What I’ve learned from eighteen trips around the Sun. 🛸

Toddler — Teenager

I’ve traveled around the Sun eighteen times on a floating blue rock — Earth.

When I turned eighteen last week, I started to reflect on the biggest learnings I’ve collected during my time on this planet.

I tried to choose my top 18, but there were so many knowledge nuggets I wanted to document + share that I ended up with 23.

Here are 18+ lessons I’ve learned from my 18 trips around the Sun:

Our life is in our control once we decide to take ownership of it.

We have the power to control what we think about, where…


A 17 y/o’s views on Nietzsche’s philosophy.

Black Panther. Wonder Woman. Iron Man.

I’ve always aspired to be like them and other superheroes…

& some villains too.


An Introduction To Bugriculture 🦗

Credit: Fast Company

What will your dinner plate look like in 2040?

I ask myself this question, quite often because I love thinking about what the future could look like and I believe that the best way to predict the future is to create it. 🔑

If the future is whatever we decide to create, then let’s change this question.

What does food production for our current food look like today and where does it need improvement?

Today (writing this in May 2020 👋🏼) the way we produce food is highly inefficient wasting large amounts of resources (land, water, etc.), is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions with approximately…


The “Not-To-Do” list, Charlie Munger, and bad decisions to avoid.

I love To-Do lists.

They help me stay organized and brain dump everything I need to do.

Also, it’s super satisfying to check off items once they’re completed. 😊

My to-do list today. I apologize that my handwriting is a bit messy. 😅

If you don’t already keep a to-do list, I would highly recommend it.

✅ They help make sure you get done what you need to.

🌞Help to relieve stress and leave your mind feeling clearer.

🎁You get to cross out or check the boxes of your tasks!

Several other reasons, but trust me they’re helpful.

I recommend making to-do lists digitally on Trello or in a notebook.

Having to-do lists gives us the ability to…


Lightsabers, invisibility cloaks, and more in this introduction to photonics.


Nanotechnology in a nutshell.

“It’s a small world after all…” — Walt Disney

It’s a small world concept art by Mary Blair. 😍 (Credit: The Walt Disney Company).

Walt Disney was right when he said it’s a small world. While we live on a relatively large planet compared to our size, the processes that make up our planet happen on a very small scale.

How small? You might ask. 🤔

On the nanoscale. Which is very very small.

In order to show you just how small this scale is, I invite you to board my virtual “It’s a Small World” boat for a ride to the nanoscale world. 🚤

Your eyes can’t see the nanoscale. 👀

Objects in the nanoworld are so small, that our eyes…


NASA’s plan to use mycelia from fungi to grow moon habitats.

(Credit: NASA)

It’s 2040. You’re one of the citizen astronauts who got chosen to go live on the moon. 🎉

When you arrive, you’d probably expect to live in some habitat made out of typical Earth materials — glass, metal, etc.

However, this may no longer be the case.

You could likely be living inside a structure grown from mushrooms! 🍄


The longevity finding that came from a C. elegans aging study.

C. elegans (Credit: New Atlas)

Yep, you read that right. Worms… yes, worms may hold the key to extending the lifespan of humans! 😎

That’s. So. Crazy. #mindblown

I’m talking about a specific species of worms — the Caenorhabditis elegans a.k.a. C. elegans, our little buddy in the picture a couple of sentences up. ⬆️

Recently, this worm was used in an aging study by researchers at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory that was able to increase its lifespan by 500%!

Before I dive into this experiment, I’ll give a brief background into a field known as Longevity and why we might want to…


An introduction to space exploration and technology.

Five… Four… Three… Two… One…

Zero…

And lift off!

Apollo 11 — July 16, 1969 (Credit: NASA)

The space race to get to the Moon kicked off a future with space exploration and brought awe to humans around the world.

Humans are curious beings. We want to understand the unknown and something many of us are curious about is space a.k.a. the final frontier. 😉

Many of us grew up fascinated by the night sky and wondered what might lie beyond it.

The idea of exploring the unknown and landing on the moon brought back that child-like wonder.

And it all began with a moonshot. 🚀

When US…


How whales can help halt climate change and how we can protect them using technology.

Nature’s solution to climate change lies in whales.

And other photosynthetic organisms.

(Credit: Andrew Bain)

Yep, you read that right!

I know that’s amazing.

When I read that I was mind blown. 🤯

Why is this so dope?

Global warming is a HUGE problem right now, due to greenhouse gas emissions and levels in Earth’s atmosphere rising at an alarming rate!

Time is running out to do something about this. ⏰

In fact, the United Nations (UN) just released a new climate report, the Emissions Gap Report 2019, that brings about greater urgency to this already pressing issue.

Shocking facts from this report include:

  • GHG (Greenhouse gas) emissions continue to rise

Adara Hagman

18 y/o researching closed-loop systems for earth + space.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store