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About sustainabilityandbeauty

My passion is telling the stories of possibility, seeking a sustainable and beautiful future. My training is in science, chemistry, environmental science and teaching.

The sounds of a Martian sunrise inspire short musical composition | Ars Technica

I am fascinated by examples where science becomes the inspiration for art. In this case, scientists took a photograph of the Martian sunrise from Opportunity’s camera and by a process described as sonification generated sound. This remarkable piece is the … Continue reading

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(70) How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed | Daniel Levitin – YouTube

I’m in the middle of a really stressful time. It is a sensible thought to prepare yourself for times like this. Here are some are sensible suggestions worth listening to.

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Mind fuck: The perils of the hero entrepreneur mythology | Idealog

I am teaching and encouraging my students to identify fake news and to question dominant narratives, this builds capacity for critical thinking and self-empowerment and agency. Stories of the hero-entrepreneur are commonly told to encourage us to emulate them but … Continue reading

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Great news: pleasure is the purpose of life. Bad news: moderation is key | Aeon Videos

This is a useful idea. Seek pleasure in moderation. And I also have to say, many researchers have reached this conclusion and, of course, moderation is a key to sustainable living. Should you feel bad about pursuing pleasure? Many philosophers … Continue reading

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Do Dogs Understand What You’re Telling Them? Scientists Are Scanning Their Brains to Find Out | Mental Floss

This is a wonderful report where the researchers have used fMRI seeking to measure the difference in dogs brain’s response to known and unknown commands. Do dogs understand words? That’s an interesting question. Of course, I think this dog understands … Continue reading

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(57) Emma Watson at the HeForShe Campaign 2014 – Official UN Video – YouTube

At a time when the world is challenging us, it is important to remember that progress is being made. Here is Emma Watson motivating us. “It’s about freedom!”

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My Critique of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Self Improvement by Stephen Covey – YouTube

This video is a summary of a book I read many years ago. Worth revisiting, yet I’ve moved on. Covey doesn’t speak to me at all now. Yes, he teaches skills that are useful, skills I use every day toward … Continue reading

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An Antidote to White Male Capitalist Culture: Adrienne Rich on the Liberating Power of Storytelling and How Reading Emancipates – Brain Pickings

This week this was on my reading list. I think Adrienne Rich is absolutely correct. Reading, writing, learning to think carefully and critically are foundation steps toward self-empowerment and emancipation. That is true for every marginalized, disempowered and ignored individual. … Continue reading

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Jewels in the Night Sea exhibition – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

Science can bring beauty into our lives. Here is an example. Ryo Minemizu, one of Japan’s emerging stars in the field of marine life photography and the 2017 winner of the Nikkei National Geographic photography prize, captures the beauty and … Continue reading

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How to Make a Learning Bucket List | Science of People

At present, I’m busy at work. It is going to be a series of short blogs for a while as I concentrate on work and slowly on a bigger post. But I am keeping on with my goal of blogging … Continue reading

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