Grassroots

Sam here. I started this blog as a means of spreading easy-to-do tips to protect the environment. You might have heard of some of them, but some might be completely new. I've incorporated these ideas into my own life as well. I hope you find them helpful and and maybe even fun! Even though the Earth isn't going to disappear in a cloud of our Styrofoam anytime soon, it's important that we appreciate the planet that sustains us. Come be a part of this grassroots movement!
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LA Metro Home | Maps & Timetables 

I want to start using public transportation more. Be the change you want to see in the world.

mothernaturenetwork:

New study links a genetic mutation to autism
A groundbreaking study links a subcategory of autism to a specific genetic mutation called CHD8.

rorschachx:

Wasp builds nest out of dead ants

A newly discovered insect has been dubbed the bone-house wasp for good reason: Researchers report that it is the only known species to build its nest with dead ants. Whereas other wasps use pieces of arthropods to disguise their nest, the bone-house wasp (Deuteragenia ossarium) is the first to use whole ants, the researchers report this month in PLOS ONE. Scientists discovered the wasp when they traveled to southeast China’s Gutianshan National Nature Reserve and set up trap nests—plastic tubes filled with cutouts of the giant cane plant for the wasps to nest in. Inside, the wasps built brood cells, little cavities with walls made from plant debris, resin, or soil, for their developing young. When the entrance cell was filled with ants, a variety of parasitic wasp and fly species attacked only 3% of brood cells. Nests belonging to wasp species that don’t follow this behavior were parasitized at a rate of 16.5%. The ant species (Pachycondyla astuta) that appeared most often in the wasps’ barricades is abundant, aggressive, and has a mean sting. The researchers hypothesize that the ants’ smell—which lingers after death—functions either to disguise the odor of the wasp’s offspring or to dissuade predators who know better than to pick a fight.

Via Science

| image: Michael Staab

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junkculture:

Artist Transforms a Pile of Trash into a Mind-Bending Anamorphic Illusion

French artist Bernard Pras creates artwork using a technique called anamorphosis, a distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to use special devices to see the complete artwork.
His latest project on exhibit at Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval, near Lyon, France is a portrait of Ferdinand Cheval (a French postman who spent thirty-three years of his life building Le Palais idéal in Hauterives), made up of various objects found around the installation site which requires being viewed from a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image.
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(Source: boredpanda.com)

Reusing my blueberry bowl as a cup so as to reduce the number of dishes being washed! Let’s save water!

Recycling can mean turning paper trash into art! :)

Rice-Based Chopsticks More Stylish Than Original (and Eco-Friendly, Too?) 

Just donated :D

22 Ways to Reuse Paper 

My newest water carrier. Recycling is awesome. :D

neaq:

There are some jaw-dropping pictures on the Whale Watch Log today!

Get it? Jaw-dropping? The whales were open-mouth feeding.

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