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John Green: Thoughts on How to Make Things and Why

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A week ago, novelist/mental_floss YouTube channel host John Green returned to his alma mater, Kenyon College, to drop some knowledge. Green graduated in 2000, and since then has gone on to make a Tumblr and write some books and stuff. If you're a John Green fan, block out an hour and enjoy this.

Discussed: genre fiction, why stories matter, "Happy birthday, sir, despite the circumstances," the many things he cribbed from his professors, the 65% true fleece vest story, a Q&A session, and much more. (The fleece vest story is kind of a Kenyon classic; it starts around 14:30.)

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Things You Didn't Know Came From Massachusetts
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The Bay State may be small, but it's definitely pulling its weight when it comes to cool creations.

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How Overfishing Threatens the World's Oceans—and What We Can Do About It
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Fish populations around the globe are in serious trouble, thanks to the modern fishing industry. Instead of simply using poles and intuition, factory ships employ radar, sonar, helicopters, and even spotter planes to hunt down schools of fish, which they catch using massive nets and lines studded with hundreds of hooks. These technologies allow us to snare all kinds of deep-water delicacies—but they come with an ecological cost, according to TED-Ed’s video below.

Learn how overfishing harms the environment—and what we can do to protect our oceans—by listening to marine biologist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and environmental studies scholar Jennifer Jacquet’s lesson below.

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