2017: Planet Earth makes its own water from scratch deep in the mantle

Our planet may be blue from the inside out. Earth’s huge store of water might have originated via chemical reactions in the mantle, rather than arriving from space through collisions with ice-rich comets. This new water may be under such pressure that it can trigger earthquakes hundreds of kilometers below Earth’s surface – tremors whose origins have so far remained unexplained. That’s the upshot of a computer simulation of reactions in Earth’s upper mantle between liquid hydrogen and quartz, the most common and stable form of silica in this part of the planet. “This is one way water can form on Earth,” says team member John Tse at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. “We show it’s possible to have water forming in Earth’s natural environment, rather than being of extraterrestrial origin.” The simple reaction takes place at about 1400 °C and pressures 20,000 times higher than atmospheric pressure […] Read More

2015: 5 Technologies Primed to Revolutionize Our Planet

Our beautiful planet, Earth. A World in Turmoil and… Transition Our world is no stranger to change, but what we’re about to experience in the near-future may look quite a bit different from today. Currently, there is propaganda running around the clock to alter the public’s perception on what is true and what isn’t. A proper example: there is actually enough food produced to give 4.3 pounds to every single human being – daily. It goes far deeper than that, but I will remain fixated on the old, aging paradigm mentality we now find ourselves dominated by. One where the average person believes wholeheartedly that we will never achieve world peace or harmony. They would also probably agree, that any attempt to end world-poverty, pollution, disease or the millions of other issues we’re facing, are fool-hearty at best. If you fall into this category, make it easy on yourself […] Read More

2015: The Most Brazen Rip-Off Ever? How the Beverage Industry Brainwashed You to Fear Tap Water

By Cliff Weathers / AlterNet Tap water is superior to bottled water. Why don’t consumers know that? The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction to the series. The biggest con job perpetrated on the consumer is not some shady operation selling bogus cures through TV infomercials. America’s biggest snake-oil salesman is actually the beverage industry, or Big Bev, which resells the simplest and most vital product for thousands of times its value. That product is drinking water. Multinationals like PepsiCo, the Coca-Cola Company and Nestle rake in a combined $110 billion a year selling bottled water worldwide. In the U.S. alone, more than half the population drinks bottled water, which accounts for about 30% of liquid refreshment sales, far exceeding the sales of milk and beer (only soft drinks sell more). But the expensive water the beverage industry […] Read More

1200s: Tract on the Tincture and Oil of Antimony by Roger Bacon

Preface Dear reader, at the end of his Tract on Vitriol, Roger Bacon mentions that because of the multiplication of the Tincture that is made from Vitriol, the lover of Art should acquaint himself with the Tract De Oleo Stibii. Therefore I considered that it would be good and useful that the Tract De Oleo Stibii follows next. And if one thoroughly ponders and compares these tinctures with one another, then I have no doubt that one will not finish without exceptional profit. Yet, every lover of Art, should mind always to keep one eye on Nature and the other on Art and manual labour. For, when these two do not stand together, then it is a lame work, as when someone thinks he can walk a long path on one leg only, which is easily seen to be impossible, Vale. Joachim Tanckivs De Oleo Antimonii Tractatus. ROGERII BACONIS […] Read More

Mashkussuts: Bear cubs

When spring finally came to the country, the bear woke from hibernation. She got out of her den and said “The spring has arrived again.” She went for a walk to the place where most of the snow had melted so that she could eat berries. She left her children behind where they were still asleep. After she had finished eating, she went back to her den and took a nap. While she was sleeping, her children woke up and saw that their mother’s mouth was purple from eating berries. One cub said to the other, “Look, what’s that in mother’s mouth, sticking to her teeth?” The other replied, “Let’s get them out.” And they took the berries out that had been sticking in mother bear’s mouth, and ate them. The first cub said, “They taste very good. Let’s follow her footprints and see if we can find the […] Read More

Rabbit and the Moon Man

Micmac Long ago, Rabbit was a great hunter. He lived with his grandmother in a lodge which stood deep in the Micmac forest. It was winter and Rabbit set traps and laid snares to catch game for food. He caught many small animals and birds, until one day he discovered that some mysterious being was robbing his traps. Rabbit and his grandmother became hungry. Though he visited his traps very early each morning, he always found them empty. At first Rabbit thought that the robber might be a cunning wolverine, until one morning he found long, narrow footprints alongside his trap line. It was, he thought, the tracks of the robber, but they looked like moonbeams. Each morning Rabbit rose earlier and earlier, but the being of the long foot was always ahead of him and always his traps were empty. Rabbit made a trap from a bowstring with […] Read More

How to Scare a Bear (Tewa)

Long ago and far away this did not happen. On top of Red Rock Hill, lived a little rabbit. Prickly pears were his favorite food, and every day he would hunt for them along the east bank of the Rio Grande. Eventually, he ate all the prickly pears along that bank, so he cast his hungry eyes across the river. He said to himself, “I’ll bet plenty of them grow over there. Now, how am I going to get across the river to look?” The rabbit knew the river was too deep and too wide for him to swim on his own, and he sighed, “Oh, how I wish that Uncle Fast Water, who moves the current, were here to take me across.” Fast Water heard and replied, “Child, I’m lying right here. What can I do for you?” The little rabbit leaped toward the sound. “Uncle, so this […] Read More

Koasati – Bead-Spitter

Two girls living in an Indian village wanted beads and said, “Let us travel to see Upward-shooter who throws down beads.” They started on. As they were going they came to an Owl by the trail hunting for something in a water hole. “Where are you going?” he said. “To the home of Upward-shooter,” they said. “Where is the trail to Upward-shooter’s house?” “This good trail goes to my house,” he said to them. “Go along the bad trail.” “What are you hunting for,” they said. “I have lost in the water a sapia which I always carry on my back,” he said. Then they started along the bad trail. The Owl flew around ahead, reached his house, broke a necklace of beads that was about his sister’s neck, and threw the beads on the ground. Then he picked up some of the beads, put them into his mouth, […] Read More

Rabbit and The Coyote

Native American Lore This is a story of Uncle Rabbit and the coyote. The rabbit came to a big rock, and there he deceived the coyote. He was leaning on the rock when the coyote came by. “What are you doing, brother?” the coyote asked the rabbit. “Come here quickly, brother, the sky is falling down on top of us. Lean against the rock and hold it up while I go for a stick. We’ll prop it up with that,” said the rabbit to the coyote. “All right,” said the coyote and began holding it up with all his might. Since the coyote was so stupid, he did exactly what the rabbit told him to. The rabbit had said that he was going to get a stick, but he went and left the coyote holding up the rock. When the rabbit didn’t return the coyote shouted: “Come back, brother! The weight of the rock has […] Read More