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This is big. https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/spirit-molecule-dmt-keeps-cells-alive-when-oxygen-levels-low/?fbclid=IwAR1CPIVBio8waARjiVPQd5pFVx_HSjtH2EmgH5T3OHXYkjGcCWWYzNJA-aU
Some promising research on electric fuel cells and how biomimicry of cacti skin may improve their performance and longevity. The full article can be found here: https://blog.csiro.au/cactus-inspired-skin-gives-electric-cars-spike/
bogfrog posted a topic in News & NoticesIn March 2015, Wellington will host the Psychedelics in Art, Science and Healing Symposium!! This is the first of any such event I have heard of taking place in New Zealand, and I certainly hope it generates enough interest and support to become an ongoing thing. A campaign has been established seeking support to fund the event - if you are not in a position to contribute financially, please help to spread the word! Check this link for details on speakers, film screenings and ways you can contribute: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/psychedelics-in-art-science-and-healing-2015 "The psychedelic community has not yet come together and joined arms in New Zealand. Although we have much to offer, we must raise the level of awareness, conversation and action around Psychedelics in the arts, in therapy, in science and in society generally. We hope to bring legitimacy and a sense of motion to the psychedelic community here by collecting everything we have and displaying it so everyone who wants to can find us. Psychedelics in the arts: painting, digital art, tattoo, film, jewelry, music Psychedelics in Therapy: PTSD, anxiety disorders, depression, addiction, alcoholism Psychedelics in Science: The 'hard problem' of consciousness - who are we? Where are we going? New Zealand is quietly becoming a leader in Psychedelic Science: We are the only country where Ibogaine is a prescription Medicine, we've had a trial in Dunedin for Ketamine's efficacy in ameliorating end-of-life anxiety and currently we have an MDMA trial in Auckland treating Tinnitus of all things. As a nation we're industrious free-thinkers looking to cross the horizon. It's time to take up our mantle and speak freely about these potentially highly beneficial substances. We have a lot to offer and it's time to show it!" :) can't wait!
I recently discovered that the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service produced this cool online map. You can hunt for particular species of plants or animals, and you view a map of your chosen area with markers showing where various sightings of the things you are looking for are located. It even shows the exact GPS co-ordinates and the date spotted. I just did a search for Duboisia myoperoides in the Blue Mountains National Park, and there were six sightings. I thought it was a coastal species but it seems to extend inland further than I thought. I reckon it's pretty interesting idea to go and check out plants in the wild - perhaps as a control to see if it matches up to plants we already have in our collection, or just because we would love to see it growing naturally. But, I am a bit concerned that some people might abuse this cool tool. Please do not go out there and cause damage. Just because corporations behave like that, doesn't mean we have to follow in their footsteps. Our ecosystems are fragile and under enough threat as it is without us taking great care of what we have left. I think it might be nice to act a bit pro-actively with this stuff too, perhaps there is information we have on species that could be fed back to the Parks to help them come up with management plans for protecting endangered species. NSW Wildlife Atlas EDIT typos