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"Anyone who believes that exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist"

- Kenneth Boulding, 1966

http://www.growthbusters.org/

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Wallaces Realms

Alfred Russell Wallace proposed that the world could be divided into six biogeographic regions, referred to as Wallace’s realms, on the basis of fundamental features of the animals common to those areas. These realms were Nearctic (N. America), Neotropical (Central and S. America), Palaearctic (Europe, N. Asia, N Africa), Ethiopian (central and S. Africa), Oriental (Indican subcontinent and Malaysia), and Australian.

Incredibly, these were mapped out in 1876, these realms stood the test of time as they remain virtually unchanged today.

:) Happy Sunday

http://sdoucette.webs.com/Unit%204%20Biological%20Diversity%20and%20Evolution/chapter_08.pdf

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Now where did we get to? I finished my 4 months of travelling and haven’t really been updating my blog at all :( Just started the BSc Anthropology course at UCL and we’ve been learning an amazing range of interesting facts so here’s one: whilst humans are either male or female, slime mould (pictured) has 13 different sexes!
A single gene is sometimes all it takes to change a slime mold’s sexual identity.

The social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum has three different sexes — members of one sex, or ‘mating type’, can fuse with either of the other two to form giant, dormant cysts. But little is known about what genes determine the sexual identity of a slime mold… http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v468/n7326/full/468871a.html

Now where did we get to? I finished my 4 months of travelling and haven’t really been updating my blog at all :( Just started the BSc Anthropology course at UCL and we’ve been learning an amazing range of interesting facts so here’s one: whilst humans are either male or female, slime mould (pictured) has 13 different sexes!

A single gene is sometimes all it takes to change a slime mold’s sexual identity.

The social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum has three different sexes — members of one sex, or ‘mating type’, can fuse with either of the other two to form giant, dormant cysts. But little is known about what genes determine the sexual identity of a slime mold… http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v468/n7326/full/468871a.html

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1 - 8) Bangkok amulet market 9) Wat Pho temple 10) huge reclining buddha

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1) & 2) Tuk Tuk 3) Fortress, only one remaining out of 14 4) River & Bridge 5) Lucky tree from India, Buddha sat underneath 6 & 7) Where king used to come to watch celebrations on river 8) our tour guide 9) wall, gift to Thai people

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The 2,000-year-old masked face of a mummified Chinchorro woman peers out from shroud made from reeds, rope, and nonhuman skin, possibly of a pelican.
Unlike the ancient Egyptians, who considered only kings and other nobles worthy of mummification, the Chinchorro performed the sacred rite on nearly everyone, regardless of age or status. Infants and even fetuses were mummified with the same meticulous care as adults.

 

The 2,000-year-old masked face of a mummified Chinchorro woman peers out from shroud made from reeds, rope, and nonhuman skin, possibly of a pelican.

Unlike the ancient Egyptians, who considered only kings and other nobles worthy of mummification, the Chinchorro performed the sacred rite on nearly everyone, regardless of age or status. Infants and even fetuses were mummified with the same meticulous care as adults.

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Source: history-and-shit
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An amazingly interesting talk by anthropologist Helen Fisher… hope you enjoy this as much as I did :D

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There may be bare looking travel section in my local library for the next few days. Just brushing up on some knowledge and must-see places in anticipation for the big trip starting Monday! :D

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Too Beautiful to Die, Too Wild to Live: a man came into my restaurant yesterday and was asking me about school, life goals, etc. He told me about graduating...

“Some people are so poor, all they have is money”

I think many lives have been totally wasted due to this notion of chasing the money, particularly people here in the UK… People have told me not to consider a career in charity work/do volunteering because there’s no money in it, but it’s something that I know would make me happy. I’m incredibly lucky beyond belief to be more privileged than most people on this planet, the rich-poor situation is worsening and I’d like to spend my life trying to change it if i can and if not I’ll just do everything I can to make people happy, hopefully leaving some sort of impression. The world is messed up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to change things.

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The best going away card EVER. From my lovely friend Sian.

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  • Question: hey! when are you going to ecuador?? or have you already been there? - sopharp
  • Answer:

    wow 8 months! did you plan to stay that long? did you work there at all? were you in Quito for most of that? sorry for all the questions! i won’t be in Quito much, im doing a volunteering thing with i-to-i called “community volunteering in the amazon, Ecuador” which is in the napo province. you stay with a family so it should be pretty good. what attracted you to Ecuador? looks like you made some good friends :) xx

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