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Everything is Connected

There are times in our lives when it’s easy to forget how connected everything is. Times when life gets a little too tough and stressful and we end up paying more attention to our own well being in a way that disregards the cost and the consequences to the world out there; the people, the environment and everything else that’s a part of it. We find ourselves being selfish – not because we want to be but because circumstances force us to be.

That’s how the world got into the state that it’s in now. Here’s a neat 20 minute video that explains it all.

On this website I’ll be exploring and adding videos and articles that help to expand and explain the rich and diverse complexity of the world we live in – complex but not complicated.

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NASA Invites Media to Silicon Valley Center for Celebration of Women Leaders

[rNASA Invites Media to Silicon Valley Center for Celebration of Women Leaders Media are invited to join NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, astronaut Megan McArthur and several special guests, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, for a Women’s Equality Day event Monday, Aug. 26 at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon…

The Promise of Direct Air Capture: Making Stuff Out of Thin Air

The Promise of Direct Air Capture: Making Stuff Out of Thin Air Imagine making fuel, plastics, and concrete out of “thin air.” That’s the promise of direct air capture (DAC), a technology that fundamentally disrupts our contemporary oil economy. Mimicking what already occurs in nature, DAC essentially involves industrial photosynthesis, harnessing the power of the…

Alzheimer’s: carriers of risk gene show brain changes in their 20s – here’s why we shouldn’t worry

Alzheimer’s: carriers of risk gene show brain changes in their 20s – here’s why we shouldn’t worry StunningArt/Shutterstock Dramatic developments in genetics research and the availability of commercial genetics tests have put us in a very modern predicament – we can now find out (quickly, easily and cheaply) whether we personally hold genetic risk factors…

Alcohol really is no excuse for bad behaviour – research reveals you’re still the same person after a drink

Alcohol really is no excuse for bad behaviour – research reveals you’re still the same person after a drink Dean Drobot/Shutterstock Many of us know that feeling of waking up, headache in tow, struggling to remember what we said and did after that extra drink the night before. And then suddenly, the memories vividly resurface.…

NASA Invites Media to Silicon Valley Center for Celebration of Women Leaders

[rNASA Invites Media to Silicon Valley Center for Celebration of Women Leaders Media are invited to join NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, astronaut Megan McArthur and several special guests, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, for a Women’s Equality Day event Monday, Aug. 26 at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. Source: NASA Breaking news http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-invites-media-to-silicon-valley-center-for-celebration-of-women-leaders

The Promise of Direct Air Capture: Making Stuff Out of Thin Air

The Promise of Direct Air Capture: Making Stuff Out of Thin Air Imagine making fuel, plastics, and concrete out of “thin air.” That’s the promise of direct air capture (DAC), a technology that fundamentally disrupts our contemporary oil economy. Mimicking what already occurs in nature, DAC essentially involves industrial photosynthesis, harnessing the power of the sun to draw carbon directly out of the atmosphere. This captured carbon can then be…

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Alzheimer’s: carriers of risk gene show brain changes in their 20s – here’s why we shouldn’t worry

Alzheimer’s: carriers of risk gene show brain changes in their 20s – here’s why we shouldn’t worry StunningArt/Shutterstock Dramatic developments in genetics research and the availability of commercial genetics tests have put us in a very modern predicament – we can now find out (quickly, easily and cheaply) whether we personally hold genetic risk factors that put us at a substantially increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, we have…

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Alcohol really is no excuse for bad behaviour – research reveals you’re still the same person after a drink

Alcohol really is no excuse for bad behaviour – research reveals you’re still the same person after a drink Dean Drobot/Shutterstock Many of us know that feeling of waking up, headache in tow, struggling to remember what we said and did after that extra drink the night before. And then suddenly, the memories vividly resurface. Alcohol disinhibits us, making us say and do things that we’d otherwise keep under wraps.…

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New blood screening may detect ovarian cancer two years before other methods

New blood screening may detect ovarian cancer two years before other methods fototip/Shutterstock Ovarian cancer has a high mortality risk because it is so often diagnosed at a very late stage. In a new study, our team has shown that detection rates can be significantly improved by screening for a specific set of proteins in the bloodstream. This could mean detection of ovarian cancer up to two years before current…

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Physicists create world's smallest engine

Physicists create world's smallest engine Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Aug 23, 2019 Theoretical physicists at Trinity College Dublin are among an international collaboration that has built the world’s smallest engine – which, as a single calcium ion, is approximately ten billion times smaller than a car engine. Work performed by Professor John Goold’s QuSys group in Trinity’s School of Physics describes the science behind this tiny motor. The research, published in…

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Ghost particles: how galaxies helped us weigh the lightest neutrino – and why it matters

Ghost particles: how galaxies helped us weigh the lightest neutrino – and why it matters The Crab Nebula is a remnant of a supernova, a source of neutrinos. NASA, ESA, J. Hester and A. Loll (Arizona State University) Even when you close your eyes at night, 100 billion neutrinos produced in the sun will pass through them – travelling close to the speed of light, but never hitting anything. Neutrinos…

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Skin cancer and sun damage: moles on the body largely determined by genetics, our new research suggests

Skin cancer and sun damage: moles on the body largely determined by genetics, our new research suggests Albina Glisic/Shutterstock Melanoma skin cancer is the fifth most common cancer – with 16,000 cases diagnosed and 2,400 deaths every year in the UK. Over the last decade, diagnoses have increased by almost half – with a more considerable rise in males (55%) than in females (35%). Yet, this is not the only…

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Why we laugh when we know it’s wrong

Why we laugh when we know it’s wrong shutterstock For the Batek people of the Malaysian peninsula rainforest, laughter can be dangerous. Within the system of taboos of these egalitarian hunter-gatherers, laughing in certain situations can cause storms, illness or even death. And yet sometimes, Batek people – like anyone else – laugh when they know they shouldn’t. In fact, laughter can be especially pleasurable when it’s forbidden. What does this paradox tell us about ideas of right and wrong? My recent research with the Batek suggests that examining contagious, uncontrollable laughter can help explain why we do things we say we shouldn’t. Rather than always being “wrong”, laughing when we shouldn’t can be a way of shaping our ethical beliefs by interacting with others, testing out the limits of…

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OTT HydroMet launches all-in-one groundwater level logger for basic water measurement

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Book claims dominance of right handedness due to sex on the wrong brain, now causing global warming

Book claims dominance of right handedness due to sex on the wrong brain, now causing global warming Scientists have long wondered why ninety percent of humans are right handed. The book “Sex On the Wrong Brain” links right-handed dominance to a mental disorder that may have provided a survival advantage in difficult times but now threatens Earth with greed, authoritarianism, and global warming. Anthropologists have determined that our ancestors became increasingly right-handed and eventually settled into a predictable nine to one majority over left-handers. In “Sex On the Wrong Brain”, author Ard Falten claims the advantage right-handed humans had was that they are more likely to divert impatient satisfaction-demanding reproductive impulses to brain functions that need patience and objectivity. Sex on the wrong brain, or sowb, is presented as a…

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New method classifies brain cells based on electrical signals

Picower Professor Earl Miller teamed up with the lab of former postdoc Markus Siegel at the University of Tuebingen to devise a method for learning more about the different kinds of neurons that can be measured with electrodes.

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Travel the world without destroying it – Imagine newsletter #5

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