Sarah Hill Delivers Hybrid Newscast Via Google+ Hangouts

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During the last few years, the fusion of social media and journalism has been an exciting, invigorating and somewhat frightening. With our constant connectivity, the onslaught of real-time posts at our fingertips, and rapid fire factoids being watered down and lacking second sources, the proliferation of misinformation has become a borderline, social norm.  However, the flip side of social media and the news is sparking hope for mass media consumption. The intersection of journalism and the social web doesn’t have to lead to a dark…

Red Bull Creation 2012

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The second year of the colorful, national maker/inventor/hacker Red Bull Creation competition is underway! The top 12 teams who qualified during 2012’s “Bullduino’ are competing in the LIVE, online 72-hour build which started on Friday, 7/19 at 9pm EST. So, who will win? It’s up to both the public and participating teams to vote. High scoring teams will take their creations to the ultimate stage, the 2012 Maker Faire in NYC. Home to over 40,000 visitors across two days, the Maker Faire is a family-friendly…

5 Kick-Ass Crowdfunding Campaigns For Social Good

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When graphic footage of a school bus monitor being bullied by children hit YouTube, it shocked viewers worldwide. The ten minute video featured below shows 68-year-old Karen Klein being verbally abused; being called a “fatass”, “poor”, “ugly” and other derogatory names that leave her weeping and unable to escape the torment. After the clip went viral, the Athena Middle School students shown in the video were swiftly suspended from the school for the whole year. However, that was far from the worst of their punishment. The kids…

How A 15-Year-Old Is Changing The Face Of Cancer Detection

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Fifteen year old Jack Andraka doesn’t pay attention in science class, but that’s not stopping him from changing the face of science. In May, the teen genius won the grand prize of $75,000 at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF 2012), or as Jack calls it “the Olympics of science fairs.” After high school, he’s attending John Hopkins University to further develop his scientific breakthrough–a test for early stage pancreatic cancer. According to FastCoExist.com, the test is 90% accurate, 400 times…

She Shoots, She Scores With The Soccket

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I love Millennials. Yeah…sure. I know the drill. There is undoubtedly a negative stigma attached to the Millennial generation pervading our society and screaming that this demographic is overflowing with self-entitled, lazy brats. But maybe the world isn’t looking closely enough at this group, or perhaps we’re looking in the wrong places for altruism, ambition, and creativity, because it’s here. It’s all around us. There are approximately 78 million Millennials in the U.S., and they want social change. Some of them want this change so…

Street Art Historians: The Wit of NYC’s Division Street

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Guest post by Kat Koh     I  go to the gym six days a week, around 7:00 a.m. There are eight TVs tuned into CNBC, CNN, Fox News, an infomercial for the Insanity workout, old “Law and Order” episodes, or some kind of Euro pop chart dance channel I can’t ever figure out. I absolutely cannot deal with the tragedies or political bickering on any of these, so I make sure to get the elliptical in front of ESPN. I think ESPN might be…

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