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Pete Fowler ‘The Needle and The Damage Done’

I recently did some stitch embroidery work with the World of Sama. The black and white pieces were a truly hit so they may be part of my new collection. As a big fan of Pete Fowler‘s work (and stitch embroidery, obviously), I wish I could see his show! ‘The Needle and The Damage Done’ is a body of new and original cross-stitch embroidery made ... More
Helping Congo Help Itself

Once in a while (and obviously not as often as I wished), I read an interesting piece on Congo providing a great insight on a delicate situation. Jason Stearns‘ article published on Foreign Affairs website is definitely a good one. He writes: Congo’s problems are complex, but certainly not beyond repair. First, however, it is necessary to diagnose ... More
Fukushima: Cosmic rays and radioactive bluefin tuna

Let start with this article by Jeremy Hsu, on LiveScience: Cosmic Rays May Reveal Damage to Fukushima’s Nuclear Reactors. Radiation is still leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after the 2011 tsunami-related meltdown in Japan, making any damage assessment dangerous for both humans and machines. Instead, high-energy particles created by ... More
Spread the word about Malaria and the plant that could save lives



The Lantana camara plant grows in much of sub-Saharan Africa and is a natural mosquito repellant. Concern Worldwide has partnered with other organizations to develop a research team that planted Lantana around 231 houses, then measured the number of mosquitoes inside people’s homes. Those houses with Lantana had 56% fewer of the most common ... More
The weirdest-looking time machines in all Science Fiction



Remember The Project Tic-Toc, a secret experimental time machine of the U.S Army in Time Tunnel? The DeLorean from Back To The Future? The TARDIS Type 40 time travel capsule from Doctor Who? The eight-spoked Frozen Wheel from Lost? Not to mention The Hot Tub Time Machine… They are indeed the weirdest-looking time machines in all Science Fiction and ... More
Stop investing in genocidal Sudan

Divestment. I already mentioned it several times on this Blog (tag: Divestment for more), as well as the work done by Investors Against Genocide. Marc Gunther is a veteran journalist and writer whose focus is business and sustainability. He is editor at large of Guardian Sustainable Business US and is the author or co-author of four books. He recently ... More
As of today, we are consuming more than Earth can replenish this year

If you still think everything is fine on our dearly Planet Earth, this article by Lindsey Kratochwill published on Popular Science makes it clear: we are on track to needing two Earths before we reach the middle of the century… Today is Earth Overshoot Day. Happy Earth Overshoot Day! Except, well, we don’t much feel like celebrating. ... More
Filming on the Fringe

In the midst of a nascent film industry, a handful of female filmmakers have emerged in the Arabian Peninsula, pioneering film in the region and using it as a tool to fight for change. Saudi Arabia and Yemen both present volatile environments for any director; in the former, cinemas are illegal, and in both, authorization from the government prior to ... More
Government surveillance spurs Americans to fight back



Designers trying to help people fight government surveillance: Activists turn to fashion to provide ways to block eavesdropping, confuse cameras and thwart drones — and to provoke conversations about U.S. surveillance programs. Read article and view photo gallery on The Washington Post. More
Martin Aircraft’s Prototype 12 on sale in 2015



Last year, I posted: Forget the jet pack, here come PATS and PAVs!.  “Sometimes you wish a  news was true, especially when it comes to single seater personal air transport or jet pack. Do you remember the James Bond movie Thunderball? I wanted to have my own jet pack so bad after I watched  Sean Connery use one to escape the bad guys! And ... More

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