Move the World
What Will Hunt finds underground is more than just bat-eating centipedes and eyeless, deathly pale salamanders. In the dark, he finds an allure, a place that is both sacred and scientific. In his book Underground, the journalist and "urban explorer" details his expeditions through caves, mines, tunnels, catacombs, and sewer systems around the world. He has been probing beneath the surface since age 16, when he discovered...
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.
Meet Thomas Weinheimer, an army veteran whose 53-day wilderness experience on a North Carolina trail helped ease his transition back to civilian life.
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.
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.
Bird populations are paying the price for our electric lights. These volunteers are working to change that.
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.
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.
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Fear not. The robots are already here.
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We have to find ways to produce more food, faster and more efficiently
A new era of private space exploration has already begun
A new generation of hackers is rising up
The next generation of companies to change the world
On the frontlines of the fight against poverty
Breaking down the world's most intense conflicts
Anyone with a computer and an idea can move the world
Bad predictions made by some of our brightest minds
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