Long Time Passing

dappledbflyIt has always been my intention to make this a dynamic blog, updated weekly if not sooner. As happens with everyone at some point, life intervened. But, dear reader(s) don’t give up on me!

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Summer Clematis: KeaPOD (picture of the day) 155

Purple clematis flower after the rain. Photo by keagiles.

Purple clematis flower after the rain. Photo by keagiles.

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Pretty Damn Neato: Mexican Team Invents “Topos Good-Luck Charm” for Earthquake Survival

Screen-shot 23 Apr Newsweek article

Screen-shot from 23 Apr. Newsweek article,
Elite Mexican Earthquake Rescue Team Develops Survival Device.”

As the 23 Apr. Newsweek article, “Elite Mexican Earthquake Rescue Team Develops Survival Device,” by Karla Zabludovsky notes, the “Topos Good-Luck Charm” (or amulet) provides portable technology to increase the survival chances for earthquake victims.

I’m thinking this could also work for victims of landslides, like the one in Washington State, though I’m not sure if the “a metallic plate that reflects sonar frequencies back to search and rescue teams” would work through such dense earth. It might also have uses for folks living in tornado alley.

Did you know? According to the article, and to the Mexican earthquake rescue team “Brigada de rescate Topos Tlatelolco,” which developed the device, having a flashlight in an emergency such as a strong earthquake increases your survival time five-fold. So, if you’re in a disaster-prone area, it’s a good idea to go out and buy a few extra flashlights to keep around the house.

Oh, and check out their cell phone app!

¿Quere saber más? La brigada de rescate tiene un website con todo la historia de los Topos, y de la compaña de los 60 segundos. Ellos también tienen un app celular.

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Earth Day: May I Present You with the Hope Cactus – KeaPOD 154

Mammillari mystax Esperanza, or what I'm calling the "Hope Cactus" (esperanza means hope).

For Earth Day 2014: Mammillari mystax Esperanza, or what I’m calling the “Hope Cactus”
(esperanza means hope). Photo by keagiles. Click on the image for a closeup view.

 

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SuperNeato: Information is Beautiful Infographic: When Sea Levels Attack

When sea levels attack -- fascinating infographic from the folks at Information is Beautiful. Credit: Laura Sullivan, Joe Swainson, Fabio Bergamaschi. David McCandless V3.0 - Feb. 2014.

When sea levels attack — screen-shot of a fascinating infographic from the folks at Information is Beautiful. Credit: Laura Sullivan, Joe Swainson, Fabio Bergamaschi. David McCandless V3.0 – Feb. 2014.

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Catching up on the Picture of the Day Series – KeaPOD 153

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Close up of an agave plant at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, California, USA. Photo by keagiles.

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Neato and not so Neato…

Blue sea slug image from Treehugger article "10 marine species on the brink of mass extinction due to ocean acidification." Image credit: "lostandcold."

Blue sea slug image from Treehugger article “10 marine species on the brink of mass extinction due to ocean acidification.” Image credit: “lostandcold.”

Beautiful marine species, beautifully captured. But each is at risk of extinction, according to the Treehugger slide show, “10 marine species on the brink of mass extinction due to ocean acidification.” According to author David DeFranza, “Adding carbon to the atmosphere contributes to global warming and climate change. Another less-discussed impact is ocean acidification — whereby carbon molecules diffuse into the ocean from the atmosphere, causing a steady rise in acidity.”

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What can we do to make a difference? Check out this U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Ocean Acidification Program article, aptly titled “What Can We do about Ocean Acidification?

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