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Not long ago, the idea that you could design a car that could drive itself and its passengers from place to place safely was something out of science fiction films. But the idea has gone from drawing boards to a prototype to the road.

At least two companies have set early versions of the self-driving car out for a spin – Audi, the German maker of some high-end cars and SUVs, and Google.

Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project / facebook.com

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project is not primarily about helping surfers in trouble – though the group recently elicited the help of one of the world’s pioneers in the field of surf rescue.

The mission of the project is to convince municipalities to have better safety measures in place at Great Lakes beaches, and also to make water safety training mandatory for children growing up in the region.

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The Canadian band Whitehorse is known for its innovative use of looping technology when it plays live – but their performance for us was stripped down and acoustic:

Keep an eye out for the full interview with Whitehorse to air in the coming weeks.

Poem: Magician

May 18, 2015
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I can divine these brambles.
Or these gnarled flowers at my feet.
They obscure my heels as I
float on yellow horizons.
Tip the diagonal of my arms into
the numbers of years set down like dust.
I can, you see, lead you somewhere,
over rock and highland green.
I can conjure stone from earth
to make a window to another world.
Come with me. Take the tips of my fingers.
Interlace the leaves and set down
your sword, your wand.
You have no need for all the people
who make up your mind.

S Bence

MeterHero rewards users for using less water and electricity. McGee Young came up with the idea with his students at Marquette University.

The story starts a few years ago, when McGee Young was teaching a course on innovation and sustainability. He and his students wanted to find a way to help people realize how much water they use.

Milwaukeeballet.org/Michael S. Levine

Even if you’re not a football fan, you might tune into the Super Bowl for the halftime show. And of the many hundreds of people who make that spectacle happen, David Grill is of the key players.

Grill is a lighting designer. In addition to the most-watched sporting event on the planet, Grill has been a long-time artistic partner of the Milwaukee Ballet’s Michael Pink.

Mike Sharafinski

There’s invariably a flurry of stories about personal fitness near the first of the year – around the time people make a commitment to eat better, spend less time on the couch and generally get into shape.

But by mid-May, that commitment can fall by the wayside for various reasons. Featured in Lake Effect's first fitness segment, Fit For You, is the Latin-inspired and infused exercise Zumba Fitness.

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Since the beginning of the year, our Precious Lives series has been telling the story of the impact gun violence has on people and communities. When the media does stories about mass shootings, we often hear that counseling services are made available to people who were traumatized by the incident.

But that’s not something that always – or even often – happens with a single, isolated murder, even though those incidents can be just as traumatic as the high-profile cases. 

S Bence

Friday marks day seven of the 15-day urban garden blitz in the Milwaukee area.

Several hundred volunteers are ferrying wooden planks and trucking mound upon mound of soil to build, and fill 4x8 raised garden beds. The effort is in its 7th season and is the brainchild of the Victory Garden Initiative, or VGI.

Adam Ryan Morris

A little over 6 years ago, a new theater company came onto the Milwaukee stage. Uprooted Theatre was formed by four Wisconsin African American theater professionals who wanted to ensure their stories were being told and actors of color were being hired – and not just for “black” parts.

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