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Transforming Not Just a School But a Community

Back in 2005, I visited Atlanta's truly astonishing Centennial Place Elementary School. Serving a student body of mostly poor African American students, it was one of the top-performing schools in Georgia, with a science-themed curriculum that incorporated the arts. That is, not only did students …

Hawaii County Set To Begin Plastic Bag Ban

Imagine a future where endless balls of plastic bags aren't jammed underneath the kitchen sink, where the idea of a "plastic bag holder" is as quaint as a CD rack, and where that famous scene in "American Beauty" prompts children to ask their parents about the bygone days of plastic bag …

What's Our Vision for the Future of Learning?

The new landscape presents a significant upheaval. Inventors and researchers are increasingly working independently outside academia, finding …

Reading Changes Brain's Connectivity, Study Suggests

It's no secret that reading is good for your brain. But what actually happens inside your brain when you read a great novel?<p>“Stories shape our lives and in some cases help define a person,” Dr. Gregory S. Berns, director of Emory University's Center for Neuropolicy in Atlanta, said in a written …

Creativity Is Really Just Persistence, And Science Can Prove It

We already knew that, as Woody Allen has pointed out, success is overwhelmingly about showing up. Now fresh studies help us understand why that is.<p>If we want to be super creative, we have to learn to be super dedicated. It’s a hardworking thing, as <i>War of Art</i> scribe Steven Pressfield has …

Fecal finders: how poop-sniffing dogs are helping killer whales

The dog is steering the boat, and the humans on board are pretty sure he’s leading it astray.<p>Tucker, a nine-year-old black lab mix, is an improbable character in a high-stakes detective story: the case of the declining orcas. He’s sniffing for a needle in a haystack — a small plastic container …

How Educating Girls Can Change the World

Earlier this year, I met Harriet, a 16 year-old girl from northern Uganda. She is a MasterCard Foundation Scholar in secondary school who aspires to be an engineer. Harriet's path at times has seemed unimaginable as she has had to overcome great odds. One of five children in her family, she lost …

A Miracle New Plastic, Made From Anything But Nasty Stuff

A material called Zeoform can be made from plants or recycling, but can be used just like plastic.<p>Plastic was once a miracle invention, but these days the wonder is wearing thin. Mounting pollution, the fact that plastic has an association with toxic substances, and its fossil fuel roots are just …

Teach Kids to Daydream

Mental downtime makes people more creative and less anxious.<p>Today’s children are exhausted, and not just because one in three kids is not getting sufficient sleep. Sleep deprivation in kids (who require at least nine hours a night, depending on age) has been found to significantly decrease academic …

Meet The Inspiring 18-Year-Old Who Built A Simple Water Purifier That Could Save Lives

A busy university professor didn’t have time to work closely with his high school student intern. So he sent her off to figure out her own project. What happened next will make you feel good about the future.<p>If you’re worried about the state of the planet, fear not. The next generation has it …

Intellectual Property

Design contest: Students envision appliances of future

An army of tiny flying robots won the big prize at this year's Electrolux Design Lab competition, an annual contest for futuristic home appliances hosted by the Swedish appliance maker.<p>For Mab, an automated household system that cleans the home with hundreds of flying robots armed with drops of …

Double The Fun: Monkeys Control Two Virtual Arms With Just Their Thoughts

It's yet another step toward creating lifelike, mind-controlled prosthetics for those who have lost use of their limbs.<p>Those old Doublemint chewing gum ads got it right: Two is better than one. That's the idea behind a new study, published today, that showed off a system that hooked up monkeys' …

Hope Seen In Chromosome Therapy For Down Syndrome

Some of the greatest scientific innovations have occurred because someone was clever enough not to reinvent the wheel—and instead to think of new ways to use something that already exists in nature.<p>Jeanne Lawrence is just such a woman. A scientist in pediatrics and developmental biology at the …

Instantly Identify Any Species With Your Cell Phone, Using The Barcode Of Life

As a group of scientists completes a database of every living creature’s DNA, everyone–from conservationists to border agents and homeowners battling insects–will be able to have their own easy mobile biology lab.<p>There are 1.8 million species in danger of extinction. You probably wouldn’t be able …

Habitats

Book: I Believe in ZERO

In her moving book, <i>I Believe in ZERO</i>, President and CEO of the UNICEF USA Caryl M. Stern offers memorable stories from her travels around the world, …

57 Ways to Spread Kindness and Brighten a Day

<b>57 Ways to Spread Kindness and Brighten a Day</b><p>"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." ~ Dalai Lama<p>We’ve all had those wonderful moments …

WATCH: Maya Angelou's Poem For Nelson Mandela

Since Nelson Mandela died on Thursday, there have been tributes big and small: from changing the color of the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building to musical tributes from children.<p>Yesterday, the U.S. State Department unveiled a tribute poem written by Dr. Maya Angelou for Mandela "on behalf …

Big Idea 2014: You Will Transform Your Own Biology

<i>This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers pick one big idea that will shape 2014. See all the ideas here.</i><p><i>This post was co-authored</i> …

Consciousness

Sea stars are wasting away in larger numbers on a wider scale in two oceans

Formerly known as starfish, sea stars are being wiped out on a wide scale by a wasting disease. Marine scientists describe what they’re seeing as “gruesome,” “nasty” and “grisly.” Here, sunflower sea stars off the coast of British Columbia are pictured in various stages of life and death.<p>Formerly …

Sea-Level Rise Too Fast to Reverse Climate Change: Study

By the time climate change reduces crop yields or frequently floods New York City subways, it would be too late to avert damage without better …