Watching and listening

Singapore National Myopia Programme/Health Promotion Board (from the Nature article)

Two articles I read recently have made me think once again that we — students and teachers especially, maybe — spend too much time indoors.

The first is about the alarming rise in myopia (near-sightedness or short-sightedness):

“The myopia boom” (from Nature, March 18, 2015)

The second is about the way all animals communicate with each other on some level. It’s only humans that don’t really pay attention:

“When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen” (from the New York Times, May 18, 2015)

There are lots of interesting comments on this second article, too, about people noticing the fauna around them.

“May sickness” (a time after Golden Week when people seem lethargic and unmotivated) is upon us and rainy season fast approaching. A daily dose of something “outdoorsy” may solve the early summer doldrums, help you tune into nature, and improve your eyesight as well.


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