A 17 y/o’s views on Nietzsche’s philosophy.

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Black Panther. Wonder Woman. Iron Man.

I’ve always aspired to be like them and other superheroes…

& some villains too.

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Shego. Is. Wow.

But alas, I was not born with superhuman abilities (super speed, strength, teleportation abilities) and I haven’t had any wild superpower-granting event happen to me yet.

Seeing superhumans in books + movies made me wish I had cool abilities.

I would secretly hope that one day I’d get bitten by a radioactive spider or be called out of class one day because I was being recruited to a real-life version of S.H.I.E.L.D.

As I grew up, I realized this was likely not going to happen. …


An introduction to Futureshot Factory.

It’s 2020. We have yet to solve climate change, poverty, and many other global problems. Something needs to change.

Myself (Adara Hagman) and my co-founder Riya Mehta both care greatly about social justice issues happening around the globe.

In December 2019, we sat in a room for several hours and tried to break down some of the world’s biggest problems on a whiteboard.

We both wanted to do something more. We wanted to see more action towards solving some of the world’s greatest challenges, specifically the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Futureshot Factory was soon born a project to help address moonshots like the UN’s SDGs. …


An Introduction To Bugriculture 🦗

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Credit: Fast Company

What will your dinner plate look like in 2040?

I ask myself this question, quite often because I love thinking about what the future could look like and I believe that the best way to predict the future is to create it. 🔑

If the future is whatever we decide to create, then let’s change this question.

What does food production for our current food look like today and where does it need improvement?

Today (writing this in May 2020 👋🏼) the way we produce food is highly inefficient wasting large amounts of resources (land, water, etc.), is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions with approximately 24% of carbon emissions being emitted from agriculture sources every year (EPA), and if that’s not enough we also have something called “ the food crisis.”


The “Not-To-Do” list, Charlie Munger, and bad decisions to avoid.

I love To-Do lists.

They help me stay organized and brain dump everything I need to do.

Also, it’s super satisfying to check off items once they’re completed. 😊

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My to-do list today. I apologize that my handwriting is a bit messy. 😅

If you don’t already keep a to-do list, I would highly recommend it.

Why?

✅ They help make sure you get done what you need to.

🌞Help to relieve stress and leave your mind feeling clearer.

🎁You get to cross out or check the boxes of your tasks!

Several other reasons, but trust me they’re helpful.

I recommend making to-do lists digitally on Trello or in a notebook.

To-Do Lists help us spend our time in the best way.

Having to-do lists gives us the ability to spend our time making decisions that make the most sense for ourselves and our goals. …


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Lightsabers, invisibility cloaks, and more in this introduction to photonics.

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A mini-me and my sister at Olivander’s Wand Shop @ Universal Studios.

Growing up, I LOVED reading and watching the Harry Potter series.

Today… I still love the Harry Potter series. ⚡

Why?

Because magic is extremely fascinating to me and something else I’m intrigued by is technology.

One of my favorite quotes by Arthur C. Clarke says,

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. 💫

What if I told you that some of the magic we grew up with in stories could be the technologies of tomorrow…

Because it’s possible if we decide to create it today.

Let’s go travel back in time to book one of Harry Potter when we learned about the invisibility cloak. 🚀 (For those who don’t know what it is — it’s a magical cloak Harry [the main character] receives for Christmas that gives him the ability to appear invisible when covering him). …


Nanotechnology in a nutshell.

“It’s a small world after all…” — Walt Disney

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It’s a small world concept art by Mary Blair. 😍 (Credit: The Walt Disney Company).

Walt Disney was right when he said it’s a small world. While we live on a relatively large planet compared to our size, the processes that make up our planet happen on a very small scale.

How small? You might ask. 🤔

On the nanoscale. Which is very very small.

In order to show you just how small this scale is, I invite you to board my virtual “It’s a Small World” boat for a ride to the nanoscale world. 🚤

Your eyes can’t see the nanoscale. 👀

Objects in the nanoworld are so small, that our eyes aren’t able to see them. …


NASA’s plan to use mycelia from fungi to grow moon habitats.

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(Credit: NASA)

It’s 2040. You’re one of the citizen astronauts who got chosen to go live on the moon. 🎉

When you arrive, you’d probably expect to live in some habitat made out of typical Earth materials — glass, metal, etc.

However, this may no longer be the case.

You could likely be living inside a structure grown from mushrooms! 🍄

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Think Alice in Wonderland… but mushrooms with more shape. (Credit: Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland)

This week, NASA announced it plans to incorporate nature into creating habitats and other resources in space. 🌎

Currently, their myco-architecture project is prototyping technologies that could “grow” habitats on the moon, Mars, and beyond.

This is part of a super cool field known as synthetic biology (I’ll dive into this more a bit later 😉)! …


The longevity finding that came from a C. elegans aging study.

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C. elegans (Credit: New Atlas)

Yep, you read that right. Worms… yes, worms may hold the key to extending the lifespan of humans! 😎

That’s. So. Crazy. #mindblown

I’m talking about a specific species of worms — the Caenorhabditis elegans a.k.a. C. elegans, our little buddy in the picture a couple of sentences up. ⬆️

Recently, this worm was used in an aging study by researchers at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory that was able to increase its lifespan by 500%!

Before I dive into this experiment, I’ll give a brief background into a field known as Longevity and why we might want to extend the lifespan of humans. …


An introduction to space exploration and technology.

Five… Four… Three… Two… One…

Zero…

And lift off!

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Apollo 11 — July 16, 1969 (Credit: NASA)

The space race to get to the Moon kicked off a future with space exploration and brought awe to humans around the world.

Humans are curious beings. We want to understand the unknown and something many of us are curious about is space a.k.a. the final frontier. 😉

Many of us grew up fascinated by the night sky and wondered what might lie beyond it.

The idea of exploring the unknown and landing on the moon brought back that child-like wonder.

And it all began with a moonshot. 🚀

When US President John F. Kennedy said “We choose to go to the moon” in his 1962 speech at Rice University, he set a moonshot goal for America and the world. …


How whales can help halt climate change and how we can protect them using technology.

Nature’s solution to climate change lies in whales.

And other photosynthetic organisms.

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(Credit: Andrew Bain)

Yep, you read that right!

Whales can help halt or reverse the effects of global warming.

I know that’s amazing.

When I read that I was mind blown. 🤯

Why is this so dope?

Global warming is a HUGE problem right now, due to greenhouse gas emissions and levels in Earth’s atmosphere rising at an alarming rate!

Time is running out to do something about this. ⏰

In fact, the United Nations (UN) just released a new climate report, the Emissions Gap Report 2019, that brings about greater urgency to this already pressing issue.

Shocking facts from this report include:

  • GHG (Greenhouse gas) emissions continue to rise, despite scientific warnings and political commitments.” …

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Adara Hagman

17 y/o researching closed-loop systems for earth + space.

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