Today’s Solutions: May 17, 2022

Teaching & Learning

Education propels change. Stay up to date on the latest educational developments near you and around the world from preschool to post-grad. Here, you'll find out why equitable quality education is essential for fostering healthy and resilient societies.

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Does one moldy berry ruin the bunch? Here’s what the experts say

We’ve all been there— ready for a healthy snack and excitedly reaching into the fridge for a container full of deliciously juicy and vibrant berries, only to find that one or two of them have been colonized by a horrible white-ish blue-ish fuzz. Mold strikes again! But does that mean the Read More...

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4 lessons the pandemic has taught us about online learning

As we reflect on the pandemic it’s easy to pick out the overwhelming negatives that we faced. One of these hardships was online schooling where millions took to their computers to learn digitally. Overnight, institutions had to scramble to keep education running, providing not just an online Read More...

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The newest advancement in VR? Simulating sensations in and on your mouth

We have to admit that the combination of pandemic social isolation (read: loneliness) and the continuing advancement of virtual reality (VR) technology makes this news particularly interesting.  A new device developed by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University can create sensations on your Read More...

plant leaf with signs of plant sunburn

Plants can get sunburnt too. Here’s what to do about it

Summer is just around the corner, and in this changing climate, that could mean even hotter weather and more intense droughts. While we’ve written various articles about how to keep cool in the summer heat and how to shield your skin from dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays, there’s something else Read More...

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Internships for adults or “returnships” can solve gender imbalances at work

It’s no secret that the events of the past couple of years interrupted many people’s professional journeys—however one group, in particular, has been hit especially hard: women, namely mothers, in the workforce. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, it was difficult for mothers who’ve Read More...

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If we want to save coral reefs, nations must collaborate to protect them

If left unchecked, the effects of climate change and pollution could erode around 70 to 90 percent of coral reef habitats. In response to this alarming news about how vulnerable these crucial marine habitats are, researchers around the world have focused a lot of their energy on coming up with Read More...

Green Education

Two new DC public schools model net zero education

It goes without saying that we should be teaching our children about important environmental matters, especially excessive energy consumption and the need for energy efficiency. But what about the energy that a school itself consumes? While it is a rarely-thought-of area for improvement, new Read More...

LeVar Burton

Actor LeVar Burton will receive lifetime achievement award at new Children’s Emmys

It isn’t often enough that we publicly appreciate our teachers and educators. While he is mainly an actor, having performed in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Roots, LeVar Burton played the role of a reader and an educator for many years on Reading Rainbow.  Now, he will receive a Lifetime Read More...

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Captain Fanplastic teaches young pirates about plastic pollution 

“Why do you think pirates are called pirates? Because they ‘aRRRRRe!’” This is the joke that forms the basis of the “Captain Fanplastic” initiative—a primary school program aimed at teaching young children in South Africa and the Netherlands about plastic waste and the “R’s” Read More...

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The do’s and don’ts of helping a loved one in need

When you know a friend or loved one is going through an especially hard time, like grieving the passing of someone they’re close to or dealing with their own illness, it’s only natural to want to reach out and offer your support. However, sometimes even well-intentioned actions may end up Read More...