainable employment in Morocco’s impoverished High Rif. Adrar Nouh was started in 2017 by Brümmer and Abdellatif Adebibe, a Moroccan expert in alternative development in the Rif region.

Monika Brümmer

The challenge was to create a hemp composite using vegetable-based bio-resins, avoiding technical or synthetic components, Brümmer said. The cylindrical envelope of the circular building, with minimal exposure of the 24 exterior panels, gives interior comfort through optimal damping and thermal phase shift, and osmosis of the components in the hempcrete formulation, Brümmer said.

Nature meets high-tech

Built for around $120,000, the building’s price tag was less than half the cost of the most expensive buildings in the competition. Additional features of the 90 sq. m. SUNIMPLANT building include:

• A double skin façade that employs a mixture of hemp, earth, pozzolan and lime, all sourced locally; and bio-composites incorporating hemp technical fibers that were produced via vacuum injection technology.

• A spherical, aerodynamic outer skin comprising 24 semi-flexible photovoltaic panels. Sponsored by DAS-Energy, the panels are exposed to all faces for their use of sun and light, with maximum 40% losses.

• Curved bio-composite panels made with hemp wool, which increase the performance of the photovoltaic panels by protecting their back side against the weather extremes of the semi-arid region of Ben Guerir, where temperatures reached 42°–46°C (107°– 114°F) in the shade during the construction phase last August and September.

• High-performance glass from French glassmaker Saint Gobain.

International cooperation

Brümmer said even greater performance could have been achieved if original plans to install hemp-clay boards for the internal partitions and floors, and other minor modifications, had not been abandoned due to funding constraints.

Adrar Nouh contributed the architectural design, developed the hemp materials and cooperated in the construction of the building. Other participants on the SUNIMPLANT project were Morocco’s National School of Architecture and National School of Applied Sciences, both based in Tetouan, Morocco, and Germany’s Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics.

Read the full article at HempToday

Mushroom DNA to produce permanently-glowing plants

A batch of young glowing tobacco plants
Planta

While bioluminescent mushrooms certainly are fascinating, getting the things to grow in your home or garden can be challenging. Thanks to a new study, however, it may soon be possible to buy glowing versions of otherwise-conventional easily grown plants.

The research is being carried out mainly via a collaboration between Moscow-based biotech startup Planta, the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, MRC (Medical Research Council) London Institute of Medical Sciences, and the Institute of Science and Technology Austria.

Building upon a new understanding of the manner in which bioluminescent mushrooms are able to sustain their glow, the scientists started by extracting DNA from those mushrooms, and inserting it into tobacco plants. Although the process should reportedly work on a wide variety of other plants, tobacco was chosen because it grows rapidly and is genetically simple.

The resulting genetically-manipulated tobacco plants were found to continuously emit visible green light from their stems, roots, leaves and flowers, throughout all phases of their growth. And while we have previously seen temporarily glowing plants that incorporated enzymes obtained from fireflies, the mushroom-DNA plants are reportedly 10 times brighter, and they glow consistently.

Adding the mushroom DNA appears not to harm the plants

Adding the mushroom DNA appears not to harm the plants
Planta

The glowing action comes thanks to a molecule known as caffeic acid, which occurs both in bioluminescent mushrooms and in the lignin that makes up much of the cell walls of plants. In the mushrooms, two enzymes convert the acid into a luminescent molecule called luciferin, which is then oxidized by a third enzyme, producing a photon (light particle). Finally, a fourth enzyme converts the oxidized molecule back to caffeic acid, so the whole process can begin again.

Putting it very basically, the addition of the mushroom DNA to the tobacco plants allows them to do the same thing with their caffeic acid. In fact, the intensity of the glow given off by the plants mirrors metabolic processes taking place within them. For instance, younger parts of the plants, along with their flowers, are particularly bright. Additionally, if a ripe banana skin is placed near the plants, their glow will increase due to the ethylene growth hormone being emitted by that skin.

Working with Planta, biotech company Light Bio is now working on commercializing the technology, with plans to ultimately offer a range of glowing houseplants.

A paper on the research was recently published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

Source: MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences via EurekAlert

What is Orgone Energy & How Does It Affect Your Body?

what is orgone energy

Is orgone real? It’s a question that more scientists are starting to investigate as the research of a noted psychologist and respected medical scientist from the 20th century begins to resurface. When you look on the Orgone wiki, the page refers to is as “pseudo-science,” but as we will explore below, the history is extremely complicated.

Orgone Energy & How It Works

The concept of Orgone energy was beginning to be embraced by the greatest scientific minds of the 20th century before European and US government agencies moved to use imprisonment and suppression to ban literature on the subject to make one of the great discoveries of modern medicine disappear almost entirely. But what is Orgone energy, exactly? And how does orgone energy affect your body?

Who Discovered Orgone Energy?

Orgone energy was discovered by Dr. Wilhelm Reich. Reich was born in Austria in 1897. By 1922 he graduated from the University of Vienna as a Doctor of Medicine. During his study for his doctorate, Reich became a pupil of Sigmund Freud. Later he became the clinical assistant at Freud’s Psychoanalytical Clinic. Dr. Reich wrote numerous books on psychology, neurosis, anxiety, religion, and sexuality.

During the 1930’s, Reich was performing experiments with airborne microorganisms. At this time, he was a highly esteemed and respected scientist in the medical field. It was also during this time that he wrote additional books about Biopathy, Cosmology, Bioelectricity, Orgone and Ether. It is during these experiments with airborne organisms that he discovered a special type of radiation particle. He termed this particle “Orgone.”

What is Orgone Energy & How Does It Affect the Human Body?

After further experimentation and research, Dr. Reich demonstrated that the Orgone radiation was the same energy that the sun gave off. Dr. Reich was able to culture and inoculate what he called “SAPA Bions” of the cosmic orgone energy. When he placed live cancer cells next to the Orgone “Bions,” the cancer cells would die.

During these experiments, Dr. Reich was discovering the growth patterns of life by tangibly identifying the concept of morphogenetic energy fields that have form-building power. Dr. Reich observed orgone as omnipresent, and the basis of all life processes. He also made this connection by observing the same principle in the forming of galaxies, as on a cellular or macro-biological level. When Reich revealed his research to Albert Einstein, he exclaimed: “this would be a bombshell to physics.”

Dr. Reich was able to apply his earlier research of psychological disorders to the behavior of Orgone. When energy is blocked by traumatic memories, and then stored in the tissues of the body, this can cause muscular tension. He termed this accumulation and blockage: “Armouring.” This stagnate energy becomes “Deadly Orgone Energy.” It is also referred to as “DOR.” Dr. Reich believed that Deadly Orgone Energy was largely responsible for environmental decay, psychological and mental disturbances in life forms, as well as the body’s physical degeneration. Dr Reich discovered the therapeutic use of Orgone’s ability to clear these energetic blockages that exist within the body that would often be associated with major disease or illness, including cancer.

Orgone Energy for Therapy

After discovering DOR and its connection to illness along with its manifestation in the body as well as the environment, Reich started to make boxes called “Orgone Energy Accumulators.” They were made with alternate layers of organic material and metal shavings. This was to accumulate a higher concentrated field of beneficial Orgone. Dr. Reich began using the Orgone Energy Accumulator to treat his patients. The results were successful in treating acute and chronic conditions, even cancer. Once the FDA, AMA and American government found out about not only Reich’s discovery of Orgone, but also how this discovery of Orgone’s ability to clear blockages to enable the body to heal, they began to harass Reich and sent him to jail for the first time.

The Beginning of the End for Orgone Energy Studies

Dr. Reich’s first jail sentence was short term. Unfortunately, despite these fantastic discoveries, by 1954 the American government and FDA made an attempt to wipe the very word “orgone” from the English vocabulary. The FDA started an aggressive harassment campaign of banning Dr. Reich’s Orgone Energy Accumulator and destroying his books and journals. Eventually, Dr. Reich was arrested and imprisoned for a second time for his continued research and application of Orgone energy. The government of the United States had declared that “Orgone did not exist” and “Orgone” was the only word that was necessary to appear in print to qualify for the destruction of the material. We must ask the question then, if it doesn’t exist, then why was it banned? And why did it land Dr. Reich in prison?

Sadly, Dr. Reich spent his last days in prison labeled a quack and a racketeer by the American government and the American medical system. Dr. Reich died in prison in 1957. Today, Dr. Reich is still noted historically for his work in psychiatry and psychoanalysis. However, his work in biophysics has been stricken from the “official” historical record. Regardless of this, Dr. Reich’s work has been resurfaced, rediscovered, thoroughly studied, replicated and enhanced. Specifically, Reich’s experiments have been successfully replicated and verified by researcher Roger du Theil at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.

Orgone Energy May Be The Key to Understanding Human Health

The health of the general population has declined over the last 60 years since Dr. Reich was practicing. The accumulation of Dead Orgone has inundated our bodies and environment. One major accumulator of DOR is electromagnetic radiation. Today we are being bombarded by electro-magnetic fields (or EMFs). Wifi is everywhere. So, even if we don’t use it ourselves, we are still impacted by it from everyone else that has it around us. Wifi is a part of the EMFs that are invisible lines of force that emanate from any electrical or wireless device.

There are basically two types of EMFs: low frequency and high frequency. Low frequency EMFs are emitted by our electricity and appliances. High Frequency EMFs (also known as Radio Frequency or “RF”) are generated by wireless devices. Now that 5G is rolling out in various cities, this will increase the detrimental effects of EM radiation even more.

Our body immediately has a stress response to these frequencies. Some examples of this stress response are:

  • Diminished blood flow and oxygen to organs
  • Impairment of all body systems
  • Increased blood sugar
  • Increased blood pressure & heart rate
  • Interference with cell metabolism
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Arthritis and more.

Aside from what we can control with eliminating these EMF-emitting devices from our own environment, we can actually use Orgone energy itself to harness Positive Orgone Energy for healing.

How Can We Protect Ourselves from Deadly Orgone Energy?

“By simply holding an Orgone device or being near one, negative energy will be cleared from your field, creating a higher, more balanced and healthy state.”

Orgone and orgonite help you to protect yourself from Deadly Orgone Energy. Gary Fields, owner of “Orgone Energy Tools,” explains:

“The word Orgonite comes from ‘Orgone,’ the name given by Wilhelm Reich to vital energy found everywhere in nature. Orgonite is a substance which functions as a self-driven, continuously operating, highly efficient energy transmutation device, drawing in negative life energy and transmuting it into positive energy.

“Orgonite has become very popular as a spiritual healing tool, and as protection against EMFs. By simply holding an Orgone device or being near one, negative energy will be cleared from your field, creating a higher, more balanced and healthy state.”

Although Dr. Reich never created Orgonite as it is currently produced, his ground-breaking research led directly to the methods of design and production for orgonite pyramids, orgonite pendants and other orgonite products for your home.

How Does Orgonite Really Work?

By “cornering” your home with Orgone energy devices, you can transmute the Deadly Orgone Energy emitted by electric devices like your washer/dryer and refrigerators, WiFi router, computers, handheld devices and more. Simply place an Orgonite object, such as Orgone pyramids, as close to each corner of your home as possible, as well as near major EMF emitters in your home. These objects are modern adaptations of Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s original Orgone Energy Accumulator.

Dr. Reich’s discovery of “Orgone” is in alignment with the religious concepts of numerous ancient cultures regarding Chi, Prana, Ether and what quantum physicists now call Zero Point Energy. The ancients had wisdom of this energy and how to harness it. Today we are finally rediscovering this balance of wisdom with technology and have the ability to apply this knowledge to the understanding of nature, ourselves and how to use it to heal our own body and the planet.

Where to Buy Orgonite in Michigan

If you are looking to buy orgonite near Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Bay City, Detroit, Traverse City or other major locations in Michigan, Herbs, Etc. has an extensive selection of orgone pyramids and other orgone energy devices for sale, and we can ship anywhere in the US. Our Mount Pleasant location has one of the best selections of metaphysical supplies, supplements and more, and we also recommend producers like Akaida, Sage Goddess and Orgone Energy Fields products made by Gary Fields. They are all great producers to contact about orgone energy devices. In Mount Pleasant, our experts can help you choose the best orgone energy devices for your needs!

Source – HerbsETC 

New Solar-Pavement Driveways Made of Plastic Bottles Can Power the Average Household

Photo by Platio Solar

Solar panel driveways may soon be powering all our households with clean electricity thanks to this Budapest-based startup.

For the last five years, Platio Solar has been developing new ways of implementing solar technology into urban spaces—and one of their latest developments is a residential solar paneled driveway made out of recycled plastic bottles.

According to a video that was published by the company last week, the solar system is the first to generate power from the pavement of a residential household.

 Each “Platio Solar Paver” is made from 400 polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles—one of the most common forms of consumer plastic. Compressed into pavers, the material becomes more durable than concrete while still being non-slip and sustainable.

The system can either be used to generate electricity for a residential household or power an electric car. According to the company’s website, a 20-square-meter (215-square-foot) Platio driveway system has the capacity to cover the yearly energy consumption of an average household.

The company is now offering resell opportunities and installation quotes for their driveway systems available in brown, blue, red, and green designs.

(WATCH the demonstration video below)

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Montreux Jazz Festival Release More Than 50 Full Sets of Performances

During this unprecedented time, fans will have the chance to experience iconic performances by some of their favourite artists from their living rooms,” reads a press statement via NME, “including rare concerts from ‘The Godfather of Soul’ James Brown, who played Montreux Jazz Festival in 1981 and the legendary Nina Simone in 1976. Fans will also be able to enjoy Johnny Cash’s 1994 Live at Montreux performance, as well as the ground-breaking hip hop group RUN DMC’s electrifying show in 2001.”

“We hope that a little music and soul will brighten up your day!” the organizers continue.

Other released festival sets include Ray Charles, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and Phil Collins, as well as Wu-Tang Clan, Simply Red, Carlos Santana, and Deep Purple.

To access this treasure trove of concert videos, head to the Montreux Jazz’s official website. The festival, which is now in its 54th year, will communicate a new date for the 2020 lineup announcement soon.

In related news, Radiohead recently shared their full set from 2017’s Best Kept Secret Festival.

Read the full article at consequence of sound

Teenagers build robot to remove all 8.3b tons of plastics in every ocean

– 4 Teenagers from South Sudan have invented a robot to clean the world’s oceans of all its 8.3b plastic pollution – The team displayed their invention at the recently held First Global Challenge in Dubai – Reports indicate that over 300m tons of plastic waste is generated yearly in the world and a good amount ends up in the oceans Our Manifesto: This is what YEN.com.gh believes in 4 South Sudanese teenagers have built a robot to rid the world’s oceans of over 8.3bn tons of plastic pollution. According to Face2FaceAfrica.com, the team displayed their invention that can clean water bodies of plastics and other pollutants at the recently held First Global Challenge in Dubai.

The Global Challenge to recover “trash from the seas” using robots is an annual international robotics and artificial intelligence competition held for the first time in Dubai. READ ALSO: Married lady narrates how she cheated on her husband with another married woman Reports indicate that 300 million tons of plastic waste are generated every year. This figure is estimated to be nearly equivalent to the weight of the entire population. Research indicates that more than 8.3 billion tons have ended up in the ocean and if care is not taken there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. The disturbing levels of the pollutant that come from human activities every year, kill marine life thereby affecting global populations.

According to team mentor Richard Ring, the robot can be used to clean the Nile of plastic pollution and the Nile is one of the 10 rivers contributing 90% of Ocean plastic waste. By extension, the robot can clean other rivers and oceans if the use is duplicated. How exactly the robot works to perform the job is not disclosed. It is thought that how it operates is considered a trade secret. Speaking about the groundbreaking invention, James Madut, one of the team members said: “As a youth, our main point is to unite and make a change and work with the community to clean the oceans. We can do it together”.

A  young SHS boy from Koforidua by name Kelvin Amaniampong has come up with an innovation that can save Free SHS policy ¢4m yearly Kelvin, from a humble background, who is in the double-track system realized how much time he has had to spend being unproductive and decided to provide a solution.

He came up with an app called Scrollbooks with the help of his uncle to provide free textbooks and past questions to millions of Ghanaian students nationwide.

Source : https://yen.com.gh/143839-teenagers-build-robot-remove-83b-tons-plastics-ocean-worldwide.html

Solar Powered Barges Scoop Up 50 Tons of Plastic Daily

The ‘Interceptor” stops ocean plastic at its source, rivers

The teenage Dutch inventor behind the Ocean Cleanup has invented a solar-powered barge to intercept plastic pollution before it reaches the ocean.

The “Interceptor” is a floating robot the size of a large houseboat that skims plastic waste off the surface of the river as it flows downstream.

It’s capable of collecting 50 tons of plastic rubbish per day. The plastic is directed up the mouth of the barge, collected in dumpsters, then sent to recycling facilities.

The nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup, has been quietly developing the system over the last four years, while it continued to work on its main project—device that captures plastic trash already in the ocean.

A huge chunk of ocean plastic (2 million tons a year) enters  the sea through rivers.

Around 1% of the world’s rivers are responsible for the majority of the trash entering the ocean, and most of those are in Asia, near cities with inadequate recycling infrastructure.

Ultimately, “we need to move all the way upstream and reduce consumption and production of single-use, unnecessary plastics, and we need to better collect and recycle plastics and ensure materials are getting back into the supply chain for a circular economy,” Nick Mallos of The Ocean Conservancy tells Fast Company.

Source – ReturnToNow