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Pearl Fryar’s world-renowned topiary garden of rescued plants

In Bishopville, South Carolina, Pearl Fryar is a local gardening legend. When he first moved to the small town in the 1980s, he was almost unable to build his house because neighbors feared that as an African American...

The exceptional life of Benjamin Banneker

Born in 1731 on a farm in Baltimore, Maryland, Benjamin Banneker was an accomplished author, publisher, scientist, astronomer, mathematician, urban planner, activist, and farmer throughout his life. A free descendant ...

Jackie Robinson, baseball pioneer and American hero

It was 1947 when Jack Roosevelt Robinson, known as 'Jackie' in popular culture, put an end to segregation in baseball as the first African American player in the major leagues. This Mini Bio reveals his life before ba...

Yolanda Baker, last of the disco ball makers

Yolanda Baker's fingers move with electric efficiency as she works her way around a mirror ball early on a Tuesday morning in a small Highlands factory. The core of the mirror ball is dull spun aluminum but with every...

France A. Córdova – Nautilus’ Spark of Science

France A. Córdova, the director of the National Science Foundation of the United States, former NASA Chief Scientist, and former Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, had to petition to get into her h...

Wooden toys by 80-year-old Japanese toymaker Masaaki Hiroi

Fourth generation toymaker Masaaki Hiroi handcrafts toys in his workshop at the age of 80. In this AJ+ profile, he talks about his work, his classic toys, and aging. He wants to live until he's 200 years old. An excer...

Ashima Shiraishi, one of the best rock climbers in the world

A veteran rock climber at just 14 years old -- she started scaling boulders at the age of six -- New Yorker Ashima Shiraishi is considered to be one of the strongest and most talented climbers on the planet. The N...

The Dreams of an Astronaut – with Helen Sharman

The first in a series of videos that explores the impact of space exploration on humanity, The Royal Institution presents The Dreams of an Astronaut, an animated interview with Dr. Helen Sharman, a chemist and the fir...

Rosa Parks, her story as a lifelong civil rights activist

On December 1st, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested when she bravely refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger. In protest of the unjust Alabama law that required African Americans to sit in the back of the bu...

Brown Ballerinas – Inside the Dance Theatre of Harlem

Mashable's "Brown ballerinas: Ballet's big diversity moment is approaching" gives this inside look at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, as well as the personal experiences of Jenelle Figgins and Chyrstyn Fentroy as dancers...

NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin – Chronicles

An engineer with a masters in Materials Sciences, retired NASA astronaut Leland Melvin is a veteran of two Space Shuttle Atlantis missions (STS-122 in February 7–20, 2008 and STS-129 in November 16–27, 2009), and spen...

Inside a Wilson Football Factory: How a NFL football is made

When Jane Helser started sewing around 150 handmade footballs per day at the Wilson Sporting Goods factory in Ada, Ohio, it was 1966. She was 19 years old. For the next 48 years, as presidents, football players and...

Dr. Mae Jemison, NASA Astronaut: I Wanted To Go Into Space

Find out why NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison wanted to go into space in this profile from NOVA's The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers. A physician, a chemical engineer, a teacher, a dancer, and the first Afri...

Watch 11-year-old rock climbing prodigy Brooke Raboutou climb

It's no wonder that 11-year-old Brooke Raboutou loves to rock climb: Her parents are two former world champion climbers who own a rock climbing gym in Boulder, Colorado, and from very young, climbing has been a huge p...

Mentoria Hutchinson, NYPD’s Dancing Traffic Cop

Mentoria Hutchinson, NYPD’s Dancing Traffic Cop, a city video story from The New York Times: Telling drivers to stop or go, or turn or go straight, may sound simple, but these are aggravated commuters limping...

The Last Ice Merchant (El Último Hielero)

From the chopping of ice chunks high on the Mount Chimborazo to hearing firsthand about this family’s traditions, The Last Ice Merchant (El Último Hielero) is an engaging documentary a...

The Perennial Plate: Kunming, China’s organic food movement

Lifen Yang is owner and chef of Tusheng Shiguan, a small farm to table restaurant in Kunming, a city in Yunnan Province, China. In the wake of so many food-safety scandals in her country, Lifen is working to bring org...

Alana Nichols – The first woman to win gold in two Paralympics

Alana Nichols of the women’s wheelchair basketball team admits she likes going “really fast.” “I love feeling my heart beat,” she says. Her competitive spirit...