Elan Lee Designs Games That Make Reality Better
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There are moments in Elan Lee’s professional life that sound like something out of a different reality. Unsurprising, really, when you discover that he’s one of the best alternate reality game designers in the business. He’s designed popular interactive games “I Love Bees,” “Year Zero,” “The Beast” and “Exploding Kittens.” But before diving into Lee’s extraordinary

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The Surprising Creative Science of ‘Microdreams’
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The human brain is a masterful engine of creativity and improvisation during our waking hours. We take images, sounds and experiences and turn them into sculptures, movies and poems. By developing creative talents, we can improve our ability to translate the stimuli of the real world into fantasy, art and escape. The experience of creativity

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Las Fotos Project Teaches Teen Girls Confidence Through Photography
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What’s the power of artistic expression? The teen students of Las Fotos Project in Los Angeles will give you all kinds of answers. The organization teaches photography skills to low- and middle-income girls of color who wouldn’t otherwise have access to photography equipment and classes. Founder Eric Ibarra started the program to provide kids a creative outlet,

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Why Mary Robinette Kowal Traded in Puppets for Science Fiction
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A “catastrophic puppeteer injury” wouldn’t mean the beginning of an award-winning career for most people—but Mary Robinette Kowal is a different sort of someone. Science fiction author Kowal has led a fascinating life in the arts. And it all started with puppets. I was one of those kids who wanted to do everything. And I

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Fallen Fruit Brings Free, Organic Produce to Public Spaces
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Have you ever walked past an apple tree or berry bush in a public space and wondered what happens to the fruit? Is it safe to pick and eat, or not? Unfortunately, a lot of it goes to waste—getting overripe, falling to the ground and rotting. To the guys behind Fallen Fruit, that waste, existing

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How Luke Davies Went from Poet to Academy Award Nominee
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Just a few weeks before the 2017 Academy Awards, “Lion” screenwriter Luke Davies flew to London for for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards. He brought his niece with him to the ceremony, where he won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay. For the Oscars, he brought his mother along, flying her

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Screenwriting Maven Heidi Hornbacher Wants to Help You ‘Crack Your Story’
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Talking to Heidi Hornbacher makes you believe you can write the next “Inception.” And she wants to help you do it. The term “polymath” leaps to mind—Hornbacher is a teacher, writer, director, producer, executive and entrepreneur, the founder of Supposable Productions and PageCraft, a company that offers screenwriting retreats in Italy and workshops in Los Angeles. Los

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Meet the Busy Guys Behind Bizzy Coffee
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Ever thought to yourself, “There simply aren’t enough hours in the day”? What do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed? Best friends Alex French and Andrew Healy felt like they had way too much to do and not enough energy to do it, so they started a company—Bizzy Coffee—to help them, and others, solve that

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Soft Robotics Engineer Kari Love Started as a Broadway Costume Designer
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Art and science make brilliant partners, and when you find a single creator who has mastered both disciplines, you’re in fascinating territory. Enter soft robotics engineer Kari Love. As a robotics engineer, Love has created costumes for Broadway productions, puppets for “Sesame Street” and spacesuits. So what is soft robotics? The easiest way to think

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This Young Chef is Building a Company to Keep Seniors Healthy
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Grocery delivery services. Take out. Dining out. Apps for meals delivered straight to you. These days, you can sample from a smorgasbord of food services and products to make your life easier, but what’s missing from some of these modern-day conveniences? First of all, human interaction. Open your app and request whatever it is you need and it arrives on

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