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This Virginia Zoo Got a Hippopotamus For Christmas
The year's most unusual Christmas wish came true for one American zoo, who welcomed the birth of a pygmy hippopotamus just in time for the holiday. The yet-unnamed baby, born to parents Iris and Corwin on December 6th, is only the second pygmy hippo ever born in Virginia. Growing rapidly (she weighed 16 pounds at birth and 24.2 pounds only a week later), this endangered species is sure to be a popular exhibit at the Metro Richmond Zoo for years to come.
The San Antonio Zoo Just Welcomed 4 Adorable Baby Meerkats
The San Antonio Zoo has welcomed four adorable baby meerkats, marking their return after a 27-year absence from the zoo. These "inquisitive mammals" are now residing in the Kronkosky's Tiny Tot Nature Spot, offering visitors the chance to witness these captivating creatures up close. The zoo celebrated their return with a heartwarming video showcasing the meerkats' adorable moments, and the reopening of their habitat coincided with the annual Halloween-themed celebration, Zoo Boo.
An Observatory Honoring Einstein's Theory of Relativity Has Reopened in Germany
The Einsteinturm (Einstein Tower) near Berlin, built to substantiate Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, has been reopened after extensive renovations. The tower, a masterpiece of expressionist architecture, was originally constructed between 1920 and 1922 and designed to facilitate Einstein's groundbreaking theories. Despite its age, the tower is still operational, mainly used for the study of solar magnetic fields, and its renovation ensures its preservation for future generations while maintaining its authenticity.
These Two Seniors Are Attempting to Break the World Record for Longest Cribbage Game
In a heartwarming story, 94-year-old Charlie Teal and his 91-year-old best friend, St. Clair Boliver, decided to attempt setting a new Guinness World Record by playing cribbage for 24 straight hours. While their attempt didn't officially count due to paperwork issues, the real victory lies in their friendship and companionship. These two widowers met a year ago and have become inseparable, finding joy in each other's company and the simple pleasure of playing cribbage together.
Meet the Scientists Aiming to Stop the Next Pandemic Before it Starts
In response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, molecular biologist Christian Happi and computational geneticist Pardis Sabeti founded the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) in Nigeria. This organization aims to spot and diagnose emerging illnesses in Africa, empowering local healthcare workers to manage outbreaks on their own. Their early warning protocol, known as Sentinel, combines speed and accuracy in disease detection, enabling timely response and containment
The World's First Drug to Regrow Teeth is Starting Clinical Trials
A Japanese pharmaceutical startup, Toregem Biopharma, is preparing for human trials of a drug that has successfully regrown teeth in animal subjects. The drug, which blocks the USAG-1 gene to stimulate tooth growth, has shown promise in early tests. Clinical trials are set to begin in 2023, with a focus on children with anodontia, a rare genetic disorder causing the absence of teeth. If successful, this regenerative medicine could provide an additional option for those needing tooth replacement, potentially available for regulatory approval by 2030.
How a Creative Music Video Helped a Town Find its New Doctor
A Cornish doctor's surgery in Lostwithiel has successfully recruited a new doctor following a creative community recruitment drive. The surgery created a music video to replace a retiring GP, which gained over two million views and responses from around the world. Dr. Bethan Woodfield, originally from Lostwithiel, saw the video and applied for the job, praising the strong sense of community in the area and expressing her enjoyment of working there.
This Officer's Quick Actions Saved a Dog From Flood Waters
Officer B. Schultz of the Greenville Police Department in North Carolina became a hero when he rescued a pit bull from a life-threatening situation during tropical storm Ophelia. The dog was tied to a fence and on the verge of drowning as heavy rains and strong winds battered the area. Officer Schultz's timely arrival and actions saved the pit bull's life, and the police department expressed their gratitude to the Good Samaritan who reported the situation and made the rescue possible.
Meet the Nigerian Powerlifter Who Just Won Africa's First Invictus Gold Medal
Peacemaker Azuegbulam, who lost his left leg during an attack by Boko Haram in Nigeria three years ago, has become the first Nigerian and African to win gold at the Invictus Games. Founded by Prince Harry in 2014, the Invictus Games aim to aid the rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women through sports. Azuegbulam's remarkable achievement brings hope to others and may encourage more African nations to participate in the event, shedding light on the strength and resilience of those who have overcome significant challenges.
A Legendary Female Artist's Long Lost Painting Was Just Found After Hundreds of Years
A lost painting by the renowned artist Artemisia Gentileschi, titled "Susanna and the Elders," has been rediscovered in the royal collection of King Charles I, where it had been stored for over a century. The painting, dating back to the late 1630s, was initially attributed simply to the "French School" but was later identified as Artemisia's work during a recent inventory. Extensive restoration unveiled the artist's original details and colors, allowing viewers to appreciate her artistry anew.
NASA's Perseverance Rover Just Broke Another Record on Mars
NASA's Perseverance rover has set a new record on Mars by navigating through a challenging area known as the "Snowdrift Peak" boulder field using its automatic navigation system, AutoNav. This achievement saved valuable time and allowed scientists to focus on more scientific research. Perseverance's AutoNav system proved remarkable by safely guiding the rover around hidden rocks, enabling it to travel 759 meters (0.8 kilometers) through the field without stopping, a distance longer than if it had traveled in a straight line.