TAG: Nature

Want To Be More Creative? Get Outdoors

Want To Be More Creative? Get Outdoors.

If you haven’t been getting outside enough lately, consider that carving time out in the day for doing so may enhance your creativity, among other things. Researchers from the University of Kansas looked at the effect that being immersed in nature can have on creativity. Interested in finding if being outdoors could elicit measureable brain fluctuations, they performed studies on groups of backpackers ranging in age from 18 to those in their 60’s. The research team took groups of participants on a backpacking excursion in Utah. After being given the Remote Associates Test (RAT), which is a word association assessment… read more

3 Significant Contributors to U.S. Environmental Literature

3 Significant Contributors to U.S. Environmental Literature

From environmental essays and natural reflections to printed discord for pollution yielding commercial regimes, many works have underwritten a strong movement for reverting back to nature. While the following are only a few of the countless, their works were fundamental during their time in shaping proactive attitudes toward ecology and conservation, and their rooted-in-nature concepts are still relevant today. Nature, in its ministry to man, is not only the material, but is also the process and the result. Ralph Waldo Emerson Known for his thoughts and essays exploring the human relationship with nature, Emerson was a pioneer of the transcendental… read more

New Citizen Science Project Brings Butterfly Enthusiasts and Scientists Together

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Who doesn’t love butterflies? They’re beautiful, fragile, and extremely important to our ecosystems. They’re also incredibly sensitive to changes in their habitats, from changing temperatures to increasing urban sprawl. And now, just about anyone can help scientists better understand them, by contributing to a new citizen science project. eButterfly, from Oregon State University, is an online portal for recording sightings of butterflies across the US and Canada, which will help add virtual manpower to the cadre of scientists that are gathering data on one of the Earth’s most elegant inhabitants. “What we need, and what we believe eButterfly will provide,… read more

Keep Cool By Keeping Cool

Keeping Cool By Being Cool

When summer comes the warmer temperatures mean electricity bills shoot up as everyone turns on their air conditioners, cooling ducts, and other heat reducing equipment. This year make sure you tap into the newest & trendiest way to keep cool by installing a rooftop or terrace garden. The rooftop garden actually came about because many houses which were cramped up in the city had no way to access any natural light and greenery. The closest they could come to nature was the vista of trees & bushes from their windows. But the beauty and advantages of these artificial gardens forced the villa owners… read more

Wrapped With Love

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As the breath of spring begins to  intoxicate the air, so ,too, does fertility chime from flowering trees and the newly sung lives of hatchlings. With the birth of nature flourishing under the lingering sun, the stage is appropriately set for Mother’s Day, a celebration not only of motherhood, but of life itself – perhaps the ultimate creative expression known to humans. In preparation for this day, we search for subtle ways to make our mothers feel special, and the tokens of our appreciation memorable. Often, this may be done through thoughtful presentation. But choosing quality materials needn’t entail wrapping… read more

Take the Google Earth Tour of the Monarch Migration

Monarch Butterfly

One of the most well-known and recognizable butterflies, especially in North America, is the Monarch butterfly, and they’re not only beautiful, they are also incredible travelers that migrate long distances every year. The annual mass migrations of the Monarch, from eastern North America to central Mexico and from western North America to the California coast, are not quite as well known to people as their striking orange and black wings, but are no less stunning in their own right. The Monarch is the only butterfly that migrates both north and south, as birds do, and considering their delicate nature and… read more

Unbelievable Battle between Killer Whales and Sperm Whales Caught on Camera

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Photographer Shawn Heinrichs risks his life to capture incredible footage of a group of orcas attacking a pod of sperm whales

Google Features Nature’s Engineers for Earth Day

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The world’s most famous tech company isn’t just appreciative of human engineers, and in honor of Earth Day, Google has a new feature that focuses on the engineers found in nature. Google Green already has a number of ways to use their products and technology to go green, but their focus on Nature’s Engineers acknowledges that we can learn a lot from nature: “This Earth Day, we’re celebrating something close to our hearts, engineers. Whether it’s a towering aspen or a tiny mushroom, nature has plenty to teach us. We’re taking a look at six of our favorite outdoor innovators… read more

Can Buildings Make Us Sick?

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A common but under-estimated ailment shared by many is the inability to focus. Whether whittling away the hours at the office or tucked away in your home, a nagging distraction of unidentifiable origins debilitates your daily tasks and rituals. You think it could be attributed to a single source; the lulling hum of the air-conditioner, the low clatter of voices in the other room, perhaps even the buzzing of electronics you employ to conduct your work. Yet, should you remove yourself to another crevice of the building, away from any single commotion, you remain in relatively the same state as… read more

Facts On Green Living

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We sometimes hear the terms “Going Green” without fully understanding the benefits of such a lifestyle. There’s the obvious planet and money-saving advantages, but we sometimes don’t think about the specifics. We’ve compiled a list of what we think are some of the top facts of taking on a greener lifestyle and minimizing our carbon footprint. The Pros Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 78 gallons of oil, 7,000 gallons of water, and 41,000 kilowatt hours of energy 113,204 aluminum cans are recycled every minute Composts can capture and destroy 99.6% of industrial chemicals in contaminated air… read more