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  • Popular Turning Plastic Trash Into Cash in Haiti

    Turning Plastic Trash Into Cash in Haiti

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    Soda and soap bottles don’t belong in the sea, but it’s too often where they end up. In fact, experts estimate that an entire garbage truck worth of plastic hits our oceans every minute—the vast majority of it coming from developing nati

  • Popular A Castle Dedicated to Columbus

    A Castle Dedicated to Columbus

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    In the seaside town of Benalmádena, Spain, stands a castle dedicated to one of history’s most notorious adventurers. Built to pay homage to Christopher Columbus, the castle was constructed between 1987 and 1994 by Dr. Esteban Martín&md

  • Popular These Dogs Sniff Out Wildlife Crime

    These Dogs Sniff Out Wildlife Crime

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    At this very moment, with their noses to the ground, four-legged heroes are actively defending our planet. With keen olfactory systems and an ability to read human behavior, dogs are not only [wo]man’s best friends—they’re indefatigable

  • Popular Bali's Temple in the Sea

    Bali's Temple in the Sea

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    Tanah Lot, which translates to “land in the sea” in Balinese, is one of seven ocean temples found along the southwest coast of Bali, Indonesia. Built around the 16th century to honor sea spirits, Tanah Lot consists of a unique rock formation w

  • Popular Making Waves and Breaking Barriers

    Making Waves and Breaking Barriers

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    From the time she could walk, Sasha Christian has been riding waves. She discovered her love of wakeboarding at the age of five and has been testing the limits of the sport ever since, earning the title of Singapore’s National Wakeboard Champion fou

  • Popular In France, This Chapel Rises From a Volcano

    In France, This Chapel Rises From a Volcano

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    If you want to visit the Chapel of Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe, aka, “Saint Michael of the Needle,” you’ll have to climb up—way up. Located in France, the chapel is perched atop a distinct volcanic plug rising nearly 300 feet in the ai

  • Popular The Death-Defying Climb for Honey

    The Death-Defying Climb for Honey

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    Twice a year, about 80 miles outside Kathmandu, Nepal, villagers from Bhujung embark on a centuries-old quest. Enduring bee stings and hanging from handmade rope ladders, Madan Singh Gurung and his fellow honey hunters defy death to gather precious liquid

  • Popular Hawaii’s Long Legacy of Lei Making

    Hawaii’s Long Legacy of Lei Making

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    In Hawaii, there’s no better way to say and share aloha than with a lei. The floral craft, which dates back to traditional times, may seem straightforward to outsiders, but it comes in many forms created across the Islands. Travel to the island of O

  • Popular How Chicano Lowrider Culture Found a Home in Japan

    How Chicano Lowrider Culture Found a Home in Japan

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    In 1987, Junichi Shimodaira fell in love. He was visiting the United States for the first time when he spotted a car driving low and slow in Southern California. Steadily, Chicano car clubs—an outlet for cultural and political expression that dates

  • Popular Playing Instruments Made From Ice

    Playing Instruments Made From Ice

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    Tim Linhart was sculpting ice in Colorado when he decided to try something new: creating a giant, frozen violin. When a friend jokingly asked how Tim thought his violin would sound, it sparked an idea. Why not make an entire, functional orchestra out of i

  • Popular Ride a Wooden Bike Down the Swiss Alps

    Ride a Wooden Bike Down the Swiss Alps

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    Skiing and sledding down a mountain? Amateur hour. Try rolling through on a wooden bike. Say hello to the Velogemel, a snow bike local to the Swiss town of Grindelwald. Named for the Swiss words for bike (“velo”) and sled (“gemel”)

  • Popular The Ancient Hawaiian Art of Bark Cloth

    The Ancient Hawaiian Art of Bark Cloth

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    Sabra Kauka finds great joy in making the past present. A cultural practitioner on Kauai, she teaches Hawaiian children the arts of their ancestors, including kapa. In this physically demanding process, bark from the wauke plant becomes clothing and blank

  • Popular In Japan, Repairing Buildings Without a Single Nail

    In Japan, Repairing Buildings Without a Single Nail

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    In the past, making and developing metal was too costly for carpenters in Japan. So instead of using nails, carpenters called “miyadaiku” developed unique methods for interlocking pieces of wood together, similar to a giant 3D puzzle. Takahiro

  • Popular How Hawaii’s Master Stone Carver is Preserving History

    How Hawaii’s Master Stone Carver is Preserving History

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    Hoaka Delos Reyes is the last of his kind. The master stone carver has practiced his craft, one that holds deep significance in Hawaiian culture, for 40 years. His process utilizes the technique and tools of his ancestors, requiring patience, endurance an

  • Popular The Valley of Tombs

    The Valley of Tombs

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    To locate this ancient cemetery in Sicily, Italy, you’ve got to look up. Dating back over 3,000 years, the cemetery of Necropoli di Pantalica has more than 5,000 tombs carved into a limestone rock face. The tombs are built like artificial caves, and

  • Popular A Love to the Moon and Back

    A Love to the Moon and Back

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    All his life, Gene Shoemaker dreamed of stepping foot on the moon. A geologist known for his work with craters, Gene was set to be one of the first astronauts aboard Apollo 11. But, a failed medical test cut his dreams short. Still, his journey didn&rsquo

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