Going from PayPal, I thought: ‘Well, what are some of the other problems that are likely to most affect the future of humanity?’ Not from the perspective, 'What’s the best way to make money?

Elon Musk, the man who started out with an online financial services company which became PayPal, then put his money at stake for the private spaceflight firm SpaceX to revolutionize space technology with the ultimate goal of enabling humanity become a multiplanet species;
co-founded Tesla Motors to manufacture electric cars;
and then started serving as chairman of SolarCity, which designs and installs solar power systems for households and businesses, leading the way to clean energy revolution.

These things are needed to sustain our environment and in the long term, help human species survive.

May it be an inspiration to do stuff that actually makes a change.

Further reading: How (and Why) SpaceX Will Colonize Mars, How Tesla Will Change The World



“Tile finds whatever you’ve lost, if you’ve stuck one of the little white Tile squares to it. Each Tile pairs with an iOS app, so when the item goes missing, you can use your Apple device to track it down. But that’s just the beginning. The company is planning to build a community of users, any of whom could track down your item if it goes missing in public.”

(via Incredible Tiny Device Finds Your Keys, Busts Car Thieves and Saves the Universe | Adweek)


I’m pretty sure French people didn’t invent all this shit because they like to surrender.

  • spitzer bullets, smokeless powder
  • integrated paper cartridges (+Switzerland)
  • Minié balls (+England)
  • metallic cartridges (pinfire and rimfire)
  • putting shotguns in revolvers
  • flintlock
  • modern tank layout, light tanks
  • slopped cast armor
  • bayonets
  • style
A Simple Floating Greenhouse

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Studiomobile, an Italian design firm, has joined forces with Stefano Mancuso, a professor at the University of Florence and the director of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology, in an effort to create a prototype floating greenhouse. The main aim of the project is improving food security for people living in areas with little arable land, though the usefulness of this greenhouse goes much farther.

The so-called Jellyfish Barge they created can operate off-the-grid, and is capable of producing its own clean water through a system of solar distillation.

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The Jellyfish Barge is basically a large glass greenhouse which rests atop a circular wooden base that is able to float due to the 96 recycled plastic drums that are affixed to it. It measures 753 square feet (70 square meters) and is modular, meaning that these barges can be attached one to another, to make a larger and more productive food growing greenhouse.

This innovative greenhouse is also capable of using the water it floats on for irrigation, and the best part about it is that it doesn’t even have to be fresh water. The Jellyfish Barge can be deployed in rivers, lakes or the sea, and is also capable of functioning on polluted water. The water for irrigation is properly treated with the use of seven onboard solar stills. Each Jellyfish Barge also comes with a rainwater catchment system, which can produce about 39 gallons (150 liters) of water per day.

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The barge uses the process of solar distillation, which is a natural phenomenon that the creators of the Jellyfish Barge were able to replicate on a small scale. Their system works by sucking in moist air then making it condense into drums, which are placed in contact with the cold surface of the water it floats on. The fans and pumps used to make this happen use very little energy, which is wholly provided by the renewable energy harvested on the surface of the greenhouse.

This barge also comes with a hydroponic system, which, according to the creators, is able to conserve 70 percent more water than standard hydroponic systems. The hydroponics are monitored and controlled via an automated system.

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According to Studiomobile, one Jellyfish Barge unit can be used to grow enough food to sustain two families. Right now, the creators are still focusing on further improving the design and lowering the costs of building it, but it would be nice to see this greenhouse hit the market soon.



This guy Manoj Bhargava made 5 hour energy and now he’s worth 4 billion dollars but he’s using 99% of it to give back and fund research and inventions that benefit the environment and the world. He’s building hospitals, funding projects that could save lives. His team of engineers have found such simple solutions to problems that we’ve been debating politically for decades. This guy needs to be more well known and people, specifically politicians, need to understand that it’s not about the money. It’s about all the lives we could save with this technology and all the people we could help. I just think this video is worth your time. I really do.

Kit Yamoyo

We know how to treat diarrhea. Zinc and oral rehydration solution (ORS) are proven, affordable treatments, yet diarrhea still kills nearly 600,000 children annually. In rural areas, it’s often easier to find a bottle of Coca-Cola than these lifesaving medicines. ColaLife developed Kit Yamoyo to bundle and deliver zinc and ORS to African children by piggybacking on the beverage company’s delivery system and local social marketing. The kit contains zinc, ORS, and soap, and the packaging serves multiple purposes: a measuring guide, a mixing and storage device, and a cup.

(From PATH)


Maynard Carbine
Massachusetts Arms Co. 
Chicopee, MA

As southern secession and even a possible war against the Union became more realistic by the late 1850s, many southern governments looked to bolster their armories. Thus, as demand for both edged weapons and firearms spiked around the country, arms production became big business – and not just for gunsmiths. Practically anyone with even a remotely practical idea on how to gain a battlefield advantage through superior firepower could cash in, and from the mid-1850s through to the end of the Civil War, an influx of firearm alterations, gadgets, gizmos and other weaponized curiosa emerged.

One such offering was the Maynard Carbine, named for its inventor, a New York dentist named Dr. Edward Maynard, whose southern advertising campaign emphasized ease of use:  “Nothing to do with a Maynard but load her up, turn her north, and pull the trigger; if twenty of them don’t clear out all yankee-dom than I’m a liar…” The ads worked. Southern armories ordered about 1,600 of these first-model, breech-loading pieces prior to secession, and the Confederate Congress placed an additional order of 1,000 guns for assorted Cavalry units throughout Virginia and the Carolinas.

Carrying a nickname of “pop-gun,” the Maynard was anything but. It was an efficient weapon to say the least. Factory warranted to fire 12 rounds per minute with an effective range of 1600 yards, it was simplistic in its workings as a breechloader and, moreover, utilized brass cartridges. But, despite its overwhelming popularity, the Maynard had its shortcomings. The lack of a forward stock, for instance, forced the shooter to place his hand on a bare metal barrel, which after six or so rounds became quite hot to the touch. More of a liability, however, was its paper tape primer (similar to toy cap guns still around even now). In an effort to cut down on reloading time, Maynard devised a rolled length of tape embedded with multiple mercury fulminate capsules. Unlike the single-shot percussion caps, however, these capsules were embedded at measured intervals inside the tape and would automatically feed into place when the hammer was cocked. 

To be fair, Maynard’s paper tape priming system worked great - at least until it started raining. Despite its varnishing, the tape roll still proved unreliable in damp conditions, and was soon replaced with the standard metallic percussion cap action. 

Weaponry Wednesday: Each Wednesday we post an object (or group of objects) from the Charleston Museum’s diverse weapons collection. Many Weaponry Wednesday items may be on permanent exhibit in our armory or elsewhere in the museum, but some pieces rarely see exhibition, temporary or permanent, but are well worth sharing.  We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on WEAPONRY WEDNESDAY! Also, we always want to learn more about our collection - if you have some insights on a piece, please feel free to share!  #WeaponryWednes

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13 Innovations Related to the Quran by Shaykh ‘Alee al-Haddaadee

People have innovated many matters in their interactions with the Quran; matters which Allah has not revealed any evidence concerning; the following are some examples:

  1. Reciting the Quran to the dead, especially Surat Yaseen, while Allah the Majestic says in it:{ It is not but a message and a clear Quran to warn whoever isalive }
  2. Reciting the Quran during gatherings for the deceased.
  3. Overdoing the recital of the Quran to the point that it is recited like musical tunes.
  4. A person reciting the Quran on Friday in the Masjid before the Imam enters for the Jum'ah prayer while the people listen to his recital.
  5. Reciting the Quran collectively after some or all of the five daily prayers.
  6. Establishing Waleemah’s or celebrations for completing the Quran.
  7. Constantly opening up school assemblies in the morning by the recital of the Quran.
  8. Writing some Ayat in talismans or secured pieces of paper by sorcerers.
  9. Repeatedly mentioning words of praise and marvel every time the reciter pauses (between Ayaat).
  10. Taking a wage for reciting the Quran; taking a wage for teaching the Quran is not included here.
  11. Opening special Ruqya sessions by reciting the Quran.
  12. Repeating specific Surahs in one minute such as Surat al-Fatihah or Ayatul Kursi. This innovation propagated due to the propagation of a pamphlet which reads: “You are able to recite this or that Ayah or Du'aa in one minute.”
  13. Writing Ayaat on the walls of Masajid for the purpose of adornment, likewise writing them or hanging images of them in homes, vehicles, clothing and turning them into amulets due to the general saying of the Messenger of Allah - صلى الله عليه وسلم :“Indeed amulets, talismans and charms are Shirk!”

The evidence for what has preceded is the statement of the Messenger - صلى الله عليه وسلم : “Whoever innovates something into this religion of ours which is not of it will have it rejected." [Collected by both Bukharee and Muslim.]

Therefore every form of worship that is not supported by evidence from the Book of Allah or the Sunnah is an innovation, whether the innovation is related to the type of worship, its location, its amount, its time, its quantity or reason.

What is the Ruling on Reciting the Qur’aan for the Deceased in his House? Shaikh 'Abdul 'Aziz bin Baz by Mountainofknowledge

The Righteous Action - Shaykh Muhammad Nâsirud-Dîn al-Albânî by Mountainofknowledge

Giving Priority to the Qur‘Ân - Shaykh Abû Anas Hamad al-’Uthmân. by Mountainofknowledge