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Whether you're in the city or on a mountain, any water can now become drinkable. Using less power than a cell phone charger and powered by a small solar panel, this new portable device can make undrinkable water drinkable on the go!Read MoreNew Portable Device Makes Seawater Drinkable On The Go
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Taking inspiration from sharks, we now have a technology that can help prevent the spread of Staph infections, E Coli, MRSA, and other superbugs that we don’t even have antibiotics for yet! Engineers have discovered that shark skin has a unique pattern that can be duplicated and applied to everything from door handles to medical equipment to prevent the spread of deadly diseases.Read MoreThe World’s First Germ Resistant Material, Inspired by… Sharks?
New uses for algae are becoming increasingly widespread. From eating healthier, to a natural fertilizer, and to being used in a bio-jet fuel, this aquatic plant’s popularity is soaring.Read MoreAirplanes May Soon be Using Algae to Fly
Close your eyes and just take a second to listen to the world around you. Can you pick a single sound out of the noise and locate where it’s coming from? For those who are blind or vision impaired, the idea of “seeing” with sound isn’t far off. In fact, there is a growing community of people around the world who are using a technique called "FlashSonar" to train their brains to see the world around them in stunning detail using sound.Read MoreSeeing the World with Sound: How Humans Can Learn to Use Echolocation!
Step aside Remy from Ratatouille and Templeton from Charlotte’s Web! These rescuer rats trained by nonprofit APOPO might not be nearly as famous, but their work sniffing out land mines and tuberculosis is saving many, many more lives.Read MoreThese Heroic Rats Save Lives by Detecting Land Mines and Tuberculosis
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What if the moon could be our next renewable energy source? Okay, maybe not the moon itself, but a force that it’s controlled since the first oceans covered our planet: the tides. More consistent and constant than wind or solar, this energy source could be the next leap in renewable energy.Read MoreUsing the Moon to Power our Cities with Tidal Power
Did you know that back in 1977, NASA launched a time capsule into outer space? This historic message in a bottle is called the Golden Record, and it is a feast for the eyes, ears, mind, and soul. Let’s discover how scientists described humanity to extraterrestrial life forms, and see if it still holds up today!Read MoreNASA’s Message to Alien Life Celebrates the Best of Humanity
Ann Makosinski is our youngest guest in Happy[ness] Hour history but don’t let that fool you her accomplishments are much greater than your average 23 year old. Ann is an inventor, writer, global keynote speaker, and CEO of her own company! A person with aspirations this high who is able to achieve so much at a young age is someone we can all learn something from. She will show us the power of innovative thinking. How it has changed her life and how it has the potential to change all of ours.Read MoreHow to Invent Yourself with Innovative Thinking with Ann Makosinski
Have you ever tasted bacon made of fungi? Received a package cushioned by mushrooms? My guess is not yet… but probably soon! New York-based company Ecovative has created an alternative to plastic, which can save water, time, money, and the planet, too!Read MoreMushrooms Could Start Replacing Leather, Bacon, and Styrofoam in the Next 5 Years
Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols (Lieutenant Uhura) changed far more than the television game. As one of the only black women on the small screen at the time and with words of encouragement from Martin Luther King Jr., this champion for diversity changed not only the history of science fiction, but the history of space exploration. Her work became undeniable proof that if you can see it, you can be it.Read MoreBoldly Going Where No Black Woman Had Gone Before: How Star Trek Changed NASA
This caring high school senior is improving accessibility for youngsters with hearing loss by creating an app that translates Disney movies into sign language.Read MoreThis App Lets Kids With Hearing Loss Enjoy Movies
How could it be that a town with no Wi-Fi is more connected than the rest of us? Join us on a trip to West Virginia, where this tiny town is thriving without technology.Read MoreThe Town with No Wi-Fi: Connecting With Others By Leaving Your Phone Behind
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There is a wave of goodness and progress well underway, all around the world.