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Hummingbirds can smell their way out of danger

Credit: David Rankin; Southern California hummingbird foraging nectar from a flower.

Vultures aren't the only birds that can sniff

In less time than it takes to read this sentence, hummingbirds can catch a whiff of potential trouble. That is the result of new University of California, Riverside research showing, contrary to popular belief, these tiny birds do have an active sense of smell.

Researchers have known for some time that vultures have a highly sensitive sense of smell, with some species being compared to "airborne bloodhounds." This is due in part to their large olfactory bulbs -- tissue in the brain that controls smell.

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Last day of a 15%-off Early Bird registration for SGEM Florence Conference

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Welcome to Florence – the live museum of the Renaissance

Art Meets Science at Centro Congressi Auditorium al Duomo- Firenze. The synergy of Arts and Humanities, presented in one unique event - Extended Scientific Sessions "The Magic of the Renaissance", part of the SWS International Scientific Conferences on Arts and Humanities. The sessions are organized by the SWS International Society of Social Sciences, Humanities and Art, with the kind support of many Universities and Academies of Sciences.

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What does the poet say

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Autumn the season of poetry

Day in Autumn 
By Erik Maria Rilke

After the summer's yield, Lord, it is time
to let your shadow lengthen on the sundials
and in the pastures let the rough winds fly.

As for the final fruits, coax them to roundness.
Direct on them two days of warmer light
to hale them golden toward their term, and harry
the last few drops of sweetness through the wine.

Whoever's homeless now, will build no shelter;
who lives alone will live indefinitely so,
waking up to read a little, draft long letters,   
and, along the city's avenues,
fitfully wander, when the wild leaves loosen.



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Friday Inspirational Thoughts

Credit: Portrait of Melville by Joseph Oriel Eaton, oils on canvas, 1870; Wikipedia

The Western idea of Karma

Man is nothing only by himself. As Aristotle said, without the others, a man would be either an animal or a god but not a human being. We are social, we live in societies and we depend on each other. The ideas of moral and karma are not only transcendental, metaphysical constructions but a reality. All our actions provoke equal in magnitude and opposite in direction reactions. So, we have to be careful what forces we set free. Have to mind our behavior towards the world. Being empathetic and good to each other is the ultimate power we possess. Because that way, we give a start to a limitless chain of goodness, which could force back the negativity. Watch out and be gentle. Because as one of the greatest American authors once wrote:

"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects."
― Herman Melville



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Cutting-edge European technology for cleaner mobility in cities

The NEMO project is testing a completely new remote sensing technology that can measure emissions as well as noise from individual road vehicles in real time. © NEMO

European Mobility Week

European Mobility Week, the European Commission's flagship awareness raising campaign on sustainable urban mobility, kicked off 16 September. Reducing air pollution from vehicles has been an important focus of the campaign since its launch 20 years ago; and despite significant progress, it's an issue where sustained effort and innovation remain in high demand. A completely new European-based technology is poised to deliver a solution that could bring us one step closer to a zero-pollution Europe.

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