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How Do People Feel About God After Disaster Strikes…and more

How Do People Feel About God After Disaster Strikes? Templeton Gives Big to Find Out

The phrase “big questions” is thrown around a lot at the John Templeton Foundation. And by big questions, the foundation means to find answers to the “basic forces, concepts, and realities governing the universe and humankind’s place in the universe,” through projects related to hard sciences and those related to humanities. Bringing together seemingly incongruent disciplines like physical sciences and theology makes Templeton’s grantmaking pretty fascinating…

 

Ants Building Rafts and Bridges to Escape Flooding

A colony of fire ants were weathering the storm by creating an enormous life raft...

A colony of fire ants were weathering the storm by creating an enormous life raft…

On Sunday, a reporter covering the flooding in South Carolina made an interesting discovery: A colony of fire ants were weathering the storm by creating an enormous life raft, made out of themselves. The ants had all linked their limbs together, creating a contiguous mass that readily floats. The reporter subsequently posted a video of it, and it went viral almost immediately. But as it turns out, this isn’t a new discovery at all, and the fire ant raft practice is even more amazing than you’d think…

 

This New Student-Designed Super-Resilient Home Is The Beach House Of The Flooded Future

When Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, waters flooded over Hoboken, New Jersey, a commuter city across the Hudson River from midtown Manhattan. With half the city stranded, the National Guard moved in with food and supplies. Across New Jersey, the storm destroyed 350,000 homes. Three years later, a 60-person team of Hoboken students is assembling an impressive new resilient house that’s designed to withstand the next Hurricane Sandy-like storm and even supply power to its neighbors in a disaster. When they are done, they’ll send it to Seaside Park, a Jersey shore beach community, where it will serve as a resilience education center…

 

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