Earth will survive. Humankind might not!

According to the latest report from the peak scientific body for climate research, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we’re in deep – really deep, trouble. Words like ‘devastating’, ‘irreversible’ and ‘catastrophic’ are peppered throughout the report. The report warns of increasing frequency of extreme weather events with droughts, floods, cyclones and typhoons expected which […]

The Best Trends of Wine in 2021

Due to recent events, a lot of the leisurely activities we used to do have taken more of a significant role in our lives. With all of our extra free time, we had to figure out new ways to do old things, or else perish from the boredom. One of the activities that suffered the […]

Self-Care For Tough Times

There are probably as many definitions of ‘self-care’ as there are people in this world. But they all ultimately come down to a single purpose… investing time in your overall wellbeing. Whether it’s daily meditation, reducing your mobile screen time, tracking fitness goals, or implementing a better sleeping routine, self-care is whatever makes you feel […]

The Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones and Earbuds Under $100

The world has changed for so many of us! Working from home with young kids playing – or teens arguing! Zoom meetings with dogs barking! The need to concentrate while the TV is on in the next room! Thank heavens for noise cancelling earbuds and headphones! Of course, $2 earplugs will block out noise. But […]

As Innovation Compresses…

Innovation acceleration

Technology now dominates our lives in First World nations. The same is probably true in the Third World with the extraordinary penetration of smartphones. Google, Siri or Alexa wake us, tell us what to expect today, guide us to new destinations and even suggest what we should eat. Our cars have an average of 50 […]

A COVID pill is on the (not too distant) horizon!

A pill that inactivates the VOVID-19 virus is in trials.

As COVID-19 continues to ravage some nations, others live in fear of new variants arriving on their doorstep, creating a new, more virulent wave of infection. Even today, news of a new stain in Vietnam indicates that a new hybrid is attacking age groups previously at minimal risk. Global vaccination will never occur. There are […]

Trees That Bleed Nickel!

No, it’s not science fiction. There are actually plants that .mine’ metals! One example is Phyllanthus Balgooyi. Indigenous to the jungles of the Philippines, this tree ‘bleeds’ a fluorescent green sap – sap that is extremely high in nickel. Named after Professor Alan Baker, the botanist who first discovered the tree, Phyllanthus Balgooyi is a […]

Coping With COVID and Life’s Many Stressors…

Stress - welcome to 2021

I recall seeing a short film called “A Year to Remember”. I’d now like to see a movie called “A Year to Forget”! The reality is that, for many – perhaps most, of us, 2020 was an exhausting year. Mental and physical health concerns, concerns for elderly relatives and friends, job insecurity and/or dislocation, social […]

The Long and the Short of Terms of Service Agreements or…

Terms of Service for major sites

‘I ain’t got time for that stuff!’ When was the last time you read the ‘Terms of Service’ for anything you signed up for? Did you read Facebook’s? How about LinkedIn? Uber? Your local ‘click and collect’ grocery store? Let’s face it, we’re unlikely to read them unless we have one or two needs: We […]

Is ‘Big Brother’ watching you?

Is big brother watching you

Surveillance seems to be everywhere… in our streets, our shops and malls and even in our home. But just how prevalent is it and are Google, Amazon and Apple really recording every thing you say? Stopped at traffic lights? Look around. Paying for fuel? Smile… you’re on candid camera. In your dentist’s waiting room? Yep, […]