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New Full-Body Scanning Booths Print You A Miniature 3-D Selfie Figurine (Video)

Earlier this week, 3-D printing company Artec announced that they would be bringing their innovative new “Shapify” booths to the United States. The company made the announcement at the “Inside 3D Printing” conference in Santa Clara, California. So what is Shapify? Basically, its a booth that rotates around you taking hundreds of pictures which are then stitched together (by a computer program) to create a full 360° scan of your body. The whole process takes about 12 seconds. That scan can then be

Democratic Education: A New Way to Look at Teaching and Learning (Opinion Piece)

Seven-year-old Penelope Day needs both hands to pick up the power drill. Penelope is spending the week at a day camp run by Construction Kids, a Brooklyn-based program that offers building classes throughout the year for kids as young as 2 years old. It’s one of a new and immensely popular wave of programs trying to shift kids away from computer screens toward actual, hands-on activities. Like building things from scratch. Using, yes, real, working power tools. With help from a team of

How Goats Are Replacing Bulldozers and Pesticides In Invasive Plant Control

Since the mid-1970s, land owners in the U.S. and Canada have been fighting a losing battle against Phragmites australis, an invasive reed that grows in tall thick bundles in wetlands areas along the east coast. Not only do the reeds quickly take over by choking out native vegetation, but they also litter wetlands areas with thick mats of decaying biomass. Land managers have tried everything to get rid of the phragmites reeds: controlled burns, toxic pesticides and even bulldozers. But now, researchers from Duke

Lockheed May Have Just Made A HUGE Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion

Earlier today (10/15), Lockheed Martin announced that they had achieved a technological breakthrough that makes it possible to generate energy via nuclear fusion. They also said that their new fusion reactors could be ready in as little as 10 years. Tom McGuire, an aeronautical engineer, leads the project. According to McGuire, Lockheed has been working on the project for about four years in its Skunk Works department (an alias for their classified advanced development department). The project is the culmination of 60 years

The Awkward Business of Carrying Your Nobel Prize Through Airport Security

This week, nine scientists were awarded Nobel Prizes for their groundbreaking work in various fields of science. The projects that earned them this coveted prize were both revolutionary and mind-blowing. Japanese scientists Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura were given the award for the invention of blue LED lighting. This invention led to the development of the longer lasting and more energy efficient LED lights that are all around us today. American-British neuroscientist John O’Keefe and Norweigan neuroscience couple May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser got Nobel

North Korea Says Remains of Thousands of U.S. Soldiers Being Moved “En Masse”

In a state media dispatch Monday, an unidentified North Korean military spokesman said that the remains of American soldiers are being, “…left here and there uncared and carried away en masse.”   The spokesman said that this was the result of building projects, land reorganization and damage from recent floods. 8,000 U.S. service members are listed as missing from the Korean War, which lasted from 1950-1953. About 5,300 of these 8,000 are believed to be in North Korea. From 1996 to 2005, North Korea

The Food Waste Fiasco: Dumpster Diving for Change

Rob Greenfield is on a mission. A mission to create and inspire a healthier, happier world. His most recent method? Biking across the country eating nothing but food he finds in dumpsters, to raise awareness about food waste. Food waste is an issue across the entirety of the developed world. While all too many places around the globe face crises of famine and starvation, others face the opposite problem: Food uneaten. Food unsold. Food unwanted. Food wasted. The figures are

Watch Nearly 200 Years of Changing U.S. Maps In Just 20 Seconds (Gif)

In 1776, the United States was comprised of just 13 colonies, all of which were along the east coast. Since then, the United States has expanded to include 50 different states, stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic. This change didn’t happen overnight though- it was the result of nearly 200 years of land acquisitions (which were not always amicable) and border reconfigurations. Check it out below: I know the map moves pretty fast, so if you’d rather check

Water Wars: How ISIS Is Using Water As A Weapon of Control

Editor’s note: The Higher Learning is excited to announce that we have acquired another talented new author! Max Wingert is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona, where he received a degree in Communications (with a minor in Japanese). He wrote the following article. The group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has proven to be a more sophisticated enemy than terrorist groups of the past, fighting to seize infrastructure and resources for the purposes of population control and extortion, rather

Did China Really Just Surpass the U.S. as the World’s Wealthiest Economy?

A new report released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) states that China has surpassed the United States as the world’s largest economy. The report admits that in terms of overall GDP and raw currency value, the U.S. is still outpacing China. But the IMF also claims that China is now the world’s largest economy based on data that has been adjusted for purchasing power. But what is purchasing power exactly? You can think of it like this: There’s two men- one in Shanghai and one in Los

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