A polygraph specialist attached his machine to plants and they react to stressors and hostile people make them anxious. The results readout much like humans. A very interesting study.Â
Perception in plantlife
Diamonds dancing in a candle flame. ThisÂ changes the way we look at candle flames forever.
The magic and romance of candlelight, the way candles bring a sparkle to our lives, Â might be finding some scientific explanation according to recent research. Throwing a little light on candles, and why they fascinate us so much, a report from Professor Wuzong Zhou of St Andrewâ€™s University, Scotland, published in Chemical Communications Journal reveals that an astonishing 1.5 million tiny diamond nanoparticles are created in a candle flame every second it burns.
Zhou created a new technique of sampling particles from the centre of the flame, something not previously possible. He said, “Unfortunately the diamond particles are burned away in the process, and converted into carbon dioxide, but this will change the way we view a candle flame forever”. Â There is currently no way to extract the diamond particles, but with development the technique could lead to a more environmentally friendly and cheaper way of producing industrial diamonds.
The renowned scientist Michael Faraday in his celebrated 19th century lectures on â€śThe Chemical History of a Candleâ€ť said in an 1860 address to the flame: â€śYou have the glittering beauty of gold and silver, and the still higher lustre of jewels, like the ruby and diamond; but none of these rival the brilliancy and beauty of flame. What diamond can shine like flame?â€ť
Perhaps this goes some way to explaining why illuminating flames and candlelit settings are so entrancing, and why they enhance our perceptions of the beauty of the moment and of the people in it.
Just think, millions of tiny diamonds dancing before our eyes!
Who knew what mysterious hidden jewels were forming, shimmering and dissolving, hidden in plain sight in a candle flame!
what are soy candles?
Soy wax is a new alternative to paraffin wax, made from soybeans, is renewable and cost effective. Â The soybeans are harvested, and then cleaned, cracked open, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The soybean oil is Â extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated. This is the same way they make cooking oil, such as “vegetable shortening”. The hydrogenation process dramatically alters the melting point of the oil, making it a solid at room temperature.
The soybean is one of the most versatile products used today. It has been a high protein source for millions of people for thousands of years. Soybean wax also seems to be the most promising natural wax available.
Natural waxes such as soy waxes are gaining in popularity but natural waxes are not new. Beeswax and tallow were used in colonial times to produce candles. Beeswax is a great natural alternative to paraffin, but unfortunately, to get the same results as a soy-based candle, it is cost prohibitive to use 100% beeswax in candles.
Soy is in lots of things like body & skin care products, hair products, crayons, paint removers, and cleaning products. The production and burning of soy wax candles can greatly benefit the American agricultural economy. When soy wax replaces common paraffin wax, an estimatedÂ 60 million pounds of soy beans will be required for annual candle production.Â I predict we’ll see some happy farmers!
Soy candles last three times longer than petroleum-based candles, have an incredible scent throw with virtually no black soot.
We only source organic, non-gmo, pesticide free natural soy wax. Our Soy Candles never contain NO UNNECESSARY CHEMICAL ADDITIVES such as UV light reflectors and chemical wax stabilizers! Good for You – Good for our Earth.
Enjoy your Caterpillars Soy Candles!
Matt Flannery, CEO of Micro-loan company Kiva.org, see’s the key role small, women owned business plays in shaping a bright and promising future for All Humanity and is a big supporter of Independent Businesses
“We connected with Flannery to discuss how he perceives the current social media landscape, and why it has become so important to his personal mission of empowering entrepreneurship in the developing world.”
Q:The social web seems to be moving us toward a world of micro-communication and micro-communities. Do you see this as a parallel to the success of micro-finance?
A:Yes I do. I was just in New Orleans where our users gave loans to 14 small business entrepreneurs in the 7th and 9th ward â€” communities that have suffered greatly in the post-Katrina economy. On launch day, I watched the astonishment of these entrepreneurs as they witnessed their loans getting funded. It was hard for them, at first, to understand why people from Sweden to Seattle were reaching out to them with a helping hand. They slowly began to understand they were part of something greater â€” a global, digital community. I asked one of the women if it felt like pressure to pay them back. She said she wanted to pay back so that she could give an opportunity to another entrepreneur like herself. She wanted to give back. Thatâ€™s a new twist on an ancient dynamic in the micro-finance movement. It was mutual reciprocity online. It could become a massive village bank. Iâ€™m excited. Thatâ€™s why I do what I do.
~ Read the whole article atÂ mashable
After many years of success, and such high accolades about our candles, we have decided to upgrade our brand image. We feel this new chic design perfectly conveys what you, our loyal customers esteem our candles to be.
or browse around theÂ Caterpillars Soy Candles Homepage
It is camping and hiking season, now is the time to remind your children of survival basics.
In almost any emergency, but especially in a survival situation, it is critical that you firstÂ S.T.O.P.
“S” is forÂ Stop. Take a deep breath, sit down if possible, calm yourself and recognize that whatever has happened to get you here is past and cannot be undone. You are now in a survival situation and that means . . .”T” is forÂ Think. Your most important asset is your brain. Use it! Don’t Panic! Move with deliberate care. Think first, so you have no regrets later. Take no action, even a foot step, until you have thought it through. Unrecoverable mistakes and injuries, potentially serious in a survival situation, occur when we act before we engage our brain. Then . . .
“O” is forÂ Observe. Take a look around you. Assess your situation and options. Consider the terrain, weather and resources. Take stock of your supplies, equipment, surroundings, your personal capabilities and, if there are any, the abilities of your fellow survivors.
“P” is forÂ Plan. Prioritize your immediate needs and develop a plan to systematically deal with the emergency and contingencies while conserving your energy. Then, follow your plan. Adjust your plan only as necessary to deal with changing circumstances.
YOU WILL SURVIVE!
It’s absolutely critical that you STAY PUT! If lost, the odds that you will find your way out are slim. If injured, you’ll only make it worse by trying to travel. If it’s just gotten late, you stand a good chance of getting lost in the darkness. However, if you stay put you will be found, likely in only a few hours. Don’t make it harder for searchers by moving around.
If you are with another person or a group, always stay together. Do not separate, do not split up, and never move out of sight or hearing of each other.
When you are noticed missing, others will start to search for you immediately. Before long a lot of volunteers and professional search and rescue people will join in the search. All you have to do is stay safe and stay put and they will find you.
There are only a few fundamentals to wilderness survival. You must maintain your body temperature at or near 98.6 degrees (fahrenheit). Too cold (hypothermia) or too hot (hyperthermia) and you can die. You need to conserve energy. Don’t waste it by “doing” before “thinking.” Water is vital for your body and mind to function properly. You need both working as good as possible. Finally, remember that your only responsibilities are to stay alive, and if at all possible, make yourself easier to find by actively working at attracting attention to yourself.
For more survival tips visit this site
or check out the “idiots guide to camping, hiking and the great outdoors”
Chasing Green Blog recommends ourÂ eco-friendly candles.. “Aerosol spray air fresheners are particularly bad because they produce tiny droplets that are easily inhaled and absorbed into the body. In addition, their propellants are usually butane and propane, which are flammable and toxic to the nerves at high levels. Aerosol air fresheners have also been linked to documented cases of headaches, ear infections, even diarrhea. Another worry is that small children might be tempted to taste air fresheners that smell like fruit or candy.
Candles are generally made from paraffin, which is a non-renewable petroleum product that causes pollution in its production. The indoor air pollution caused by lit candles can also trigger allergies and asthma: you breathe what you burn…Instead of traditional paraffin candles, look for soy or beeswax candles scented with essential oils. Visit CaterpillarsCandles.comÂ to choose your perfect scent” … read fullÂ article here