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Keren Landman

21 April 2017

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Oftentimes, transgender health care is treated differently from standard health care because many primary care physicians believe it requires additional medical knowledge, but a clinic in Atlanta is fighting against t...

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Tara Garcia Mathewson

19 April 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Living in poverty can impact brain functioning due to the consistent stress and can lead to difficulty with problem solving, decision making, and goal setting. A Boston-based project, EMPath, addresses this issue by ...

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Liza Mundy

April 2017

California, United States

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Many companies in Silicon Valley, such as Google and Facebook, use unconscious-bias training to address the lack of workforce diversity and accusations of a culture of sexism and racism. Evidence does not support the...

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Hannah Hoag

17 March 2017

Reykjavík, Iceland

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As arctic sea ice continues to melt at alarming rates due to climate change, new concerns about increased exposure of these virgin waters to the ravages of commercial fishing arise. Taking lessons from the population ...

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Linda Geddes

14 March 2017

Rjukan, Norway

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In Scandinavian countries, where daylight is very limited during the winter months, residents are more prone to seasonal affective disorder. To combat this, a town square In Norway has mounted mirrors that create a hi...

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Isabel Henderson

1 March 2017

La Paz, Bolivia

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In La Paz, local government is using people dressed in zebra costumes to direct traffic and change the behavior of people who break the rules. La Paz borrowed the idea from Antanas Mockus, the former mayor of Bogota, ...

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Olga Khazan

18 February 2017

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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A mixture of intense therapy and the use of psilocybin—‘magic mushrooms’—has been successful with helping people break nicotine addictions. While many therapies only treat surface symptoms, psilocybin—administered in ...

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Linda Kinstler

2 February 2017

Sweden

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In order to address propaganda, Scandinavian governments have delivered a consistent counter-message, provided training for government workers, and fostered a sense of local identity. These steps have mitigated the im...

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Emily Richmond

27 January 2017

Pittsfield, New Hampshire, United States

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Schools nationwide are dealing with the ramifications of social media and cyber bullying. Pittsfield Middle High School in New Hampshire has created a new elective, “Drop the Drama,” where students discuss bullying an...

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Emma Young

19 January 2017

Reykjavík, Iceland

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Researchers in Iceland were able to cut youth drug and alcohol consumption substantially through a new set of laws and after school programs. Now there are curfews for children and stricter drugs and alcohol age limit...

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Bourree Lam

28 December 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The unemployment rate for individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum is a whopping 58%, but a number of pilot programs at big companies are working to increase what is being called "neurodiversity" in the workplace....

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Adrienne LaFrance

12 December 2016

Netherlands

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By mapping links onto satellite imagery, Radio Garden provides an easy way to listen to the online broadcasts of radio stations around the world. Through these broadcasts, a listener can expand their cultural awarenes...

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Tanya Paperny

11 December 2016

Deer Isle, Maine, United States

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The small community on Deer Isle in Maine struggled to keep students in school; many felt that a diploma was unnecessary, since they could drop out and make good money by in the lobster fishing industry. But the local...

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James Hamblin

29 November 2016

Cuba

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Cuba spends $813 per person annually on health care and provides better care than the U.S., which spends $9,403 per person annually. In the Cuban health care system, doctors use regular checkups to identify at risk pa...

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Jon Marcus

23 November 2016

Canada

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In Canada, just under ten percent of indigenous adults hold university degrees. Canadian universities are working to make college campuses more welcoming to indigenous communities that have historically been subject ...

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Ann Schimke

9 November 2016

Colorado, United States

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Providers Advancing Student Outcomes, or PASO, is run by Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition and helps early childcare providers learn critical skills to enhance children's socio-emotional skills. Many of the particip...

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3 November 2016

Spearville, Kansas, United States

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Small towns across America are leading the shift towards renewable energy. Part of a series called "American Futures", this video visits Kansas, Pennsylvania, and California to learn more about green initiatives in bi...

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Timothy D. Walker

15 September 2016

Finland

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Some European schools have long championed free play in the woods as a way to combat the increasingly mainstream idea of "nature-deficit disorder." In Finland, enthusiastic teachers dedicate all of Friday to outdoor "...

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James Fallows

11 September 2016

Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

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Erie, Pennsylvania transforms standard casino revenue into community development funds to jumpstart the city's urban and economic planning. An innovative initiative sets aside a percentage of revenue for city-wide dev...

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Deborah Fallows

9 September 2016

Eastport, Maine, United States

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Creating spaces for art and artists to thrive can have a positive impact on a city’s economy. By converting disused buildings into studio spaces and galleries for artists, the Tides Institute and Museum of Art (TIMA) ...

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Leah Todd Lin

7 September 2016

Alamosa, Colorado, United States

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ERs are often ill-equipped to handle mentally ill patients and cause them more stress than they do help, furthermore, these recurring patients are costly. Mi Esperanza, a wellness center in CO, reduces unnecessary and...

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Ed Yong

8 August 2016

Cairns, Australia

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The dengue virus is spread by mosquito and infects 400 million people every year with no vaccine or successful treatment. Scientists have started to inject mosquitoes with a bacteria they have found to stop the virus ...

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Deborah Fallows

13 June 2016

Ajo, Arizona, United States

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In remote Ajo, Arizona, the Desert Senita Health Center acts as the region’s on-stop shop health clinic as well as the community's health advocate. From providing medical care to implementing tactics to break the comm...

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James Fallows

9 June 2016

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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The Firstbuild "microfactory" in Louisville, Kentucky is one of many businesses across the country that, rather than focusing on giant consumer bases, aims to close the mind-to-market gap by investing in small, niche ...

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Deborah Fallows

1 June 2016

Ajo, Arizona, United States

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Ajo, Arizona is home to a growing collective, collaboration of local agriculture and food-based initiatives. The small town coordinates actors from schools, restaurants, the farmers’ market, local gardens, and communi...

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