This week Awesome Stories brings you healthy soil, sacred singing, Scotland surprises, happiness and sci-fi healing guns.
Here’s a photographic journey around Scotland that looks more like a journey around the world. I had no idea there is such geographic diversity in Scotland. How about you? Maybe I can satisfy my itch for world travel by going to Scotland! 🙂
Soil to the Rescue
This is a great article about the ability of soil to sequester huge amounts of carbon. Most of our current soil, crop and animal management actually damage the soil and release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, accelerating climate change. The key is leaving the soil and related microbes undisturbed. Soil left intact (no tilling) during planting, harvesting and animal raising can sequester huge amounts of carbon through photosynthesis. Soil managed this way is more fertile, productive, water absorbent, erosion resistant and rich with healthy micro organisms that support plant, soil and animal health. “No other natural process removes such vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as photosynthesis, and no human scheme to remove it can do so on such a vast scale with any guarantee of safety or without great expense.”
Sci-Fi Skin Gun
At first I thought this was a joke, but it’s not. Scientists have created what is called the skin gun. It is part of a new technique that harvests healthy stem cells and uses them in a water based solution to spray over a burn area. Then the wound is wrapped with a special dressing that includes antibiotics, glucose, electrolytes and amino acids to aid the in the cellular regeneration. The concoction allows healing in mere days at far less risk and trauma than traditional skin grafts. The process done on a child with 2nd degree burns can barely be detected. The other great aspect is the cells grow and adapt with the body, unlike traditional grafting. This is an interesting application of stem cell research. What do you think?
I’ve always enjoyed Bobby McFerrin’s singing, but didn’t realize he had such a reverence for life, singing and helping others to find their joyful voice. This is a great article about Bobby, and his approach for allowing grace to enter singing. Bobby shared his goal for performing, “I want everyone to experience…a sense of rejoicing… I want them to have this sense of real joy from the depths of their being… when you take them to that place, then you open up a place where grace can come in.”
Eat Outside the Box
We all know that coloring outside of the box is fun, but so is eating outside of the box. You get to play with your food, reduce packaging waste and save money! 🙂 Seriously, packaging waste is a huge problem as more and more products are offered in smaller and single serve packaging. And far too often for my tastes, the packaging isn’t recyclable. This article offers some useful tips for reducing your packaging waste.
5 Skills for More Happiness
I like their cute acronym for practicing happiness: STAGE, as in set the stage for happiness by Savoring, Thanking, Aspiring, Giving and Empathizing. The folks at Happify have created a phone app to help you practice the skills for more happiness. Gratitude is one of my core practices and according to their research can boost happiness by 25% on average. Thanks!