Laniakea: Our Home Supercluster

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Superclusters – regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies – are the biggest structures in the Universe. But scientists have struggled to define exactly where one supercluster ends and another begins. Now, a team based in Hawaii has come up with a new technique that maps the Universe according to the flow of… Read more »

Earth Auroras From International Space Station

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A fascinating and beautiful view of the Earth’s auroras at night. "Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by the crew of expeditions 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011…"

Meet the Designer: Benjamin Vidmar (Svalbard, Arctic Ocean)

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Inside a spare hotel room, on one of the most northern places on earth, something magical is happening. Plants are growing, worms are composting waste, and people are feeling re-connected to food in a world of mining and monetary extraction. Meet Benjamin Vidmar, Director of Polar Permaculture Solutions. Benjamin has been working on creating a… Read more »

Get an Invite to Richard Branson’s Necker Island: Become a Permaculture Designer, and You Might

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Permaculture designers Mark Garrett and actress Daryl Hanna, Soneva Fushi, Maldives Meeting Mark Garrett I can always recall the moment I first meet someone, the impression they made. But not Mark Garrett. How many years since I met him? I just can’t say. He’s one of those understated people, always chipping away at things in… Read more »

Working in Permaculture

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Usually people participating in a PDC have a land project which they would like to develop using the common sense design principles offered by permaculture. As a side effect, some might feel the urge to make sweeping changes to their life direction during or after doing a PDC. Often a PDC either creates the need… Read more »

Snowflakes Up Close

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Photographer Alexey Kljatov takes incredible close-up photos of snowflakes in his backyard in Moscow. I capture snowflakes on the open balcony of my house, mostly on glass surface, lighted by an LED flashlight from the opposite side of the glass, and sometimes in natural light, using dark woolen fabrics as background.

The Thin Edge

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Friday night. For something like seven years I’ve been wondering what to do with Friday night. You know — party, spend quality time at the pub, drink, dance, vomit and go home to a weekend filled with the things that people do on the weekend. Hmm…. I’m even more moderate than that. On Friday night… Read more »

Designer Resource: Finding Long-Term Climate Data in the US Using NOAA

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Monthly climate normals graph Having accurate climatic data is an important part of designing a resilient and productive ecological system capable of diverse yields from year to year. This is especially true as we live through the uncertainty of climate change. For those living in the US, a great resource for finding long-term tabulated and… Read more »

Meet the Designer: Laura Kaestele

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Laura Kaestele Not many 20 year olds would be embracing permaculture, traveling the world and taking action to gain the skills they need for people care and ecological restoration. Laura Kaestele from Germany is an inspiring exception to the rule. At 16 Laura moved into an intentional community, supporting it to grow from an idea… Read more »

Revisiting Masanobu Fukuoka’s Revolutionary Agriculture

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I believe that a revolution can begin from this one strand of straw. Seen at a glance, this rice straw may appear light and insignificant. Hardly anyone would believe that it could start a revolution. But I have come to realize the weight and power of this straw. For me, this revolution is very real…. Read more »