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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

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…

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…

Are retailers ‘bagging’ the 5p plastic carrier bag charge?

Are retailers ‘bagging’ the 5p plastic carrier bag charge? GLRL/Shutterstock If you’ve ever forgotten your bag for life at the shop till and had to buy a plastic bag, you may have wondered where that money goes. The carrier bag levy of five pence (5p) was rolled out on October 5 2015 in England. Retailers are expected to donate the proceeds to good causes that would benefit society and the…

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Farmed salmon is now a staple in diets – but what they eat matters too

Farmed salmon is now a staple in diets – but what they eat matters too We're fish fanatics, with salmon in our sights. Marian Weyo/Shutterstock Salmon is not only tasty but is prized for being low fat and high in rich omega-3 oils. In recent times, salmon has been a staple of the national diet, so much so that wild salmon has given way to a huge global farmed industry,…

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Zombie ants: meet the parasitic fungi that take control of living insects

Zombie ants: meet the parasitic fungi that take control of living insects shunfa The / shutterstock In the understorey of a tropical forest, a carpenter ant has descended from the canopy away from her regular foraging trails and staggers drunkenly along a branch. Her movements are jerky and conspicuous. She twitchily moves forwards and suddenly starts convulsing with such ferocity that she falls from the branch onto the ground before…

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Cricket’s Duckworth-Lewis method: how to work out who wins when rain interrupts

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HCMV: how a virus that infects 50% of people is helping develop new cancer treatments

HCMV: how a virus that infects 50% of people is helping develop new cancer treatments r.classen/Shutterstock Most of us have heard of viruses such as measles and mumps – not to mention the more serious HIV and Ebola. But who has heard of Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV)? I certainly hadn’t until I started my PhD back in 2001. HCMV infects 50-60% of people in the UK alone, and infection is reportedly…

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Relationships: yes, you do have a type – and it’s likely to be your ex, new study suggests

Relationships: yes, you do have a type – and it’s likely to be your ex, new study suggests Dean Drobot/Shutterstock “They’re just not my type.” Whether during private conversation with a trusted friend, or while watching a favourite romantic comedy, we’ve all heard these words spoken about a potential suitor. But for all its prevalence in conversations about modern day relationships, hardly anyone has investigated whether “my type” actually exists.…

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Drinking alcohol at conception shown to harm rats – new study

Drinking alcohol at conception shown to harm rats – new study AndreyCherkasov/Shutterstock Drinking alcohol while pregnant can have a devastating impact on the developing baby, leading to poor cognition and behaviour. Alcohol is also known to increase the risk of miscarriages, stillbirth and other placental complications. But what if a mother drinks before she knows she is pregnant? Health guidelines in the UK, US and Australia say it’s best to…

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Could floating cities help people adapt to rising sea levels?

Could floating cities help people adapt to rising sea levels? 24Novembers / shutterstock By end of the century, rising seas will flood more than 500 coastal cities, affecting 1.5 billion people worldwide. Some estimates predict surging sea level rise of two meters by 2100. Countries like Kiribati, a nation of low lying coral atolls in the Pacific, will likely disappear entirely. This is why Kiribati is among the countries to…

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Eliminating packaging is a good start – but here’s what supermarkets should do to stop harming the planet

Eliminating packaging is a good start – but here’s what supermarkets should do to stop harming the planet hacohob/Shutterstock It was inspiring to read about the launch of Waitrose’s trial in Oxford offering consumers a range of products free of packaging. Their system isn’t revolutionary – smaller supermarkets have been doing the same thing for quite some time, as have many committed people. But it’s the first time that a major supermarket has made a big move away from the packaging-dependent model that has dominated major supermarkets for years. Waitrose’s system, where customers can fill their own reusable containers with an array of food, alcohol and cleaning products, reminds me of time spent with my grandparents in Kent as a child. We would walk into Walderslade village and visit a…

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Weight-loss surgery in England: many who need it aren’t getting it

Weight-loss surgery in England: many who need it aren’t getting it ADragan/Shutterstock Obese people who have weight-loss surgery (also known as bariatric surgery) live longer than those who don’t and they have a better quality of life. It is a relatively safe procedure, and it is cost-effective for the NHS. About 3.6m people in England are eligible for weight-loss surgery, but the latest figures show that just 6,627 people had this surgery in 2017-18. In 2014, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) updated its guidance on obesity making weight-loss surgery available to people with type 2 diabetes. NICE now recommends that anyone who has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the last ten years should be given an assessment of whether surgery is right for them…

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What psychotherapy can do for the climate and biodiversity crises

What psychotherapy can do for the climate and biodiversity crises Shutterstock/PopTika Apologies in advance, but I’m hoping that reading this will help you feel depressed – about biodiversity loss and our lack of progress over the climate crisis. The thing is, in these extreme circumstances, a bit of depression about the environment could be precisely what we need – it’s the only sane response. That humans are having an unsustainable impact on Earth may have a become a familiar message – but it is still a difficult message to hear. It presents us with a complex challenge given our reluctance to face change. Environmental campaigner Gus Speth once said he used to think the biggest problems facing the planet were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. He believed that…

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NASA Opens International Space Station to New Commercial Opportunities, Private Astronauts

[rNASA Opens International Space Station to New Commercial Opportunities, Private Astronauts NASA is opening the International Space Station for commercial business so U.S. industry innovation and ingenuity can accelerate a thriving commercial economy in low-Earth orbit. Source: Eurogamer. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-opens-international-space-station-to-new-commercial-opportunities-private

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Disappearing sea ice is changing the whole ecosystem of the Arctic Ocean

Disappearing sea ice is changing the whole ecosystem of the Arctic Ocean outdoorsman / shutterstock I drafted this while looking north over the frozen Lincoln Sea, at the northernmost tip of Ellesmere Island in Canada. I was at Alert, a Canadian Forces Station which, at 82°N, is the most northerly permanently inhabited place on Earth. Just 815km away, across the Arctic Ocean, lay the North Pole. It was May, and the sea should have still been frozen, but this year the bridge of sea ice between Ellesmere and Greenland broke up early, and Arctic ice began flowing down the narrow Nares Channel and south into Baffin Bay. All across the Arctic Ocean, the amount and persistence of sea ice is declining – September ice cover has fallen around 30% since…

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