What is your outlook?
Julia Bolz is a women’s rights activist providing social guidance to countries in the Middle East, Africa, Central America, and Central Asia. She founded the Journey with an Afghan School program after 9/11 to help bridge the cultural divide between the U.S. and Afghanistan particularly by increasing the educational opportunities afforded to young women. Before joining the grassroots movement for gender equality, she worked at one of Seattle’s most prestigious law firms, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland. She received Seattle’s Tom C. Wales Citizenship Award for her combined humanitarian efforts. Bolz graduated from Smith College.
Julia Bolz: I’m optimistic. And I think for those of us who are engaged in the world, I feel that people are good within. In fact we have many similarities. One of the things that I have found in my work is that whenever I’ve had a chance to sit down and have a cup of coffee with someone, albeit in the former Soviet Union or Afghanistan, I find that we have so much in common. We have the same hopes and dreams for each others’ kids. We want food on the table. We want them educated. We want a house over their heads. And the similarities are there. It’s not the differences. It’s the similarities. And I remember one of my colleagues said to me when I was working in Russia. He said, “If only they’d had more conversations like this during the Cold War, maybe we wouldn’t have had it.” And I love comments like that. I think it’s very true.
Julia Bolz is optimistic.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Two massive clouds of dust in orbit around the Earth have been discussed for years and finally proven to exist.
- Hungarian astronomers have proven the existence of two "pseudo-satellites" in orbit around the earth.
- These dust clouds were first discovered in the sixties, but are so difficult to spot that scientists have debated their existence since then.
- The findings may be used to decide where to put satellites in the future and will have to be considered when interplanetary space missions are undertaken.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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