Monthly Archives: February 2011

Composting methods

Compost is beneficial for lawns, gardens, trees, and potted plants. It adds organic matter to the soil, enhances the ability of the soil to hold moisture, increases soil porosity, reduces erosion, improves plant growth, and aids the development of healthy root structures. Composting also reduces greenhouse gas production and the amount of material sent to […] … learn more→

Banned Books Awareness: “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner

As I Lay Dying, by American author William Faulkner, was published in 1930.  The title derives from Book XI of Homer\’s The Odyssey, when Agamemnon says to Odysseus: \”As I lay dying, the woman with the dog\’s eyes would not close my eyes as I descended into Hades.\” As I Lay Dying is Faulkner\’s disturbing […] … learn more→

Bamiyan Buddhas once glowed in red, white and blue

The world watched in horror as Taliban fanatics ten years ago blew up the two gigantic Buddha statues that had since the 6th century looked out over the Bamiyan Valley in what is now Afghanistan. Located on the Silk Road, until the 10th century the 55 and 38 meter tall works of art formed the […] … learn more→

Arctic environment during an ancient bout of natural global warming

Scientists are unravelling the environmental changes that took place around the Arctic during an exceptional episode of ancient global warming. Newly published results from a high-resolution study of sediments collected on Spitsbergen represent a significant contribution to this endeavour. The study was led by Dr Ian Harding and Prof John Marshall of the University of […] … learn more→

A semantic sommelier: Wine application highlights the power of Web 3.0

In the restaurant of the future, you will always enjoy the perfect meal with that full-bodied 2006 cabernet sauvignon, you will always know your dinner companions\’ favorite merlot, and you will be able to check if the sommelier\’s cellar contains your favorite pinot grigio before you even check your coat. These feats of classic cuisine […] … learn more→

Solar experts detect waves in giant magnetic holes the size of the UK

Massive waves in giant magnetic holes on the surface of the Sun have been discovered for the first time by solar scientists from the University of Sheffield and Queen’s University Belfast, something that will bring experts a step closer to unlocking the secrets of the Sun. The Sun is interwoven by a complex network of […] … learn more→