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Inside the Halloween Tradition of Underwater Pumpkin Carving
Every October, scuba divers around the nation look forward to pumpkin-carving contests. These events are essentially like run-of-the-mill jack-o’-lantern carving festivities, except they happen entirely underwater. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors, the world’s largest scuba-diving organization, even has a specialty underwater pumpkin-carving certification that contestant participants can earn. The competitions are popular across America, especially in cities by the water.
Meet the 11-Year-Old Helping Animals, One Lemonade Glass at a Time
Meet Delanie Dennis, an 11-year-old girl from Tampa, Florida who is making a huge impact in her community with her lemonade stand. Since 2019, Delanie's Lemonade Stand has raised over $61,000 for local animal rescues in the Tampa Bay area. Delanie's passion for helping animals started when she was just 7 years old, and with the help of her family, she opened her stand in their Tampa restaurant. Each month, Delanie donates the proceeds to an animal rescue organization of her choice.
In Pictures: Horses Are Giving Ukrainians on the Front Lines a Moment of Peace
In Ukraine, a group of soldiers are finding a moment of peace and relaxation through hippotherapy - using riding and contact with horses for therapeutic effect. The soldiers take turns riding horses at a ramshackle hippodrome in the outskirts of Kyiv. The center's founder, psychologist Ganna Burago, leads them in a series of exercises where they connect with dogs and a cat before choosing a horse to ride. Despite the stress, the soldiers appear childlike and filled with laughter during their hippotherapy sessions.
How Two Art Sleuths Reunited a Family After Centuries Apart
In a heartwarming tale of detective work and research, a family has been reunited after nearly two centuries apart. The story begins in 1626 with a father and son sitting for a portrait. Years later, art conservator Jørgen Wadum and curator Angela Jager noticed a clue in the lower right-hand corner of the painting that led them on a quest to find a missing person. Through careful research, they found a portrait of a lady that matched perfectly with the painting, and the museum was able to purchase it and reunite the family.
Germany is Rising Up to Meet the Solar Power Demand With a New School
Germany is on a mission to become carbon neutral and solar power is a key component of that plan. To meet the soaring demand for solar power, Berlin start-up Enpal has started its own vocational school to train people from all backgrounds to become solar panel installers and specialized electricians. With the German solar industry experiencing a significant shortage of qualified workers, Enpal's training school is helping to bridge the gap and provide opportunities for people to learn new skills and contribute to the country's energy transition.
Here's How Paris Will Keep Athletes Cool Using Clean Energy During the 2024 Olympics
The organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics have come up with an innovative way to keep athletes cool during the summer without relying on air conditioners. They plan to use an underground water cooling system beneath the Athletes Village instead. This sustainable method uses the same technology that kept the iconic Louvre museum cool during last summer’s heat waves. This method will lower carbon impact for the Olympic Athletes Village by about 45%. The Paris organizers hope to set an example for future Olympics to prioritize the environment.
A New 3D Microscope Can Capture Life in Unprecedented Detail
Graduate students at Duke University have created a microscope that can see 'like human vision.' Researchers used 24 smartphone cameras to stitch together gigapixel images over an area about the size of a piece of paper. The microscope is capable of recording 3D movies of the behavior of freely swimming zebrafish or the activity of fruit flies at near cellular-level detail across a wide field of view, allowing new discoveries in the field of biology. Six years in the making, the Multi Camera Array Microscope is opening new possibilities to researchers.
Cancer Patients Now Have Inclusive Wig Options Thanks to Two Sisters
Dianne Austin and her sister faced a challenge when searching for a wig that resembled their beautiful natural hair coils and curls after Dianne was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. This led them to create "Coils to Locs," an organization that provides wigs to people of color being treated for cancer who did not have any options for wigs that matched their natural hair textures. Now, they are in 15 hospitals and medical salons across the country, and this is just the beginning!
This Small City is Known as the Kindest City in Canada
In a tale of generosity, Steinbach, a small city in southeastern Manitoba, has become known as the most charitable city in Canada. Steinbach residents donate 4.31% of their income to charity, compared to the national average of 0.62%, and have the highest median donation among metropolitan areas with at least 10,000 citizens. The Steinbach Community Outreach, a nonprofit, is supported almost entirely by donations and supports around 525 families annually.
This 104-Year-Old Veteran is Walking 104 Laps to Raise Money for Charity
John Hillman, a Vancouver Island centenarian, just celebrated his 104th birthday and plans to hold his annual fundraising walk around his retirement home courtyard for charity. This year, the World War Two veteran will walk 104 laps around the Carlton House courtyard in Oak Bay, B.C., for Canadian charity Save the Children. Hillman hopes to raise $104,000 this year. This is the fourth year that Hillman has taken on his fundraising walk, and over the past three years he's raised more than $330,000 for children across the globe.
This One-Year-Old Got a Surprise Bubble Parade As She Left the Hospital
A 15-month-old baby girl named Helen was treated to a special bubble parade as she left the hospital for the first time in her life. Helen was born prematurely and had been receiving various treatments at Franciscan Children's, a post-acute rehabilitative pediatric hospital in Boston. This week, Helen was finally deemed strong enough to head home, and her parents walked her down the hall to a bubble parade where nurses, therapists, and other staff members were there to bid her farewell.