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    • Caterpillars Blowing Smoke (Last post by tzb)
    • I suppose my main feeling is there is a point where sharing ones views simply to have them torn down by the same people for the same reasons becomes unproductive. This place can be and frequently is a productive environment for sharing views; in my apprenticeship and via PM and Skype I am almost constantly stimulated by the ideas and perspectives of other members. I guess I just miss the discussions this forum used to foster, where 4 pages of posts would pop up on a thread in a day (from more than 3 or 4 of the same people debating the same things) and people weren't necessarily so timid, defensive or dismissive. There are many great Jedi active at this temple, who thoroughly embody the values and ideals of the path; sadly browsing the public areas of this forum lately you wouldn't realise.
    • The Gallon Challenge (Last post by Psyddhattha)
    • Is the single sheet method where you tear a hole in the middle and keep that bit for cleaning your nail afterwards? :ohmy:
    • This Week In Science (Last post by Khaos)
    • INVENTOR DEVELOPS SYNTHETIC LEAF WHICH PRODUCES OXYGEN Julian Melchiorri, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, claims to have developed a silk leaf that could create oxygen for space travel as well as make the air nicer here on Earth. The leaf was developed in conjunction with a silk lab from Tufts University The leaf is created from a matrix of protein extracted from silk and chloroplasts, the organelle that allows plants and algae to perform photosynthesis. When provided with light and water, the synthetic leaf allegedly acts just like a real leaf and produces oxygen. “It’s very light, low energy-consuming,” he explains. “It’s completely biological and my idea was to use the efficiency of nature in a man-made environment. I created some lighting out of this material, using the light to illuminate the house but at the same time to create oxygen for us.” Malchiorri isn’t content to just think of a few small fixtures within the house as the only use for this product. His dreams for Silk Leaf are out of this world. "NASA is researching different ways to produce oxygen for long-distance space journeys to let us live in space,” he continued. “This material could allow us to explore space much further than we can now." In addition to meeting the breathing demands of astronauts and the first colonists of Mars and beyond, the material could be used on the facades of buildings and inside ventilation systems in order to generate fresh oxygen. All of this does sound pretty great, but does not account for photosynthesis in its entirety. Let’s take a look at the equation: 6CO2 + 6H2O + --(Sunlight Energy)--> C6H12O6 + 6O2 The Silk Leaf accounts for the input of carbon dioxide, water, and light as well as the oxygen product, but what about all the sugar? Plants don’t perform photosynthesis purely as a public service; it is done so they can create food for themselves. There isn’t an explanation as to what happens to the carbon and hydrogen that the leaf takes in. Silk Leaf lacks the vacuoles, stems, and roots that store food in plants. The video also claims that plants don’t grow in space, which isn’t true. There have been concerns in the past that roots require gravity in order to develop properly, but experiments from the ISS have shown that plants can grow in space. However, it would take a considerable amount of soil, water, and plants to generate enough oxygen for astronauts or a, so a lightweight alternative like Silk Leaf would be beneficial in that regard. Read more at
    • Cathedrals of Utopia (Last post by RyuJin)
    • Why does all the cool stuff happen far from me....the first thought when I saw that pic alan was one day far in the future historians/archeologists will find this and try to figure out what it is and how it was done....much like current views of stonehenge...
    • First Milestone (Last post by RyuJin)
    • 2 Pounds a week is definitely a good/healthy most 3pounds a week, any more and the risk of health issues increases...especially if diabetic, really young or really old...remember to mix things up every few weeks to prevent plateauing....grats and continued success to you
    • What form(s) of magic(k) do you practice? (Last post by Arcade)
    • Quote: The thing with moxibustion is they are meant to be full of mugwort, which is referenced in witchcraft and wicca info sometimes I think? Commonly used in witchcraft and Pagan traditions, yes (also by some Native American tribes)... and for varied reasons with various applications.
    • Why I Believe in god(s) (Last post by Khaos)
    • Quote: I even wondered if god had parents I remember thinking this very thing at about seven. It was sort of like the multiverse, multi multiverse, thing Tyson talks about. As those parents had to have had parents, etc. Then. my head exploded. :laugh:
    • Workout Check-In Thread (Last post by Luthien)
    • 3x12; 1 min. rest between sets 1. Crunch 2A. Barbell Split Squat 2B. Chinup 3A. Barbell Deadlift 3B. Overhead Press (from behind the neck, carefully) I'm spent. I'll do cardio tomorrow.
    • Gisteron (Last post by scott777ab)
    • I've seen that word while reading. "Equivocation." But like I said I am taking the time to actually read up on this. I'm just asking questions of you as they come to my mind is all. Thanks for responding.
    • People Killing Each Other (Last post by Karn)
    • There is a lot of stuff going on, yes there is a lot of killing happening around the globe. Just remember, media sells ratings by such "news". Take what you hear, but I always do some research and try to get more than what the media is feeding us. Just like at accident scenes, it would appear that humans love to gawk. Which increases ratings for the media. There is a lot of good going on out there, it just does not make the news as often. There is hope.

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