It’s time to stop throwing pity parties for Pluto. The beloved not-quite-planet is about to become the star of our solar system. I’ll go out on a limb and predict that in July 2015, the up-close photos of Pluto we’ll get from a NASA spacecraft will be the most popular…
“The biggest question is about Pluto’s surface: Is it alive or dead? Pluto’s craters, ridges, valleys, and other landforms may have been frozen and locked in place for eons. The sculpted ices of nitrogen, methane, and carbon monoxide would look eerie and beautiful, but it’s less interesting scientifically if Pluto is stuck that way. There’s a chance—despite surface temperatures of about minus-400 degrees Fahrenheit—that some internal source of heat could make Pluto’s surface ooze, flow, and perhaps erupt with icy geysers.”
Free Sustainable Development Course Still Available
I signed up for this free Sustainable Development course. It looks like a good thing. Going to be busy I think. If anyone else wants a challenge, there’s still time to sign up. The course has already started, but final due date on first quiz is February 11.
Have you ever wanted to learn about sustainable development? Why not learn from the best? For free. Considered to be one of the most recognized sustainability experts in the world, Jeffrey Sachs is the director of The Earth Institute at Columbia, and he’s teaching a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Coursera. The course is already under way, so sign up today with this link: https://www.coursera.org/course/susdev
We can cultivate empathy throughout our lives, says Roman Krznaric—and use it as a radical force for social transformation.
“The big buzz about empathy stems from a revolutionary shift in the science of how we understand human nature. The old view that we are essentially self-interested creatures is being nudged firmly to one side by evidence that we are also homo empathicus, wired for empathy, social cooperation, and mutual aid.”
What’s better than playing with Legos? Playing with unlimited LEGOS and not having to worry about stepping on them.
“With Google’s new site, Build with Chrome, you’re able to build anything you want with multiple shapes and colors of Legos and then share your creations with other people. You can go free form, or you can enter the Build Academy and rise up through the ranks.”