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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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17 minutes

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Meet the People Using Technology to Save Our Coral Reefs

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Coral reefs are some of the most important ecosystems on the planet to each and every one of us, but few realize the connection. You may know coral is in danger, but the future isn’t as dark as we so often hear. Meet the people who are hard using amazing, cutting-edge technology to save our corals and building a brighter future for us all!

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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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15 minutes

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How Teaching Improv Skills to Scientists Will Change the Future

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What would the world look like for us all if we could understand each other better? Alan Alda may be best known for his skills as an actor in the hit series M*A*S*H* but for the past two decades, he has been educating scientists on how they can communicate their important work to all of us. His methods aren’t just for Ph.D.’s though, they are skills every one of us can use to become better communicators!

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7 minutes

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This Garden In a Pool Helps Put an End to Food Scarcity

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What if an unused pool could be our blueprint to a more abundant future? It turns out that if we’re a little creative, we can breathe new life into almost anything and build everything we need in fascinating close-looped systems! Here’s one great example of a movement to revitalize our human ingenuity!

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The Mystery of the Mini Mammoths

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Fossils are the gifts that keep on giving! They hold mysteries that challenge our notions about what is possible, then leave us with new questions. So when the fossils of a tiny mammoth were found on islands off the coast of California, scientists had a multitude of questions. The biggest, of course, being: How did evolution shrink the mammoth?

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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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7 minutes

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How A Game of Chess is Changing Lives

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The most impactful innovations in the world often combine two things no one ever thought to bring together. Here’s what we get when we let young girls loose on the game of chess! It challenges many notions all at once.

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20 minutes

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The Haitian Project: A Blueprint for Solving Big Problems

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What if the concept that could change the way we all look at solving the world’s most vexing problems is coming out of a nation facing the large brunt of them? It looks like the solution is thinking differently about how we decide to start attacking a problem. And this school in Haiti gives us just a glimpse of all of the possibility and hope that can come!

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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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8 minutes

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How Fossilized Poo Changed Our View on Dinosaurs

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Fossilized dinosaur dung is one really precious gem! From these wonders (really, they are quite beautiful) we can understand the lives of animals that died millions of years ago and the details of their ecosystems. Not to mention, these fossils played a role in the life of one of the most notable women in paleontology!

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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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Fly Through London with Some Urban Bees

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Explore London from the fun and fascinating perspective of some of its smallest and most industrious inhabitants, the bees! They may not seem like the perfect urbanites but they have found some remarkable ways to adapt to life in the big city.

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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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13 minutes

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The Secrets Hidden in Your Sunday Crossword

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There’s a lot more to these puzzles than meets the eye. So what goes into making them? Why do we love them so much? And is there really any truth to the claims that completing a puzzle a day will ward off aging? Here’s all you could want to know about the world of crosswords, with a bit of fun added in! (We promise, it’s quite exciting!)

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11 minutes

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The Planet’s Unsung Hero, the Dung Beetle

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There’s a remarkable reason why there is not dung everywhere in our world. Think about it: the multitudes of creatures on this planet produce a lot of waste! So, what happens to all of it? Well, let us introduce you to one of the planet’s greatest unsung heroes, the dung beetle! Get ready to be astonished.

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9 minutes

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Save the World One Paper Towel at a Time

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Want to be a part of making the world a little better place? Here’s a profoundly simple but impactful way to start! The U.S. uses 13 billion pounds of paper towels a year! And you—yes you—can begin to make a dent in that after you learn to shake and fold.

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16 minutes

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Do You Have a Doppelgänger?

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Do you have lookalikes out there? We’ve seen the images of people who have met their doppelgängers, but is there really a face like yours out there or are our own brains just being fooled? Here’s your marvelous brain at its best!

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8 minutes

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Your World: Made Possible By Giant Fungi

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What does a 420 million-year-old giant fungus have to do with life on Earth as we know it today? Much more than you might think! (You might have to thank its early cousins for making our lives possible!)

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#DialogueCoffee: Why We Need More Difficult Conversations

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The world can feel pretty divided right now, but we have a fix for you. It’s a technique called #DialogueCoffee and it makes talking to someone with an opposing viewpoint on the world a little easier (and much much more rewarding). Here’s the story of how it came to be!

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Can Your Buttons Change the Way You Look at the World?

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It’s a simple innovation but the button is one of many small wonders we see every day. So what is it that makes the button so special, and could learning about it make us happier, maybe even come up with the next small wonder? It can!

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30 minutes

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Adventure to the Island that Came Back from Extinction

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Can we really save an entire ecosystem when it is nearly hunted to extinction? We can! Let’s adventure to an island of survival where life is once again finding a way.

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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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9 minutes

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Doing the Impossible: Reconnecting Mind and Body

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What if paralysis is no longer inevitable with a severe spinal cord injury? There is a remarkable technology in development that will, hopefully, change the lives of many in the coming years! Once again, the power of the human brain is astounding to watch. Take a look!

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Celebrating Culture and Empowering Youth in Hawaii

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How can farming blend scholarship, tradition, empowerment, and service to the community? MA’O farms in Hawaii is empowering the young people of Oahu’s Waianae coast with a program that is changing countless lives and building a stronger future!

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Single Mothers are Saving Africa’s Endangered Wildlife

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The best thought leaders among us are quick to accept the risk of abandoning assumptions. Their courage often brings out the best in others, and here’s an amazing example of that alchemy!

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Lost Wallets Proving It’s Still an Amazing World

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When YouTuber Mark Rober lost his wallet, he turned it into an opportunity see if a lost wallet could prove people are good (or not) and the results… well, they’re pretty surprising.

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Getting Energy from our Food Scraps!

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This innovation is giving our table scraps value! Impact Bioenergy has created a zero waste system to turn our food scraps into energy and nutrient-rich biofuels, all with the help of microbes.

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