If you’re not sure what to think about climate change just watch this footage with your own eyes! It’s time-lapse footage of the global ice melting!

This is a recent TED talk at Oxford University that’s only just been released …

“Ice is the canary in the global climate coalmine”, says photographer James Balog. He’s been going up north to shoot the half-alive ice of the mammoth glaciers to see the shocking effects of abrupt climate change in Alaska, Greenland and Iceland. Soaring, dripping, glowing and crumbling, arctic ice requires the viewer to engage.

••• Click here to watch this jaw-dropping TED talk …

Article from: The Australian

AUSTRALIA’S Nobel prize-winning molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn lamented recently the professional difficulties facing female scientists – and a new study proves her right.

Women still cluster at the bottom of the scientific heap, even in fields such as biology where they are well represented, according to a report released yesterday by the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies.

In her report, Women in Science in Australia: Maximising Productivity, Diversity and Innovation, Professor Bell concludes that not only do women scientists get fewer senior jobs than men, they also earn less than their male counterparts, receive less recognition in measures of scientific excellence and hold fewer memberships in scientific academies.

Federation president Ken Baldwin said the progress of women in science had stalled over the past 15 years.

“Despite impressive improvement in the participation of women in science at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, the retention of women at senior levels in science and technology remains poor,” he said.

In 1996, for instance, women constituted 18.1 per cent of full-time professionals in design, engineering, science and transport. That grew to 22.3 per cent this year. But in 1996, women made up 19 per cent of full-time information and communication technologies professionals, dropping to 15.2 per cent last year.

Roughly 7 per cent of the members of Australia’s learned societies are female.

While Australia’s premier research body, the CSIRO, is led by Megan Clark, only 21 per cent of the organisation’s 1727research scientists are women, just 10 per cent of top salary earners are women, 8 per cent of 194 research managers are women and only three of the 12 members of the executive team are women.

Professor Bell found significant numbers of female scientists continue to report discrimination and harassment.

“Sadly, we haven’t come very far at all,” she said. “In fact, there’s been very little change in the patterns of participation and success in 15 years.”

Professor Bell offers a series of recommendations to tackle the multiple “micro disadvantages” women face from the earliest stages of their career. She suggests simple family-friendly practices such as not holding meetings before 9.15am or after 4.30pm, as well as scholarships and fellowships designed to attract and retain female scientists.

Federal Science Minister Kim Carr agreed with professors Baldwin and Bell that women’s poor representation in lead scientific roles was a matter of lost innovation as well as inequity.

“At last year’s Prime Minister’s Science Prize awards, I noted that if qualified women went on to do serious research as frequently as men do, we’d have up to 400 extra scientists a year working on the big problems facing Australia and the world,” he said. “That’s a lot of squandered talent.”

Senator Carr has pledged to make funding for research and innovation a priority, while supporting measures such as 75 per cent workloads for post-doctoral fellows at the Australian Research Council.

Does your brain know the difference between a glass that is half full or half empty?

Beau Lotto’s color games puzzle your vision, but they also spotlight what you can’t normally see: how your brain works.

This fun, first-hand look at your own versatile sense of sight reveals how evolution tints your perception of what’s really out there. Click here to watch this fascinating 16 minute presentation …

About Beau Lotto

Beau Lotto is founder of Lottolab, a hybrid art studio and science lab. With glowing, interactive sculpture — and good, old-fashioned peer-reviewed research.

“Nearly all of business education–even at postgraduate level–may be misguided, even misleading. In my experience, business education is faithfully based on a false premise–that the problem of business is growth. When, in fact, the problem of business is survival.

Most business leaders may be spending their time and energy on solving the wrong problem. Yes, of course, growth is critical in business but the MAIN PROBLEM is that most businesses fail to survive long enough to grow!”

Of the Fortune 500 class of 1974 only 22 of those businesses still survive. These are the big companies. The failure to survive of smaller companies is ten times worse.

Since Darwin explained the reasons 150 years ago, we know that it’s not the strongest or the largest that survive but it’s those best prepared to cope with change.

On this BIG PROBLEM of survival, most business executives are shockingly ignorant and deplete in their formal education. They lack sufficient darwinian intelligence.They know little or nothing useful about the science of strategic darwinian thinking.

They venture forth naked and ill-equipped in their approach to the chaos of the marketplace–the whirling, howling, cacophonous wilderness of the global marketplace with its ferocious fads, toxic wastes, and vicious moods, its callous explosions and cruel extinctions putting capricious end to the blind and righteous rivalry across pointless medieval double-entry boardrooms.

Extravagant expenditures of directors’ time and energy are squandered on the talmudic reading of balance-sheets and P&Ls, like the obsessive pre-scientific study of entrails, when less than one director in a hundred could give an intelligent, educated account of what strategy it would take for their business to survive in the fast-changing environment of the next decade.

Experiment: Ask any director you know to demonstrate their strategic understanding of Darwin’s Theory and to show how s/he uses that knowledge to safeguard the future of the company in the faster-changing environment of the marketplace. If you get a clear, articulate response it will be a surprise.

Is there any business school in Australia that insists their graduates understand the strategic business application of the darwinian imperative? Are there any of the endless ‘case studies’ churned out by business schools devoted to darwinian business strategy?

Do let me know if you find one.

••• ADVANCED TRAINING:

Meanwhile, as part of the ADVANCED LEADERSHIP TRAINING I’ve added a new module to help raise your darwinian intelligence, your ability to survive and grow in rapidly changing environments.

It’s called: Think Darwin!

This bonus training module consists of an additional ten lessons designed so that anyone can understand, get their head around and then harness the amazing power of Darwin’s Theory in their daily life, career and business.

For example, what do you know about ‘memes‘?

If you’re in management, marketing, media, or HR/training memes are a must. You’ll become very up-to-date with them on this course. Darwin’s Theory is widely regarded as the most powerful theory in all of science!

••• You can apply for the training by clicking here.

These lessons were first published in my book

The X10 Memeplex: Multiply Your Business By Ten!  (Prentice Hall 2000).