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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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Barbudans are resisting ‘disaster capitalism’, two years after Hurricane Irma

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Forest elephants are our allies in the fight against climate change, finds research

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How expectation influences perception

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Salt: China’s deadly food habit

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Flooding: Britain’s coastal towns and villages face a design challenge to cope with climate emergency

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NASA Awards Contract for Infrastructure Support Services

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NASA Funds Demo of 3D-Printed Spacecraft Parts Made, Assembled in Orbit

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NASA to Broadcast Launch, Arrival of Astronaut Andrew Morgan at Space Station

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NASA Administrator to Talk Moon Landing Anniversary, Moon to Mars Plans

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