Today’s Solutions: October 17, 2021

Arts & Culture

Evangelical Lutheran church installs first openly transgender bishop

The Evangelical Lutheran church accepted seven LGBTQ pastors in 2010 after the ordination of pastors in same-sex relationships was allowed. Now, Rev. Megan Rohrer, one of these seven, has been installed as the first openly transgender bishop during a service at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco last Read More...

These eco-friendly crafts use supplies right from your garden

Autumn colors and cooler weather inspire creativity in many of us. Tap into the natural resources of your own backyard this fall and put your creative juices to use with these fun, eco-friendly crafts. Pruned wood rounds and pyrography If you find yourself with larger branches after pruning trees Read More...

Restored Vermeer painting reveals a cupid hanging on the wall

Two months ago, we wrote about how researchers in the Netherlands used AI to restore Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night’s Watch, enabling millions of visitors at Amsterdam’s Rijkmuseum to enjoy the painting as the author originally intended it. In a more recent development in the world of Read More...

Australia's national rugby uniforms proudly feature First Nations art

Australia’s national rugby team, the Wallabies, will permanently and proudly represent the Australian coat of arms along with a First Nations design on their primary playing uniform for the first time in history. According to Rugby Australia, featuring this Indigenous artwork on their gold Read More...

NPR project helps family of 9/11 victims process grief and remember loved ones

For many 9/11 victims, a voicemail was the only way to communicate and say goodbye to loved ones. These voicemails have been widely shared over the years and even commemorated in the 9/11 Museum and Memorial. To honor the 20th anniversary of the attacks, NPR set up a phone booth in Brooklyn Bridge Read More...

Statue of Olmec woman to replace that of Columbus in Mexico City

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum has announced that a statue of Christopher Columbus which stands on one of the city’s major avenues will be replaced with a statue of an Indigenous Olmec woman. The Columbus statue, which was removed from its location last year due to public pressure, will Read More...

Need a laugh? Check out this year’s comedy wildlife photography finalists

Between the pandemic and climate disasters, summer 2021 hasn’t been easy, but humor is a powerful tool for helping us through tough times. Fortunately, the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are here just in time to lift our spirits with some of the best comedic relief nature has to Read More...

Czech school will be home to first 3D-printed parkour playground

Last year, we wrote about Protozoon, the world’s first-ever 3D-printed floating house. Now, Buřinka, the same Czech group that built the 3D-printed floating structure, has 3D-printed the world’s first parkour playground. The result of a partnership between the private sector, the public Read More...

Gold-covered weather station raises awareness about the climate crisis

In recent decades, meteorological stations across the Alps have recorded a declining amount of snowy days — a phenomenon that goes hand in hand with growing rates of glaciers melting in the region. In an effort to raise awareness about global warming and the existential threat it poses, artist Read More...

Life-sized elephant sculptures inspire us to live in harmony with nature

As human populations have grown around the world, so have their territories, leaving wild animals with less land and resources to survive. This especially affects Earth's largest land mammals: elephants. Elephant populations have declined considerably as a consequence of rapid habitat loss and Read More...