Often called the resurrection plant, the Rose of Jericho is thought to be one of the strongest plants in the world, as it can survive almost complete desiccation by collapsing into itself when lacking moisture and uncurling once the plant receives it. Spanish friars actually used the rose to teach natives the concept of rebirth. Oddly enough, it eventually turns into a tumbleweed, the cinematic prop of choice for dilapidation and decay. Learn more about this wondrous plant by watching the video above.
Chilling Last Words Of Police Brutality Victims Over the past few weeks, the nation’s police–specifically those in Ferguson, Missouri–have become an object of incredibly intense political scrutiny. Pundits have lamented the special-ops…
What’s that large, developed mass over there, glaring in red? That would be none other than the United States, aligning itself with Suriname, Palau, Papua New Guinea and a handful of other countries that do not offer paid maternity leave. Given ever-tightening abortion laws and increasingly controversial contraception mandates and challenges, it seems that motherhood is something greatly encouraged to women on behalf of many US congressional and business leaders. So much so that the US offers zero days of paid maternity leave for recent mothers. Wait, what?
We will never not miss Philip Seymour Hoffman. Watch this great animated short featuring PSH on life, death and happiness.
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With a newly-minted elite and an economic growth rate of over 10%, the environment has taken a backseat in China, the world’s most populous country. Growing pollution has led to unusable waterways, increased incidence of birth defects, and some of the dirtiest air on earth. It’s so nasty that there’s now a word for it: “smogpocalypse”.
With that said, China is not oblivious to its ecological impacts, and according to the Harvard Business Review “is taking this challenge much more seriously than others… doing things differently, making longer-term, sustained commitments that are much larger.” In 2010, China ranked as the world’s leading investor in low-carbon energy technology, which makes sense given national political leaders’ tendency to view clean energy as a great economic opportunity.
The following photographs prove that economic growth indeed comes at a cost, and one whose long-term effects remain unclear:
We also recommend that you check out these videos by Vice about the severity of pollution in China: