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Man Transforms His Work Desk into an Epic Polar Express Train
Nathan Berillo was competing in a desk competition for work and took things to the next level. It started with a fun idea to get everyone into the spirit of Christmas. Nathan says once he heard the word "competition" he took it to the next level. From start to finish, it took about 9 hours. Berillo says he was born on Christmas day and it's always been his favorite holiday. "It's not necessarily about winning, it's more about trying to get everybody to feel good and help people feel better around the Christmas season."
How a Music School is Offering a Lifeline to Survivors of Turkey's Earthquake
The Nefes Foundation for Arts and Culture in the city of Gaziantep, created by Syrian and Turkish musicians in 2016, was one of the buildings to survive the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey last month. The school, which offers music lessons on Middle Eastern instruments and group classes to revive forgotten Syrian classics, serves as a sanctuary for many refugees, providing a comfort zone for them to integrate through music with Turkish and Syrian cultures. The school recently resumed classes, offering a lifeline for many students.
This 17-Year-Old Discovered a Remarkable Way to Diagnose Pediatric Heart Disease
Ellen Xu, a 17-year-old student, has won third place and a $150,000 reward in the Regeneron Science Talent Search competition for developing an AI-based diagnostic test for Kawasaki disease. With Kawasaki having no existing test method and children risking long-term heart complications if left undiagnosed, Xu took it upon herself to use deep learning and crowdsourcing to create an 85% positive diagnosis rate using just a smartphone image. The disease currently has no existing test method, making Xu's test a significant breakthrough.
A London Community Centre is Offering a Warm Lifeline for Families
A community center in Newham, east London, run by the charity Hope 4 Humanity, is offering a warm haven for people to gather, enjoy free food, and share stories. The service is open on Sundays and Tuesdays and has about 70 regular attendees. The charity also operates a food bank on Saturdays, serving 300 people. With rising costs of living, including rent and food, the charity has seen a noticeable increase in visitors, and volunteers say the warm haven has become a lifeline for many families who cannot afford to host gatherings at home.
A Puppy Interrupted a Live TV Segment and It Was the Cutest Addition Ever
Reporter Bob Barnard was doing a live report on local weather conditions in Leesburg, Virginia when a furry little surprise stole the show. A puppy named Pierogi had escaped and jumped over the gate, and couldn't resist making a cameo on TV. Bob, being the champ that he is, stopped everything he was doing and picked up the pup, declaring that he wanted to get to know this dog. Pierogi's human eventually came to relieve Bob of his doggy-day-care duties, but not after cute little pup had already made everyone's day!
Meet the Woman Who Ran 200 Marathons to Encourage Sustainable Water Use
Australian businesswoman Mina Guli has completed 200 marathons in a single year to raise awareness about the global water crisis. Each of the marathons were 42.195 kilometers in length, and in total, Guli ran 8,439 kilometers across 32 countries. The #RunBlue challenge saw her cross Australian deserts, glaciers in Tajikistan, and the Amazon rainforest before finishing outside the UN headquarters in New York. Guli’s goal is to bring attention to the global water crisis and its negative impact on billions of people, and to find sustainable solutions.
Poland is Honoring Heroes Who Risked Their Lives to Save People From the Holocaust
Polish President Andrzej Duda honored Poles who risked their lives to save Jews from the Holocaust during the Nazi German occupation of Poland. At a memorial site in Markowa, Duda spoke about the many families in the region and across Poland who hid Jews during WWII, ensuring their survival. The names of these brave families, including the Ulmas who were declared martyrs by Pope Francis, are engraved on plaques at the Markowa Museum of Poles Saving Jews During World War II.
What Went Right: A Roundup of This Week's Best News
In a world full of bad news, it's easy to forget the good that's happening too. But we believe that good news matters, and there's tons of it to go around! Some of this week's best headlines include the World Happiness Report releasing some incredible findings, a low-cost universal transit pass rollout in Germany, and a new policy in Scotland that's saving lives. Plus, a new report on slashing emissions and renewable energy is giving hope on saving the planet!
Here Are Eight Ways Houseplants Can Improve Your Home
Houseplants are experiencing a revival in homes worldwide, particularly among Millennials and Gen-Z. People are turning to houseplants to reconnect with nature, especially during the pandemic when many were stuck inside. Houseplants provide a daily ritual that disconnects people from screens and allows them to nurture something that needs them. They also offer many benefits, such as improving air quality, reducing stress and anxiety, and bringing color and contrast to a room.
A Young Boy Just Met His Sports Hero - Who Has the Same Name as Him
Blake Wheeler, a young hockey fan from Missouri, received a surprise acknowledgement from his hockey hero, Winnipeg Jet Blake Wheeler, during a game against the St. Louis Blues. The 11-year-old Blake, who shares the same name as the hockey pro, has been a fan of the Winnipeg Jets since he began playing hockey at age five and learned of Wheeler’s name. During the game, Blake held up a sign with a picture of himself and his namesake, prompting the hockey pro to come over and share a few words with him.
Indigenous Artists Are Helping Skateboarding Become a Community Sport
Skateboarding has become increasingly popular in Indigenous communities across the United States, leading to a growing demand for skate parks. The U.S. Postal Service has recognized this trend by issuing "Art of the Skateboard" stamps that feature the work of skateboard artists from around the country, including Indigenous artists Di’Orr Greenwood and Crystal Worl. Skateboarding culture has become increasingly popular across Indigenous communities, with youth-organized competitions and new skate parks opening on reservations.