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December 31st on the Cosmic Calendar

To complement the previous post about Carl Sagan’s Cosmic Calendar, I here add what happened on December 31st, the last day of the year.

December 31st

  • 1:30 pm: Origin of the Proconsul and the Ramapithecus, probable ancestors of humans.
  • 10:30 pm: First human being appears.reloj
  • 11:00 pm: Use of stone tools.
  • 11:46 pm: Domestication of fire.
  • 11:56 pm: Most recent glacial period.
  • 11:59:20 pm: Invention of agriculture.
  • 11:59:50 pm: Great discoveries on astronomy.
  • 11:59:52 pm: Alphabet invention, Hammurabic legal codes.
  • 11:59:53 pm: Bronze metallurgy, compass invention, Trojan War, Olmec culture.
  • 11:59:54 pm: Iron metallurgy, Kingdom of Israel.
  • 11:59:55 pm: Birth of Buddha and Confucious, Ch’in Dynasty China, Periclean Athens.
  • 11:59:56 pm: Euclidean geometry, Archimedean physics, Ptolemaic astronomy, Greek Olympic games, Roman Empire, Birth of Christ.
  • 11:59:58 pm: Mayan civilization, Sung Dynasty China, Byzantine empire, Mongol invasion, Crusades.
  • 11:59:59 pm: Voyages of discovery from Europe and from Ming Dynasty China, Columbus lands in America, Renaissance in Europe.
  • Today, first second of the new year: Beginning of modern culture, science and technology development, French revolution, World War I, World War II, Apollo lands on the moon, spacecraft planetary exploration, search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

All wars, inventions, discoveries, kings, revolutions, independences, and all the written history of humankind happens in the las 10 seconds of December 31st.

This makes me wonder what is important in life. We have been here for a really short period of time.

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Food, Inc. I Want to See it

As it seems this movie will make us open our eyes to see what’s behind and how the food industry really works.

TakePart has developed many documentaries with the purpose of promoting an eco-friendly culture and social equity. It has developed works like An Inconvenient Truth, Angels in the Dust, Darfur Now and The Visitor.

Some ideas to think about and consider that will be exposed in the film:

  • Food nowadays is no longer produced in farms but it is instead produced in factories.
  • Fruits and vegetables seasons no longer exist. You can find tangerines in summer and mangos in winter. The cost and environmental pollution of their importation are just part of the problem.
  • The profit of food companies is in many cases much more important than the health of the final consumers.

Below a taste of what we’ll see:

According to this link it will come out in the summer in the United States, I hope it soon gets to Mexico.

After seeing this film, will we all become vegetarians?

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If the world’s population were reduced to 100…

… it would look something like this:

Link to the site: http://www.miniature-earth.com/

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40 seconds about water

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Video from Tomás Velásquez

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There is NO easier way to help

According to the United Nations around 25,000 people die each day due to hunger or causes related to hunger. Most of them are children.

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There are approximately 850 million people undernourished (13% of the world population) and this number is still rising.

The freerice.com webpage donates 20 grains of rice each time you answer a question correctly (yes, it is that simple). It’s a win-win relation: you learn a little bit about art, languages, math, geography and chemistry,  and the site donates 100% (yes, 100%) of their income to the World Food Program of the United Nations thanks to the sponsors’ support.

Since its creation in October 2007, the site has fed more than 2 million people worldwide.

Today, I donated 1720 grains of rice. It seems it’s nothing at all, but what matters here is that each one of us contribute with a grain of sand… ¿or rice?

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