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The Galapagos Penguin, One of the World’s Rarest, is Finding a Hopeful Resurgence
The Galapagos Islands are home to a unique population of penguins that have somehow found their way all the way around Cape Horn and up to the Equator. These penguins dwell in burrows under the ground, but with no soft soil or peat to dig them into, they have adapted to use the openings of extinct lava tubes from when the islands were formed. A determined conservation effort is underway to help these birds rebound from the impact of introduced predators, with biologists digging new burrows for them into the black rock of other islands.
How a Dutch 'Fish Doorbell' and Global Volunteers Are Protecting Thousands of Fish
A new website called "fish doorbell" is offering a unique way for wildlife enthusiasts around the world to help migrating fish in the Netherlands. Volunteers can watch the livestream and signal dam lock keepers when they spot fish, helping guide them on their journey. The website has gained attention thanks to a TikTok video by user Thunder Keck. Last year, over 10,000 fish were let through the dam with the help of community members who rang the doorbell.
This Street Artist is Turning Trash Into Meaningful Artwork
In a city of discarded materials, Junko is the creative bug bringing them to life! Scouring alleys and parks for treasure, this mysterious street artist has been turning trash into art since 2020. From constructing giant spiders from windshield wipers to creating an entire habitat made from car parts and old shoes - their work pops up in public places across Canada. Junko says they hope to remind us all of our environmental stewardship inspire communities everywhere with their eco-friendly works.
This Delivery Driver is Going Viral for Her Efforts to Keep Others Safe
An Amazon delivery driver named Kelsey has gone viral on TikTok for her friendly and helpful attitude. In the video, the driver is seen singing a lighthearted song while reminding the homeowner of the importance of having visible house numbers. Her message was backed up by medical professionals, who emphasized the need for easily identifiable addresses for emergency responders. Kelsey's concern for safety won her praise and admiration , and she later posted a follow-up video, stressing the importance of crisis management and prevention education.
This 16-Year-Old Swimmer Just Smashed a World Record
Swimming sensation Summer McIntosh has taken the pool by storm - smashing Ariarne Titmus's 400 metre world record by a whopping 0.32 seconds! The 16-year-old Canadian beat Titmus's record on the opening night of the Canadian Swimming Trials, finishing in an impressive 3:56.08 time at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. McIntosh said she felt "pure euphoria" when she realised what she had achieved, and was overwhelmed with emotion after dedicating so much time to swimming over the past few years.
Scientists May Have Identified the Secret Ingredient in da Vinci's Paintings
A new study suggests that Old Masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Sandro Botticelli may have intentionally used proteins, particularly egg yolk, in their oil paintings. In the study, researchers recreated the paint-making process by combining four ingredients: egg yolk, distilled water, linseed oil, and pigment. They found that adding egg yolk to oil paint has a drastic effect on the properties of the paint, making it resistant to aging and humidity. This could explain why some Old Masters' paintings are still in good condition today.
Meet the Grandmas Kicking Away 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.
Soundwaves Could be the Hidden Key to Removing Microplastics From Water
Scientists have found a novel and exciting solution to the pollution problem of microplastics – sound waves that remove both small and large particles. New research presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society showed impressive results, using high-pitched sound force to concentrate microplastic pieces into one area while letting clean water flow freely. These incredible new findings even included solutions for dealing with salt water and other denser elements - get ready world, plastic contamination won’t be an issue any longer!
A New Study Shows That 65 Species of Animals Laugh
According to researchers at UCLA, laughter is a natural impulse in humans and they have identified 65 species of animals who make "play vocalizations," or laughter. Along with primate species, domestic cows, dogs, foxes, seals, mongooses, and even three bird species are prone to laughter as well. While it can be difficult to document animal laughter in the wild, the researchers have captured some examples on video, such as these adorable giggling foxes. The study of animal laughter can even help us better understand our own evolutionary behavior.
Volunteers Are Welcoming Refugees With Handmade Blankets
Crafters in Vermont have created at least 86 handmade blankets as part of the national Welcome Blanket project, which aims to welcome refugees settling in the US. The project, which began in 2017, is a crowd-sourced artistic action supporting refugees who have been forced to leave their home or country to escape war, persecution or natural disaster. Each blanket came with a personal note from the creator and the aim is to make newcomers to the US feel embraced and welcome.
This 17-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Just Had His Dream Come True
Meeting his hockey hero Sidney Crosby was a dream come true for Luke Coughlan! The 17-year-old traveled to Pittsburgh with his family and other kids from across Canada as part of the Make-A-Wish foundation. He got to sign a one day contract, ride in a limo & hit the ice with Penguin's players! “It was amazing," said Luke, who found courage through fight against Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Now in remission, Luke is back on his feet, playing hockey again and enjoying life to the fullest.