Our Strength Lies in Our Humanity

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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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 16)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 16) ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Computers Evolve a New Path Toward Human Intelligence Matthew Hutson | Quanta “In a recent paper, Clune argues that open-ended discovery is likely the fastest path toward artificial general intelligence—machines with nearly all the capabilities of humans. …Such open-ended exploration might lead…

NASA to Announce Additional Commercial Moon Delivery Providers

[rNASA to Announce Additional Commercial Moon Delivery Providers NASA will host a media teleconference at 4:30 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 18, to announce additional American companies joining the competitive pool for delivery services to the surface of the Moon through the agency’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) project. Source: NASA Breaking news http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-announce-additional-commercial-moon-delivery-providers

Bolivian lithium: why you should not expect any ‘white gold rush’ in the wake of Morales overthrow

Bolivian lithium: why you should not expect any ‘white gold rush’ in the wake of Morales overthrow The Salar de Uyuni salt flat contains much of the world's lithium. Ksenia Ragozina / shutterstock The overthrow of Bolivian president Evo Morales shows how the politics of environmentalism and social justice intersect in a silvery-white metal. As…

Flood survivors should be given proper support – instead they’re told to get ‘resilient’

Flood survivors should be given proper support – instead they’re told to get ‘resilient’ After severe flooding in the North of England, many affected residents have been left feeling let down and left behind by the systems in place to protect them. Our research suggests that they, and many other communities affected by flooding in…

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 16)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 16) ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Computers Evolve a New Path Toward Human Intelligence Matthew Hutson | Quanta “In a recent paper, Clune argues that open-ended discovery is likely the fastest path toward artificial general intelligence—machines with nearly all the capabilities of humans. …Such open-ended exploration might lead to human-level intelligence via paths we never would have anticipated—or a variety of alien intelligences…

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NASA to Announce Additional Commercial Moon Delivery Providers

[rNASA to Announce Additional Commercial Moon Delivery Providers NASA will host a media teleconference at 4:30 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 18, to announce additional American companies joining the competitive pool for delivery services to the surface of the Moon through the agency’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) project. Source: NASA Breaking news http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-announce-additional-commercial-moon-delivery-providers

Bolivian lithium: why you should not expect any ‘white gold rush’ in the wake of Morales overthrow

Bolivian lithium: why you should not expect any ‘white gold rush’ in the wake of Morales overthrow The Salar de Uyuni salt flat contains much of the world's lithium. Ksenia Ragozina / shutterstock The overthrow of Bolivian president Evo Morales shows how the politics of environmentalism and social justice intersect in a silvery-white metal. As Morales flew to exile in Mexico, commentators wondered what will become of Bolivia’s lithium, a…

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Flood survivors should be given proper support – instead they’re told to get ‘resilient’

Flood survivors should be given proper support – instead they’re told to get ‘resilient’ After severe flooding in the North of England, many affected residents have been left feeling let down and left behind by the systems in place to protect them. Our research suggests that they, and many other communities affected by flooding in the past, have good reason to feel this way. Often, the effects of flooding are…

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UK Newsletter #5 : Speak Up and Be Heard

Dearest rebels, winter is almost upon us. The nights are drawing in, the frost is rising, and a general election is looming. To some, this is an exciting chance for change. To others it’s merely another sign of the chaos and state of flux of this country (and to a greater extent, the world.) Scenes from an action outside Blackrock this afternoon. As members of XR, our aim is not…

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Mandatory vaccination is not the solution for measles in Europe

Mandatory vaccination is not the solution for measles in Europe RCH Photography/Shutterstock Global measles cases reached their highest levels since 2006 in the first six months of 2019. With countries around the world struggling to contain outbreaks, government policy on vaccination has come under fire. Germany has been the latest to succumb to the pressure. Given the free movement of citizens between EU countries, consistent public health policy is particularly…

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Within 10 Years, We’ll Travel by Hyperloop, Rockets, and Avatars

Within 10 Years, We’ll Travel by Hyperloop, Rockets, and Avatars What’s faster than autonomous vehicles and flying cars? Try Hyperloop, rocket travel, and robotic avatars. Hyperloop is currently working towards 670 mph (1080 kph) passenger pods, capable of zipping us from Los Angeles to downtown Las Vegas in under 30 minutes. Rocket Travel (think SpaceX’s Starship) promises to deliver you almost anywhere on the planet in under an hour. Think…

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Narcissists: why we need to take better care of them

Narcissists: why we need to take better care of them Shutterstock/Just dance Narcissists, like sharks, get a bad press. Both are generally seen as menacing, negative forces to be feared and avoided. But as any biologist will tell you, sharks play a vital role in the marine ecosystem. And it may be that narcissists also have a necessary part to play in human society. This of course, goes against the…

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Extinction Rebellion UK hold BlackRock to account and announce ‘Boycott for Amazonia’

Email: press@risingup.org.ukPhone: +44(0) 7427 067267 / +44(0) 7050 967632Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Media Assets | Crowd Funder #ExtinctionRebellion #BoycottForAmazonia #NotASingleDropMore #NenhumaGotAMais Friday 15th from 12pm Extinction Rebellion UK to stage protest in front of BlackRock offices – 12 Copthall Avenue, City of London, calling for them to ‘Put the fire out’. Climate & ecology activists dump ashes outside the corporation’s head offices, bringing home to BlackRock’s doorstep the destruction and chaos their investments wreak in Amazonia Activists painted with flames, soot and oil stains perform chaotic carnival and open-mic protest in pile of ashes outside to represent fires and public outrage Speakers and performers to include Brazilian Indigenous activist Luana Tapajós, SOS Bolivia campaigner Ximena Banegas, a spokesperson from Stop Ecocide, Dora Hargitai of Animal Rebellion, Birthstrike founder…

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Rational transparent conductor design provides a boost to carbon nanotubes application

Rational transparent conductor design provides a boost to carbon nanotubes application Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 15, 2019 An international team of scientists led by researchers from the Laboratory of Nanomaterials at the Skoltech Center for Photonics and Quantum Materials (CPQM) have rationally designed a novel p-type flexible transparent conductor using single-walled carbon nanotubes. This opens new avenues for its applications in next generation opto-electronics and energy technologies. The results of the study w Source: NanoDaily.com http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Rational_transparent_conductor_design_provides_a_boost_to_carbon_nanotubes_application_999.html

A battle for the jet stream is raging above our heads

A battle for the jet stream is raging above our heads The northern hemisphere jet stream crossing Cape Breton Island in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada. NASA/Wikimedia Commons When prolonged periods of severe weather strike, two things often get the blame these days: climate change and the jet stream. Many have expressed concerns that the rapidly melting Arctic is now disturbing the jet stream, bringing more frequent bouts of wild weather. But potentially even more powerful changes are afoot in the tropics – and the consequences could be severe. The northern hemisphere’s jet stream is a current of fast-moving air encircling the globe from west to east in the middle latitudes – the zone between the baking tropics and the freezing Arctic. The strongest winds are about ten kilometres…

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‘4°C of global warming is optimal’ – even Nobel Prize winners are getting things catastrophically wrong

‘4°C of global warming is optimal’ – even Nobel Prize winners are getting things catastrophically wrong Some places are hotter than others – but what happens when they all heat up? Calvin Hanson/Unsplash, CC BY-SA William Nordhaus was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics for “integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis”. This implies that he worked out what global heating means for our economy, given what climate scientists say will happen to our planet. But Nordhaus’s predictions of what global heating will cost the earth are dangerously at odds with the science. In his Nobel Prize lecture, Nordhaus described a 4°C increase in global average temperature as “optimal” — that is, the point at which the costs and benefits of mitigating climate change are balanced. In a subsequent…

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This Boat Was 3D Printed—And Bigger, Wilder Projects Will Soon Follow

This Boat Was 3D Printed—And Bigger, Wilder Projects Will Soon Follow There’s a new technological answer to the iconic line “you’re going to need a bigger boat” from Jaws: 3D printing one. Last month, the University of Maine revealed 3Dirigo, a 25-foot, 5,000-pound boat that set new records for the world’s largest solid 3D-printed object and largest 3D-printed vessel. Incidentally, it was created by the new titleholder of the largest prototype polymer 3D printer belt. If there isn’t a belt to go with the title, the printer in question can surely print one in XXXL-size. 3Dirigo was printed in just three days. Dr. Habib Dagher, Executive Director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures & Composites Center, told CNBC that a typical development and manufacturing process for a craft of similar size “could…

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