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An Olympic Fall

Every four years, I am inspired by the Olympic portrayal of the best of human strength and spirit that brings together nations unlike any other event. Thanks to Canadian sprinter Jenna Martin, I found this astounding example of an Olympic Fall. It is a race emblematic of the value of falls, and failures in our…

Global Hunger Games

Hunger Games – World Food Programme. Hunger Games portrays a grim future in which the “bottom 99%” must ration their food to reduce the chance that their children will be sent as “tributes” to compete in a game to the death. But – What if, together, we can identify thousands of new paths out of…

Mindful Elephants Don’t Stomp on Grass

Photo source. “There’s an African saying: When the elephants fight, the grass suffers.” Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim on the greatest challenge in global health, in a recent interview with Charlie Rose, pointing out that the “poorest of poor suffer the most.”

Punching My Sister: Sir Isaac Newton

Netwon’s Apple Gravity (SodaHead). Sir Isaac Newton punching his sister? How about pricking a friend with a pin?

Photo source, Stephanie Taylor. Denver Broncos Quarterback Tim Tebow, as discussed in my last post has captured America’s attention because of spectacular athletic skills and his – some say – shameless display of his religious faith.

This is a story of two fetching women, one known for glitz and vacuous socializing, one known for serious news commentary and for reinventing the television morning news show format. Yes, as my title reveals, they are Paris Hilton and Mika Brzezinski whose paths crossed unwittingly, emblematic of American female beauty and brains.

Young People Can’t {Can!} Do Real Science

“We also discovered that science is cool and fun because you get to do stuff that no one has ever done before.” With my academic training and years of reflecting on how to teach science, I don’t think I could develop a more compelling statement than this, written by a group of elementary school students.…

Photo: Flickr Scott Beale / Laughing Squid This morning, TIME magazine announced their choice for Person of the Year: Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg. I am one amongst more than 500 million users worldwide that have used the power of online social networking to not only connect with others but to use this technology as…