Researchers Simplify Process to Purify Water Using Seed Extracts

Researchers have streamlined and simplified a process that uses extracts from seeds of Moringa oleifa trees to purify water, reducing levels of harmful bacteria by 90% to 99%. The hardy trees that are drought resistant are cultivated widely throughout many countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

The protocol, which is outlined in a Current Protocols in Microbiology review, is low-cost and efficient, making it especially useful for people living in extreme poverty in developing countries who are presently drinking highly turbid and contaminated water. Of these, some 2 million are reckoned to die from waterborne diseases every year, with the majority of deaths occurring in young children.

“The use of these techniques will not be a panacea against waterborne disease; however, increasing the use of the Moringa tree would bring benefits in the shape of nutrition and income, as well as purer water,” said author Michael Lea.


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What’s the balance between protecting yourself and the community from toxic levels of self loathing in trans women and not abandoning other trans women to continue down self destructive and outwardly destructive paths?

Where are the lines drawn in activist spaces, radical spaces and personal spaces? Where should lines be drawn? Should those lines be rigid? Should they be flexible?

Throughout my entire time on tumblr I have skirted over the line back and forth back and forth. I’ve forgiven too hard in some cases, dumped too much energy into coaxing other trans women to self love only to be burned. I’ve been too rigid and unforgiving in some cases, abandoned other trans women to their fate, some of whom later did find their way but suffered immensely from their own self loathing in the meantime and caused a lot of suffering while they were at it.

There are some on tumblr (and other spaces) that always forgive and reach out. They are struck by burnout constantly and harmed regularly but they also leave no one behind to burn. They never burn and excise others, even the most horrendous of truscum and self haters and some of them have saved more lives than I can count. But they’ve been taken advantage of so often and with such awful results.

There are some on tumblr (and other spaces) that always lock down spaces, who go for the throat for anyone who isn’t on top of things or who acts out internalized transmisogyny. They always keep their spaces safe and they dodge many of the worst parasites and harmers. But they’ve abandoned so many, they’ve even harmed trans women who later on came to understanding and are wary of involving themselves in communities as a result. Even afraid of community to begin with.

Where is the balance? How does one know who can be coaxed away and who will bite at the hand that reaches out forever?

How do you find that balance?

How do you save the most, regain the most, bring the most in without destroying yourself or allowing parasites and abusers into your safer spaces?

How do you protect your own and protect yourself without tossing away other trans women like garbage, abandoning and leaving behind those you could save and coax away, forever trapped in the walls of your tiny fortress with so many suffering outside?

Hard questions. I don’t have the answers

Shaitan’s Words at the Closing of the Day of Judgment (Quran 14:22)

وَقَالَ الشَّيْطَانُ لَمَّا قُضِيَ الْأَمْرُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَعَدَكُمْ وَعْدَ الْحَقِّ وَوَعَدْتُكُمْ فَأَخْلَفْتُكُمْ وَمَا كَانَ لِي عَلَيْكُمْ مِنْ سُلْطَانٍ إِلَّا أَنْ دَعَوْتُكُمْ فَاسْتَجَبْتُمْ لِي فَلَا تَلُومُونِي وَلُومُوا أَنْفُسَكُمْ مَا أَنَا بِمُصْرِخِكُمْ وَمَا أَنْتُمْ بِمُصْرِخِيَّ إِنِّي كَفَرْتُ بِمَا أَشْرَكْتُمُونِ مِنْ قَبْلُ إِنَّ الظَّالِمِينَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ

And when everything will have been decided, Satan will say: “God promised you a true promise, and I, too, promised to you - but I deceived you. But I had no power at all over you: I only invited you-and you responded to me. Therefore blame not me, but blame yourselves. It is not for me to respond to your cries, nor for you to respond to mine: for indeed I have [always] refused to admit that there was any truth in your ascribing me as a partner (to Allah). Verily, for all evildoers there is grievous suffering in store.” (Quran 14:22)

Originally found on: mahakhalid111

Let's Dial Down Some (Maybe) Ovulation Freakouts

"AND OMFG I WAS OVULATING, TOO!!!!!!!" This sentence is becoming familiar to us.

We have had some new readers coming in freaking out about a possible pregnancy, often having decided doom is certainly upon them because an app told them they were ovulating the same day they were doing whatever sex-thing they were doing, often things which were non-risks in the first place.

More young people seem to be developing some new knowledge about fertility cycles. I think that’s great. Well, kind of great. Thing is, lots of the information you’re getting, or think you have, is often dodgy, only half the picture, or just flat-out wrong.

For instance, people have expressed that they think anytime they have thinner vaginal discharge, or a discharge they’ve not noticed before, it must be ovulation, thinking ovulation happens for everyone on day 14, or smack in the middle of a cycle, or that an app that only tracks periods can give truly accurate estimates of their fertile times. We’re also having a number of users coming in who seem to think ovulation creates some kind of pregnancy magic (Shazam!) where people are able to become pregnant without being any part of the things that create a real possibility of pregnancy in the first place.

You all have enough to worry about already! Worrying about things that either aren’t sound or realistic, or may be either but still don’t = The End of the World? You just don’t need that extra, typically needless, stress. Nobody does.

There’s a LOT of information online that talks about reproduction and conception — though the majority of fertility information is based on older people, and also intended for people having trouble conceiving who are trying to make that happen. There is also a lot of social or cultural scare-makers focusing on teen pregnancy. It’s not surprising some users arrive here terrified about a possible pregnancy, even when no one’s done the things that can cause a pregnancy, or has been doing so without contraception. Of course, it is a big deal to actually become pregnant, a big deal to make the myriad of choices involved, and a big deal to think that might be a reality for you. But even when that is for real, please know the endlessly constructed and loudly broadcast catastrophic teen pregnancy scenarios are only one way that goes: there are many, many people who have done just fine with an unplanned pregnancy, including during their teens.

Being scared of things that are actually happening, and are real or sound is one thing: being scared of things that either are not real, or could be, but are not for you right now or probably aren’t? Not so much.

Charting fertility well, where the information you are gathering and interpreting is highly likely to be accurate isn’t hard, but it involves doing more than just tracking the dates of menstrual periods. A lot of people are using apps for tracking periods, which also say they can predict fertility. But almost none of them even ask for the information needed to do that very accurately.

Read the rest at Scarleteen here.

Thought I’d share an example of how I warm up and get loose amidst a day of work.  Often times when I’m storyboarding, and I get stuck, I just doodle on an entire page as quick as I can, and let it flow.  Sometimes the results are a bit bizarre, but it usually does the trick and getting the creative juices flowing again.

anonymous said:

Do you guys know things to do while you're having a panic attack, to calm you down? I just started having them and I told my mom but I don't know what to do. -M.

There are a few things that you can do to help out with a panic attack, both physically and mentally.

  • Take deep breaths. Deep breathing is the best thing to do to eliminate stress. Breathe in through your nose and fill your lungs, hold it for a few seconds, and breathe out slowly through your mouth. You can count too if that helps you just focus on breathing. Just keep repeating this. Short, small breaths don’t help you because that induces panic.
  • Close your eyes and picture somewhere else. Anywhere. Think of all the senses, it can be a place you love, or an imaginary place. But think of every little detail and live in that picture for a bit. Who’s with you? What are you wearing? What do you feel, smell, taste, see? Everything. Focus on just that.

Sometimes it doesn’t help to just do breathing if you have already started panicking and can’t quite turn off those thoughts. In that case, you can do some physical grounding:

  • splash water on your face or wrists to help you keep from getting lost in your mind and panicking
  • have an object that you can touch or carry in your pocket that makes you feel better
  • call a friend or someone who you can talk to and who hearing their voice will make you feel better
  • tell a friend who is with you and have them hold your hand or arm because that physical touch can help a lot
  • grip onto something tight and literally “ground” your feet into the floor
  • get away from the scene, go outside if you can, get some water

It also helps to know what a panic attack is. You need to continue to repeat to yourself that you will be okay. Panicking won’t do anything bad to you.

A panic attack is a flash of adrenalin going through the body. It’s basically your body preparing for “fight or flight” just out of context, because there is no immediate danger. And if there was danger, do you think you would pass out, throw up, or fall down? No. That’s what’s going on here too. You just feel like these things may happen because of how uncomfortable it is, but nothing bad will happen to you during a panic attack. You need to understand that because just telling yourself that you’ll be okay will help immensely. Know that a panic attack won’t hurt you; just keep repeating that you’ll be okay.