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10 Stories From This Week to Make You Smile
When life gets tough, it's always nice to know that there are still good people in the world. From kind strangers helping out in a difficult situation, to celebrities taking the time to connect with fans, there are countless acts of kindness that happen every day. These ultimate feel-good stories from this week are a reminder that, despite the bad news we often see in the headlines, there is still a lot of good in the world.
This Abandoned Train Station Has Transformed Into a Beautiful Hotel
Welcome to Canfranc Station - a luxurious hotel operated by the Barcelo Hotel Group and once an abandoned railway station! Against a snowy backdrop of the Pyrenees mountains, deep in Spain's Aragon Valley, stands this imposing yet beautiful building. The station opened grandly in 1928 with Spanish King & French President marking the occasion- but by 1970 it had closed its doors. Now, locals greet its reopening with enthusiasm as travelers come to soak up European rail history with panoramic mountain views & explore 100 years of fascinating past stories!
MLB The Show is Highlighting Historic Baseball Greats for the First Time
For the first time, MLB The Show is letting players step into a world of Black excellence! Eight legendary Negro League stars have been added to the 2023 version of the game- from Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson, to Buck O’Neil, Rube Foster & more. This multi-year partnership with Sony celebrates the history and heroes behind the league - bringing them alive in a way that'll wow gamers of all ages. Players can explore story mode videos about these greats - and enjoy gaming moments full of boldness & precision.
This Nashville Bookstore is Offering Solace to the Community After Tragedy
In the aftermath of a tragic school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, Parnassus Books, an independent bookstore owned by award-winning author Ann Patchett, opened its doors to the community to provide a safe space for grieving and healing. Patchett welcomed anyone who “didn’t know what to do today” to come to the bookstore, hold a dog, and just “be with us.” This gesture of kindness and support reminds us that we can all come together in times of tragedy to provide comfort and hope.
How One Club is Helping Thousands of Women Tackle Loneliness
Almost 20,000 women in London have found their new BFFs thanks to the awesome London Lonely Girls Club. It was founded by Holly Cooke five years ago. Despite moving to the capital and struggling to meet people, she Googled 'how to make friends in London,' but group meetups felt "intense and scary." Holly is not alone, as one in 12 Londoners is affected by severe loneliness, according to a report published in December. She created a club where everyone's welcome - all designed for all women longing for connection and belonging.
Researchers Have Found a Way to Produce Carbon-Negative Concrete
Concrete is having a makeover! Finnish materials researchers just found the perfect carbon-negative replacement for cement that they say captures more CO2 than it takes to produce. The magical ingredient? Slag from blast furnace smelting combined with bio-ash. In early experiments, it reduced the CO2 emissions of conventional concrete by 45% and lowering its carbon footprint to -60 kg/m3 by replacing Portland cement with slag This innovation could help to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of one of humanity's most widely-used building materials.
New "Smart" Bandages Could Monitor Wounds for Targeted Healing
Sometimes it can feel like pesky cuts, scrapes, and burns linger forever - but a new smart bandage developed at Caltech may provide the expert help needed to move healing along faster. With embedded electronics providing real-time updates and medication supply right on site, this breakthrough 'smart' tech is bringing hope of relief to chronic wounds. Wounds no longer have to take their time or cost healthcare systems so much money - these smart bandages are here with solutions!
Back From the Moon, Shaun the Sheep is Ready to Share What He Learnt About Space
Shaun the Sheep is back home in England to a hero's welcome! After completing his astronaut training, this 6-inch stop motion model embarked on an epic journey aboard NASA's Artemis 1 mission. From traveling 1.4 million miles and splashing down safely, Shaun will be honored with commemorative plaques & documents marking his flight of a lifetime! His celebratory post-flight tour starting soon has ESA recruits excited to join him at space centers across Europe where he'll help people grow their knowledge about exploration.
The NFL's Damar Hamlin is on a Mission to Put More Defibrillators in Schools
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin visited Capitol Hill to push for better access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools. Hamlin's survival from sudden cardiac arrest during a football game is widely credited to the rapid use of CPR and a defibrillator on the field. The Access to AEDs Act would authorize a grant program to purchase AEDs, fund CPR and AED training programs in schools, and promote the importance of defibrillation in schools. The bill's goal is to normalize heart health and life-saving access to AEDs.
This Woman Was Just Reunited With the Stranger That Saved Her Life
A woman named Tegan Badham has been reunited with the man who saved her life after she fell onto a live Tube track in London in July 2022. Anthony Smith reached off the platform and pulled Tegan to safety, only moments before a train ran into the station. The reunion was made possible thanks to the show Reunion Hotel. Tegan, who was treated at hospital in London for burns and a possible chipped bone in her back, expressed her gratitude to both Anthony and her rubber boots, which she said also helped save her life.
How Virtual Reality Helped Pull Off a Tricky Surgery With Success
After 33 hours of surgeries and the assistance of a global team, Bernardo and Arthur Lima--the fused brain conjoined twins--finally got to see each other's faces for the first time! The twin 3-year olds have spent their entire lives knowing just one another, separated only by their heads. Using virtual reality as preparation, almost 100 medical workers worked together to make this miracle possible. After all that suspense has been released with joyous celebration--we're wishing them nothing but love, luck and good health in their future!