This month’s mentions include a search engine, an audiobook, a film and a candle!! It’s like a trip down the centre aisle of Aldi!
Ecosia – Plant trees while you search the web
I can’t remember who told me about Ecosia but when I looked into it I was intrigued.
Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees, want to do their share to find and support innovative solutions to as many problems as they can. As part of their vision to reverse the tide of deforestation, they want to plant one billion new trees by the year 2020. So far they have planted over 62 million trees!
What Were You Thinking: Inside the Adolescent Brain by Dina Temple-Raston
As someone who is intrigued by the human brain, this audiobook/podcast was so fascinating. There are only six chapters, each lasting about 45 minutes, and each chapter is a separate story. Journalist Dina Temple-Raston shares the stories of adolescents who made astonishing choices - from joining ISIS to planning a school shooting - that led to disastrous results. To help understand what they were thinking, she talks with friends, family, and the teens themselves. Plus, she dives into the latest science on adolescent brains to explore innovative ways to help them choose more wisely.
Some Coffee Science
‘Being prompted to think about coffee elevates your physiological arousal and focuses your mind, no ingestion required’ is a claim being made by some researchers. They measured the arousal levels of people based on actual ingestion of coffee versus just thinking about it or smelling it. So, if you need a caffeine burst to beat your mid-afternoon slump, but you don’t want to risk a sleepless night, try burning a coffee scented candle in your office! Dusk has an amazing smelling coffee scented soy candle.
‘Gifted’ on Netflix
I came across this film purely by chance and I loved it. It’s the kind of film that stays with you for a while after you finished watching it! The plot presents a parenting conundrum: if a child is inordinately skilled in some area, do you do them a disservice by failing to nurture that skill or by prioritizing that skill over just being a kid? A brother has been entrusted by his sister to raise her child just before she dies, and he's determined to honour her wishes by keeping his niece safe from the pressures of the world as long as he can. The toughest piece of the equation is that since the child is only seven, she has no agency here. The adults have to decide her path for her.