Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna populations (Thunnus albacares) are increasing at a rate of 3.8 percent or more per year, according to a new University of Michigan-led study. Mercury is a toxic, bioaccumulating trace metal whose emissions to the environment have increased significantly as a result of anthropogenic activities such as mining and fossil fuel combustion. With the great deal of mercury actively cycling in the environment at present, one might predict that the concentration of mercury in fish should have increased dramatically since the Industrial Revolution. However, for decades scientists have expected these mercury levels in open-ocean fish to increase in response to rising atmospheric concentrations, but evidence for that hypothesis has been hard to find.
This recent study led by Paul Drevnick, an assistant research scientist at the U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment compiled and re-analysed three previously published reports on yellowfin tuna caught near Hawaii…
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Part of being creative is being quiet. Not to say that creativity cannot be loud: it can. However, most creative individuals claim that creativity does not begin from the loud moments– not at first. Especially for those seeking to become creative, the first step should be to quiet the noise, and to notice the little things in the world that truly inspire.
Inspiration can be loud, large, and furious. But often it’s just a whisper.
Creativity comes alive in the often unnoticed moments. It’s when the steam rises from the cup of tea in little swirls and wafts. It’s when the rain falls fresh on new roses. It’s the flecks inside the light beam soaring through the window.
Notice the little things. Little things make the world alive.
The secret of living a creative life is (drum roll) to start living a creative life. Start. Do it. Begin. Now. That’s it. You just have to do it. I was listening today to an interview with Brandon Stanton (of Humans of New York) and they asked the classic question, “If you could go back in time to before you were successful, what would you tell yourself?” His response, “Just start doing it. Don’t wait for perfect.” He talked about the fact that we can spend so much time preparing or waiting for the opportune moment that we never actual start. Even if what you start doing is bad at first, the fact that you started is the most important element. By the time you get to be successful the work you’re doing most likely won’t look anything like the “perfect” you were imagining.
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