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Roinn Reborn, Serendipity Arts Festival 2018 Naga, (Sanskrit: “serpent”) in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, a member of a class of mythical semi divine beings, half human and half cobra. They are a strong, handsome species who can assume either wholly human or wholly serpentine form and are potentially dangerous but often beneficial to humans. They live in an underground kingdom called Naga-loka, or Patala-loka( the termite mound), which is filled with resplendent palaces, beautifully ornamented with precious gems. They are also associated with waters—rivers, lakes, seas, and wells—and are guardians of treasure. Southeast Asia, with its many rivers, islands and long coastal stretches, gave rise to several 'water civilisations'—civilisations that flourished because of its location near a prominent water body. Almost every ethnic group in Southeast Asia believe that the creation of the world involved water, usually in the form of a flood that followed the cosmic fire. And as people travel regularly across waters, they also start to observe various water-related phenomena and develop corresponding beliefs. The accumulated experience in the region with the sea alternating with the land could have led to the formulation (or adaptation) of the Hindu-Buddhist Cosmological Model, which has alternate rings of oceans and continents with the sacred Mount Meru in the centre

To consider termites plunderers is unfair. They are the most important animals in a forest ecosystem, single-handedly decomposing 40% to 100% of the decaying wood and thereby enriching the soil. Subterranean termites, which are among the ones that bothers us humans, serve us well too. As they tunnel through the soil, building swarming tubes to forage for food, they increase the soil’s porosity, facilitating greater percolation of water. Termites are known to dig as deep as over 100 feet in search of water to maintain the humidity of their mounds. As early as 500 CE, Indian astronomer Varahamihira wrote in the Brihat-Samhita that termite mounds were indicators of ground water and mineral deposits.  Termites and fungi as recyclers of forests detritus, also hopefully someday will shed light into recycling of urban detritus and plastic. they are working over the millennia in total darkness without much recognition,I hope to illuminate their importance in our lives. What can the study of termites tell us about technology? The things that termites do—eating wood, coordinating parts without a master plan, making land more fertile—are all things that humans want to do to live more lightly on the earth while exerting more control. Our past has been harnessing big forces of the earth—hydroelectric dams, drilling for oil, gas and coal—and building a huge network of pipelines and tankers around the earth. Our future is in harnessing the very small—small robots and sensors, microbes that can produce chemicals in stunning quantities, emergent systems where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts—and termites are a perfect model of that.

Trillium falls silk and verdant redwood landscapes from hiking last spring. ~ -P.S. its weird to think that this landscape was covered in snow last night for the first time in 20 or so years... #landscapephotography #waterfalls #trilliumfalls #redwoods #nationalparks #verdant #landscapes #forest #science #lazyshutters #motion #flow #ferns #flora #environmentalscience #ecologicaldesign #biomimicry #interconnected #ecosystem #naturephotography #earthart #artinspiration #alanwatts #taoism #canonrebel #adventures #adventuretime #throwback #latergram

“I was always interested in using my brain and abilities to solve issues that delight people or that can solve sustainability issues. I thought, ‘why can’t I delight people and be sustainable at the same time?’,” says design engineer Julian Melchiorri, whose artificial leaf is helping buildings reduce their carbon footprint. . . . #sustainability #greeninfrastructure #innovation #designengineer #engineering #biomimicry

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