Protecting Endangered Vegetables

From Great Big Story. You’ve heard talk about protecting endangered animals, but what about endangered vegetables? It’s a crisis that’s come about with the worldwide rise of industrial farming—many indigenous veggies simply aren’t being grown in great quantities anymore. Dr. Prabhakar Rao, who has a PhD in plant breeding and genetics, is saving as many…

How You Can Hike, Bike, Ski and Dive for Science

From Great Big Story. Want to help scientists find ways to protect butterflies, create a safe passage for wildlife and rid the oceans of microplastics? Well, if you’re up for the adventure, Gregg Treinish has got some work for you. With his nonprofit Adventure Scientists, he’s empowering everyone to volunteer and collect data and specimens,…

How You Can Hike, Bike, Ski and Dive for Science

From Great Big Story. Want to help scientists find ways to protect butterflies, create a safe passage for wildlife and rid the oceans of microplastics? Well, if you’re up for the adventure, Gregg Treinish has got some work for you. With his nonprofit Adventure Scientists, he’s empowering everyone to volunteer and collect data and specimens,…

The World’s Only Floating National Park

From Great Big Story. Located in the Indian state of Manipur, Keibul Lamjao National Park is the world’s only floating wildlife sanctuary. The park’s Loktak Lake—the largest freshwater lake in northern India—is a spectacular sight, dotted with green patches and rings of vegetation known as “phumdi” that float atop the water. A biodiverse park, Keibul…

The Disease Detectives Stop Outbreaks at Their Source

From Great Big Story. After two category 5 hurricanes hit the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017, the immediate aftermath left buildings destroyed and neighborhoods flooded. But another, less visible, threat left local health officials very concerned. After traces of the bacterial infection leptospirosis were found on the island of Saint Croix, officials called on the…

The Swordsmith to the Stars

From Great Big Story. Growing up, Kenneth Spivey didn’t want to simply experience movie magic; he wanted to make it. So he got to work learning the art of blacksmithing, leatherworking, gem-setting and more. Today, Kenneth’s a master prop maker working on Hollywood films like the ones he’s always loved—and likely inspiring the next generation.…

Saving Languages From Extinction

From Great Big Story. Tunica, Osing, Sorani Kurdish and Dutch sign language—these are among about 500 languages considered critically endangered. With only a handful of speakers, and no active movement to revive the language, they could be lost to time. Thankfully, Daniel Bögre Udell is listening. The co-founder and director of Wikitongues is working with…

Fighting Avalanches With World War II Cannons

From Great Big Story. On California’s Mammoth Mountain, the powder is great, but the risks are real. When large snowfalls and intense winds merge into avalanches, things get risky on steep slopes. To keep thousands of skiers and snowboarders safe high in the Sierras, ski patrollers like Matt Seibert fight off dangerous avalanches using a…

Helping Homeless Kids Celebrate Their Birthdays

From Great Big Story. Every child deserves to celebrate their birthday. But for families living in the shelter system, having resources to throw a bash isn’t always attainable. That’s where Schinnell Leake comes in. With her non-profit Extra-Ordinary Birthdays, she partners with shelters to throw personalized birthday parties for kids, giving them a moment to…