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The Unexpected Place You’ll Find Your Best Creative Impulses

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What’s the key to getting our best creative impulses to surface? Well, Tim Harford believes that it’s waiting for us in the “messes”; the very things that seem like obstacles in the heat of the moment. Here are some ideas on how our frustrations and the unexpected can be exactly what we need to create our best work. Take a look!

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9 minutes

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When Everything Seems Dark, Here’s How to Find Some Light

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The next time you or someone you love faces a heartbreaking turn of events, there is a recipe for the resilience it takes to come out the other side of a loss with a remarkable sense of progress. Here’s a story that gives us all the keys to unimagined possibilities!

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11 minutes

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Is the Yo-Yo Making a Come Back?

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When you think of a yo-yo you probably don’t think athleticism, creativity, and community. For those in the know, though, yo-yo can be all of these things! Yo-yos have become a creative and artistic outlet for a remarkable community of people. Check out how a world champion yo-yoer got his start and what world champion yo-yo skills look like!

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12 minutes

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Can You Hear the Golden Ratio?

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Could there really be a universal ratio that unites beauty, nature, and art? The Golden Ratio can be found all over the place if you know where to look. But did you know it’s found in music too? Is this coincidence, on purpose, or a creative tool? We’ll let you test it out and decide for yourself!

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20 minutes

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ArtLifting: The Business of Empowering Hidden Talents

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ArtLifting began as a business working to empower homeless and disabled artists by giving them a marketplace for their work. Now, they’ve grown into a model that makes us ask: What if more businesses worked to energize the hidden talent around the world? How could that change all of our lives?

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14 minutes

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How Music Reshapes Our Brains

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Have you ever gotten chills when the right song comes on? What about that feeling of euphoria you experience singing your favorite song at the top of your lungs on a beautiful day? Is this just a quirk of humanity or is there something deeper going on here that connects us to our shared humanity? Science has some pretty remarkable answers to these questions!

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7 minutes

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Alys Beach, the Town Transformed by Color After Dark

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For one weekend every year, the entire town of Alys Beach transforms. As the sun dips below the horizon, the walls of their houses are doused in art from around the world. Check out how this unique town is embracing what they have, and giving the world a new way to experience art.

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18 minutes

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What Ants Can Teach Us About Problem-Solving

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Did you know that there is FAR more to the ant/human relationship than painful bites? Turns out, weaver ants have been used for centuries to help farmers protect their crops! And better yet, these remarkable problem-solvers have some tips that can teach us all about our own lives.

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8 minutes

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Capturing the Scents of Our Loved Ones

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Could we forever find comfort in our loved one’s smells? Artist and scientist Ani Liu is capturing their scents and creating perfumes (or small time capsules) out of them! See the impact this could have as she brings us through her lab!

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15 minutes

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Giving Our Skin Superpowers with Tattoo Nanotechnology

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You’ve probably heard of wearable technology, but what if your own skin could be used as a form of technology? What if it could tell you things about your health and wellness you didn’t have access to before? Nanoscience is teaming up with an unexpected artform to create an innovation that could revolutionize our collective future!

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15 minutes

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Into the Fascinating World of Pop-Ups!

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There are very few things in life that promise to delight and fascinate us at any age. And it turns out, pop-up books are one of them! They have a fascinating history as a practical wonder and offer a welcomed expansion of our common notions. This is some pretty fun stuff, take a look!

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7 minutes

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Medical Clowning: The Noble Job of Spreading Joy

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What if there was a way to reduce stress, anxiety, and pain for patients in the hospital without the use of medication? And what if that “therapy” came in the form of an unexpected group of performers? It turns out medical clowning can have a profoundly positive impact on healing!

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20 minutes

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Bringing the Symphony to the Street

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We have all felt the connective and uplifting power of a great musical performance. But what if you couldn’t access to those moments that most feed your soul? Thanks to the work of a remarkable organization, the residents of LA facing homelessness and incarceration, these moments are no longer lost.

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Meet the Dancer Combining Sign Language & Hip Hop

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Shaheem Sanchez lost his hearing as a child, but now as a professional dancer, teacher, and advocate he is on a mission to make ASL dance a movement. His work points to possibilities all around us, probably hiding in plain sight, if we can just eliminate our assumptions.

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15 minutes

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Walk Through the City You Didn’t Know You Were Smelling Everyday!

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Perfume has influenced our lives for more than 4000 years! But did you know many of the perfumes we know best today have their origins in the fields and flowers of one city in France? Let’s travel to this city behind some of the most iconic smells in history to learn how perfume has shaped our cultures.

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5 minutes

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The White Horse: An Effort that Links 90 Generations!

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This piece of art has been draped across an entire English hilltop for three thousand years. And we have an unbroken thread of ordinary people to thank for it being here today; they showed up unfailingly and sat patiently smashing it with hammers. Take a look!

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16 minutes

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Aging Gracefully Alongside Your Loved Ones

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What if love and laughter could replace some of the struggles we face as our loved ones age and their memories decline? Could we see them and ourselves in new ways? Here are some insights from caretakers who have found ways to bring their relationships to life with a little creativity.

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17 minutes

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How the Jump Rope Became an Elite Sport and a Symbol of Community

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Double dutch may be one of the most underrated sports out there. These young athletes combine football star levels of footwork with the flexibility of gymnasts and the speed of sprinters. Better yet, they are a part of a community built to give them the support and love they need. Now this is inspiring!

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7 minutes

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The Artist Who Brought the World Joy One Egg at a Time

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How can we spread joy with our work? Certainly, the answer is unique to each of us, but sometimes we need a little inspiration to get ourselves started. So let us introduce you to one of those sources of inspiration, Shari Kadar.

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20 minutes

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How an Engineer Created a Band that Broke the Charts

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Is what you’re doing in life what you always thought you would be doing? Could you take what you know and create something new that could never have existed without you? Here’s the story of an engineer turned rock star, whose story is one we can all relate to!

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25 minutes

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Building Futures One Plié at a Time

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In a place where violence reigns, girls are finding refuge in a surprising way—and it’s all thanks to one amazing woman.

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17 minutes

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A Legacy Left in Stone

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Stonemasonry is a craft that’s been around for millennia. It’s shaped some of the cities we know best and brought us beautiful pieces of art that we’re still uncovering around the world. But there are only a few of us left who still work with stone, so let’s see how these artists are connecting us to both our past and our future with their creations.

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9 minutes

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Gunpowder, Stars, Art, and… Bigfoot?

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When you see fireworks, you’re witnessing an art form with a surprisingly rich history. How fireworks grew from scaring away a creature of lore to the beautiful spectacle today is an incredible story that will leave you with a little more awe the next time you see the night sky light up.

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26 minutes

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Are Video Games Bad for You, Really?

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On the quest to find out the effect that video games have on the brain, researchers may have stumbled into something that could change the nature of medicine. We’re on the verge of prescribing video games, and these awesome creators walk us through it!

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28 minutes

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What Can We Do to Keep Our Life Memories?

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So many small moments happen in our lives that make it amazing. But those moments tend to sneak by us and are easily forgotten and outsized by the bad times. How can we keep them fresh? And then pass them along to our loved ones?

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5 minutes

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Transforming Pollution into a Powerful Platform for Change

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Can pollution from your tailpipe be turned into something positive? Air-Ink has found a way to turn the smog that would normally end up in our lungs into inks that artists are using to raise awareness. This innovation points to new possibilities for our future—take a look.

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5 minutes

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This Art Was Created by Bugs!

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Sometimes, if we can keep innovating, we can keep doing what we love for the rest of our lives. And as for Steven Kutcher, well, his passion for bugs has taken him on some creative insect adventures! And you may have been connected to a few of them.

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13 minutes

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Shadow Dancing Taking Us to New Worlds!

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The dance troupe Pilobolus is known for their mind-bending work and their incredible experiments in shadow and performance will completely transform your sense of reality!

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13 minutes

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There’s a Common Language We All Speak!

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You are fluent in a language that you don’t even realize you know! And it might be a place we can find some real fun and eventually share the struggle for connection.

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