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7 Ideas To Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day This Weekend

April 27 is Independent Bookstore Day — a celebration of indie bookshops across the United States! Here are some ways to celebrate the big event.
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TED announces rebrand, invites more conversation (and controversy) at 2024 conference

To kick off TED’s 2024 conference, head of TED Chris Anderson unveiled TED’s new tagline and changes to this year’s event
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Meet the startup that wants to make it easier to be an informed citizen

This Oregon-based startup aims to make civic engagement a lot more easy and enjoyable — for voters, candidates, advocacy organizations, and businesses alike.
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LEGO stores just completely changed the way they support autistic shoppers

LEGO will enhance accessibility in stores worldwide with new shopping features, in hopes of creating a more inclusive environment for all LEGO lovers.
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Lily Gladstone, Greta Gerwig, more join Netflix committee to award trans, nonbinary, female filmmakers with life-changing grant

Gerwig and Gladstone join forces with industry giants to award $50,000 grants to underrepresented filmmakers through new Netflix program.
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Left: The Teal Wand; Right: Serena Williams and Alison Rapaport Stillman

This new at-home cervical cancer test aims to replace traditional pap smears — and it’s backed by Serena Williams

With promising trial results and pending FDA approval, the Teal Wand aims to empower women with greater control over their health care.
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Tired of Google? Try this new search engine that funds biodiversity efforts

Conscientious web surfers and animal lovers can now search using Karma, a search engine that funds biodiversity efforts.
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Left: A Bar of Their Own logo, Right: Three women standing and smiling inside of a women's sports bar

Minnesota's new woman-owned bar exclusively caters to women's sports — and its fans

A Bar of Their Own is the latest in an emerging trend of women's sports bars across the U.S. and is the first of its kind in the Midwest.
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New app offers a global map, directory of LGBTQ-owned businesses

Originally a website, the directory of LGBTQ+ safe spaces has now launched as a free app on Apple Store and Google Play.
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Charlotte Liebling stands next to a display for Loved Before in a department store; two plushies from Loved Before sit in a cardboard box

Company transforms pre-loved plushies into sustainable toys: 'We can change the industry forever'

The eco-friendly soft toy "adoption agency" encourages donors to share stories about their plush toys, emphasizing the value gained by pre-loved toys through their unique experiences.
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Seaweed packaging startup to replace plastics for national retailers like J. Crew and Burton

California startup Sway pioneers compostable packaging made from seaweed-based polymers, offering a scalable alternative to single-use plastics in an age of increasing pressure for waste accountability.
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Illustration of three environmental innovations: the first panel shows a coral propagation grid underwater, the second features a cartoon waste collection device named 'WasteShark' in a polluted water body, and the third displays an eco-friendly spray bottle with a cucumber and a tag saying 'No sharks plz!' hanging on a hook, representing a device to reduce bycatch in fishing.

5 Climate-Forward Innovations To Give You Hope

There are truly too many brilliant solutions to count, but here are five exciting climate breakthroughs that give us hope to keep up the fight. 
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