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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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Ranulph Fiennes labels trophy hunters 'bullying bastards' and calls for UK import ban

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New threads: Nanowires made of tellurium and nanotubes hold promise for wearable tech

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Silver sawtooth creates valley-coherent light for nanophotonics

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Newsletter 36: Waves of Worldwide Webellion

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NASA Selects Four Possible Missions to Study the Secrets of the Solar System

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The origin and evolution of love

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Smell loss: the invisible disease with a devastating impact

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