This is pretty cool. Students in the Prakash Lab at Stanford University designed a diagnostic microscope that can be assembled from a single sheet of paper.
Fully assembled, it’s the size of a bookmark. And it costs 50 cents to manufacture.
The impact on public health in 3rd-world countries is staggering. Learn how in this brief TED Talk video.
Wolves are mean, right? They kill Bambi and other furry animals with big, gentle eyes. That was probably the rationale for removing (don’t say killing) them from Yellowstone Park.
But… when they were reintroduced to the park after 70 years, vegetation recovered.
Suddenly, there were trees and forests where there had been bare ground.
Rivers actually changed course.
Yellowstone Park began to thrive.
Watch the video, and resolve not to tamper with the natural order – or any system where there are more variables than we can comprehend.
I’ve been using Echo since before it was Echo… watch the video and that will make sense. 🙂
This is a super-easy way to remember to pray for specific people, issues, etc. Coming soon – group prayer, where you can share a prayer list among friends, with your whole church, etc.
Download the Echo prayer app for iPhone on the App Store: appstore.com/echoprayer
Or for Android on Google Play: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cloversites.echo
Forwarded by a friend: A true story about 19 US Marines killed on Makin Atoll in the Gilbert Islands during WWII.
The battalion was sent to destroy a Japanese seaplane base, and accomplished their mission. Hurriedly departing under fire from hostile aircraft, they were unable to carry away their dead, and asked the islanders to bury them.
Years later, a man who had been a teenager during WWII remembered where they were buried, and notified the US military. The Marines sent a C130 and an honor guard over there and found all 19 had been buried with their helmets on, their rifles in their hands, in perfect condition. The islanders had really done a wonderful job.
As they were loading the bodies, a voice from out of nowhere started singing “The Marine Hymn” and gave everyone goose bumps. The voice was from a man who spoke no English but remembered a song the Marines taught him when they landed. It was important to them, so it was important to him.
Ever since the beginning of modern science, the best minds have recognized that “the range of acknowledged ignorance will grow with the advance of science.” “In science the more we know, the more extensive the contact with nescience [lack of knowledge or awareness].”
Unfortunately, the popular effect of this scientific advance has been a belief, seemingly shared by many scientists, that the range of our ignorance is steadily diminishing and that we can therefore aim at more comprehensive and deliberate control of all human activities. It is for this reason that those intoxicated by the advance of knowledge so often become the enemies of freedom …
The more men know, the smaller the share of all that knowledge becomes that any one mind can absorb. The more civilized we become, the more relatively ignorant must each individual be of the facts on which the working of his civilization depends.
Friedrich August von Hayek
(1899-1992), Nobel Laureate of Economic Sciences 1974
Governor Greg Abbott has proclaimed today Chris Kyle Day, in honor of the fallen Navy SEAL’s service to our country.
Let’s take time today to reflect on the daily sacrifices made by all of our service members and their families. Let’s remember to be grateful for – and strive to be worthy of – the gifts they have given us.
This is one of my favorite stories by Heidi Baker. It’s a great example of what happens as we begin to become who are created to be.
It’s a screenshot from the Kindle version of her book, Birthing the Miraculous.
We’re learning God’s perspective on every aspect of existence. What does He say we should do for those beaten down by the circumstances of life?
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.
(Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT)
Well, that’s better than what we often tend to do, which is ignore them because
a) it’s their fault, or
b) it’s random, and too scary to think that it could happen to me.
If we accept the concept that sin had its origin when Adam and Eve believed a lie, and we’ve inherited that lie and all its variations, then what is “justice?” Is it not restoring everyone to God’s original design? And certainly that’s a spiritual exercise, but it’s also a practical one as we feed, clothe, and teach those who need help. I’m proud to belong to a church that does both.
Let’s be diligent in bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to everyone, and to every circumstance.