Researchers decipher one of last unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls

January 23, 2018 by  
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Since the first Dead Sea Scrolls were found in a Qumran cave in 1947, most have been restored and published. But the University of Haifa said two researchers from their Department of Bible Studies deciphered one of the last remaining unpublished scrolls – and they uncovered some surprises. Eshbal Ratson and Jonathan Ben-Dov reassembled around 60 fragments – some smaller than 0.155 square inches – that an earlier researcher said had come from different scrolls in a period of over one year. The University of Haifa researchers found these pieces “actually constitute a single scroll,” according to the university, and discovered for the first time that the name given to “special days marking the transitions between the four seasons” by the Judean Desert sect is Tekufah. This word in today’s Hebrew means ‘period.’ Related: Believed tomb of Jesus Christ is far older than previously thought The researchers also obtained new insight into the 364-day calendar the sect used. They said in a statement, “The lunar calendar, which Judaism follows to this day, requires a large number of human decisions. People must look at the stars and moon and report on their observations, and someone must be empowered to decide on the new month and the application of leap years. By contrast, the 364-day calendar was perfect. Because this number can be divided into four and seven, special occasions always fall on the same day…The Qumran calendar is unchanging, and it appears to have embodied the beliefs of the members of this community regarding perfection and holiness.” Another finding was that a scribe corrected errors made by the person who wrote the scroll. The researchers said the author “made a number of mistakes” and another scribe added in “missing dates in the margins between the columns of text.” The Journal of Biblical Literature published the work, and the researchers now plan to decipher the last remaining scroll. + University of Haifa Via The Jerusalem Post and the BBC Images via Haifa University/The Jerusalem Post and Depositphotos

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Man creates spectacular topiary garden with plants saved from a compost pile

May 4, 2017 by  
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When Pearl Fryar bought his home in Bishopville, South Carolina forty years ago, his neighbors worried he wouldn’t be able to maintain the expansive grounds. Since then, Fryar’s gardening skills have put those fears to rest – he’s created a stunning topiary garden made up of plants rescued from a local compost pile . When Fryar was looking to buy his current house, he was met with resistance because some neighbors assumed that, as a black man, he wouldn’t be able to keep up the yard. Fryar took those words as a challenge, aiming to disprove the local racists with his talented green thumb, “I figured that if I won Yard of the Month, then the person who made that statement could understand that you can’t judge people by one person.” Related: This mobile transforming prep station helps urban foragers turn weeds into tasty meals Recently featured on CNN’s Great Big Story , Fryar began to collect his plants from the compost pile of a local nursery. Over the years, he has rescued over 300 trees and shrubbery – including a few trees that were over 30 feet high. The ambitious man tends to his garden every day, but he doesn’t use fertilizer, sprays, or any type of chemical in the upkeep. In fact, he doesn’t even use water. He says that the plants are all natural and grow organically. The amazing home garden became so popular, that Fyar opened it up to the public in 2006. Today, the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden sees an estimated 10,000 visitors a year from all over the world. Fryar enjoys the attention, explaining that his garden is all about love. In fact, the last thing visitors see as they leave the grounds are the words “love, peace, and goodwill” mowed into the lawn. + Pearl Fryar garden + Great Big Story Via Boing Boing Images via CNN video

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Love sign made of matches and reclaimed wood sets hearts afire

February 9, 2015 by  
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With Valentine’s Day right around the bend, we thought it was the perfect time to feature artist Pei San Ng ‘s amor-themed matchstick art . Ng arranged approximately 2,500 match sticks with red tips on a base of reclaimed art board and plywood to form the word “Love.” “Love on fire represents romance and passion or destruction and jealousy. It is raw and gritty,” says Ng of the work. You might be tempted to mimic this symbolic piece as a tribute to the person who sets your heart aflame—just be careful not to do it indoors or while wearing polyester clothing! + Pei San Ng Via Recyclart Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco art green design , eco design , green art , love sign , match love sign , matches , matchstick love sign , Matchsticks , pei san ng , Reclaimed Materials , recycled love sign , Recycled Materials , sign made of matches , Valentine , valentine’s day

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14 Green Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day

February 9, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of 14 Green Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed jewelry , eco friendly valentine’s day , eco-friendly lingerie , edible candles , green gift ideas , organic perfume , organic wine , raw chocolate , recycled Valentines Day cards , sustainable sheets , sustainable sunglasses , sustainable underwear , valentine’s day gifts , Valentines Day flowers , Valentines Day gift ideas , Valentines Day gifts for men , Valentines Day gifts for women

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Nendo unveiled delicious Chocolatexture Lounge at Maison&Objet in Paris

February 9, 2015 by  
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At 127, Mexican Woman is the World’s Oldest Person

September 3, 2014 by  
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At 127 years of age, Leandra Becerra Lumberras is the oldest person in the world – but she unfortunately won’t be recognized for setting the record. Lumbreras was reportedly born on August 31, 1887, and she attributes her 127 years of existence to eating chocolate, sleeping for days, and never getting married. While it’s uncertain whether she’s seeking the recognition or not, The Independent notes that Lumbreras has lost her birth certificate, so she can’t officially be declared the world’s oldest person – a slot currently occupied by 116-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan. Read the rest of At 127, Mexican Woman is the World’s Oldest Person Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: becerra , leandra , lumberras , Mexican , oldest , person , woman , worlds

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TrashNothing Connects Freecyclers Around the World to Reduce Landfill use

April 21, 2014 by  
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You’ve probably heard of “ Freecycling ” by now, but if you haven’t, it’s a system through which one person’s used/unloved items become another person’s treasure . As the idea has gained in popularity, networks are popping up all over the globe, along with websites and apps that make this kind of free item-swapping easier. TrashNothing.com  is a web interface and app that streamlines freecycling worldwide: Over the last six years, membership has spread to thirty-one countries and grows by about ten thousand new members each month. So far, more than three million freecyclers have connected via the website, cutting down on landfill use across the globe. If you have items you don’t want anymore, or if you’re looking for a special vintage something, you might like to hop onto the site and connect with others who share your vision of a “trash nothing” world. + Trash Nothing The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: barter , FREE , free cycling , Freecycle , freecycling , garbage , recycling , reusing , trade , trash , trash nothing , up-cycling

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: For the Gung-Ho Globetrotter

December 5, 2013 by  
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Day 4 of our Holiday Gift Guide 2013 covers what to buy the person who’s been — or is going — everywhere.

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The Janum Marketplace Tackles Supply Chain Issues and Greenwashing in Consumer Products

October 19, 2011 by  
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Ever wondered where your favorite eco-friendly item came from or what its supply chain actually looked like? I sure do. Supply chains and supply chain management have become so complex and convoluted these days, it is the number one issue that plaques sustainability initiatives and fosters greenwashing claims. One entrepreneur from San Francisco, Julian Coleman, probably had the same questions when he founded Janum. Janum is a unique online marketplace launched September 15, 2011, with the aim of making long supply chains transparent so that consumers, brands and producers all benefit. For every product sold on Janum the company shows consumers, through facts and videos, the places and people who made them, the fabrication steps, the ingredients and their impact on human and environmental health. Julian Coleman, CEO of Janum, explains the concept, “As supply chains are getting longer and more global, consumers and producers rarely see each other. In the past with local production, seeing the person who made the products gave consumers confidence and trust in what they were buying. And when producers could see who they were selling to, they took care and pride in what they produced. Consumers in turn respected and valued the products they bought. I wanted to bring these values back, through our “Show, Not Tell” mission.” How Does Janum Verify the Supply Chain? First Things First- Innovation: For Janum to consider a product for its marketplace, it needs to be innovative. They look for low impact, non-toxic and inspiring concepts. Cycle Analysis: Once a product is singled out for innovative-ness, it goes through a thorough life impact analysis through experts in the field. If everything checks out the team moves on to field verification. Transparency: Janum  documents the entire process and brings it to customers. If the product or company does not permit complete transparency, Janum refuses to bring business. Janum requires its producers to share information about their business practices and allow inspection of their business for public consumption. Janum conducts a streamlined life cycle assessment [LCA], visually records how products are made and shares this footage with the consumer in real-time, via the  Janum blog . Adding Brand Value For brands, this is an opportunity to utilize transparency and authenticity to gain consumer trust. With all the prevalent greenwashing , consumers rarely believe what brands tell them, and the proliferation of eco-labels only adds to consumer confusion. If brands show consumers their supply chains, they can “localize” them and humanize their producers, thereby enhancing brand value. Janum is also working with the right kind of businesses- other social enterprises like cooperatives that need the support and channels to spread their wings. Janum’s Current Product Line-up Janum currently offers two products: the  Cleaner Cloth (a two-sided durable cleaning tool made from organic cotton and jute and designed by the Janum team to decrease the use of sponges and paper towels) and Holy Lama Soaps (a line of natural soaps packaged in compostable palm shells and made by a woman’s cooperative in Kerala, India). Watch the video on the Cleaner Cloth! This is just the beginning for Janum. It was conceived in Amsterdam, developed in India and its foundation was laid in San Francisco. Their mission to inspire a new generation of conscious consumption, bring transparency to commerce and production, and empowering consumers to make informed purchasing decisions is indeed catching on.

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How to make a solar powered boombox

October 1, 2011 by  
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Satyajit Bera: Solar powered speakers Use solar energy to power up a boom-box With the gradual depletion of the natural energy resources, the world is looking forward to the non-conventional energy sources, mainly the solar-power. The power of the sun can be harnessed easily to produce useful electrical energy to power up different electrical or electronic devices and gadgets. All of us prefer a music system which is wireless and portable in nature. The conventional battery powered speaker boxes are OK. What if you can charge up the speaker batteries with solar power? Well it is obviously an excellent concept to “enjoy music off the grid”. Following are the steps to build up a solar powered audio boombox with some simple accessories and tools: Difficulty level: Moderately challenging (may require expertise in few areas) Time required: The overall time required to make this project is about 2 days. It depends on the efficiency of the person involved. Resources required: A small audio amplifier playable by a 12 V D.C. power source A pair of speakers (medium in size) Wooden plates (to make the cabinet) A 12 V D.C. rechargeable battery A solar power regulator Connecting cables (preferably copper cables) Wire stripper Hand saw Screws Zipper ties A screwdriver Soldering Iron Electrical insulation tape Cable ties Estimate cost: The estimated cost involved in this project is about $100. It depends on the type of solar panel and quality of the amplifier-speaker set used. Instructions: First of all make a sleek cabinet to mount the equipments. Use the hand saw, cut appropriate sizes and fix them together with the help of screws to build the cabinet. Cut two round shaped holes to place the speakers. Provide a strong metallic handle or a pair of handles to lift up or carry the system. Then, fix the solar panel on the top surface of the cabinet box with the help of screws and bolts and also make an additional hole for the cable entry from the panel to the components inside. You can also make an adjustable mounting for the solar panel so that you can change it’s angle so as to capture maximum sunlight. Mount the battery, the solar power regulator, speakers and the amplifier inside the wooden cabinet with the help of screws or zipper ties. Now lets get started with the electrical connections. Connect the two terminals of the battery to the solar power regulator. Next connect the solar power regulator with the two wires coming from the solar panel above the box. This is the one which collects the electrical power from the solar panel output and charges up the battery to store it. Once these connections are over, let us move on to the audio amplifier part. Connect the D.C. 12 V power source of the battery to the amplifier’s power input. Solder two wires to each of the speakers and connect them to the audio output sockets of the audio amplifier. You can take a test run of this system in order to check the correctness of the electrical circuitry. Once you have finished with the testing part, cover any naked wire terminals with electrical insulation tape. Properly dress the power cables with the help of cable ties. Connect the audio input cable of the amplifier and take out the other end from the hole you’ve already made for the solar panel cable. Connect this cable to any audio source such as Ipods, MP3 players or laptops and enjoy the music. Frequently asked questions: 1. Is this device portable? Yes, the design given above is completely portable. Well if you select small speakers then the solar panel required to feed the batteries will be smaller. That can reduce the overall size and weight of the boombox and make it easier to carry. 2. How long can I play the music off the grid? This device is designed suitably to charge a battery unit which powers the speakers and the amplifiers. Depending upon the backup capacity of the battery, you can enjoy the music. Try to use batteries above the rating of 2500 mAH. You can also get an increased playtime by optimizing the volume level of the speakers. Quick tips: Make sure that all the electrical components are of the same voltage ratings that is 12 V D.C. Mount the speakers and other components tightly and properly to avoid any damage due to any vibration or while carrying the device from one place to another. Make use of high quality copper wires for the connections. It is because a poor quality wire will result in losses and discharge the battery quickly. Try to keep the volume level moderate to get extended battery backup. Things to watch out for: Look out for cloudy weathers. In that case carry extra batteries if you are in a camp site or picnic because the solar charging system will not work in the absence of solar radiation. Never use a dead or leaking battery for such project. It may lead to the explosion of the battery as a result of repeated charging and discharging. Properly inspect the battery and check the outgoing voltage with the help of a multimeter before installing. Don’t make the cabinet box too heavy. Instead, try to keep it light and strong. That will prevent it from breaking up if it ever slipped from your hands and hit the ground.

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