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Juice Company Dumps 12,000 Tonnes Of Orange Peel In The Forest And Transforms Forest Into Magical Landscape

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

In the late 1990s, an experimental conservation project in Costa Rica saw a juice company dump 1,000 truckloads of discarded orange peel on degraded land. Unfortunately, the project was forced to end in its second year and was forgotten about – until now. Nearly two decades after the project was abandoned, the orange peel has grown into a thriving lush green forest.

In 1997, two ecologists from the University of Pennsylvania approached Del Oro, a Costa Rican orange juice manufacturer. They said that if Del Oro agreed to donate parts of its land bordering the Guanacaste Conservation Area, a national park, the company would be free to dump its waste orange peel at no cost in designated zones where the soil quality was poor. Del Oro decided to seize this unique opportunity and some 12,000 tonnes of orange peel was dumped on the deserted pasture.

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A Hole The Size Of Lake Superior Opened Up In Antarctica, And Scientists Have No Idea What It Is

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By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

On this truly auspicious day (10/10/10), news of the mysterious nature was revealed by atmospheric physicist Kent Moore, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus. Reportedly, a hole as large as Lake Superior — or the entire state of Maine — has opened up in Antarctica, and scientists are stumped as to why it is there.

Moore told Vice that the hole “is quite remarkable,” and that “it looks like you punched a hole in the ice.” According to the atmospheric physicist, areas of open water surrounded by sea ice are known as  polynias. Though they are common in coastal regions of Antarctica, this one is confusing to scientists because the polynia is “deep in the ice pack.” As a result, it has been formed by processes that aren’t understood. “This is hundreds of kilometres from the ice edge. If we didn’t have a satellite, we wouldn’t know it was there,” said Moore. At its peak, the phenomena measures 80,000 k㎡.

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According To Science, Japanese “Forest Bathing” Can Improve Your Health

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

In 1982, forest bathing became part of the national public health program in Japan. Forest bathing is a “Shinrin-yoku’’ therapy that encourages you to take in the forest atmosphere. This therapy has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.

Forest bathing doesn’t require you to do any exercise. No working out, no jogging or hiking, just quiet contemplation surrounded by trees. Forest bathing is about relaxing.

Japan have spent many years studying the physical and psychological effects of forest bathing. From 2004 to 2012, they spent $4 million dollars conducting scientific research into the benefits of forest bathing. According to the findings, this Japanese practice has been proven to lower heart rate, boost immune system, reduce stress hormone production and improve your overall wellbeing.

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Seattle Commit To Banning Plastic Straws And Utensils In Restaurants

By Jess Murray Truth Theory

Our planet has a major plastic problem, and the only way to help it is to drastically reduce our plastic consumption. Whilst it is great to reduce plastic use within our own homes, we all know the feeling of when we get sent a package that has been unexpectedly wrapped in numerous layers of plastic, or when unnecessary plastic items are given to us during meals out in public places. There are currently 300 million tons of plastic being produced globally every single year, according to recent reports.

However, as the serious issue of plastic pollution arises increasingly in the public eye, more businesses are trying hard to face the problem head on, and reduce their use of plastic where it’s not needed, or alternatives can be found.

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The Future Of Farming: Phone-Powered AI Detects Diseases In Cassava Plant With Incredible Accuracy

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

With Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the rise, many industries are now looking to this advanced technology to help businesses grow more efficient. One such industry is modern agriculture. AI-based digital farming solutions can significantly accelerate learning. Farmers are now making informed decisions about how they use resources like soil, water and energy by using AI technology.

The cassava plant is the most widely grown root crop on Earth. Researchers just developed a program that detect diseases in the plant with almost 100 percent accuracy. The technology does not require cloud computing or hulking processors for that matter. Instead, the network that powers it runs entirely on a smartphone-based program.

“Some neural networks require hundreds of millions of parameters and just the file size you would need to store those is beyond what you could include in an app,” says Google’s Pete Warden. “Happily, it turns out that networks trained to recognise certain kinds of objects can actually be taught to recognise other things with a lot less data, and that’s really the idea behind transfer learning,” says Warden.

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Mesmerizing White Humpback Whale Spotted Off The Coast Of Australia [Video]

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Jump, Migaloo! In recent months, we’ve seen photographs of white giraffes and even a white moose. Now, footage has been shared of a rare white humpback whale, and nature enthusiasts can’t contain their excitement. The whale, named Migaloo (after the Aboriginal word meaning “white man”), was recently spotted off the coast of Sydney, Australia. And, he is just as majestic as many remember.

Migaloo was first spotted in 1990 and is believed to be around 30 years old. As National Geographic reports, it is unknown whether or not he has leucism (a condition which results in white or patchy skin, but the eyes remain dark) or is a true albino, meaning he doesn’t produce any pigment at all.

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Richard Branson: We’ll Soon Think It’s ‘Archaic’ To Kill Animals For Food

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

When grocery shopping, few people give consideration to where the food they are putting in their shopping baskets comes from. As a result, humans have become incredibly disconnected from the natural world and are largely ignorant about the ethical and environmental implications of eating animals. However, according to Richard Branson — the founder of Virgin and an investor in plant-based start-ups, this will soon change.

In August of this year, Branson wrote a blog post about his investment in Memphis Meats. He expressed his vision about the future of food, writing: “I believe that in 30 years or so we will no longer need to kill any animals and that all meat will either be clean or plant-based, taste the same and also be much healthier for everyone. One day we will look back and think how archaic our grandparents were in killing animals for food.”

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Dozens Of Pages of Analysis From A Monsanto Study Found Copy-Pasted in European Food Safety Report

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Monsanto, are a multinational corporation that was once known for manufacturing Agent Orange for use as a chemical weapon in the Vietnam War. In September 2016, the German chemical company Bayer merged with Monsanto and became one of the world’s biggest agricultural conglomerates.

Monsanto are notoriously known for their super-corporation approach to nutrition. The company and its genetically modified organism (GMO) seeds have been the subject of global protests around the world. They have reaped huge profits from selling its popular weedkiller, glyphosate (known as “RoundUp”) in tandem with crops genetically engineered to withstand glyphosate (“RoundUp Ready”) crop. Last year, RoundUp brought in around £3.5bn.

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This Cave In Mexico Houses The World’s Largest — And Most Beautiful — Crystals

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Nearly twenty years ago, miners made an incredible discovery in the city of Chihuahua, Mexico. Approximately 980 feet (300 meters) below the ground, there is a hidden cave that houses some of the world’s largest — and most beautiful — crystals ever found. It’s called the Giant Crystal Cave — or Cave of Crystals, and it’s approximately 500,000 years old.

BBC reports that the natural wonder is located below the Naica Mine. Untouched for thousands of years before it was discovered, the cave contains jaw-dropping crystals that are mammoth in size compared to the humans who enter the area. Some selenite crystals measure up to 39 feet (12 meters) in length!

While the cave is glorious to behold, it is also a hostile environment. At times, temperatures can reach up to 136 degrees Fahrenheit (59 degrees Celsius), and humidity reaches over 90 percent. This is an ideal environment for the crystals to thrive, but is unsuitable for humans and animals.

After the cave was discovered, the mining company pumped water out of the cavern so scientists could study and document the mineral formations. Now, it is flooded once again. This is a positive development, actually, as air causes the crystals to deteriorate.

Why is the cave so warm, and how were the crystals formed?

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100% Of Puerto Rico Is Without Electricity In Wake Of Hurricane Maria

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, 3.4 million people in Puerto Rico have been left without power. Maria devastated the territory. It flooded towns, blew out windows at hospitals and police stations, crushed homes and knocked out the entire electrical grid. Phone and internet services have also collapsed in Puerto Rico, leaving many people isolated and without communication.

Mayor of the capital San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, said: “The San Juan that we knew yesterday is no longer there. We’re looking at four to six months without electricity.” Gov. Ricardo Rossello also said “we all knew this was going to happen given the vulnerable infrastructure”. He went on to say “there’s a humanitarian emergency here in Puerto Rico….this is an event without precedent.” Felix Delgado, Mayor of the Northern coastal city of Catano said: “Months and months and months and months are going to pass before we can recover from this.”

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