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By: Linda Wasylciw

National food of French Polynesia

Poisson cru consists of raw fish marinated with lime juice, soaked in coconut milk and is so delicious and light that it melts in one’s mouth. Chevreffes, another popular Tahitian entree, is a tasty, freshwater shrimp dish.  Locals still consume copious quantities of ma’a Tahiti, especially on Sunday. And, like their Polynesian counterparts, Tahitians still cook [ Read More … ]

Perpetual Growth cannot grow indefinitely

Unfortunately, we live in a world of capitalists who thrive on the great Myth of Perpetual Growth, endless growth, ad infinitum, forever, till the end of time. And, driving the economists’ growth is population growth causing the earth to burst at its proverbial seams. What the world and economics needs is sustainable growth: the maximum [ Read More … ]

Fog-bows are rainbows’ cousins

The stunning white rainbow is an illusion created when sunlight shines through a bank of fog. The colour is lost due to the much smaller, tiny droplets of water in fog. Fog bows are almost white with faint reds on the outside and blues inside. The colours are washed out because the bow in each colour is very [ Read More … ]

Asteroid 2012 TC4

has  skimmed the earth at a distance of around 4,200 miles, a mere cat’s whisker in astronomical terms. Earth has avoided another catastrophic asteroid collision. The space rock is believed to be bigger than the Chebylinsk meteor  which exploded above Russia, damaging thousands of buildings and injuring 1,500 people. Asteroid 2012 TC4 is estimated to be between 10 and 30 [ Read More … ]

Yellowstone’s super-volcano

with a magma reserve, two and a half times larger than previously estimated, is about to erupt. It could create an explosion that is predicted to be 2,000 times the size of Mount St Helens 1980’s eruption.    Eruptions only need a few decades of gestation before exploding and this super-volcano has the ability to expel 1,000 cubic kilometres [ Read More … ]

Plants are complex

Plants are rooted to the spot, perceiving the world without eyes, ears or brains yet they can see, hear and smell. Plants have sophisticated sensing devices tuned to varying conditions, enabling them to move towards moisture in the soil — even from quite a distance – even a recording of running water.  And although light is food, [ Read More … ]

Baby it’s hot outside

When things heat up outside there are wide ranging impacts, from a bumpier plane ride, to a worsening of pollen allergies and a cooling down of things  in the bedroom. Yes, lowered sex drives. When a heat wave hits you are uncomfortable, sweaty and sluggish and so goes the drive to partake in a little horizontal refreshment. Therefore, while [ Read More … ]

Oceans of plastic

8 million tons of plastic, worldwide, ends up in the ocean each year and it is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish, in terms of weight, in the world’s oceans. It is estimated that at least one million sea birds and one-hundred thousand marine mammals die each year. That number will only increase, over [ Read More … ]

Humans need gravity.

You cannot see, touch, taste or smell gravity but its effects are obvious: that constant downward pull on our faces, shoulders, backs, necks, chests, organs, legs and feet. Gravity never gives up, nor does it discriminate and  we will all experience change to our bodies as a result of life on this planet. Gravity is not [ Read More … ]

Message from space

Scientists have warned that responding to such a message could lead to the destruction of Earth – but if aliens made contact with humans we would almost certainly attempt a response. The trouble being – there is no plan and if a unifying moment were to occur…what does one say? Welcome…. Stephen Hawking has actively warned that [ Read More … ]

Our love-hate relationship with fire

Fire provides warmth, safety, clean drinking water and cooked food. But fire is also an unruly beast, bringing with it the threat of devastation and death. Our evolutionary history has been shaped by fire. Intense fire, while obviously destructive, can be vital for maintaining biodiversity and evolution has adapted the plants and animals in particularly fire-prone [ Read More … ]

Wind is essential

After a few days without wind warm, moist air would not move around and precipitation would cease. Water might still evaporate but it could not travel. The sea would be fine but everywhere else would get very dry, very quickly. Small lakes and land away from a large body of water would dry up. Plants, animals [ Read More … ]

Fiji – a tropical dreamscape

What makes Fiji exceptional is not simply the sights and unforgettable experiences; it’s the people. Fiji is sea, sand and sun  plus so much more. Indigenous Fijian culture dates back centuries and is heavily influenced by Polynesian customs. Enjoy Fijian cooking with foods, pork, chicken, fish, sweet potato, yam and taro cooked to mouth-watering perfection, in a lovo, an underground [ Read More … ]

Producing a documentary is an art

It is not a science. Technology has complicated and enriched filmmaking today making production easier which means that the competition is tougher. Anyone with an I-phone can shoot a video but it’s crucial to maintain high production values when producing documentaries. A documentary must be of personal interest, educational and inspiring but above all it must be captivating and of the highest [ Read More … ]

Look up, way up.

66 million years ago dinosaurs faced a huge blow when a large object an asteroid, from space, crashed into our planet, impacting climate change – quickly and dramatically. Earth became inhospitable and evolution was forever changed. There have been at least 5 other occurrences, a kind of sterilization affect, with impacts that wiped out 90 per [ Read More … ]

Ancient astronomy-based clock

The Antikythera mechanism was at first it was thought to be a corroded lump when found in a shipwreck off the coast of Greece, near Antikythera in 1900. The meshing bronze gears connected to a crank that move hands on the device’s face in accordance with the Metonic cycle, the 235-month pattern that ancient astronomers [ Read More … ]

Pluto’s new friend – 2014 UZ224

A new dwarf planet has been discovered, looping around the sun, in the region beyond Pluto. This tiny ‘trans-Neptunian object’ is a finding that has added a new face to the solar system’s family portrait.  UZ224, estimated to have a diameter of around 530 km,  takes 1,100 years to complete a single orbit of the Sun. This [ Read More … ]

Rotting, burping and farting to oblivion

Natural Gas and Petroleum Systems are the largest contributors to atmospheric methane gas. A very close second is agriculture, which represents roughly 1/3 of global greenhouse gasses. Livestock and decaying organic matter produces high levels of methane and the largest contributors are dairy cows and beef cattle. Cows produce 50-100 times more methane than pigs [ Read More … ]

Beam me up, Scotty

Star Trek’s 1966 series featuring futuristic technology such as handheld wireless communication devices, portable tablet computers, information stored on solid chips, video conferencing, voice recognition computers and beam weapons is an image of the modern world. The only thing missing is the Vulcan and transporters that can beam people from place to place.  Imagine a future, [ Read More … ]

Asteroids’ kinetic energy

Is the Earth slated for another devastating asteroid impact? There are an estimated 10 million objects are out ‘there’, drifting as if searching for a target. Very large, mountain-sized objects, that measure 15 to 20 kilometers across, could cause mass extinction and are the easiest to spot but strike least often. Smaller objects, those the [ Read More … ]

Human trash weighted…

Humans technology has produced an astounding 30 trillion tons of ‘stuff’, from buildings to cars and computers. And that number is still growing!  Our technological footprint is larger than life. Total living matter including people, plants, animals, insects and bacteria is estimated to be around 4 trillion tons of carbon. And as a backlash to mankind’s [ Read More … ]

Flesh-Eating Worms are Back

Screwworms had been eradicated from Central America, Mexico, and the United States more than 30 years ago. However they can still be found in Africa, India, the Caribbean, South America, and in Southeast Asia. Once again the little buggers are moving northward.  These worms have caused a great concern because they do exactly as it [ Read More … ]

Water is the life-blood of Earth

Water is vital for life on the planet and is the first victim of climate change. Losing water because of climate change is a stark reminder that what happens in the atmosphere affects everything on land and in the seas.  Sadly, foresight has never been a hallmark of political action, always waiting until a crisis [ Read More … ]

Larsen C primed to split

This iceberg, the size of Prince Edward Island, will fundamentally change the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula. A growing crack in the ice shelf suggests that the iceberg, an area of up to 5,000 square kilometers, is likely to calve soon. Scientific evidence indicates that climate change has caused thinning of the ice shelf. The [ Read More … ]