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March for Science: Bringing Science into the Political Conversation

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Topics in science are often overshadowed by economics and social issues.  Subjects like the budget for science are chronically the underdog in politicians’ campaign platforms.  Why don’t we see science prioritized and what’s being done in this day and age to engage the public in discourse about science and its incorporation into policy?

These are the kind of questions asked by March for Science, a “diverse, nonpartisan group calling for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.”

It’s a wonder that science has not played more of a role in the shaping of our politics.  As a strong appreciator of science and technology, there have been years when I, myself, have shied away from voting because of this.  I always wondered why it was treated as almost “irrelevant”.  A deep and undeniable correlation exists between technology and the growth of the economy.  To limit the influence of STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, math) would be to discount the benefits of what is a huge driver in the success of our country both culturally and financially.

Riding on the momentum inherited by the Woman’s March, March for Science has absorbed much of the energy radiating from today’s political climate.  During the first week alone the March for Science Facebook page has increased exponentially into the hundreds of thousands.

This new spark in the public’s interest to open the dialogue between politics and science is a testament to needs of a spectrum of issues that have catalyzed public outcry after this recent election.  What’s interesting is that the concept of marching about science, itself, is fairly new.

If we look according to stereotype, the kind of people associated with STEM subjects are often portrayed as quiet, introverted, and… dare I say… nerdy. Not exactly the typical picture of a picket-sign protestor.  What’s revolutionary about this particular march is that it takes that stereotype, turns it upside down, punches it in the face, and gives voice to a crowd that typically is not given one.

Perhaps the explosive growth of support that March for Science has accumulated is a testement to the complimentary qualities that the people in the movement offer.  Yes, they have come together to march with passion, however they also bring to the table what other marches sometimes have trouble maintaining such as reason, skepticism, organization, and a hunger for truth and efficient process.  In this current political climate we need to work more than hard.  We need to work more than fast.

We need to work smart.

I can’t think of a group more capable of this than March for Science.  The main march is to take place in DC but satellite marches are being organized all over the world.  The march is set to take place appropriately on Earth Day, April 22.  Bring your Brain Hats (complimentary to the Woman’s March Pussy Hats) and lab coats.  Come support the influence of science in today’s politics.

Stay smart, stay woke.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

What's up!? I'm Katrina. I'm wandering, collecting, witnessing and learning. I'm drawn to all things found at the intersection of art and technology. If I could go back in time, I think I'd be best friends with Mark Twain, Nikola Tesla and Cleopatra. When I'm not obsessing about the human endeavor or the nature of time, I'm probably cooking or dancing.

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Benefits Of Having Dogs At The Office

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Taking along your furry friend to your workplace is not a distant dream anymore. Many offices are becoming pet-friendly. This is not an amusing fact, but a well-researched one. A dog can give you a bit of relief when you are completely tied-up with your work. If the pet is well-trained and perfectly healthy, you can take your dog in your office. If your co-workers are open to the idea of keeping a pet in the office, and the building authorities permit pets, then no one can hold you back. Here are the benefits of having dogs in your workplace:

Relieves stress

An active dog is an instant mood-booster. You feel relieved when you see the lively eyes of your pet. If you play with your dog for a few minutes, you get back the strength to work with high-efficiency. Anyone can have a rough day at the office. If a cute-looking Labrador or St. Bernard is there, you can overcome negativity almost instantly.

Helps in team-rapport

Dogs can act as a bonding factor for the team in the workplace. In some offices, people do not get along very easily. A dog can immediately change the environment. It melts the ice and everyone starts sharing their thoughts about keeping a pet. A friendly dog can bring everyone together. A pet can be a great topic as a conversation-starter. Even a new employee can settle down quickly in the new environment when a gentle-looking dog is there.

Reduce absentees

If pet-owners can come to work along with their pets, it becomes a huge relief for them. They can concentrate better on their work and perform well. Pets can feel lonely and bored and often fall sick when they are left alone at home. Workers may find different excuses to skip work to be with their pets. If they can bring their pets, they work peacefully and do not take frequent leaves.

Encourages healthy living

In most offices, employees are stuck for hours on their laptops. Sitting constantly for hours and looking at the screen can have adverse effects on the health of the workforce. If there is an office dog, the employees can take the dog for a walk. They can also share the responsibility of taking care of the dog. It will encourage them to stay active and happy in the workplace.

Dogs make the place more human

A dog or cat can completely change the plastic environment of the workplaces. People become so engrossed in their work, that they slowly ignore their human feelings for each other. Frequent dog petting or cuddling can help people come out of their robot-like situations in the office.

Pets stimulate creativity

Pets can provide natural pauses in workflow. The small breaks allow the human brain to relax and think outside-the-box. Pets allow you to relieve stress and think creatively. The more time you spend with your canine friend, the more relaxed you feel. A calm and fresh mind always bring the best idea in the workplace.

 

To increase the productivity and happiness of your employees, dogs can play an important role. You can arrange some training for the office people if they want a furry friend in the office premises.

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How To Spend Less Time On The Internet

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In the age of technological revolution, people have become completely reliant on high tech gadgets like laptops, tablets, notebooks, and mobile phones. You can be online anywhere, anytime. So, virtual socializing has become predominant in one’s life. The Internet is not only helpful for studies and work, but also a great medium for shopping, socializing, and entertainment. Because it is so engaging, more and more people are getting hooked to its benefits, and sometimes they lose some precious moments of their life to the Internet. Here are some tricks to take you out of this web and enjoy your real life.

Keep track of your surfing time
If you want to cut the span you spend on the internet, keep track of your surfing time. You need the internet for your school or college projects, office work, and some time for socializing. Do not convince yourself that you need an entire day for these activities. Check how much time you need to check and compose important emails. Keep note how much internet you consume for your profession. Now you know how much time you spend browsing the internet without any goal. You may be surprised to notice that you waste at least 2 hours of your day on social networks. If you can keep a fixed time for social networking, you would naturally spend less time in front of your computer screen.

Take regular breaks
Remind yourself that sitting with your smartphone or laptop and constantly internet surfing is not good for your health. It can lead to regular headaches and eye problems. If you get a short break from your work, do not immediately log onto Facebook. You can go out for some fresh air. Try to keep an engaging book near you. Read for 10 minutes when you have a break. You can also call your friend. It will refresh your mind and you can concentrate on your work more effectively. Make a routine for yourself. If you spend 2 hours in front of the computer screen, try to keep 15 minutes more for your evening walk sessions.

Block the addictive sites for some time
When you know which sites consumes most of your time, you can block them temporarily. Most browsers are equipped with apps that can temporarily block some sites. You can also install add-ons to block the access of distracting sites. When you cannot visit those sites, you will naturally reduce your internet surfing time.

Time for some offline activity
Some interesting hobbies can help you reduce your time on the internet. You can keep a pet. Taking it out for a walk regularly can keep you occupied for some time each day. Call your long-distance friends instead of liking their photos on social networks. You can also learn to play drums or guitar. These activities can keep you refreshed.

Move your devices
Try not to keep your laptop or notebook in your bedroom. Your sleep cycle gets disturbed when you spend more time on the internet at night. If you have a habit of checking Facebook and Instagram after waking up in the morning, keep it far from your bed at night.

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Why You Need To Work On What You’re Passionate About In Your 20’s

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When you are in your 20’s, you should work hard on what you are passionate about. Try to set a foundation for a life well-lived. Be a little introspective about yourself and write down your passions and goals that you want to achieve in life. Every person has different sets of dreams and aspirations, but in your twenties, you can come out of your comfort zone and walk an extra mile to achieve your dreams.

Live out of your comfort zone

Twenties are the ideal age to leave the cozy corners of your house and travel as much as you can. If you have the means to travel abroad, do not miss the opportunity to explore the most exotic places on earth. Mingle with different people and learn about their culture. Your perspective about life will gradually change as you communicate with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. You can come out of your inhibitions. The more you travel, the richer experiences you collect for life.

Build meaningful relationships

You have an entire decade with you to understand the value of life. The twenties is the time to recognize and drop your certain friends. Separate yourself from negative influences. It is the time to stick to positive values and find friends for life. As you mature, your relationships should also mature. Interact with your immediate family more often. You should have some shoulders to rely on in the rough waters of your life. Passionate people will connect with entrepreneurs with the same interest.

Learn to adjust and be flexible

You are relatively free from many responsibilities in your twenties. So, this is the perfect period to experiment, fail, and rise back. Take up the challenges that you always thought about. If you fail, you get a lesson for life. If you win, you get more. The challenges make you tough and prepare you for the future. Be sporting to accept both sunshine and storms in your life.

Do not settle down too early

When you get a lucrative job offer, you may feel it’s the right time to settle down. Think outside-the-box and do not settle down in life so early. You have a decade to explore and experiment. If you get a chance, try to change one or two jobs. Diverse work experiences help you identify your field of interest and your potential. You can learn some valuable lessons of life in your field. Do not settle for less. Strive for more. Passionate entrepreneurs will always shoot for the impossible and make it possible.

Live within your means

It is not good to spend entirely what you earn. Do not be a slave to a lavish lifestyle. If you spend your money frivolously, you may not have the funds for your future endeavors. Save some for your future and pursue some interesting hobbies. Save your hard-earned money for some occasional treats for your family. Luxury is a wonderful thing, but only if you can afford it.

The twenties is full of enthusiasm and energy. Make the most of it. Be curious about everything around you and examine what you want to do with your life. Arrange your finances for the future as you have added responsibilities ahead. Take care of your health. Maintain a balance in your life to achieve what you want.

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