Socrates is credited with saying “the unexamined life is not worth living.” And for centuries, human beings have looked to philosophy as a way to contemplate and potentially even answer many of life’s biggest, toughest questions. Why are we born only to die? What is the meaning of existence? What constitutes a good life? But according to British philosopher John Gray, cats can often teach us much more about living the good life than philosophy ever could. In his book, Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life, Gray examines the nature of our philosophical pursuits, and finds them wanting. “In humans, discontent with their nature seems to be natural,” he writes. “With predictably tragic and farcical results, the human animal never ceases striving to be something that it is not.” Cats, according to Gray, make no such effort.
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A professional yacht racer, annoyed by the constant sightings of floating mats of plastic garbage in the seawater, has created an ocean cleaning sailboat that is powered by the waste it collects. The 56-meter (184 feet) Manta is the first offering from racer Yves Bourgnon’s SeaCleaners Project, and would be one of the largest waste-collecting vessels on the seas, according to Reuters. At the end of the film Back to the Future, Dr. Emmet Brown has famously managed to replace his plutonium-powered generator with one which uses ordinary garbage. Like the DeLorean in the movie, the Manta uses garbage to power an electric motor that works in conjunction with the sails to propel the large catamaran. In between the three pontoons, conveyor belts scoop up trash as small as 10 millimeters, over which the Manta glides, while three trawl nets drifting behind (to a depth of 1 meter, thereby avoiding sea life) add to the onboard collection. This trash is then fed into a processing machine where crewmen sort it before moving it into an incinerator that melts the plastic and uses the gases in a turbine to power the electric motor.
A new study reveals a significant association between gardening more frequently and improvements in wellbeing, perceived stress and physical activity. The study from Britain’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) surveyed more than 6,000 people, and results indicate that those who garden every day have wellbeing scores 6.6% higher and stress levels 4.2% lower than people who don’t garden at all. RHS Wellbeing Fellow and lead author, Dr Lauriane Chalmin-Pui says; “This is the first time the ‘dose response’ to gardening has been tested and the evidence overwhelmingly suggests that the more frequently you garden—the greater the health benefits. “In fact gardening every day has the same positive impact on wellbeing than undertaking regular, vigorous exercise like cycling or running. “When gardening, our brains are pleasantly distracted by nature around us. This shifts our focus away from ourselves and our stresses, thereby restoring our minds and reducing negative feelings.”
CCTV cameras captured the moment a railroad worker saved the life of a child who slipped and fell onto the tracks at a station in Mumbai.Source: CNN
A fox family with seven babies living under an Etobicoke home shed are now the unsuspecting stars of their own ongoing movie. Toronto couple Jason Tremblay and Katelyn Darlington, both paramedics in Peel, are live-streaming on YouTube the comings and goings of the red fox father, black fox mother and their seven kits, which they discovered in their backyard two weeks ago.
In moments of peril, superheroes don’t hesitate, they leap into action. And so, it seems, do little boys if their baby sister’s life depends on it. When 8-year-old Jaxson Dempsey realized his 20-month-old sister Lelia was choking on a chicken nugget, he didn’t panic. Instead, he calmly directed his dad to pull over the car they were driving in and proceeded to dislodge the obstruction from Lelia’s airway. Jaxson said he’d learned the lifesaving technique from watching WWE superstar John Cena perform the maneuver on an episode of the Nickelodeon show The Substitutes. Jaxson’s father Matt has nothing but gratitude for his son, whose quick thinking staved off a potential tragedy. “I couldn’t hear her because she was choking. She wasn’t coughing; she wasn’t panicking. She just had no air going through; she wasn’t breathing,” Dempsey told WNEP-News. “Thank God Jaxson was there because, without him, I don’t know if Lelia would be here.” While kudos were the last thing on Jaxon’s mind for doing what came naturally when his sister needed him, they’ve been rolling in nonetheless ever since.