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This Tiny Pony is on His Way to Breaking an Adorable World Record
Pumuckel is a tiny pony who, at only 3 years old, weighs in at just 77 pounds. Standing at only 1-foot, 7-inches tall at the withers, he is truly the definition of small. His owner Carola Weidemann says he was born to average-sized parents but just came out a lot smaller. Despite his size, Pumuckel is your typical pony and enjoys going on outings with Carola to visit local hospitals and schools as a therapy horse. She hopes that when he turns 4 years old, he will be named the world's smallest pony in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Galapagos Penguin, One of the World’s Rarest, is Finding a Hopeful Resurgence
The Galapagos Islands are home to a unique population of penguins that have somehow found their way all the way around Cape Horn and up to the Equator. These penguins dwell in burrows under the ground, but with no soft soil or peat to dig them into, they have adapted to use the openings of extinct lava tubes from when the islands were formed. A determined conservation effort is underway to help these birds rebound from the impact of introduced predators, with biologists digging new burrows for them into the black rock of other islands.
This 86-Year-Old Woman Just Set the World Record for the Longest Orchestra Career
A 26-year-old woman has set a new world record for the longest career playing with the same orchestra. Anne Miller has been playing the viola in the Redhill Sinfonia in Surrey since the age of 14. The new official Guinness World Record is 71 years and 194 days - surpassing a bass player in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ms Miller, who credits her longevity on never having left the borough, said she has no plans to stop performing.
NASA's Orion Spacecraft Has Reached a Record Distance From Earth
At the halfway point in NASA's Artemis 1 mission, the unpiloted Orion moonship is chalking up a near-flawless flight. Monday afternoon, Orion reached a point in its "distant retrograde orbit around the moon some 268,562 miles from Earth - nearly43,000miles above lunar surface - setting a new distance record for human rated spacecraft. "The spacecraft is operating just tremendously well so far, and we're really happy with its performance overall across all the subsystem areas," said Howard Hu, NASA's Orion program manager.
Giving Tuesday: Why Giving (And Receiving) is Good for You
A new study has found that giving support to important social relationships can reduce inflammation levels in the blood. This is a significant finding as inflammation can be a risk factor for many diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. The study looked at data from middle-aged adults but preliminary research suggests similar benefits among younger people. So during this Giving Tuesday, remember that the virtue of giving may not only make others feel good but could also have positive benefits for your own health!
This Teen Created a Website For His Friends to Deliver Groceries to Seniors
The coronavirus has had a big impact on everyone, but especially the elderly. The virus has a high mortality rate for seniors, so they have to be extra careful. That's where Daniel Goldberg and his friends come in. They've started a program called Zoomers to Boomers, where high school kids deliver groceries and prescriptions to seniors in need. The program is free, and it's already making a big difference in the Santa Barbara community.
Watch: This Teen Got a Beautiful Haka Send-Off at the Airport
This haka video features a group of young men sending off their friend who is headed to the United States for school. The haka is a traditional dance and chant originating from Māori culture that was originally used to prepare warriors for battle. Today, it is still performed as a custom on special occasions. This particular haka send-off is significant because it shows the culture being successfully passed down from one generation to the next.
How Scientists Are Using Math to Better Treat Cancer
Cancer is a complex and difficult disease to treat effectively. Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a new algorithm that could potentially improve radiation therapy treatments by 22%. The algorithm takes into account the fact that tumors are made up of different kinds of cells, including cancer stem cells, which are more resistant to radiation than other types of cells. This new approach could help doctors better target cancerous cells and improve treatment outcomes for patients.
How a Team of Strangers Came Together to Rescue a Stranded Peacock
What began as a surreal sight for residents in downtown Victoria ended with a heartwarming display of kindness. After spotting a peacock strutting down the busy street, Kirk Van Ludwig and Logan Jacobsen quickly realized the bird was in danger. They corralled the peacock into an enclosure to keep him safe until David Ferguson arrived on the scene. Recognizing that the bird had likely wandered far from home, Kirk and David drove across town with the peacock safely tucked inside, returning it back home.
Here's How Responsible Screen Time Can Help Children
Are screens really to blame for all the bad outcomes in children? One study found that out of 350,000 adolescents, only 0.4% showed negative mental effects from technology use. So while we can't completely shield our kids from screens, we can teach them how to use them responsibly. Here are three things parents can do to help their kids become "screen smart": 1) Evaluate media together; 2) Draw screen boundaries; and 3) Use screens for good. By teaching our kids these skills, we can help them find a healthy balance with their screen time.