Millet Salad

Millet is a gluten-free grain that makes a great substitution for couscous. It’s high in protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, and potassium.  It is super easy to digest and is a natural anti-fungal. You can find it in the bulk bin section of Whole Foods or another health food store.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup millet
  • 2 ears corn
  • 1 small heirloom tomato (can sub cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped and ends removed
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove crushedMsalad
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Small handful of basil, thinly sliced

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Rinse millet in a fine mesh strainer.
  3. Place the millet, 1 cup of water, and a few grains of sea salt in a pot. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Place corn in oven (with husks on) directly on the rack and bake for 30 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, combine the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, lemon, and salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl.

  6.  Chop the tomato and add to the dressing, allowing the tomatoes to marinate. (Note: remove the crushed garlic before adding in the beans and corn).

  7. Bring a medium pot of water to boil and add green beans, cooking for 3 minutes until bright green and tender. Rinse with cold water and add to the tomatoes.
  8. Once corn is tender, cut off the cob and add to the tomatoes. Mix all together.
  9.  Add the millet to the mixing bowl and toss well.  Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more salt, pepper, or lemon as needed.
  10. Enjoy!

Source: Yahoo

What is Coltan?

Coltan is short for Columbite-tantalite – a black tar-like mineral found in major quantities in the Congo. The Congo possesses 64 percent of the world’s coltan. When coltan is refined it becomes a heat resistant powder that can hold a high electric charge. The properties of refined coltan is a vital element in creating devices that store energy or capacitors, which are used in a vast array of small electronic devices, especially in mobile phones, laptop computers, pagers, and other electronic devices.

Who are the primary exploiters of Coltan in the Congo?
Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and their proxy militias are the primary exploiters of coltan in the Congo. In an 18 month period Rwanda made $250 million as a result of exploitation of coltan in the Congo. Although Rwanda and Uganda possess little or no coltan, during the period of the war in the Congo, their exports escalated exponentially. For example, Rwanda’s coltan export went from less than 50 tons in 1995 to almost 250 tons in 1998. Zero cassiterite was transported from the Congo to Uganda in 1998, however by 2000 151 drums were transported.

Once the coltan is processed and converted to capacitors, it is then sold to companies such as Nokia, Motorola, Compaq, Alcatel, Dell, Hewlett-Packard , IBM, Lucent, Ericsson and Sony for use in a wide assortment of everyday products ranging from cell phones to computer chips and game consoles.

What are some of the uses of coltan in modern society?
• Laptop computers
• Cellular phones
• Jet engines
• Rockets
• Cutting tools
• Camera lenses
• X-ray film
• Ink jet printers
• Hearing aids
• Pacemakers
• Airbag protection systems
• Ignition and motor control modules, GPS, ABS systems in automobiles
• Game consoles such as playstation, xbox and nintendo
• Video cameras
• Digital still cameras
• Sputtering targets
• Chemical process equipment
• Cathodic protection systems for steel structures such as bridges, water tanks
• Prosthetic devices for humans – hips, plates in the skull, also mesh to repair bone removed after damage by cancer
• Suture clips
• Corrosion resistant fasteners, screws, nuts, bolts
• High temperature furnace parts.
• High temperature alloys for air and land based turbines

What it Will Take to End the Conflict
One: Listen to the prescriptions proposed by the afflicted communities (Ask The Africans)
Two: Mobilize support on behalf of the people (download action plan)
Three: Get involved in the global movement
Four: Learn about the issues HERE!

The Shabaka Stone & Grand Unified Theorem

THE SHABAKA STONE AND THE GRAND UNIFIED THEOREM

The Shabaka Stone is a relic from the Nubian Twenty-fifth Dynasty of Egypt incised with an important Egyptian religious text, the Memphite Theology.[1] It is a stone slab measuring 66 cm in height and 137 cm in width. The text claims to contain the surviving content of a worm-ridden, decaying papyrus that was found as pharaohShabaka was inspecting the temple of Ptah in Memphis, Egypt.

Shabaka, concerned about the loss of the information on the papyrus, had the rest of the text written into this stone. However, in later years, the stone was used as a millstone and so some of the hieroglyphics were damaged. Nevertheless, it has been a fruitful source of insight into the culture and religious doctrines of the ancient Egyptians.

The Shabaka Stone is also noteworthy in that it places Ptah as the center of existence and as the creator god. It is the principal surviving source of these traditions about Ptah.

Praying Mantis

I haven’t seen a praying mantis since I was very very young. When I began walking I was surprised to notice this huge dark brown insect looking thing crawling on the wall. Taking a closer look I realized it was a praying mantis. Continuing my journey I hopped in the car and went to wherever I was going … On my return I thought of the mantis right before inserting my key to unlock the door to the house, wondering where it went. Then I looked up and there it was… I took this as a sign so here is the symbolism of the praying mantis.

The mantis comes to us when we need peace, quiet and calm in our lives. Usually the mantis makes an appearance when we’ve flooded our lives with so much business, activity, or chaos that we can no longer hear the still small voice within us because of the external din we’ve created.

After observing this creature for any length of time you can see why the symbolism of the praying mantis deals with stillness and patience. The mantis takes her time, and lives her life at her own silent pace.

A List of Praying Mantis Symbolism

  • Stillness
  • Awareness
  • Creativity
  • Patience
  • Mindful
  • Calm
  • Balance
  • Intuition

The mantis never makes a move unless she is 100% positive it is the right thing for her to do. This is a message to us to contemplate and be sure our minds and souls all agree together about the choices we are making in our lives.

Overwhelmingly in most cultures the mantis is a symbol of stillness. As such, she is an ambassador from the animal kingdom giving testimony to the benefits of meditation, and calming our minds.

An appearance from the mantis is a message to be still, go within, meditate, get quite and reach a place of calm. It may also a sign for you to be more mindful of the choices you are making and confirm that these choices are congruent.

I Definitely needed that message.

Source: Whats your Sign

Dolphin Eco Location

Knowing how other animals communicate and operate their senses gives you an idea on how you can utilize your own within. Today we bring dolphin Eco

With echo location, a dolphin can locate an object. “Depending on the material the object is made of, part of the sound may penetrate into the object and reflect off internal structure. If the object is a fish, some sound will reflect off the skin on the dolphins side, some of the bones, the internal organs and the skin on the other side. So one click can result in a number of weaker echoes. This will give dolphins some information about the structure and size of the fish. By moving its head (thereby aiming the clicks at other parts of the fish) the dolphin can get more information on other parts of the fish.”

“It is like a medical ultrasound probe, but the results are far less clear. A medical probe moves back and forth very rapidly, much faster than a dolphin can move its head. Also the frequency of the sounds of the medical probe is much higher than a dolphins sonar. Therefore the level of detail the echoes can provide is much higher in the medical probe.”

Can dolphins ‘see’ with their sonar?

“Just like people can visualize an object by just touching it, dolphins can get an idea of what an object looks like by scanning it with their sonar. They can also identify objects with their sonar that they have only been able to see.

“[Whether] they form a visual picture from the sonar information (visualization) or form an acoustical picture from visual information is still unresolved. This capability is called cross-modal transfer and it has been demonstrated in only a few animal species so far: bottlenose dolphins and the California sea lions.

Source: Dolphinear 

 

The 9 Deadliest Minerals

Cinnabar(HgS)

Mercury sulphide, more commonly known as Cinnabar, has been our primary source for elemental mercury since the earliest days of human civilization. Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 2.19.19 PMMercury has traditionally been used as a pigment for ceramics and tattoos, though in the modern age, it’s been employed in a wide variety of scientific equipment like thermometers and barometers, as well as a number of heavy industrial applications like precious metal reclamation and chlorine production, not to mention the mercury switches that help modern electronics work. However, when oxidized, this element will produce methyl mercury and dimethyl mercury, two toxic compounds that cause irreparable harm to the nervous systems of children. It is deadly in small concentrations and can be absorbed through the respiratory tract, intestines, or skin.

Pyrite (FeS2)

Both sulphur and sulphuric acid are both used extensively throughout industry. Sulphur can be found in everything from matches and tires to fungicides and fumigants while sulphuric acid is a vital component of many industrial processes from pigments to explosives. And at one time, Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 2.19.35 PMPyrite, a compound mineral formed from iron and sulphur, was the only place to get them.

This lead to extensive pyrite mining efforts, which in turn lead to devastating environmental damage as the sulphide mine tailings acidified groundwater and nearby streams. Plus, pyrite has a nasty habit of spontaneously combusting when it’s mixed into coal seams and exposed to air, releasing highly toxic metals like Arsenic into the atmosphere as it oxidizes. This is why many coal mines will spray limestone powder onto newly excavated coal seams—it slows the ore’s exothermic oxidation reaction enough to prevent it from exploding.

Fluorite (CaF2)

This gorgeous green gemstone is called Fluorite. Composed of calcium fluoride, it’s commonly found in veins of other ores like iron, coal, and copper. The stone can be used as a smelting flux, though it’s more often seen in jewelry and the lenses of telescopes. And when mixed with sulphuric acid, fluorite produces hydrogen fluoride, an important industrial chemical precursor.

However, fluorite can be quite dangerous to both those who handle it regularly and those who simply happen to live near a flourite mine. Fluorite contains fluorine, Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 2.19.45 PMa soluble mineral that readily leaches into groundwater supplies and can be absorbed by the lungs if ground into dust or burned in a coal-fired stove.

Once fluorine is in the body, it causes skeletal fluorosis—a painful disease that weakens bones and damages joints. Many rural communities throughout India, China and the rest of Southeast Asia have been beset by outbreaks of the disease due to people drinking contaminated water, as is the case in India, or inhaling the mineral as a fine particulate, as is the case in China. An estimated 10 million people are thought to be afflicted by it in China’s Guizhou province alone.

Read the Full list of potentially dangerous minerals check out Gizmodo 

How much water is drinkable on Earth?

There is no shortage of water on Earth. Most of our planet is covered by water, but very little of that water is available for humans to drink.

Our “blue planet” is dominated by oceans that stretch across some two-thirds of its surface. These massive bodies of saltwater hold almost all the water on Earth.Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 1.57.40 PM

Less than three percent of the planet’s water exists

as  freshwater  and not all of it is accessible for human use. In fact, more than two-thirds of the planet’s freshwater is not even liquid—it’s frozen in glaciers in places like the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. These resources are mostly inaccessible for human use, though glacial meltwater is an important resource in some regions.

Almost all of the rest of Earth’s freshwater resource is groundwater. This subterranean water emerges at the surface to feed streams and saturate wetlands. Groundwater provides a critical reservoir that can be tapped for agricultural, industrial, and environmental uses as well as for drinking water supply. Today, groundwater provides an estimated 25 to 40 percent of all Earth’s drinking water. Some of the planet’s groundwater resources were created during ancient climates and are considered non-renewable water sources.

Groundwater Water found below the Earth’s surface in geological reservoirs known as aquifers. Groundwater flows out of the ground naturally in springs and seeps, and can also be pumped out by wells. 

A minuscule percentage of Earth’s water is in the form of surface freshwater—even though most people get their daily drinking water from rivers or lakes. Rivers and streams, though critically important for water supply, contain perhaps one percent of this freshwater—a fraction of the amount found in lakes and reservoirs.

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At any given time only about 0.001 percent of Earth’s water is in the form of atmospheric vapor a surprisingly small number given its crucial role in weather. However, this water recycles many times per year between the earth‘s surface and the atmosphere, a process that we experience as rain or snow.

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