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Just in case you needed more evidence that girls can excel in science as well as guys, here it is: fourteen-year-olds Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin and 15-year-old Bello Eniola have built a power generator that can create six hours-worth of electricity using a liter of urine as fuel.  The young women displayed their invention at Maker Faire, an annual event in Lagos, Nigeria. The Maker Faire Blog explains how ... Read More
“My aspiration in life, is to be happy” begins Beyoncé’s song “Pretty Hurts” off her album BEYONCÉ. Apparently her aspiration is to make quite a lot of other people happy as well.  On June 3rd CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder Beyoncé Knowles-Carter presented a $125,0000 donation to Embrace Innovations to provide 320 Embrace infant warmers to 100 rural health facilities in 11 Millennium Village sites across 10 ... Read More
  Meet Douglas, a beautiful growing African hippopotamus. He was found abandoned at two weeks old by rescuers with Conservation Lower Zambezi, and he now lives at Chipembele Wildlife Rescue in hopes of growing up safely and learning how to be a wild hippo. Douglas’s hobbies include swimming, splashing, strolling waterside, and sipping from a baby bottle. Oh, and playing with his two best friends, little doggies Molly and Coco. The rambunctious pair of ... Read More
Two photographers -- the fashion and fine art-minded Omar Victor Diop and the self-proclaimed cultural-critic, Antoine Tempe -- recently teamed up to create an attention-grabbing photo series. Their angle? Re-casting classic stills from old Hollywood movies with "a representative sample of the cultural scenes in Dakar and Abidjan."  The project was funded by the Onomo International hotel group, and includes images ... Read More
  There’s nothing like a lion: they’re majestic, gorgeous, and fiercely intelligent animals. Hyenas, too, are wise, complex, and deeply thoughtful creatures. Both species display amazing capacities for love and gentleness, yet they are pegged as predators; the sad truth is that humans have all but destroyed the earth’s beautiful wildlife. In the next twenty years, lions could be extinct, their African plains destroyed by human ... Read More
Unlike most news channels, we really dig CNN. Partly because of their claim on silver fox Anderson Cooper, but mostly because since 2007 every person not busy being Anderson has been tracking down do-gooders worldwide and recognizing their contributions to awesomely important issues. "CNN Heroes: Everyday People Changing the World" is an annual celebration of the power we all possess to cause true change. It also kind of makes you feel a tad selfish for ... Read More
Stella – Montecchio, Italy   For one of the most moving photo series of the year, titled Toy Stories, the photographer Gabriele Galimberti (spotted via Feature Shoot) traveled the world in search of children with the toys they loved. Moving from Texas to Haiti and everywhere in between, the artist spent time with his young subjects in hopes of discovering the differences and similarities between the way children of diverse backgrounds connect to ... Read More
  The Spanish art director and photographer Diego Arroyo takes an unusual and refreshing approach to photographing the tribespeople of Ethiopia's Omo Valley. Instead of the portraits of tribespeople we might be familiar with, those with a clinical or sociological-- and often problematic-- perspective, he navigates lifestyles different from his own “in search of the subtle” gestural and expressive fibers that tie us all together as human ... Read More
Well I never thought I’d see the day. An Obama-Bush combo. But it's happening now with these ladies over in Tanzania. Michelle Obama and Laura Bush are opening a summit aimed towards promoting women’s health in and the well-being of Africa. Michelle, while visiting Tanzania during the Obama African tour, met up with ex-First Lady Laura to open up the African First Ladies Summit in Dar Es Salaam.   The strange Obama-Bush pairing emphasizes how ... Read More
 I'm so sad that the "Barefoot Diva" Cesaria Evora died this weekend. I came across her work 3 years ago, and have been addicted ever since. If you're a stranger to her music, you must check it out--especially "Yamore," a song she recorded with Salif Kaite. Her voice is otherworldly, but I'm also enamored with who she was. Raised in an Orphanage in Cape Verde, she started singing in bars when she was just 16 years old for free booze, and eventually parlayed ... Read More
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