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Meet Bessie Mae Kelley, the Pioneering Animator Almost Lost to History — Until Now
Animator Bessie Mae Kelley was a pioneer in the early days of animation, hand-drawing a mouse couple named Milton and Mary long before there was a Mickey or Minnie Mouse. But much of her story and work was lost to history – until now. Thanks to the recent efforts of animation historian Mindy Johnson, Kelley's life and work is being rediscovered, inspiring a new generation of animators from underrepresented backgrounds.
Kenya's Expansion of the World's First Malaria Vaccine is Giving Hope to Millions
The fight against malaria has made a significant step forward in Kenya as the country has announced it's expanding its use of the world’s first-ever malaria vaccine! Over a million doses of the vaccine have been administered since a 2019 pilot program was launched, and it has seen a phased introduction in Kenya since then. The Health Ministry is now extending the vaccine to an additional 25 sub-counties in lake-endemic regions, free of charge, and is aiming to offer it to an additional 133,000 infants in lake-endemic counties.
Inside One Artist's Mission to Make Sure Heroic Mothers Are Not Forgotten
Armed with her paintbrush and motorcycle, Dang Ai Viet is on a joyful mission to recognise the heroic mothers of Vietnam. She has travelled 10,000km over 6 months painting beautiful portraits of 2,765 brave women who lost two or more family members during the war. For each portrait she captures details about their lives and stories for future generations. The portraits are handed over to the families with a stamp of authenticity from the local government.
Watch: This Pediatric Surgeon Brightens Up His Patients' Days
Meet Dr. Hesham Abdelkader. He's a pediatric surgeon in Egypt who's been dubbed "Doctor Superhero" by his little patients. His superpower? Making sure every single patient of his feels safe and supported before they go into surgery. When the kids are feeling nervous or scared before their surgeries, he rides along to the operating room with them, and creates fun little ways to help them relax and feel safe.
Meet the Afghan Cyclists Chasing Their Dreams in Canada
Since last April, Calgary has been home to Afghan cyclist Maryam Mohammadi and her husband who escaped the Taliban. With Watt Riot Cycling's support, 13 Afghan cyclists have joined up for the 2023 season! Despite facing tough challenges along the way, these athletes are working hard to go after their dreams of competing in the Olympics and inspiring other women back in Afghanistan. After all this time away from their sport, these dedicated women are ready for a new adventure!
These Colorful Community Murals Are Inspiring Others to Take Climate Action
In an inspiring community initiative, two large murals about climate change action are being painted in Lowestoft, Suffolk. The mural designs were created with the help of residents who responded to a public call-out and attended workshops with professional mural artists. The project is a collaboration between Rights Community Action, creative collective Glimpse, and Suffolk-based Art Eat Events community interest company. The hope is that the murals will bring the issues of climate change and positive action to the forefront of people's minds.
A Cheerleader Pulled Off an Incredible Stunt to Retrieve a Basketball Stuck Above the Hoop
An unexpected problem struck early in the first March Madness Final Four matchup of the weekend! When Virginia Tech's Cayla King launched a three-pointer that ricocheted off and got stuck above the backboard, it looked like no one had any idea how to get it down. Enter LSU's cheerleaders, who in an awesomely impressive feat lifted their teammate above them with hand balancing technique and rescued the basketball from its high perch. The daring move was met with much applause from both sides of court – talk about teamwork!
A Stranger's Kindness Helped Save This Athletic Director's Life
Leon Hammond was shocked when he arrived at the McIntosh High School library thinking he'd receive an award - what awaited him was a life-changing gift! Aaron Reeves, a former resource officer at the school, had read about Leon Hammond's need for a kidney transplant and got tested, only to find out that he was a perfect match. The transplant finally happened in February 2023, and both men are doing well, and even got matching shirt that read "Kidney Buddies for Life" to commemorate the occasion.
A New Map of Mars Shows the Red Planet in Stunning Detail
Exciting news from Mars! A new map of the Red Planet has been released, showing it in stunning detail and revealing many fascinating geological features. The high-resolution map was created by a team of scientists led by New York University Abu Dhabi and the UAE Center for Space Science using data collected from orbit by the Emirates Mars Mission. The map could help answer pressing questions about Mars, including how it became a dry, barren landscape despite once being abundant with liquid water.
What Went Right: A Roundup of This Week's Best News
Tired of seeing negative headlines dominate your news this week? We've got just the cure. Good news is all around us, and we believe it's just as important as any other headline. Some of the most positive stories this week include cheetahs making a historic comeback in India, a new move by the European Union to reduce carbon emissions and make travel more environmentally friendly, and some incredible news for the UK's live music venues!
This Dog and Goat BFF Duo Proves That Friendships Can Be Made Anywhere
Cinnamon the goat and Felix the dog are taking friendship goals to a new level! The unlikely pair became inseparable after meeting at Wake County Animal Center in NC, where their owner had become unable to care for them. Now they’re off on an epic journey — run-body bumping, chirpy bleating, gentle cuddles and all - to join a family that already has a small goat herd & space for another pup. It's true: love really knows no bounds!