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

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…

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 🦗

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…

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. 😊

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.

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…

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

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…

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

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. ⬆️

An introduction to space exploration and technology.

Five… Four… Three… Two… One…


And lift off!

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…

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.

Yep, you read that right!

Whales can help halt or reverse the effects of global warming.

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!

Adara Hagman

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

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