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Education
This Fearless Principal Used UFC & Skateboards to Save a Failing School
This Fearless Principal Used UFC & Skateboards to Save a Failing School
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Education
This Fearless Principal Used UFC & Skateboards to Save a Failing School

How one relentless, unconventional principal rallied an underdog school.

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March 25, 2019

Hamish Brewer, the unconventional principal of Fred Lynn Middle School, went viral and won praise for his work turning the school around. But can he rally the school to the next huge milestone - regaining accreditation?

Since moving from New Zealand to the United States, tattooed, skateboarding principal Hamish Brewer has helped inspire teachers and students at lower-income schools to smash people’s expectations. After his success at Occoquan Elementary,…

Superhuman
Hunting Down His Son’s Killer
Hunting Down His Son’s Killer
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Superhuman
Hunting Down His Son’s Killer

For years, there was no diagnosis, no treatment, and no cure — because his son's disease had never been seen…

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May 29, 2018

What do you do when there are no experts to turn to? For computer scientist Matt Might, the answer was obvious: you become the expert. When doctors couldn't figure out his son's disease, he found a way to crack the code.

Matt's son, Bertrand, suffers from an extremely rare genetic disease, called NGLY1 deficiency, which causes chronic seizures, liver problems, and developmental delays. In fact, it was so rare that…

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Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat?
Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat?
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Wrong
Did the Food Pyramid Make Us Fat?
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November 9, 2017

To address rising health problems in the 1980s, scientists and policymakers developed the US Food Pyramid to encourage healthy eating. But despite a massive public education campaign, obesity and diabetes continued to rise. What happened? How did we get it so… wrong?

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The Real Bionic Man
The Real Bionic Man
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Superhuman
The Real Bionic Man

After losing part of his arm to cancer, Johnny now has one of the world's most advanced prosthetics.

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August 24, 2016

After losing part of his arm to cancer, doctors outfit Johnny, a self-described “hillbilly” from West Virginia, with one of the world’s most advanced robotic arms. Johnny is able to control his new arm with his mind, giving him a level of motor control impossible until now.

Challengers
Powering the World With Nuclear
Powering the World With Nuclear
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Challengers
Powering the World With Nuclear

Transatomic believes they've figured out a safe, scalable, cost-effective way to power the world with nuclear.

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December 12, 2016

Transatomic is designing a nuclear reactor that can produce a lot more electricity than a conventional reactor, while creating a lot less nuclear waste. But they’ll need to take on a deeply entrenched industry and convince a cautious public that they can safely harness the most powerful energy in the world.

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Growing Human Organs in Pigs
Growing Human Organs in Pigs
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On The Fringe
Growing Human Organs in Pigs
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January 4, 2018

Twenty people die every day in the U.S. waiting for an organ transplant. There aren’t enough organs for the 100,000 people waiting for one. And there likely never will be… unless we can find a better way to source them. Enter: the pigs. A team of scientists has figured out how to grow human organs in pigs. It might make you feel weird. But it also might save countless lives.

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