Soft Robotics Engineer Kari Love Started as a Broadway Costume Designer
Broadway Costume Designer

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
young chef

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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How a Husband and Wife Channeled Their Chemistry into a Biomedical Business
Biomedical Business

Susie and Michael Wuollett didn’t set out to be entrepreneurs—and they definitely didn’t plan to invent a product that stops bleeding. Both children of business owners themselves, they knew the difficulties and anxieties of running a company. “Michael’s mom had a salon and my dad had a counseling service and we wanted to pick the biggest

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How One Community Turned a Racial Divide Into a Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr

“How do you go about loving your enemies?” This quote from Dr. Martin Luther King has new and challenging resonance today. The question can be found carved in steel in a large, abstract sculpture called “Freedom Forum II,” installed in a hillside Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Park in Minneapolis. Renamed just months after Dr. King’s

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The Rise and Fall (and Rise Again?) of Musical Film
musical film

It might be a toe-tapping, jazz-handed renaissance. “La La Land” swept the Golden Globes last night and has been lauded as the second coming of musical film in American cinema. Other modern movie musicals like “Pitch Perfect,” “Into the Woods” and “Les Miserables” and TV shows like “Glee” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (not to mention the recent

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Asiya Breaks Barriers to Sports for Muslim Girls

Minneapolis activist Fatimah Hussein noticed a problem while working with Muslim girls at a community gym: they were sitting on the sidelines not because they didn’t want to play, but because they didn’t have the right clothes. That’s when Hussein got the idea for Asiya, a new line of sleek, breathable and sweat-wicking athletic hijabs. The product of

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One Muslim U.S. Veteran Talks About Service

Mohammad Zafar is a teacher, trainer, husband and father. He’s also a Muslim and a former Marine who served in Japan and California. Zafar moved to the U.S. from Pakistan with his parents in 1988 at the age of 13 and enlisted in the military right out of high school. This Veterans Day, I asked Zafar

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Set Theory and Pointe Shoes: Dance Legend William Forsythe
William Forsyth

Between notes at dress rehearsal, one of the principal dancers in the “Celebrate Forsythe” performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles came discreetly off the stage. She quietly sat down amid the sea of empty red seats where the audience would assemble later that night. As soon as she sat, her composure evaporated

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Helen Money Makes Heavy Metal Music with Her Cello
helen money

Take all your pre-conceived notions about music and throw them out the window—Helen Money is here to show you that boxes are for squares. Money, the stage name for Alison Chesley, is a cellist who defies the laws of labels, walking the lines between rock and classical, ambient and heavy metal, and doing it beautifully. Photo

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Happy Little Accidents: Writing Bob Ross’ Story
happy little accidents

I was an outsider when I landed in Los Angeles. I’d studied film in college, but the last time I’d done anything with that training was before I dropped out. Still, the concept of making a film professionally reverberated, so I sought out Sarah, a pal from those college filmmaking days, who was at that point

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