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Behold the noble pigeon

...because they are not as stupid as we think.

Tsunami from heaven

Mother Nature's beautiful and mysterious ways shown in time-lapse footage. Published by RT on June 17, 2018.

‘Kindly adjust’ to our English

Indian English is a living, practical language, used by millions every day, writes Shashi Tharoor in The Week. Published on June 3, 2018.

The man who ​thinks trees talk to each other

Beech trees are bullies​ and​ willows are loners, says forester Peter Wohlleben, author of a new book claiming that trees have personalities and communicate ​via a [...]

Alan Watts: Business

A lecture (audio) by Alan Watts: "If you can’t trust other people you cannot have a community, not even a corporation."

The green death revolution

Inspiring and illuminating presentation of how to bypass the conservative funeral industry and how to come to terms with the reality of having one's dead body disposed of. [...]

My soul is from elsewhere

A deeply reflective poem by Rumi (1207-1273) exploring the soul is read to accompany the Bagong Silang documentary about a community that inhabits a cemetery in Manila, [...]

Murals of Tibet

A thousand years of Tibetan masterpieces revealed for the first time. Writer and photographer Thomas Laird’s 10-year project records crumbling Buddhist murals before they are [...]

Stephen Hawking’s multiverse finale

Prof Stephen Hawking's final research paper suggests that our Universe may be one of many similar to our own, writes Pallab Ghosh on BBC News. Published on May 2, 2018.

Losing their religion

Young Turkish people are rejecting Islam, writes Selin Girit, BBC News, Istanbul. Published on May 10, 2018.

Losing my religion

Official video of the Grammy Award-winning 'Losing My Religion' from R.E.M.’s critically-acclaimed, 1991 album, 'Out Of Time'.

The dark side of positive thinking

"Positive thinking is like the New Age version of believing in Santa Claus," writes Rudá Iandé in Huffpost.

Ain’t the way to die

A remixed Eminem/Rihanna song parody on the right to die according to a person's wishes by ZDoggMD (Dr Zubin Damania).

Spectacular dance of two galaxies merging

NASA has published a photo of two spiral galaxies twisting and embracing each other until they ultimately collide. Published on SOTT on March 12, 2018.

Be aware, consciousness is listening!

Michael Roads, Guest Writer for Wake Up World, looks at the impact that regularly repeated words and statements have on people's lives.

Vada pav: move over, McDonald’s

Vada pav is synonymous with the city of Mumbai, with almost every resident, from factory workers to Bollywood stars, unabashed in declaring their love for it, writes Charukesi [...]

Postcards from Afghanistan

Along with his team, Ershad Honaryar from BBC Persian made the five-day trek to the Wakhan province in the far east of Afghanistan. Published on BBC on February 27, 2018.

“You cannot make a person happy”

Relationship wisdom from Will Smith - on video.

After 100 hours in Tibet I knew it was time to leave

Writer Pico Iyer understands that by keeping an outer journey short, you can make the inner journey that follows echo across a lifetime. Published on BBC on March 8, 2018.

You gotta believe

Nina Paley's new animated music video from her upcoming film, 'Seder-Masochism'.

Seven-plus wonders of sustainability

Here is Alan Durning's list - and some more - put together by Donella H. Meadows.

World’s first ‘plastic-free’ supermarket aisle

In this supermarket in the Netherlands, consumers don't have to pay an additional price for getting their food in environment friendly packaging. Shown on BBC on March 3, 2018.

Japanese electric toilet symbols now global standard

Is this one of the first tentative steps towards a one world government?

Do you believe in god?

Canadian psychologist and cultural critic, Jordan Bernt Peterson, replies in this video.

The Rubáiyát – history’s most luxurious book of poetry

In 1909, two London bookbinders were commissioned to create a book that would become one of the most bedazzling the world had beheld. Joobin Bekhrad reveals how it ended up at the [...]

Shout “Holi Hai!” and get away with anything… almost!

Does Holi open the lid of the pressure cooker to release our suppressed steam? Strange, the whole year people are miserable and on Holi suddenly they break out of misery, singing [...]

‘No Hard Feelings’

A song on video by the Avett Brothers - with lyrics. When my body won’t hold me anymore / And it finally lets me free / Will I be ready?

How music and meditation address memory loss

Meditation training programs can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating, writes Josh Richardson in Wake Up World on June 9, [...]

Sartre said ‘hell is other people’

He [Sartre] should’ve been on my train when an oik* made 40 calls… in the quiet carriage! - writes Gyles Brandreth in the Daily Mail; published on February 6, 2018.

“I won’t eat Animals,” girl tells her mother

Realising, to her horror, that meat is made from animals, five-year-old Zada tells her mother she's a vegetarian. And her mind is made up. (video)

Gurdjieff’s indelible advice to his daughter

Gurdjieff's 83 rules of advice he gave to his daughter Cynthie Sophia "Dushka" Howarth (1924–2010). She went on to found the Gurdjieff Heritage Foundation.

We don’t have to eat animals

Joey Carbstrong (aka Joey Armstrong) is a 31 year-old Australian vegan activist, currently on tour of the UK and Ireland. We are showing a video of him having touched down in [...]

A super blue blood Moon on January 31, 2018

The Moon will put on quite the show at the end of the month, as a very rare, "super blue blood moon" will appear in the skies. Published in RT and SOTT on January 22, 2018.

Theory of evolution dismissed by Indian education minister

A hot debate has gripped India, after Satyapal Singh, India’s minister for higher education, emphatically stated that Darwin's theory of evolution is wrong. Published in The [...]

Un espresso per favore!

Why Italians say no to takeaway coffee in paper and plastic cups (video).

Adressing the flaws in the education system

A look at the current education system in India but similarities can be found world-wide. An inspiring and challenging video that calls upon all those concerned to bring out the [...]

Baa Baa Land

An eight-hour, slow-motion epic entirely starring sheep on location in Essex, England.

I count my blessings every day

Andy, a former homeless man in Britain and now in temporary accommodation, speaks on video about how his life changed after he bought a puppy off a beggar. They bonded and through [...]

India and the World: A History in Nine Stories

A rare collection spanning two million years of history is on display -until 18 February 2018 - in an exhibition in Mumbai. It is a collaboration between CSMVS, Mumbai, The [...]

‘I feel less stuffed after dinners – and less guilty’: why I stopped eating meat

"My journey towards vegetarianism started 30 years ago for practical reasons, but the more I eschew animal products the better I feel about everything," writes Michele Hanson in [...]

The ‘untranslatable’ emotions you never knew you had

For our international audience: "From gigil to wabi-sabi and tarab, there are many foreign emotion words with no English equivalent. Learning to identify and cultivate these [...]

45 Ways to avoid using the word ‘very’

Amanda Patterson's (very) useful suggestions. Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it [...]

The astounding connection between people and trees through time

Observed by Jocelyn Mercado, published in Uplift on November 6, 2017.

If we’re living in a virtual reality, why care about anything?

Whether your head is in the sand or not, you are no more or less a part of the same One Consciousness, and what happens to one, happens to all, writes Nanice Ellis in Wakeup-World [...]

Carl Sagan’s eerily accurate prediction about the demise of America

Towards the end of his life, Carl Sagan expressed deep concern about the 'dumbing down of America'. Buck Rogers writes in the Waking Times and SOTT.

Conflicting views on social media balanced by an algorithm

Algorithms are able to balance the information exposure so that social media users can be exposed to information from both sides of the discussion. Published in Science Daily on [...]

Where there’s a will…

Mumbai matriarch, Amla Ruia, is one of the most prolific dam builders in the world, writes Aamir Rafiq Peerzeda on BBC on December 12, 2017.

Stunning photos of Juno’s Jupiter fly-by

Traveling above Jupiter at more than 130,000 miles per hour, NASA's $1 billion Juno probe took its ninth set of stunning flyby images on October 24, 2017. Published at Sci-Tech [...]

“Am I dying?” The honest answer

In this TED talk, emergency medical technician O’Reilly describes what happens next when a gravely hurt patient asks him: “Am I going to die?”

Do you recognize any of these habits?

Is your smartphone making you stupid? Lisa Egan has a checklist. Excerpt from her article published in SOTT and Ready Nutrition.