Tag Archives: Change

Bring Up Biophilia—What makes us particularly attracted to nature

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No one can dismiss the amazing feeling we get after spending some time in nature. We instantly feel relaxed and reinvigorated. Some might attribute this effect to time spent far away from work, and even though they could be correct, it is not the whole picture. Biophilia is a relatively new concept that brought the public more awareness to the role nature plays. The term refers to our innate propensity to be in nature or to connect with it. Our love for nature is so strong that the mere presence of reminders can be sufficient to initiate a cascade of positive effects. All the reactions produced can lead to a lightened mood, better cognitive processes, including concentration and focus, and a sudden burst in motivation. Nature’s reminders, also called biophilic elements, can be either alive or inanimate, but living elements can instigate the most impressive outcomes. To embrace the spirit of biophilia, we can begin introducing plants at home or add nature soundtracks as background noise. The possibilities are endless.

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Bring Up Artificial Intelligence—What can it do for us, or more precisely what it can’t

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We keep hearing on the news of the many achievements made by Artificial Intelligence. From winning at Chess to winning at Jeopardy! against its longest streak-winner, AIs seem to truly outdo themselves. However, nobody can agree if those machines truly hold something we can call Artificial Intelligence. They can’t do more than the task they were built for, and they can’t even understand the game. In other words, they seem to greatly lack intelligence. So, should we find another more fitting definition of intelligence, or should we abandon the quest for human-like intelligence altogether? Personally, I consider that each pursuit for anything close to an Ex-Machina to be a most ambitious quest. The human mind and behaviours are really complex, which even raises questions about true AI’s feasibility. But don’t get me wrong, current AIs are very important. They help us achieve better safety measures, automation and greater management.

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Bring Up Tattoo—How it can be possible to mark our skin permanently

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Not all appearance alterations are created equal; some may be more short-lived and others more permanent. If you think of tattoos, they mostly belong to the second category. So thinking carefully about certain aspects of the tattoo becomes imperative. Things like the symbolism or the artistry behind your new piece shouldn’t be random. Choosing a good artist who is able to complete your tattoo is something that will prevent you from having future regrets. An expert artist will also be able to guide you regarding your ink placement. Some areas are more sensitive, and some are more susceptible to stretching with age. Thus avoiding those areas for detailed-focused pieces is important. Whether you decide to have a tattoo for cultural, symbolism or aesthetical reasons, you must be satisfied with the final product, as you will be living with it probably for the rest of your life. It is possible to either cover up the tattoo or remove it, but be ready to spend a lot more than the initial tattoo.

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Bring Up Grad School—What Is the Reality Behind Higher Education

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For people who want to pursue studies after completing high school, university studies may look very attractive. So, undergraduate studies may lead to graduate studies. However, undergraduate studies are not the same as graduate studies. The latter is not only more complicated, but it is also very different. First of all, contrary to your undergrad, your studies become supervised, and you need to push the boundary of knowledge which can be strenuous. Thus having a supervisor that understands you and can be there to support your work is essential. The wrong supervisor can make your life as a student unbearable, and the inverse can be true of an adequate supervisor. So, we all need to make sure that our supervisors are good listeners, excellent mentors and great motivators. Choosing well can ensure that your next three or four years can be enjoyable and a great learning experience.

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Bring Up Cryptography—How to Hide your Messages

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To ensure our privacy, we must be careful about what we share and how we share it. Most often, your personal information, like your passwords, we’ll be hiding from everyone. But that only happens if we transmit the data through a secured channel. Unfortunately, you can be as careful as possible, some people can still find ways to access the information. That’s because secured channels use encryption to conceal your data, and the encryption can be uncovered by people who understand their inner workings, the cryptosystems. All encodings have flaws that can be exploited to find the keys required to unlock all of your data. So imagine someone gaining access to your Facebook or your Instagram. We should all wonder what sensitive information they could get their hands on. Then deleting all data that can threaten your privacy becomes imperative.

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Bring Up Working Out—How It Can Benefit Our Entire Body

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Staying active is hard, and we may very well feel tempted to give it up entirely. However, there are some good reasons why health professionals advocate adopting a more active lifestyle. Beyond the most apparent argument, weight loss, there are other advantages to moving out of your couch and grabbing those neglected sneakers for a walk. These benefits may range anywhere from improved cardiac health to decelerated ageing. However, we all know that establishing a new workout routine can be extremely strenuous and challenging. Hopefully, learning more about its positive effects may help. In case it does not, learning about the potential pitfalls might, without any doubts, do the trick. Being more active doesn’t necessarily mean moving 24/7, but we should always strive to do more than before. Yet, we still need to be aware of our limits and respect them.

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Bring Up Puberty—When a Transition to Adulthood Becomes Unavoidable

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If you’re an adult now, you are lucky enough to have survived the awkward years of teenagehood. These years are filled with changes that are hard to navigate around. From the periods (for girls) and the wet dreams (for boys) to the physical changes, it becomes difficult to find our bearings. It becomes quite easy to feel out of place or even misunderstood. We may even feel like there is no one there to help us. As a girl, speaking about menstruation needed to be whispered as to not be heard. All decisions about our sexual health seemed to be controlled by our parents. Conversely, our parents realized that we were then able to take on more responsibilities which sometimes might have seemed very contradictory. Our puberty is truly a strange moment in our lives when our bodies become partly strangers. We all need time and support to develop and get acquainted once again with ourselves. More than ever, we need to break down any residual taboos regarding puberty and be there for all teens.

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Bring Up Flowers—How do these beautiful blossoms emerge

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It is now spring, and when I look outside, I cannot help the feeling rising inside of me. I readily found myself immersed in the beauty of the flowers peeking through the ground. This mere sight might give me, and maybe you too, an impulse to start making a flower garden, but we may struggle to know where to start. We may hesitate to choose between perennials and annuals, not necessarily even knowing if there really exists a considerable difference. We may also begin to worry about the number of colours we should pick for our garden, or even if there are any rules to follow. This constant uncertainty might get us very far from the pure enjoyment of looking at flowers and obscure the incredible inner beauty and strength that they hold. So, let’s all take a step back and look for the patterns existing in our favourite gardens. This way, we get to enjoy and learn everything about what flowers have to offer.

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Bring Up Seasons – What can we tell about these four

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No matter what life throws at you, there will always be things that will keep constant throughout your existence. The cycle of seasons is one of them, allowing for a perpetual ordered rotation between Spring, Summer, Autumn (Fall), and Winter. Each season seems to bring its specific load of unique characteristics. One of the most well-known characteristics is the temperature change that accompanies each season, with heat associated mainly with Summer and cold with Winter. Although there exist many more, few of us can describe each of them. From precipitation to day length, with this article, you will be able to know each of their features. Maybe you will even come to ask yourselves if the notion of four seasons is also right. I will try my best to answer this question. Why four seasons and why not two, or eight for that matter?

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Bring Up Hair – What you have to know about your mane

Yet, more recently, boys have also begun adopting the same attitude towards it. Often the first and the last thing on our mind, we spend a great deal of time caring for it. Our hair goes through a series of rigorous manipulation like brushing, cleaning, treating and styling. IT is the willpower to obtain that perfect head of hair that is the chief driver of our continuous dedication to achieve that flawless head of hair that makes us look both beautiful and put together. Through all of the troubles we go through to make it look shiny and lustrous, we often forget or ignore what composes them in the first place. This disinterest to learn more about them makes it so easy for commercial products to claim unproven benefits and so what. Once we have learnt what constitutes them, on a fundamental level, we can simultaneously learn to better care for them and avoid falling into the trap left by scammers. To adequately care for them, it turns out you don’t need to empty your pocket. Read this article to find out how.

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