Category Archives: Natural World

“Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth”

Bbcnews.co.uk – Mar 2017 – Norway |

Norway has overtaken Denmark as the happiest place on earth, according to a recent study published by the UN.

The World Happiness Report has been developed to quantify and report how happy people in a given area are, and the reasons behind this. It is a measure of subjective well-being, taking in factors such as conflict, life expectancy, access to services and environmental pollution.

The study has in recent years been dominated by the extremely happy Danish and Scandinavian region. Although this report still reports the same general findings, Norway are now the world leaders with Denmark having to settle for second best (although by the looks of the report, they will still be pretty happy about it!)

The report was released today to coincide with the UN’s International Day of Happiness.

Below is a list of the top and bottom ten countries. Where does your country sit? Do you agree with the rankings? What could your country change to make things a happier place to be?

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“Survival of the Fittest Has Evolved: Try Survival of the Kindest”

Nbcnews.com – Mar 2017 – Worldwide |

An interesting article produced by Christopher Kukk has presented a novel argument in relation to Darwinism and the age old adage of ‘survival of the fittest’.

Many commentators would argue that to be successful in life, you need to be hungry, competitive and importantly self-confident. Successful people should value their own well-being above that of others.

This essentially boils down to the cultural understanding of Darwin’s philosophy of ‘survival of the fittest’. Kukk makes the argument however that Darwin’s work actually promotes the idea of ‘survival of the kindest’. That is, co-operation has been more important to humanity’s development than competition.

It is an interesting concept if you then relate this philosophy back to contemporary society. Should we be championing more inclusive and collaborative relationships in society, business and policy?

The full article raises some really interesting points. What are your thoughts? Have you seen more success when working with others, or is it best to work solo?

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“Meet the frog that can sit on a thumbnail”

Bbc.co.uk – Mar 2017 – India

Four new species of frog have been discovered in the forests of India. What makes these species special, is their unique miniature size.

Among some of the smallest known frog species discovered, the amphibians live on the forest floors making insect-like calls to one another during the night.

It has been noted that the frogs are comfortably able to sit on a coin or thumbnail, emphasizing their limited size.

Although it took scientists several years of exploration to find the species, they are surprised to find actually how abundant they are. We guess they may well have been very hard to see if you weren’t specifically looking for them!

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Rabbit hole in farmer’s field leads to ‘mystery caves’

Bbc.co.uk – Mar 2017 – UK

It has been found that an apparently mundane rabbit hole, actually leads to what is being considered an underground sanctuary for a religious order.

Less than a meter below the ground, the the ruins appear to be structurally sound.

There are also signs of modern day usage of the caves. It is believed they have been used for black-magic-rites by modern day visitors.

The caves were apparently closed in 2012 to ward of unwanted visitors, but this rabbit hole appears to have re-opened them.

Included in the tunnel are a network of walkways and arches carved out of sandstone, as well as a medieval font.

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