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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UK's trade in breeding chicks may not be covered by planned live export 'ban'

UK's trade in breeding chicks may not be covered by planned live export 'ban' Proposed new post-Brexit rules may apply only to animals being sent for slaughter and fattening, not breeding stockThe export of tens of millions of chicks every year from the UK may not fall under a promised “ban” on live exports, as…

Fluorescent pink slug, unique to Australian mountaintop, survives bushfires

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How the 'Venice of Africa' is losing its battle against the rising ocean

How the 'Venice of Africa' is losing its battle against the rising ocean Saint-Louis, the old colonial capital of Senegal, faces a flooding threat that has already seen entire villages lost to the AtlanticAmeth Diagne points to a single tree submerged in the ocean. It is barely visible from the patch of land where he…

NASA Selects First Commercial Destination Module for International Space Station

[rNASA Selects First Commercial Destination Module for International Space Station NASA has selected Axiom Space of Houston to provide at least one habitable commercial module to be attached to the International Space Station as the agency continues to open the station for commercial use. Source: NASA Breaking news http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-selects-first-commercial-destination-module-for-international-space-station

How behavioural science could help us reach zero emissions

How behavioural science could help us reach zero emissions Shutterstock When we talk about innovations to deal with the climate crisis, we tend to think of new technologies developed by physical scientists. Although a real sense of climate emergency now seems to be permeating the global consciousness thanks to recent high-profile campaigning, many of us have been slow to actually make changes in the way we live ourselves. Finding out…

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Physicists trap light in nanoresonators for record time

Physicists trap light in nanoresonators for record time St Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Jan 24, 2020 An international team of researchers from ITMO University, the Australian National University, and Korea University have experimentally trapped an electromagnetic wave in a gallium arsenide nanoresonator a few hundred nanometers in size for a record-breaking time. Earlier attempts to trap light for such a long time have only been successful with much larger resonators. In…

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Deep-sea osmolyte makes biomolecular machines heat-tolerant

Deep-sea osmolyte makes biomolecular machines heat-tolerant Sapporo, Japan (SPX) Jan 24, 2020 Researchers have discovered a method to control biomolecular machines over a wide temperature range using deep-sea osmolyte trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO). This finding could open a new dimension in the application of artificial machines fabricated from biomolecular motors and other proteins. Biomolecular motors are the smallest natural machines that keep living organisms dynamic. They can Source: NanoDaily.com http://www.nanodaily.com/reports/Deep_sea_osmolyte_makes_biomolecular_machines_heat_tolerant_999.html

Let the europium shine brighter

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Four graphs that suggest we can’t blame climate change on solar activity

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Baby box: child welfare experts say use of sleep boxes could potentially put infants’ lives at risk

Baby box: child welfare experts say use of sleep boxes could potentially put infants’ lives at risk The baby box in Finland is embedded as part of the maternity system. Kela Having a baby can be expensive. So it’s maybe not surprising that many retailers around the world have cottoned on to the success of Finland’s baby boxes – a package aimed to set up new parents and their bundle…

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Polygraph lie detector tests: can they really stop criminals reoffending?

Polygraph lie detector tests: can they really stop criminals reoffending? Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock The UK government recently announced it was planning to increase the use of polygraphs to monitor offenders on probation, specifically those convicted of terrorist offences. This is one of several new measures to prevent a repeat of the recent London Bridge attack, which was committed by an offender out in the community on license. One difficulty with deciding which…

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Extinction Rebellion UK – Thank you for having our backs

Email: press@risingup.org.ukPhone: 07979971209 | 07482729729 | 07561098449Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Media Assets | #ExtinctionRebellion  Well that was getting a bit scary wasn’t it! One day we wake up to find we’re extremists, the next not, then ish, then not. Thankfully now the matter has been cleared up, let’s get back to talking about what this is all really about – the climate and ecological emergency.  But first, a…

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A&E waiting times worst on record – but using AI to unblock beds could be part of the solution

A&E waiting times worst on record – but using AI to unblock beds could be part of the solution January is the busiest month of the year for the NHS – with patients often queuing in corridors and ambulances. In 2019 Emergency Department waiting times in England were the worst on record, with 2000 patients waiting for more than 12 hours for a hospital bed in December. At the same time latest research shows that over the past three years almost 5500 patients have died in emergency departments while waiting for a hospital bed. Part of the problem is that patients who are admitted as emergencies to hospital can be really sick and unstable. So making the decision as to when they are getting better and are safe to go…

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‘Hypocrisy’: 90% of UK-Africa summit’s energy deals were in fossil fuels

‘Hypocrisy’: 90% of UK-Africa summit’s energy deals were in fossil fuels Exclusive: Almost £2bn went to oil and gas despite a UK pledge to support cleaner energy in African countries More than 90% of the £2bn in energy deals struck at this week’s UK-Africa investment summit were for fossil fuels, despite a government commitment to “support African countries in their transition to cleaner energy”.Prime Minister Boris Johnson opened the summit on Monday, citing the climate emergency: “We all breathe the same air, we live beneath the same sky, and we all suffer when carbon emissions rise and the planet warms.” Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/24/90-pe-cent-uk-africa-energy-deals-fossil-fuels

How did Isabel dos Santos become Africa's richest woman?

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NASA Administrator Names Director for Center in Maryland

[rNASA Administrator Names Director for Center in Maryland NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has named Dennis Andrucyk director of its Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, effective immediately. Andrucyk has been serving as the acting director of Goddard since Dec. 31. Source: NASA Breaking news http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-administrator-names-director-for-center-in-maryland

NASA Announces Two Media Briefings on Latest Solar Mission

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