Category: Rays of Light

Terracycling: Turning Cigarette Butts Into Park Benches

Youtube: National Geographic

Cigarette butts are one of the most common kinds of litter, found everywhere from land to waterways. The tobacco and paper in them will break down, so those can be composted. But the filters contain a plastic, and that can take years to decompose. Yet if the butts are carefully processed, the cellulose acetate can be used to make things such as park benches and pallets. Recycling companies like TerraCycle are also refining their processing methods to create higher-end plastic products.

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Top 10 Destinations For A Dream Wedding–#4 Looks Amazing

Youtube: MsMojo

You’ve got the perfect partner (and the perfect ring) now all you need is the perfect place to say your “I Dos”. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Dream Wedding Locations.

National Geographic: The Science of Addiction: Here’s Your Brain on Drugs

Youtube: National Geographic

 

Addiction comes in many forms – trapping millions across the globe in a vicious cycle of desire, bingeing, and withdrawal. With the latest research on how the brain works, scientists are challenging the notion that addiction represents some kind of moral failing. They’re focusing instead on developing new methods of treatment.

To understand addiction, it’s helpful to begin with the brain’s elaborate reward system, built around a chemical called dopamine. When we do something that helps us survive, like eating, socializing, or procreating, the brain rewards us with a blast of dopamine across our cerebral circuitry, which we experience as pleasure.

Drugs override the natural flow of dopamine and, in the process, “hijack” our reward system. Find out how addiction comes about, and explore the latest innovations for its treatment, in this animated video.

For more, read the full article in the September 2017 issue of National Geographic Magazine: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/mag…

How Natural Disasters Can Be Faith-Challenging Experiences

 

NPR: Tom Gjelten

Natural disasters and human suffering have long challenged people of faith because they don’t understand why God would allow such things to happen. It’s a core problem facing believers.

 

Click here for the complete transcript of the interview