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November 12, 2019

These robots can lift heavy objects, crawl through rugged terrain, and climb challenging structures to save lives. But search and rescue robots won’t be rendering human first responders obsolete anytime soon. They’re designed to assist and protect them from unnecessary harm.

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November 11, 2019

These long-distance treks use the power of nature over three to six months of exploration to help heal the invisible wounds of war, and the results are incredible.

November 8, 2019

Johns Hopkins' simulated, international catastrophe is helping business, government, and public health leaders improve global pandemic preparedness.

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Veteran's Day Special
Wilderness Experience Helps Army Vet Adjust to Life After War
Wilderness Experience Helps Army Vet Adjust to Life After War
Veteran's Day Special
Wilderness Experience Helps Army Vet Adjust to Life After War
Meet Thomas Weinheimer, an army veteran whose 53-day wilderness experience on a North Carolina trail helped ease his transition back to civilian life.
By Teresa Carey
November 11, 2019

Meet Thomas Weinheimer, an army veteran whose 53-day wilderness experience on a North Carolina trail helped ease his transition back to civilian life.

Art That Heals
This Artist Heals Wounds of Violence With Tattoos
This Artist Heals Wounds of Violence With Tattoos
Art That Heals
This Artist Heals Wounds of Violence With Tattoos
Brian Finn tattoos over scars from self-harm, violence, or human trafficking for free or at a discounted rate in order to help people heal.
By Teresa Carey
November 6, 2019

Brian Finn tattoos over scars from self-harm, violence, or human trafficking for free or at a discounted rate in order to help people heal.

Redefining Success
Generalist vs. Specialist: Which Is the Best Path to Success?
Generalist vs. Specialist: Which Is the Best Path to Success?
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Redefining Success
Generalist vs. Specialist: Which Is the Best Path to Success?
How many Mozarts and Tiger Woods are there in any given generation? A generalist himself, bestselling author David Epstein says you have to give yourself permission to choose the wrong pursuit or work in a job that’s not your ultimate dream career. These small “failures” are actually major learning experiences that help you inch closer to greatness.
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November 5, 2019

How many Mozarts and Tiger Woods are there in any given generation? A generalist himself, bestselling author David Epstein says you have to give yourself permission to choose the wrong pursuit or work in a job that’s not your ultimate dream career. These small “failures” are actually major learning experiences that help you inch closer to greatness.

Birdwatch
The Dark Toll of Light Pollution
The Dark Toll of Light Pollution
Birdwatch
The Dark Toll of Light Pollution
Bird populations are paying the price for our electric lights. These volunteers are working to change that.
By Teresa Carey
November 4, 2019

Bird populations are paying the price for our electric lights. These volunteers are working to change that.

Uprising
Fear Not, The Robots Are Already Here
Robot News - Uprising
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Uprising
Fear Not, The Robots Are Already Here
From the "cobots" that could steal your job to the cuter, emotional robots already living in our homes, this series provides an in-depth look at what’s to come in the not-too-distant future of robotic technology.
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October 31, 2019

From the "cobots" that could steal your job to the cuter, emotional robots already living in our homes, this series provides an in-depth look at what’s to come in the not-too-distant future of robotic technology.

Interstellar
How to Talk to Aliens
How to Talk to Aliens
Interstellar
How to Talk to Aliens
Let's imagine aliens exist. You have the extraordinary task of crafting a message that they might conceivably understand. How would you do it? And what would you say? Daniel Oberhaus has a few ideas.
By Tien Nguyen
October 31, 2019

Let's imagine aliens exist. You have the extraordinary task of crafting a message that they might conceivably understand. How would you do it? And what would you say? Daniel Oberhaus has a few ideas.

Seachange
Ship’s Logbooks Are the First Records of Climate Change Data
Ship’s Logbooks Are the First Records of Climate Change Data
Seachange
Ship’s Logbooks Are the First Records of Climate Change Data
With the weather and ice data from old ship’s logs, Dr. Kevin Wood realized it was possible to reconstruct the history of sea ice in the Arctic to better understand climate change.
By Teresa Carey
October 29, 2019

With the weather and ice data from old ship’s logs, Dr. Kevin Wood realized it was possible to reconstruct the history of sea ice in the Arctic to better understand climate change.

The Sound of Science
Sifting Through Sound: Using Soundscapes to Understand Ecosystem Health
Sifting Through Sound: Using Soundscapes to Understand Ecosystem Health
The Sound of Science
Sifting Through Sound: Using Soundscapes to Understand Ecosystem Health
“Ecoacoustics” is an emerging field of research. Instead of chasing down isolated animal sounds, researchers are using all of the acoustic properties of a location to answer ecological questions.
By Teresa Carey
October 25, 2019

“Ecoacoustics” is an emerging field of research. Instead of chasing down isolated animal sounds, researchers are using all of the acoustic properties of a location to answer ecological questions.

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Bad predictions made by some of our brightest minds

Bad predictions made by some of our brightest minds