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Climate stirring change beneath the waves - BBC News
Human-induced climate change is triggering changes beneath the waves that could have a long-term effect on marine food webs, a study suggests. An assessment of phytoplankton in the North Atlantic found the microscopic organisms' pole-ward shift was faster than previously reported. It observed that the ocean's tiny plant community was "poised for marked shift and shuffle". [...] "The main results of the study were that we found that when the climate changes it was not just the temperature that was changing and impacting phytoplankton but it was also all the ocean circulation and the conditions in the ocean surface, such as nutrients and light, that have an ecological impact," Dr Barton observed. "Generally, the whole physical environment is altered; in some cases, quite substantially."
ocean  warming  climate  change  environmental  disaster  ecological  disaster  global  warming  climate  crisis  mass  extinction  unknown  unkown  unintended  consequences  science  complexity  nature 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong - YouTube
substance abuse as form of self-medication and coping mechanism - due to their environment they live in. It's the cage you live in. Unhealthy bonds - vs - Healthy bonds. Crisis of disconnection. Social vs Individual recovery!
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Scotland's environment in 'serious trouble' - BBC News
The report is a follow up to the 2013 State Of Nature UK-wide report, which warned that 60% of 3,148 species studied had declined in past 50 years, and 31% had declined strongly. More than one in 10 of all species assessed were under threat of disappearing from the UK's shores altogether. [...] "As NGOs, we naturally asked ourselves 'What should be done about that?' "This report seeks to answer that question, and is based on a year's interactive research with a wide range of experts - both in wildlife ecology and in policy development and delivery. "The conclusion is not one of despair, but we must act with urgency to create a common course to save wildlife and the natural environment."
mass  extinction  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  climate  change  pollution  water  pollution  noise  pollution  light  pollution  Movement  wildlife  global  warming  urbanisation  urban  planning  natural  resources  resource  depletion  finite  resources  deforestation  coastal  erosion  soil  erosion  nature  nature  reserve 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Peer Review Feedback: The Good, The Bad, The Really Ugly : NPR
A lens to find the fuller picture of an employee's performance, or just an open call for petty grievances? Well, that depends on whom you ask.
Amazon  people  management  team  management  HR  human  resources  performance  review  OKR  Google  Facebook  peer  pressure  knowledge  worker  Mobile  Creatives  Mobile  Creative  Future  of  Work  KPI  360  review  emotion  objective  bias  prejudice  human  nature 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The office after Amazon: is the workplace becoming a jungle? | Technology | The Guardian
Certain companies operating in certain fields with certain competition, can and inadvertently develop certain cultures. That some describe as ruthless competitive externally and internally. You could even say that Reed Hastings culture document transpires that this is a workplace where it is expected of you, to contribute and solve problems for our customers (competitive and toppling the established players). PayPal too. And Jeff talks about being obsessive about the customer and inventing in the name of the customer (build a monopsony/monopoly). Gates made MSFT internally competitive (build a monopoly), working long hours, and as they were externally. Very different to FB and Google and their business & product position. // The recent claims about Amazon’s aggressive corporate culture were a cause of consternation to many – but plenty of others couldn't see what the problem was. So is a gentler, more relaxed office culture any better for employees? And is it even what they want?
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
NOVA | The Great Math Mystery - PBS - YouTube
Is mathematics our physical world because it can only be describes in mathematics? Physics and its fundamental constants [#] (ie speed of light, sound, gravity, ...). Is mathematics the essence of the universe? // Lesson for Engineering & Programming min 48:30 :: "Engineers live in the domain of the approximate. We are fundamentally interested in the practical. So, frequently we make approximations. We cut corners. We omit terms and equations to get things that are simple enough to suit our purposes and meet our needs. [...] For us engineers we don't get paid to do things right. We get paid to do things just right enough." *Adam Steltzner, NASA (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Science  mathematics  Fibonacci  Pi  STEM  Universe  Albert  Einstein  Pythagoras  Nature  Golden  Ratio  Programming  scaling  scale  engineer  engineering  programmers  NASA 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
How to Make an Attractive City - YouTube
seeking a balance between variety (chaos) and simplicity (order)
urban  planning  architecture  human  nature  city  living  city  mega  city 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: The Changing Nature of Middle Class Work
The economy is changing in structural ways that affect not just the job market but the nature of work itself. If we ask, what is work?, the conventional answer is tasks that somebody will pay us to do. This is true, but it doesn't address why someone is willing to pay us. The answer is to create value. ... [ Skills, not Expertise. ] ...... As technology's ability to replace costly human labor moves from the factory floor to the service sector, the nature of middle class work is changing. [ IBM's company wide Pivot over +10 years from HW to Services and Software Company. With the accompanying downsizing. ] ... Jobs that can be learned in a few hours are prone to being replaced by machines. [...] The protected sectors beset by soaring costs (healthcare, higher education, major weaponry programs, finance, etc.) will undergo the creative destruction of technology-based productivity gains for the reason that they are already unaffordable, not just to households but to the nation.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Birth Defects Tied to Fertility Techniques - NYTimes.com
Infants conceived with techniques commonly used in fertility clinics are two to four times more likely to have certain birth defects than are infants conceived naturally, a new study has found. >> unintended consequences overcoming nature & evolution.
nature  complexity  IVF  unintended  consequences  evolution 
april 2013 by asterisk2a
Ökonomen-Konferenz Hongkong: Warum wir immer mehr wollen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Je größer unser Wohlstand, so das Fazit, umso größer der Anteil unserer Ausgaben, mit denen wir lediglich anderen Menschen nacheifern. [...] Werber wissen intuitiv: Das Versprechen von Status ist eines der wichtigsten Verkaufsargumente überhaupt. [...] Nachahmungstheorie des Kulturwissenschaftlers René Girard: Für ihn zählt der Drang von Menschen, andere in ihrem Verhalten zu imitieren, zu den Grundlagen der Zivilisation. [...] Wie Finanzmärkte neigen auch Konsumgütermärkte zu Spekulationsblasen >> Angewandt auf die Wirtschaftswissenschaften führt Girards Theorie zu beunruhigenden Erkenntnissen: Märkte für Konsumgüter tendieren nicht automatisch zu einem Gleichgewicht von Angebot und Nachfrage, wie gemeinhin angenommen, sondern zu einem immerwährenden Ungleichgewicht. "Ohne Knappheit gäbe es keine Nachfrage." ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eusHpPO0fI ) - Plays well into anthropology, evolution. Google "chimpanzee imitation"
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april 2013 by asterisk2a
Shortcuts - In Talent, Determination Outweighs Nature and Nurture - NYTimes.com
Most of us think of talent as an ability we’re born with and have fairly little control over. But increasingly, experts are questioning the notion that genes limit how far we can go.

“deliberate practice.”
talent  psychology  parenting  creativity  interesting  innovation  career  nature  nurture  determination  leadership  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  advice  business  expert  experience  genes  genetics  practice 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Study Finds Benefits in Modified Crops but Warns of Overuse - NYTimes.com
“This is a very different future,” said Dr. Benbrook, an agricultural economist who is chief scientist at the Organic Center, which promotes organic food and farming. “The cost is going to be way higher. The environmental impacts are going to go up fairly dramatically.”

The Justice Department is investigating whether Monsanto, which has patents on the Roundup Ready system, is violating antitrust laws, unduly increasing prices or hindering innovation.
nature  geneticallyengineered  biotechnology  environment  pesticide  unintended  consequences  food  Monsanto  crops  farming  patent 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
OpenLearn - The Open University
The OpenLearn website gives free access to Open University course materials. This is the LearningSpace, where you'll find hundreds of free study units, each with a discussion forum. Study independently at your own pace or join a group and use the free learning tools to work with others.
education  mathematics  languages  computing  science  nature  society  study-skills  learning  free  elearning  university  courses  opensource  open  e-learning  openlearn  management  business  MBA  course  course-ware  open-university 
october 2009 by asterisk2a

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