Global Santuary around the North Pole

A place that appears to be the most desolate, is in fact one of the most biologically vibrant and it deserves our protection;


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The future of the Bristlecone Pine

A beautiful short film depicting this, one of the worlds oldest living oragnisms;

Why you should still vaccinate;

Over the past few days I have been having lengthy online debates with people about whether vaccinations are necessary, and quite frankly they are.

It all started with this delightfully misleading infographic, but after arguing with a number of individuals online I realised a more significant problem; ignorance of the basic principles of contamination and infection.

Most people will not be aware of the components within vaccines and when irresponsibly represented as in the above image it’s not hard to see why.

The main components are as follows:

  1. Active components
  2. Adjuvants
  3. Diluents
  4. Stabilisers
  5. Preservatives
  6. Trace components

Active components are the micro organisms as stated above, they are the dead biological material of the target disease, simply put, this is what makes the vaccine work.

Adjuvants are usually salts (Aluminium, ammonium Sulfate etc.) these are chemicals which promote a vigorous immune response making the overall vaccine more effective and the need for subsequent boosters or more vaccine unecesscary.

Stabilisers like Gelatin are used to avoid separation within the solution to make the vaccine more effective and give it a prolonged shelf-life.

Preservatives like Beta Propiolactone are used to avoid bacterial or fungal contamination of the vaccine making it safe to use.

Diluents are simply a liquid used to carry the main components of the vaccine usually Saline or Sterile water.

Typically the largest component by volume in a vaccine is water, all the other components are usually smaller than a millilitre, usually measured in the nano or picolitre scale. and herein lies the problem people don’t seem to realise that the amounts of toxins and carcinogens in vaccines are less than you would come into contact with in normal daily life.

Gelatin for example is found in most processed foods and confectionary, MSG is a known food additive extensively found in asian or oriental food, People will generally come into contact with aluminium at least daily generally from cooking utensils and components found within industrial food manufacture, not to mention the vast array of cosmetics which are packaged in aluminium alloy tubes. the toxins and carcinogens are a little more specific but every city dweller will come into contact with mercury from exhaust fumes from industry as well as CFL’s and other electrical components. In short you will come into contact with every one of the carcinogenic and toxic compounds in daily life and in far greater amounts than found in vaccines. Even if you add up all the vaccines you will have during your lifetime.

SO GET VACCINATED!! you are far more likely to die as a result of contracting a disease than you are from having regular vaccinations, also you won’t put children and those with compromised immune systems at risk.

Without vaccinations humans would generally live no more than 55 years as well as large-scale epidemics and pandemics killing thousands prematurely. So even if you eat organic, avoid chemicals and try and reduce your carbon footprint, as I do, GET VACCINATED.

And here is a far more helpful infographic:

UK / More than three quarters of a million young people believe they have nothing to live for

Job Market Monitor

The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index has found that more than three quarters of a million young people believe they have nothing to live for, with jobless youngsters facing “devastating” symptoms of mental illness.

The research reveals that long-term unemployed young people are more than twice as likely as their peers to have been prescribed anti-depressants. One in three have contemplated suicide, while one in four have self-harmed.

The findings are based on interviews with 2,161 16-to-25-year-olds and show that 40 per cent of jobless young people have faced these symptoms of mental illness – including suicidal thoughts, feelings of self-loathing and panic attacks – as a direct result of unemployment.

Long-term unemployed young people are also more than twice as likely as their peers to believe they have nothing to live for.

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Mental Health / How Poverty Burdens the Brain (Infographic)

Job Market Monitor

The poor often behave in less capable ways, which can further perpetuate poverty.

THEORY: Poverty reduces cognitive capacity because poverty-related concerns consume mental resources, leaving less for other tasks.

Poverty and the Brain
Source: SocialWorkDegreeCenter.comt

via How Poverty Burdens the Brain | Social Work Degree Center.

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Now you can print your pot plants…

I have been offline for a while, alas another house move and Christmas rolled into one makes for a hectic schedule, but now I am back and will try to keep my posts regular this time (promise!)

I have previously posted my views on 3D printing and this next item is a fantastic example of how we can incorporate nature into the designed world, and above all it made me smile. So here is a quick video from a trio of students from Slovenia who definitely on the right track;



Problem with plastics in the oceans

Excellent article, on a subject which I believe has been overlooked too much


Microplastics Make Marine Worms Sick

Dec. 2, 2013 — Tiny bits of plastic trash could spell big trouble for marine life, starting with the worms, say a team of researchers from Plymouth University and the University of Exeter who report their evidence in a pair of studies in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on December 2. Those marine worms play a key ecological role as an important source of food for other animals.


Work by Stephanie Wright from the University of Exeter found that if ocean sediments are heavily contaminated with microplastics, marine lugworms eat less and their energy levels suffer. A separate report, from Mark Anthony Browne on work performed at Plymouth University, shows that ingesting microplastic can also reduce the health of lugworms by delivering harmful chemicals, including hydrocarbons, antimicrobials, and flame retardants, to them.

“These chemicals are persistent, meaning they could accumulate in the tissue…

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