A flag for Earth

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Astronauts traveling to far distant planets might eventually bear a new symbol on their suits–the flag of Earth. The minimalistic blue flag is intended to represent the entire planet Earth should space travelers set up habitats elsewhere in space. The Earth flag is a concept designed by student Oskar Pernefeldt from the Beckmans College of…

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Using the web to assist emergency responders during disasters

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The Nepal earthquake is just one of several recent events that has harnessed the power of social media to document a disaster as it’s happening. It’s not a new concept, but it continues to become more prevalent as technology improves worldwide. What’s especially fascinating about this movement is that it’s largely driven by amateurs and…

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The real Rosie the Riveter dies at 92

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The 1940s were a pinnacle era for women in industry. During the war effort, everyone played a role, and millions of women worldwide gladly picked up the skills needed to keep their countries moving as the war played out. As such, there was no shortage of artwork created to help inspire girls and women to join…

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Makers: Blue Ridge Overland Gear

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Our Makers series features companies and individuals who craft their products by hand. This edition features Virginia-based Blue Ridge Overland Gear. Staff writer Rick Stowe chatted with Matt, founder of BROG. Learn more at BROG’s website. Rick Stowe: Tell us about the original inception of Blue Ridge Overland Gear. Matt: It’s based in craftsmanship. Craftsmanship…

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