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September 22, 2017

Japan Is Quietly Leading an Energy Revolution as Towns Move Off-Grid

Communities in Japan are turning tragedy into opportunity by transforming their energy practices. In the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, dozens of cities and towns have quietly built systems that allow them to function increasingly off-grid, rather than relying on large power stations. The shift comes thanks to the country's National Resilience Program, which offers 3.72 trillion yen ($33.32 billion) each fiscal year to rebuild and become more self-empowered following these natural disasters.

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September 22, 2017

Life-Sized Female Sculptures Inspired by the Graceful Beauty of Renaissance Art

Chinese artist Luo Li Rong produces realistic sculptures that convey the beauty and grace of the human figure. Working primarily in bronze, her life-size creations feature women in motion. They strike elegant poses that elongate their bodies with a seemingly windswept appearance; their hair and clothing look as though they’re being moved by a gentle breeze.

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September 22, 2017

Teacher’s Science Experiment Reveals the Gross Importance of Washing Your Hands

Learning how to properly wash your hands is a valuable life skill, and one that’s often reinforced in school. Getting kids to understand why, however, can be a challenge. Third grade teacher Marvilyn Lyons and Donna Gill Allen, a health occupation teacher, in Gray’s Creek, North Carolina, showed just how important this is—in a disgustingly memorable way. Lyons introduced the lesson to her 3rd graders and Allen shared it in a now-viral Facebook post.

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September 21, 2017

Faces of Pioneering Female Scientists Are Projected on Grand Central’s Ceiling in New York

For three days, New York City’s iconic Grand Central Terminal is showcasing a dazzling display that celebrates brilliant women. In the busy train station’s Main Concourse, passersby can see the faces of 12 famous female scientists and the incredible accomplishments they’ve made. Called Unseen Stars, it’s part of GE’s Balance the Equation Initiative, which aims to bridge the STEM gender gap by 2020.

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