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Drone

A type of aircraft that does not have a pilot but is controlled by someone on theground. A male bee. A low continuous noise that does not change its note. Drones – or unmanned aerial vehicles -are playing an increasingly important role in air … Continue reading

07/10/2013 · Leave a comment

Smiling

“Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live — and … Continue reading

27/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Creativity

Creativity  ” is the process of having original ideas that value.” claims Sir Ken Robinson. This expert in education maintains that schools kill creativity because we’ve been educated to become good … Continue reading

03/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Hello stranger

“You matter to me. In a way I cannot explain, you matter to me. And you, you are a marvel… you and all the parts of you.” This is not the … Continue reading

17/04/2013 · 4 Comments

Slow

The Slow Movement, which is not controlled by a single organization, is a worldwide trend which “supports a growing cultural shift towards slowing down.” The movement started when the Italian … Continue reading

31/01/2013 · Leave a comment

Goal

The object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. Eating healthier, joining the gym, saving money, paying off debts, quitting smoking are some of the most … Continue reading

03/01/2013 · Leave a comment

It’s not fair

“From an identity standpoint, what does it mean to have a disability? Pamela Anderson has more prosthetic in her body than I do. Nobody calls her disabled” comments Aimee Mullins, … Continue reading

03/12/2012 · Leave a comment

The unknown

A variable, or the quantity it represents, the value of which is to be discovered by solving an equation. But, why is ‘x’ the symbol for the unknown? Watch and … Continue reading

28/11/2012 · Leave a comment

Flip side

Another aspect or version of something, especially its reverse or its unwanted concomitant. “There’s a flip side to everything,” the saying goes, and Derek Sivers shows this is true in … Continue reading

16/11/2012 · Leave a comment

Liar

A person who tells lies. “A lie has no power whatsoever by its mere utterance; its power emerges when someone else agrees to believe the lie.” That’s how Pamela Meyer … Continue reading

09/10/2012 · Leave a comment

Introvert

A person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things. “It is often assumed extroverts do best in life. But contrary to popular opinion, introverts … Continue reading

16/05/2012 · 1 Comment

Apathy

When someone shows no interest or energy and is unwilling to take action, especially over something important. Dave Meslin, in his TED talk “The antidote to apathy”, identifies seven barriers  that … Continue reading

11/05/2012 · Leave a comment

Misunderstand

To think you have understood someone or something when you have not. “Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how … Continue reading

26/03/2012 · Leave a comment

Passion

Passion, an intense desire or enthusiasm for something, is the first of the EIGHT SECRETS that lead to success, the accomplishment of an aim or purpose, which this TED speaker recommends … Continue reading

12/03/2012 · Leave a comment