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“My Stroke of Insight”: A Scientist’s Best and Worst Day

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What happens when a brain scientist studying strokes has a stroke of her own? It’s a riveting story with a huge insight for us all! Find out in today’s featured TED Talk.

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17 minutes

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A Crash Course in “Crash Course”

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Ever find yourself on the internet aimlessly clicking to find great, engaging content? Let us introduce you to one of our favorite places on the internet, the incredible YouTube channel, Crash Course!

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12 minutes

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Oh the Places You’ll Go!

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Know anyone graduating or beginning a new chapter of life? Here’s a gift to both of you! Enjoy an old childhood favorite by Dr. Seuss as read by a very unlikely source!

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22 minutes

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Reframing Our Relationship with Things We Can’t Control

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Dr. BJ Miller has some life experiences that can bring us to a new place in considering our own. Enjoy a little transformation here from his many stories that can help us right-size our challenges.

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14 minutes

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The Marshmallow Test: Predicting Success?

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What happens when you leave kids in a room, alone, with a marshmallow? The marshmallow test isn’t just hilarious, it’s actually a deeper look into human psychology!

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DeafSpace: How Inclusive Design Changes Our Lives

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Often we don’t think about how tiny design details affect our daily lives. DeafSpace is a new way of designing a world that works optimally for everyone! And once again, inclusive collaboration brings us all forward in a leap!

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13 minutes

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Important Thank Yous for Quiet Heroes

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We should all be fist bumping a custodian. “Why?”, you might ask? Take a look!

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15 minutes

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Exploring Fossil Lake

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go on a paleontological dig? On this Saturdays Around the World feature, we take you to Wyoming’s Fossil Lake in search of prehistoric life!

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12 minutes

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Bye Bye Plastic Bags

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All over the world, plastic bags are becoming a major source of pollution. So, how do you solve a problem this big? You put two driven and passionate teenage sisters on the case. Here is their story…

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30 minutes

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Wytham Woods, a Laboratory with Leaves

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Oxford University’s Wytham Woods is a place of science, art, and conservation. This incredible Laboratory with Leaves is a wonderful reminder that the beauty of nature is waiting for us in our own backyard!

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14 minutes

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How Paper Microscopes Can Change the World

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The Foldscope is a nearly indestructible paper microscope that costs less than a dollar to manufacture, and it is changing the future of education and medicine in developing countries. Here’s its incredible story…

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15 minutes

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Sharks: Do We Really Need Them?

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Since 1975, when the movie “Jaws” came out, the word “shark” has been equated with fear and loathing. But is that a fair assessment… and what happens if they’re gone? Find out with today’s fascinating EWC insights. (Our research even surprised us!)

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18 minutes

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Brain Pickings: A Fabulous Place for the Curious Thinker

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There’s a place on the web where you can press the “surprise me” button and almost always find something out of left field that will send your mind on a deeper journey. BrainPickings.org is helping to shape the future of what media can become.

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So, You Found A New Dinosaur?

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Let’s say you have discovered the skeleton of a dinosaur, how do know if your discovery is a new species? When Elmer Riggs discovered the first brachiosaurs in 1900 this was the question he had to answer. So, how did he do it?

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4 minutes

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What the Heck is a Leap Year?

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Ever wondered what a Leap Year is really all about? It turns out, Leap Years are a little more complicated than we usually think! Don’t worry, Niel Degrasse Tyson is here to explain!

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6 minutes

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An Astronaut’s Perspective on Earth

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Can a view change our perspective? While many of us may never see Earth from above, hearing astronauts talk about seeing Earth from space serves as a beautiful reminder of the broader picture we are a part of!

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14 minutes

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Kelvin Doe: The Youngest MIT Visiting Practitioner

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If you think children could be more inspired, we do to! So today, we have a bonus for you: we look at a young man who, at only 15 years old in Sierra Leone, found things in trash cans to create a working radio station, AND we introduce our “Educational Enrichment” pages!

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12 minutes

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Iris Grace Paints Through Autism’s Lens

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Today on Ever Widening Circles we bring you two amazing videos highlighting the paintings and art of a wonderful little girl: five-year-old Iris Grace.

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7 minutes

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A DIY Smartphone Microscope!

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With just a few simple steps and some cheap materials, your phone can help you explore the microscopic world around you! Can you imagine how fun this might be for the kids in your life?

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22 minutes

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Mathemagical Inspiration

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Why is math so feared in school (or at least it’s seen that way in pop culture…)? Can math be… well, MAGIC? It can! This is pure wonder. Take a look…

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6 minutes

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Decoding Dino Feathers

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Can we ever really know what dinosaurs looked like? Well-preserved fossils of feathered dinosaurs are allowing us to reveal what colors dinosaurs really were! The science behind it might not be as complicated as you think!

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9 minutes

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You’ll Love Our Friend TED (.com)

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Our new EWC Must-See TED Talks page is here! If you don’t know about TED.com, this will begin a journey of ideas for you, with many of the most ingenious people on the planet – both creators and watchers of TED Talks.

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13 minutes

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Asking Questions Without Answers

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What can asking questions without answers teach us? Chris Anderson and TED-Ed team up to help us think about ourselves and the universe in a bigger way! Check it out!

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14 minutes

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The Power of Musical Education

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How does music inspire us and transform our thoughts? While every person is unique, Richard Gill knows how powerful a musical education from a young age is to unlocking our full potential!

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16 minutes

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Do Schools Kill Creativity?

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Have you ever watched the TED Talk with the most views in history: 33 million? There’s a reason this one is on top. Great fun and a subject that can expand every single one of us, no matter our age.

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A Tale of Three Plastic Bottles

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Does recycling really make much difference? It turns out, our choices when it comes to plastic bottles make a major difference. TED-Ed explains how!

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8 minutes

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Whale Facts, The Lives of Incredible Giants

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We thought we knew everything about whales, but It’s Okay To Be Smart shows us some incredible whale facts that prove these giants are incredible creatures.

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13 minutes

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Why Should We Care About the Waggle Dance?

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This is definitely an EWC “Who Knew?” article! Learn why we all might want to be doing the waggle dance to support bees around the world. Amazing!

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Foolishness Saves the Fishing Cat

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Learn how one seemingly foolish photographer has started a conservationist movement that may save an entire species of special fishing cats.

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