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Mobile Home Park Owners Can Spoil An Affordable American Dream

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Patrick Meier (center, in cap) flies a drone in Nepal after the earthquake in 2015. Meier and his team were able to to capture detailed images of damage around the capital, Kathmandu. He believes using this technology will make crisis mapping even more effective for disaster response. Courtesy of Patrick Meier/WeRobotics hide caption

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When Disaster Strikes, He Creates A 'Crisis Map' That Helps Save Lives

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Crisis Mapping Pioneer Focuses On Humanitarian Uses For Drones

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Dr. Harry Selker, a cardiologist, works on collaborations to improve delivery of medical care. M. Scott Brauer for NPR hide caption

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This Doctor Is Trying To Stop Heart Attacks In Their Tracks

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Rebecca Richards-Kortum is a "genius grant" winner with a very busy schedule. The engineering professor, who encourages students to come up with medical devices that will be valuable in the developing world, is the mother of six and a marathon runner. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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'Genius Grant' Winner Is A Genius At Inspiring Students

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Students perform a creative writing exercise at Cold Water Well Middle School. Students write descriptive prose from the perspective of a human statue, a blind person feeling the statue, and an outside observer. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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In China, Some Schools Are Playing With More Creativity, Less Cramming

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That First Paycheck Is An Exciting Moment ... And A Teachable One

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Mentors Chris Regan, Jordan Wagner and Eric Schiffhauer pose for a picture with Jebree Christian, a recent high school graduate from West Baltimore, in front of Jimmy's on Baltimore's harbor. Gabrielle Emanuele/NPR hide caption

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Why It's Never Too Late To Rescue Failing Students

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Sal Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, sits in the main room of his laboratory school in Silicon Valley. Sami Yenigun/NPR hide caption

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From YouTube Pioneer Sal Khan, A School With Real Classrooms

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Glenn Baker, 44, stands in his South Side apartment that is paid for by a program of the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. Miles Bryan/WBEZ hide caption

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A Hospital Offers Frequent ER Patients An Out — Free Housing

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Safety Product That Uses Fingerprint ID Likely To Irk Some Gun Owners

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These Graduates Beat The Odds, Now They Need A Job

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A reconfigured, high-tech shipping container houses a Hamburg refugee shelter's primary care clinic. More are planned. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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In Germany, Asylum Seekers' Medical Needs Are Being Contained

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At a one-room school in the Colombian Andes, students learn convivencia -- which means, more or less, the art of living together. Steve Drummond/NPR hide caption

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The One-Room Schoolhouse That's A Model For The World

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Young Hackers In Molenbeek Work To Boost Brussels District's Reputation

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Bitcoin Evangelist Touts Digital Currency As New Hope For Wall Street

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Beh paw Gaw is a New Roots graduate and a Karen refugee from Myanmar. Now she has her own three acre farm which she runs with her sister Pay lay, who is also a graduate of the New Roots program. Oluwakemi Aladesuyi/NPR hide caption

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Refugees Plant The Seeds Of A New Community In Kansas City

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