Monday, 1 May 2017

Nelio | WideWalls

Nelio | WideWalls

Born in 1982 in eastern France, Nelio is a self-taught artist who began painting graffiti in the late 90s. Since then, he has developed a unique artistic approach, composed of symbols, letters, landscapes and primary geometric forms. With a wide array of inspiration, ranging from the works of Pablo Picasso to graphic design, illustration, art history and architecture, Nelio’s style floats between representational and abstract combining a number of impressions into a remarkable collage of different elements. In his artworks, Nelio deals with the idea that everything is related in some way. His paintings are an abstract and minimalist representation of the universe, with a special focus on humanity, nature, and technology. In his artworks, Nelio confronts the notion that everything is related in some way. His paintings are an abstract and minimalist representation of the universe, with a special focus on humanity, nature, and technology.

Paper Box Series 'La pietra e la piuma' by Elisa Mearelli

Paper Box Series 'La pietra e la piuma' by Elisa Mearelli

In her most recent series, La pietra e la piuma, Italian artist Elisa Mearelli presents a collection of three-dimensional paper art that beautifully plays with light and space. Composed of layered, delicately cut paper, each paper box puts a sculptural spin on conventional cut paper art.
The creations that comprise La pietra e la piuma range from abstract, experimental designs to more figurative scenes of nature. Using multiple sheets of paper, the artist is able to fabricate a sense of perspective by creating compositions that appear to recede into the distance and “sink into a dream.” Additionally, many of her pieces are monochromatic (the artist especially favors a plain, white aesthetic) or subtly embellished with pops of blended color. Such a minimal palette allows external light sources to enhance each piece. “My latest works can interact with the light around them,” Mearelli tells us in an email. “The shadow and the light areas inside them will change during the day as it changes the sunlight that seeps inside.”
Unlike many artists who use paper merely as a canvas, Mearelli believes that “the paper is not just a support to cover with color, but rather the true protagonist of the work of art.” In addition to her focus on paper as subject matter, Mearelli believes that the permanence of practice is what sets it apart from others. “My studies focalize on the necessity of leaving an indelible mark on the paper by means of strong invasive action such as making holes and cuts in it,” Mearelli explains. “None of my works can be erased or covered over with color. The paper has been cut, there is no going back; it has its own form, it tells its own story, like the human skin.”

Colorful Geometric Graffiti Murals

Colorful Geometric Graffiti Murals

These colorful geometric murals were done by Matt W. Moore, an amazing graffiti artist who can blend shapes, colors and street art all in one. Check out this post for some really awesome graffiti murals all over the globe.

Colorful Geometric Graffiti Murals
I have been painting on walls for over half of my life. It's a magical experience to actualize an idea extra-large in the public space. Lots to see in this section. Everything from my early years of graffiti and street-level art, to my more recent abstract murals. Indoor & outdoor, I've got you covered.

Mirrored Reflections Produce Beautifully Complex Landscapes

Mirrored Reflections Produce Beautifully Complex Landscapes

American photographer and director of photography Cody William Smith mirrors the world upon itself in these contemplative landscapes. The series, entitled A Moment's Reflection, features a large, round mirror placed conspicuously into the dirt, the sand, or the sea in various settings. Standing upright and partially buried, the mirror interrupts the typical landscape with a reflection of another space located nearby.
The beautiful arrangements create a harmonious balance of multiple realities connecting in unexpected ways. Some circular formations stand out against darker surroundings and show off the bright skies in the distance while others blend naturally into the setting in an optical illusion of shapes.
Smith says, “My intention is to draw new connections between familiar forms by introducing specular reflections to environments where none would typically exist. The mirrors serve as a focal point within a given scene and also function as a window to provide an entirely unique perspective on the same location.”

This factory will be the first to suck up carbon dioxide and feed it to vegetables – VICE News

This factory will be the first to suck up carbon dioxide and feed it to vegetables – VICE News

On May 31, the Swiss company Climeworks will turn on the first commercial plant to suck carbon dioxide out of the air and feed it to vegetables in a neighboring greenhouse. Located in the tiny, agricultural municipality of Hinwil, Switzerland, the plant stands 40 feet tall and looks like a rectangular wall of oversized dryers stacked three-high.
It will be the first business to sell carbon dioxide drawn right out of its surroundings, using a technology called direct air capture. To date, carbon capture technologies have been restricted to areas where there are high concentrations — like the smokestacks of coal-fired plants. But the promise of direct air capture is to grab the kind of ambient carbon emitted by cars, aircraft, and trains.
Since it’s not happening at the source, direct air capture must be able to deal with lower concentrations (0.04 percent of air), making the technology inherently more difficult, and expensive. That’s why until now, it has been demonstrated only in small, experimental pilot plants.
What Climeworks is hoping to show in Hinwil isn’t just that the technology works but that captured carbon can then be resold as plant fertilizer, fuel, or even for carbonated beverages.

How this could help the environment

But climate scientists say so-called negative-emissions technologies — which remove pollutants from air — will be crucial to meet the goal of the Paris Agreement, the landmark 2015 deal co-signed by 196 nations, to hold the increase in global temperature to no more than 2 degrees Celsius.
“Climeworks is the first to scale up to substantive level,” said Julio Friedmann, a former principal deputy assistant for fossil energy for the U.S. Department of Energy and senior adviser at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. “There’s almost no way to hit those targets without using negative emissions, and in some cases, quite soon.”
The plant is projected to capture 900 metric tons of the greenhouse gas, or about the emissions from 200 cars a year. It traps ambient carbon dioxide with absorbent filters inside the plant’s air collector. To release the carbon dioxide, the filters are heated to 212 °F with waste heat from a neighboring partner waste incinerator plant owned by the company Kezo. The freed carbon dioxide is then pumped over to the greenhouse operated by Gebrüder Meier to “enhance the growth of vegetables and lettuce by up to 20 percent,” according to a press release.
One study estimates that to avoid the two-degree global temperature rise by century’s end, negative emission technologies must scale up to capturing 5 billion tons of CO2 annually by 2050. That’s approximately twice the amount absorbed by all the planet’s oceans. And it’s a hefty ask for these fledgling technologies.
“If we want to do this by midcentury, we need to not only start developing these technologies but implementing and scaling up these technologies. That’s what we see as our main role,” said Jan Wurzbacher, who co-founded Climeworks in 2009 with Christoph Gebald at the University ETH Zurich. Wurzbacher and Gebald developed their process in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology; the startup has received more than $7 million in venture capital funding from Venture Kick, Gebert Ruf Stiftung, de Vigier Stiftung and ClimateKIC, private investors, and also grants from the Swiss government for various projects, including their new plant.
The company has an ambitious goal of capturing 1 percent of the global emissions of CO2 by 2025. That would require 750,000 of their modular plants in operation, Wurzbacher said. To get there, they need to cut costs by a quarter to a third and land a lot more customers, he said.

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Here are the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Juried Award Winners | Tribeca

Here are the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Juried Award Winners | Tribeca

The 16th Tribeca Film Festival announced the winners of its competition categories at the awards ceremony tonight at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

 Top awards went to Keep the Change for Best U.S. Narrative, Son of Sofia for Best International Narrative, and Bobbi Jene for Best Documentary. The Festival, presented by AT&T, runs through April 30, 2017.

Awards were distributed in the following feature film competition categories: U.S. Narrative, International Narrative, Documentary, New Narrative Director, The Albert Maysles New Documentary Director, and the Nora Ephron Prize, honoring a woman writer or director. Awards were also given in the short film categories: Narrative, Documentary, Student Visionary and Animation.

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New mural from Fernando Chamarelli @fernandochamarelli in São Paulo, Brazil. Look for Chamarelli in our 'NEXUS' exhibition currently on view through Jan. 7 at the Brand Library and Art Center @brandlibrary in Glendale, CA.

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9 Ways to Reduce Anxiety, Right Here, Right Now

Anxiety is a big problem for western society. According to recent statistics, more than 3.3 million American adults have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. And that doesn’t include people who haven’t sought help.
However, there are several natural ways you can reduce anxiety. Below we’re going to go over Elisha and Stefanie Goldstein’s 10 mindfulness strategies to reduce anxiety.

1) First, slow down.
When anxiety hits, everything speeds up. Our thoughts race, our heart pounds and our breathing increases. This can make it difficult to think rationally. Consciously try to move a little slower and slow down your breathing.
While anxiety lives in the mind, it often comes out in the body. One of the best ways to stop getting lost in your thoughts is to come to your senses. This will help you get back to the present moment.
Life is full of simple tasks: walking, eating, showering. When we’re anxious, we tend to not really notice what we’re doing when we undertake these tasks. Flip the script on this and focus on what you’re actually doing, even if they’re usually what you’d consider boring.
Anxiety stems from fears about events that haven’t taken place. Our minds can create scenarios that aren’t really true. Ask yourself if there is any evidence to support what you’re so fearful about. Chances are, there isn’t really truth for what your worried about.
If anxiety wasn’t bad enough, we tend to get critical of ourselves for having anxiety. When you notice your self-critic, see if you can observe it and consciously put a stop to it.
Anxiety isn’t all bad. There is a reason we have anxiety so our ancestors can deal with threats. Sometimes it can help to use that energy and do exercise or get productive.
This is an age-old trick taught by the great eastern spiritual gurus. Lie down, look up at the sky and watch the clouds. Experience the nature of how all things naturally come and go.
This is a great mindfulness technique. Take a moment of your day and set an intention to listen. Listen to the sounds of the leaves in the wind, of birds chirping and people talking. When we pause and listen, we reconnect with the present moment.
Go through your senses and name 5 things about them. In other words, 5 things you’re seeing, hearing, tasting and feeling. This can help you reconnect with what’s happening right now.
Patience truly is a virtue. Whenever you feel impatient, ask yourself why. Make yourself realize that it’s distracting you from the present moment. Patience is a pathway to emotional freedom.
2) Come to your senses
3) Be mindful of a simple task.
4) Do a reality check
5) Release the critic
6) Channel your anxious energy
7) Lie down and look up
8) Listen
9) Practice 5×5
10) Nurture patience

The Colors of Feelings by Thomas Blanchard

Rhythmic Elements | Synthmob

Rhythmic Elements | Synthmob

Rhythmic Elements a mini library of moving particles . plastic chopped hats, hypnotic patterns.
Metrical movements, combinations of glitchy atoms. 

A Classical Approach to a Mod Minimalist Dutch Garden - Gardenista

A Classical Approach to a Mod Minimalist Dutch Garden - Gardenista

Calgary's global architecture, a nifty walking tour - Calgary - CBC News

Calgary's global architecture, a nifty walking tour - Calgary - CBC News

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Super humans

It is popularly believed that Buddhist monks have brains that function beyond usual human capabilities. But has this been verified by scientists?


It turns out that scientists have actually studied Buddhist monks in a variety of experiments and found that they are actually able to rewire their own brains.

Although born as normal human beings, their meditation practices have given them powers to achieve incredible feats that continue to stun scientists and reveal insights about the functioning of the human brain. 

In the 1980s, a group of scientists and researchers led by Professor Herbert Benson from the Harvard School of Medicine headed out to the remote monasteries nestled in the Himalayan mountains. Their purpose was to discover, document and decode the ways in which monks managed to use the power of their mind to manipulate their bodies.

The monks were known to raise their body temperatures through a stress reduction technique of yoga known as ‘gTum-mo’ where they lower their body’s metabolic rate by 64%.

The researchers also recorded the monks actually managing to dry wet clothes and sheets using only their body heat.

The monks would also spend nights on a rocky ledge when the temperatures dropped to zero degrees Fahrenheit, with only woollen shawls to keep them warm. The scientists observed that these feats could be achieved through rigorous meditation techniques, spiritual conditioning and guided exercises.

According to the scientists, the monks entered a deep state of meditation, and while in this state other monks soaked sheets of 3 by 6 feet into the cold water and placed them on the meditating monks.

For people who aren’t trained, this would lead to shivering, illness or even death. But the scientists observed that steam rose from the sheets within an hour.

This is truly incredible and a testament to the power of the human mind.

After seeing the Buddhist monks experience this, Benson emphasized the importance of meditation as a potential treatment for stress-related illnesses.

As Benson said:

“This is important because more than 60 percent of the visit to physicians in the USA are for stress related problems and these are wrongly treated by drugs and even surgery. But if we all begin to practice advanced meditation, it can miraculously rewire our brains and cure us.”

Benson also said that he hopes this kind of self-care will be as effective as medical drugs, surgery and other invasive techniques used by Western science to help alleviate mental and physical suffering.

Meditation along with proper nutrition, diet and exercise of the mind and body will lead to self-care practice. It would help save millions of dollars annually in medical costs.

Back to the future

Stone carvings show comet hitting Earth, wiping out the Woolly Mammoths and sparking a rise in civilization.
Scientists have translated an ancient stone tablet found at a temple in Turkey. The tablet confirms that a comet struck Earth around 11,000BC, leading to global destruction including the extinction of the woolly mammoth and the rise of new civilizations.
The carvings were found in Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, the world's oldest known temple and a site for ancient observatory and worship. In fact, the temple dates back to 9,000BC, approximately 6,000 years older than Stonehenge.
The carvings at the center of the recent scientific publication were found on a pillar known as the Vulture Stone. The carvings depict various animals corresponding to astronomical constellations. The stone also shows a swarm of comet fragments as they hit Earth and a headless man symbolizing human disaster and death.Constellations depicted on the Vulture Stone around 11,000BCMediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry
Constellations depicted on the Vulture Stone around 11,000BC
The symbols found point to a large comet impact around 13,000 years ago. This was then cross-checked against simulations of what the Solar System would look like during that time and scientists were able to identify the comet strike was around 10,950BC. Likely not coincidentally, this is the start of the global cooling event called the Younger Dryas.

The Younger Dryas was a pivotal moment in human civilization. Previously, humans were largely nomadic hunters that harvested wild grains without establishing permanent locations. The onset of the global cooling led groups of people to begin cultivating crops to endure a harder climate. This gave rise to farming and livestock breeding that we still employ today.
The Younger Dryas took place as Earth was transitioning from the Last Glacial Maximum ice age to an interglacial warm period. The event was unusual in that there was a small short lived reversal in the overall warming trend causing the Earth to cool for approximately 1,200 years.Stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe, the location of the world's oldest templeNational Geographic
Stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe, the location of the world's oldest temple
Some hypotheses link the cooling to a large influx of fresh water from melted glaciers on North America into the northern Atlantic Ocean. This, in theory, caused a fresh water cap over the North Atlantic and slowed down the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation which in part distributes heat from the equators to the poles. However, another potential cause of the cooling was the aforementioned comet strike around the start of the Younger Dryas. This could have initiated a global cooling period and extinction caused from upthrown debris and dust into the atmosphere. While there is significant evidence of a comet strike, there is still debate as to whether this was responsible for the onset of the Younger Dryas.
The comet hypothesis must be tempered by the fact that no physical impact site has been found, the smoking gun evidence needed to confirm the onset of the Younger Dryas was due to a comet impact. Unlocking the events that led to the Younger Dryas would provide further understanding of the agricultural boom and rise of the first Neolithic civilizations

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Powerful Medicinal Melon

You may never have heard of Momordica charantia, also known as bitter melon, bitter gourd, bitter squash or balmspear, but it has been a medicinal staple in India and China for hundreds of years, and its health benefits are far sweeter than its name may suggest.
The bitter melon is a tropical fruit that can be eaten whole or can be purchased as a supplement derived from the fruit and seeds. In addition to being both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, the bitter melon has also been proven to be a powerful weapon in the fight against several cancers, including pancreatic cancer.
The website reveals that approximately 53,070 adults, including 27,670 men and 25,400 women, die from pancreatic cancer each year. It is the 9th most common cancer in women, and the 4th most common overall among both men and women.
New hope in the fight against this deadly form of cancer was unveiled in 2013, when the University of Colorado Cancer Center published a study in the journal Carcinogenesis entitled “Bitter melon juice prevents pancreatic cancer in mouse models.”
The researchers discovered that when they administered 5mg of freeze-dried bitter melon juice to mice with pancreatic tumors once a day, their tumors reduced by 64 percent more than those of untreated mice. In contrast, the tumors of mice that were given a chemotherapy drug only shrank by 52 percent. Scientists determined that the bitter melon juice restricted the ability of pancreatic cancer cells to metabolize glucose, effectively starving and eventually killing those cells. On a side note, the mice that received the bitter melon juice were also 60 percent less likely to develop diabetes than the control mice.
“It’s a very exciting finding,” said Rajesh Agarwal, co-program leader of Cancer Prevention and Control at the CU Cancer Center and professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. “Many researchers are engineering new drugs to target cancer cells’ ability to supply themselves with energy, and here we have a naturally-occurring compound that may do just that.”
Another study is currently underway at the St. Louis University under the leadership of Dr. Ratna Ray, Ph.D. The study is investigating whether bitter melon could be used to prevent not just pancreatic, but also prostrate and other forms of cancer, including head and neck cancers. Dr. Ray believes that since bitter melon has demonstrated the ability to provoke apoptosis (cell death) in many types of cancer, it holds great potential for the future of all cancer treatment.
The benefits of bitter melon go way beyond cancer prevention and treatment. This amazing fruit can also break down kidney stones, helping the body to rid itself of them naturally, while reducing the acid that often contributes to the development of these painful stones in the first place. It also helps reduce dangerously high cholesterol levels naturally, without the need for dangerous statin medications.
Those suffering from skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis and acne, can benefit from the “glowing” effects of consuming bitter melon.
Bitter melon is also both very low in calories and very filling, making it an excellent choice for those hoping to lose weight. And the same properties that make it a potent diabetes fighter also aid in weight loss. 
Other benefits of this true superfood include preventing or alleviating food allergies; ridding the body of yeast infections; relieving acid indigestion and reflux; and boosting Vitamin K levels, thereby reducing pain and inflammation in the joints.
A closer look at this funny looking fruit with the bitter name proves it to be a truly powerful natural medication that we should all try to incorporate in our diets.

Ambient pioneer Midori Takada: 'Everything on this earth has a sound' | Music | The Guardian

Ambient pioneer Midori Takada: 'Everything on this earth has a sound' | Music | The Guardian