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“Ancestors Are Saying Something”: Aboriginal Flag Appears In Skies Above Burning Australia

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In what is now being recognized as the worst Australian wildfire season in recorded history, the skies have turned blood-red over the southeastern end of the continent. Many Australian residents have compared the scene to something out of a horror film.

There is currently a minimum of 146 fires burning across Australia at time of publishing, and only 65 of them have been successfully contained. Meanwhile, the other fires are spreading very quickly. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS) indicated that they have about 2,700 firefighters working to contain and extinguish the fires.

The red skies above parts of Australia have been looking very ominous, but in one region, the visual phenomenon created a view in the sky that seemed eerily similar to the Aboriginal Flag.

The aboriginal flag shows a yellow circle, which symbolizes a sun, over a black and red background. In the skies above Australia on the first days of the new year, a sight appeared that looked very similar to the famous flag, showing an actual sun over the black and red backdrop of the sky, as seen in the image below.

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The Australian Museum describes the Australian Aboriginal Flag as “divided horizontally into equal halves of black (top) and red (bottom), with a yellow circle in the center.”

The Aboriginal Flag was created by an Indigenous man named Harold Thomas, who drew inspiration from the history of his culture for the design. Thomas designed the flag in 1971 as a symbol of the Aboriginal land rights movement. In 1995 the flag was made an official “Flag of Australia”. The red ochre color in the flag is said to represent the earth and spiritual relation to the land, while the bright yellow sun symbolizes the sun as a source of life. The black in the flag is said to represent the indigenous people of the land.

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The sight in the sky was noticed by people all over the country, who posted their own shots to social media. Some people who saw the strange sight in the sky, or managed to catch the pictures later, felt that this could be some type of sign from the aboriginal people, who are often seen as protectors of the land and the environment.

The wildfires in Australia are truly unprecedented, despite the lack of coverage compared to the fires in the Amazon or California. In fact, the fires in Australia are said to be 5 times larger than that of the Amazon, torching over 12 million acres of land thus far. As we reported in early January, nearly 500 million animals are expected to have perished in the fires since they began a few months ago.

Authorities in Australia have urged tens of thousands of people to evacuate from their homes and move to safer areas. The region of Victoria has declared a state of disaster in areas that are home to roughly 100,000 people. The fires have been burning since September, and in these few months, it is estimated that 1,300 homes were destroyed.

Michelle Williams is a New York native and Cornell University alumni currently living in Los Angeles and working as a journalist for numerous Midialab ventures. Williams began her career working as a copy editor for a large television production firm and then moved on to entertainment writing after developing some industry contacts in LA.

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No More Coffins, Organic Burial Pods Will Turn Bodies Into Trees

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Funeral customs are quickly changing in the developed world, as expensive traditional services are becoming less common, and cheaper options like cremations are becoming more popular. Younger generations are also less likely to have long and drawn out church services, and are often uncomfortable with open casket viewings. These are among the many reasons that short memorial services followed by cremations are starting to become a normal thing, and the industry is being faced to change with the times.

In addition to cremations, there are some innovative new ideas that are proposing different options for us to lay our loved ones to rest. One company called Capsula Mundi has devised an interesting new burial method that would allow a person’s deceased body to be used as a seed for a tree. The idea was devised and implemented by Italian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel, who sought out to develop sustainable burial methods that are a bit more aesthetically pleasing than the traditional headstones or mausoleum chapels.

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Capsula Mundi has designed specially made egg-shaped pods that will act as a seed, and the person’s body will actually fit inside of the pod. Once the body is in the burial pod, in the fetal position, the pod will then be placed in the ground and a tree will be planted over top of it. The burial pod is entirely biodegradable and is made from a starch plastic, according to the designers.

The company says that the biodegradable shell and the person inside, will eventually decompose and transform into nutrients, which will then be absorbed by the tree.

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This idea is currently just in the prototype phase and is not a service that is officially for sale on the market just yet. There are still some final design and regulation obstacles that the company must overcome. Italy, where the company is based, has some very strict burial laws which have presented somewhat of a challenge for the designers.

However, Capsula Mundi is already in the funeral business, and currently offering a biodegradable urn which works in a very similar way to the proposed tree pod, only in that case, the ashes are contained in the pod. Regulatory approval for the ash pod was much easier to acquire for the company, considering that the matter of the human body is handled by the crematory, while accepting approval to place human beings in the ground in this manner has proven to be more difficult.

The company has suggested that if this idea were to become widely accepted in the future, graveyards could become vibrant forest areas filled with animal life, instead of gloomy fields filled with tombstones as we have today.

What do you think of the burial pod idea? Is this a positive evolution of tradition and a welcome change to the funeral industry? Would you be willing to have your burial in one of these things?

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NASA Found 9 House Plants That Eliminate Toxins From The Air

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The NASA Clean Air Study was a project tasked with researching different ways that the air in space stations can be cleaned. The project resulted in some incredible discoveries, including the fact that certain common indoor plants can also remove toxins from the air. Below are some of the plants that were found to clean the air. The study indicated that it is best to have at least one plant every 100 square feet for the best results.

The study also indicated that efficient air cleaning is accomplished with at least one plant per 100 square feet..

A separate 2004 study suggested the microorganisms in the soil of a potted plant also have detoxifying properties.

Below are some of the best plants for detoxifying the air.

Azaleas

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Azalea Festival at Nezu Jinja. Photo Credit: PeachBird, Wikimedia Commons

Azaleas are flowering shrubs that bloom in the spring and thrive in the shade. Oddly enough, the azalea plant is also highly toxic, even though it cleans the air. The plant’s leaves and nectar both contain andromedotoxins.

English Ivy

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Hedera helix, Choceň, Czech Republic. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Hedera helix, or more commonly known as English ivy, or European ivy, is the famous vine that clings to surfaces and is difficult for gardeners to get rid of. According to the NASA study, this plant species removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene from the air. However, it is important to note that this can be toxic to cats and dogs.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

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Peace Lily: JJ Harrison

Peace Lily’s can achieve the incredible feat of removing mold spores from the air. However, it is good to know that you should still eliminate the source of the mold first, if you do have a mold problem in your home. Peace Lilys are also harmful to cats and dogs if ingested. The plants can also eliminate benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, ammonia xylene, and toluene from the air.

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

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Chinese Evergreen Photo Credit: Kurt Stüber Wikipedia

Chinese Evergreen has been proven to remove benzene and formaldehyde from the air, but can be harmful to animals. This species has been grown as luck-bringing ornamental plants in Asia for centuries.

Aloe Vera

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Aloe Vera. Photo Credit: Wikimedia

In addition to filtering toxins from the air, Aloe Vera is also one of the most useful and medicinal plants in the world. It is found in many consumer products including beverages, skin lotion, cosmetics, or ointments for minor burns and sunburns.

Pelargonium

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Photo Credit: Andrew Massyn Wikipedia

This flower cleans the air, but it also removes unwanted odors, kills bacteria and it works to keep certain insects away.

Spider Plant

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Spider plants are especially good at filtering out carbon monoxide, and go great in a kitchen. The spider plant is also known as airplane plant, St. Bernard’s lily, spider ivy, ribbon plant

Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica)

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leaves of Ficus elastica. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

This plant can eliminate a variety of toxins from the air, and is especially effective with formaldehyde, which is unfortunately common in many products.

Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)

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The Snake Plant is native to West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo. This species absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen. It also filters out any formaldehyde that might be in the air.

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Small Deadly Blue Dragons Wash Up On Texas Beaches

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A rare, beautiful but deadly creature has emerged from the sea along beaches in Texas.

Glaucaus Atlanticus, as it is known to marine biologists, also called the Blue Dragon Sea Slug, has been washing up on shores in much greater numbers than recorded in the previous half a century; and scientists have no valid theory as to why just yet.

These little blue wonders of the sea, usually measuring around three centimeters, are considered nudibranch, a group of marine mollusks known to have colorfully vivid patterns on their soft-shelled bodies.

The pretty little blue dragons feed on other sea creatures. Its diet includes the dreaded Portuguese Man o’ War as well as other poisonous siphonophorae, or jellyfish-like creatures.

Its defense mechanism is similar to that of a jellyfish as it secrets a stinging venom via explosive cells embedded within its tissue. Handling by a human can result in tremendous pain as well as very serious toxicity up to and including death.

The Facebook page for Padre Island National Seashore, a public family beach and campground in Corpus Christi, Texas, posted last week warning that one was spotted in the park, and while people should appreciate the chance to see one up close, take caution as their sting can be far worse than that of the Man o’ Wars.

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Photo credit: Padre Island National Seashore

This brilliantly colored and stunningly shaped but dangerous creature was discovered in 1777 by German naturalist and revolutionary, George Forster, the founder of modern-day travel brochures.

It is interesting to note that the slug-like creature is neither male nor female. When mating, both members of a pair can produce fertile eggs that fruit offspring.

Another interesting feature that makes the little blue creatures particularly unique is their ability to absorb and assimilate their prey’s poisonous cells when devouring other siphonophorae, such as the feared Man o’ War, and combine it with their own venom creating one of the most poisonous oceanic stings know to man. Their sting can produce extreme fever, nausea, and respiratory problems which can be fatal.

While sightings of the Blue Dragons have been rare, when seen, they appear in large clusters, most often spotted in the waters near India and Peru. Some archaeologists believe the dragon may have been highly cherished, perhaps even considered sacred, due to ancient indigenous culture’s reverence for such colors as jade, turquoise, and topaz in those regions.

Close biological examination of these creatures has produced little scientific insight into their social behaviors or methods of communication, which makes some scientists believe that they may be able to communicate by methods other than the five senses known to us. The purpose of the creature’s wavy front tentacles also remain largely a mystery to researchers today. Specimens kept in captivity tend not to survive very long. Some researchers have observed individuals attack and consume other individuals while in captivity.

Experts are advising beachgoers to refrain from handling and close examination of the Blue Dragons as their sting can prove quite hazardous. A YouTube video shows one amateur explorer handling the creature safely without protective equipment, which beckons the question why authorities are issuing dire warnings about these visitors from the deep sea.

The Blue Dragon is not alone among strange deep-sea creatures washing up on shores around the world in recent years. Beachgoers in Corpus Christi, Texas also discovered a very rare fish that normally resides around 1200 feet under the surface of the sea. A family in New Zealand came across a pink jellyfish which has been recorded as one of the largest in the world. according to a Fox News article from 2018.

The Gaucus Atlanticus, comes to us from a part of the ocean which remains mysterious and greatly unexplored and unknown to man. The strange biological functions of such creatures tickle the curiosity of those who ponder what other wonders lie beneath the deepest darkest regions of our planet and what of those wonders are not only alien to us, but perhaps alien to this planet.

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