It is hardly necessary to point out that education is one of the crucial factors in economic development. Today it is barely possible to find a place on the Earth where knowledge would not be consideredto be an investment in the future. But if in some parts of the world education is a piece of cake, and young people are bewildered by the number of educational opportunities, with the luxury of choosing among the best options the market offers, in other places young adults must take part in a very competitive struggle to get access to an education. Often this involves quite dangerous, lengthy journeys abroad and separation from family and friends for long periods of time. Hussaini Garba Mohammed, Youth Time’s contributor in Nigeria, has spoken with one of the youngest Northern Nigerian graduates, Marine Engineer Ahmad Khalil Yahaya, to discuss with him what challenges he had to face in order to get a degree and his experience with untold hardships that can lead to frustration and helplessness.

Mihailo Martinovic (30), from Serbia, always wanted to be a Physics teacher in high school. However, life had different plans for him and instead, with a little bit of help from his Professors and thanks to his hard work through the years, he became a talented scientist with worldwide connections. He won the Youth Hero 2017 award for achievements in education and science at the age of 29 and was the youngest Doctor of Astronomy in Serbia at the time. Today, Mihailo enjoys his job working on a Solar Orbiter project as a part of an international team of scientists at the European Space Agency, exploring something called solar wind plasma! He also works in the Astronomy Department at the Faculty of Mathematics in Belgrade. He hopes his work will open doors to many talented young people who won’t rush to leave the country and will stay in Serbia to change the face of science from home.

Alex and Valentina are two young & brave people who decided to leave their jobs and to travel around the world. Being creatives they went on taking bunch of fabulous photos and videos. But more than visual representation, I was fascinated by the deep conclusions and profound meanings these two have found throughout their trip. Was it all so easy? How did they manage their living? From being stuck on a cherry farm in Canada to building a bed in an old minivan and feeling like pilgrims - this adorable couple has done it all. Have dreams - will travel? Read on my interview with Alex to find a few tips on how to make your travel dreams come true.

Is there more to a human being than most of us recognize? Do dreams carry messages?  Does Extrasensory Perception exist?  Does Telepathy exist?  Dr. Stanley Krippner, professor of psychology at Saybrook University – who has conducted workshops in many parts of the world and is on the advisory board of the International School of Psychotherapy – will answer these questions and more in this interview.

While other kids could not wait to escape from chemistry or biology classes, Dr. Stephanie Fanucchi, was more than eager to experiment and learn something new. Her fascination with science began at an early age and continued growing as her interest and knowledge grew as well. This year, Dr. Fanucchi became one of 15 young women scientists recognised for her innovative research in cancer and auto-immune diseases – winning a prestigious award from the L’Oréal UNESCO for Women in Science programme. And while she speaks about DNA modification, genes, cells kissing and incredible cutting-edge discoveries in the world of biochemistry and cell biology, she dreams big, yet simple dreams – to work in a biotech startup company one day and to be remembered as a relentlessly curious human being.

Technology is taking us to places that, in many instances, we never thought of. While aerial surveys of agricultural lands are nothing new, a recent startup called Slantrange is taking the aerial survey concept into new dimensions by using drones and high tech sensors to help optimize farm production. We are interviewing Slantrange CEO Michael Ritter, who will tell us about his new technology and more.

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