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Scientists Have Just Discovered the Shape of the Milky Way's Halo of Stars
Astronomers have long thought that the diffuse cloud of stars surrounding the disk of our galaxy was largely spherical, like a beach ball. Now, a new model based on modern observations has revealed that the stellar halo is actually oblong and tilted, much like a football that has just been kicked. These findings offer insights into a host of astrophysical subject areas, including the history of our galaxy and galactic evolution.
Every Cat At This Shelter Has Been Adopted Thanks to a Viral TikTok
Kansas City animal shelter, Wayside Waifs, has found a fun and creative way to get its feline residents adopted. They created a lighthearted TikTok video featuring their cats up for adoption, which received over one million views and led to the adoption of all but two of the featured cats. The shelter hopes to continue finding unique ways to promote their adoptable animals and continue finding them loving homes. The video has even gained international attention, with comments coming in from countries such as Brazil, the Philippines, and the UK.
A New Study Shows Watching Live Sports Can Boost Your Mental Health
Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University have found that watching live sports games has countless benefits, including boosting mental health. Attending a live game creates a sense of belongingness as you're surrounded by like-minded fans. You might even witness history being made, which can give you memories for years to come. Plus, you get to support your favorite team or athletes in person and feel inspired to do better in your own life. So grab your friends, head to the stadium, and enjoy the benefits of live sports games on your mental health!
An Off-Duty Pilot Saved the Day After a Plane Pilot Had a Medical Emergency
A Southwest Airlines flight had an unexpected situation, but a hero stepped in to save the day. When the captain suffered a medical emergency, a pilot from another airline who happened to be on board stepped up to help. This amazing pilot entered the flight deck and assisted with radio communication as a Southwest pilot flew the aircraft safely to land. The passengers were all grateful for the quick thinking and professionalism of the entire crew. Hats off to these amazing pilots!
The James Webb Telescope Has Detected Weather Patterns on a Distant Planet
Space enthusiasts, you are in for a treat! NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has made an incredible discovery, capturing images of the swirling clouds of dust on a distant planet called VHS 1256 b that orbits two stars. he planet is about four times farther from its stars than Pluto is from the Sun, making it an ideal target for the telescope's fine-grained observations. This discovery is a significant milestone for astronomers and helps us understand the dynamics of distant planets and their weather systems.
How Museums Are Improving Life for People With Dementia
National Museums Scotland is hosting monthly social events for people living with dementia and their caregivers. The events offer visitors a chance to delve into history and art, and offer a range of benefits to people with dementia, including social engagement, cognitive stimulation and improving general feelings of well-being. The approach of non-pharmacological programs, such as art and culture-based initiatives, has been pioneered by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and its format has since been adopted by about 140 museums worldwide.
The Hubble Telescope Has Captured a Dazzling Star-Studded Cluster
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning image of Messier 55, a globular cluster in the constellation Sagittarius that is about 17,000 light-years away from Earth. The cluster harbors around 100,000 stars, some of which twinkle with changing brightness, especially in its center. The combined gravity of the stars pulls the cluster into a spherical shape, a common trait among more than 150 such objects that occupy the Milky Way galaxy.
This Coffee Shop's Genius Pricing Policy is Inspiring Others to Be Kind
Working as a barista is a great job, but it's even better when customers are friendly and polite. Unfortunately, not everyone is a morning person and some customers can be short and snappy, which is why Austin Simms of Roanoke, Virginia, decided to create a new pricing policy for his coffee shop. He placed a sign outside of CUPS Coffee & Tea indicating that customers who used "please" and "thank you" would get a discount. His goal was to remind people to treat everyone with respect and to value those around them.
How One Mom is Using a Homemade Game to Teach Kids How to Read
When Jacquelyn Davis noticed her son Madden was having a difficult time learning how to read, she was inspired to create a reading game called Kangaroo Cravings that focuses on teaching "sight words." Davis, who has a background in education, created illustrated flash cards that prompt kids to move their bodies while learning how to spell out each word. The reading game has so far been tested in more than 40 real-world classrooms and is now slated for distribution across all public schools in Washington, D.C.
These Good Samaritans Heroically Rescued Two Girls Trapped in the Ocean
Bella Broadley and Elyse Partridge are two Australian women who have been awarded bravery medals by the Governor General for their heroism in saving the lives of two girls stuck in a rip at a beach. When they heard screams for help coming from the ocean, Bella used an esky lid to help keep one of the girls afloat while she and Elyse raced into the dangerous surf. Although the rescue was difficult, they managed to bring the girls back to safety.
Scientists Have Created a New Method to Break Down "Forever Chemicals"
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have made a breakthrough in the fight against toxic "forever chemicals" that persist in clothing, household items, and the environment. The team has developed a new silica-based material that can absorb a wider range of harmful chemicals and has new tools to break them apart. The new technology could be used at industrial sites where high concentrations of the toxic chemicals are often released into water supplies.