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Learning with a Side of Fun: Benefits of Joining a Science Workshop

In the world of science, people rarely work alone. There is a sort of comfort that comes with working with others toward a shared goal. Workshops are the sort of events that you should try to join when you absolutely can. There are tons of benefits that you can obtain

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Top Reasons Why You Should Always Keep Abreast of Relevant Upcoming Events

Upcoming events are often undervalued—especially to those that don’t quite know what they can bring to the table. We wanted to address a few top reasons why you should always keep abreast of relevant upcoming events. What Do We Mean by “Relevant” Upcoming Events? These, by definition, refer to any

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Top Reasons Why You Should Always Keep Abreast of Relevant Upcoming Events

Upcoming events are often undervalued—especially to those that don’t quite know what they can bring to the table. We wanted to address a few top reasons why you should always keep abreast of relevant upcoming events. What Do We Mean by “Relevant” Upcoming Events? These, by definition, refer to any

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Aiming to Partner With an Organization? Four Qualities You Need to Look For

When you’re a researcher, scientist, or even any sort of person that is thinking to partner up with an organization, it is important to see if they have certain qualities. These qualities are what we are going to be focusing on in today’s discussion. There are a lot of perks

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Of Science and Weather: Why Is Further Research Always Needed?

In the field of weather, everything is reliant upon research. The thing is, people tend to roll their eyes at the concept of FRIN (further research is needed). Today, we wanted to tackle this and clear a bit of the air. In the past few years, there have been significant

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Of Humanity and Burdens: Why the EU Says It Can’t Keep Accepting Refugees

The topic of political refugees has always been highly divisive. Today, we wanted to dive in a bit deeper and discuss why the EU in general says that it cannot keep accepting refugees. For context, countries in Europe like Italy have accepted nearly 700,000 migrants and refugees who have been

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Upcoming events are often undervalued—especially to those that don’t quite know what they can bring to the table. We wanted to address a few top reasons why you should always keep abreast of relevant upcoming events.

What Do We Mean by “Relevant” Upcoming Events?

These, by definition, refer to any events that are directly relevant to your field of work or interest. These can either be small and localized events or they could even be national-scale or international ones. They can come in the form of symposiums, panels, workshops, meetings, and even small fairs or markets.

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Why Keep Abreast of Them?

There are a lot of good reasons why you should keep track and even take note of the relevant upcoming events in your area or in other countries:

They Can Help Your Career

Upcoming events like symposiums are a pretty good place to learn new things or to even boost your network. If you’re working in the fields of journalism, weather, or even science attending any upcoming event that is relevant to your field of work can be a great boon.

Events are a perfect place to meet people that you can schmooze and people that you can help, if you’re able to.

They Can Help You Plan Your Schedules

Taking note of upcoming events makes sure that you don’t miss anything that can be of a benefit for you. Keeping abreast of any relevant upcoming events can help you form better decisions about whether or not they are worth going to.

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It Helps You Grow as a Person

Growth is an ever continuous process. Relevant events can help you attain that. You can always pick up something new or remember something you’ve forgotten. Events and the people that attend them can be truly helpful, if you open yourself up to it.

How Can You Keep Abreast of Them?

Here are a few tips on how you can do so successfully and at very little hassle to you:

Follow Social Media Pages

The realm of social media has been quite a boon to the land of information and communication. All events tend to have an official social media page on either Facebook or in Twitter. They will always try to keep all their followers or interested parties fully informed about locations, schedules, people who are going to be there, and other activities that are relevant to the event.

Join the Mailing List

Events tend to have a website which has a subscription option or a mailing list. That way you can get information directly to your chosen email or a text straight to your phone. These are highly convenient since the information that you want comes to you.

We hope that the points that we’ve shared today helps you better understand why keeping abreast of upcoming future events is important and can be truly helpful in the long run. Do you have much experience with upcoming relevant events to your field? What have you gained from them? We would love to know more about your experiences.

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When you’re a researcher, scientist, or even any sort of person that is thinking to partner up with an organization, it is important to see if they have certain qualities. These qualities are what we are going to be focusing on in today’s discussion.

There are a lot of perks to partnering up with an organization. They can provide you with funding, connections, access to certain documents and papers, invitations to expos and symposiums, and a lot of other things. These can sound pretty great and it is—provided that you’re partnered up with the right organization of course. To help you see if you’re approaching the right one (or have been approached by the right one), try to see if they have these particular qualities:

Training Opportunities

No good organization will want their pool of members to stagnate. Organizations that care a lot of about the talent that their members carry and the future of the group itself will want to provide training opportunities for them.

Good organizations often partner up with others to give their members a chance to meet other like-minded individuals and secure good chances for them to sharpen their craft and produce good results.

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Can Adapt

One of the best ways to check if the organization that you’re looking at is okay is check out how old it is. If it’s only been a couple of years, there might be some perks like being one of the first few members. However, this isn’t exactly a best time to judge what they’re like or if they can adapt to changes.

Organizations that do not adapt to change do not survive for long. Try to check out the organization’s history. What sort of organizational change did they have to weather?

Visible Leadership

No one particularly likes being part of a group or organization that has no clear heading and no clear form of leadership. If the organization that you’re looking at doesn’t seem to have a clear system of order or of leadership, are you certain that’s one you want to be part of?

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Visible leadership is important because you know that you will be guided accordingly and you will be able to rely on the people who are in positions of leadership. Always remember that a ship without a good captain will never find its intended location.

These are just a few qualities which good organizations should have and are known to have. These are certainly present in Tactic Project! We hope that you’ll be able to partner up with an organization which has such qualities. We’d love to know what you think. What other qualities should good organizations have?

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In the field of weather, everything is reliant upon research. The thing is, people tend to roll their eyes at the concept of FRIN (further research is needed). Today, we wanted to tackle this and clear a bit of the air. In the past few years, there have been significant changes in our weather.

Winters have been longer, summers have been a lot warmer, rainy season suddenly comes and goes, and most of all, the storms have been unnaturally stronger. A lot of experts tend to point towards global warming as the reason for all this abnormal weather that we have been having. However, there are still—to many—no definitive proof regarding this issue.

So in order to clear this up, there is one that that is truly needed: further research.

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In light of this, we wanted to talk about why further research is always needed for anything that pertains to meteorological events. Here are a few good reasons:

Proof

In the realms of both science and weather, proof is often important. This tends to come in the form of experiments and logs that are both written and in video form. In the world of today, the idea of “pictures or it didn’t happen” is quite strong.

If any scientist wants to make some sort of headway in proving their theories and conjectures, they will need to have proof for it. In order to obtain that proof, further research is quite important. Doing more readings, consulting with other experts or researchers, is always a good way to get closer toward the proof that you need.

Definitive Conclusion

All research and experiments are conducted to reach a desired ending: a definitive conclusion. As there are always a lot of critics and those that try to present an alternative theory to counteract what you’ve been trying to prove. This is something that is innately great and rather frustrating about the field of science and weather.

Everything is generally great until you’re trying to publish a study that goes against someone else’s. In order to present a pretty airtight argument and support your definitive conclusion, it is always good to go through considerable more research.

More research is always good when you’re trying to provide information that can potentially save lives. Think about Twister and the whole point that the meteorologists were trying to achieve. They wanted to find both proof and a definitive conclusion towards twisters and help save lives. People in the fields of science and weather can affect lives with the conclusion of their additional research.

We want to know what you think about it! Why do you think further research is often needed and is completely necessary?

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In the world of science, people rarely work alone. There is a sort of comfort that comes with working with others toward a shared goal. Workshops are the sort of events that you should try to join when you absolutely can. There are tons of benefits that you can obtain if you join a science workshop. Let’s look at them a little bit closer.

Here are a few benefits that we can personally vouch for:

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Gaining Knowledge from Experts

Workshops are usually held by people who are generally highly experienced in their particular field. If the workshop that you’re joining is directed toward a particular scientific method or field, you can be sure that there will be experts there to share their ideas with you.

Learning from the best is often a pretty good boon if you ask us! After all, everyone can always benefit from extra knowledge.

Networking

One of the best things about a workshop is that you get to meet other people who are often interested in the same thing as yourself. Events which attract science enthusiasts like a science workshop or event tends to do will provide you with a rather priceless opportunity to interact and meet people who can give you better insight toward the topic on hand.

Networking also comes in handy for other parts of one’s life like when you’re trying to get a job or trying to find other workshops in the future. If you make friends or get leads toward a group that you can join so that you can keep abreast of other workshops or events in the future, isn’t that a good thing?

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Hands-On Learning

Workshops tend to have a particular task that needs to be completed by the end of it. If there is anything that we have learned from workshops, it is this: you learn faster when you work with your hands.

It is one thing to know the theory and consider its practical application. It is an entirely different thing when that theory is put into practice. When things are done by hand, your body tends to absorb things a lot better. Think of it this way: you better remember going to a place if you are the one responsible for getting yourself there—as opposed to being along for the ride as a passenger merely enjoying the sights.

There are, of course, a lot more other benefits. These are just the few that we can tick off at the top of our minds. If you would like to find out what the others are, we highly suggest that you join a science workshop and find out for yourself what they are!

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Our weather has continuously been strange and highly unpredictable. Now, more than ever, storms have been larger and more frequent. That being said, it is highly important to be prepared. Today, we wanted to give some important tips regarding what you should prepare before a storm hits your area.

Shore Up Windows and Doors

Storms and hurricanes tend to have monstrous wind speed and torrential rain. If you leave your doors and windows unprotected, they can easily shatter or can be hit by projectiles that used to be regular old things that were picked up by the storm.

Before the storm hits, it’s important that you protect your windows and your doors. You can do so by getting plywood or storm shutters to help bolster it.

Prep Supplies

Before the storm hits, it is crucial that you have enough of the following:

  • Food (which can be eaten without preparation like crackers or canned tuna)
  • Clean drinking water
  • Clean water for your bathroom and your kitchen
  • Flashlights with fresh batteries
  • Medicine for everyone in your home
  • Warm clothing stack to last up to 4 days or so
  • Fully charged mobile devices and fully charged power banks
  • Reusable utensils and a utility knife
  • Candles and matches

These are important as they can help keep you in comfort should the power or water go out.

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Build a First Aid Kit

You must never let a storm roll over you without having a first aid kit in your home. You never really know what can happen and first-aid kits can be bought at your local hardware store. If you’re not quite sold on the kits that are sold to the public, you can build your own. Just make sure it has:

  • Scissors
  • Gauze
  • Antiseptic sprays or solutions
  • Bandages
  • Emergency medicine
  • First-aid manual
  • Soap
  • Tweezers
  • Medical tape

You can always check out posts online and medical magazines for their suggestions on what should be part of your first-aid kit. A first-aid kit can make the difference between your personal well-being and being in danger. When it comes to a storm that can last for days, you should never put your safety and well-being at risk for anything.

Bug Out Bag

A bug out bag is generally a bag that is often just set aside that is comprised of important documentation, 3 days worth of clothes, a small first-aid kit, a small tool kit, money, and a few other things.

A bug out bag comes in handy if you’ll need to suddenly leave your home because you’ve been ordered to evacuate the area. Even if there is no storm, having a bug out bag is a generally good idea. At least, even if you have to leave you home, you’ll have essentials and you know that you have things that can help keep you safe.

We hope that the points and tips that we shared today can help you better prepare for any storm that’s heading your way! Always keep an eagle eye out for any advisory about oncoming storms and determine if it would be best to ride it out or to evacuate to safety. What do you prep before a storm comes in?

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Science can be hailed as the source of so many new developments which drastically changed and shaped the world. Today, we wanted to take a look at some of the biggest scientific breakthroughs we continue to enjoy.

Penicillin

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Back in the day if someone got sick it was quite natural for you to die within the fortnight or to survive and carry the effects forever. It wasn’t until 1928 that Sir Alexander Fleming had inadvertently discovered that the staph bacteria wouldn’t grow in an area that around a fungal growth. Specifically, pencillium chrysogenum mold—the same that makes brie cheese. The discovery of penicillin allowed for the swift curing of staph infections and other serious illnesses.

Electricity

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In 1821, Michael Faraday discovered something that completely revolutionized the world. He had someone discovered the first ever electric motor. His discovery directly led his other invention: the generator. This empowered more and more industries to leave behind coal and steam power. In today’s world, you would be hard pressed to find someone who does not make use of electricity in their everyday lives.

The Rosetta Stone

For the longest time, people didn’t really know how to communicate with each other as they all spoke different languages. Even the way they wrote things down were completely different from one nation to the next. This was particularly true when it came to Ancient Egyptian text. It was generally believed that no one would be able to understand it ever again. However, when Lt. Pierre-Francois Bouchard found a slab of stone which was the key to understanding Egyptian Hieroglyphs, it provided such a clear glimpse into an amazing past. It also allowed us to reclaim technology which the Egyptians found before.

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These are only some of the great scientific discoveries which continue to help us learn more about our world and to help us live a better quality of life than what was available than those who have gone before us. What other scientific discoveries do we still continue to benefit off today?

shadow 880x425 - Of Humanity and Burdens: Why the EU Says It Can’t Keep Accepting Refugees

The topic of political refugees has always been highly divisive. Today, we wanted to dive in a bit deeper and discuss why the EU in general says that it cannot keep accepting refugees. For context, countries in Europe like Italy have accepted nearly 700,000 migrants and refugees who have been seeking a safer place to live.

If we base this solely on emotion, of course it would seem like accepting refugees and political migrants would be highly acceptable. If, however, we take a look at it from a different point of view—predominately, the EUs—it would also make sense why they say they can’t keep accepting them.

Here are a few key issues:

Security

National security is always one of the biggest concerns of countries which have opened their borders to accept refugees. There have been a lot of echoed concerns regarding the breech that occurs by members of radicalized terrorists groups which have been posing as refugees.

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This isn’t just paranoia. This is something that has been a known occurrence all over the world. So it is only natural that the EU nations are highly concerned about the refugees that they accept. A lot of people tend to suggest background checks. However, as the refugees pour in by the thousands, there is no realistic measure to sufficiently process all of them in a swift amount of time.

Resources

Resources have always played a part in the primary concern of countries which accept refugees. All these nations have longstanding issues with their own citizens. They struggle with economical issues, weather related incidents, and somehow manage to come short in protecting their own.

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Now, they have the added responsibility in providing ethical and humane housing or encampments for thousands of people. Nations now need to contend with providing food, medical care, and so many other things that they have trouble providing for their own citizens. Naturally, this will cause a divide.

There are a lot of other issues which affect the whole discussion of refuges in the EU. There are a lot of nations like France, Spain, and even England which are all trying to emphasize that they can no longer realistically keep accepting refugees. Only time will tell what the final result of this whole debacle shall be.