Sunday, April 30, 2017

How Moss Saved Lives During WWI, India's Vanishing Stepwells, The Caterpillar That Eats Plastic and More

How Moss Saved Lives During WWI, India's Vanishing Stepwells, The Caterpillar That Eats Plastic and More

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Smithsonian Weekender    APRIL 2017

How Humble Moss Healed the Wounds of Thousands in World War I

The same extraordinary properties that make this plant an “ecosystem engineer” also helped save human lives

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Unlikely savior: The remarkable properties of spaghnum moss help preserve long-dead bodies, sequester carbon and even heal wounds. (4kodiak / iStock)

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Explore China's Ancient Water Towns, Why Humpback Whales Whisper to One Another, The Embarrassing Start of Washington's Congress and More

 
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Explore China's Ancient Water Towns
 
 
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Borders are not natural, they are made by man. May it be between places, races, cultures, and fence or between illiteracy and education. On one side of the border lies the children who are devoid of education. The most common reason of illiteracy among children is poverty, which is nothing but the result of corruption. Again, poverty and child labour are inevitably bound together.
 
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