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Food insecurity is a problem around the world. In the United States alone, nearly 20 million people live in food deserts, areas without access to

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Paper Leaves

While walking through the forest with his grandfather, Ukrainian high school student Valentyn Frechka posed a simple question: Can paper come from leaves instead of

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Earthships

An Earthship is a passive solar home that is off the power grid and made of natural and recycled materials. They originated in the 1970s,

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The Alternative Limb Project

An amputee is often defined by what’s missing. But prosthetic limb maker Sophie de Oliveira Barata sees things differently. Known for being a master maker

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MindUP For Life

Since 2005, award-winning actress and activist Goldie Hawn has been helping kids by teaching mindfulness. Her foundation, MindUP, provides a neuroscience-based curriculum, focused on helping

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Shrimp Shell Plastic

Plastic pollution is an ever-growing environmental problem, driving researchers of all ages to find solutions. In 2016, at just 15 years old, Australian student Angelina

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Super sea sponges

Sea sponges are ocean invertebrates — animals without backbones. These unassuming creatures may also be life savers for millions of people. Since they can’t move

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Green Parking

Most parking lots are not environmentally friendly. They use non-renewable materials, destroy habitats, and create storm water runoff, requiring expensive drainage systems. Grass paver systems

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Soul Kitchens

“Hope is delicious.” That’s the slogan on the t-shirts at the JBJ Soul Kitchens. Since 2011, Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorethea have been

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The Happiness Museum

Is being happy an art? or a science? In Copenhagen, Denmark, The Happiness Research Institute is dedicated to finding out. In 2020, in the midst

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Fog Farming

The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is one of the driest places on Earth. Its dwindling reservoirs and falling water tables are forcing local communities

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Beavers Do it Better.

You’ve heard about the Slow Food movement, and even Slow Flowers, but what about Slow Water?It could hold the key to combating soil erosion and

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Plastic Pick-Up Solar Barges

Every year, two million tons of plastic flow into the ocean from polluted rivers, damaging the environment and threatening marine life and economies around the

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Free Apartments

Former Travel Channel host Rick Steves has toured the world on planes, trains, and automobiles, building a name—and a small fortune—for himself. But it did

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Forest Farming

Conventional agriculture, intended to feed the world, can also create soil erosion, poison the ecosystem, and deplete soils at an alarming rate: ultimately threatening our

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From Orange to Energy

Seville, Spain is the birthplace of flamenco dance, preserver of bullfighting, and home to 50,000 bitter orange trees. Introduced by the Moors over 1,000 years

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Dudes and Dogs

Modern times bring their fair share of stress, anxiety, and melancholy. While depression affects both men and women, men are four times more likely to

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Working Smarter, Not Harder

“Karoshi” is a Japanese term that means “death by overwork.” And their culture is not alone in pushing its employees too hard in the workplace.

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