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10 Beautiful Stories From This Week to Make You Smile
It's officially December, which means 2022 is almost a wrap. As we reflect on the past year and prepare for the new one, let's all commit to treating one another with an extra dose of kindness. This week's list of things to make you smile is full of joys large and small, starting with some adorable animals and ending with some happy, helpful humans. We hope it brings a smile (or 10) to your face as you head through the weekend!
Electric Air Taxis Are Being Developed for the 2024 Paris Olympics
Get ready to soar through the skies! Paris airports operator Groupe ADP is aiming to launch the world's first pre-commercial electric air taxi service by 2024, just in time for the Paris Olympic Games. The VoloCity air taxis will take off and land vertically, carrying a single passenger and pilot along two routes, using the existing helicopter route network. The service will use a safety-first approach by relying on existing networks, with regulation being built by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.
How a Squirrel Rescue Led to a Heartwarming Friendship
A heartwarming animal rescue story has turned into a unique and delightful friendship between a New Brunswick man and his new furry friend Peanut, a grey squirrel. Rodney Tingley took in Peanut last fall when his grandson found him abandoned. Since then, Peanut has been living the good life, enjoying his favorite food, and occasionally causing trouble in Tingley's sunroom. Despite his mischief, Peanut's bond with Tingley remains strong, with Peanut often returning home to curl up in his nest after playing with his squirrel friends in the neighborhood.
These Incredible Acoustic Cameras Let You See Sounds
Get ready to have your mind blown! YouTube creator Steve Mould has just shown us what sound actually looks like through an acoustic camera. This incredible technology is typically used in industrial settings for noise reduction and machine maintenance, but Mould has made it easy for us to understand in his latest video. The camera works by creating visual representations of sound in the video, showing you where sound is coming from within a scene. It even allows you to isolate images within the recording and listen to the sounds they produce.
A Doctor in Canada Just Performed a Groundbreaking Spinal Surgery
A Calgary doctor has made history by performing the first spine surgery on a conscious patient in Canada. Dr. Michael Yang, a spine surgeon at Foothills Medical Centre, performed a discectomy to remove the damaged part of a herniated disc in Todd Bene's spine, while he was wide awake. The surgery lasted 55 minutes and Bene was able to go home less than five hours later. Yang hopes this technique will allow patients to recover quicker and reduce health-care utilization.
How One Professor is Inspiring Her Students to Think Sustainably About Waste
Professor Stephanie Hughes, an environmental engineer and professor at Santa Clara University encourages her students to think about ways to break the cycle of waste. She takes her students on tours of recycling plants, sewage treatment facilities, and hazardous waste facilities to educate them on the importance of sustainable living. Despite the challenges of recycling different materials, students who have taken her Garbology class say she keeps things exciting and positive, and many of them have gone on to work in waste management and sustainability.
New Zealand is Launching a New Campaign to Help Teens Deal With Tough Emotions
New Zealand has launched a unique new campaign to support young people through breakups, using real footage of young people discussing how they deal with breakups. The Love Better campaign will provide videos, articles, podcasts and other social media content to help young people process their feelings and avoid harm. The campaign aims to build a community of the people helping people to keep a little hurt from becoming a lotta hurt. The campaign is part of New Zealand's efforts to tackle domestic violence, a major social issue in the country.
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.
These Students Created a 3D Printed Prosthetic Leg For Their Teacher's Dog
A group of high school students from Charlotte, North Carolina have created a 3D-printed prosthetic limb for their teacher’s golden retriever, Bentley, after he lost his leg to cancer. The students used the school’s 3D imaging equipment to design a harness attached to a prosthetic limb for Bentley. They were thrilled to see their invention improve the life of Bentley, who took to his new limb with ease. Ashley Liberto, Bentley's owner and teacher of the students, was proud of her students' innovation and said they "want to do big things in life."
Don't Miss It: Jupiter and the Moon Will Meet in the Night Sky Tonight
Get ready for an exciting celestial event tonight! The moon and Jupiter are going on a special date, and they're sharing the same right ascension, which is called a conjunction. You can see this in the night sky as they make a close approach, known as an appulse. Although the two will appear close in the sky, Jupiter is over 2,000 times farther from Earth than the moon! While they won't be visible in a telescope, a pair of binoculars will do the trick. If you snap a photo, you can share it with Space.com's readers. Happy stargazing!
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.