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?
What is the “Dunbar Number”? Named after the acclaimed Professor Robin Dunbar, the Dunbar Number holds that irrespective of our socio-economic class, the greatest number of active social relationships we can sustain is 150. Regardless also of the means of cultivating relationships, it would appear that following thousands of people on social media is altogether unimportant in terms of real social relationships since the actual number of such ‘relationships’ cannot exceed 150. Professor Dunbar has given an exclusive interview to Youth Time magazine.
YT contributor Ekaterina Kuznetsova met with Victoria a few days before an exciting event called Unleash organized by young people for young people. Youth Time will be attending Unleash, so if you get a chance to attend, hurry up to sign up to enjoy the Festival & to meet a lot of inspiring people. There are a lot of youth who are eager to start own businesses but it is not always as easy as it seems. Victoria, Head of Community at Pangea, is somebody who made it but also wants to open the doors for the other youngsters. She wants to debunk the myth that young people are incapable of professional work and sufficient results. Listen to Victoria’s story of how she got involved with Pangea, what challenges does she face as a young person and what to expect from Unleash.
One of the most popular tips on how to find your career path is to turn your hobby into your job. And that’s exactly what Taliya Nurutdinova did. Beginning with her love of art, Taliya owns an art studio in Kazan, Russia and gives kids and adults an opportunity to fulfill their dream of learning how to draw and paint, and she is only 20 years old! Taliya shares her experiences on the thorny path to starting a business and offers some tips about studying abroad.
According to the latest Eurostat statistics, the EU countries produced 61 million tonnes of municipal waste, which was 4.2 % below the level for the prior year. The effort to raise awareness about waste reduction and waste prevention has generated various initiatives. The Repair Café Foundation is one of them; and, since 2009, it has made serious efforts to support sustainability and encourage local community involvement in its project. Martine Postma, its founder, provides insights on a concept which today unites 1350 Repair Cafés worldwide.
Traveling to a faraway island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, you never know what to expect. You feel restless and eager to see what is waiting for you once you step off the airplane. Then suddenly, you wake up one morning with a yellow frog stuck to your bedroom window glass, or you spot a curious centipede in the shower, or huge white parrots start singing to you from the top of a palm tree. A whole new world. Still, what was most precious about Bali was its people. They showed us many different ways to be more generous and to live in the present. So we kept listening. And each day of our journey, we became more and more „present“.
Vladimir Zabransky, a teacher and photographer, is among those who remember the origins of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival and the way it has steadily grown. He has been making photos and taking autographs of the celebrities who have visited the festival for forty-nine consecutive years. Despite having an admirable work experience, he does not consider himself a professional in his line of work and humbly treats his passion for photography as a mere hobby. However, it's a hobby that has brought him global recognition and appreciation.