TED Talk Thursday – Jonathan Drori: The beautiful tricks of flowers

TED Talk ThursdaysAccording to TED.com: “In this visually dazzling talk, Jonathan Drori shows the extraordinary ways flowering plants — over a quarter million species — have evolved to attract insects to spread their pollen: growing ‘landing-strips’ to guide the insects in, shining in ultraviolet, building elaborate traps, and even mimicking other insects in heat.”

“Jonathan Drori has dedicated his career to media and learning. As the Head of Commissioning for BBC Online, he led the effort to create bbc.co.uk, the online face of the BBC (an effort he recalls fondly). He came to the web from the TV side of the BBC, where as an editor and producer he headed up dozens of television series on science, education and the arts.”

“After almost two decades at the BBC, he’s now a director at Changing Media Ltd., a media and education consultancy, and is a visiting professor at University of Bristol, where he studies educational media and misperceptions in science. He continues to executive produce the occasional TV series, including 2004’s award-winning “The DNA Story” and 2009’s “Great Sperm Race.” He is on the boards of the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Woodland Trust.”

Jonathan Drori: The beautiful tricks of flowers

For those of you not familiar with TED Talks here is a brief summery from www.ted.com: “TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize”

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Mandala Monday – How to Draw a Mandala DreamCatcher by Shantal Art

In today’s tutorial Shantal Art shows us step by step how she draws a mandala dreamcatcher.

Here is what Shantal Art says about her work: “Dominican, living in Florida, with 7 years of experience in mandala & zentangle art, Everything my mind can imagine, I can create. One day my mother told me, shantal why don’t you make a folder with all your arts, where you keep them, so I did, the first one was full then 2nd ,3rd ,and everyone wanted my art.And there began shantal art as a store, shaping my art in everything! A time later I saw the need to hold the progress of the store, so I can focus on my career as an industrial designer, after finishing all my studies, decided to open again, but with something new, teach, and let everyone knows what a human is capable to create! And here is the youtube channel and instagram account, if you are not good at art or do not have enough time to develop it but still want mandalas, doodles and zenart at home, books etc .. all my arts are available to sale.”

Enjoy this tutorial and happy dreams!

How to Draw a Mandala DreamCatcher by Shantal Art

 

Shantal Art Mandala dreamcatcherTo find out more about Shantal Art see:

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TWITTER: ShantalArt

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TED Talk Thursday – Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: Humble plants that hide surprising secrets

TED Talk ThursdaysAccording to TED.com: “In this intriguing talk, biologist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim introduces us to rare plant species from isolated islands and regions of Africa. Meet the shape-shifting benjoin; the baume de l’ile plate, which might offer a new treatment for asthma; and the iconic baobab tree, which could hold the key to the future of food. Plus: monkey apples.”

“Ameenah Gurib-Fakim explores the medical and nutrition secrets of the plants of her island, Mauritius. She calls herself a chemist and a gardener (and she has a collection of 200 bonsai), but Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is the leading scientist studying the flora of one of the world’s key biodiversity hotspots, the island of Mauritius. As the managing director of the Centre for Phytotherapy Research (Cephyr) and a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Mauritius, she explores and analyzes plants from the island and their health, nutritional and cosmetic applications.”

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim:
Humble plants that hide surprising secrets

For those of you not familiar with TED Talks here is a brief summery from www.ted.com: “TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize”

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I look forward to your thoughts and comments!