geekgirl (r)osiex aka the metal cupcake publishing about interesting things for a really long time!
  • Organisms In Space? [#geekgirl]

    [From this article at] “Russian cosmonauts have discovered something remarkable clinging to the outside of the International Space Station: living organisms.

    The microscopic creatures appeared during a space walk intended to clean the vessel’s surface, and were allegedly identified — incredibly — as a type of sea plankton. This is big: According to Sploid, Russian scientists are both “shocked by [the] discovery and can’t really explain how [it] is possible.”

    “Results of the experiment are absolutely unique,” Russian ISS Orbital Mission Chief Vladimir Solovyev told the ITAR-TASS News Agency. “This should be studied further.”

    Life in space: While not exactly alien life forms, experts are having trouble explaining how the plankton ended up on the station and survived — possibly even grew and multiplied — 205 miles above Earth’s surface.”

  • “Mysterious Craters Are Just the Beginning of Arctic Surprises…” [#geekgirl]

    The Artic = sad

    [From this Scientific American article] “It’s not just craters purportedly dug by aliens in Russia, it’s also megaslumps, ice that burns and drunken trees. The ongoing meltdown of the permanently frozen ground that covers nearly a quarter of land in the Northern Hemisphere has caused a host of surprising arctic phenomena.

    Temperatures across the Arctic are warming roughly twice as fast as the rest of the globe, largely due to the reduction in the amount of sunlight reflecting off of white, snow-covered ground. “At some point, we might get into a state of permafrost that is not comparable to what we know for 100 years or so, some new processes that never happened before,” says geologist Guido Grosse of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany.”

  • “Monsanto Buys Up Heirloom Seed Suppliers…” [#geekgirl]

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    [From an article at] “The NM Tree and Garden Center located in Rio Rancho, New Mexico has discovered that Monsanto is buying heirloom seed companies. They are also buying the trademarks to a number of heirloom seeds. This means that you may think you are supporting an heirloom seed company but in reality the company is owned by Monsanto. The seeds themselves are still non-GMO and heirloom and they can be saved at the end of the harvest and resown next season, but you are still giving money to Monsanto.”

  • Tassie Wilderness Retains Protection [#geekgirl]

    Via Tony Burke (MP): “…the World Heritage Committee rejected the demand from the Abbott Government – this means the Tasmanian Wilderness is still protected.”

  • The Shamanic View of Mental Illness [#geekgirl]

    [Image Credit: EWAO]

    [Image Credit: EWAO]

    [From an extremely interesting article at EWAO] ‘”Taking a sacred ritual approach to mental illness rather than regarding the person as a pathological case gives the person affected–and indeed the community at large–the opportunity to begin looking at it from that vantage point too, which leads to “a whole plethora of opportunities and ritual initiative that can be very, very beneficial to everyone present,” states. Dr. Somé.”

  • “Plastic Free July: Take The Challenge!” [#geekgirl]

    [From] “What’s the challenge? The aim is simple: don’t use any single use plastic for the whole month of July. The execution takes a bit more creativity, but alternatives are readily available if we just make that extra effort. Check out for loads of tips and to sign up to the challenge.”

  • Climate Council Seasonal Update: Abnormal Autumn [#geekgirl]



  • Saving Dolphins [#geekgirl]

  • “Oregon counties ban cultivation of GMO crops…” [#geekgirl]

    [Reported by GT] “Despite the flood of corporate money poured into two small Oregon counties, local residents voted on Tuesday to ban genetically engineered crops from being planted within their borders.

    Although Jackson County itself is home to less than 120,000 registered voters, the measure to ban genetically modified crops (GMOs) made headlines around the nation when it was revealed that large biotech companies like Monsanto were pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the area in order to affect the vote’s outcome.”

  • “Watch the first wild cranes in western Britain in 400 years…” [#geekgirl] [#yayness]