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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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Saving children’s teeth in Sudan – without anaesthetic or drills

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Media Invited to See Progress on NASA’s Space Launch System for Its First Moon Mission

[rMedia Invited to See Progress on NASA’s Space Launch System for Its First Moon Mission Media are invited to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans at 9:30 a.m. CDT Friday, June 28, to view progress on the rocket core stage for the Space Launch System’s Artemis 1 Moon mission. Source: Eurogamer. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/media-invited-to-see-progress-on-nasa-s-space-launch-system-for-its-first-moon-mission

NASA Invites Media to Renaming Ceremony for West Virginia Facility

[rNASA Invites Media to Renaming Ceremony for West Virginia Facility Media are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday, July 2, celebrating the renaming of NASA’s Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility in Fairmont, West Virginia, after the West Virginia native and storied NASA icon. Source: Eurogamer. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-invites-media-to-renaming-ceremony-for-west-virginia-facility

To tackle the climate crisis we need more democracy, not less

To tackle the climate crisis we need more democracy, not less As the climate crisis is increasingly felt across the globe, protesters take to the streets and politicians scrabble to respond, a crucial question is beginning to emerge. How can governments develop climate strategies which build public support for action? An announcement by six UK…

Saving children’s teeth in Sudan – without anaesthetic or drills

Saving children’s teeth in Sudan – without anaesthetic or drills A child about to have his rotten tooth capped at the author's clinic in Khartoum, Sudan. Author provided Tooth decay is the most common chronic dental disease in the world. It affects 60-90% of children around the world, according to the World Dental Federation. It is 20 times more common than diabetes and five times more common than asthma. If…

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Media Invited to See Progress on NASA’s Space Launch System for Its First Moon Mission

[rMedia Invited to See Progress on NASA’s Space Launch System for Its First Moon Mission Media are invited to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans at 9:30 a.m. CDT Friday, June 28, to view progress on the rocket core stage for the Space Launch System’s Artemis 1 Moon mission. Source: Eurogamer. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/media-invited-to-see-progress-on-nasa-s-space-launch-system-for-its-first-moon-mission

NASA Invites Media to Renaming Ceremony for West Virginia Facility

[rNASA Invites Media to Renaming Ceremony for West Virginia Facility Media are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday, July 2, celebrating the renaming of NASA’s Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility in Fairmont, West Virginia, after the West Virginia native and storied NASA icon. Source: Eurogamer. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-invites-media-to-renaming-ceremony-for-west-virginia-facility

To tackle the climate crisis we need more democracy, not less

To tackle the climate crisis we need more democracy, not less As the climate crisis is increasingly felt across the globe, protesters take to the streets and politicians scrabble to respond, a crucial question is beginning to emerge. How can governments develop climate strategies which build public support for action? An announcement by six UK parliamentary committees that they will hold a citizens’ assembly on the climate emergency is a…

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Why plants don’t die from cancer

Why plants don’t die from cancer An abandoned hotel building in Pripyat, a few miles from Chernobyl. Fotokon/Shutterstock Chernobyl has become a byword for catastrophe. The 1986 nuclear disaster, recently brought back into the public eye by the hugely popular TV show of the same name, caused thousands of cancers, turned a once populous area into a ghost city, and resulted in the setting up of an exclusion zone 2600km²…

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Utopia isn’t just idealistic fantasy – it inspires people to change the world

Utopia isn’t just idealistic fantasy – it inspires people to change the world Singapore City's skyline May_Lana/Shutterstock Climate breakdown, mass extinctions, and extreme inequality threaten the earth’s rich tapestry of life and leave our own fate increasingly uncertain. At a time of such social, political and ecological upheaval, it’s natural to dream of a utopian world in which these problems are no more – in fact, people have been doing…

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Amazon wins ‘.amazon’ domain name, aggravating South American region and undermining digital commons

Amazon wins ‘.amazon’ domain name, aggravating South American region and undermining digital commons Sundry Photography/Shutterstock Amazon has a new means of dominating the market – one that threatens the economic interests of the people who call the original Amazon home. In May 2019, the online megastore secured the general top-level domain name “.amazon.” Anyone with the internet will recognise these domain types even if they don’t know the term. They’re…

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Robots may care for you in old age – and your children will teach them

Robots may care for you in old age – and your children will teach them Smart eve versus the iCub. iCub learns from how children play. Sandy Spence, CC BY-NC It’s likely that before too long, robots will be in the home to care for older people and help them live independently. To do that, they’ll need to learn how to do all the little jobs that we might be…

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Ten times the Chernobyl television series lets artistic licence get in the way of facts

Ten times the Chernobyl television series lets artistic licence get in the way of facts The memorial to the Chernobyl disaster in front of the reactor, now encased in its new containment shield. Jorge Franganillo, CC BY Audiences have been gripped by Chernobyl, the HBO/Sky series that charts the events and aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster of April 1986. I have coordinated a number of international research projects on the impacts of the Chernobyl accident, and made dozens of visits to the Exclusion Zone around Chernobyl. There has been considerable praise for the attention to detail in the sets, props and clothes that helped immerse viewers in a sense of being in late-period Soviet society – including from those that remember it first hand. But there are…

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Drug-resistant germs found on flies in English hospitals – new study

Drug-resistant germs found on flies in English hospitals – new study Maxim Nikiforov/Shutterstock Hospital-acquired infections are very common and they pose a serious risk to patients who are already weakened by another medical condition. Although hospitals take several steps to avoid these sorts of infections, there is one thing they often overlook: insects. Scientists have looked at the problem of insects in hospitals before, but research has mainly focused on bugs that can breed inside a hospital, such as ants and cockroaches. Our research suggests that we should be more worried about flying insects because several flies we trapped at English hospitals carried drug-resistant bacteria. Using ultraviolet-light flytraps, electronic fly killers and sticky traps, we captured about 20,000 flies from seven English hospitals. We placed the traps in areas where…

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NASA Invites Media to Opening of Newly-Restored Apollo Mission Control Center

[rNASA Invites Media to Opening of Newly-Restored Apollo Mission Control Center Fifty years ago, an unparalleled team of experts in a mission control center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston landed the first humans on the Moon. Media are invited to join NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine for the reopening of this historic and newly-restored facility at 9 a.m. CDT Friday, June 28. Source: Eurogamer. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-invites-media-to-opening-of-newly-restored-apollo-mission-control-center

NASA Selects Missions to Study Our Sun, Its Effects on Space Weather

[rNASA Selects Missions to Study Our Sun, Its Effects on Space Weather NASA has selected two new missions to advance our understanding of the Sun and its dynamic effects on space. Source: Eurogamer. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-selects-missions-to-study-our-sun-its-effects-on-space-weather

Majority of people return lost wallets – here’s the psychology and which countries are the most honest

Majority of people return lost wallets – here’s the psychology and which countries are the most honest What would you do? By Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock Honesty is one of the traits we value most in others. We often assume it is a rather rare quality, making it important for us to find out who we can actually trust in this selfish world. But according to new research, there’s no need to be so cynical – it turns out most people in the world are honourable enough to return a lost wallet, especially if it contains a lot of cash. The study, published in Science, looked at how often people in 40 different countries decided to return a lost wallet to the owner, after the researchers handed it in to the institution in…

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