This Journey Called
This Journey Called "Life".
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"The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it."
Barry Commoner (via ecopoly)
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sleepingside:

rare malachite in chalcedony specimen found in 1950 in bagdad, arizona
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scienceyoucanlove:

 Oil is made when marine plants and animals die, and then fall to the bottom of the ocean. There they are decomposed by bacteria. This process removes most of the oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur from the dearly departed, and leaves behind a mix of carbon and hydrogen. Decomposition slows as the oxygen is removed and sedimentation typically covers the carbon hydrogen mix. After the mix is covered by approximately 10,000 feet it is subjected pressure and heat that converts the mix into hydrocarbons (along with some other chemicals that contain natural gas.) Typically, outside of the lab, temperature and amount of time it is applied determine the type of petroleum formed—either a thick, sludgy asphalt, or a lighter, more productive petroleum—however, temperatures exceeding 500 °F destroys the organic material and nothing is produced.Now that we know how it happens naturally – engineers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have managed to recreate this with slight changes in the lab. (That’s how engineers are, they can’t leave anything alone.) The process in the lab uses 3,000 PSI, and 662 °F. This mimics the processes in the earth called hydrothermal liquefaction and catalytic hydrothermal gasification. The experiment is only 50-70% efficient because no decomposition vector has been used to extract the gasses; however, the experiment yields the clean water, and nutrients needed to regrow algae (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) making it a seemingly repeatable cycle. The engineers pour harvested algae (containing as much as 90% water) into the system and then allow it to run. That’s it. The system puts out crude oil, clean water, fuel gas, and nutrients. The system that the engineers built (known as the PNNL system) runs continuously processing 1.5L of algae per hour.
read more while I freeze my ass off and wait for maintenance ;) 
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annadittmann:

I’m surrounded by blossoms and buds, my grandparents have the most beautiful garden :) Probably more plant-inspired art to come!
annadittmann.com
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"I’m useless, and I’m starting to give up."
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"I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Maya Angelou (via getyourassbeat)
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awwww-cute:

Opened my curtains to this, needless to say, we were both shocked.
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accordingtodevin:

Scientifically accurate love story.
accordingtodevin:

Scientifically accurate love story.
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gabrielalauren:



This is a seal with hiccups.  
You’re welcome.

hahahaha awh
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bluecrabs-and-bowties:

reasons to love america:
1. freedom
2. puppies
3. puppies with freedom