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Australia Just Took a Major Step in Protecting the Great Barrier Reef
The Australian government made history by rejecting a proposal for a new coal mine that would have operated near the Great Barrier Reef. Citing the environmental risks posed by the project, Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said that the potential damage to the already-vulnerable reef was simply too great, and they must protect the Great Barrier Reef. This marks the first time in history that Australia has blocked the creation of a coal mine under environmental laws.
How Museums Are Improving Life for People With Dementia
National Museums Scotland is hosting monthly social events for people living with dementia and their caregivers. The events offer visitors a chance to delve into history and art, and offer a range of benefits to people with dementia, including social engagement, cognitive stimulation and improving general feelings of well-being. The approach of non-pharmacological programs, such as art and culture-based initiatives, has been pioneered by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and its format has since been adopted by about 140 museums worldwide.
The Hubble Telescope Has Captured a Dazzling Star-Studded Cluster
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning image of Messier 55, a globular cluster in the constellation Sagittarius that is about 17,000 light-years away from Earth. The cluster harbors around 100,000 stars, some of which twinkle with changing brightness, especially in its center. The combined gravity of the stars pulls the cluster into a spherical shape, a common trait among more than 150 such objects that occupy the Milky Way galaxy.
This Coffee Shop's Genius Pricing Policy is Inspiring Others to Be Kind
Working as a barista is a great job, but it's even better when customers are friendly and polite. Unfortunately, not everyone is a morning person and some customers can be short and snappy, which is why Austin Simms of Roanoke, Virginia, decided to create a new pricing policy for his coffee shop. He placed a sign outside of CUPS Coffee & Tea indicating that customers who used "please" and "thank you" would get a discount. His goal was to remind people to treat everyone with respect and to value those around them.
How One Mom is Using a Homemade Game to Teach Kids How to Read
When Jacquelyn Davis noticed her son Madden was having a difficult time learning how to read, she was inspired to create a reading game called Kangaroo Cravings that focuses on teaching "sight words." Davis, who has a background in education, created illustrated flash cards that prompt kids to move their bodies while learning how to spell out each word. The reading game has so far been tested in more than 40 real-world classrooms and is now slated for distribution across all public schools in Washington, D.C.
These Good Samaritans Heroically Rescued Two Girls Trapped in the Ocean
Bella Broadley and Elyse Partridge are two Australian women who have been awarded bravery medals by the Governor General for their heroism in saving the lives of two girls stuck in a rip at a beach. When they heard screams for help coming from the ocean, Bella used an esky lid to help keep one of the girls afloat while she and Elyse raced into the dangerous surf. Although the rescue was difficult, they managed to bring the girls back to safety.
Scientists Have Created a New Method to Break Down "Forever Chemicals"
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have made a breakthrough in the fight against toxic "forever chemicals" that persist in clothing, household items, and the environment. The team has developed a new silica-based material that can absorb a wider range of harmful chemicals and has new tools to break them apart. The new technology could be used at industrial sites where high concentrations of the toxic chemicals are often released into water supplies.
These Baseball Fans Are Going Viral for a Special Show of Kindness
Fans at the World Baseball Classic in Tokyo Dome have captured hearts online for their exceptional display of sportsmanship. A fan caught Shohei Ohtani's first home run of the tournament during Team Japan’s match against Australia on March 12. She then passed it around to the fans around her, who took pictures of the ball before handing it back to her. The fan wanted to share the excitement she felt after catching the ball with others, and this collective display of sportsmanship has been celebrated on social media.
This Startup is Turning Rice Crop Waste Into Biodegradable Packaging
Arpit Dhupar, an engineer from Delhi, has developed a new form of sustainable packaging made from rice stubble, which is often burned after harvest in India. Instead of contributing to the environmental damage caused by burning the stalks, Dhupar’s product, made by binding the stubble together using mycelium, the filaments that make up mushrooms, is both durable and biodegradable. By using a waste product that was previously considered unusable, Dhupar has prevented over half a million pounds of polystyrene from entering landfills.
This Woman Was Inspired to Create a Non-Spill Cup for Those With Disabilities
A woman has designed and is selling adult "sippy cups" called Freedom Cups, which she created while recovering from surgery to remove two tumors. Mandy Charlton, a photographer who suffers from fibromyalgia and diabetes, said that drinking from a cup can be a challenge for those with chronic conditions. The double-handle and spout design of the Freedom Cup gives users independence, and Ms Charlton said that orders have been "flooding in" since she posted the design on her gift website.
Electric Air Taxis Are Being Developed for the 2024 Paris Olympics
Get ready to soar through the skies! Paris airports operator Groupe ADP is aiming to launch the world's first pre-commercial electric air taxi service by 2024, just in time for the Paris Olympic Games. The VoloCity air taxis will take off and land vertically, carrying a single passenger and pilot along two routes, using the existing helicopter route network. The service will use a safety-first approach by relying on existing networks, with regulation being built by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.