These extraordinary satellite photos give just a hint of the extent to which humans have transformed the planet

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From parking lots to copper mines, Overview collects aerial photographs that show our impact on the planet. Half a century ago, one of the first photos taken of the Earth from the moon—showing the planet rising as a vulnerable blue sphere against a background of darkness—helped spark the growth of the modern environmental movement. Sixteen months later, 20 million Americans took to the streets for the first Earth Day. Read Full Story

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Successful innovation doesn’t have to be disruptive—it’s often small, incremental, and fast

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Big change is rare; what’s more common is a continuous flow of much smaller changes that accumulate quickly. Though the business world glorifies big disruptive ideas, in reality, most progress is achieved by implementing hundreds or thousands of minor improvements that can have a big cumulative impact. Nevertheless, and once in a blue moon, one small change can result in a big return because of the internet’s massive scale. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 brings a ‘perfect storm’ of suicide risk factors: economic stress, isolation, gun sales

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A new report in ‘JAMA Psychiatry’ says that COVID-19 has brought with it a “perfect storm” of risk factors for suicide. Researchers are raising alarms about high suicide risks during the pandemic. A new report in JAMA Psychiatry says that COVID-19 has brought with it a “perfect storm” of risk factors: social isolation, low community support, limited treatment access, nationwide anxiety, increased firearm sales, and poor seasonal timing (suicide rates tend to peak in late spring and early summer). Read Full Story

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