A person created in the woods of Northern Vermont where the cows are plentiful and the people are sparse. 

While pursuing a degree in Communications from Suffolk University, I spent most of my free time working in various retail and restaurant locations — developing a fascination for how people interact within their worlds. I had managed to fall deeply in love with denim, burritos, riding my bicycle, and putting my thoughts to paper before receiving my degree in January of 2016.

Now back in the beautiful state of Vermont, the bike is stowed away in the barn and I’m the proud new owner of a car payment. But I have come to learn that a place where gorgeous views, maple creemees, and locally made cheese are in abundance is never a bad place to be.

You can find me on Instagram @awhsam

Author's Articles

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Surprise! Those Are Worms, Not Stars

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Welcome to the luminescent ceiling of New Zealand’s Waitomo Caves. It may look like the lights of another solar system, but in reality, it’s home to thousands of wriggling carnivorous glowworms.

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Could Holograms Change our History Records?

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In this exhibit, you can sit across from a holocaust survivor and ask them about their story. The thing is, these people aren’t really there! So, how does this work? And what is it like for them to know their experience is protected from time?

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Don’t Miss the Rainbow River

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For a short amount of time every year, the conditions in Colombia are perfect for a rainbow to bloom in the river, Caño Cristales.

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Unleashing Creativity… A Simple Guide for All

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If you’ve ever tried to create something, you know the whole process can be quite frustrating. From finding that great idea to showing the final piece to someone, here are 3 short videos (from a few creative minds you may recognize) that can help us rethink how well we’re doing.

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Meet the World’s Fastest Animal

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Turns out, we can team up with nature’s quickest creature to increase our productivity and reduce our impact on the environment! Without further ado, let’s make the introduction.

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Bringing Music Into the Visual World

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How do you bring the energy of a song to the audience when it’s interpreted into American Sign Language (ASL)? Amber Galloway Gallego is an innovator passionately working to not only interpret lyrics but the emotions and instruments that give them life.

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You Should Really Thank the Fruit Flies

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Would you believe that your genes are super similar to a fruit fly’s? They’ve been helping us discover our own bodies for years, here’s how…

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When You (Really) Can’t Smell the Roses

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Your sense of smell is one of the most powerful and elusive of all the senses. But how does it even work? And what is it like when it doesn’t?

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Life at the Base of a Volcano

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A vast majority of us don’t live anywhere close to a volcano — especially not an active one. Indonesia has the largest number of active volcanos in the world, so how do the residents handle the constant threat? What’s the appeal? Here’s a gorgeous film that may give us a hint.

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Embracing a Language that Brings Us Closer 🙂

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You’ve probably shared a few of these in your messages if you’ve communicated through technology in the past decade, but could emotion depicting icons have an even longer history than we assume? And where could these emojis bring the human race in the future? Jenna Schilstra discusses this on the TED stage.

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What Do Bears, Frogs, and Gardening Have in Common?

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You may not expect urine to be the topic in an article about insight and innovation, but here we are. Today we discover how a few animals recycle their own to keep themselves healthy and the steps that we humans are taking to join the party!

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Dressed for Survival

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To avoid being eaten, decorator crabs have developed quite the unique ability to disguise themselves! Discover how they do this, and then stay tuned for a final, very flashy, guest crab.

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Rewriting Stories on Mountainsides

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We typically don’t want to go back to a place we had a terrible experience. But what if we did? Here’s the story of three U.S. Army Captains returning to Iraq for the first time since combat to experience something completely different.

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Humanizing What’s Under the Surface

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It can be difficult to feel a connection to something when it isn’t a part of your day to day life. But what if it could be? There are people throughout the world creating ways for us to have a closer look at what’s happening under the water, so here’s two of them. Artist, Katrina Fuller, will bring the ocean to us, while innovator, David Lang, brings us into those waters!

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Plus 1: Making a Difference with What You Have

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Seeing the need and opportunity for the music industry to be a more positive force in the world, Marika Shaw and her bandmates came up with Plus 1, an organization that has changed the way the music industry and non-profits can work together.

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Flipping Perceptions

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How do you react when someone tells you you’re incapable of doing something? For a lot of us, there are usually two routes we take: agree and shrink, or prove those words wrong. WCMX athlete, Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, chose the latter and has spent years creating history and crushing stereotypes. Here’s his story…

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The Greatness of Testing Our Limits (ft. Greenland)

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What can a climb into an unexplored environment teach us about ourselves? Today we sit back, relax, and watch as a team of athletes spend weeks journeying through Greenland on the hunt for a mountain captured in a blurry photo.

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What Claude Monet’s Cataracts Revealed

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We all know about his fabulous artwork, but we might not all know that Claude Monet developed cataracts. Lucky for us, he was able to show us how they changed his world through his paintings, and It’s Okay to be Smart gives us a deeper look into this…

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Are We Missing Our Connections?

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Do we have the power to improve our day through our small interactions with others? Today we meet one man who is doing his part by helping people feel welcome in a place most of us don’t really want to be!

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Where Could the Beauty of Science Take Us?

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Could this combination of art and science inspire a fascination for the sciences in more people? This education brand brings another level to science class!

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Strides Towards Combating the Deadliest Organism on the Planet

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Dare we propose that it could be possible that humans and mosquitos can actually become… friends? Here’s a little insight that could point the way to beating one of the most deadly and pervasive diseases in the world!

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Can Clowns Teach Us to be More Human?

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When an art form meant to highlight our own humanity has begun eliciting fear… it may just be time to look back at its roots. Today, we learn a bit more about the amazing, mystical world of clowning!

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A Village Made of Plastic

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What might happen if we placed more focus on the idea of inventing ever more creative and practical uses for what’s already been made? Why keep making more “stuff”? There’s something popping up in Panama that can inspire us all!

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The Last Hallucinogenic Honey Hunters of Nepal

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What could come from documenting some of the most remarkable human traditions? Today we head to breathtaking heights on the steep cliffs of Nepal and have the privilege of looking behind the scenes of what’s said to be the last traditional honey harvest. You won’t want to miss this!

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Helping the Blind See With Their Tongues

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Have you heard of the device that uses the tongue to transmit visual information to the brain? Today, we’ll take a look at the lives of Andy and Erik to see the potential in this amazing innovation!

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Through the Eyes of a Creative Outsider

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Art has a powerful way of shifting our perceptions. Today, we get to see that creative magic unfold along the Canadian shores when visited by the artist, Hula.

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The Deeper Opportunity in Travel

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Could we be getting more from the excursions we take into new environments? It turns out that we can find a bit of wisdom in mear travel to the next town or halfway across the world. Here’s a completely new way of looking at travel!

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When Robotics Lend a Hand

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Here’s a moment where technology becomes a bit more…human

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Swooping Into New Perspectives: Speedflying

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The inspiration to fly quietly, light as air, as been the stuff of dreams for many since childhood. Now many forms of flight make that possible, but have you heard of Speedflying?

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