When journalists cover a story, they want their writing to have an impact. They want their audience to have a strong reaction and, even more importantly, they want this reaction to be authentic. For Nonny de la Peña, a combination of journalism and virtual reality pulled what were, according to her, “intense, authentic reactions” from […]

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Jean-Paul Mari is a journalist and psychologist, who, in his TED talk, claimed that we have a sense of immortality that gives us a “lightness of being.” And I think he is correct. We believe that death is something that resides far into our future (or maybe not at all, because we do not actively stop […]

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Our planet has a dark history of discriminating against minorities. Our ancestors did it, we continue to do so today and, sadly, it is very possible that the coming generations will find a new minority to continue this trend with. The tragedy is that discrimination is most definitely ingrained in our society. As children, discriminatory […]

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It is unfortunate that imagination becomes alien to our minds as soon as we step into school. What’s even more worrying is that it’s a steep, downhill road from there. Innovation is a word and practice in which we hold immense amounts of value, yet it is much harder for us to actually be innovative […]

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Hearing about new discoveries in the field of genetics always tends to get people’s thoughts running in a certain direction. We think: superhuman looks, superhuman strength and superhuman brainpower — basically a genetically-modified species of super humans casually strolling around the planet. Then we correct our self-absorbed, conceited ways and think of the technology’s other […]

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From birth to death, most people have extensive reports of their medical well-being. This practice never seemed bizarre to me until I learned that it is currently being applied to plants. It took a moment, but my amusement dissipated and now having reports on the health of crops, regardless of how many of them there […]

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In the next fifteen years, world leaders of the United Nations are aiming to cultivate a planet where poverty does not exist. They want a world where inequality and injustice are worries of the past and where climate change is no longer a threat. To achieve this vision, they have dedicated themselves to promoting and […]

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This is a question that I have been trying to answer for the past four years, and one that I plan on spending the next four years trying to answer. What am I passionate about? I have made elaborate lists, shortlisted and experimented. Then, I’ve changed my mind, crossed a couple of items off the […]

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Countries have long been a marker of our identities. Where we come from, or where we say we come from, allows other people to create an abstract sketch of our character. If they stay around longer and establish some form of a relationship, this sketch will transform into an elaborate and often mystifying artwork that […]

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