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A New Artificial Skin Could Transform Touch Screens and Video Games
Recently, scientists have developed a new electronic skin that is said to be more touch-sensitive than human hands. The artificial skin consists of two thin, flexible fabric electrodes sandwiched around a layer of spongy material soaked in ion-sensitive liquid. This stack of materials acts as a capacitor, allowing it to pick up on changes in pressure or differences in charge between electrodes with extreme sensitivity. Scientists hope that this will help ramp up robotics, improve touch-screen interfaces, and even help people regain their sense of touch.
This Firefighter Got the Call of a Lifetime - Helping Deliver His Granddaughter
A Georgia firefighter helped deliver his granddaughter at his own fire station last month. Bret Langston, who has been in the fire service for over 28 years and delivered around 10 to 12 children, was on duty when his daughter Hannah Langston unexpectedly went into labor. With the help of other firefighters, Bret led his daughter to his personal bunk room, cleared the bed, and prepared everything for the delivery. Bret is overjoyed to welcome his granddaughter into the family and is looking forward to showing her around the fire station as she grows up.
Here's What the 2023 World Happiness Report Has Revealed About Happiness
The World Happiness Report of 2023 is out, identifying the happiest nations across the globe this year, as well as the factors that tend to lead to greater happiness. For the sixth year in a row, Finland is the world's happiest country, followed by Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, and Norway. The report also highlights that positive emotions have remained twice as prevalent as negative ones, and feelings of positive social support twice as strong as those of loneliness, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
The UK is Recycling Old Children's Toys to Make New Playgrounds
Games Workshop has launched a recycling scheme for Warhammer enthusiasts in the UK. The Warhammer Recycling Program, in partnership with TerraCycle's Brigade program, allows hobbyists to recycle their plastic miniatures at selected Games Workshop stores. The initiative is part of Games Workshop's environmental responsibility initiative and offers a fund-raising opportunity for schools and charities. The Citadel miniatures' plastic can be used in various applications, such as garden planters and rubbish bins, and even playground equipment.
A Good Samaritan Scaled a 3-Story Building to Save a Man From a Fire
In a heartwarming story of courage and kindness, a good Samaritan in Colorado risked his own safety to save a neighbor suffering from an asthma attack during a fire. Dewey Parker noticed the man struggling to breathe on the third floor and sprang into action. Despite the locked door, Parker scaled three stories off the balconies to reach the neighbor and unlock the door. Thanks to Parker's quick thinking and bravery, the neighbor is going to be fine. Parker's selfless act is a reminder of the power of human kindness and empathy.
This Weatherman Rescued a Chicken During a Blizzard and Now They're Best Friends
What do you get when you combine a blizzard, a weatherman, and a chicken? The most adorable friendship ever! David Neal, a weatherman, was reporting on a blizzard when he stumbled upon a stray chicken running around in the snow. He tried to catch her, and after some running around, he finally did. The chicken, now named Penelope, was skinny and cold, but with Neal's help, she quickly warmed up and found a new home. The two have since become best friends, doing everything together, including fishing on a boat and even co-hosting a weather podcast.
Burkina Faso's Eco-Friendly Golf Course is Leading the Way in Golf
Burkina Faso's only golf course is making a name for itself as a sustainable, water-saving pioneer in the sport. The course features a mix of sand and motor oil instead of water-consuming grass, making it an eco-friendly alternative to traditional courses. Not only is the course helping to conserve water in a region where it is in short supply, but it has also provided job opportunities for local villagers, many of whom have become exceptional golfers themselves.
Two Moons of Uranus Might Have Oceans Underneath Their Surface
Two of Uranus' moons, Ariel and Miranda, could have active subsurface oceans that are expelling material into space, according to a new study. This discovery was made by examining data collected by NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft over three decades ago. The data revealed that one or both moons may possess a liquid ocean beneath their frozen surface. Scientists suggest that similar particle-releasing moons exist around Uranus' fellow solar system ice giant Neptune and the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn.
After Fleeing War, This Ukrainian Ballerina is Now Shining in Swan Lake
Ganna Muromtseva, a Ukrainian ballerina, had to flee Kyiv due to the war, leaving her career behind. A year later, she has found herself performing Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at the Hungarian State Opera, taking on the dream dual role of ethereal white swan Odette and deceptive swan Odile. Ganna had previously danced the role for more than five years with her home company in Ukraine, making her return to the stage even more meaningful. Despite the challenges, Ganna remains resilient and passionate, reminding others to never give up on what they love.
A Flight Attendant and Delivery Driver Reunited a Stranger With Her Lost Luggage
In a heartwarming story from downtown Toronto, a delivery driver went above and beyond to reunite a stranger with her lost luggage. Spotting two bags in the middle of the street with Air Canada tags, he decided to take action and drop them off at a nearby police station. This act of kindness sparked a chain of events that led to the bags being reunited with their owner. A Facebook post by a friend of the delivery driver caught the attention of an Air Canada flight attendant, who tracked down the owner, and let her know her luggage was waiting for her!
These Elementary School Students Came Together to Donate Essentials to Those in Need
The students at Lincoln Elementary School spent most of the month collecting dental items for the homeless community in Springfield as part of a school-wide supply drive. Spearheaded by kindergarten teacher Aimee Newton, the drive not only taught the kids about healthy dental hygiene habits but also encouraged friendly competition between classes to collect the most supplies. The students collected over 2,000 items, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss, which will be donated to organizations supporting the homeless community in Springfield.