No, this has absolutely nothing to do with Nicholas Sparks.

Reminders. Lists. I love them. Everything I work on, I crazily organize in a 1), 2), 3) fashion.

I obsess actually. New movie recommendation? Add it to the Notes list! New online brainstorming tool? Append it to Reminders! Another recipe? Going in the electronic pile of foodie stuff!

However, I’m slowly beginning to learn that the best reminders are those not on my apps, the scratch papers on my office desk, nor on my handy-dandy whiteboard. They are outside, where the world is ever-adapting, flourishing, and constantly self-organizing.

In addition to listing things, I enjoy walking. Whether I hit a mental wall or eat a meal, I like to walk to promote the digestion of thoughts and food alike. There are about 5 different nested loops that I like to take around my neighborhood and the surrounding ones (route #1 is the shortest, and #5 the longest). …

“First, do no harm.” This is the paramount message all future physicians learn in medical school. Harm shouldn’t be carried out under any circumstance, let alone by a doctor or caretaker. But what about unconscious harm? Aspects of health that are difficult to perceive and difficult to assign causation/effect upon are difficult to understand.

Climate change. What do you hear when you hear those two words? Do you hear “cardiovascular disease” or “leptospirosis”? What about “asthma,” “West Nile Virus,” or “mental health complications”? The following infographic by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) may or may not startle you:

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CDC via Health Care Without Harm

It is important to keep in mind that climate change can throw off balance many other aspects of society and life, those potentially being more direct culprits of the poor health outcomes listed in this graphic. However, climate change is an important source to tackle. The World Health Organization (WHO) “estimates 99% of deaths related to climate change occur in low- and middle-income countries and of these deaths, 80% occur among children.” The WHO also estimates that the world will endure 250,000 more deaths per year due to climate-change-induced “malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress” during 2030–2050. …

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Glen Research Center — NASA

What do antibacterial catheters, the Shinkansen (bullet train in Japan), and Velcro all have in common?

All three are solutions inspired by different processes evolved by nature. Read more about Sharklet Technologies, Eiji Nakatsu’s inspirative bird-watching, and the genesis of non-chemical stickies! When we look to other organisms (whom have been evolving for the past 3.8 billion years on this planet), assess the thematic processes they’ve evolved, and begin to apply them to human ideation and solutions, we practice something called biomimicry.

First introduced to the field of biomimicry through an entrepreneurship activity at ASU, some of the designs that evolution has been able to craft over the millenia have left me speechless. The cyclomorphotic, cryptobiotic processes of the tardigrade (also known as the waterbear or moss piglet) that allow it to survive in temperatures down to 1K. Boxfish and Mercedes’ obsession with improving aerodynamicity. Mycorrhizal networks underground informing the next generation of technological computing (mycorrhizae are commonly referred to, in bulk, as the Wood Wide Web). …

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I walked into the room and there was beeping coming from every crevice. No one smiled. Everyone was robotically responding to the beeps with the same metronomic cadence as the sound waves emanating from the hospital machines. Mrs. Jahrifah looked terrified and was gasping for air. One nurse yelled, “I can’t even tell what is beeping and what is not!” Alarms? More like chaotic tsunamis of sound. The care of Mrs. …

George Mastorakos

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