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How a Stuffed Animal Inspired a Christmas Project For Seniors in Need
Nine years ago Patricia Gallagher decided to call two nursing homes at random and offer to read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' to the residents. She brought some of her kids' stuffed animals with her for the seniors to hold while she read, but when it came time to leave, nobody wanted to give them back! Seeing the power of a simple gift, Patricia put an ad on Craigslist asking for gently used stuffed animals. Now, every year she collects thousands of donated toys and brings happiness (and warmth!) into nursing homes all over Philadelphia.
An AI Implant Just Gave a Paralyzed Man the Ability to Move Again
A 46-year-old Swiss man who had been paralyzed due to a fall on ice has regained some movement in his arms, hands, and fingers after a pioneering surgery. The procedure involved installing an implant in his brain that uses artificial intelligence to read his thoughts and intentions to move, and then transferring these signals to a second implant in his abdomen that stimulates the relevant muscles. This "thought-driven movement" technology could potentially change the lives of the millions of people worldwide who suffer from paralysis.
A Billion-Light-Year Wide Bubble of Galaxies is Astounding Astronomers
Cosmic cartographer Brent Tully and his team have discovered a colossal ring-like structure in the universe, spanning one billion light-years in diameter, which could be a Baryon Acoustic Oscillation (BAO). BAOs are remnants of pressure waves created in the early universe that have since formed titanic remnant bubbles, influencing the distribution of galaxies. While the structure's size doesn't perfectly match theoretical predictions, it offers an exciting opportunity to probe the early universe's conditions and the phenomenon of inflation.
The Teacher Who Inspired "Abbott Elementary" Was Just Honored by Her School
Joyce Abbott, the beloved teacher who inspired the Emmy-winning show "Abbott Elementary," received a heartwarming tribute from the School District of Philadelphia, including the declaration of September 26 as "Joyce Abbott Day." The celebration took place at Abbott's alma mater, Overbrook High School, where she taught for 27 years before retiring last year. Abbott's impact on her students and the community was celebrated, and she was honored with a Pennsylvania Senate citation and a street named after her outside the school, "Joyce Abbott Way."
This 86-Year-Old Woman Took to the Skies for a Wing Walk in Memory of Her Daughter
Audrey Harris, an 86-year-old woman from Malvern in Worcestershire, embarked on a wing walk to raise money in memory of her daughter Angie, who was cared for by the Fitzroy charity. Angie, who had disabilities, passed away from Covid-19 earlier this year. Audrey's daring feat has raised nearly £3,000 for Fitzroy, which supports adults with learning disabilities and other complex needs, showcasing the incredible impact of love and determination at any age.
The Last Supermoon of the Year Will Be in the Sky This Week. Here's How to See It.
Get ready for the celestial spectacle of the fourth and final supermoon of 2023, set to light up the night sky on Thursday night this week. This impressive supermoon, named the Corn Moon or Harvest Moon due to its proximity to the autumnal equinox, will appear about 5% bigger and 13% brighter than an average full moon this year as it comes closer to Earth. The supermoon coincides with the start of Mid-Autumn Festival and Chuseok, bringing an extra touch of celestial wonder to these festive occasions.
How a Tunisian Dance Festival is Breaking Down Barriers and Inspiring Inclusion
In Tunisia, a groundbreaking dance show titled "Lines" is celebrating diversity and inclusion by bringing together performers from different backgrounds, including those with disabilities, migrants, and LGBTQ artists. The choreographer, Andrew Graham, emphasizes that the show is not about disability but about the power of dance and unity. This performance, which blends various cultures and traditions, is a symbol of hope and resilience, aiming to break down barriers and inspire acceptance.
This Husband Has Been Styling His Wife for 25 Years and its the Sweetest Thing
The Motivat family, particularly Dr. Jones and Dr. Beatrice, has captured hearts on Instagram and TikTok with their enduring love story. Dr. Jones' habit of picking out beautiful dresses and jewelry for his wife, whom he affectionately calls "Flower," is a testament to their lasting love. Their mutual adoration and gestures of love have garnered a loyal following and remind us all of the beauty of lasting love.
NASA Astronaut Frank Rubio Has Returned to Earth After a Record-Breaking Mission
NASA astronaut Frank Rubio has set a new record for the longest single spaceflight by a U.S. astronaut, spending 371 days on board the International Space Station (ISS). Rubio, along with his Roscosmos crewmates, made a parachute-assisted landing in Kazakhstan after departing from the ISS aboard the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft. His extended mission came after his original spacecraft began leaking, making him the first U.S. astronaut to spend a year in space, completing nearly 5,936 orbits of Earth and traveling approximately 157,412,306 statute miles.
A New Study Shows Yoga Could be the Key to Good Hearth Health
A study presented at the American College of Cardiology Asia 2023 conference reveals that yoga can significantly improve the health and quality of life for individuals suffering from heart failure. The study included 75 heart failure patients, with one group receiving yoga therapy and the other continuing with medical therapy. Those practicing yoga reported improvements in cardiovascular function, endurance, strength, balance, symptom stability, and overall quality of life.
The World’s Oldest Post Office is Getting New Owners, Preserving its Historic Legacy
The world's oldest working post office, in Sanquhar, Scotland, which has been in continuous operation since 1712, is getting new owners. Barry and Mary Ford, originally from the UK but living in Florida for the past 20 years, are taking over the historic site. They plan to continue its operation, preserving its legacy as a vital community hub, tourist attraction, and the holder of the Guinness World Record for the oldest working post office, ensuring it remains an essential part of the local area for generations to come.