Earth Day for the planet

It’s not a day, it’s a movement. Earth Day founders created and organized the first Earth Day, also called International Mother Earth Day, on April 22, 1970. Since then, EARTHDAY.ORG has mobilized over 1 billion people annually on Earth Day, and every other day, to protect the planet. According to the website, “Earth Day has […]

Marc Chagall

“Immigrants contribute mightily to the economy, by paying billions in annual taxes, by filling low-wage jobs that keep domestic industry competitive, and by spurring investment and job-creation, revitalizing once-decaying communities.” That’s what a summary of important research shows about unemployment and immigration. Such famous immigrants as actress and singer Marlene Dietrich, physicist Albert Einstein, and […]

post-traumatic growth

Surprisingly, it’s true: positive things can come out of challenging times.  Post-traumatic growth (PTG) is the benefit and personal growth that comes from experiencing a crisis. It’s hard to imagine that a serious medical diagnosis, a divorce, job loss, or the death of a loved one can lead to positive outcomes. But according to studies […]

What is the International Day of Happiness? It’s a day to be happy, of course! Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognise the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world.” – United Nations To celebrate this day, here are a few photos […]

Elizabeth Blackwell

History is full of examples of prejudices based on the inexplicable “rationale” that some people are born “lesser” (in other words, non-white, non-male, of different beliefs, lifestyles, or nationality) but one woman, Elizabeth Blackwell, exemplifies the juxtaposition of such limited mindsets with those able to see past others’ limitations. Born in England in 1821, Elizabeth […]

Herculaneum

Have you heard of the Herculaneum scrolls? They’re a group of writings on papyrus that were charred and buried in ashes during the deadly eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. Following the discovery of the manuscripts under 50-60 feet (15-18 meters) of volcanic mud in the 1750s, scholars and scientists have long recognized that […]

Maersk ship fueled by green methanol

As much as 90% of traded goods worldwide are shipped by sea and 99% of cargo ships are powered by oil-based fuels. To change this pattern, the Danish shipping and logistics company Maersk has launched the first container ship fueled by green methanol, the Laura Maersk. Produced from low-carbon sources such as biomass, renewable organic […]

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

Steve Jobs

people power

Do you know why Amnesty International, the non-governmental organization that campaigns for human rights for all and fights injustice in the world, was formed? It was founded because one man appealed for justice for individuals sent to prison for simply having expressed their opinions. Other individuals or groups have also acted on a small scale […]

woman engineer

In the lead up to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2024, here’s some high-level information on what it takes to get more women to pursue careers as scientists and engineers. The US National Academy of Sciences affirms that “Women already show their proficiency with scientific content in fields like biology and medicine. They make […]