Mentor Berulk (Haziri)

Methodological Musings.

Currently re-blogging about random interests of mine. This tumblr is soon to be used (once work/studies allows for more time) as a blog on on my research into bioponics, exotic crops, enviromental issues and economic development from a New-Instititutional Economics perspective.


"Frankly, I don’t know what one makes from cocoa beans. I’m just trying to earn a living."

Cocoa growers in the Ivory Coast taste chocolate for the first time.

(via fastcompany)


Odilon Redon, Pandora, c.1914, oil on canvas, 143.5 x 62.2 cm, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Redon depicts the mythical beauty Pandora surrounded by brightly coloured flowers on a hazy, pastel background. She is shown holding her most famous attribute: a box that, when opened, will release all known evils to torment the human race.


"Maybe we’re on Mars because of the magnificent science that can be done there - the gates of the wonder world are opening in our time. Maybe we’re on Mars because we have to be, because there’s a deep nomadic impulse built into us by the evolutionary process, we come after all, from hunter gatherers, and for 99.9% of our tenure on Earth we’ve been wanderers. And, the next place to wander to, is Mars. But whatever the reason you’re on Mars is, I’m glad you’re there. And I wish I was with you.

 Carl Sagan

(via science-junkie)


Invisible losers, VR police states: “A History of the Future in 100 Objects” gets right what most futurist concepts get wrong.


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Girl Geek Academy Wants To Get 1 Million Girls Coding by 2025


Their mission: To boldly go “where no girl geeks have gone before.”


All The Ills Of The World, In Beautiful, Biting Illustrations

It’s visual whiplash. The soft lines and gentle colors lure you in, then—pow!—the subject matter hits you with unexpected force.

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Food For Thought: Art is Good For Your Brain!

A recent study by University Hospital Erlangen in Germany suggests that, other than relieving stress, coming into contact with art specifically by making art works or crafts, can create “a significant improvement in psychological resilience”. This is due to the excessive use of motor and cognitive processing in the brain, stimulating it. Such discoveries are beneficial especially to the elderly, as creating art keeps the brain healthy, which could help slow down the onslaught of memory loss. You can read more on the findings here.

Science, engineering and all other typically ‘non-artsy’ fields have artistic elements about them; in fact, mathematical equations, DNA and even microbiological elements can be seen as works of art all on their own, serving both aesthetic and educational purposes. Even bacteria, manipulated by scientists such as Eshel Ben-Jacob, can create psychedelic patterns based on natural formations due to change in temperature or environment. The results are truly groovy.

A certain amount of creativity and a sense of design were definitely needed to create “inFORM”, an invention from MIT which allows users to interact with objects through a screen (yes, the digital kind). This invention is capable of rendering 3D objects physically, allowing users to interact with each other no matter how far away they are.

Not only can our artistic side create new inventions or help us see the scientific world in a different light, but art can help keep the brain active and healthy for many decades, or in the case of Hal Lasko, almost a century. The 99 year old, who passed away this year, worked as a typographer in his youth, making fonts by hand. After becoming partially blind in his senior years, Lasko turned to digital mediums such as Microsoft Paint, creating over 150 digital pieces.

Art it seems is a lot more beneficial to us than merely another creative outlet and stress-reliever, and we have science to thank for reaching that conclusion!

-Anna Paluch




Great graphic from James Kennedy () comparing natural & artificial peaches.

Interesting infographical look at how a few thousand years of human intervention can result in a deliciously juicy summer treat. Most interesting? The percentage of sugar a peach holds has not gone up that much, only the edible flesh ratio and percent water have.

I should add that in this graphic, “artificial” just means that the modern peach was artificially selected by farmers who chose which variants to propagate, as opposed to being subject to the unguided processes of natural selection. I worry about the misconception that “artificial” here might be misconstrued into meaning “inferior” or “dangerous” or “fake”. It is none of those things.

Don’t fear the fruits of science. Especially the juicy ones. 

Very good point - the ‘artificial’ in this graphic should maybe be something more along the lines of ‘selectively bred’ in order to avoid misconceptions.

I think it was made off the back of a video the creator saw on ‘natural’ bananas, which was seemingly ignorant of the fact that modern bananas were also very selectively bred from the original fruit. If you want to stick a ‘natural’ label on things, then it’s still natural, but quite removed from its original natural form, which is a small, dry pod, stuffed with seeds and rather hard flesh. A little less appetising.

Additionally, the banana in the form you know and love can’t reproduce by itself. It very much depends on human cultivation in order to survive. This cultivation prevents genetic diversity, so cultivated bananas are very vulnerable to diseases that can wipe out entire crops.

There is unfortunately a lot of ignorance in the environmentalist movement about basic chemical and biological processes. Often to the detriment of the very causes they champion. There is a sort of resemblance between environmentalist attitudes towards anything not perceived by them as “organic” or “natural” and the attitudes of climate change deniers towards the very real problem of anthropogenic environmental destruction. In the sense that both positions require the denial of a great deal of science.


A security firm purchased 20 used smartphones, wiped them—and found plenty of naked selfies, emails, and even a loan application.

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Antibiotic Resistance - Information Is Beautiful


Great infographic from Information is Beautiful looking at the antibiotic resistance of different types of bacteria against the different families of antibiotics.

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