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A Lifeguard Won the "Super Bowl of Surfing" While on Break
The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational is a prestigious surf competition held in Hawaii that sees professional and local surfers compete in huge swells. This year, on-duty lifeguard Luke Shepardson took home the title, beating out some of the biggest names in the sport. Shepardson had to get permission from his boss to take a break during the day to compete, but it paid off in a big way – he won $10,000 prize money and gained entry into an exclusive club of previous winners including Kelly Slater and Ross Clarke Jones.
The Best Medicine: Here Are All the Ways Laughter Can Improve Your Life
Ready for a good giggle? We all know laughter is the best medicine, but did you know how far its benefits go ? Laughter strengthens neural connections by activating motor, emotional, cognitive and social processing in the brain. It's great for relieving stress and even developing muscles! With humor increasing life satisfaction and creativity, it can be easily accessed with daily activities like watching a comedy or writing down funny things that happened in your day.
April Sky Guide: Here Are All the Celestial Events to Catch This Month
Get ready for an amazing April of stargazing! This month's night sky will be filled with celestial wonders, including a stunning Full Moon, a notable meteor shower, and a meetup of four bright targets. We'll be able to see the Pink Moon, and a rare hybrid solar eclipse will be visible from Southeast Asia and Australia, So mark your calendars, step outside, and let the universe provide a reason to get outdoors in the evening!
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.