How can you (yeah you) change the world?

In a world where there's at least one person that disagrees with your point of view,  in systems that resist change, where corruption and self interest plague the majority, in a world with exponentially increasing population and decreasing natural resources, in a society that is rotting at its core, where morals variey by an individuals background, and individuals are becoming increasingly isolated, and conforming to a subpar standard, with all the information of the world at our fingertips, at the touch of a button.  What can we do as people? As individuals? As members of a global society? As saviours? And please God don't bring up Jesus.  But really.  What can YOU (yeah you) do to change the world?  To influence society?  To fix the system? To understand better? And why can't we do it now?  What's holding us up? You can say greed, and stubornness, and nationalism, and religious brainwashing, and you can call it purely animalistic.  But what is it about everything that holds us up? Why can't we escape the mundane and frivilous? Where and when is innocence lost? Is it our nature? What's missing?  What aren't we doing? And how can you (yeah you) change that?


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'Upstreamism': Your zip code affects your health as much as genetics

Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."

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  • Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
  • Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
  • Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
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Meet the Bajau sea nomads — they can reportedly hold their breath for 13 minutes

The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.

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Culture & Religion
  • The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
  • Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
  • Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
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Golden blood: The rarest blood in the world

We explore the history of blood types and how they are classified to find out what makes the Rh-null type important to science and dangerous for those who live with it.

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Surprising Science
  • Fewer than 50 people worldwide have 'golden blood' — or Rh-null.
  • Blood is considered Rh-null if it lacks all of the 61 possible antigens in the Rh system.
  • It's also very dangerous to live with this blood type, as so few people have it.
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Scientists create a "lifelike" material that has metabolism and can self-reproduce

An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.

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Surprising Science
  • Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
  • The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
  • The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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