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Things have happened; are happening; will hopefully happen. ----- (The contents of this tumblr blog are mine alone and reflect neither the views of the US government nor the United States Peace Corps.)

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Potent minimalist art sends a strong message about police and vigilante brutality in America

Journalist and artist Shirin Barghi has created a gripping, thought-provoking series of graphics that not only examines racial prejudice in today’s America, but also captures the sense of humanity that often gets lost in news coverage. Titled “Last Words,” the graphics illustrate the last recorded words by Brown and other young black people — Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and others — who have been killed by police in recent years.

Let us not forget their voices

(via thecivicbeat)

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A crumbling reminder of communism

Buzludzha was once the futuristic, flying-saucer shaped headquarters of the Communist Party in Bulgaria, but it is now a semi-ruin after being left to rot.


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A meeting of civilisations: The mystery of China's celtic mummies


Solid as a warrior of the Caledonii tribe, the man’s hair is reddish brown flecked with grey, framing high cheekbones, a long nose, full lips and a ginger beard. When he lived three thousand years ago, he stood six feet tall, and was buried wearing a red twill tunic and tartan leggings. He looks like a Bronze Age European. In fact, he’s every inch a Celt. Even his DNA says so. He lies near three women and a baby, all of Celtic origins. So what were they doing in the Taklamakan deser,t in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang — thousands of miles east of the Celtic civilisation in Europe?

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Teaching is therefore not the profession for a perfectionist. There is always something more you can do. Don’t get me wrong – I am not undermining thorough, dedicated, inventive and innovative planning. I’m not in favour of teachers who cut corners. But I also hate seeing people who come into the profession and start destroying their health and their personal life. It’s all about balance.

So how do you achieve this balance? A fascinating book has been published in the last few years by Jim Smith and Ian Gilbert, called “The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook: how your pupils learn more when you teach less”.

This book is not excusing hard work; far from it actually. But it throws up fascinating ideas: why should you be the one up all night working when it’s pupils who actually need to do the learning? By throwing the onus onto pupils, you actually increase their learning. So to put this into practice, instead of you producing a question sheet why not ask the pupils to make the questions themselves? They can then trade sheets after they’ve been constructed and advise each other on areas for development on any key topics missed. And you are therefore freed up to do what you’re paid to do – advise, guide and promote learning by intervening with all pupils – opposed to being a performing monkey at the front of the class talking for the whole lesson.

From “Can teachers ever have a work-life balance?”

(via weareteachers)

This is where my teaching has gradually been going over the years. Love. It. There are problems to solve. Why not let students identify them? …and then solve them?!?!

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I tried out some of these materials cloning very small woody ribes cuttings for ubcbotany, so now it’s time for the real deal.

I sterilised some very small segments of suckers from my banana plant in a bleach solution, and sterilised some new glassware. I chose bananas (specifically Musa acuminata ‘Dwarf Cavendish’), because they are often propagated through this method, so I assume they are a good plant for a first-timer to try.

I am growing these small plant tissue cultures in a solution of gelatin, unpasteurised honey, rooting hormone, and a bit of salt.

Plants need sugars and electrolytes to grow and thrive, which I am hoping is provided by the honey and salt, respectively. Unpasteurised honey also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which hopefully ameliorates the fact that my cultures were surely contaminated, for lack of a proper clean room and the right equipment.

I am fully expecting for this to fail: I’m out of agar, and gelatin was the next best thing, but it is not ideal (sorry vegetarians and vegans). The cultures are now sitting on a warm water pipe in a metal chafing dish in the bathroom closet garden, where they will get 12 hours of indirect/reflected artificial sunlight a day.

I’ll post updates in the #garden science tag as the project progresses!

[h/t to kihaku-gato]

So interesting!

(via biodiverseed)