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Go Green Challenge for a Winning Salad

For a winning salad, serious cash

Go Green Challenge focuses on healthier eating alternatives

By Brian Shane • Staff Writer • August 31, 2010

OCEAN CITY — Janet Phillips feels so strongly that poor eating habits are sickening Americans that she offered $1,000 to the person who could bring her the best salad recipe made from greens and uncooked foods.

In the process, Phillips wants to bring attention to organic foods, raw food vegetarianism, and wild edible plants to restaurants across Ocean City.

She hosted a “Go Green Challenge” midday Wednesday on the verandah of the resort’s Phillips Beach Plaza Hotel. Janet is married to Jeff Phillips, whose family founded the resort’s Phillips seafood restaurants. But pairing a salad with crab, tuna or flounder at this competition was a no-no.

“I decided to do this competition to make people aware of how far we’ve strayed from really good food,” she said. “When I do my wild edible plant walks, I get college students, and I ask them: what do you know? They don’t know a single plant. The best I can get is, ‘well, that’s a tree.’ I just feel like, we live on this planet and we don’t know anything about it anymore. We have no appreciation for what’s around us.”

Phillips judged each entry by its nutritional value and by taste. She was the only judge, though she opened up the entries to contestants as a buffet.

The winning entries were a raw mock tuna salad, created by Debbi Colley of Berlin, and an organic mixed greens salad created by Jennifer Whitehead and Christi Crow of the food store Ocean City Organics.

“It’s awesome,” Whitehead said of the contest. “More people need to be educated about the importance of eating raw and eating local. There’s so much disease in the world, and there’s so much we can be doing just by eating. It’s what you put in your body. Everything we put in our salad is healing, and it tastes good.”

Whitehead also said organic foods are much more readily available than even five years ago, with some local restaurants serving more all-natural meats and locally grown organic produce.

Other mouth-watering entries included orache with peach vinaigrette, a pear and arugula salad topped with raspberry dressing and pumpkin seeds, and a mango and blueberry salad with violet leaves and organic lettuce.

The mango salad was the creation of Melody Griner, of Ocean Pines. The raw food lifestyle is still pretty new for her and her husband, she said, but she’s energized by swapping starchy and sugary items for greens. She used ingredients from her own backyard in her salad.

“You have your vitamins, you have your proteins,” she said of her entry. “This will be a complete meal for someone. They are eating wild edibles and they don’t even know it.”

Contestant Jennifer Huey is a personal chef who lives in Baltimore and made the trip to Ocean City just for this contest. She made a citrus cashew crunch salad, using marigold, rose, jalapeño and hibiscus picked from her own backyard garden.

“It’s very important, eating local, fresh vegetables with no pesticides,” she said. “I grow all of my own now. You get a different appreciation for it, and a different taste when you’re getting it back fresh.”

The winners split the prize, taking home $500 each. Phillips also gave the 10 other contestants $50 each for participating.

Phillips said the Beach Plaza hotel will start serving raw food options for lunch into the early fall. She also said she wants to have another organic salad contest in the springtime, when more wild edibles are sprouting. 410-213-9442, ext. 14


Season of Gratefulness

Season of Gratefulness – send thought, join lucky draw

Dear friends

August is the Season of Gratefulness. Please send your thought after reading one of the following books or DVDs, or viewing “The Noble Wild Photo Exhibition”. A lucky draw is offered for your thought, from now and till August 31, 2010. Children are welcome to participate through the help of adults. (Please put a remark on children’s articles.)

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Vegan Comfort Food By Alicia C. Simpson

Vegan Comfort Food

Vegan Comfort Food
By Alicia C. Simpson

Product Description

Popular US vegan blogger Alicia Simpson shares 150 easy-to follow, vegan recipes – organized into 50 plus handy meal ideas – covering every American regional cuisine in a new, healthy, and animal-product-free way. Perfect for new vegans, long-time vegans, or meat eaters trying to bring more healthful options into their diets, “Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food” has more than 150 recipes for those looking for the tastes of home. Author Alicia C. Simpson opens by debunking myths that sometimes get in the way of eating vegan and introduces readers to favourite ingredients, cooking tools, and her love of quick, easy and tasty vegan-ized comfort classics. Dishes include Southern favourites such as Fried Chik’n Seitan, Collard Greens and Sweet Potato pie, Midwestern Tuno Casserole and Sloppy Josephs, while recipes for Black Bean Enchiladas and Fool Your Friends Tacos represent the Southwestern classics. There’s something for everyone – and best of all, it is all animal-free.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #219966 in Books
  • Published on: 2009-10-22
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 248 pages

Editorial Reviews

About the Author
Alicia C. Simpson is the founder of Lici’s Sweet Treats Organic Bakery in Atlanta, creator of the popular US Vegan Guinea Pig Blog, a contributing writer for the award-winning Vegans of Color blog, and has been featured in the documentary I’m Vegan. She lives in Atlanta.

Pamela Anderson Shows That All Animals Have the Same Parts

Pamela Anderson Shows That All Animals Have the Same Parts

Pamela Anderson’s vegetarian ad for PETA.

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Voluptuous vegetarian Pamela Anderson is proving that all animals have the same parts and encouraging people to ditch meat. In this sexy ad for PETA, the blonde bombshell shows some serious skin and looks as if she’s been tagged by a butcher, making it clear that humans and animals are composed of identical parts.

Just like humans, animals are made of flesh, blood, and bone and have organs and senses. Animals also have emotions and unique personalities, feel pain, and create families and relationships with other animals, if given the chance.

Ninety-seven percent of the U.S. meat supply comes from factory-farmed animals. Animals on factory farms are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them. They are forced to live in filthy, severely crowded conditions and are often fed an unnatural diet that includes antibiotics and other drugs. Disease spreads quickly on factory farms, and animals are often denied proper veterinary care and forced to stand in their own waste. These animals’ short lives come to a painful end at the slaughterhouse where cows, pigs, and chickens often have their throats cut and are dismembered while they are still conscious.

In the ad, Pamela Anderson shows off her outer—and inner—beauty to promote a vegetarian diet and point out the similarities between humans and animals. There are many cruelty-free and tasty alternatives to meat available, and going vegetarian saves the lives of approximately 100 animals a year! Check out PETA’s free vegetarian/vegan starter kit, and experience the benefits of a plant-based diet yourself.

Do something good for yourself and for animals. Join Pamela Anderson and pledge to be vegetarian now!


Monster Waves on the Sun are Real: Solar Tsunami

Monster Waves on the Sun are Real

Sometimes you really can believe your eyes. That’s what NASA’s STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) spacecraft are telling researchers about a controversial phenomenon on the sun known as the “solar tsunami.”

Years ago, when solar physicists first witnessed a towering wave of hot plasma racing along the sun’s surface, they doubted their senses. The scale of the thing was staggering. It rose up higher than Earth itself and rippled out from a central point in a circular pattern millions of kilometers in circumference. Skeptical observers suggested it might be a shadow of some kind—a trick of the eye—but surely not a real wave.

“Now we know,” says Joe Gurman of the Solar Physics Lab at the Goddard Space Flight Center. “Solar tsunamis are real.”

The twin STEREO spacecraft confirmed their reality in February 2009 when sunspot 11012 unexpectedly erupted. The blast hurled a billion-ton cloud of gas (a “CME”) into space and sent a tsunami racing along the sun’s surface. STEREO recorded the wave from two positions separated by 90o, giving researchers an unprecedented view of the event:

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Above: A solar tsunami seen by the STEREO spacecraft from orthogonal points of view. The gray part of the animation has been contrast-enhanced by subtracting successive pairs of images, resulting in a “difference movie.” [larger movie] [more information]

“It was definitely a wave,” says Spiros Patsourakos of George Mason University, lead author of a paper reporting the finding in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. “Not a wave of water,” he adds, “but a giant wave of hot plasma and magnetism.”

The technical name is “fast-mode magnetohydrodynamical wave”—or “MHD wave” for short. The one STEREO saw reared up about 100,000 km high, and raced outward at 250 km/s (560,000 mph) packing as much energy as 2.4 million megatons of TNT (1029 ergs).

Solar tsunamis were discovered back in 1997 by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). In May of that year, a CME came blasting up from an active region on the sun’s surface, and SOHO recorded a tsunami rippling away from the blast site.

“We wondered,” recalls Gurman, “is that a wave—or just a shadow of the CME overhead?”

SOHO’s single point of view was not enough to answer the question—neither for that first wave nor for many similar events recorded by SOHO in years that followed.

The question remained open until after the launch of STEREO in 2006. At the time of the February 2009 eruption, STEREO-B was directly over the blast site while STEREO-A was stationed at right angles —”perfect geometry for cracking the mystery,” says co-author Angelos Vourlidas of the Naval Research Lab in Washington DC. (diagram)

see captionThe physical reality of the waves has been further confirmed by movies of the waves crashing into things. “We’ve seen the waves reflected by coronal holes (magnetic holes in the sun’s atmosphere),” says Vourlidas. “And there is a wonderful movie of a solar prominence oscillating after it gets hit by a wave. We call it the ‘dancing prominence.'”

Right: The dancing prominence (circled). Watch it bounce up and down after getting hit by a faint but powerful solar tsunami: 4 MB gif animation, 54 MB Quicktime movie.

Solar tsunamis pose no direct threat to Earth. Nevertheless, they are important to study. “We can use them to diagnose conditions on the sun,” notes Gurman. “By watching how the waves propagate and bounce off things, we can gather information about the sun’s lower atmosphere available in no other way.”

“Tsunami waves can also improve our forecasting of space weather,” adds Vourlidas, “Like a bull-eye, they ‘mark the spot’ where an eruption takes place. Pinpointing the blast site can help us anticipate when a CME or radiation storm will reach Earth.”

And they’re pretty entertaining, too. “The movies,” he says, “are out of this world.”

Editor’s note: Scroll down to the “more information” section for a selection of solar tsunami movies.

Author: Dr. Tony Phillips | Credit: Science@NASA

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A selection of solar tsunami movies:

The original research reported in this story may be found in the August 1st edition of Astrophysi

Ilmuwan NASA Peringatkan Tsunami Surya Akan Menghantam Bumi

Ilmuwan NASA Peringatkan Tsunami Surya Akan Menghantam Bumi

Selasa, 03 Agustus 2010 | 05:59 WIB
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AP Photo/Petar Petrov

TEMPO Interaktif, Jakarta – Bumi bisa terkena gelombang cuaca ruang angkasa pada hari Selasa menyusul sebuah ledakan besar matahari, menurut para ilmuwan.

Kembang api matahari di akhir pekan telah dicatat oleh beberapa satelit, termasuk Solar Dynamics Observatory NASA yang menyaksikan riak gelombang kejut yang keluar.

Para astronom dari seluruh dunia menyaksikan suar besar di atas sunspot raksasa seukuran Bumi, yang terkait dengan letusan lebih besar di permukaan matahari.

Ledakan ini bertujuan langsung menuju Bumi, yang kemudian mengirimkan tsunami matahari sejauh 93 juta mil melintasi ruang.

Gambar dari SDO menunjuk pada gelombang kejut yang berjalan dari suar ke angkasa, New Scientist melaporkan.

Para ahli mengatakan gelombang gas penuh tenaga kemungkinan mencapai Bumi pada hari Selasa, ketika akan berjuang menembus perisai magnetik alam yang melindungi Bumi.

Hal ini kemungkinan memicu tampilan spektakuler dari aurora atau cahaya utara dan selatan.

Para ilmuwan telah memperingatkan bahwa letusan matahari yang sangat besar bisa menghancurkan satelit dan merusak jaringan energi dan komunikasi di seluruh dunia jika itu terjadi hari ini.

NASA baru-baru ini memperingatkan bahwa Inggris bisa menghadapi pemadaman listrik yang luas dan tanpa sinyal komunikasi untuk jangka waktu yang lama, setelah bumi terkena badai ruang angkasa.

The Daily Telegraph mengungkapkan pada bulan Juni bahwa ilmuwan senior badan antariksa itu percaya bumi akan terpukul oleh energi magnetik jilatan api matahari dengan tingkat yang belum pernah terjadi sebelumnya setelah Matahari bangun dari sebuah tidur panjang sekitar tahun 2013.,20100803-268275,id.html

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