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How to decorate your garden with butterflies!

How to decorate your garden with butterflies!

By RISC | 6 days ago

Wouldn’t it be fantastic to pick which butterflies visit your home? And you can…​Butterflies belong to the Arthropoda phylum, Insecta class, and Lepidoptera order. Thailand has about 40 families and 1,300 species. Bangkok has about 50 species. ​Their lifecycle consists of: ​- Egg: 3-7 days. ​- Caterpillar 14-35 days. ​- Pupa: 7-14 days. ​- Adult: 14-21 days. ​The food each caterpillar prefers decides where each species is found…- Common Tiger caterpillars eat crown flower and rosy milkweed leaves. ​- Pain Tiger caterpillars eat crown flower and cluster fig leaves. ​- Peacock Pansy caterpillars eat waterkanon and lippia leaves. ​- Leopard Lacewing caterpillars eat passionflower and passionfruit leaves. ​- Painted Jezebel caterpillars eat parasite leaves. ​If you grow the plants these caterpillars eat, you can attract butterflies to your home, although environment and topography also determine population size. ​Some butterflies, particularly when caterpillars, can be pests because they destroy foliage. Yet they also benefit the ecosystem by pollinating plants and benefit us with their beautiful wings. ​Butterflies can be spotted in city parks. In Bangkok you can learn about them at the Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium at Wachira Benjathat Park (Rot Fai Park). There are lots of varieties to examine and the staff are always ready to help. ​​Story by Thanawat Jinjaruk, Senior Researcher, Environment Division, RISC and Asia Lekkul, Intern from Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn UniversityReference: Forest and Plant Conservation Research Office, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation ​Bangkok Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Department of Environment, Bangkok ​Jutaras, N., Sing, K. Wilson, J.J. and Dong, H. 2020. Butterflies in urban parks in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region, Thailand. Biodiversity Data Journal. 8. doi:10.3897/BDJ.8.e56317   ​Ghazoul, J. 2002. Impact of logging on the richness and diversity of forest butterflies in a tropical dry forest in Thailand. Biodiversity and Conservation. 11: 521–541. doi.org/10.1023/a:1014812701423 

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How we’ll soon control objects with our minds

How we’ll soon control objects with our minds

By RISC | 1 week ago

Using your mind to control items might seem like something from a movie, but it’ll soon be reality. ​Gaming is a huge global market, worth about $138 billion. This market naturally brings great opportunities, fierce rivalries, and new technologies, which add realism, fun, and unique experiences. ​Virtual Reality (VR) has transformed the gaming experience from sitting down with a controller, mouse, or keyboard to exploring a virtual world through devices that capture our movements.Nextmind, a US-based company, released a VR game called Nextmind in 2018. The game reads the brain signals of its players to get their responses to in-game threats. The Nextmind machine lets us travel in a certain direction or fight foes with our minds instead of our hands. Nextmind has developed accessories for all VR models, providing players with a novel experience that can be applied easily in games. ​Research institutions around the world are also analyzing brain signals for other purposes, such as physical therapy for stroke patients, who can practice thinking and moving through a virtual world. Children, teens, and working adults with attention deficit disorder can also be aided to concentrate. ​These technologies will keep improving as we begin our journey into the Metaverse. We may one day take our consciousness into the virtual world, as we’ve seen in sci-fi movies. ​Story by Nattapat Tanjariyaporn, Senior Researcher, Brain Computer Interface, RISCReferences: Mind control comes to VR, letting me explode alien heads with a thought - CNETNextMind - Real-time Brain Computer Interface - Order your Dev Kit now (next-mind.com)(PDF) Progressive Training for Motor Imagery Brain-Computer Interfaces Using Gamification and Virtual Reality Embodiment (researchgate.net)

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How do colors affect our mood?

How do colors affect our mood?

By RISC | 1 week ago

You probably have lots of ideas about home decoration based on color, but the colors you choose might affect you more than you realize. ​Humans have 5 senses that affect us to differing extents: ​- Vision 75%- Hearing 13%- Touch 6%- Taste 3%- Smell 3% ​As you can see, vision matters most for building or home design for good mental health, which encompasses vision, hearing, touch, and smell (while taste plays no role). ​Color in home decorations or furniture can directly affect your feelings. ​Color psychology influences perception, mood and feelings, behavior, and creates familiarity and a personal preference, which can become a habit. Let’s look at 11 colors and their influence on perception, mood and feelings, and behavior, and see how they can boost mental well-being. Color Mood Neurology Personality Red a warm color that conveys wealth, power, and excitement. violent, exciting, strong, energetic, scorching, and highly visible. This color may cause eye fatigue, but it has the greatest ability to stimulate nerves. violent, exciting, strong, and energetic. Yellow expresses bold, bright, but stressful. stimulates eyesight and sensitivity to human vision. It helps to strengthen the nervous system while also instilling optimism. curious people who talk to others and can easily adapt to different situations. Orange expresses provocativeness by expressing communication as the color of the activity. compulsions, blinding brightness, nervousness. those on the frontline. Dark Blue a cool color that conveys calmness and mystery. aids in eye relaxation and stress relief. humility, melancholy, and a lack of confidence. Green color for vision rest that expresses calmness, low power, relaxation, and new life. expresses calmness and vitality, and aids in the relaxation of the optic nerve and eye muscles. those who attempt to demonstrate their abilities. Those who dislike it may be afraid of problems in their daily lives. Purple expresses gracefulness, calmness, and mystery. persuading children to believe in superstitions. temperamental and sensitive. Brown expresses dryness. expresses firmness and stability. Excessive use can lead to loneliness. anxiety and dissatisfaction. Black expresses fear, death, and a lack of energy. expresses darkness, mystery, gloom, terror, and death. people with low self-esteem who look down on life and do not strive for happiness. White expresses cleanliness, brightness, calmness, purity, and healthiness. expresses cleanliness and purity. When used excessively, it can become dull, monotonous, and boring. the ideal color that does not irritate or cause controversy. Pale Blue expresses cleanliness, brightness, and cheerfulness. can refresh the mind, reduce sadness and lulls by increasing joy and calmness. It can reduce body temperature and blood pressure slightly, as well as relieve pain. patience Gray expresses sadness, coldness, fear, dimness, decay, and senility, near death. the color of compromise that expresses normalcy, neatness, and senility. rational and distrustful. You can use each color to create a different room atmosphere or a better mood based on color data for mood, feelings, behavior, and habits. To stimulate our senses, try using only 20% of the room for colors that enhance the feelings you want, such as furniture, cushions, curtains, carpet, flower, and wall decoration. If you're interested, try it out and share your results on our page.Story by: Dr. Sarigga Pongsuwan, Vice President of RISC

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