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Five Best Ideas of the Day: November 3

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1. “Ultimately, gender equality is a vital part of humanity’s progress. ” Read the 2014 Gender Gap Report.

By the World Economic Forum

2. Shopping for Water: Markets just might save the American West from its water crisis.

By Peter Culp, Robert Glennon, and Gary Libecap at the Hamilton Project

3. With Ebola in the spotlight, Liberia’s nurses take to the streets to care for the sick crowded out of the overwhelmed health care system.

By Jina Moore at BuzzFeed News

4. Humanitarians are preparing for a future with autonomous weapons, which are unlikely to understand mercy, proportionality or the difference between combatants and civilians.

By Malcolm Lucard in Red Cross Red Crescent

5. Markets in everything: Can letting the rich buy into clinical trials produce cures for rare diseases faster?

By Alexander Masters in Mosaic Science

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How to Draw a Perfect Circle Freehand

The technique is so simple

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This article originally appeared on Lost at E Minor.

No one thought it was possible. Until now. In the tutorial video below, YouTuber Dave Hax shows us how to draw a perfect circle freehand. The technique is so simple, it’ll make you wonder why no one thought of it before: you use your wrist, knuckles, or fingers as your pivot. From there, you spin the paper around, drawing a perfect circle as you go. It takes a bit of practice, but when you get the hang of it, it feels like unlocking a new skill!

(Via APlus)

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Five Best Ideas of the Day: October 31

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1. “Informal economies are the world’s biggest opportunity for design research, and yet we walk right by them every day.”

By Steve Daniels in Medium

2. Surprisingly, some of the nation’s leading technology enthusiasts are worried that artificial intelligence could be more dangerous than we realize.

By Michael Howard in Esquire

3. If we want diverse stories in our literature, we must commit to enhancing diversity in our education programs.

By Hope Wabuke in the Root

4. Poor dental care — from lack of health coverage or lack of dentists — is a serious health risk. But bad teeth also lock in class inequality.

By Sarah Smarsh in Aeon

5. Let’s innovate against ISIS: Investing in entrepreneurs as well as airstrikes can build a culture stronger than terrorism.

By Toni Verstandig in the Huffington Post

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This 3D-Printed Gun Launches Paper Airplanes

All thanks to the power of 3D printing

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This article originally appeared on Lost at E Minor.

First we brought you the crossbow built from office supplies, and now we’re proud to present… the paper airplane machine gun! With the power of 3D printing YouTuber Papierfliegerei built this awesome contraption.

Powered by a cordless screwdriver, the Papierflieger-Maschinenpistole folds and fires paper airplanes at the pull of a trigger.

While there is no practical use for it we still think this is perhaps the greatest thing we’ve ever seen. As its proud creator explains: ‘A little tinkering from me that shows what you can do with 3D printers today.’

(Via It’s Nice That)

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Five Best Ideas of the Day: October 30

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1. Thirty years after the world’s worst chemical plant disaster, we must do more to avoid repeating that calamity.

By Anna Lappé in Al Jazeera America

2. Taking medicine on a schedule is key to fighting Malaria, and simple text message reminders are proving remarkably effective.

By Jesse Singal in New York Magazine’s Science of Us

3. The next step for human exploration of space is interplanetary travel, and asteroids are great stepping stones. We should go to the asteroid, not bring one to us.

By Richard P. Binzel in Nature

4. Science reporting in American media has nearly disappeared, and the Ebola coverage shows we’re worse for it.

By the Editors of the Columbia Journalism Review

5. By coming out as the first gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Apple’s Tim Cook topples a lingering and outmoded bias.

By Tim Cook in Bloomberg Businessweek

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The Most Spacious Tiny Apartment You’ve Ever Seen

The space was designed with flexibility in mind

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This article originally appeared on Lost at E Minor.

Introducing Didomestic, a tiny residence in the centre of Madrid, jam-packed with hidden gems of awesomeness. Decorated sparsely with plain wood and neutral colours, Didomestic was designed with flexibility in mind. Almost every section of wall, ceiling and floor can be opened, turned or rotated to reveal endless living accessories and layout options.

In various hidden ceiling compartments are hidden functional things like a table and bench set for meals that are suspended and stowed away again after use to maximise space. To keep things quirky residents also have hammocks, a swing, disco lights and fans, all cleverly concealed behind the minimal surfaces.

Elii Architects, the Spanish firm behind this minuscule loft apartment, intended it to be fit for use as living space as well as for events such as parties or dinners and even as a rehearsal space. The pink-and-perspex walls of the central cube (that also houses the stairs to the compact second floor) can slide around to open the space up or divide it into smaller private rooms.

(Via Trendir)

Photography by Miguel de Guzmán

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Five Best Ideas of the Day: October 29

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1. Community colleges should lead the way in preparing America’s workforce, and states need to join the effort.

By Matthew Dembicki in Community College Daily

2. To bring Asian-American communities to the ballot box, we must overcome cultural barriers, and that starts with language.

By Akiko Fujita at the World

3. We should be honoring, not quarantining, health care workers who put their lives at risk to fight Ebola abroad.

By by Jeffrey M. Drazen, Rupa Kanapathipillai, Edward W. Campion, Eric J. Rubin, Scott M. Hammer, Stephen Morrissey, Lindsey R. Baden at the New England Journal of Medicine

4. Prison officials should judge inmates by their actions, not the color of their skin.

By the Editorial Board of the Los Angeles Times

5. Deliberate efforts to welcome and nurture immigrant families can help reverse the trend of shrinking rural populations.

By the Rural Family Economic Success Action Network

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World-Class Skiers Don Special LED Suits in Gorgeous Video

Where can we get a suit like that?

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This article originally appeared on Lost at E Minor.

This will be the most amazing thing you watch this year, there’s no doubt about it. The creative team behind this film have really pulled out all the stops to create a visually stunning experience. A collaboration between Sweetgrass Productions, Philips TV and Ahlstrand & Wållgren, a teaser clip of Afterglow has been released to tease audiences… and we are most certainly teased!

The feature length film follows pro-skiers wearing incredible custom-made LED suits as they glide down pristine snowy slopes at night. The effects of the colored light reflecting off the snow and lighting up the darkness is unspeakably beautiful. Filmed in Alaska, the project was on a mammoth scale.

“Deep pillows and Alaskan spines, all filmed at night, with massive lights, custom made LED suits, and a national governments worth of logistics, planning and civil engineering,” said the filmmakers.

We only have one question. Where can we get a suit like that?

(Via Wired)

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Watch This Artistic European Couple Paint Faces on Trees

These tree faces appear in Denmark, France and Germany

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“Game of Thrones” anyone? This ongoing art project gives faces to decaying trees. Started eight years ago by German collective Zonenkinder, The Tree Project gives a semblance of life to stumps and branches that are sadly no longer growing.

In Denmark, France and Germany, these tree faces are springing up everywhere, sometimes with great bushy hair-dos or with a handsome piece of mushroom-adorned headgear. Drawn entirely using bio-degradable materials, the faces fade slowly over time meaning that they blend perfectly with their surroundings rather than standing out.

The Tree Project – outside is an ongoing art project since 2006 inspired by the beauty and the decay of nature,” explains Zonenkinder. “We are constantly in search of new forms of expressions and we love to play with exceptional locations and surfaces like on trees in the woods.”

Check out the video—although it is in German it still shows the duo at work in the forest.

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Five Best Ideas of the Day: October 28

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1. Income inequality isn’t beyond our control. Smart policymaking could increase the efficiency of the U.S. economy AND narrow the income gap.

By Jason Furman in the Milken Institute Review

2. A “Paris Club” making and enforcing rules for managing Europe’s economic woes could offer stability for the long term.

By Robert Kahn at the Council on Foreign Relations

3. Fresh, community-based food offered at convenience stores and gas stations could change the way people in Detroit eat.

By Chris Hardman in Civil Eats

4. Reader as publisher? How crowdfunding journalism changes the relationship between news outlets and their audiences.

By Catalina Albeanu in Journalism.co.uk

5. Balancing privacy concerns is key to a future where learners are empowered to use data and truly take control of their networks and their futures.

By Catherine M. Casserly in Huffington Post

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