Category Archives: Policy

“Tech company proposes edible drone to solve world hunger”

Theverge.com – Mar 2017 – Global |

A British company has developed a ground-breaking drone prototype.

The unmanned ‘Pouncer’ is gaining a lot of coverage in the technology world due to its unique and novel design. Windhorse Aerospace’s nine foot wingspan drone will be entirely constructed with “foodstuff” or edible materials.

Honeycomb, compressed vegetables and salami are all possible resources being considered in the design.

Although the prototype may sound like a bit of a publicity stunt, there is sounds science and motivation behind the project. The team hope that the drone may help in solving a key humanitarian crisis, being food sources and availability. The drone could not only be used to drop supplies in the most needed areas, but then can also be ‘recycled’ itself, acting as a high-tech meal for those in need.

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“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?

Cheerful News Happiness graph

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“Canadian wins $1m Global Teacher Prize”

Theguardian.com – Mar 2017 – Canada |

An inspirational Canadian teacher has been awarded a life-changing prize for her work in a remote, Arctic village.

Salluit is a fly-in only village located in the Arctic circle. The area is known for high suicide rates, as well as high levels of teenage pregnancies.

Maggie MacDonnell’s work in the area is being hailed as ‘transformative’, and is helping to improve societal and cultural issues in the area. She has specifically set-up life skills classes for girls in the region, helping them gain vital skills and education.

MacDonnell’s work was chosen above 20,000 other applications, and comes with a prize fund of $1 million dollars.

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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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