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 Television to Air Russian Spacewalk at International Space Station

[rNASA Television to Air Russian Spacewalk at International Space Station Two veteran Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station for a spacewalk Wednesday, May 29, to retrieve science experiments and conduct maintenance on the orbiting laboratory. Source: Eurogamer. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-television-to-air-russian-spacewalk-at-international-space-station-0

We need lots more male nurses, but progress can come with bumps along the way

We need lots more male nurses, but progress can come with bumps along the way So much for gender balance. Micholas It’s an uncharacteristically sunny Saturday at Stark’s Park football ground in Kirkcaldy, Fife in the east of Scotland. This is the home of Raith Rovers, a big fish of the lower Scottish leagues, who…

In-car technology: are we being sold a false sense of security?

In-car technology: are we being sold a false sense of security? shutterstock The retired football star David Beckham recently received a six-month driving ban after being photographed using his hand-held phone while driving. Unfortunately, Beckham is not alone in apparently thinking that time spent driving can also be usefully spent doing something else. But it…

NASA Awards Artemis Contract for Lunar Gateway Power, Propulsion

[rNASA Awards Artemis Contract for Lunar Gateway Power, Propulsion In one of the first steps of the agency’s Artemis lunar exploration plans, NASA announced on Thursday the selection of Maxar Technologies, formerly SSL, in Westminster, Colorado, to develop and demonstrate power, propulsion and communications capabilities for NASA’s lunar Gateway. Source: Eurogamer. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-awards-artemis-contract-for-lunar-gateway-power-propulsion

NASA Television to Air Russian Spacewalk at International Space Station

[rNASA Television to Air Russian Spacewalk at International Space Station Two veteran Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station for a spacewalk Wednesday, May 29, to retrieve science experiments and conduct maintenance on the orbiting laboratory. Source: Eurogamer. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-television-to-air-russian-spacewalk-at-international-space-station-0

We need lots more male nurses, but progress can come with bumps along the way

We need lots more male nurses, but progress can come with bumps along the way So much for gender balance. Micholas It’s an uncharacteristically sunny Saturday at Stark’s Park football ground in Kirkcaldy, Fife in the east of Scotland. This is the home of Raith Rovers, a big fish of the lower Scottish leagues, who are in the hunt for a place in the play-offs and a chance to clamber…

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In-car technology: are we being sold a false sense of security?

In-car technology: are we being sold a false sense of security? shutterstock The retired football star David Beckham recently received a six-month driving ban after being photographed using his hand-held phone while driving. Unfortunately, Beckham is not alone in apparently thinking that time spent driving can also be usefully spent doing something else. But it isn’t just phones that can distract us while driving. Increasingly, vehicles come pre-installed with technology…

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NASA Awards Artemis Contract for Lunar Gateway Power, Propulsion

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NASA Invites Media to Orion Abort Test Before Moon Missions with Crew

[rNASA Invites Media to Orion Abort Test Before Moon Missions with Crew Media accreditation is open for an uncrewed flight test of the launch abort system of NASA’s Orion spacecraft on Tuesday, July 2. Source: Eurogamer. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-invites-media-to-orion-abort-test-before-moon-missions-with-crew

Chimpanzees spotted smashing open and eating tortoises for the first time

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NASA to Land in Mars, Pennsylvania to Celebrate Red Planet with STEAM

[rNASA to Land in Mars, Pennsylvania to Celebrate Red Planet with STEAM NASA returns to Mars, Pennsylvania Friday, May 31 to celebrate Mars exploration and share the agency’s excitement about landing astronauts on the Moon in five years. Source: Eurogamer. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-land-in-mars-pennsylvania-to-celebrate-red-planet-with-steam

‘They’ll give me a detention but it’ll be worth it’ – a climate scientist interviews his climate striking daughter

‘They’ll give me a detention but it’ll be worth it’ – a climate scientist interviews his climate striking daughter Ink Drop/Shutterstock Extinction rebellion, the climate strikes, Greta Thunberg and even the BBC and Netflix have changed the conversation on climate change. Even more than I expected – there’s now a groundswell of public concern that human impact on the planet is unacceptable and we’re smart enough to correct it. I’m…

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Plastic poisons ocean bacteria that produce 10% of the world’s oxygen and prop up the marine food chain

Plastic poisons ocean bacteria that produce 10% of the world’s oxygen and prop up the marine food chain Richard Whitcombe/Shutterstock We’ve all seen the impact of our plastic addiction. It’s hard to miss the devastating images of whales and sea birds that have died with their stomachs full of solidified fossil fuels. The recent discovery of a plastic bag in the Mariana Trench, at over 10,000 metres below sea level, reminds us of the depth of our problem. Now, the breadth is increasing too. New research suggests that chemicals leaching from the bags and bottles that pepper our seas are harming tiny marine organisms that are central to sustained human existence. Once plastic waste is out in the open, waves, wind and sunlight cause it to break down into smaller…

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Lunar gold rush is about to start – and we could exhaust the solar system in less than 500 years

Lunar gold rush is about to start – and we could exhaust the solar system in less than 500 years Territorial claim? US astronaut Buzz Aldrin salutes the American flag. NASA The US president, Donald Trump, has stuck to his plan to send humans back to the moon in the next five years, recently giving the project a US$1.6 billion shot in the arm. Whether he succeeds or not, the first successful landing on the lunar far side by China, the European Space Agency’s recent “lunar village” concept and a myriad of private companies all gearing up for commercial human spaceflight indicate that a human return to the moon may be about to begin in earnest. But is it a good idea? A new study suggests that, to avoid material…

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Camel milk reduces cell inflammation associated with type 2 diabetes

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The reality of caring for someone with dementia – stressful but rewarding too

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Why a patient may need a companion to speak for them – and the difficult choices they face

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