Does Anyone Know How to Save the World's Oceans?

Oceans are to 2009 what the hole in the ozone was in 1995. Habitat for billions of aquatic species, a massive carbon seep, and regulator of the earth's climate, oceans are indispenable to man's and every other species' future. As Worldchanging put it in a recent article, "if the oceans crash, we crash."

Vice Television recently completed their latest swashbuckling foray into hipster reportage with a visit to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where ocean currents converge to create a Texas-sized floating landfill in the North Pacific. Household plastics make up most of it. Catch the (highly recommended) Vice series, follow the story at Worldchanging and debate what should be done about man's impact on the seas at Big Think.

The 4 types of thinking talents: Analytic, procedural, relational and innovative

Understanding thinking talents in yourself and others can build strong teams and help avoid burnout.

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Rediscovering the principles of self-actualisation might be just the tonic that the modern world is crying out for.

Personal Growth

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Brazilian scientists produce mini-brains with eyes

Using a new process, a mini-brain develops retinal cells.

Surprising Science
  • Mini-brains, or "neural organoids," are at the cutting edge of medical research.
  • This is the first one that's started developing eyes.
  • Stem cells are key to the growing of organoids of various body parts.
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Believe in soulmates? You're more likely to 'ghost' romantic partners.

Does believing in true love make people act like jerks?

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Sex & Relationships
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  • Growth-oriented people (who think relationships are made, not born) do not appreciate it.
  • Destiny-oriented people (who believe in soulmates) are more likely to be okay with ghosting.
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