First The Military Helped Invent Video Games. Then Video Games Pushed The Military To New Places.

When military drone operators start telling news outlets that their job is just like playing video games, we should take notice.

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Just How Fair And Balanced Are The Olympics, Anyway?

When you look at it this way, every region in the Olympics is an underdog.

Gustavo Sousa, who created this project, says he didn’t include a color key because “you can almost figure that out as you read through; I thought that process of discovery was interesting.” But for those of you with less time on your hands, here’s a quick reference guide:

Oceania: blue. Europe: black. Americas: red. Africa: yellow. Asia: green.

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One Of The Most Inspiring Things A Kid Can Do Is Learn How To Shoot One Of These

I love this project. Photography got me through college and grad school dramas, and also some really sad times. It’s rad like that. Everyone should know what it’s like to see the world through a camera.

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They Went Back To See What Global Warming Had Done And Couldn’t Even Tell Where They Were Standing

I love this short film about the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda. They’ve been known for thousands of years as “the mountains of the moon” and as the legendary source of the Nile River. What makes this such a great video is how fantastically weird the mountains are, with multiple ecosystems, and species that exist nowhere else.

The filmmakers came to photograph retreating glaciers before it’s too late. And with the refreshing degree of respect they bring to their Bokonzo porters, it all makes for a wonderful few minutes in a unique place that’s being transformed by climate change.

You’ll hear about the mountains’ legend at 0:44 and be introduced to some of its odd landscapes at 3:13. The filmmakers struggle with the mountain’s uncooperative weather before making a startling discovery at 7:25 about what’s happened there.

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These Kids Don't Want iPods Or Toys. What They Want — And Don't Have — Is Beyond Sad.

All kids deserve to have one of their most basic needs met. All kids deserve a family. As the doors to international adoption close in country after country, more children — especially those with special needs — lose hope. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The families in this video are together, but not all stories end this way, and it’s important to spread the word so other kids have a chance. 

For more information on ethical adoption, visit Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform.  

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A 15-Year-Old Ad About Racism Is A Great Reminder Of The Power We All Have To Promote Justice

This gem of an ad was made 15 years ago to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations. I think the message is timeless.

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Hillary Clinton Turns The Tables On John McCain's Benghazi Grandstanding

Maybe I’d be more sympathetic to their case if the people who are constantly raising hell about helping Libya would stop blocking any effort to actually help Libya. 

If you’re unfamiliar with the Benghazi controversy, Sen. McCain spends until 5:41 laying out his case. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s response really takes off around 6:30

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I'd Never Say A Pop Star's Music Video Is Crucial To Watch, But I'm Making An Exception Now

It’s easy to be cynical of pop stars when they record songs to support causes. Typically, I am that cynical person. But this time I don’t care, because British pop star Ellie Goulding has recorded a beautiful song to shed light on this critical issue.

If Ellie’s song can get thousan

ds more people to see and understand what’s happening in this country, all the better.

If you are British: You can donate to Save the Children’s Syria efforts now by downloading Ellie Goulding’s “I Know You Care.”

If you are an American: You can donate to Save The Children here.

If you’re in Canada: You can donate to Save the Children here.

If you’re an Aussie: You can donate to Save the Children here.

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If You Think Talking About Sex Can Feel Taboo, See What These Pregnant Ladies Go Through

In the African nation of Malawi, expectant mothers are afraid that if they speak up about their pregnancies, someone might put a spell on their unborn children. So how do they learn about what’s going on with their bodies?

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A Piece Of Paper That's Changing How Some Babies Are Being Delivered

Thoughts about the typical coupon: Yay, cheaper laundry detergent! Toothpaste! Extreme sales!

Below is a very different and personal way to think about them. This cool non-traditional program creates what are basically coupons for poor women that allow them to financially access reproductive health care services they need but would otherwise never be able to afford.

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