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Connective Tissue: Explorers Symposium (Day 1) and National Geographic Awards

We are always part of interrelated processes of momentary events. That is what one of my mentors in college used to explain to us, his students, during the Buddhist Philosophy course. He was teaching us about the interconnectivity of it all, according to a buddhist system of thought called abhidharma. Nothing is independent. Everything is interdependent….

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Using drones and machine learning to measure plastic pollution on beaches

By Owen Agnew It’s hard to keep track of how much plastic is in the ocean. We’ve all heard about the floating garbage gyres in the Pacific, but it’s such a large problem that it defies statistics. Scientists estimate that anywhere from 5 to 13 millionmetric tons of plastic trash make it into the world’s oceans…

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Apocalyptic Skies, Junkyard Sharks, Forgotten Spaceships, New Friends — Four Tales of the Red Sea

Returning to sea for the first time in nearly a decade brought back memories of the wildest three weeks of my life — when we sailed Mir down the Red Sea in July 2010 during her maiden voyage from Malta to Singapore and were faced with suffocating heat, sun-blotting dust, grumpy sharks, and the very…

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This is not the first time that immigrant children have been at risk. Here is the story of a moment when public intervention helped.

Lately, the news about immigrant children have been bleak. The stories have been controversial, heartbreaking, and deeply disturbing. When one story, a story about immigrant children being lost by the US government, proved to be untrue, there was a moment of hope: perhaps all the horrors along the US-Mexico border that we had heard of…

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It’s the National Geographic Bee’s 30th Anniversary! Here Are Some Past Highlights

The week geography trivia enthusiasts look forward to the whole year is finally here. The 2018 National Championship of the National Geographic Bee will be held at the Grosvenor Auditorium at National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, D.C. this coming Wednesday, May 23. From the 54 state and territory champions, 10 finalists will be competing…

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Meet the Indigenous Leaders Who Are Lighting a Fire on Climate Change: A 3-D Journey Through the Australian Bush

By: Erin Myers Madeira and Tyronne Garstone Aboriginal people have been managing the land in Australia for more than 50,000 years, and traditional practices like fire management have shaped the landscape. The decline of these practices over the last two centuries due to displacement of Indigenous people has caused the Kimberley region to suffer. Learn…

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Hip-hop, Trash & Taipei: The Video

I spend a lot of time thinking about how people perceive trash. Adjectives like “dirty,” “gross,” and even, “whatever,” top the list. But I rarely hear the word “resource.” ‘Waste’ begins as a resource and transforms into a product. We then use and dispose of it. This linear “take-make-dispose” method is followed almost unconsciously; in fact,…

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Un Enfoque Divertido para los Educadores para Involucrar a los Estudiantes en Biodiversidad de Insectos & Cambio Climático

Los insectos generalmente no son muy atractivos a los ojos de muchos, fuera de las coloridas y “carismáticas” mariposas y escarabajos. ¿Cómo mostrar a las moscas y “gusanos” de una manera interesante y atractiva? El secreto está en exponer las vidas secretas de los insectos. ¿Sabías que puedes usar “gusanos” para ver si el agua del río es buena…

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A Fun Approach for Educators to Engage Students in Insect Biodiversity & Climate Change

  Insects are not generally appealing to most, outside the “charismatic” colorful butterflies and beetles. How can flies and “maggots” be presented in an interesting and appealing way? The secret lies in exposing the insects’ secret lives. Did you know that you can use “maggots” to see if the water from a stream is good to…

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