The Deers Ears

dendroica:

90 percent of Earth’s species are overlooked in conservation

One of the biggest problems for conservation today is that it ignores 95% of all known species on Earth. Could a company ignored that proportion of its clients or a government so many of its voters? So why does this problem exist in conservation?
Some 90% of all of the Earth’s species are either invertebrates or micro-organisms, and the folly of ignoring the latter is encapsulated by UK Professor Tom Curtis writing in Nature Reviews Microbiology:

I make no apologies for putting micro-organisms on a pedestal above all other living things, for if the last blue whale choked to death on the last panda, it would be disastrous but not the end of the world. But if we accidentally poisoned the last two species of ammonia-oxidisers, that would be another matter. It could be happening now and we wouldn’t even know […]

Ammonia oxidisers are naturally occurring bacteria that are essential for maintaining the most economically valuable nutrient in soil: nitrogen. They are good examples of the other millions of mostly tiny soil species, either microbial or invertebrate, upon which all agriculture and forestry depends.
Their astonishing genetic, chemical, metabolic and population properties are those that generate the essential processes, such as nitrogen cycling, that drive all the primary industries. This being so, the primary industries are obviously biodiversity-based industries.
Yet we are confronted every day with a wide range of opinion that agriculture and forestry are the greatest threats to biodiversity. So how bad is this disconnect?

dendroica:

90 percent of Earth’s species are overlooked in conservation

One of the biggest problems for conservation today is that it ignores 95% of all known species on Earth. Could a company ignored that proportion of its clients or a government so many of its voters? So why does this problem exist in conservation?

Some 90% of all of the Earth’s species are either invertebrates or micro-organisms, and the folly of ignoring the latter is encapsulated by UK Professor Tom Curtis writing in Nature Reviews Microbiology:

I make no apologies for putting micro-organisms on a pedestal above all other living things, for if the last blue whale choked to death on the last panda, it would be disastrous but not the end of the world. But if we accidentally poisoned the last two species of ammonia-oxidisers, that would be another matter. It could be happening now and we wouldn’t even know […]

Ammonia oxidisers are naturally occurring bacteria that are essential for maintaining the most economically valuable nutrient in soil: nitrogen. They are good examples of the other millions of mostly tiny soil species, either microbial or invertebrate, upon which all agriculture and forestry depends.

Their astonishing genetic, chemical, metabolic and population properties are those that generate the essential processes, such as nitrogen cycling, that drive all the primary industries. This being so, the primary industries are obviously biodiversity-based industries.

Yet we are confronted every day with a wide range of opinion that agriculture and forestry are the greatest threats to biodiversity. So how bad is this disconnect?

(via ecophys)

(Source: kim-jong-chill, via ptolemy2)

The Best Tumblrs for Writers to Follow

tetw:

As chosen by Amandae Oliver

I have been on Tumblr for nearly four years and steadily been finding great accounts related to writing. Thought I’d share some of my favorites for other writers or aspiring writers. 

GENERAL

The Electric Typewriter I am convinced that Dan, the curator of tetw, has found and neatly catalogued every good bit of writing on the internet. I could be wrong, but check for yourself.

Last Nights Reading Drawings by Kate Gavino with quotes from readings in New York City.

The Rumblr The Tumblr account for The Rumpus. Their posts, reblogs, gifs, and horoscopes by Madame Clairevoyant make me giddy ever time they come up on my dashboard.

Press 53 A publisher of short fiction and poetry collections based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Their Poetry Wednesdays, Flash Fiction Fridays, and 53-story contests inspire many a sentence and story.

Penguin Classics From the editors of Penguin Books and Penguin Classics, they share quotes, photos, and, my personal favorite, Friday Final Lines. Every Friday, they offer the closing lines of a Penguin Classic.

The Paris Review Curated by their digital director Justin Alvarez, the quarterly literary magazine’s Tumblr is full of inspirational graphics and quotes that link to Paris Review articles, essays, and interviews well worth reading.

Button Poetry Even though they have only been around a little over a year, they consistently showcase new (and incredible) performance poets.

Yeah Write Everything creative writing related. Quotes, book lists, interesting articles and graphics

Electric Literatures Recommended Reading Recommended Reading is released on a four week curation cycle: beginning with a story chosen by Electric Literature, followed by an excerpt from an indie press, then an author recommendation, and finally a selection from a magazine’s archive. Each issue includes an editor’s note written by that week’s partner, introducing you to the work and their mission.

Black Balloon Publishing An independent press based out of New York City. They publish fiction, nonfiction, and memoir and “champion the weird, the unwieldy, and the unclassifiable.” They consistently publish great posts like Can You Identify the Handwriting of These 12 Famous Authors and Daddy Dearest: 10 Literary Fathers and Father Figures to be Glad Aren’t Your Own

Fwriction The online literary journal’s blog, “specializing in work that melts faces and rocks waffles.”

INSPIRATION

Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows Although the account hasn’t been updated in nearly 5 months, there are several years of archives with words and definitions John Koenig created for emotions that otherwise leave us speechless. 

Today’s Document A little history always gets the words flowing for me. The Tumblr for the U.S. National Archives posts one document daily. 

Hello You Creatives A collective of humans being creative. Inspiration, inspiration, inspiration.

Creative Mornings/Findings In a slump? Come here for photos, quotes, projects, and more from other creatives.

BOOK STORES

Strand Books Based in New York City

Powell’s Books Based in Portland, Oregon

Open Books Store Based in Chicago, Illinois

FREELANCE & PUBLISHING

Calls for Submissions for Writers and Poets 

Writing Opportunities

Freelancer Real Talk

RECOMMENDED READING:

Writers No One Reads

NPR Books

**I will continually be adding to the list

mindblowingscience:

Researchers reveal new self-cleaning cashmere

Cashmere usually has to be cleaned by a dry-cleaner, and the process can be an expensive, sometimes-toxic, energy sap. But now researchers in Hong Kong have developed a new self-cleaning cashmere fabric that’s coated with an invisible layer of nanoparticles that makes stains disappear. And the best part? It’s only projected to be 1% more expensive than regular cashmere.
If you get dirt or coffee, red wine or bacteria on your self-cleaning cashmere, all you need to do is put it in some light for 24 hours. This will trigger a chemical reaction with the anatase titanium dioxide particles in the invisible coating to break down the stains.
According to Adele Peters at FastCompany, the team at the City University of Hong Kong’s School of Energy and Environment has been developing the material for over a decade, starting with cotton and wool, then moving on to cashmere, seeing as it’s one of the most difficult fabrics to clean.
"Cashmere is a sensitive protein and can be easily damaged and therefore it is notoriously expensive to clean,” one of the team, materials scientist Walid Daoud, told Peters. “It is a delicate operation, because of the risk of spoiling the cashmere in the process. How to apply nano-sized photocatalysts to cashmere and retain its delicate characteristics was a huge challenge.”
The last step in the process to get their self-cleaning cashmere to market is to complete some health testing to make sure any residue from the nano-particle coating doesn’t have any adverse affects on the wearer’s skin. So far, tests have shown the coating is durable and doesn’t harm the fibres of the fabric. "It should reach the market very soon," said Daoud. “We are currently working toward transfer of the technology to the industry.” 

"Ultimately, the technology could be used in all clothing,” says Peters, “eliminating, for laundry in the US alone, more than 179 million metric tons of CO2 emissions every year.

mindblowingscience:

Researchers reveal new self-cleaning cashmere

Cashmere usually has to be cleaned by a dry-cleaner, and the process can be an expensive, sometimes-toxic, energy sap. But now researchers in Hong Kong have developed a new self-cleaning cashmere fabric that’s coated with an invisible layer of nanoparticles that makes stains disappear. And the best part? It’s only projected to be 1% more expensive than regular cashmere.

If you get dirt or coffee, red wine or bacteria on your self-cleaning cashmere, all you need to do is put it in some light for 24 hours. This will trigger a chemical reaction with the anatase titanium dioxide particles in the invisible coating to break down the stains.

According to Adele Peters at FastCompany, the team at the City University of Hong Kong’s School of Energy and Environment has been developing the material for over a decade, starting with cotton and wool, then moving on to cashmere, seeing as it’s one of the most difficult fabrics to clean.

"Cashmere is a sensitive protein and can be easily damaged and therefore it is notoriously expensive to clean,” one of the team, materials scientist Walid Daoud, told Peters. “It is a delicate operation, because of the risk of spoiling the cashmere in the process. How to apply nano-sized photocatalysts to cashmere and retain its delicate characteristics was a huge challenge.”

The last step in the process to get their self-cleaning cashmere to market is to complete some health testing to make sure any residue from the nano-particle coating doesn’t have any adverse affects on the wearer’s skin. So far, tests have shown the coating is durable and doesn’t harm the fibres of the fabric. "It should reach the market very soon," said Daoud. “We are currently working toward transfer of the technology to the industry.” 

"Ultimately, the technology could be used in all clothing,” says Peters, “eliminating, for laundry in the US alone, more than 179 million metric tons of CO2 emissions every year.

magictransistor:

Manly P. Hall. Collection of Alchemical Manuscripts. Box 17. 1600.

(via kissing-beehives)

10 Essential Essays for Writers

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On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.

That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.

A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.

The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”