Last Wednesday was freshman Melanie Salazar's first day at Palo Alto College. It also happened to be her grandfather Rene Neira's first day back at school, too. At 82 years old, the determined grandpa is taking the last class he needs to receive his associate's degree in economics. Conveniently, he's achieving…

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Using ingenuity assisted by biology, German scientists have collaborated with the Egyptian government to create a natural miracle: the Serapium Forest in the middle of the desert, just two hours from Cairo. It consists of around 200 hectares (about 494 acres) of both native and non-native trees like eucalyptus and mahogany, thriving despite the dry land and scarcity of rain. The secret is an…

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Architect Frank Gehry is famous throughout the world for his modern, dynamic buildings that boast awe-inspiring designs. What he’s less well-known for, however, is his work in the fine art world. Between 1984 and 1986, he produced Fish Lamps, a series of illuminated sculptures featuring graceful koi whose bodies twist and turn as if…

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Photographer Jay Weinstein’s minimalist project, known as …so I asked them to smile, explores and documents the beautiful and transformative effect of the human smile. The project first began in December 2013 when Weinstein took a trip to Rajasthan, India and saw a man he wanted to photograph…

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Nobody likes to see an injured animal, but who can deny the cuteness of the photo Redditor GeorgeOnee shared of a very teeny hamster with an even tinier cast for his broken arm? Rather than exploiting an animal's vulnerability, the picture is an optimistic vision, revealing the road to recovery. Everyone has accidents,…

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When you visit an art museum, the people watching is an added bonus to the incredible creativity that lines the walls. From afar, Karin Jurick observes patrons as they intently look at iconic artworks, capturing these moments with her camera. She later paints both the people and the pieces that captivated their attention for her…

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