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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Commercial Space Ride Secured for NASA’s New Air Pollution Sensor

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NASA Administrator Remembers Mission Control Pioneer Chris Kraft

[rNASA Administrator Remembers Mission Control Pioneer Chris Kraft Statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the passing of Chris Kraft, who died Monday in Houston at the age of 95. Source: Eurogamer. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-administrator-remembers-mission-control-pioneer-chris-kraft

Celebrating a curious mind: Steven Keating 1988-2019

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Five animals that could help us beat human diseases

Five animals that could help us beat human diseases No worries. Fdzoru/Shutterstock As humans, we may feel rather lucky about our evolutionary lot. We live longer than many other animals, and lifespans continue to increase thanks to better diets, advances in medicine and improved public health. But our quest to beat ageing and the diseases that come with ageing continues. Osteoarthritis rates, for example, have doubled since the mid-20th century.…

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Commercial Space Ride Secured for NASA’s New Air Pollution Sensor

[rCommercial Space Ride Secured for NASA’s New Air Pollution Sensor NASA has secured a host satellite provider and ride into space for an instrument that will dramatically advance our understanding of air quality over North America. Source: Eurogamer. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/commercial-space-ride-secured-for-nasa-s-new-air-pollution-sensor

NASA Administrator Remembers Mission Control Pioneer Chris Kraft

[rNASA Administrator Remembers Mission Control Pioneer Chris Kraft Statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the passing of Chris Kraft, who died Monday in Houston at the age of 95. Source: Eurogamer. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-administrator-remembers-mission-control-pioneer-chris-kraft

Celebrating a curious mind: Steven Keating 1988-2019

MIT alumnus Steven Keating has died. Keating conducted research on additive manufacturing and synthetic biology. He developed a technology that could 3-D print the foundation of a building.

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The Current War: there were also dynamic women who made electricity a success

The Current War: there were also dynamic women who made electricity a success Electricity was frightful stuff in the 19th century and women played their part in its being accepted into homes. KinoCheck/YouTube The history of electricity, as many narratives about spectacular inventions told in popular culture, is a story dominated by men. The Current War, the new film that charts the ruthless competition between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse…

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Sea Pangolin: the first ever species endangered by potential deep sea mining

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Here’s how your holiday photos could help save endangered species

Here’s how your holiday photos could help save endangered species Zephyr_p/Shutterstock Animal populations have declined on average by 60% since 1970, and it’s predicted that around a million species are at risk of extinction. As more of the Earth’s biodiversity disappears and the human population grows, protected landscapes that are set aside to conserve biodiversity are increasingly important. Sadly, many are underfunded – some of Africa’s most treasured wildlife reserves…

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Eagle Scouts to Speak with NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station

[rEagle Scouts to Speak with NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station Fifty years after NASA astronaut and Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong sent greetings from space to the 1969 Scout Jamboree, scouts will have an opportunity to talk live with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station at 1:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 24. Source: Eurogamer. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/eagle-scouts-to-speak-with-nasa-astronaut-aboard-space-station

Out of my wheelchair and back on my bike: why I’m putting MS diet to the test

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Twitter is right to have special rules for Donald Trump – it’s recognising that not all tweets are equal

Twitter is right to have special rules for Donald Trump – it’s recognising that not all tweets are equal Casimiro PT/Shutterstock Twitter recently decided that rule-breaking tweets from influential politicians would be hidden behind a warning. Journalists were quick to label the new policy the “Trump rule”. But it wasn’t long before the rule was put to the test and found lacking. Recent tweets by Donald Trump, which have widely been condemned as racist, were not hidden, and Twitter declared they didn’t violate the company’s policies. The internet is often hailed as a democratic space, offering opportunities to everyone to contribute to public debate. Twitter’s new rule now introduces a two tier system, with the political influencers treated differently from regular users. Does this make sense or should the same…

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How to stroke a cat, according to science

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DNA origami joins forces with molecular motors to build nanoscale machines

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NASA Astronaut Andrew Morgan, Crewmates Arrive at Space Station on 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

[rNASA Astronaut Andrew Morgan, Crewmates Arrive at Space Station on 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing Fifty years to the day that astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the Moon in a giant leap for humanity, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and two fellow crew members arrived Saturday for their mission aboard the International Space Station, where humans have lived and worked continuously for more than 18 years. Source: Eurogamer. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-astronaut-andrew-morgan-crewmates-arrive-at-space-station-on-50th-anniversary-of