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In Pictures: France's Football Team Receives a Hero's Welcome After the World Cup
The French national football team has returned to a huge and ecstatic welcome in Paris, after their loss to Argentina in the World Cup final. Kylian Mbappé, the French star who scored a hat-trick in what was one of greatest finals in the tournament's history, was front and centre. Fans let off fireworks on the Place de la Concorde as their heroes arrived home, with many people weeping tears of joy at the team's valiant effort. The nation is now united behind its heroes and looks forward to celebrating their achievements for years to come.
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 living in London have come together during the pandemic to form The London Lonely Girls Club! Founded by 25-year-old Holly Cooke back in 2018, the club offers monthly meetups like puppy yoga and brunches that create a supportive environment for young ladies from all walks of life looking to make new friends in the city. It's been an incredible journey over these past few years - with membership now at 31,000 people - and it looks like this amazing community will only continue to grow.
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.
The NFL's Damar Hamlin is on a Mission to Put More Defibrillators in Schools
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin visited Capitol Hill to push for better access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools. Hamlin's survival from sudden cardiac arrest during a football game is widely credited to the rapid use of CPR and a defibrillator on the field. The Access to AEDs Act would authorize a grant program to purchase AEDs, fund CPR and AED training programs in schools, and promote the importance of defibrillation in schools. The bill's goal is to normalize heart health and life-saving access to AEDs.
This Woman Was Just Reunited With the Stranger That Saved Her Life
A woman named Tegan Badham has been reunited with the man who saved her life after she fell onto a live Tube track in London in July 2022. Anthony Smith reached off the platform and pulled Tegan to safety, only moments before a train ran into the station. The reunion was made possible thanks to the show Reunion Hotel. Tegan, who was treated at hospital in London for burns and a possible chipped bone in her back, expressed her gratitude to both Anthony and her rubber boots, which she said also helped save her life.
How Virtual Reality Helped Pull Off a Tricky Surgery With Success
After 33 hours of surgeries and the assistance of a global team, Bernardo and Arthur Lima--the fused brain conjoined twins--finally got to see each other's faces for the first time! The twin 3-year olds have spent their entire lives knowing just one another, separated only by their heads. Using virtual reality as preparation, almost 100 medical workers worked together to make this miracle possible. After all that suspense has been released with joyous celebration--we're wishing them nothing but love, luck and good health in their future!