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Have You Hugged an Apex Predator Today?

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Did you know that whale poop can slow climate change, wolves can change rivers, and the sand from China’s Gobi Desert is now reaching the United States? It’s all about those apex predators and keystone species!

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10 minutes

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What We’re Learning from The First Swim Across the Pacific

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Ben Lecomte is currently (right now!) in the middle of swimming 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. While this is awesome on its own, what’s truly amazing is the amount of scientific data they’re picking up along the way.

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17 minutes

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Every Brain is Beautiful: The Autism Advantage

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What if we let disabilities take a back seat and we focused on the abilities that might look like superpowers in the right setting? Let’s take a look at some examples.

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Forest Kindergarten: Challenging All Our Instincts!

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When was the last time you saw pre-schoolers gleefully playing in a muddy ditch or climbing in a tall tree? Turns out that encouraging that sort of thing might be a giant leap forward in education! Take a look…

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Bringing The World Into the Classroom

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Ever Widening Circles has moved into the classroom! Learn more about how EWCed is helping inspire students’ curiosity and connect them to the wider world!

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10 minutes

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It’s Raining Bones! (And That’s a Good Thing!)

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When it comes to animals doing good in the world, vultures may not instantly come to mind. But bearded vultures are some of nature’s most underappreciated creatures!

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9 minutes

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Why Are Coral Stressed About Current Events?

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We know that coral is beautiful and that it’s in danger, but what exactly is coral? Learning about these complex creatures helps us understand how to work to save and preserve them for the next generations!

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Iceland’s Comeback Story

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Iceland may be well known for its barren and sweeping landscapes, but the island didn’t always look like that. Here’s how scientists are using the latest science to regrow Iceland’s long-lost forests.

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9 minutes

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Meet One of Nature’s Most Confusing Creatures

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Have you heard of the Tasmanian Tiger, or Thylacine? These wolf-like creatures are actually related to koalas! How? A process called convergent evolution.

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Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Rapa Nui

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Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, is well known for its Moai. While many go to see these incredible stone statues that tower over the landscape, few are introduced to the rich culture they represent. This is the story of that culture and the people working to preserve it!

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Sisal! The Plant that Points to Possibilities

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This Kenyan farmer has invented machines that help this cactus-like plant give farmers across the world stability in a changing climate.

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11 minutes

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The Beautiful World of Bacteria

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Before you cringe, bacteria aren’t all “scary” or “bad”. In fact, bacteria are not only beautiful, they are essential to keeping us healthy and alive! So here are some of the artists and scientists who are celebrating the wonders of the microbial world.

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Masterful Mimics of the Natural World

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There are numerous species of insects and spiders (like this little friend pictured here) who have evolved to look like other animals, the natural world, and even bird poop. But how has this happened? And why?

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The Universal Language of Our Emotions

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Does your smile mean the same thing as my smile? What about your frown? How is it that we can intuitively understand another person’s emotions simply by looking at their expressions? There are a few universals in life, and our smiles may just be one of them.

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Creative Growth: Where Artists with Disabilities Thrive

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Creative Growth is a space where artists can hone their crafts, express themselves, and share their work with the public. This is one nonprofit making us rethink where our community focus actually is.

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The Fishy Side of Mussel Reproduction

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These creatures have become really good actors over the years. Slowly changing their looks from generation to generation to look like… a fish? There’s a lot more to mussel reproduction than one would assume at first glance.

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12 minutes

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Synesthesia: Wiring the Senses Together

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Synesthesia could be called a superpower, so what is life like for people who can see music or taste color? This is the fascinating science behind it all!

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The (Actual) Magic of Mona Lisa’s Smile

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Great art can be hard to “get”, but here’s how Leonardo da Vinci used his masterful understanding of human perception to craft the Mona Lisa and transfix us 500 years later!

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6 minutes

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Why Does Human Skin Come in So Many Shades?

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The way humans have adapted to suit life in all corners of the planet tells the extraordinary story of our history as a species. Here’s the science behind it all!

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8 minutes

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Visit the Water Park of an Inspired Future!

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Morgan’s Inspiration Island is the world’s first ultra-accessible water park, and this remarkable place not only connects kids with the power of fun but is spurring on meaningful innovation!

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Meet Lucas the Spider, Your Cure for Arachnophobia!

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If you’re one of the many people who suffer from a fear of spiders, we may have found a very adorable way to lessen your fears! (And if you are already a spider fan, well, you’ll love this.)

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15 minutes

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Why Does van Gogh’s The Starry Night Captivate Us?

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We’ve all seen this painting before, but why do we love it so much? The answer is a fascinating mix of science, legend, mathematics, and our place in the universe.

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16 minutes

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Abundance is Our Future!

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It’s easy to concede that the world is going to hell in a handbasket, but the data shows the opposite! Here’s the CEO of the X-Prize foundation to clue us in on where we are headed and why!

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9 minutes

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Exploring Emergence, The Universal Property That Shapes Us

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At what point do you become you? How many neurons does it take to make you who you are? How many cells? Today, we celebrate emergence, the universal property that makes us who we are and shapes every corner of our world.

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Vesuvius and Reading the Ancient Knowledge in a Charred Library

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When Mt. Vesuvius erupted, an entire society was preserved in moments. This is the kind of story that brings us some truly amazing insights and silver linings, especially when two very smart people, some ancient scrolls, and particle accelerator are involved.

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It’s a Dog, It’s a Deer, It’s a… Whale?

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Whale evolution is a remarkable story in the history of life on earth! Here’s how the whale went from a tiny deer-like animal to the creatures we know now.

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Turning Pollution into Paint: A Kickstarter Success Story!

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Here’s an update on a project we featured two years ago when it was still a primordial concept. Now it’s an inspirational story with all the elements of the best kind of progress!

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The Best Way to Improve the World Around Us

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Here is a TED Talk that could be a prescription for solving many of the world’s most vexing problems! What if we emulated some of the quirkier characteristics of the most original thinkers and idea people?

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Venomous Animals Prove It’s Still an Amazing World

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Ever wondered why some animals developed this deadly cocktail? Or why there seems to be a pattern to where these creatures are located? There are pieces to this puzzle that may just surprise you…

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