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This Chilean Lifeguard Drone Is Seven Times Faster Than A Human Lifeguard

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a lifeguard drone!

Named after the Greek hero who slayed Medusa, Project Perseus is a joint project by American company Green Solution and the British X-Cam that is testing a joint venture on the shores of Chile. The ambitious task, inspired by a similar Iranian invention, aims to rescue swimmers with the use of a ‘lifeguard drone.’

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Chilean TV Show Rehabilitates Marijuana’s Public Image

Cultiva TV brings marijuana activism to the small screen.

As efforts to decriminialize marijuana use make significant gains in Latin American countries, a new TV channel in Chile is now making an attempt to win the hearts and minds of the public at large. It’s called Cultiva TV, and the people behind it want to dispel misinformation about marijuana consumption and educate Chileans about the “medicinal, cultural and spiritual” properties of getting high. The program doesn’t just aim to change the way people think about and consume weed, it also intends to address marijuana regulation around the world and cultivation of the cannabis plant.

In the first episode, Cultiva TV reporters sought to understand European drug regulation laws. They visited a marijuana coffee shop in Amsterdam and interviewed a patient with dystonia who was consuming cannabis to relieve her muscular convulsions. Host Cristián Ansaldo dons a marijuana-leaf print jacket and walks through a lush green lanscape as he introduces each new segment of the show.

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Chilean Rapper Ana Tijoux Takes on Capitalism in New Video

Hip-hop has always been a useful vehicle for revolutionary political ideals, and the acclaimed emcee has always deployed it for that purpose

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It’s hard to get ahold of Ana Tijoux these days. When she isn’t playing shows in New York and Los Angeles, creating music with Palestinian rapper Shadia Mansour, or penning fiery feminist essays for the Walker Art Center, the 37-year old Chilean MC is back home, spending time with her son and daughter, Luciano and Emilia. When Tijoux released her latest album Vengo earlier this year, her impassioned delivery and highly political lyrics garnered glowing reviews from music critics all over the world. “The music of Vengo is virtually flawless,” declared NPR.

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"I Was Itching Like a Crackhead": Study Finds College Students Addicted to Media

Students across the globe can't function without media for even 24 hours without experiencing addiction-like withdrawal symptoms.



What do college students in China, Chile, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Uganda have in common? According to a new global study by the University of Maryland's International Center for Media & the Public Affairs (ICMPA) and the Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change, they're all addicted to media. That might not seem like news—after all, there's a reason the term "CrackBerry" came into being—but just how severely students are addicted is startling, and has real implications for our schools where Skyping, blogging, learning-via-gaming technology is increasingly the norm.

Researchers asked 1,000 students at a dozen universities in ten countries on five continents to abstain from any kind of media consumption—no TV, no smartphone games, no Twitter or Facebook, and no instant messaging—for 24 hours, and then write about how they felt. A majority confessed that they actually couldn't complete the challenge. Even a few hours without access to media made American students feel, "like an addict," and like they were "going crazy. One even wrote, "I was itching, like a crackhead, because I could not use my phone." (CrackBerry, indeed!)

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Extra Credit: Can Someone Bring Chile's Star Wars School to the States?

Welcome to the first-ever edition of Extra Credit, a daily roundup of noteworthy education stories.


Taking a cue from GOOD's Food and Environment editors (and myriad other online writers), I'm doing a daily roundup of all the intriguing and noteworthy education stories I came across in the course of a day, but didn't get around to writing about. Here's the first edition:

The esteemed Daniel Pink pokes holes in the ever popular idea that trying teacher pay to student standardized test results works.

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