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During a wildlife survey in Madagascar, Mayor discovered a new species of mouse lemur. "[It] weighs less than two ounces, fits in the palm of your hands," she says. Mark Thiessen/Courtesy of Mireya Mayor hide caption

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My Big Break

Trading Pom-Poms For Field Boots: Mireya Mayor's Big Break

The explorer's life plays out like an adventure film. But before she ever went diving with great whites, she was cheering for the Miami Dolphins — until a required science course changed her plans.

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After Making Waves In 2014, ISIS' Power Appears To Ebb

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Rural Doctor Launches Startup To Ease Pain Of Dying Patients

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Trading Pom-Poms For Field Boots: Mireya Mayor's Big Break

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Little Wing Maya Beiser

Marya Gelvosa and Josh Gerritsen run a small farm on Maine's rocky mid-coast, providing their local community with beef, lamb and heritage poultry. They're decades younger than the average American farmer, but they love the lifestyle. "It's very fulfilling work," Gelvosa says. Josh Gerritsen/Donkey Universe Farm hide caption

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A Young Generation Sees Greener Pastures In Agriculture

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Marketers Turn To Memories Of Sweeter Times To Sell Cereal

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