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When people who love the ocean come together, they can achieve extraordinary things.
- Frances Beinecke

For many people across the globe, the underwater world holds mystery, wonder, and adventure. If given a chance to go on a getaway, they will instantly pick a place by the sea or the ocean. These are the same people who love to partake in the two most popular water-related sports in the world: Surfing and Scuba Diving.

The history of Surfing goes back to the times of the Polynesians of Hawaii, who considered the sport an essential part of their religion. The practicing…

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From Naomi Osaka to Mary Kom, women are carving out a place for themselves in the male-dominated world of sports. They are trailblazing the way for a generation of girls, setting world records, fighting for equal pay, and fielding trollers on social media.

Representation matters and social media is a powerful tool, providing voice and visibility for female athletes. Social media platforms raise the profile of many women athletes and teams.

For example, Twitter provides an opportunity for the U.S. women’s team to broaden its fan base. Simply re-tweeting has a huge impact on the club, players, and game visibility…

Imagine an entire tennis stadium converting into a bustling, themed gaming ground. At the renowned Fortnite World Cup Finals of 2019, several attractions were replicated from the actual game to create a digital theme park that rewarded winners with an enormous $30 million prize pool.

The rising popularity of digital gaming, more commonly referred to as esports, has taken the world by storm in recent years. We see an increase in the number of participants and the number of spectators tuning in to watch esports tournaments such as the League of Legends world championship (viewership for this spectacle surpassed even…

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Have you eaten a bag of chips today? Ordered takeaway? Bought your favorite shampoo?

All of these tasks have one thing in common — plastic.

Plastic is embedded in our everyday life from cleaning the house to the food we eat. We produce 368 million tonnes of plastic waste every year. That’s more than the weight of the entire human population. If current trends continue, by 2050, our oceans could contain more plastic than fish. Plastics is the human health crisis no one is talking about. It causes long-lasting and irreversible harm at every step of its production.

Chemicals used…

The USA has over 35,000 museums. As we wait for them to reopen, our team probed the internet for interesting and underrated museums worth visiting.

Old World Charm

With many of us feeling nostalgic about the past and latching onto historical books, TV series, and experiences, The Met Cloisters in Manhattan promises a journey through the Middle Ages.

Cloisters were places to reflect and recharge back in the day. …

How Big Data Can Help Break the Mental health Stigma

From the U.S. to Singapore, the pandemic has taken a toll on people’s mental health. In 2020, about 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, up from one in ten adults in 2019. In Singapore, a suicide prevention organization received over 39,000 calls for help in 2020 — an 18% increase from the year before.

However, mental health services are overwhelmed and lacking in many countries. In 130 countries, about 60% of service providers reported disruptions to mental health services for vulnerable people…

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Any talk about menstruation in India is often met with hesitation at best anger at worst. It is considered to be a taboo subject and certainly not something that concerns men. Consequently, young girls are unaware of what to expect and how to deal with it. In fact, over 70% of girls in India had no clue about menstruation until they experienced it for the first time.

This has far-reaching consequences — both for women and society. In 2012, 60% of women suffering from reproductive tract infections had poor menstrual hygiene. When it comes to the use of sanitary products…

When was the last time you walked into a crowded hotel lobby, hearing jazz music play in the background as you are greeted by a joyful lobby manager? For all of us here at Quilt AI, it sure has been a long time (and we can’t wait to go back!).

The hospitality sector in the United States lost 498,000 jobs in the month of December alone due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and there seems to be a long way to recovery for the entire industry. …

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Juley is a full-time RV-er. She embarked on this journey in 2012 in the USA with her late husband. She now travels solo in her Airstream travel trailer with her dog Murphy. She also runs an online shop for RV gear and accessories and hopes to equip aspiring solo female RV travelers with the necessary knowledge and skills to travel by themselves with confidence.

Emily and Matt have taken up RV life more recently. Since November 2020, they have been living and traveling around the USA in a renovated Airstream with their dog Mia. …

The past year has brought unprecedented change for people across the globe, along with a drastic need to adapt to these changing circumstances. The hardest hitting occurrence has been the long duration of time spent at home. The lack of socialization has gravely impacted people’s well-being, and has led to a strong preference for the outdoors (with all safety precautions).

Individuals have tried adopting many different ways to reset and improve their mental health and work productivity during the pandemic. Being outdoors and close to nature offers people an outlet to disconnect from the material and digital world. …


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