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10 Stories From This Week Guaranteed to Make You Smile
No matter how rough things can get, it's always important to celebrate the little things and find reasons to smile - and there are countless acts of kindness that happen every day. This week's best feel-good stories include a baby's first word, an impromptu road trip that'll restore your faith in humanity, and a beautiful moment from the World Cup. It's a reminder that, despite the bad news we often see in the headlines, there is still a lot of good in the world.
50 Years Later, Lolita the Whale is Finally Going Home to Free Waters
Exciting news for animal lovers! Lolita, one of the oldest killer whales in captivity, will finally be returning to her home waters in the Pacific after more than 50 years. The Miami Seaquarium, where Lolita was being held, has signed an agreement with the non-profit group Friends of Lolita to relocate the orca to an ocean sanctuary in Washington state. The move is set to take place in the next 18 to 24 months with assistance from philanthropist Jim Irsay.
This 9-Year-Old is Going Viral for Sewing a Shirt For His Dad All By Himself
Nine-year-old Sam proudly presented his dad Aaron with a custom dress shirt—crafted by his own two hands! After taking sewing classes for over a year and honing the skill under great aunt Val's tutelage, this young tailor sewed up something special to show how much he loves his dad. Sam has made a pair of cat pajama pants for his brother, a dress for his cousin, scrunchies, a pillowcase, and now a shirt. Sam's father said that he and his wife encourage Sam to pursue his passion, and they are grateful to the local store where Sam hones his skills.
In Pictures: Scientists Have Spotted a New Galaxy Cluster Forming
ALMA (the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in Chile) has unveiled a cosmic surprise, discovering the formation of hot gas clouds in the birth of an ultra-distant galaxy cluster! Peeking out from its center is the Spiderweb Galaxy with its powerful supermassive black hole. By using ALMA's unparalleled resolution and sensitivity, researchers calculated 35 trillion times more mass than our sun, streaming into this universe-spanning "cosmic web". From now on it will be sculpting what will grow into an immense supercluster!
This Abandoned Train Station Has Transformed Into a Beautiful Hotel
Welcome to Canfranc Station - a luxurious hotel operated by the Barcelo Hotel Group and once an abandoned railway station! Against a snowy backdrop of the Pyrenees mountains, deep in Spain's Aragon Valley, stands this imposing yet beautiful building. The station opened grandly in 1928 with Spanish King & French President marking the occasion- but by 1970 it had closed its doors. Now, locals greet its reopening with enthusiasm as travelers come to soak up European rail history with panoramic mountain views & explore 100 years of fascinating past stories!
MLB The Show is Highlighting Historic Baseball Greats for the First Time
For the first time, MLB The Show is letting players step into a world of Black excellence! Eight legendary Negro League stars have been added to the 2023 version of the game- from Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson, to Buck O’Neil, Rube Foster & more. This multi-year partnership with Sony celebrates the history and heroes behind the league - bringing them alive in a way that'll wow gamers of all ages. Players can explore story mode videos about these greats - and enjoy gaming moments full of boldness & precision.
This Nashville Bookstore is Offering Solace to the Community After Tragedy
In the aftermath of a tragic school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, Parnassus Books, an independent bookstore owned by award-winning author Ann Patchett, opened its doors to the community to provide a safe space for grieving and healing. Patchett welcomed anyone who “didn’t know what to do today” to come to the bookstore, hold a dog, and just “be with us.” This gesture of kindness and support reminds us that we can all come together in times of tragedy to provide comfort and hope.
How One Club is Helping Thousands of Women Tackle Loneliness
Almost 20,000 women in London have found their new BFFs thanks to the awesome London Lonely Girls Club. It was founded by Holly Cooke five years ago. Despite moving to the capital and struggling to meet people, she Googled 'how to make friends in London,' but group meetups felt "intense and scary." Holly is not alone, as one in 12 Londoners is affected by severe loneliness, according to a report published in December. She created a club where everyone's welcome - all designed for all women longing for connection and belonging.
Researchers Have Found a Way to Produce Carbon-Negative Concrete
Concrete is having a makeover! Finnish materials researchers just found the perfect carbon-negative replacement for cement that they say captures more CO2 than it takes to produce. The magical ingredient? Slag from blast furnace smelting combined with bio-ash. In early experiments, it reduced the CO2 emissions of conventional concrete by 45% and lowering its carbon footprint to -60 kg/m3 by replacing Portland cement with slag This innovation could help to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of one of humanity's most widely-used building materials.
New "Smart" Bandages Could Monitor Wounds for Targeted Healing
Sometimes it can feel like pesky cuts, scrapes, and burns linger forever - but a new smart bandage developed at Caltech may provide the expert help needed to move healing along faster. With embedded electronics providing real-time updates and medication supply right on site, this breakthrough 'smart' tech is bringing hope of relief to chronic wounds. Wounds no longer have to take their time or cost healthcare systems so much money - these smart bandages are here with solutions!
Back From the Moon, Shaun the Sheep is Ready to Share What He Learnt About Space
Shaun the Sheep is back home in England to a hero's welcome! After completing his astronaut training, this 6-inch stop motion model embarked on an epic journey aboard NASA's Artemis 1 mission. From traveling 1.4 million miles and splashing down safely, Shaun will be honored with commemorative plaques & documents marking his flight of a lifetime! His celebratory post-flight tour starting soon has ESA recruits excited to join him at space centers across Europe where he'll help people grow their knowledge about exploration.