Insights: Failure Is Your Best Teacher to Achieve Success

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THOMAS EDISON: AN INOVATOR AND... A MOTIVATOR 

Thomas Edison, America's greatest investor as they call him, left us  1093 U.S. patents and 2,332 patents worldwide. He was the father of some of the most important inventions that changes our life completely - the authomatic telegraph (a more development version of Samuel Morse's invention), the carbon telephone transmitter, the light bulb, the phonograph, the movie camera and viewer, the alkaline storage car battery... 

And not only this! Thomas Edison was one of the first inventors who worked with teams of researchers and employees, founded the first industrial laboratory for research and development, and thus laid the foundations of organized science.

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Is It Really Too Late to Stop Climate Change? Here Is the Answer...

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THE QUESTION(s)

Can we stop climate change? Can we reverse the process that seems to threaten our future, our children's future, our planet's future? Can we make a change if we haven't made it so far? These are the questions we need to answer. And we need to find the answers now...

The following 10-minute animation offers a different and smart approach to this matter. It was created by the people who stand behind the website for data analysis Our World in Data & the YouTube channel Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

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A Revolutionary Green Store by IKEA with 160 "Built-In" Trees and No Car Parking

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Sustainable Architecture for Sustainable Living... and Shopping

The world-known Swedish furniture company IKEA is building a revolutionary new store in Vienna, Austria. The main focus is sustainability and green design. The seven-story building (of 21 600 sq.m2) will have green facades, green roof-space and will have no car parking. And most important - it will have 160 trees planted  in the facades and on the roof. The goal is to help purifying the air in the neighborhood and also lowering the temperature in the building with at least 2 degrees Celsius. The store is expected to open its doors in 2021. 

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Solar Photovoltaics Offer the Lowest Cost of Electricity Ever!

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Solar Energy Is the Key

Solar energy is the key to sustainable future! This is the  main inference of the annual World Energy Outlook (WEO-2020), published by the International Energy Agency on the 13th of October 2020. The influential study focuses on the period of the next 10 years, exploring different pathways out of the crisis. It offers four different scenarios determined by the different level up to which the international energy and climate policies will change. "Renewables take starring roles in all our scenarios, with solar center stage. Solar photovoltaics (PV) is now consistently cheaper than new coal- or gas-fired power plants in most countries, and solar projects now offer some of the lowest cost electricity ever seen", the document says...

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Sir David Attenborough Warns About the Connection between Animal Extinction and Pandemics

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Extinction. The Facts

"Extinction. The Facts" is the new documentary by sir David Attenborough produced by BBC. It shows the shocking truth about the way mankind treats wild animal life, or, let's say it straight - the way we invade it, mess with it and destroy it. The film points out the inevitable result from all this - biodiversity loss, climate change, and... pandemics! The documentary predicts that if we don't change the course of our behavior, the pandemics will happen more often and may be even more devastating. Yet, it is all in our hands! In the hands in every one of us!

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The Best New Psychology Books for 2020 - Top 5

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MUST READ

Here is a brief selection of the top 10 psychology books, published in 2020. You will find all kind of topics - multiple intelligence, critical thinking, neuropsychology, animal cognition, and many more... But most of all, we hope that you will find  the book is trying to find you! Enjoy reading!

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Climate Change Is Un-Real?! The Deniers vs. the Activists

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The Debate

Climate Change and its causes are turning into the hottest topic for discussions everywhere - from presidential campaigns to zoom chats, from academic studies to news reports. Scientists, politicians, analyzers, journalists… activists, and deniers… They all try to make their voice count. They all want to make you follow their lead. What will be your choice? Who will stand by?

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Covid-19 Pandemic and Working Women - a New Report

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Women in the Workplace

One in every four women in America considers quitting her job or downshifting her career. This is the data shown by the annual report "Women in the Workplace" by McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org. The report also shows that mothers, Black women and women in senior leadership have been hit worst by the pandemic.

"The events of 2020 have turned workplaces upside down, - the report says. - Companies risk losing women at all levels of management—but they also have an opportunity to build a better workplace...

Two things are clear: Companies need to address the heightened challenges women are facing, and they need to better support Black women. If companies act now to build a more equal workplace, they can prevent millions of women from leaving their jobs or downshifting their careers. If companies can rise to the challenges the Covid-19 crisis has thrown into high relief, we may be laying the foundation for a more flexible and empathetic workplace for everyone."

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Stephen Hawking: However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at

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"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at." - Stephen Hawking

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Michael Moore: We Are Losing the Battle with Climate Change Because We Obey Corporate Interests

Is It Too Late?

"Planet of the Humans" is the latest and probably one of the most controversial documentaries under Michael Moore's trademark. Jeff Gibbs wrote, directed and narrated the film, while Michael Moore was the executive producer. According to the filmmakers, the production "dares to say what no one else will — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet Earth because we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road — selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America. This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement's answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. It's too little, too late."


Is it really too late? Are we heading to the wrong direction? We will try to find out...

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Insights: While Destroying Our Own Home...

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"When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can't eat money."

Alanis Obomsawin 

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Daily Inspiration: Dalai Lama

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"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."

Dalai Lama

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The Truth About Poverty in America

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Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Nope, we are not going to talk about Robert T. Kiyosaki's book. We are going to talk about the rich dads. And the poor dads. And moms. And singles. And seniors. And kids… We are going to talk about the rich and poor Americans and what stays in between.

According to the newest data by US Census Bureau, the poverty rate in America in 2019 was 10.5% The good news, they say, is that this is the lowest estimate since 1959. The bad news though is that 34 million people in America still live in poverty! The number of people without health insurance rose from 25.6 million in 2018 to 27.5 million in 2019 (among them 4.3 million are children!). Another worrisome trend, for another consequent year, is that in 2019 the poverty rate for Black people was almost 3 times higher than the poverty rate for White, non-Hispanic people - e.g. 21% vs. 8%. As for the inequality, the richest top 20% of the households have received more than half of all income. Last, but not least women continued to earn 82 cents on the dollar earned by men.

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Millions of Monarch Butterflies Filmed by a Drone Disguised as a Hummingbird!

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Spy in the Wild

A spy. A drone. A hummingbird.  In other words - a drone, "disguised" like a hummingbird, was used as a spy to watch and film half a billion monarch butterflies. The footage, directed by John Downer, has been released on PBS TV and BCC 1 and has reached almost 3 mln views on YouTube just in a few months.


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Scientists Are Trying to Find Out Why Tree Leaves Change Their Color

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The Science Behind the Autumn Tree Palette

Have you ever wondered why the leaves of the trees change their color in autumn? Well, we have. As well as a group of scientists from Chicago area, USA. They are trying to find out what is the actual cause for all those vibrant yellow-orange-red-purplish colors that will warm up our eyes and our hearts in the following weeks. A team from Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL, wants to know what stays behind this amazing natural phenomenon.

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11 Quotes by Sir David Attenborough that Will Give You Chills

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Time to Listen. Time to Understand. Time to Act!

We live in unprecedent times. Times that call for our awareness – as individuals and as a society. Times that will determine how our children and their children will live. How the whole planet will live. So, it is time… time to listen to those who want to help us see. To those who want to make us believe. To those who call us for action.

In a series of publications, we will share with you the inspiring, thrilling, eye-opening and sometimes hard to handle words by people who have dedicated their lives to natural world and its well-being. For it is determinative for the well-being of all of us...

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Good2Know: There Are More Trees on Earth than Stars in Our Galaxy. But...

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A Study Shows the Influence of Man on Trees' Abundance


There are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth a study lead* by Yale University found. That means about 422 trees per person. Yet, since man inhabited the planet he managed to destroy almost 46 percent of the total number of the trees! And the process doesn't stop. Almost 15 billion trees diminish each year because of our actions... 

"Trees are among the most prominent and critical organisms on Earth, yet we are only recently beginning to comprehend their global extent and distribution," said Thomas Crowther, lead author of the study and a Yale Climate & Energy Institute post-doctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. "We have nearly halved the number of trees on the planet, and we've seen the impacts on climate and human health as a result…"

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More Options to Take Part in the International Conference on Arts & Humanities “The Magic of the Renaissance” 2020

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The 7th international scientific conference on arts & humanities "The Magic of the Renaissance", that will take place in Florence, Italy, from 26th to 28th of October 2020, is giving you more options to become part of this unique event.

Those of you who want to participate but have not prepared the needed papers and publications, can register as delegates. Thus, you will be able to become part of the discussions and meet your colleagues and future collaborators in person. For those, who cannot attempt the conference, the organizers from the SWS International Society of Social Sciences, Humanities and Art are offering the option to share your work to the auditory as virtual speakers. More about the event can be found here: sgemflorence.org

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An Extended Deadline for SGEM Vienna GREEN Conference 2020!

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The international scientific conference "Green Sciences for Green Life", that will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 8th to 11th of December 2020, has extended the deadline for abstract submission and early bird registration until 31st of October.

The event is one a kind platform for presenting ideas, studies and innovations in the sphere of green technologies and the way they can be used in solving the biggest challenges that our planet and all of her inhabitants face today. It is a great opportunity to be up to date with the latest trends, meet your colleagues and future collaborators, and last, but not least – visit one of the most beautiful European cities just a few days before Christmas!

More about the main topics of the conference and the different ways to participate can be found here: sgemviennagreen.org


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An Extended Deadline for ISCSS Conference “When Science Meets Art” 2020!

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The international multidisciplinary conference of social sciences "When Science Meets Art", that will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 9th to 12th of December 2020, has extended the deadline for abstract submission and early-bird registration until 31st of October.

The event is one a kind platform for presenting ideas, studies, and innovations that show the inner connections, the mutual influence, and the interaction between social sciences, cultural studies, and arts. It is a great opportunity to be up to date with the latest trends, meet your colleagues and future collaborators, and last, but not least – visit one of the most beautiful European cities just a few days before Christmas!

You will find more information about the main topics of the conference and the different ways to participate in it here: sgemvienna.org


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