Rosette Nebula: a “stellar nursery” that resembles a flower
Known formally as NGC 2237, the petals of the Rosette Nebula are actually what astronomers refer to as a “stellar nursery,” a massive, energy-rich molecular cloud brimming with nascent celestial bodies. The nebula owes its symmetric shape to the winds and radiation that emanate from its central cluster of young stars — many of which are only a few million years old.
150 Fearless Women: fighting rape in the military . . . blocking sex slavery . . . supporting victims of domestic violence . . . ensuring clean, safe water for communities who didn’t have it . . . journalists exposing social injustice . . . resisting the abuses of religious fundamentalism
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This Changes Everything
How the 99% woke up: a book about how the Occupy movement is shifting the way people view themselves and the world, the kind of society they believe is possible, and their own involvement in creating a society that works for the 99% rather than just the 1%.
The Occupy movement, as it has come to be called, named the source of the crises of our time: Wall Street banks, big corporations, and others among the 1% are claiming the world’s wealth for themselves at the expense of the 99% and having their way with our governments. This is a truth that political insiders and the media had avoided, even while the assets of the top 1% reached levels not seen since the 1920s. But now that this genie is out of the bottle, it can’t easily be put back in
Remarkable women developing solutions and guiding us towards a sustainable future.
Eco Amazons brings together for the first time the women leading the charge to create a sustainable future for all life on Earth. Their efforts demonstrate how individual concern gives rise to passion, how passion leads to action, and how action effects meaningful change—efforts that can be emulated by each and every one of us.
Girl who was made fun of uses her fame to help charitable organization
She was just an average thirteen-year-old girl, until overnight her awkward dancing in the background of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” video made her a target of near-universal derision on the Internet…When Benni Cinkle finally responded to the attention and began answering questions, the hordes anticipating more lulz at her expense did a 180, surprised to themselves interacting with a gracious, humble person with a sense of humor about herself. In the months since, Cinkle’s website, That Girl in Pink, has become a launchpad for her charitable works.
The San Francisco Giants posted its "It Gets Better" video on YouTube, becoming the first professional sports team to join the online campaign against gay bullying and homophobia.
Five Giants appear in the 58-second video — pitchers Matt Cain, Barry Zito and Sergio Romo, centerfielder Andres Torres, and batting coach Hensley "Bam Bam" Meulens.
A sustainable solution to unsafe drinking water in Nepal
The organization, through Mr. Prajapati’s leadership in Nepal, trains potters throughout the country to produce low-cost clay water filters and helps them to build effective businesses through Village Forward’s micro-franchise model.
Greatest Person Of The Day: Dr. Alwyn Cohall, Harlem Health Advocate
I grew up in Harlem, a community steeped in a rich heritage of cultural and political achievement. However, it is also a community beset disproportionately by health problems. Even as a child, I knew I had to do something to help better conditions for my family, friends and neighbors. Becoming a doctor was my way to help.
If you follow this site at all, you may have noticed that the posts have been lagging behind Rob’s weekly newsletter. The reason for this is that I took an unannounced paternity leave – my wife and I had our first child a few weeks ago, and my online life has fallen a bit behind. Such is the way of life with a newborn. :)
In the coming weeks, I will do my best to pick up the backlog and get us back on track. In the meantime, your patience is greatly appreciated.
- your humble editor