Today’s Solutions: May 17, 2022

Education

Great minds lead to great solutions. Our education section features solutions and innovations directed at strengthening educational systems around the world.

Algae computers

Algae powered a basic computer for over six months

Sometimes it can be pretty difficult to imagine our highly technological society coexisting with the natural world. A lot of the time, we seem to live our lives entirely online, in this realm not only completely separated from nature, but also from physical space itself. However, scientists from Read More...

Jumping Spider

A species of East African jumping spider targets recently fed mosquitoes

The enemy of my enemy is my friend, so the saying goes. As it turns out, this applies to humans and the natural world as well. Mosquitoes are the prime movers of malaria around the world, and scientists have worked hard to eliminate mosquitoes’ spread of this deadly disease. Yet, another species Read More...

young man delivering standup comedy

Standup comedy course helps support men at risk of suicide

Here at The Optimist Daily, we believe wholeheartedly in the power of healing through laughter, joy, and a positive outlook—and it seems as though the UK National Health Service (NHS) is on the same page. Mental health problems are on the rise for people of all ages and walks of life, and as Read More...

Starling Murmuration

How do massive flocks of starlings fly in perfect unison?

Have you ever watched a flock of birds fly, turn, and dive in what seems like perfect unison? You might look at this and assume that a lead bird is determining the directions of the flock, or that they are collectively responding to small changes in the wind.  All of those are good guesses, but Read More...

little girl in pink dress celebrates with confetti in the air

Why it's important to teach kids how to celebrate themselves

This past year put many milestones, events, and special occasions on hold, especially for young ones growing up during a global pandemic. However, the importance of celebrations should not be overlooked, particularly now. While children are motivated at school by praise and recognition, for Read More...

Crumpled newspapers that publish false news in different foreign languages are thrown out in the trash as an illustration of fake news.

How to use a reverse image search to spot fake news

If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that “fake news” has found its home on social media. While fake posts are often news stories, they can also be images that people share, sometimes without the knowledge that what they’re sharing isn’t factual.  As we have previously Read More...

Single sad teen holding a mobile phone lamenting sitting on the bed in her bedroom with a dark light in the background representing teen anxiety.

Why teen anxiety is on the rise and how to help

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, so here at The Optimist Daily, we want to shine a light on this important subject. We're committed to helping break the stigma around mental illness, educating more people, and showing solidarity with those who are impacted by them. Over the past two years, Read More...

mother and daughter have a conversation by the window

The warning signs of youth suicide and how to respond

Growing up is tough, especially for the current generation that has had to push through a global pandemic, climate anxiety, political unrest, and general uncertainty in almost all aspects of life. The building pressure and the looming unknowns can bring anyone down, especially young people who are Read More...

Heart Tattoo

Medicinal tattoos that detect blood oxygen levels and more

Most of us remember mood rings, right? Purple meant happy, and black meant stressed and every color in between was every mood in between. Some, even physiologists, believe there is some accuracy to this, corresponding to the temperature of one’s body depending on their mood, but what if there was Read More...

woman on a jog breathing deeply

3 free longevity hacks for a longer life

There are a lot of habits that we can incorporate into our day-to-day lives that will help us extend our time on this earth. However, there are three that stand out, not just because they’re effective and simple, but they’re also cost-free.  Hydration We talk about hydration a lot here at Read More...