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Scientists Just Made a Breakthrough in Lab-Grown Eye Cells, Paving the Way for Treatment for Blindness
A new study at the University of Wisconsin has found that retinal cells grown from stem cells are able to reach out and connect with neighbors, completing a “handshake” that may show the cells are ready for trials in humans with degenerative eye disorders. The study provides further evidence that these lab-grown retinal cells could be used to replace diseased cells and restore vision in people with conditions like retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration. The next step is to conduct clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of this approach.
Here's How Paris Will Keep Athletes Cool Using Clean Energy During the 2024 Olympics
The organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics have come up with an innovative way to keep athletes cool during the summer without relying on air conditioners. They plan to use an underground water cooling system beneath the Athletes Village instead. This sustainable method uses the same technology that kept the iconic Louvre museum cool during last summer’s heat waves. This method will lower carbon impact for the Olympic Athletes Village by about 45%. The Paris organizers hope to set an example for future Olympics to prioritize the environment.
These Students Created a 3D Printed Prosthetic Leg For Their Teacher's Dog
A group of high school students from Charlotte, North Carolina have created a 3D-printed prosthetic limb for their teacher’s golden retriever, Bentley, after he lost his leg to cancer. The students used the school’s 3D imaging equipment to design a harness attached to a prosthetic limb for Bentley. They were thrilled to see their invention improve the life of Bentley, who took to his new limb with ease. Ashley Liberto, Bentley's owner and teacher of the students, was proud of her students' innovation and said they "want to do big things in life."
Don't Miss It: Jupiter and the Moon Will Meet in the Night Sky Tonight
Get ready for an exciting celestial event tonight! The moon and Jupiter are going on a special date, and they're sharing the same right ascension, which is called a conjunction. You can see this in the night sky as they make a close approach, known as an appulse. Although the two will appear close in the sky, Jupiter is over 2,000 times farther from Earth than the moon! While they won't be visible in a telescope, a pair of binoculars will do the trick. If you snap a photo, you can share it with Space.com's readers. Happy stargazing!
Meet the 11-Year-Old Helping Animals, One Lemonade Glass at a Time
Meet Delanie Dennis, an 11-year-old girl from Tampa, Florida who is making a huge impact in her community with her lemonade stand. Since 2019, Delanie's Lemonade Stand has raised over $61,000 for local animal rescues in the Tampa Bay area. Delanie's passion for helping animals started when she was just 7 years old, and with the help of her family, she opened her stand in their Tampa restaurant. Each month, Delanie donates the proceeds to an animal rescue organization of her choice.
In Pictures: Horses Are Giving Ukrainians on the Front Lines a Moment of Peace
In Ukraine, a group of soldiers are finding a moment of peace and relaxation through hippotherapy - using riding and contact with horses for therapeutic effect. The soldiers take turns riding horses at a ramshackle hippodrome in the outskirts of Kyiv. The center's founder, psychologist Ganna Burago, leads them in a series of exercises where they connect with dogs and a cat before choosing a horse to ride. Despite the stress, the soldiers appear childlike and filled with laughter during their hippotherapy sessions.
How Two Art Sleuths Reunited a Family After Centuries Apart
In a heartwarming tale of detective work and research, a family has been reunited after nearly two centuries apart. The story begins in 1626 with a father and son sitting for a portrait. Years later, art conservator Jørgen Wadum and curator Angela Jager noticed a clue in the lower right-hand corner of the painting that led them on a quest to find a missing person. Through careful research, they found a portrait of a lady that matched perfectly with the painting, and the museum was able to purchase it and reunite the family.
Germany is Rising Up to Meet the Solar Power Demand With a New School
Germany is on a mission to become carbon neutral and solar power is a key component of that plan. To meet the soaring demand for solar power, Berlin start-up Enpal has started its own vocational school to train people from all backgrounds to become solar panel installers and specialized electricians. With the German solar industry experiencing a significant shortage of qualified workers, Enpal's training school is helping to bridge the gap and provide opportunities for people to learn new skills and contribute to the country's energy transition.
A New 3D Microscope Can Capture Life in Unprecedented Detail
Graduate students at Duke University have created a microscope that can see 'like human vision.' Researchers used 24 smartphone cameras to stitch together gigapixel images over an area about the size of a piece of paper. The microscope is capable of recording 3D movies of the behavior of freely swimming zebrafish or the activity of fruit flies at near cellular-level detail across a wide field of view, allowing new discoveries in the field of biology. Six years in the making, the Multi Camera Array Microscope is opening new possibilities to researchers.
Cancer Patients Now Have Inclusive Wig Options Thanks to Two Sisters
Dianne Austin and her sister faced a challenge when searching for a wig that resembled their beautiful natural hair coils and curls after Dianne was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. This led them to create "Coils to Locs," an organization that provides wigs to people of color being treated for cancer who did not have any options for wigs that matched their natural hair textures. Now, they are in 15 hospitals and medical salons across the country, and this is just the beginning!
This Small City is Known as the Kindest City in Canada
In a tale of generosity, Steinbach, a small city in southeastern Manitoba, has become known as the most charitable city in Canada. Steinbach residents donate 4.31% of their income to charity, compared to the national average of 0.62%, and have the highest median donation among metropolitan areas with at least 10,000 citizens. The Steinbach Community Outreach, a nonprofit, is supported almost entirely by donations and supports around 525 families annually.