Iceland recommends hugging trees instead of people

The Icelandic Forestry Service released a statement where it is encouraging people to cuddle up to a tree. It is highly recommended that people get outdoors during the pandemic.

The Pope endorsed Universal Basic Income

Pope Francis suggests countries should consider a universal basic wage to help combat the economic disruption caused by COVID-19. 

Thoughts on coping with isolation

Advises from people who know a lot about living in solitary, confined spaces - a monk, a submariner, a round-the-world solo sailor, an Antarctic researcher, and someone who lives on a remote island.

16 Ways Coronavirus May Change Us

This brutal challenge to our existing systems may open new windows of opportunity for long-awaited change. Here’s a list of 16 positive changes to the collective mindset this era of emergency may bring.

Intelligence is a whole brain phenomenon

Recent studies demonstrated that the relationship between brain structure and intelligence not only involves grey matter, but also white matter - the brain's wiring system. 

10 Positive Updates on the COVID-19 From Around the World

If it seems that your news feed has been flooded with nerve-wracking updates on the COVID-19 outbreaks, have no fear—there are also plenty of positive updates on the pandemic as well.

" The public has a distorted view of science because children are taught in school that science is a collection of firmly established truths. In fact, science is not a collection of truths. It is a continuing exploration of mysteries. "
- Freeman John Dyson -

The future of education - NASA wants students' help

NASA is running a new round of its Moon to Mars Exploration Systems and Habitation Academic Innovation Challenge that encourages university students to study and develop spacefaring tech. 

Eating nuts, vegetables, soy linked to lower stroke risk

According to most recent study, vegetarians have a 48% lower risk of overall stroke than non-vegetarians, a 60% lower risk of ischemic stroke and a 65% lower risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

Floating ice urn makes for a unique eco-friendly memorial

The Flow Ice Urn, which floats on the water while slowly releasing ashes in an unapologetically pure way. It is simple yet beautiful; and it brings to mind other funeral traditions that are intrinsically tied to the idea of returning the body to nature.

Children need an hour of nature time each day

A recent study shows that children should spend at least one hour playing and spending time in nature each day. Like that they demonstrate a remarkable increase in personal wellbeing and health.

Popular musical band cancels touring because of the environment

British rock band Coldplay has announced that it will hold off touring its newest album until it can be sure that concerts will be "environmentally beneficial." Coldplay aren't the only musical celebrities citing environmental concerns these days.

Universal features of music around the world

New research supports the idea that music all around the globe shares important commonalities, despite many differences. Is music really a "universal language"?

Italy is making climate change study mandatory in schools

All children in Italy will have to study climate change at school starting from next year, becoming the first country in the world where this will be compulsory. The decision will come into force from the start of the 2020 school year.

Any amount of running can lower risk of early death

Recent study shows that any amount of running is associated with a 27% lower risk of death from all causes for both sexes, compared with no running. It is also associated with a 30% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.