Lincoln Harrision Photography Captures the World’s Beauty

This incredible picture, and many others like it, were taken by amateur photographer Lincoln Harrison. Harrision, 37, spent about 15 hours taking pictures in the Australian outback. He was able to capture these incredible spirals because of the earth’s rotation, which makes it look as if the stars are flying across the horizon.

The location is in Lake Eppalock, in the southern state of Victoria.  As he explained his new passion, “I wasn’t planning on getting into it as a hobby, but a week later I had about eight lenses and all the other goodies. I couldn’t wait to get started. I’ve been shooting at least two or three times a week ever since, mainly landscapes, and star trails when the conditions are right, I’m lucky enough to live not too far from the outback. With no buildings for miles, the sky is so clear and it’s amazing to be able to capture the beauty of the night’s sky on camera.”

Bidding Adeiu to Lonesome George

A dying breed has officially died in the Galapagos Islands. The world has just said goodbye to Lonesome George, believed to be the last of his sub-species. George has gained fame over the years as the world’s rarest creature, since there are no other known members of his species and he produced no offspring.

Lonesome George was first discovered by a Hungarian scientist in 1971. For the past fifteen years, he’s been living at a breeding center on the island of Santa Cruz, as scientists have attempted to help him to breed, but any eggs he’s produced with females there have been infertile.

He was found by his longtime keeper, Fausto Llerena, who was shocked to find his body, since tortoises can live to be 200 and he was only 100. The Galapagos National Park will have a post-mortem to discover the cause of his death.

And with his passage, the sub-species of Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni has become extinct. While this breed used to be plentiful on the island, they were hunted by humans to the point of extinction.

Green Technology and Solar Panel Solutions

Green, environmentally friendly technology is all the rage as global warming concerns heighten and people begin taking responsibility for the health of our home planet.

One of the most popular topics in the sector today is alternative energy; the possibilities, potentials, hardships and numerous advantages. Some progress has even been made, with experts exploring the options of wind power, water power, and of course, solar energy. One of the popular approaches to harnessing the sun’s energy is through the use of solar panels.

In an article discussing new science discoveries, WebEcoist.com presents the two main downsides of solar panels, as well as some new, innovative solutions:

  • Solar panels are typically inflexible and brittle, limiting the versatility of their application. But what if you could just spray solar cells onto any surface and collect energy from the sun? The technology is currently being produced at the University of Texas, where researchers are using nanoparticle “inks” full of tiny photovoltaics made from copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS). These particles are 10,000 times thinner than a strand of human hair. Currently, the photovoltaic ink only converts 1% of the sunlight that reaches it into electricity, but the researchers expect to increase the production and have the technology on the market within three to five years.
  • For homeowners that can afford them, the biggest reason not to install rooftop solar panels is often aesthetics: they’re just plain ugly.  But, unobtrusive solar panels that blend in nearly effortlessly with the architecture of a home are now within reach. Dow Solar recently announced a new generation of building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roof shingles, and SRS Energy has created powerful solar panels that look just like standard clay roof tiles.

 

Fight With Your Teenager, Says the Doctor

Now here’s a study that might make you feel better about that fight you just had with your teenage daughter.  US researchers from the University of Virginia have found that regular verbal fights with parents just might help children to cope with peer pressure and to avoid drugs and alcohol.

They also found that these children tend to be better at negotiating.  Observing 150 13-year-old kids arguing with their mothers, the researchers then quizzed the teenagers three years later.

The researchers found that the teenagers who had used more reason and confidence when arguing with their parents were more likely to refuse drugs and alcohol three years later. As Joseph Allen, lead author of the study, explained, “It turns out that  what goes on in the family is actually a training ground for teens in terms of how to negotiate with other people.”

The study was published in the Child Development journal.  While it encourages healthy arguing, the study did warn that arguing just for the sake of arguing, or slamming doors, will not help teens to develop these skills and self-confidence.

A Deserted Island Get-Away | Song Saa Island

If you ever have some time on your hands and a sense of adventure, there is a private island waiting for your arrival. And, it even boasts its own time zone!  Song Saa in Cambodia is a hidden treasure for adventure-seekers.  With its close position to the equator, the island has its own time zone, a creation from the island owners. This allows visitors to soak in an extra hour of daytime fun each day.

The island includes, of course, expansive beaches, palm trees, clear water and coral reef.  The chefs at the only hotel accommodation on the island have cooked for the Beckhams and for William and Kate. And the accommodations are not to be believed with complete privacy.

The hotel stay comes with a visit from two Buddhist monks who come over from the mainland to bless guests and the island.  Find out more about this adventure and enjoy your own get-away by booking a trip with Cazenove + Loyd or by looking for the Song Saa Private Island Resort.

The Lightest Ever ‘Designed to Win’ Running Shoe

Running is a pastime enjoyed by many, both in competitive and health-focused contexts. A common argument amongst runners and fitness gurus involves the advantage or disadvantage of running shoes. While many enjoy the use of professional athletic gear, others believe that running barefoot grants additional speed, less resistance (shoe’s weight), and stronger muscles.

A recent creation may have found a way to combine the two approaches. Luc Fusaro, an engineer and designer currently studying at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, has invented an unbelievably flexible running shoe that weighs less than a deck of cards.

According to the Chicago Tribune,

“This prototype running shoe could shave valuable fractions of a second off a 100 metre sprinter’s race time. According to its designer Luc Fusaro, the ‘Designed to Win’ sprint shoe is the lightest ever invented.”

-Chicago Tribune