Random acts of kindness

  1. Oooh wait! There’s somebody behind you; hold the door open!
  2. Know someone going through something you’ve been through? Give them advice
  3. Be proactive – sign a petition for a good cause
  4. Smile at 3 people today
  5. Go out of your way to thank someone today!
  6. We rarely listen to others – ask someone about their day
  7. Wardrobe overflowing? Donate clothes to a charity
  8. Know someone who is not coping very well? Give them a call
  9. Let someone know how much you appreciate them
  10. Be someone’s shoulder to cry on

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is The Day the Solar Wind Disappeared? In 1999, the solar wind that normally blows constantly from the sun dropped by more than 98%, the most drastic and longest lasting decrease ever observed. This severe change in the solar wind also changed the shape of Earth’s magnetic field and produced an unusual auroral display at the North Pole!

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

— Dalai Lama


Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Send flowers to a friend or a family member!
  2. Help an elderly person cross the road or up the stairs
  3. Apologise to someone you may have hurt
  4. Remember to turn the lights off when you leave a room!
  5. Be eco-friendly – unplug electronics when you’re finished using them
  6. Put your phone down and have a conversation with a friend
  7. Write a complimentary note for someone
  8. Oooh wait! There’s somebody behind you; hold the door open!
  9. Go green – don’t waste paper
  10. Compliment someone today!

10 Remarkable Uses For Silicon – Listverse

via 10 Remarkable Uses For Silicon – Listverse


Plant Growth

Silicon is the second most abundant element in the crust of the Earth. Oxygen is first. Our soil is naturally rich in silicon, and a number of broadleaf plants and grasses are able to absorb it into their tissues. Unlike minerals like phosphorus and nitrogen, silicon is not essential for plants to survive. However, for reasons that scientists are trying to determine, it has been observed to provide various benefits for some flora.

Silicon is said to be especially positive when plants face stress. Through absorption, plants improve their ability to withstand droughts and are able to survive longer stretches of time without water before wilting.

Moreover, in rice and wheat, silicon can improve the strength of the stem. Without it, they become weakened and may be damaged by the weather. In some cases, it has been found to make plants more resilient to attacks from fungal pathogens, too.

That said, silicon is only beneficial in moderation. Excess levels have been shown to impair and damage flowers in sunflowers and some species of daisy.[2]