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Electric School Buses Are Giving Kids a Cleaner Ride to School

School districts across the United States are beginning to switch to electric school buses (ESBs) due to their many advantages, including lower emissions and maintenance costs. Although initial prices for ESBs are high, government incentives are available to offset some of the cost. As more school districts make the switch to electric buses, the infrastructure for charging and maintaining them will continue to develop, making it easier for others to follow suit.

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New Studies Show the Positive Impact Tree Planting Has Had Over the Last Century

A recent study reveals that a century of reforestation efforts in the American East and Southeast has led to cooler temperatures in the region. The research shows how accelerated tree planting over the last 25 years could pay off significantly in the future. Forests cool land surfaces by 1.8 – 3.6°F annually compared to grasslands, with younger forests offering the most cooling effect. Scientists suggest planting trees not only absorbs carbon dioxide but also helps cities adapt to climate change by providing cooling effects against hot temperatures.

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Watch This Mail Carrier be Escorted Through the Neighborhood by Turkeys

In a hilarious video that was shared on TikTok, a mail carrier was joined by some unexpected guests on his delivery route: a trio of curious and adventurous turkeys! The surprisingly calm reaction of the postal worker impressed viewers as they were followed closely by the feathered entourage. The footage has since gone viral, reaching over 1 million views online with commenters finding the turkey fan club amusing.

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These Siblings Were Just Reunited After a Lifetime Apart

In a heartwarming turn of events, Romina Cortés finally met her long-lost sister after discovering her existence just a month ago. Maria Hastings, one of many trafficked Chilean children, reunited with Cortés in Santiago after years apart. The illegal adoptions spanning back to the 1960s are now being investigated as families like the Cortés' come together again. With tears and laughter, these siblings embrace their newfound connection and look forward to building a future together.

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How Games in the Classroom Are Helping Kids Learn Better

Looking for a fun way to learn? Researchers are promoting the use of 'serious games' as a tool for education and engagement. The GamEngage project, led by experts from top universities, aims to bring serious gaming into schools and workplaces. A new 'Serious Games Cookbook' has been created to guide beginners in designing educational games on topics like sustainable development and climate change. This resource is designed to inspire readers to explore the exciting world of serious game design!

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Astronomers Have Found What Might be the Universe’s Brightest Object

Astronomers have found a super-bright quasar with a massive black hole at its center, devouring the equivalent of a sun daily. This record-breaking quasar shines 500 trillion times brighter than our sun and is over 17 billion times more massive. Scientists describe it as a cosmic hurricane, making it the most violent place in the universe known to us. Discovered by the European Southern Observatory after being mistaken for a star, this hidden gem has been revealed as an incredibly active and luminous core of a galaxy.

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This Filmmaker is a Hero After Saving a Passenger Stuck in a Flood

A driving instructor was rescued from floodwater in Essex by a passerby as firefighters waited for specialist help. The incident took place at Buttsbury Wash ford near Billericay after heavy rain on Sunday. The driver, who was stuck in 1.2m of water, was safely removed from the car by a filmmaker named Jamie Price. Despite some challenges, the driver made it out okay and is now receiving treatment at a hospital.

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NASA Just Captured an Eclipse on Mars Looking Like a Googly Eye

In a fun twist of fate, the Perseverance rover on Mars captured images of Phobos eclipsing the Sun last week—a Martian eclipse that looked like googly eyes. Scientists are excited to study these photos to track Phobos' orbit changes over time. The pictures were taken with the rover's Mastcam-Z camera, typically used for panoramic views. This cosmic event adds a playful touch to our understanding of Mars and its potato-shaped moon, Phobos!

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How Farmers Are Growing Food in the Phoenix Heat and Helping the Planet

In the sweltering heat of Arizona, food farmers are thriving and sharing valuable lessons with others facing rising temperatures. Despite the scorching climate in Phoenix, growers are successfully producing food year-round by utilizing shade and improving soil quality. By implementing permanent shade structures and organic mulch, these farmers keep their crops cool and moist even during record-breaking heatwaves. With a focus on experimentation and knowledge-sharing, these desert gardeners are paving the way for sustainable agriculture.

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How an Act of Kindness Turned Mick Foley Into a "Swiftie for Life"

Taylor Swift's kindness shines through as WWE legend Mick Foley shared a heartwarming story about her supporting a grieving family back in 2007. Despite rising fame, Taylor took time to be there for her neighbor and friend during their toughest times. Mick shared how Taylor baked cookies, sang, and babysat for the family when they needed it most. He considers himself an "unlikely Swiftie" but admires Taylor's genuine kindness.

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The European Union Just Hit a Clean Energy Milestone

In a groundbreaking achievement, wind energy has outperformed gas in the European Union for the first time in 2023. Renewable sources combined to generate over a quarter of the EU's electricity last year, marking a significant increase from previous years. This shift towards cleaner energy sources is part of the EU's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2040. Countries like Denmark are leading the charge with high percentages of electricity generated from wind turbines, while global sales of electric vehicles continue to rise.

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New Studies Show the Positive Impact Tree Planting Has Had Over the Last Century

Watch This Mail Carrier be Escorted Through the Neighborhood by Turkeys

These Siblings Were Just Reunited After a Lifetime Apart

How Games in the Classroom Are Helping Kids Learn Better

Astronomers Have Found What Might be the Universe’s Brightest Object

This Filmmaker is a Hero After Saving a Passenger Stuck in a Flood

NASA Just Captured an Eclipse on Mars Looking Like a Googly Eye

How Farmers Are Growing Food in the Phoenix Heat and Helping the Planet

How an Act of Kindness Turned Mick Foley Into a "Swiftie for Life"

The European Union Just Hit a Clean Energy Milestone