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This Olympics we have seen records broken, ceilings shattered, and remarkable feats of athleticism. Are athletes really getting better or is there something else happening here? Here’s the remarkable answer…
What is our place in the grander scheme of history, the universe, and life beyond earth? Here are some insights from Carl Sagan that give us a little perspective on where we are within it all.
By Dr. Lynda
In tough economic times, have you ever heard someone rant about how worthless some science research can be? Here’s what I’m going to add to that conversation next time! Take a look…
[ Animals ]
What if we could fly along with the snowy owl as it made its migration? An NPR team decided to follow the remarkable journey of Baltimore, the most studied snowy owl in history, to get a glimpse at what the lives of these mysterious creatures looks like!
Growing up a great number of us probably wanted to be an astronaut or an archaeologist, but what if you could have been both? Yes, space archaeology is here, and soon, we will be able to become citizen space archaeologists!
With all of our advancements in technology, we have seen little innovation when it comes to how we power all of our new gizmos and gadgets! What would a future with a smarter energy grid look like and how would that come to benefit us all?
[ Art ]
What if we were able to use our unique life experiences to push the boundaries of possibility? Danielle Feinberg is a Pixar animator who takes her love for art, technology, and science and brings them together to create movie magic. Here is her story!
[ Animals ]
For millennia, we have sought to explore the ocean’s depths. This journey is as harrowing as it is beautiful. Join us as we explore this history and the first remarkable craft that took us to unexplored worlds on our own planet…
[ Design ]
How will drones shape, or reshape, possibility in the future? In this beautiful and fascinating TED Talk, innovator Raffaello D’Andrea, along with some of his drones, lays out what the future may have in store for us!
[ Creativity ]
By Dr. Lynda
What happens when your limitations force you to recreate reality? For the cutting-edge musician Beardyman, the desire to push the boundaries of what is possible with the human voice have opened up a new musical and creative world.
[ Animals ]
How can we police large swaths of endangered rainforest with something we all have at home? The incredible startup Rainforest Connection is taking our old cell phones and giving them a second life as protectors of some of the most at-risk habitat on the planet!
Sally Ride was the first American woman in space, but her path to becoming an icon for equality was riddled with moments that exemplified why diversity is so very important to progress. Here are some of those stories in her own words…
[ Art ]
Can technology spark a new creative wave? A collaboration between Intel and Ars Electronica to create Drone 100, a record-breaking spectacle of music, light, and technology, is changing the future of technology and the awe it can inspire.
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…
[ Business ]
We hardly ever think about the ways the media we consume affects us, or the power we have when it comes to dictating what we all learn from in the news. It turns out, we have more power than we think when it comes to deciding how positive, balanced, and worldly our media is!
This is the tale of how an ax-wielding nun, a medieval text, and modern science came together to find a cure to one of today’s greatest medical dilemmas. Get ready for an incredible story of discovery…
What happens when you use drones to explore the depths of one of the world’s most active volcanoes? We join explorer and filmmaker Sam Cossman on his journey to discover life at the edge of one of the planet’s most hostile environments!
Dark matter appears to be all around us, and yet it is incredibly difficult to detect. This frontier of science is changing not only the way we understand the composition of our universe, but also our place within it!
[ Culture ]
Out in the middle of the desert is a place revered by a special group of people. This place is not a religious site, a natural wonder, or the resting place of an important person. It is a phone booth. And it’s story has become a global phenomenon.
[ Design ]
What’s the big deal with something called “Squishy Robot Fingers”? For marine biologists, this new innovation is a groundbreaking way to conduct research on the ocean’s most delicate organisms.
[ Education ]
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!