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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NASA, Australian Space Agency to Sign Joint Statement at NASA Headquarters

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The Technologies Giving Rise to the Spatial Web

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If robots take our jobs, what will it mean for climate change?

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Curious Kids: how do batteries work?

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Hearing through the clatter

The primary region of the human auditory cortex (outlined in white) responds differently (blue) to natural sound when background noise is present.

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Does extra testosterone reduce your empathy?

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Kentucky Students to Speak with NASA Astronauts on Space Station

[rKentucky Students to Speak with NASA Astronauts on Space Station Students from Kentucky will have an opportunity this week to talk live with NASA astronauts currently working and living aboard the International Space Station. Source: NASA Breaking news http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/kentucky-students-to-speak-with-nasa-astronauts-on-space-station

Introvert? You may just be bad at recognising faces

Introvert? You may just be bad at recognising faces s pathdoc/Shutterstock Although most of us can distinguish between and remember hundreds of different faces, some people are better at it than others. “Super-recognisers” can accurately identify faces even when they have only seen them briefly previously. At the other extreme, “developmental prosopagnosics” are significantly impaired at recognising faces in many everyday situations. For the majority of us though, our face…

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How an AI Startup Designed a Drug Candidate in Just 46 Days

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Here’s why the internet will always have enough space for all our devices

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To save honey bees we need to design them new hives

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Lab-Grown Minibrains Show Activity Similar to Babies’ Brains

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through September 7)

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NASA Television to Air Launch, Capture of Cargo Ship to Space Station

[rNASA Television to Air Launch, Capture of Cargo Ship to Space Station A Japanese cargo spacecraft loaded with more than four tons of supplies, spare parts and experiment hardware is scheduled to launch from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan to the International Space Station at 5:33 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 10 (6:33 a.m. Sept. 11 in Japan). Source: NASA Breaking news http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-television-to-air-launch-capture-of-cargo-ship-to-space-station

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Introducing the Augmented World of 2030

Introducing the Augmented World of 2030 Augmented reality is about to add a digital intelligence layer to our every surrounding, transforming retail, manufacturing, education, tourism, real estate, and almost every major industry that holds up our economy today. Just last year, the global VR/AR market hit a value of $814.7 billion, and it is only expected to continue surging at a 63 percent CAGR until 2025. Apple’s Tim Cook has remarked, “I regard [AR] as a big idea like the smartphone […] The smartphone is for everyone. We don’t have to think the iPhone is about a certain demographic, or country, or vertical market. It’s for everyone. I think AR is that big, it’s huge.” And as Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, and numerous other players begin entering the AR market, we are…

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Coral reefs: breakdown in iconic spawning puts species at risk of extinction – new research

Coral reefs: breakdown in iconic spawning puts species at risk of extinction – new research Corals release millions of sperm and eggs in synchrony to reproduce. Rich Carey/Shutterstock It’s rather tricky to reproduce if you’re stuck to the floor – unless you’re a coral. Their spectacular spawning events are a beautiful sight to behold. Once a year, they spill billions of sperm and eggs into the sea, peppering the deep blue with a palette of vivid reds, yellows, oranges, and whites. But according to new research, some corals are no longer reproducing with the same clockwork timing, adding yet another survival threat to the long list already befalling reefs. Corals are unlike any other animal on the planet. Thousands of polyps, each resembling an upside down jellyfish, live with each…

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