An olfactive installation about seeds and germination, in my ex-studio of rue Saint-Antoine. Paris.
Can’t remember the year.
Sparing a thought for maleo birds on World Egg Day
by Simon Bradley / Save Our Species IUCN
Friday, October 11th is World Egg Day, when agribusiness promotes the consumption of eggs as a healthy source of protein. When it comes to one of Indonesia’s national icons however, the Endangered maleo bird (Macrocephalon maleo), conservationists such as the Alliance for Tompotika Conservation (AlTo) an SOS – Save Our Species grantee, are trying to discourage the practice of eating its giant eggs for special occasions.
his distinctive megapode – about the size of a chicken – is endemic to Sulawesi and Buton Islands, where it once blackened the beaches during egg-laying season, when the usually solitary animals would march out of the jungle to mate and bury eggs deep in the sands. Nowadays, the unusual life-cycle of the maleo is an increasingly rare sight. Using its big claws to hatch and tunnel to the surface, the lone chick can walk, feed itself and fly within a matter of hours, being independent of its parents and leaving evolutionary biologists to ponder how individuals recognize each other later in life. A remarkable bird indeed, the maleo is also strikingly beautiful and has been legally protected in Indonesia since 1972. Yet old habits die hard and maleo eggs – like most megapode eggs – are very high in protein, making a tasty dish for those who can find them…
(read more: Monga Bay)
photos by Kevin Schafer and Marcy Summers
The World’s Most Beautiful Wastewater Treatment Plant
by Chris Tackett
Let this wastewater treatment plant show you how to live.
This may sound crazy, but it is exactly why the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York constructed their Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), also known as the Eco Machine. We can learn some valuable lessons from this building.
The Omega Center for Sustainable Living may be the most beautiful wastewater treatment plant in the world. It is powered by solar and geothermal power, so it requires no additional power to operate. Unlike other wastewater treatment plants, the OCSL does not use chemicals to treat the water, but rather mimics the processes of the nature world, such as using a combination of microorganisms, algae, plants and gravel and sand filtration to clean sewage water and return clean drinkable water back to the aquifer.
In addition to doing all of this, the OCSL also functions as a classroom, to help educate and inspire people about the power of nature to provide solutions…
(read more: TreeHugger)
photograph by Omega Center for Sustainable Living
McGill MBA students who won 2013 Hult Prize plan to farm bugs.
Two-Tailed Ancient Bird Uncovered
An ancient dinosaur-era bird turns out to have two tails, one perhaps for flying and the other for showing off.
by Dan Vergano
The early bird gets two tails? A 120-million-year-old bird sported a long tail and a second, unexpected tail frond, paleontologists suggest. The discovery points to a complicated evolutionary path for the tails we see in birds today.
One of the oldest known birds, Jeholornis, lived in what is today China, along with a trove of other feathered dinosaurs discovered in the region over the last decade. It was also thought to sport only a long fan-feathered tail at its back end. Now, however, paleontologists are claiming discovery of a second tail frond adorning the bird.
"The ‘two-tail’ plumage of Jeholornis is unique,” according to the study, which was led by Jingmai O’Connor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. The report of the discovery of the tail frond was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
(read more: National Geographic)
illustration by Aijuan Shi
"Southern Song dynasty painting by Ma Yuan the water map there are 12 segments. Except first paragraph due to torn half site and no figure name outside, remaining figure name respectively is: “hole Chamber wind fine”, “layer wave stacks waves”, “cold Tong Qing shallow”, “Yangtze River spacious”, “yellow countercurrent”, “grievance echo”, “rock sea”, “Lake ripple”, “cloud Shu waves volume”, “Xiao day baking mountain”, and “fine waves drift”. This 12 piece dedicated to draw water, apart from the individual picture with a little rock Bank, no other color, exclusively through the description of water of different gestures, showing many different moods."(translated with Google)