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Ultra-Deep Drilling Could Provide Us With Limitless Geothermal Energy

An article on reddit recently grabbed my attention. It was about a company designing ultra-deep drilling procedures and equipment with the help of fusion technology. Ultra-deep drilling is much, much deeper than traditional oil drilling, or fracking. It’s theoretically capable of drilling through the Earth’s crust to get to the molten core. Why would anybody… Read More

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Sam the Big Gulp

Artist Sam Keller (aka the Big Gulp) grew up in Brooklyn, NY. As a child he was drawn to the environment surrounding him and he would find and collect objects from the streets of New York. In Keller’s teenage years, his bedroom walls were decorated with advertisements collected from NY subway cars. His interest went… Read More

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The Endurance has Endured

Last October I wrote a TD blog post about photographer Frank Hurley’s images from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition from 1914-1917. Frank Hurley was hired by Shackleton to document his Antarctic expedition on the Endurance. The story of the Endurance and its crew is harrowing and is one of the greatest survival stories of… Read More

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Pysanky, the Ukrainian Easter Tradition

Where did coloring eggs originate? Not with eggs dipped with a Paas color kit, which is a treasured US Easter tradition. Historically, the coloring of eggs has been taking place for 6000 years. Early Pagans in the Ukraine believed that eggs were a symbol of nature’s rebirth and they colorfully decorated eggs with symbols as… Read More

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What’s All the Buzz?

Bee Bricks are buzzing and are becoming a new building mandate in the City of Brighton and Hove in the UK. Bee Bricks are building blocks with little cavities to encourage solitary species of bees to nest in them. In nature, solitary bees are pollinators who do not produce honey and comprise 90% of all… Read More

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Sewing and Symbolism: The Language of Chinese Embroidery

Happy Lunar New Year! As a fan of iconography, fashion, and craft, I’d like to highlight this aspect of Chinese culture to ring in the Year of the Water Tiger: Embroidery. Symbolic tradition is rich and complex, and it finds itself in almost all aspects of Chinese art and holidays. You can find symbolic meaning… Read More

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Spotlight: Where Are the Black Designers?

According to the 2019 AIGA Design Census, 3% of designers are Black. Designer and pioneering digital creator Maurice Cherry writes, “The topic of racial diversity in the graphic design community has been going on for well over 20 years. The intensity ebbs and flows, but the premise is the same: what can we do change… Read More

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Take a Moment to Laugh

Ask anyone and they’ll agree that laughter is infectious and makes us feel good. The past 20 months have been challenging in so many ways and collectively we seem to be loosing our ability to “roll with it.” When we laugh, our brains release neurotransmitters called endorphins – natural, feel-good chemicals that promote a general… Read More

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Talent Beyond His Years

Andres Valencia is a ten-year-old fourth grader from San Diego, CA. Andres Valencia is also a sensation within the contemporary art scene. Born in 2011, Andres started painting at the age of 5. He works with a mixture of oil stick, oil and acrylic paint while standing on a step stool. He has become known… Read More