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Why Are Our Phones Addicting?

It seems the world has a problem with phone addiction, so what can we do about it? Here’s how your phone is getting your attention and how you can fix it!

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Sailing Around the World Without GPS or Technology!

Without the use of modern technology, the Hōkūleʻa set off to sail around the globe. Here’s how they are preserving ancient knowledge with their voyage!

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Turning Trash into Treasures!

Precious Plastic is reshaping the way people think about plastic waste! They are creating solutions that can be used around the world to recycle plastic.

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Your Dog is Traveling Through Time… With Their Nose! 

Dogs help us in many ways and very often they use their nose to do so! So what makes their sense of smell so incredible and different from our own?

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What is Empathy and How Can We Use It to Make the World Better?

What is empathy? How can we use empathy to make the world better? Here are some simple skills to help you start using empathy more often!

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Sailing Through Space on the Power of the Sun

LightSail 2 is a crowdfunded mission to space to test out a technology called solar sailing that could revolutionize space exploration!

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Dreams of the 2020 Olympics

The Zambian Handball team is defying the odds with their dreams of going to the 2020 Olympics. Check out their amazing story of hard work and resilience!

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Conservation Success! How Out of the Box Thinking Saved an Adorable Fox

When the Island Fox nearly went extinct, scientists had to ask, why? This conservation story is a great example of how we can solve complex problems!

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What Is an Algorithm? And Can We Use Them to Change the World?

Algorithms control a lot of our lives, but most of us know very little about them. Here’s an easy way to understand what they are and how they impact us!

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Meet the Rescue Dogs Saving the Environment!

Rescue dogs are getting a new opportunity in life, saving endangered wildlife and helping us preserve some of the planet’s most fragile ecosystems!

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Teeth: the Most Underrated Marvel of Nature?

Do you know how teeth grow? It’s actually a fascinating process that started before you even had a brain! Learn more about this marvel of our biology!

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How Playing Broken Instruments Brought Them Back to Life!

When Philadelphia was left with thousands of broken instruments after budget cuts to school music programs, the community came together to fix the problem by putting on a symphony for a broken orchestra!

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What if We Turned Plastic Waste into a Valuable Currency?

The Plastic Bank is solving many of the world’s problems at once! By turning plastic into a valuable currency they are alleviating poverty and cleaning our planet!

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Masterful Mimics of the Natural World

Bugs that look like twigs? Mantises that look like dead leaves? Moths with snake heads for wings? Nature’s awe-inspiring ingenuity so often points to the fact that almost anything is possible! When it comes to some of the most remarkable ways creatures have found to survive, the tactics of camouflage and mimicry that the insect… Read more »

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Using Technology to Save Endangered Languages

How is technology changing the future of language? With the smart use of technology, we can work to preserve the languages that are at risk of going extinct and save the knowledge that could be lost!

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Why Don’t We See More Positive News?

Why don’t we seem more positive news? Progress is happening around the world, so why do we hear so many negative stories? Here’s how we can change that!

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Why We Need Quiet Places!

Quiet places in nature are disappearing. Meet the man who is saving silence to help us connect with nature and stay healthier!

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Could Flies Change the Future of Farming?

Black soldier flies could change the future of farming by helping us create closed-loop systems for our food! Find out how!

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How Cambodia’s Ancient Temples Can Help Us Plan for the Future

The ancient Cambodian city of Angkor was once home to the largest pre-industrial city in the world. Then, it disappeared, what happened? And how can we learn from their fall?

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Snake Robots: Can You Watch This Without Squirming?

The snake robot takes inspiration from the way snakes move to find new ways to explore the world. Check out how biomimicry combines engineering and nature!

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Lost Wallets Proving It’s Still an Amazing World

Can losing a wallet be a good thing? Check out this experiment in acts of kindness from Mark Rober. It turns out, the world is kinder than you may think!

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What are Dolphins Trying to Say to Us?

Is it possible to communicate with dolphins? Researchers are discovering ways to understand the communication between these animals, and now how to talk back!

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How Music Reshapes Our Brains

Music is a human universal and has a deep impact on us. Here’s how music affects our brains and the ways it reshapes us at a fundamental level.

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Our Plastic Waste Problem: It’s Not About Perfection

Reducing our single-use plastics isn’t about perfection, it’s about progress. Here are some simple ways you can get started or inspire your community!

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The Bacteria that Lights Up This Squid’s Life

The bobtail squid has made friends with an unlikely organism, a bacteria that helps it glow at night. Together they are a remarkable example of how life finds a way to survive through symbiosis.

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Bill Gates Drinks Sewage: Introducing the Omniprocessor

What if your glass of water was raw sewage just 5 minutes ago! The Omniproccessor is turning waste into safe, clean drinking water for people in developing countries, here’s how!

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Giant Crystal Cave: An Underground Wonder!

Mexico’s Crystal Cave is home to some of the planet’s most remarkable crystal formations. After its accidental discovery, it has become a wonder to see!

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What in the World is a Hexaflexagon

Have you heard of the hexaflexagon? This shape is a fascinating look at what happens when mathematics, creativity, and experimentation combine!

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Chickpeas: Doing the Hum-Most!

Chickpeas may seem like a humble food, but how they came to be loved by people around the world, and how we grow them is a fascinating look at how the foods we love make it to our tables!

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Decoding Dinosaur Feathers

Did you know we can figure out the color of dinosaur feathers? Using physics and biology together, scientists are able to see dinosaurs as they once were!

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From MIT Engineer to Rockstar

Tom Scholz began his career as an MIT engineer but used his skills and curiosity to start one of the world’s most famous bands, BOSTON. Here’s his story!

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Exploring the Salween River Before It’s Too Late

How do you save an environment if you don’t know anything about it? Meet the organization helping people experience waterways before they disappear forever!

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