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openculture.comHow Meditation Can Change Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Buddhist PracticeNirvana is a place on earth. Popularly thought of a Buddhist “heaven,” religious scholars discuss the concept not as an arrival at someplace other than the physical place we are, but as the extinction of suffering in the mind, achieved in large part through intensive meditation.
mudabure.comFishermen haul in monstrous skull and antlers of extinct Irish elkFishermen caught quite the catch with this enormous skull and antlers from an extinct Irish elk. Credit: Pat Grimes/Ardboe Heritage Fishermen in Northern Ireland pulled in the catch of a lifetime on Wednesday (Sept. 5), when they caught an enormous Irish elk skull that's estimated to be more than 10,500 years old. The impressive specimen is about 6 feet (1.8 meters) across and is almost fully intact. Raymond McElroy and his assistant, Charlie Coyle, caught the massive antlers in their fishing net in the northwest region of Lough Neagh, a large freshwater lake. The men were fishing in water no more than22
earther.gizmodo.comThese Nearly-Extinct Animals Would Fit on a Single Subway CarImagine hopping onto the New York City subway and seeing it packed with Christmas Island geckos or Burmese roofed turtles. This would never happen, obviously. The Christmas Island gecko is actually extinct in the wild, and the Burmese roofed turtle is endangered.
themindcircle.comPhotographer Spends Two Years Taking Pictures Of Animals That Could Disappear Because Of UsBritish photographer Tim Flach spent 2 years documenting and capturing the ever so fragile existence of animals that will likely become extinct in the very near future. His photos of endangered animals are rare images showing some of the most beautiful creatures on earth that are threatened with extinction. These image1
mymodernmet.comPhotographer Spends Years Capturing Poignant Portraits of Animals on the Brink of ExtinctionThe fate of endangered animals is a global issue. It's one that photographer Tim Flach brings to life in his book, Endangered. In it, he snaps striking endangered animal photos that give a humanity to the fragile species. Unromanticized, these images encourage us to take action to help the creatures flourish.932
tun.comClimate Change Forces Beloved Bird Species From Their Homes | The University NetworkBird species in the cloud forests of Honduras are losing their habitats and forced to move to higher elevation because of climate change and deforestation, a new study suggests. This 10-year study signals a real possibility of extinction for some of the world's most unique species. The paper is published in the journal Biotropica. Situated high up in mountains and surrounded by low-level clouds, a cloud forest is an ecosystem that drinks up moisture directly from clouds. Walking into this misty, evergreen place, you will almost believe that you have just crossed the bridge to the forest kingdom of Terabithia. Accounting for only 1 percent of the world's forests, cloud forests have the highest level of botanical and biodiversity. "Cloud forests are pretty special," Monte Neate-Clegg, the lead researcher and a doctoral student at the University of Utah, said in a statement. "The tropics hold most of the world's biodiversity to begin with, and then the mountain slopes hold the greatest7