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How Social Media is Helping Scientists Track Rarely Sighted Whales
Photographs shared by members of the public, via Facebook and nature-watching network iNaturalist, are helping scientists track rare whales, even helping with academic studies. Annabelle Cranswick, a masters student in the Faculty of Science at Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland, says that photos supplied on social media and by citizen scientists have proven incredibly important in the effort to monitor whales. "We can assess that yes, this is a southern right whale, and discover how long a whale stayed in a particular area. Even a distant photo, showing just part of a whale, can be helpful,"
Five Tropical Flamingos Made a Rare and Exciting Appearance in Wisconsin
Five splendid flamingos made an unexpected appearance in Wisconsin, gracing the shores of Lake Michigan with their vibrant presence. Their unusual visit drew a large crowd of about 75 bird enthusiasts who eagerly gathered at South Beach to catch a glimpse of these magnificent visitors, a sight rarely seen so far from their tropical homes. Jim Edelhuber, an avid bird watcher and photographer, marveled at the spectacle, exclaiming, "This is huge. This is unbelievable."
Watch: These Football Players Helped Flip an Overturned Vehicle.
In a remarkable display of teamwork off the field, the University of Louisville football team came together to save a passenger in the middle of a car wreck. After a collision near the university's football stadium left a car overturned, football players rushed over to the scene after seeing what happened. Together, they flipped the car over, helping save the person inside. The Louisville Metropolitan Police said the individual was taken to the hospital with injuries but will be okay.
Nigeria's Annual Charity Walk to Support Children With Cancer Completed Its 7th Year
The Okapi Children Cancer Foundation in Abuja, Nigeria, organized a 6km charity walk to raise awareness about early cancer detection in children. This event, now in its seventh edition, was themed "Steps to survival for children fighting cancer" and aimed to make a positive impact on the lives of children battling cancer. By increasing awareness and support for these young patients, the foundation seeks to improve their chances of survival and ensure that more children receive the necessary care and attention they deserve.
A New Study Shows Bats Could Hold the Key to Preventing Cancer
A new study on bats reveals their unique genetic adaptations that allow them to avoid cancer and tolerate viral infections. These findings could provide insights into preventing diseases from spreading between animals and humans and offer valuable information on cancer prevention and immunity in humans. By comparing the genetic makeup of bats with cancer-susceptible mammals, researchers are uncovering extraordinary adaptations that may one day lead to breakthroughs in human health and disease prevention.
In Pictures: These are the Best Photos From the Bird Photographer of the Year Awards
The Bird Photographer of the Year competition celebrates the beauty and diversity of avian life while raising awareness about the conservation challenges birds face. This year's winners showcase breathtaking moments in the bird world, from dramatic falcon attacks to serene moonlit silhouettes of blackbirds. The competition serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving these creatures and their habitats, encouraging us to cherish and protect the natural world.
Natural History Museums Are Emerging as Heroes in the Fight Against Climate Change
Natural history museums hold an invaluable record of the Earth's past, and they are now making strides in digitizing their collections to help scientists, educators, and the public access this wealth of information. These digitized records are used to track environmental trends, study diseases, and provide educational resources. Additionally, the collaborative efforts of multiple museums are helping fill knowledge gaps and create a comprehensive digital archive of Earth's history, making this data accessible for a range of purposes.
Rescuers Saved This Tiny Bobcat Kitten During a Tropical Storm
During tropical storm Lee in New Brunswick, Canada, a tiny bobcat kitten was rescued by a caring resident who noticed the unusual animal trying to climb their leg. Weighing just 1.6 pounds and estimated to be one month old, the kitten was taken to the Atlantic Wildlife Institute for rehabilitation. Named "Lee" after the storm, the feisty little bobcat is receiving care and attention, and despite being a handful, she's in good health and expected to be released in the spring.
A NASA Capsule Has Brought Back Asteroid Samples from the Birth of the Solar System
In a thrilling conclusion to its seven-year, four-billion-mile journey, a saucer-shaped capsule carrying asteroid fragments returned to Earth, landing safely in Utah. This remarkable mission, led by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, collected valuable rocks and soil from the asteroid Bennu, offering clues about the solar system's origins. Scientists now anticipate gaining insights into the early formation of our solar system, the conditions for habitable planets, and the potential seeds of life that these asteroids may have delivered billions of years ago.
How a Mom is Using Her Grief to Help Other Families Navigate Challenging Times
Sarah Moore, a mother who tragically lost both her daughters to Mitochondrial disease, has turned her grief into a powerful force for good. In the absence of support during her family's darkest times, she is now helping other families affected by this rare and deadly disease. Her involvement with The Lily Foundation, which was established to support families like hers, is not only raising awareness but also providing vital assistance and a sense of community to those facing similar challenges.
This 500-Pound Pumpkin Named Julius is Bringing Joy to a Canadian Neighborhood
In Vancouver's Dunbar neighborhood, a couple, Michael and Joanna Polay, have cultivated a massive 500-pound pumpkin named Julius, making their debut at the annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off in Langley, B.C. This colossal gourd has captivated their community, becoming a social focal point for neighbors and strangers alike. Their dedication to nurturing Julius has not only brought joy but also highlights the camaraderie within the giant pumpkin growing community.