Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

President asks researchers to come up with better food technology

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told the agriculture minister and governors to challenge researchers and other Indonesians to compete for a substantial cash prize to develop formulas for the production of noodles made from local materials.

"Please develop noodles that are made of local -- instead of imported -- materials. We have cassavas, sweet potatoes, corn and other staple foods," he said before presenting the 2007 National Food Security awards at the State Palace in Jakarta on Thursday.

"Noodles have the potential to replace rice," Yudhoyono was quoted as saying by newsportal, saying the official competition to modify noodles would begin early in 2008.

Currently noodles in Indonesia are made of imported wheat flour.

The awards were given to the governors of East Java, Jambi, Riau, South Sumatra, South Sulawesi and Yogyakarta, as well as to 11 regents, a mayor, 108 farmers groups and 30 farming officials.

At a separate event scientists announced they had found a cheaper substitute for the raw material of the ubiquitous Indonesian tempe, a protein-rich cake made from soybeans, which Indonesia currently imports from the United States.

"Indonesia and Australia have been successful in making tempe from lupin, a kind of bean that grows in Australia," said program leader of the Food Science and Technology School of Public Health at the Curtin University of Technology in Australia, Prof. Vijay Jayasena.

"The cost of the lupin bean is less than half the cost of imported American soybeans," he said at a seminar at the Australian Embassy on the development of food science and technology in Indonesia.

The joint research on lupin-based tempe was a cooperative effort between Curtin University and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).

Director of LIPI's chemical research center, LB Sugeng Kardono, said lupin beans couldn't grow properly in Indonesia.

"We tried to grow them at LIPI, but the plants were always beanless," he said.

Lupin is the common name for members of the genus Lupinus in the legume family (Fabaceae). There are more than 200 species of lupin.

Australia is the largest lupin producer at more than 984,000 tons a year, accounting for the lion's share of the world's annual production of some 1.15 million tons.

Vijay and Kardono also presented other recent developments in the field of food science and technology, introducing several food processing technologies to an audience of biology and chemistry students.

Vijay described a variety of methods, including high pressure processing, irradiation, extrusion, intelligent packaging using time and temperature indicators, active packaging, micro capsulation and ozone treatment, all of which are commonly used in other countries.

Kardono said the methods hadn't been implemented in Indonesia because they were costly.

"These methods do not necessarily need a costly high-tech investment, just local instruments and the willingness to think outside the box," Vijay said.

He cited the example of an extrusion machine developed by researchers and the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. They were able to build the machine for one-tenth of the usual cost of US$180,000 for an imported machine.

Kardono added that LIPI was currently focusing on creating food that has an added health value, like vitamin-enriched food and curries that can fight cholesterol. (lva)

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