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Five Best Ideas of the Day: September 30

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1. China’s real battle is for the hearts and minds of Hong Kong. And China is losing.

By Rachel Lu in Foreign Policy

2. California’s new ‘Yes means yes’ consent law is an important first step toward ending America’s campus sexual assault epidemic.

By Robin Wilson in the Chronicle of Higher Education

3. The English language makes it harder for students to learn math.

By Sue Shellenbarger in the Wall Street Journal

4. Long lines at polling places dampen turnout and disproportionately hit poor and minority communities. States must devote the resources to making voting work.

By Chris Kromm in Facing South

5. To direct financial aid where it is most needed, colleges should focus on first-generation students.

By Tomiko Brown-Nagin in TIME

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See Drones Draw Shapes in the Night Sky

Recently, we saw drones dance with Cirque du Soleil. In this video, you can watch drones paint the sky with light. Ars Electronica Futurelab calls them “Spaxels”:

Spaxels (a portmanteau word from space pixels) are LED-equipped quadcopters. They make up a drone swarm that can “draw” three-dimensional figures in midair. They create an extraordinary visual experience and open up an unprecedented new dimension of aesthetic expression.

According to the website: “Swarm size for outdoor performances starts with 30 Spaxels, larger swarms on request.”

(via Flowing Data)

 

 

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Five Best Ideas of the Day: September 29

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.

1. Although Bahrain has joined the coalition against Islamic State, the U.S. should hold the tiny Gulf kingdom accountable for its recent anti-democratic moves and budding partnership with Russia.

By Brian Dooley in Defense One

2. After a summer of strife, one solution to America’s racial divide: More black candidates.

By Theodore R. Johnson III in the Root

3. Rather than forming ad hoc coalitions against each crisis, the world should muster the political will to restore and strengthen our multilateral institutions.

By Javier Solana at Project Syndicate

4. An affordable, crowdfunded, DIY, learn-to-code computer kit could open the door to a new generation of hacker kids.

By Natasha Lomas in TechCrunch

5. Everything-sharing in Seoul, new parks overnight in Johannesburg, market-pricing for parking in L.A. – here are some bold ideas from CityLab 2014.

By the Editors of CityLab

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Dive Into the World’s Deepest Swimming Pool

This Italian pool descends 131 feet

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This article originally appeared on Lost at E Minor.

Perhaps not the best pool to leave your kid unattended. The world’s deepest pool, called “Y-40 The Deep Joy,” is located at the 4-star Hotel Terme Millepini complex in Montegrotto Terme, Italy. It measures 21×18 meters (69×59 feet) and has a maximum depth of 40 meters (131 feet). That’s like diving the height of a 12-story building.

Designed by architect Emanuele Boaretto, the pool was created with the goal of becoming the “best swimming pool in the world.” The hotel offers plenty of activities for its guests, including: scuba diving, free diving, watsu, aqua fitness, hydro-kinesi therapy, and pregnancy exercises.

(via Design Taxi)

A view of the bottom of the pool. Y-40/Arch
The enclosed viewing deck towards the top of the pool. Y-40/Arch
A view of the pool taken near the bottom. Y-40/Arch
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Five Best Ideas of the Day: September 26

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.

1. Al-Shabaab is stronger a year after their horrific attack on a mall in Kenya, thriving on widespread resentment of Kenyan anti-Muslim policies which must be reformed.

By the International Crisis Group

2. The unnecessary separation of oral care from the rest of medical care under Medicaid puts the poor at risk of worse health and even death.

By Olga Khazan in the Atlantic

3. In these views from activists and intellectuals in Syria, we see rueful themes of a hijacked revolution and an intervention that may be coming too late.

By Danny Postel in Dissent

4. Adding a way to assess learning for students is the key to making education games work for schools.

By Lee Banville in Games and Learning

5. The toothless early warning system designed to head off future financial crises must be strengthened or it risks missing the next market cataclysm.

By the Editors of Bloomberg View

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Watch These Beautiful Drones Dance With Cirque du Soleil

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Forget annihilating terrorists and spying on people surreptitiously—drones can dance. According to this recently released video’s description:

Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich, and Verity Studios have partnered to develop a short film featuring 10 quadcopters in a flying dance performance. The collaboration resulted in a unique, interactive choreography where humans and drones move in sync. Precise computer control allows for a large performance and movement vocabulary of the quadcopters and opens the door to many more applications in the future.

How else might drones change art and culture?

(via IEEE Spectrum)

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Five Best Ideas of the Day: September 25

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1. Beyond bombs: To truly disable Islamic State, the U.S. must outmaneuver their effective use of social media.

By Rita Katz in Reuters

2. The Truth Campaign has pushed teen smoking to the brink of a welcome extinction and helped create a new breed of marketing.

By Malcolm Harris in Al Jazeera America

3. Xi Jinping has urged reform to China’s corrupt political system – and he should heed his own advice.

By the editorial staff of the Economist

4. A new program focuses on training people to recognize and manage their own biases instead of reprogramming those biases out of existence.

By Leon Neyfakh in the Boston Globe

5. Will marriage survive the recession? Economics and education are major factors in the declining marriage rate.

By Neil Shah in the Wall Street Journal

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This Shipping Company Is Already Testing Supply Delivery Drones

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A drone with a small delivery flies at the Deutsche Post/DHL headquarters on December 10, 2013 in Bonn, Germany. Ulrich Baumgarten—Getty Images

Logistics company DHL says it's the first time a drone has been authorized to deliver goods in Europe

German logistics company DHL said Wednesday it’s testing drones to deliver supplies to the German island of Juist, in what it says is the first time a drone has been authorized to transport goods in Europe.

The drone, nicknamed the “parcelcopter,” can fly up to 40mph and will deliver medication and other emergency items to the island when ferries or air travel are not operating, Reuters reports. The flights will take between 15 and 30 minutes.

The delivery system may be implemented elsewhere to deliver equipment during emergencies if the trial is successful.

DHL’s drone trial follows in the footsteps of U.S. firms who are looking to test unmanned aircraft for logistics purposes. Amazon asked regulators for permission to test its “Prime Air” drone delivery system in June, while Google revealed that it was testing its own similar system two months later.

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Five Best Ideas of the Day: September 24

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1. Because of America’s unique relationship with Liberia, we have an obligation to help fight the Ebola outbreak there.

By James Ciment in Slate

2. Medical research often doesn’t account for different ethnicities, and underrepresented groups suffer.

By Estaban G. Burchard in Nature

3. One way to head off sexual violence in professional sports: start with high school coaches.

By Libby Nelson in Vox

4. Beyond the sharing economy: Is “reputation” the next important currency?

By Heather Schlegel on CNN

5. Powerful protests over climate change target corporations – and new leadership is needed to restore faith in capitalism.

By Judith Samuelson in the Huffington Post

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Five Best Ideas of the Day: September 23

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.

1. As coalition bombs fall on Islamic State targets, the future of the Kurds hangs in the balance.

By Dexter Filkins in the New Yorker

2. To solve massive international health crises and prevent future ones, the world needs a Global Health Workforce Reserve corps.

By Michele Barry and Lawrence Gostin in the Los Angeles Times

3. In Ukraine, a bad peace is better than a long war with Russia.

By Anatole Kaletsky in Reuters

4. The spiraling costs of end-of-life care signal that significant change — in policy and mindset — is needed.

By Jenny Gold in Kaiser Health News

5. Communities need information to survive and thrive. The public library is primed to meet that need.

By Amy Garmer in the Knight Blog

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TIME Ideas hosts the world's leading voices, providing commentary and expertise on the most compelling events in news, society, and culture. We welcome outside contributions. To submit a piece, email ideas@time.com.

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