This week Awesome Stories brings you healthy writing, bright futures, grandfatherly lessons, the Pollination Project and beautiful animation.
20 Life Lessons
Here are 20 life lessons for his grandson from John Simmons. I don’t agree with him on politics, but there is a lot of wisdom and common sense in his article. I definitely agree with him about the power of listening, following and starting over, though I might need to act on some of this good advice. I hope he gets to teach these lessons to his James and his future grandchildren directly.
A Bright Future
If Vivek Wadhwa and other futurists are correct, we have a bright future ahead thanks to solar and other renewable energy sources. They are predicting solar and wind to continue expanding rapidly to reach grid parity pricing within 6 years. These predictions are based on the fact that solar energy has been doubling every 2 years. At this rate, there will be enough solar energy produced to supply all current energy needs within 14 years. At that point, the world will be awash in cheap, clean and green energy allowing a reign of abundance as long as we learn to share. 🙂 Interestingly, the author even predicts that large utilities will face likely bankruptcy and/ or the need for subsidies to stay in business.
I hope this short animation by Glen Keane touches your heart like it did mine.
Writing for Your Health
Maybe this explains the popularity of blogging! Researchers are finding many benefits to expressive writing about our traumas and challenges. Even writing 3-4 times over a few months can help improve both emotional and physical health. In a New Zealand study of people undergoing biopsies, founds 78% of the people who wrote about their upcoming surgery healed within 11 days versus 58% of the control group did NOT heal within that time. Another study found that blogging might trigger dopamine release just like running and listening to music! Awesome news. Now I can really write to freedom! XD
The Pollination Project
Seeding compassion around the world, one person, project and step at a time. I love the vision of Ariel Nessel to help individuals make a difference in their lives and those around them with his unusual approach to philanthropy called the Pollination Project. Instead of using his wealth to fund large projects, he believes more will be accomplished by seeding small projects (based on compassion for people, environment or justice) around the world. He is giving away $1000 grants, one a day for a year, to fund worthy projects. Have a great idea? Now’s your chance!
This Australian solar test project has just made a huge breakthrough in thermal solar technology. They have produced super hot steam from solar collectors that can power turbines that previously could only be driven by fossil fuels. This is awesome news that means solar can now replace dirty fossil fuels by powering these huge turbines with free solar energy and zero emissions. The Energy Centre uses a field of more than 600 mirrors (known as heliostats) which are all directed at two towers housing solar receivers (filled with water) to run the turbines. Hot stuff!
Young Irish Stars
These three Irish teenage girls have found a clever way to significantly boost crop yields. They experimented with nitrogen-fixing bacteria paired to unusual seeds that don’t normally have rhizobia bacteria. The results were fantastic; dry crops yields increased by 78% and seed germination occurred in half the normal time. These experiments have incredible potential to boost food production organically while helping to reduce fertilizer use and environmental damage. And they won the 2014 Google Science Fair for their work. Great job!
Remember, we are all everyday heroes. Our kindness can help transform the world, one person and one action at a time.