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We can live in Mister Rogers' neighborhood. We can do it. Just listen to me talk about everything he did that was so cool. Volcanoes of cool.

I looked into the lessons he was trying to teach us, and I think I found some things we just might need. Let's begin!

Lesson 1: Be the Mister Rogers you wish to see in the world.


Think: What would Mister Rogers do? Then do that. This is the most simple and most difficult of all the lessons.

Lesson 2: Know that scary things are there. And talk about it.

For example. If you are worried you might go down a drain, Mister Rogers has you.

"The rain may go down,
But you can't go down.
You're bigger than any bathroom drain.
You can never go down
Can never go down
You can never go down the drain."




Lesson 3: Talk about your feelings. If you know what to do with your feelings, you can do anything.

Mister Rogers went to Congress to talk about his feelings.

He was like, "By the way guys, people can't deal with their feelings and they're hurting each other."

 

And then he straight up was like, "Hey congressmen, can I sing you a song?"

And he did.

 

And that's how he won over a grouchy old senator and got millions of dollars of funding for his show.

Lesson 4: Dress down! The only thing that matters is who you are inside anyway.

It's OK to be comfortable.

Here's some more of his beautiful song:

"But it's you I like —
Every part of you,
Your skin, your eyes, your feelings
Whether old or new.
I hope that you'll remember
Even when you're feeling blue
That it's you I like,
It's you yourself,
It's you, it's you I like."







Back to the lessons.

Lesson 5: It's good to be curious and imagine new things.

CRAYONS!!!!!

 

Remember when he took you to the crayon factory? No one questions how crayons are made because Mister Rogers changed your life when he showed you how your favorite writing utensil came to be.

Mister Rogers was ready to learn, he was curious, and he thought that, like, EVERYTHING was interesting.

Even cassette players!

(Yes. That is what cassette players looked like!)

Best question ever, right here:

WHAAATTTTT?!

Get out of your life and into your mind. It's called imagining.  

Lesson 6: Remember the helpers in our world.

Maybe even be one of the helpers. Feel the feelings.

Lesson 7: Like other people. Like yourself!

"I'm just so proud of all of you who have grown up with us, and I know how tough it is some days to look with hope and confidence on the months and years ahead. But I would like to tell you what I often told you when you were much younger: I like you just the way you are." — Mister Rogers

Lesson 8: Remember that everyone is your neighbor. I mean everyone.


Imagine if we lived in a world where we realllllllly thought that everyone was reallllly our neighbor.

That's Mister Rogers' world.

People from Ferguson.

People from halfway around the world.

People on your street! (Your literal neighbors!)

EV-ER-Y-ONE.

Sing me your song, Mister Rogers.

"So, let's make the most of this beautiful day. Since we're together we might as well say: Would you be mine? Could you be mine?

Won't you be my neighbor?"

We can live in this neighborhood. How about we grow that idea in the garden of our minds?

Mister Rogers taught us a special thing about ideas in the gardens of our minds.

All you have to do is think, and they'll grow.

Happy birthday, Mister Rogers. And thank you.

FOR EVERYTHING. And your special songs. :)

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

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Images courtesy of Meta’s Community Voices film series

Her non-profit, The Hydrous, combines science, design, and technology to provide one-of-a-kind experiential education about marine life. In 2018, Hydrous produced “Immerse 360”, a virtual underwater journey through the coral reefs of Palau, with Dr. Woolsey as a guide.

Viewers got to swim with sharks, manta rays and sea turtles while exploring gorgeous aquatic landscapes and learning about the crucial role our oceans play—all from 360° and 3D footage captured by VRTUL 2 underwater storytelling VR cameras.


Hydrous then expanded on the idea to develop two more exciting augmented adventures using Meta Quest 2 technology: “Expedition Palau,” a live event where audiences can share a “synchronized immersive reality experience”, which includes live narration from Woolsey, and “Explore,” a “CGI experience” to enjoy the magic of the ocean at home.


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“I’ve been extremely fortunate to explore and study coral reefs around the world,” Woolsey said, sharing that it was “heartbreaking” to see these important habitats decay so rapidly while the latest scientific reports did not clearly lead to widespread compassionate action.

“How do we care about something we never see or experience?” she reflected. As she discovered, virtual reality would be a powerful solution for eliciting empathy. “VR has the ability to generate presence and agency and make you feel like you’re there. It's that emotional connection that can bridge scientific discovery and public understanding”

The combination of virtual reality and the ocean’s natural breathtaking beauty is, as Woolsey puts it, a “match made in heaven” for getting people more engaged in ocean education. “When you’re floating you can look up and down and all around you…seeing a school of fish surrounding you and reefs in these cathedral-like structures. Rather than watching a video of a scientist, you get to become the scientist.”

Hydrous also has special kits to provide middle school students hands-on learning about ocean life. In addition to a journal, activity cards and a smartphone VR viewer, each kit includes lifelike 3D printed model pieces of a coral reef so that middle school students can try building their own.

These reef models even turn white when temperatures rise inside the aquarium, which mimics the real “bleaching” that corals endure when they die due to higher than normal ocean temperatures. Students really do become scientists as they figure out how to bring color back to their reef.

While it’s true that the health of our oceans affects us all, the growing threats our oceans face—pollution, overfishing, climate change—don’t always affect us on an empathetic level. Through the use of technology, Woolsey has created an innovative way to connect hearts and minds to one of the Earth’s most important resources, which can inspire real and lasting change.

“We can’t bring everybody to the ocean, but we’re finding scalable ways to bring the ocean to everyone.”

To learn more about Hydrous, click here.

via UNSW

This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

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