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This 'Once in a Lifetime' Photo of a Comet is Winning Awards
A rare photo of a comet that will never again be seen from Earth has won a prestigious photography prize. The image, taken on Christmas Day 2021, shows a piece of the comet's tail breaking off and being carried away by the solar wind. The comet, named Leonard, made a brief appearance to Earth after being discovered in 2021, but has now left our Solar System. The Royal Observatory Greenwich in London, which runs the Astronomy Photography of the Year competition, called the image "astonishing".
Space Scientists Have Detected the Brightest Gamma Ray Blast Ever
NASA's Swift team has detected the brightest gamma ray burst (GRB) ever, named GRB 221009A, which occurred 2 billion light-years from Earth. The blast was 10 times brighter than any other previously detected and illuminated much of the galaxy. X-ray astronomer Dr Phil Evans, who leads the University of Leicester's involvement in Swift, said that studying this GRB in great detail can reveal information about the physics of a blast wave, and the discovery is a testament to the power of careful observation and the potential of serendipitous discoveries.
A Group of Woman Who Served During WWII Are Being Honored for Their Life-Saving Work
It was a heartwarming day in D.C. as a dozen women were celebrated for their contribution to winning World War II. The group of 11 women, known as "Rosie the Riveters," who previously worked in positions held only by men, were flown to Washington, DC and taken to the World War II Memorial for a special ceremony.. Among them was Mae Krier, a 95-year-old Rosie who worked as a riveter building bombers during the war and has spent the past 20 years educating the public about the role women played on the Home Front.
Ukrainian Refugees are Heading South to Help Tornado Survivors in Mississippi
An inspiring story of resilience and compassion is unfolding in Mississippi. A group of Ukrainian refugees living in Minneapolis is driving to Mississippi to help families clean up after deadly tornado outbreaks. The volunteers hope to spread a message of strength and support as they deliver vital tools and supplies. Iryna Hrebebnyk says she's doing it "to stay together, to help each other, to encourage each other, as we have. We came from the same disaster, and that's how we grow the community."
This 12-Year-Old Saved Her Two Brothers From a House Fire
Heroic Emily Neufeld stepped up to the plate when her home caught fire, saving her siblings and pets in the process! The 12-year-old Manitoba girl showed incredible bravery when she smelled something strange coming from downstairs. Without hesitating, she ran upstairs and grabbed her two brothers - 8-year old Jamie and 4-year old Levi - and all their pets. Emily credits a babysitting course for preparing her with the necessary tips on fire safety which allowed her family to make it out of their home safe and sound.
How Ukuleles Helped Rewild a Tropical Forest in Hawai'i
Joe and Kristen Souza, who run the Kanile'a Ukulele company in Hawai'i, have launched a forest restoration project to save the koa tree, the wood they use to craft their ukuleles. The couple were inspired to plant a koa tree for every ukulele they built, and in 2014, purchased a 39-hectare property and launched their own NGO called Saving Hawaii's Forests to restore the degraded land to its biodiverse tropical forest state. Despite the challenges, the couple have since rewilded the area and lured back threatened species.
Meet the Grandmas Kicking Stereotypes on the Soccer Field
A group of grandmothers from South Africa, known as Vakhegula Vakhegula, jogged into a stadium to cheers for the first match of the Grannies International Football Tournament. The tournament will see at least 15 teams from South Africa and other countries compete, including teams from as far away as France and the United States. The team was formed in 2007 to improve the health of local women. The women on the team enjoy playing soccer and staying active, with one player saying she no longer needs medication for arthritis since she started playing.
Actor Orlando Bloom Surprised Children in Ukraine With a Special Visit
Orlando Bloom recently visited Kyiv, Ukraine to show his support for children in need. The charismatic actor shared a few smiles and inspirational stories with President Volodymyr Zelensky and Unicef as well! During the visit, Bloom got a chance to step into kids' shoes—literally—and they were definitely beaming with joy after spending some quality time with him. He was truly moved by their courage and strength, describing them as absolutely “awe-inspiring”.
55 Years Later, a Soldier Has Returned a Lost Diary Back to Its Home
In heartwarming news, U.S. veteran Peter Mathews has returned the diary of a fallen Vietnamese soldier to his family after nearly 55 years. Mathews found the diary of Cao Van Tuat, filled with poetry and artwork, while serving in the army in 1967 and spent years searching for Tuat's family. After translating some pages and posting details on social media, local authorities in Vietnam confirmed the diary belonged to Tuat. Mathews and his wife traveled over 24 hours to Vietnam to return the diary to Tuat's family, who were grateful to have it.
Renewably Generated Electricity Surpassed Coal for the First Time in the US
Great news for renewable energy in the US! According to the US Energy Information Administration, for the first time ever, electricity generated from renewable sources exceeded that created by coal in 2022. This drop in coal-fired electricity generation, from 23% to 20%, was accompanied by an increase in wind and solar energy, which rose from 12% to 14%. Experts predict that this trend will continue, with further growth in renewable energy and decline in coal-generated electricity.
A New NASA Mission to Saturn's Moon Could Discover the Clues to Life's Origins
NASA's Dragonfly drone is set to launch in 2027 to explore Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Equipped with a full suite of scientific instruments, Dragonfly will be NASA's first interplanetary rotorcraft-lander probe, capable of flying several miles between geological points of interest on Titan's surface. Its mission is to test Titan's properties, atmospheric composition, and the chemical makeup of its differing liquid bodies. Scientists hope to find clues to the origins of life on Earth by studying Titan's environment and chemical markers.