"Sensual gratification without a spiritual union is and remains bestial; afterwards, one has no trace of noble feeling, but rather remorse."
Biochar Alters Water Flow, Improves Sand, Clay
As more gardeners and farmers add ground charcoal, or biochar, to soil to both boost crop yields and counter global climate change, a new study by researchers at Rice Univ. and Colorado College could help settle the debate about one of biochar’s biggest benefits — the seemingly contradictory ability to make clay soils drain faster and sandy soils drain slower.
The study, available online this week in the journal PLOS ONE, offers the first detailed explanation for the hydrological mystery.
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A Wearable Gadget Implanted in Your Hand Isn’t as Freaky as You’d Think
“The current batch of wearables confirm our childhood visions of sci-fi,” says Jaeha Yoo, who leads experience design at New Deal Design. It’s easy to see his point: wrist wearables hark back to Dick Tracy’s watch; Google Glass is reminiscent of Arnold’s sunglasses from Terminator. “It’s a little limited in its imagination.” There’s new evidence that the next wave of wearables won’t be gadgets you strap on a wrist or tuck behind your ears. Instead, they’ll be tiny digital tattoos decked out with even tinier sensors, like this one by New Deal Design. They’re calling it UnderSkin, and it’s a flat pentagonal device that would be implanted just beneath the skin on your hand and charge off your body’s energy. It’s absolutely a concept (albeit one that the New Deal Design team believes will become a reality within the next five years), so understanding its functionality and its potential requires a little imagination. “It’s rooted in almost uninteresting functionality,” Yoo says. Tasks like opening smart locks on doors, making payments, or tracking basic health data are all obvious use cases for UnderSkin, which was created for Co.Design as part of a project to reimagine the future of wearable devices. The tattoo’s promise gets more exciting when it’s considered within the “augmented identity” framework New Deal Design is working on. “Because it lives within you it acquires your history. As you meet people and exchange information, it becomes a paper trail for yourself,” Yoo says. “This device could also represent a relationship, so when I hold my wife’s hand it reflects that I’m connected to her. Or when I shake a hand, or give someone a high five, it could understand relationships with other people. It becomes something that understands who you are. It becomes kind of a microcosm of you. How that becomes useful beyond authentication may be where self-expression comes into it.” (via A Wearable Gadget Implanted in Your Hand Isn’t as Freaky as You’d Think | WIRED)
Except that we live in an age where citizen gets less and less oversight/insight into the governing forces while corporates lobbyists are less indistinguishable from representatives of the people which they do not actually represent.
#LeavesAsPaper part two.
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