Breakthroughs

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Patagonia put its money where its mouth is by refusing to sell to clients that destroy the environment.

When the anonymous creator of the hilarious “Midtown Uniform Instagram page  moved from Los Angeles to Murray Hill in New York City, they were shocked by the number of residents — many of whom work in the finance industry — that wore the same outfit: button-down shirt, a pair of slacks, and a Patagonia fleece […]

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How ‘micro museums’ are spreading the love of science to everyone.

When’s the last time you visited a science museum? Maybe it was on a field trip when you were in fifth grade, or perhaps it was when you were visiting a new city and you heard that their natural history museum had some cool dinosaur bones exhibit. Or maybe your kids needed an idea for […]

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He grew up around oppressed women. Now he’s fighting for their rights in a brilliant way.

Growing up in rural Kenya, Nick Oketch became acutely aware of how differently women and men were treated there. In his small village in Siaya County, which is in the western part of Kenya, things like forced arranged marriages, wife battering, and polygamy were commonplace. Oketch’s own two sisters were married off when they were […]

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A year after Hurricane Harvey, J.J. Watts foundation has done incredible things.

Photo by SC National Guard/Flickr The silver lining to the dark cloud of tragedy are the heroes who emerge to help those whose lives have been devastated. One year ago, Houston, Texas was devastated by Harvey, the most deadly and costly hurricane in American history. Harvey took an estimated 88 lives and caused over $200 […]

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A terrifying prediction from 1912 is so creepily accurate that people think it’s fake. It’s not.

A newspaper article in 1912 warned about climate change. The debate over coal continues to rage across America. As recently as the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump was talking up “clean coal” while Hillary Clinton was on the defensive about what to do about people working in the coal industry. But it turns out, experts […]

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Horrified by how much plastic is in the ocean, this girl ramped up her recycling game.

Miranda Legg has always known the recycling basics, but she didn’t realize just how harmful plastic can be if not recycled properly until she visited a sea turtle hospital in Florida. At the time, she was a sophomore in high school, and she recalls seeing helpless sea creatures living with injuries, sometimes permanent ones, that […]

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HeLa cells have saved millions of lives, but they were taken without her consent.

When Henrietta Lacks died of cancer in 1951, she and her family had no idea her tragic passing would change the world. Shortly before her death, scientists harvested cells from her body that would directly lead to breakthroughs in AIDS research, leukemia, flu treatments, and the polio vaccine. Then, most cell samples taken from patients […]

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Trump tweeted 80 times since Maria hit Puerto Rico. Guess how many were about the storm?

Since the outer bands of Hurricane Maria began whipping Puerto Rico on the evening of Sept. 19, President Trump has published 80(!) original tweets. The vast, vast majority of them — as you may have guessed — were not about the deadly storm or his administration’s response to it. To get a better sense of […]

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