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Acclaimed Pianist Performs Live As An Arctic Shelf Collapses In Front Of Him

“I’m crying, the most touching piano performance I've ever seen so far.”

What will draw world leaders’ attention to the dire effects of climate change? If not the plight of the polar bear, perhaps a beautiful, mournful piano composition played on a floating platform off the coast of Norway? This video showing Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi playing his “Elegy for the Arctic” has been making the rounds, with thousands like actor and environmentalist Adrian Grenier sharing it on on Twitter to say, “Let's change the world, starting at the top.”

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Historic All-Refugee Team To Compete At Olympics

The world’s 20 million refugees will finally have a presence

It’s been a long time coming. In a ground-breaking decision, the International Olympic Committee announced that they would allow 10 athletes to compete in the games as a team of refugees under the Olympic flag. While it’s not the first time geopolitical issues have caused a team to participate under this banner, it is the first time that a team of refugees from different nations will band together.

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An Unexpected Solution To Our Organ Donor Crisis

The 120,000 Americans on the organ transplant wait list are in need of a better option

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There are currently more than 120,000 Americans waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and every day, another 22 will die before they receive one. Procuring organ donations is a notoriously complicated and unpredictable business (for starters, something tragic usually needs to happen to a donor first), and can’t come close to meeting demand.

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The Race To Naturalize 8 Million Immigrants, To Prevent A Trump Presidency

Could a bloc of new voters keep Trump out of the White House?

Maria Antonio protests in East Los Angeles (Getty Images)

The 2016 presidential primary season has been a strange and scary one, with perhaps one persistent truth: Most Latinos really hate Donald Trump (though there are at least 18,902 who don’t, and they have their reasons). Such hate isn't a reaction to his bad hair or tiny hands, but a concerted effort that he’s made on the campaign trail to rally together Republicans using xenophobic rhetoric. Spirits company Ilegal Mezcal condensed this hate into a tidy slogan, with posters and graffiti in major cities that read, "Donald, Eres un Pendejo” (loosely, Donald you’re a jackass). They even recently organized a global take-a-shot-of-mezcal-against-Trump moment to raise money for Niños de Guatemala.

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The Government May Require Convenience Stores To Sell Healthier Food

A proposal from the USDA is causing controversy

When it comes to stores for those receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, the logic would seem to be: the more the merrier. The USDA has proposed some new rules, though, that would require smaller stores to stock a much larger selection of staple foods such as meat, dairy, produce, and breads. “At least three varieties of items in each of four staple food categories, to a mandatory minimum of seven varieties,” their summary says.

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The Future Of Shopping Just Opened In This Tiny Midwestern Town

Farmhouse Market is open 24/7, selling organic produce to rural customers in need

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When Sweden’s first unstaffed grocery store opened earlier this year, it received a flood of breathless global coverage—it’s a concept both novel and posh, a natural advancement of our quest for eternal convenience. The store was the brain-child of tech guy Robert Ilijason, whose origin myth centers on dropping his last jar of baby food in the wee hours and not knowing where to go. Customers in Viken can now register with an app on their phone that will allow them to swipe into the store and pay for purchases without speaking to another human being—peak modern luxury.

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