Why present day is the best time to be alive

Based on this article from the BBC It feels like it’s been a bad couple of years, but scientific and societal strides forward in recent decades have transformed global living standards.

And this video with Steven Pinker on The Cobert Report. Steven Pinker believes the world is increasingly nonviolent and that this may be the most peaceful time in human existence.

 

Or how about in this New York Times article

 President Obama noted: “The world is less violent than it has ever been.” It might seem difficult to reconcile this sentiment with daily horrors in the Middle East, terrorist attacks and other media-hyped doom and gloom. But he’s right: Though violent conflicts still happen around the world, the broad trend lines are all in the right direction.

Take a look at this infographic by phys.org noting everything we are currently fretting about.

So what gives? It feels more chaotic than ever, more violent and most disjointed. Could it be that the real problem is that we aren’t worse off locally or globally but we just aren’t thinking for ourselves? what if we close the newspapers and magazines, turn off the TV, our social media accounts, and the radio? Not as a reactive measure but as a way to measure our own lives. If we were to remove all the data points that are input into our lives and only worked with our experiences how would we answer the following questions?

Have you or someone you love been a victim of violence?

Do you know (personally) a child that has been abducted?

Have you been cyberbullied? Were you ever bullied as a child?

Have you been a victim of a crime or a theft?

Could it be that with a 24-hour news cycle seven days a week we just look for more things to talk about and those things tend to sway towards the negative? What if we made a conscious choice to tune it all out and just look at our lives and our own experiences.  What if we used our own lense to determine our level of safety and security, based not on what we are told but based on what we see, hear and experience ourselves. It’s time to stop listening, stop being scared and take our lives back and leave the fear behind. Do your own homework, research this topic – things just are not as bad as we want them to seem. Ask yourself why are citizens living so fearfully in this day and age? Could it be by design? Fearful societies watch over each other, they behave and they report. Is this the future we all want?

 

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Educating with nature

At Tiny Trees school in Seattle education through interaction with nature is the name of the game.  I first heard about this place on an NPR story. I was so impressed that I had to investigate their activities. They have really figured out how to get kids outside. Their model should be used nationwide.

 

Check out their methods at TINY TREES

Here is what they have to say:

We help children learn to read, succeed at math and explore the wild where they receive both a world class science education and a gleefully muddy childhood: one full of play, exploration and wonder in the great outdoors.

Our mission is to use outdoor classrooms to make a quality education in reading, math and science affordable for families and to give children a joyful, nature rich childhood – one full of play, exploration and wonder.

Our vision is to create a community where all children have access to high quality education and develop the social, emotional and academic skills needed to thrive in school and life.

Order up a custom Night Sky

This is a fabulous gift idea – the website Create The Night Sky allows customers to select the date of an important event in their life and create a poster of what the night sky looked like on that very night.

This is the night sky on the night I was married in the year 2000. These would make great gifts as we head into the holiday season.

 

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Want more celestial events in your life?

Did you get a total eclipse of the heart on August 21, 2017? Well turn around bright eyes there is a way to have more celestial events in your life.

Now you can Sync your calendars with all of the magic happening in the outer regions. The New York Times put together a list of outer space events HERE.

The Leonids meteor shower

Expect to learn about things like when the Moon will block three planets and one of the brightest stars in the sky, when the Autumn Equinox is, and when you can expect meteor showers. To name just a few. My calendar is synced and ready to celebrate space science through the end of the year.

 

At Laboratory5 Inc. We bring together all elements of STEAM and tie them up into a package to promote the work each individual is doing in their fields to celebrate this work. We produce experiences so that those unfamiliar with the glorious, quirky, nerdy qualities of all areas of STEAM can be explored as an adventure to explain these fields.

Laboratory5 Inc. is a small business based in Tempe, Arizona

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Tumor Paint

Friday, August 18, 2017, from 6 to 8 pm in the TCA gallery

What does glow in the dark scorpion venom and biomimicry have in common? Come find out. I am teaching a workshop tonight.

The Israeli Deathstalker Scorpion’s sting is excruciating, its venom can kill. Yet it’s venom is also being called tumor paint.  The Israeli Deathstalker Scorpion’s venom is also the newest cancer treatment. Tumor paint, derived from synthetically-reproduced scorpion venom, is revolutionizing how surgeons operate on cancer cells. How is this possible? Because it’s venom glows in the dark and when injected into a cancer patient to glows, but it only attaches to the cancer cells. So, surgeons are able to ensure they remove all of the cancerous cells.

If we use glow in the dark paint to trace our pathways will the directions become easier to navigate? Join me for a glow-in-the-dark, map making workshop.

Follow the Glow, learning from the Israeli Deathstalker Scorpion

This hands-on maker project uses Biomimicry to bring together the arts and sciences. Learn that the Israeli Deathstalker Scoprion’s sting can be deadly, but its venom is leading to a medical break-through and is being used as “glowing tumor paint.” Join the TCA in a glow-in-the-dark map-making workshop.

The workshop is FREE and there is a cash bar!

Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281
Free parking is available for events occurring at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

Friday, August 18, 2017, from 6 to 8 pm in the TCA gallery

 

At Laboratory5 Inc. We bring together all elements of STEAM and tie them up into a package to promote the work each individual is doing in their fields to celebrate this work. We produce experiences so that those unfamiliar with the glorious, quirky, nerdy qualities of all areas of STEAM can be explored as an adventure to explain these fields.

Laboratory5 Inc. is a small business based in Tempe, Arizona

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Biomimicry Nebula in a Bottle

Join me TONIGHT!

Friday, June 2, 2017, from 6 to 8 pm at the Tempe Center for the Arts 

It’s FREE! And there is a wine bar. You can drink, in the gallery, while making stuff and talking science!

It’s a creative art and science mash-up. I will talk about how naturally flowing fluids, gases, and heat follow a common geometric pattern in nature. Natures movement is a logarithmic or exponentially growing spiral, as commonly seen in seashells for example. This pattern shows up everywhere in nature including in the pattern of swirling galaxies in outer space. This talk is combined with a hands-on workshop that is a fun opportunity to learn about biomimicry and play with both art and science. Each participant will create their own nebula in a bottle.

It’s a ladies night out – so grab your lady friends and let’s play with art and science!

Bottled Nebula: Learning from nature to create flow without friction – TONIGHT!

At Laboratory5 Inc. We bring together all elements of STEAM and tie them up into a package to promote the work each individual is doing in their fields to celebrate this work. We produce experiences so that those unfamiliar with the glorious, quirky, nerdy qualities of all areas of STEAM can be explored as an adventure to explain these fields.

Laboratory5 Inc. is a small business based in Tempe, Arizona

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BOTTLED NEBULA: LEARNING FROM NATURE TO CREATE FLOW WITHOUT FRICTION

Join me live next Friday, June 2, 2017, from 6 to 8 pm at the Tempe Center for the Arts for a creative art and science mash-up. I will talk about how naturally flowing fluids, gases, and heat follow a common geometric pattern in nature. Natures movement is a logarithmic or exponentially growing spiral, as commonly seen in seashells for example. This pattern shows up everywhere in nature including in the pattern of swirling galaxies in outer space. This talk is combined with a hands-on workshop that is a fun opportunity to learn about biomimicry and play with both art and science. Each participant will create their own nebula in a bottle.

It’s a ladies night out – so grab your lady friends and let’s play with art and science!

Bottled Nebula: Learning from nature to create flow without friction

 

Friday, June 2, 2017, from 6 to 8 pm at the Tempe Center for the Arts

At Laboratory5 Inc. We bring together all elements of STEAM and tie them up into a package to promote the work each individual is doing in their fields to celebrate this work. We produce experiences so that those unfamiliar with the glorious, quirky, nerdy qualities of all areas of STEAM can be explored as an adventure to explain these fields.

Laboratory5 Inc. is a small business based in Tempe, Arizona

Visit our website: Laboratory5       Follow us on Twitter: @lab5     Become a fan on Facebook: Laboratory5
Contact Us at any time – we’d love to hear from you