Irfan Arifin

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Alstom to Build 61m-Euro Geothermal Plant in Indonesia | Jakarta Globe

<b>Paris</b>. Alstom will build a geothermal power plant in Indonesia under a 61 million euro ($69 million) deal with a subsidiary of Pertamina, the French …

How Geothermal Could Cleanly Power the Planet: Indonesia's Tale

The Earth's heat offers a clean and steady source of electricity, though it doesn't come cheap.<p>PANGALENGAN, Indonesia—In this serene corner of Java, farmworkers pick tea leaves from striped-green hills threaded with pipes. The three-foot-wide pipes carry steam from a broiling underground reservoir, …

Climate Geoengineering: 'Scary' Idea Should Be Tried Out

It's time to study and maybe even test the idea of cooling Earth by injecting sulfur pollution high in the air to reflect the sun's heat, a first-of-its-kind federal science report said Tuesday.<p>The idea was once considered fringe — to purposely re-engineer the planet's climate as a last-ditch …

Climate Change

5 Positively Transformative Reasons to Write a Journal

<b>“Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own</b> …

Here's why writing things out by hand makes you smarter

Handwriting is slow.<p>Weirdly, that's precisely why handwriting is better suited to learning.<p>Take it from research psychologists Pam A. Mueller of Princeton University and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles, who did a fascinating study investigating just how terrible …

Rebecca Solnit: The Age of Capitalism is over

Rebecca Solnit assesses our poisonous fossil fuel dependency — and why we’re on the verge of a paradigm shift<p>It was the most thrilling bureaucratic document I’ve ever seen for just one reason: it was dated the 21st day of the month of Thermidor in the Year Six. Written in sepia ink on heavy paper, …

How to Tie a Shemagh/Keffiyeh | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor.</i><p>The shemagh (pronounced “schmog”) – also called a keffiyeh and ghutrah …

Build A Guaranteed Fire Kit

Spring’s a comin’ and many of you are reorganizing your gear and kits for warm weather on the horizon. I’ve written posts before about Survival Fire …

How Can I Outfit My Next Backpacking Trip on the Cheap?

<i>A:</i><p>Every centimeter of your pack—and each buck in your wallet—counts. Stuffing it with gear that pulls double or triple duty is one of the smartest ways to consolidate space. I picked seven of my favorite multi-purpose items that you can get for under $7. Hiking smart shouldn't break the bank.<p><b>1.</b> …

How to Make an Emergency Shelter in 5 Minutes or Less

Survival Sherpa <br>Survival Sherpa<p>Your footing gives way and you body is immersed in 45º water. The clock is ticking. Within 15 minutes, you’ll begin to …

Multi-purpose Pack | By Firstspear

FirstSpear is a brand created by former U.S. servicemen, they develop enhanced light-weight load carriage solutions for the US Special Forces. Their …

196 Neat Free Survival Downloads

Hey guys, here's a few nice downloads to put in a thumb drive or maybe print some of the more relevant ones. Its all free doc.google stuff, lots of …

Alien Life on Mars? NASA Rover Spots Methane, a Possible Sign of Microbes

Unexpected geology, or perhaps even alien life, may explain intriguing gas plumes.<p>SAN FRANCISCO—NASA's Curiosity rover team reported on Tuesday surprising spikes in methane gas, raising the possibility of microbial alien life on the red planet.<p>On Earth, most methane, better known as natural gas, is …

Impact That Killed Dinosaurs Wiped Out Kangaroo Cousins (And Almost Us, Too)

The most likely cause of the demise of dinosaurs was a huge asteroid that smacked what became Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, causing massive destruction, disrupting normal weather patterns and the food chain. The huge animals died out as food became scarce, opening a window for more scrappy mammals to …

Study hints that ancient Earth made its own water—geologically

A new study is helping to answer a longstanding question that has recently moved to the forefront of earth science: Did our planet make its own water …

Mars Curiosity Rover Finds Clues to Genesis of Ancient Lake and Peak

Geological observations from NASA's Curiosity rover have helped scientists come up with a scenario for the creation of a lake that's bigger than Salt Lake and a mountain that's higher than Mount Rainier on ancient Mars.<p>The scenario suggests that water could have filled much of 96-mile-wide …

Jigsaw Puzzles

20 Most Overlooked Movies of 2014

WATCH THIS!<p>From The Immigrant, boasting an Oscar-worthy turn by Marion Cotillard, to a post-apocalyptic take on class warfare in Snowpiercer, all the …

Survival Tip: Cleaning Charred Cookware in the Field

Cooking over an open fire is awesome… until you have to clean the charred mess off of your pots and pans! But have no fear! I’m going to show you a …

Meet Zeus: The Rescued Blind Owl With Stars In His Eyes

One morning, someone in Southern California found an injured owl on their porch. It turned out to be a blind Western Screech Owl with eyes that look …

Southern California

This is Your Brain on Jazz Improvisation: The Neuroscience of Creativity

It’s clear that amateur saxophonist and Johns Hopkins surgeon Charles Limb has an abiding interest in the neuroscience of creativity.<p>He’s also an …

On “Beauty”: Marilynne Robinson on Writing, What Storytelling Can Learn from Science, and the Splendors of Uncertainty

Since 1984, Portland-based nonprofit Literary Arts has been inviting some of the world’s most celebrated authors to share their ideas on the craft — ideas like Ursula K. Le Guin’s spectacular meditation on where creativity comes from and the “secret” to great writing. To mark the 30th anniversary …

The Best Art, Design, and Photography Books of 2014

After the year’s most intelligent and imaginative children’s books, best science books, and most stimulating reads on psychology and philosophy, here are my favorite art, design, and photography books, many of which traverse multiple of these disciplines. (And since the best art is timeless, …

Vladimir Nabokov’s Passionate Love Letters to Véra and His Affectionate Bestiary of Nicknames for Her

Long before <b>Vladimir Nabokov</b> (April 22, 1899–July 2, 1977) became a sage of literature, Russia’s most prominent literary émigré, and a man of widely revered strong opinions, the most important event of his life took place: 24-year-old Vladimir met 21-year-old Véra. She would come to be not only his …

Biology Will Create The Next Wonders Of The World

Protocells–chemicals that perform like living organisms despite not being alive–might hold the key to a new kind of construction.<p>Humans have been around for more than 200,000 years, but only now are we beginning to understand just how intimately our health and our future is connected to the …

Destinations

Staying Warm Outdoors: Avoid The Four Horsemen of Heat Loss

Awareness of the risk of hypothermia is pretty good these days but still many people succumb to it. What’s often lacking is an understanding of the …

The Value of a Tarp in Your Day-Pack

With heavy rain being a fairly regular feature here in the UK – even during the summer – I rarely, if ever, go for a day hike without taking a …