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anonymous asked:

I made art for loki how should I go about presenting it to him? I recently made a painting for him but I'm not sure how to give it to him Should I just place it on his altar? I can't keep it there for long though because my parent will question it

Cool! Art is an awesome offering.

Placing it on your altar is definitely an option. You could say a prayer dedicating it to him along with that if you wanted. If your practice involves some sort of consecration, you could consider doing that as well, although you should probably try to treat the piece respectfully afterwards if you go that route.

The Norse often sacrificed objects by burning them, burying them, or chucking them into the water. If it’s not something you were planning to display anyway, that could be an option for you. Just don’t harm the environment by improperly disposing of something non-biodegradable, or hurt yourself by burning anything that’s going to cause toxic fumes.

If all else fails, you could just tell Loki, “Yo, this art here is for you.” I’m sure he’ll appreciate the sentiment no matter what you end up doing.

-Mod E

anonymous asked:

I live in an apartment complex and it doesn't make it that easy to bury jars or anything. Are there any alternatives to burying that won't have my neighbours calling the landlord when they catch me digging at three o clock in the morning?

im not one for burying things personally , hmmmmm well it depends on what your burying it for.   if its to dispose of a spell, (please dont bury it in the ground especially if its not eco friendly or biodegradable) depending on what it is you could flush it down the toilet or throw it out with the trash. 

if its not for disposing of and just to cleanse of complete a spell you could always get a plant pot big enough to hold you jar, then bury the jar in the plant pot. 

i hope this is helpful to you in some way nonners

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Wood-Electronics: High-performance green flexible electronics based on biodegradable cellulose nanofibril paper

Remove “Wood Electronics” and you have the title of a new paper, recently published in nature by scientiests from the University of Wisconsin working in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory.

The researchers developed wooden semiconductors, high-performance flexible electronics using ecofriendly materials, that are biodegradable and basically just act like plant fertilizer in the environment (turns out that fungi like it).

Today’s consumer electronics, such as cell phones, tablets and other portable electronic devices, are typically made of non-renewable, non-biodegradable, and sometimes potentially toxic (for example, gallium arsenide) materials. These consumer electronics are frequently upgraded or discarded, leading to serious environmental contamination. Thus, electronic systems consisting of renewable and biodegradable materials and minimal amount of potentially toxic materials are desirable. Here we report high-performance flexible microwave and digital electronics that consume the smallest amount of potentially toxic materials on biobased, biodegradable and flexible cellulose nanofibril papers.

Furthermore, we demonstrate gallium arsenide microwave devices, the consumer wireless workhorse, in a transferrable thin-film form. Successful fabrication of key electrical components on the flexible cellulose nanofibril paper with comparable performance to their rigid counterparts and clear demonstration of fungal biodegradation of the cellulose-nanofibril-based electronics suggest that it is feasible to fabricate high-performance flexible electronics using ecofriendly materials.

Who would have thought? Wood as a cutting-edge semiconductor material. Nice.

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In case you didn’t know, microbeads are tiny spheres of plastic frequently used in facial scrubs, and they’re super duper bad for the environment.  Luckily, there are a bajillion microbead alternatives, and more than a few affordable facials scrubs (and a whole lot of pricy scrubs) that don’t have microbeads.  You generally don’t want to used body scrub on your face because it tends to be coarser and have a lot of comedogenic oils in it- you need the stuff you put on your face to be gentle!  Look for stuff that is labelled “all natural” or “organic,” as it won’t have microbeads in them.  There are a few bands out there that have microbeads made from biodegradable waxes and sugars that have the same effect and feel as other scrubs.  One thing to be super careful of is if you have a nut allergy: a lot of “all natural” scrubs use finely-ground nut shells as an exfoliant.

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Yale Researchers Find Fungus that can Break Down Plastic

Professor Scott Strobel offers a class in Yale University that takes undergraduate students to the Ecuadorian rain forest to collect fungi.  This year one of his students stumbled upon a very special kind of fungus, one that lives in symbiosis with guava and has exhibited the ability to break down polyurethane anaerobically.  Polyurethane is a foam-like material used in mattresses, upholstery, car seats, refrigerators and home insulators aka the kind of junk that fills up our landfills.

The problem really becomes how to deal with polyurethane or any of the so-called biodegradable plastics (bags, pens, etc) in the context of a ginormous pile with little to no oxygen available.  See what your biodegradable plastic product don’t specify is that it can only decompose under extremely hot and aerated conditions, which are not to be found in landfills.  The discovery of this fungus, then way surpasses the degrading qualities of the marketed plant based polymers.  Polyurethane is synthetic, abundant (global consumption of polyurethane raw materials was above 12 million metric tons with an average annual growth rate of 5%) and until recently undegradable.

However, the accomplishments of Professor Strobel’s class do not end just there.  This year his students created 444 extracts from fungal samples.  One of which as aforementioned could revolutionize waste management, and another that can inhibit the growth of a yeast that causes a common infection found in hospitals.   Professor Strobel’s class sheds light on the intrinsic value of biodiversity and serves as a reminder for the conservation of the world’s rainforests, especially when the area surveyed by this class neighbors multinational oil operations.  Pharmaceutical companies have ceased their large-scale exploration of natural compounds since the 1970s, but programs like this will hopefully redirect our medical base and raise the perceived value of traditional knowledge.

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The wooden semiconductor is a real thing, thanks to researchers at the University of Wisconsin working in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory. The new device, which basically just acts like plant fertilizer in the environment, is described in the current issue of Nature Communications.  

The UW researchers, led by electrical engineering professor Zhenqiang Ma, note that the average usage life of cell phones and portable electronics in general hovers around 18 months. The Electronics Takeback Coalition estimates that up to 50 million tons of electronic waste are generated each year worldwide, much, if not most, of it involving precious metals and dangerous contaminants like lead, cadmium, and beryllium. The same organisation estimates that some 142,000 computers are trashed every day.

More at Motherboard, and more at PopSci

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The Republic of Ireland is set to vote on May 22 on a proposal to introduce civil same-sex marriage.

Ahead of the vote, artists across Ireland have worked on a number of murals featuring same-sex couples – with artist Joe Calin previously unveiling a mural of a male gay couple in Dublin city centre.

After the first mural received such a warm reception, he has gone even bigger with his new work – putting lesbians on the side of a 15th century castle in Galway.

Mr Caslin used a special biodegradable adhesive to ensure the castle is not damaged by the artwork – which he installed with full permission from the owner.

Wood Chips May Lead to Biodegradable Computer Chips 

Portable electronics — typically made of non-renewable, non-biodegradable and potentially toxic materials — are discarded at an alarming rate in consumers’ pursuit of the next best electronic gadget.

In an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has collaborated with researchers in the Madison-based U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) to develop a surprising solution: a semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2015/05/wood-chips-may-lead-biodegradable-computer-chips

We did nothing, and everything
All at once, and not at all

I forget sometimes
But bricks hurt when they fly at you from undiscovered directions

Pictures, or songs you introduced me to
Memories
burn like wildfire

Words never go more than a thrown stone

“One day” I tell myself
I’ll find you on my doorstep
“Just kidding” you’ll say

Sometimes that is enough.
Sometimes it isn’t.

Sometimes I can block it out
before I’m a full blown crying machine
sometimes I can’t

And that’s even worse
because no matter how much I cry,

nothing is going to change except for how damp my sleeves are

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I think we would have to read exactly what kind of plastic they tested because there’s degradable plastic (by the effects of the sun or oxygen) which won’t biodegrade and biodegradable compostable plastics made from biopolymers (PLA -polylactid acid) 

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Creo que deberíamos leer  con qué plástico se hizo el estudio porque etá el plástico degradable (por medio del sol u oxígeno) que no es biodegradable y los plásticos compostables hechos de biopolímeros (PLA- Ácido Poliláctico)