These Child Prodigies Stepped Up to Change the World We Live In

Unbridled creativity, fearlessness, optimism, sharp senses and a fresh outlook on the world. These are the qualities that make children so special, and that adults often spend their lives trying to regain after they are changed by time and experience. Every now and then, a child is born that is truly something else. Hyper intelligence, altruism, boundless...

Tons of Guns, But No Mass Shootings: What We Can Learn From the Swiss

Switzerland has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world, with over 2 million firearms in circulation of its 8.2 million citizens. Swiss citizens regularly learn to shoot when they are still children, and the country even hosts national shooting competitions for kids aged 13-18. And yet, in 2016 there were only...

Scientists Say Exercise Should Be Prescribed To Some Patients Before Depression Meds

If you ask most Americans what the greatest country on Earth is, most would emphatically say “The United States!” But there’s a troubling statistic that cuts to the heart of that sentiment: Americans take more antidepressants than people in any other country. According to Business Insider, 11% of Americans over the age of 12 take...

This Eleven Year-Old’s Invention is Why We Need More Women in Science

Recently, the Young Scientist Lab named Gintanjali Rao America’s Top Young Scientist, a remarkable achievement for an eleven-year-old. Selected from a group of ten finalists who spent three months working in collaboration with scientists to develop their ideas, Rao ultimately took home first prize for inventing a mobile, low-cost method to detect lead in water....

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Should We Redesign Our Hospitals to Improve Staff and Patients’ Lives?

A visit to the hospital is certainly far from pleasurable. In addition to the burden of pain, discomfort and embarrassment that is associated with our ailment, we are further troubled by the prospect of spending...

Husband Spent Years Planting Thousands of Flowers For His Blind Wife

Mr and Mrs Kuroki moved to a dairy farm in rural Japan shortly after marrying in 1956. They began their life together, raising two children and looking after a herd of 60 cows for 30...

Study Explains Why Having a Dog Makes You a Better, Healthier Person

Good news, dog owners! Our furry friends are some of the most important beings in our lives— serving as pets, confidants, and highly valued family members. We spend a great deal of our time caring...

San Diego Has an Unusual But Effective Way to House its Homeless Vets

On any given night in the United States, around 40,000 homeless veterans are left without a roof over their heads. Homelessness is a global issue with a cycle that has proven difficult to break. However,...

Early Data Shows The Coronavirus Is Awful For Humans But Great For the Planet

If there’s a silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the effect it has had on the environment. In Italy, people have been on lockdown since March 9 and the lack of human activity has...

Hairstylist’s Nature-Inspired Looks Are Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen Before

Great artists throughout history have found unusual sources for their inspiration. The pose of Michelangelo’s “David” was inspired by depictions of Hercules, the Roman god. DaVinci’s “Mona Lisa” was inspired by the artist’s males apprentice,...

These Complex, Abstract Masterpieces Are Made to Stimulate Your Brain

James Roper is an artist whose images dance in the space between mystery and clarity. He likes to pull his audience into a state of visual limbo, stimulating the brain into creating recognizable forms in...

This Teenager Created a 3D-Printed Prosthetic Arm for His Veteran Dad

Robbie Frei, just 18, recently 3D-printed two prosthetic arms—one that can play video games, and another that can throw a baseball. The first model is an adapter for the Nintendo Switch. Robbie created it for...

The Universe’s First Space Hotel is Set to Open in 2025

The world that Stanley Kubrick envisioned in “2001: A Space Odyssey” looks like it was only about 24 years ahead of schedule. That’s if The Von Braun Space Station opens as planned in 2025. The...

Kindhearted Dentist Gives Domestic Abuse Victim a New Smile

Dr. Kenny Wilstead, the owner of Marshall Family Dental in Marshall, Texas, didn’t just repair Kyleigha Scott’s teeth; he helped restore her belief in herself, so Scott could uncover the lively person she used to...

Study Shows Elephants Avoid Cancer with ‘Zombie’ Gene

Our giant mammalian cousin the elephant has a weirdly long life span. Simple logic says that cancers should be developing more frequently in elephants, given the sheer number of cells they have in their body....

Customer Leaves Astonishing Tip To Help Waitstaff At Bar Closed By COVID-19

America is going through hard times right now and a lot of people aren’t sure how they’ll make it through the next few months. The hardest hit will probably be those who work in the...

This Breathing Exercise is Supposed to Get You High Without Drugs

In recent years you may have encountered the term ‘Holotropic Breathwork’, most likely in an article about altered states of consciousness that has all the empirical fortitude of a Goosebumps book. Holotropic Breathwork (or HB...

New VR Therapy Helps Kids in the Hospital Cope With Stress and Pain

Physicians at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford, USA are addressing the challenge of pain and anxiety management in the most innovative of ways— distraction-based virtual reality (VR) therapy. Pediatric anesthesiologists Sam Rodriguez and Thomas Caruso...

Man Removes Swastika Tattoos After Befriending African American Parole Officer

Colorado resident Michael Kent spent over twenty years of his life hating people who were different than him. He participated in violent neo-Nazi demonstrations and served as an active member in an Arizona-based white supremacist...

Disneyland Has Closed But Found a Great Way to Deal With Its Excess Food

Due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, Disneyland and California Adventure in Anaheim, California are closed through the end of March. The decision was made after California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive...

10 Everyday Habits That Are Actually Bad for You

It’s now common knowledge that smoking is bad for your health, but of course, that wasn’t always the case. Most of us would like to try and live healthier lives, but might be sabotaging ourselves...

How One of the Driest Countries Now Makes More Freshwater Than it Needs

The desalination age is officially here. With new advances in the technology, Israel – one of the world’s driest countries – is making enough drinking water to supply 1.5 million people. The country is proving...

Discovery Shows Hidden System in the Brain Doctors Didn’t Know About

Back in 1816, an Italian anatomist by the name of Paolo Mascagni thought he found something peculiar. He claimed that he saw lymphatic vessels – which function like a waste drainage system for the rest...

Dad Turns Sick Kids Into Superheroes in This Epic Photoshoot

In October last year, photographer John Rossi got a lot of attention for transforming his 3-year-old daughter into Wonder Woman for Halloween and staging an epic photoshoot. Feeling inspired, John decided to take his project...