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Wisconsin Reservation Offers A Climate Success Story And A Warning

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A Native American community in Onadah, Wisconsin has been hailed by scientists as a town that successfully relocated before a major flood destroyed it completely. The relocation process, which included some federally subsidized rental housing on higher ground and forced displacement by federal la...

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Uffizi Gallery’s Vast Sculpture Collection Goes Online in Interactive 3D Scans

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A partnership between Venice’s Uffizi Gallery and Indiana University is providing new access to the Uffizi’s collection of ancient sculpture. The Uffizi Digitization Project provides a web interface for visitors to see the work in interactive three-dimension scans.

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Chicago Segregation Mapping Project Makes Real-Life Connections

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Photographer Tonika Lewis Johnson created a “Map Twins” project to bring together people from often strictly segregated sections of Chicago. Connecting people who live on the same number block of the north and south sides of a similar street, Johnson’s project makes visible the impact of neighbor...

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Grassroots Organizations Are Leading the Way on Criminal Justice Reform

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Local groups in cities like St. Louis and New York are organizing to reform the criminal justice system, pushing for policies that reinstate voting rights for formerly incarcerated people, changing punishments for non-violent crimes, and in some cases, eliminating jails altogether. The local know...

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A Pop-Up Pencil Museum Underlines a History that Has Almost Been Erased

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Commemorating the nearly forgotten history of one of New York City’s first factories, Jackie Mock’s installation “The Pencil Museum” places items related to the history of Eberhard Faber’s pencil company in outdoor vitrines. This installation is part of Art In the Parks, a series of public art in...

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Malcolm X. Mosque No. 7. Hotel Theresa. Remembering Harlem’s Muslim History.

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With gentrification rapidly changing New York City neighborhoods, there is a need to preserve these neighborhoods' history before it is erased. A tour of landmarks associated with Islam in Harlem helps keep this history alive and connects people to the larger narrative of Islam in America.

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Teenage girls learning science in Colorado's backcountry

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

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With a shortage of women pursuing careers within the sciences, a program based out of University of Colorado, Boulder is looking to tip the scales. Implemented by two female graduate students, Girls of Rock is open to women and people of color nationwide and provides nearly two weeks of experient...

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Urban Ecological Consciousness at Wave Hill

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The interventions documented in the exhibition Ecological Consciousness show how artists can impact people’s experience of the natural world as well as making a positive impact on nature itself. The projects include a man-made wetland park that has improved water quality, urban gardens made in co...

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People are donating their frequent flyer miles to reunite families separated at the US-Mexico border

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Donating frequent flyer miles is a powerful way to help people experiencing disaster. Miles4Migrants, which typically transports Syrian refugee families, is using crowdsourced miles to reunite migrant families separated in the United States.

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Transforming Tulsa, Starting with a Park

The New York Times

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Gathering Place is the name of a new park in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is a large-scale creative park project that, rather than receiving funding from the local government, was funded entirely through a local philanthropic foundation. One goal of the park is to bring different areas of the city togethe...

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The Sharing Economy’s Next Target Is Child Care

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For families hoping to save money by hiring a nanny to look after children from more than one family, and for nannies looking for assurance that they won't be overworked or overpaid, the website Nanny Lane offers a formalized hiring procedure and matching service. While the site can help some fam...

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New York is giving free legal advice to thousands of undocumented migrants

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In New York City, a citywide initiative known as Action NYC is connecting immigrants with free legal help and other comprehensive services. While the city provides outreach and coordination, community organizations with more specific language and cultural skills deliver the actual services, helpi...

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