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An App to Move Your Digital Stories Offline and Into Your Hands

With so much design focused on the digital world, sometimes it's powerful to hold something in your hands. To feel the weight of a hardcover...

With so much design focused on the digital world, sometimes it's powerful to hold something in your hands. To feel the weight of a hardcover book. To smell the crispness of fallen leaves during autumn. To break away from your screen to experience things in the "real world."

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Putting a Spotlight on Trailblazing Grandmother Activists Around the World

Today's grandmothers are younger, better educated, healthier and more numerous than they have ever been—and they are energetically and effectively changing the world.

As a photojournalist working in Africa in 2006, I met so many grandmothers who were raising grandchildren who had been orphaned by AIDS that I left thinking, "The future of the African continent rests in the hands of the grandmothers!" This inspired me to do research on what grandmothers were doing in other places... and I discovered an emerging international grandmother's movement.

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Craziest Thing You Didn't Do New Year's Day? Polar Bear Plunge in Pictures

Not for the faint of heart, the Polar Bear Plunge sees hordes of eager swimmers dive into Coney Island's waters, for fun, sport, health benefits.

On New Year's Day, while most of us were nursing hangovers, laying low, or thinking about the year ahead, photojournalist Mo Gelber was charging the icy Atlantic Ocean with nearly a thousand other New Yorkers, in the annual ritual known as the Polar Bear Plunge. Not for the faint of heart, this tradition sees hordes of eager swimmers dive into the waters at Coney Island, for fun, sport, and health benefits. Many don costumes, some go in their clothes, and the brave go in with only a swimsuit.

Taking place just 64 days after Hurricane Sandy, the Polar Bear Club encouraged the crowd to donate to the Coney Island Recovers fund, as well as their ongoing partner, Camp Sunshine, which supports children who facing life-threatening illness and their families. In the wake of the storm, it's also great to see this seaside community come together as captured by Gelber in the images below:

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Intermission: Devastating Photos of the East Coast Earthquake

Yesterday's 5.9 tremor felt throughout the Eastern Seaboard certainly left a lot of lawn furniture in distress.


GOOD is based in California, where earthquakes come and go practically like the tides, so we got a bit of a kick out of the excitement and terror caused by yesterday's minor East Coast quake. Certainly the shake was unexpected. But at only 5.9 on the Richter scale, the situation was less than dire. As this woman tweeted, "I've had orgasms bigger than that tremor."

After quickly making sure everything and everyone was alright, it wasn't long before Easterners themselves joined in on the jokes. Yesterday's quake caused more Twitter traffic than Osama bin Laden's death, and our favorite tweets were those highlighting pictures of the tremor's "devastation." As you can see from the crooked picture and downed yogurt cup, it was madness.

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Study: The More Facebook Photos and Friends, the More Shallow

New research suggests that prolific Facebookers might be quite insecure.


A new study from the University at Buffalo in New York lends scientific evidence to what many of us already knew: Females who are more likely to base their self-worth on their appearance are also more likely to post photos and have wider networks on social networking sites.

According to lead researcher Michael Stefanone, women in general are online more than men, and they also post five times as many photos on their Facebook pages. However, women whose self-esteem was derived from public-based contingencies, like approval from others and physical attractiveness, were far more likely to share photos of themselves and have more "friends" than those whose self-esteem was derived from private-based contingencies, like academic competence and fulfilling family relationships. Those less-insecure people also spent less time online.

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