Friday, August 12, 2016

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Still evolving: What is the next evolutionary step for humanity?
Evolutionary biology is not a slow-moving science. Just last year a new species of hominid (Homo naledi) was unveiled at a news conference in South Africa. When did modern humans branch off as an independent species? What have been our most important adaptations? And, most importantly, what is the next evolutionary step for humanity?

Constant Multitasking Is Damaging Millennial Brains, Research Shows And their employers are making things worse.
You probably know that multitasking makes you less productive not more so. Neuroscientists, psychologists, and efficiency experts have been telling the world for years that since the brain can't actually pay attention to more than one thing at a time. What we experience as multitasking is really rapid and repeated switching of our attention from one thing to another and the back again. And though it feels good, it means each task is completed more slowly and less well than if you just did one thing at a time.

New Report Highlights the Many Benefits of Urban Walkability
"Cities Alive," an attractive new report by Arup, one of the world's largest engineering firm, highlights the significant social, economic, environmental and political benefits of walking.

Surfing icon Laird Hamilton shares his 10-point plan to live forever
1. Forget age. Just keep driving the car...

Man leaves rat race to grow dream permaculture farm and its flourishing after 3 years

This Is Your Brain on Nature
When we get closer to nature—be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree—we do our overstressed brains a favor.

How Urban Design Perpetuates Racial Inequality—And What We Can Do About It
Our cities weren't created equal. But they don't have to stay that way.

We’re in the midst of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction crisis. Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson estimates that 30,000 species per year (or three species per hour) are being driven to extinction. Compare this to the natural background rate of one extinction per million species per year, and you can see why scientists refer to it as a crisis unparalleled in human history.

Almost half of Earth's ecosystems have dropped below 'safe' levels of biodiversity — here's why that's troubling
About 58 percent of land on earth has dropped below the biodiversity safe limit, due largely to human land use practices.

The curse of urban sprawl: how cities grow, and why this has to change
The total area covered by the world’s cities is set to triple in the next 40 years – eating up farmland and threatening the planet’s sustainability. Ahead of the latest Urban Age conference, Mark Swilling says it is time to stop the sprawl.

World's First Off-Grid ReGen Village Will Be Completely Self-Sufficient Producing Its Own Power and Food
ReGen Villages, a completely self-sufficient village that can power and feed itself, is rising across Europe—and hopefully, one day, around the world.

How technology disrupted the truth
Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism