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Travel Select: NoSARA Costa Rica

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    Thomas BecknerSurf: Playa GuionesIn addition to its abundance of yoga retreats, Nosara’s miles of unspoiled coast are the main draw. Local laws prohibit construction within 550 feet of the shore, resulting in pristine, undeveloped beaches. With one of the most consistent breaks on the planet, Playa Guiones is the area’s most popular beach and a paradise for surfers of all levels. The break is so regular, you can surf here almost every day of the year.
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    Rent: Juan Surfo’sThe first thing to do in Nosara is to get to your hands on a board. Juan Surfo’s is undoubtedly the most fun surf shop—and not just because the store’s owner and namesake is the spitting image of Jeff Spicoli. $75 gets you a board for the week, and you can even swap it out any time for whatever style suits your (hopefully) ever-improving skills. If you’re lucky, Juan—who grew up surfing locally and also offers lessons—might even give you a few pointers.
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    Thomas BecknerDrive: QuadsThe roads around Nosara are mostly unpaved, making for a rather bumpy and dirty commute. While you’ll never escape the clouds of dust, you can beat the bounce by renting a quad (ATV), by far the most comfortable and fastest way to get around. Wear goggles to protect your eyes and bring a scarf to cover your face—and don’t worry about looking uncool: The quad “uniform” is a local way of life and practically a rite of passage.

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    Thomas BecknerStay: The Living HotelThis sweet little hotel—located just a few minutes’ walk from the beach—is about as close to the water as you can get. Not that you’ll want to venture far anyway: With its hammock-filled gardens, cozy rooms, full-service spa, round-the-clock fitness classes, crazy-good cafe, and gorgeous saltwater pool, The Living Hotel lives up to its name—and has plenty to keep you entertained.
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    Thomas BecknerEat: Burgers & BeersDon’t let the name fool you: This is not your average fast food joint. Swing by after surf to try the restaurant’s signature burger, The French (with Béarnaise sauce, bacon, and crushed potato chips) and a pint or two of one of the many Costa Rican craft beers on tap. Just be sure to arrive early—once the sun sets, there’s almost always a line out the door.
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  • Thomas BecknerShop: Love NosaraThis shop, with its graphic sign and open-air concept, is a love letter to Nosara in retail form. The boutique, which opened in November, offers well-priced clothing, accessories, and jewelry, all with a New Age/surfer vibe. Everything is designed by owner Susana Brown and produced locally; best sellers include breezy dresses with thin leather straps and rustic leather and canvas bags. The printed “Pura Vida” t-shirts, hats, and totes make for sweet—and envy-inducing—souvenirs.
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    • Thomas BecknerEat: El ChivoBetween all the surfing, swimming, and yoga, it’s not difficult to work up an appetite. El Chivo is a lively new spot serves up hearty Mexican dishes big enough to share—but you probably won’t want to. Alongside grande veggie burritos and pork belly carnita quesadillas, El Chivo boasts a pretty impressive roster of hard-to-find mezcal and tequila—all the better to fuel the restaurant’s regular live music nights.
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    • Thomas BecknerHydrate: Go JuiceThe food truck trend hasn’t really hit Nosara yet, but thanks to Go Juice, that may be changing. Since opening near the north end of the beach last November, this brightly-colored cart has become the go-to for tropical smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and local coffee drinks. Go Juice’s Tico Poke—a Hawaiian-inspired dish made from just-caught raw ahi tuna, spicy sesame sauce, and sliced avocado—is tasty enough to launch a food craze all its own.

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Book Select – Flower of life

Once, all life in the universe knew the Flower of Life as the creation pattern — the geometrical design leading us into and out of physical existence. Then from a very high state of consciousness, we fell into darkness and forgot who we were. For thousands of years, the secret was held in ancient artifacts and carvings around the world and encoded in the cells of all life.

Now we are rising up from that sleep, shaking old, stale beliefs from our minds and glimpsing the golden light of this new dawn streaming through the windows of perception. This book is one of those windows.

Here, Drunvalo Melchizedek presents in text and graphics the first half of the Flower of Life Workshop, illuminating the mysteries of how we came to be, why the world is the way it is and the subtle energies that allow our awarenesses to blossom into its true beauty.

Sacred Geometry is the form beneath our being and points to a divine order in our reality. We can follow that order from the invisible atom to the infinite stars, finding ourselves at each step. The information here is one path, but between the lines and drawings lie the feminine gems of intuitive understanding. You may see them sparkle around some of these provocative ideas:

  • Remembering Our Ancient Past
  • The Secret of the Flower Unfolds
  • The Darker Side of Our Present and Past
  • When Evolution Crashed and the Christ Grid Arose
  • Egypt’s Role in the Evolution of Consciousness
  • The Significance of Shape and Structure
  • The Geometries of the Human Body

Explore the miracle of our existence by meandering through the wonderland of geometry, science, ancient history and new discovery, seen through the widened vision of Drunvalo and the Flower of Life. Volume 2 will explore in great detail the Mer-Ka-Ba, the 55-foot-diameter energy field of the human lightbody. This knowledge leads to ascension and the next dimensional world.

Download the PDF here

Yogi Selects – Goddess_Indigenous


What does your name represent and how did it come to you? 

My Instagram name goddess_indigenous, represents my path back to nature and the god-source within or higher self. Since my childhood, I have been on a journey to connect with my Native American, African and Scottish roots and to have a deeper understanding and relationship with the earth and this universe. 

Is yoga be poetic and how can it help inspire your writing to be sensitive to reality and imagination?

Yoga means union. For me it means embracing both the light and the dark, masculine and feminine within each of us. My practice teaches me to embrace it all and to explore. My reality from deep within is also influenced from my perspective and imagination is allowed to shine when I have more ease in my body and spirit. Yoga allows me to tap into my inner space where all things exists and to express what I experience through art/writing without fear.

“Starting my day with yoga means the world to me” How did the world look before you discovered yoga and how has your perspective on life shifted?

Yoga taught me meditation. Since the entire practice is a meditation, I really learned that the more I check in with my body, mind and spirit, the more balance I find in my life. Before yoga, I would try and force balance through control. My perspective now is based in ease and flow, being open to life and to how I am feeling and understanding that all blockages can be released.

What was your first memory in life?
I have a memory of being small child, looking out of a large window at trees.

Have you had any hard to explain experiences during meditation/yoga? Feel free to share

I have had kundalini awakenings where I remember that I am one with the universe and allow that union to take place fully without resistance. The experience is the most beautiful experience I’ve ever had, to feel completely free of fear, clear and at peace. There is also a limitless feeling of love and joy.  During these alignments I remember myself as the creator and abundant energy. I am able to release any perceived worries or concerns. 

If there was another world of human like beings beneath the ocean what do you think some of the principals of their life would be based on what water has to teach?

I think the principles would be based on flow and release, due to floating.  I also think that the sand (earth), sun, moon and wind would play big roles in the weather of the ocean. What I find the most fascinating about water is that it responds to our emotions and sound so I’m sure it would be amazing to hone in to those connections on a larger scale!

How can setting and location effect your practice and what are some of the elements you require before you begin?

I open myself to the energy around me when I practice, I’ve been in very sterile environments that feel a little stiff and it takes me a bit to loosen up but in other indoor environments that feel warm and open the energy allows me to have a deeper practice. Practicing by the ocean really opens my heart chakra and practicing in the mountains helps me to feel fearless and free. As far as equipment goes, its nice to have a mat but even that isn’t always needed, other than that…. stretchy pants!! lol

What are some of the benefits of consciously breathing deep on your own?

Breathing deep keeps our prana(life force energy) flowing freely and energized, it means that our vital organs get more oxygenated blood which leads to better health. Energized prana also means faster spinning chakras which allows us a more powerful union with ease, flow of life and alignment with our higher selves.

In which ways do you incorporate fresh food into your lifestyle and how does it help with self care?

I eat fresh fruit and vegetable daily and from morning to night. I usually eat fruit for breakfast (sometimes as smoothies) and vegetables throughout the day. I often drink young coconut and eat the coconut meat first things in the morning. Eating like this gives me energy and the nutrients my body needs to thrive. Eating live/fresh/raw, due to photosynthesis, also allows for more electricity to enter the body which increases the alkaline state of the body and that’s good for overall health and wellbeing!! 

Is there anything you would like to share with the readers of

I would love to share practice with you! Come visit me at  or goddess_indigenous on Instagram 
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Scientists Discover Fungus That Collects Gold From Its Environment

The Australian fungus could help miners find the next generation of underground gold deposits

The fungus picks up gold from its surroundings, oxidizes it, and then transforms the dissolved element back into a solid state (CSIRO)

By Meilan Solly

MAY 28, 2019

Afluffy pink fungus with long, thread-like tendrils encrusted in gold particles could help prospectors mine the precious element, a team of Australian researchers report in the journal Nature Communications.

As Mindy Weisberger explains for Live Science, the fungus—a strain of the species Fusarium oxysporum—relies on chemical interactions with underground minerals to collect gold from its surroundings. The organism then oxidizes gold before using yet another chemical to transform the dissolved element into tiny, nanoscale particles of solid gold. Gold particles produced by this process cling to the fungus, enabling spores to grow faster and larger than their non-gold covered counterparts.

The team suspects that gold also serves as a catalyst, helping the fungus digest certain carbon foods, as the study’s lead author Tsing Bohu, a geo-microbiologist at Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, explained in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Company’s Anna Salleh. Moving forward, Bohu says the researchers hope to use the fungus, which was found in the gold fields of western Australia, as a tracker of sorts. If spores are present in a certain area, for instance, miners may be able to narrow down the locations in which they undertake exploratory drilling.

“Fungi are well-known for playing an essential role in the degradation and recycling of organic material, such as leaves and bark, as well as for the cycling of other metals, including aluminium, iron, manganese and calcium,” Bohu explains in a CSIRO press release. “But gold is so chemically inactive that this interaction is both unusual and surprising—it had to be seen to be believed.”

According to Rebecca Le May of the Australian Associated PressF. oxysporum appears to grow larger and spread faster than fungi not known to interact with gold, which means there could be a biological advantage to being covered in gold. Still, many details surrounding the singular fungus remain unclear; as Le May writes, Bohu plans on conducting additional analysis to better understand the organism’s relationship with gold and determine whether the fungus’ presence is indicative of a large underground deposit.

Australia is the world’s second largest gold producer, but predictions suggest the industry will soon be in trouble if new gold deposits are not found. In a press release, study co-author and CSIRO chief research scientist Ravi Anand notes that miners are already using exploratory techniques, including sampling termite mounds and gum leaves, to support the industry. It’s possible, he says, that the newly described fungus can be used in conjunction with these tools to “target prospective areas in a way that’s less impactful and more cost-effective than drilling.”

Overall, ABC’s Salleh reports, the fungus could help Australia’s gold mining industry in a number of ways: In addition to using the organism to detect gold in underground deposits, miners may be able to use it to recover gold from waste products such as sewage and manmade electronics.

Expanding on the science behind the fungus-gold interaction, Joel Brugger, a geochemist at Monash University who was not involved in the new study, tells Salleh that F. oxysporum may act as a “lovely pathway,” transporting gold from the depths of the planet to more shallow, mineable soil. To accomplish this, the fungus oxidizes the element, making it lose electrons, grow more soluble, and, finally, move closer to the Earth’s surface.

Brugger concludes, “The fungus may be really critical in mobilising the gold.”

New Way to Generate Electricity From The Sun

UCLA Professor invents new way to generate electricity from the sun

Bringing light to darkness sounds good.  But using darkness to create light is something out of a manual for wizards.  Until now.

Now, it’s an idea out of the pages of a scientific journal.

It starts with a round piece of polystyrene, a thermoplastic polymer made, not by wizards but by America’s petrochemical companies.

In case you’re wondering, polystyrene is made from the petrochemicals benzene and ethylene. And of course, petrochemicals are made by breaking apart molecules of petroleum and natural gas which get turned into chemical building blocks that are found in thousands of products we use daily.

That round piece of plastic is painted black so it looks sort of like a hockey puck, sitting on a dish.  At night, when the air cools down, the top side of that “puck” loses heat faster than the bottom side.  Add a thermoelectric generator, and you can turn that difference in temperature between top and bottom into electricity. No grid, no transmission towers, no expensive infrastructure needed.  No sun needed either.  Sorry solar panels.

Now, we’re not necessarily talking megawatts or kilowatts of electricity. We’re talking watts, period.  But around the world, close to a BILLION people don’t have any electricity at all so even something that just keeps a light on at night, could be a big deal.

In fact, that’s how this idea got started.  University of California Los Angeles Professor Aaswath Raman was on a trip in rural Africa, and didn’t realize he was passing through one particular village at night, until he was already in it (and heard people), because there was no light of any kind.

So what he came up with is a potentially simple, sturdy source of electricity that can bring light to the darkness from the darkness, no magic wand required.

Project in Morocco combines Hemp Architecture and Solar Energy

A team of organizations has completed construction of a ground-breaking eco-building in Morocco that combines hemp construction with a high-tech solar energy system for total independence from the electrical grid.

The SUNIMPLANT project, designed as a single-family dwelling, was created as an entrant in the recent “Solar Decathlon” organized by the United States Department of Energy and Morocco’s Centre de recherche en Energie solaire et Energies nouvelles. The biannual international competition challenges teams of students to design and construct solar-powered buildings. The most recent edition was hosted in Ben Guerir, Morocco, the first time the competition has been held on the African continent.

Advanced ‘space ship’

“This ‘space-ship’ is advanced in time and reflects a turn not only in North Africa but in hemp construction, which doesn’t have comparable prototypes anywhere in the world,” said Monika Brümmer, a German architect and natural builder who led the project.

While the building was designed as a stimulus for rural development, the technology also has application in urban settings, Brümmer noted.

Owner at Spain-based Cannabric, Brümmer is also a co-founder of Adrar Nouh (2017), an NGO which promotes the use of indigenous hemp stalk for rural development and sustainable employment in Morocco’s impoverished High Rif. Adrar Nouh was started in 2017 by Brümmer and Abdellatif Adebibe, a Moroccan expert in alternative development in the Rif region.

Monika Brümmer

The challenge was to create a hemp composite using vegetable-based bio-resins, avoiding technical or synthetic components, Brümmer said. The cylindrical envelope of the circular building, with minimal exposure of the 24 exterior panels, gives interior comfort through optimal damping and thermal phase shift, and osmosis of the components in the hempcrete formulation, Brümmer said.

Nature meets high-tech

Built for around $120,000, the building’s price tag was less than half the cost of the most expensive buildings in the competition. Additional features of the 90 sq. m. SUNIMPLANT building include:

• A double skin façade that employs a mixture of hemp, earth, pozzolan and lime, all sourced locally; and bio-composites incorporating hemp technical fibers that were produced via vacuum injection technology.

• A spherical, aerodynamic outer skin comprising 24 semi-flexible photovoltaic panels. Sponsored by DAS-Energy, the panels are exposed to all faces for their use of sun and light, with maximum 40% losses.

• Curved bio-composite panels made with hemp wool, which increase the performance of the photovoltaic panels by protecting their back side against the weather extremes of the semi-arid region of Ben Guerir, where temperatures reached 42°–46°C (107°– 114°F) in the shade during the construction phase last August and September.

• High-performance glass from French glassmaker Saint Gobain.

International cooperation

Brümmer said even greater performance could have been achieved if original plans to install hemp-clay boards for the internal partitions and floors, and other minor modifications, had not been abandoned due to funding constraints.

Adrar Nouh contributed the architectural design, developed the hemp materials and cooperated in the construction of the building. Other participants on the SUNIMPLANT project were Morocco’s National School of Architecture and National School of Applied Sciences, both based in Tetouan, Morocco, and Germany’s Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics.

Read the full article at HempToday

Mushroom DNA to produce permanently-glowing plants

A batch of young glowing tobacco plants

While bioluminescent mushrooms certainly are fascinating, getting the things to grow in your home or garden can be challenging. Thanks to a new study, however, it may soon be possible to buy glowing versions of otherwise-conventional easily grown plants.

The research is being carried out mainly via a collaboration between Moscow-based biotech startup Planta, the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, MRC (Medical Research Council) London Institute of Medical Sciences, and the Institute of Science and Technology Austria.

Building upon a new understanding of the manner in which bioluminescent mushrooms are able to sustain their glow, the scientists started by extracting DNA from those mushrooms, and inserting it into tobacco plants. Although the process should reportedly work on a wide variety of other plants, tobacco was chosen because it grows rapidly and is genetically simple.

The resulting genetically-manipulated tobacco plants were found to continuously emit visible green light from their stems, roots, leaves and flowers, throughout all phases of their growth. And while we have previously seen temporarily glowing plants that incorporated enzymes obtained from fireflies, the mushroom-DNA plants are reportedly 10 times brighter, and they glow consistently.

Adding the mushroom DNA appears not to harm the plants

Adding the mushroom DNA appears not to harm the plants

The glowing action comes thanks to a molecule known as caffeic acid, which occurs both in bioluminescent mushrooms and in the lignin that makes up much of the cell walls of plants. In the mushrooms, two enzymes convert the acid into a luminescent molecule called luciferin, which is then oxidized by a third enzyme, producing a photon (light particle). Finally, a fourth enzyme converts the oxidized molecule back to caffeic acid, so the whole process can begin again.

Putting it very basically, the addition of the mushroom DNA to the tobacco plants allows them to do the same thing with their caffeic acid. In fact, the intensity of the glow given off by the plants mirrors metabolic processes taking place within them. For instance, younger parts of the plants, along with their flowers, are particularly bright. Additionally, if a ripe banana skin is placed near the plants, their glow will increase due to the ethylene growth hormone being emitted by that skin.

Working with Planta, biotech company Light Bio is now working on commercializing the technology, with plans to ultimately offer a range of glowing houseplants.

A paper on the research was recently published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

Source: MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences via EurekAlert