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5 Organizations Helping the People of Iraq and Syria

This week, the U.N. released a report that nearly half of the Syrian population has been displaced by the ongoing fighting in the country. Many of …

Middle East

99-Year-Old Woman Sews a Dress Every Day for Children in Africa

99-year-old Lillian Weber has a generous heart and sewing hands that just won't stop. The Iowa-based woman spends hours every single day making a dress for small children who receive the clothing through the Christian nonprofit group Little Dresses for Africa.<p>For the past two years, Weber has made …

Since the 1970s a Man Has Been Planting a Forest Larger than Central Park, One Tree at a Time | Colossal

<p>Nestled in Northeast India next to the Brahmaputra River sits Majuli Island, a giant sandbar that happens to be the largest river island on Earth, …

Icheon Master Hand

The Benefits of Character Education

What I learned from teaching at a "core virtues" school<p>Jessica Lahey<p>When I signed on to teach English at a core virtues school, I had no idea what I was in for. I nodded and smiled in my interview when the Headmaster explained the virtues curriculum, and I parried back with everything I thought she …

Brazil's recent fight against deforestation has been a huge success

All eyes are on Brazil right now because of the World Cup. But there's <i>another</i> Brazil story that deserves just as much attention — over the last decade, the country has made surprising strides in slowing the destruction of its rainforests.<p>Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon has dropped 70% since …

Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring Clean Water To Millions

He just needs to get it to them<p>At first glance, the bright red shipping container that sits by the side of the road in a slum outside Johannesburg doesn’t look like something that could transform hundreds of lives. Two sliding doors open to reveal a small shop counter, behind which sit rows of …

Scientists bend banana genome to help children overcome vitamin A deficiency

It's the genetically modified fruit from Australia that could turn East African nations into life-saving banana republics.<p>Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researchers have engineered bananas grown in far north Queensland to increase the levels of beta-carotene, which is converted to …

New Zealand

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New Zealand

Architizer

Affordable Solar-Powered Floating Village Planned for Edinburgh

While floating homes have been the norm in the Netherlands for many years, they’re just starting to gain in popularity in the UK. Houseboats are …

Self-sufficiency

An Introduction to 100 Important Paintings with Videos Created by Smarthistory

If you have an interest in how the internet has widened the very concept of education, you may well know about Google's Art Project, a digital wealth …

Ohio surgeons hope chip in man’s brain lets him control paralyzed hand with thoughts

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Chad Bouton snapped awake at 5 a.m. He skipped coffee, threw some Clif Bars and water in a bag, and left his wife and children and robot at home. He ordered three Sausage McMuffins from a drive-up window. He steered toward the hospital. He entered the operating room at 6:15 …

Are community gardens a better way to address food shortages?

Soil samples taken from allotment gardens in the UK were much healthier when compared to soil samples from heavily farmed fields in the region. …

Farming

Teaching Grit Cultivates Resilience and Perseverance (Research Made Relevant Series)

<i>Research Made Relevant</i> Video Series<p>Edutopia's new video series, <i>Research Made Relevant</i>, is about connecting theory to practice. In each episode, we …

Pedagogy

A Palestinian Student Defends Her Visit to Auschwitz

“It is impossible for me to make believe that there was no human tragedy perpetrated against millions of Jews and non-Jews.”<p>In March, I was one of 27 Palestinian students who visited the Auschwitz-­Birkenau death camps with Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi. When we returned from Poland, the …

Church of England vows to fight 'great demon' of climate change

The Church of England has said that it will, as a last resort, pull its investments from companies that fail to do enough to fight the "great demon" of climate change and ignore the church's theological, moral and social priorities.<p>Although the church's Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) has …

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In Cambodia, kids breakdance toward better futures

At Tiny Toones, a nonprofit group in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, youths learn to breakdance, as well as how to pursue goals beyond their limited …

Reading the minds of the ‘dead’

Thousands of patients remain trapped in a vegetative state between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them, as Roger Highfield reports.<p>“Imagine you wake up, locked inside a box,” says Adrian Owen. "It's a perfect fit, down to every last one of your fingers and toes. It's a strange …

The Brain

Humility in the Time of “Me”

Over the past half century, America has moved from a culture of self-effacement to a culture of self-expression: think Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, …

U.N. climate report: We must focus on “decarbonization,” and it won’t wreck the economy

So far, climate change is following the plot of an epic disaster movie.<p>In the last few years, giant megafires have burned out of control, we’ve been …

Scientific Journal Veers Into Demonology, Issues Retraction

In a major goof, a scholarly journal prints a speculative take on a Biblical miracle. Enter the stern peer review of the blogosphere.<p>It must get tedious sometimes, running a scientific journal–all that dull data, all those pesky p-values. Wouldn’t it be cool if science journals had accounts of …

James Dyson Is Designing A Giant Vacuum-On-A-Boat To Clean Ocean Trash

James Dyson invented the best vacuum cleaners. Now, with the M.V. Recyclone barge, he’s applying the same ideas to sucking up plastic pollution from the world’s rivers. We talked to him about his plans.<p>If you’ve seen pictures of the “great garbage patches” in the world’s oceans, you already know …

Nigerian Architect, Kunle Adeyemi Brings Hope to Makoko Slum with the Floating School Project

Some days ago, BN brought to you a story on the harsh reality faced by thousands of families living on the murky waters of Makoko slum in Lagos. The …