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Check out writings from our CEO, John Mason

John had his first work published in the 1960's and continues to be very active writing books, magazine articles, newsletters and blogs (including this one).

He has had over 50 printed books and more than 80 eBooks published; has been editor for four different magazines; and today owns and operates a business that runs distance education colleges and publishing businesses in both Australia and the UK.

This blog presents extracts from work he has written both alone, and in collaboration with his staff; both old and new; and musings about what is happening in his world today.

We also think of cats as aloof and only wanting us when they want something.  But new research suggests that this is not the case.
 
We all know capsicums as the vegetable that can be eaten fresh or cooked; or used to add flavour to a huge range of dishes, from Asian stir fries to Mediterranean dishes and Mexican chilli beans.
 

How we perceive the world around us has been one of the greatest mysteries of the human world. How we see, how we hear, how we smell.

We still did not understand how our nervous system senses and interprets information from our environment in how temperature and mechanical stimuli (For example, if something brushes against us, such as a hair or something else) are converted to electrical impulses in our nervous system. 

Joint Nobel prize winners Julius and Patapoutian further advanced our understanding of the sense of touch.
 
Is it worthwhile growing your own?
 

Trees Social Distance Distance Too

It’s not just humans who are having to social distance at the moment. This is something that trees have been doing for hundreds of years, for the same reasons, to protect themselves.  We might be trying to protect ourselves from the dreaded COVID-19 and its variants, but trees are thought to stay a distance from each other to prevent the spread of leaf eating insect larvae.