How does success differ from fame? What does the work day of a musician who inspires crowds of fans all over the world look like? What is the role of luck in the life of a musician? Answers to these and other questions were given us by Ben Gold, the British trance music DJ.

Meike Bartels is University Research Chair and Professor of Genetics and Well-being in the Department of Biological Psychology at VU University, Amsterdam. After an internship at the Queensland institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia, she graduated in Psychology at the VU University. Her master’s degree is in Physiological Psychology, with a special focus on Behavioral Genetics. She obtained her PhD degree in 2003, and the title of her thesis was “Behavior Problems, Cognition, and Hormones.” We are pleased to have scheduled an exclusive interview with her.

Her name is Tara Djokic, and once upon a time, she was a rebel bored with school. It took her five years and many silly jobs on her CV to realise she wanted to be an astrobiologist. A hiking trip to New Zealand and the stunning scenery she saw there awakened in her a curiosity to know more about the planet beneath her feet. That is how it all started. This spring, Tara (30), now a PhD student at the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at the University of New South Wales, and a team of her colleagues discovered the oldest ever known traces of life in hot springs in the Pilbara region, Australia. These remains of microbial life in land-based hot springs date back almost 3.5 billion years, which is about 3 billion years earlier than previously known hot springs were recorded in the rock record. This discovery could break the belief that life was created in the ocean and can mean it all began in hot water on land. Tara finds her purpose in studying life, the Earth, and the weirdness of the world around us. This is her story.

Continuing immersion in the world of modern electronic music, Youth Time talked with Matan Kadosh, co-founder of the Vini Vici project, and learned  the outlook for the future of psytrance.

Pain killers can actually escalate the problem. We have the opportunity to interview the renowned Professor Peter M. Grace of the department of Critical Care and Respiratory Care Research, University of Texas who in his studies has found that use of opioids may be contributing towards intensifying the problem of pain and making it chronic.

It was 22th of September, Prague club SaSaZu. The dance floor was burned by recognized masters of modern electronic music – trance and psytrance. We here, in Youth Time, were curious: who are they, these people living in the world of thousands of festivals, neon lights, turntables and huge speakers? Meet David Gravell, an open-hearted, free-minded, spiritual, warm and friendly person. Talented DJ on the stage, philosopher in basic life. What does music mean to him? What does he appreciate in this world? How does he recharge his batteries?

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