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Portland's Famous "Valentine's Day Bandit" is Lighting Up the City With Hearts
For the 47th year in a row, someone's been decorating downtown Portland with giant red hearts on Valentine's Day. The tradition began in 1976, when the city was still gritty, grim and definitely not a tourist destination or foodie heaven. No one knows who — or how many people — are responsible for the yearly feat. This year, city dwellers awoke to a familiar string of red, paper hearts taped to storefront windows in bursts of a dozen or more, lighting up the city with joy.
This Nashville Bookstore is Offering Solace to the Community After Tragedy
In the aftermath of a tragic school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, Parnassus Books, an independent bookstore owned by award-winning author Ann Patchett, opened its doors to the community to provide a safe space for grieving and healing. Patchett welcomed anyone who “didn’t know what to do today” to come to the bookstore, hold a dog, and just “be with us.” This gesture of kindness and support reminds us that we can all come together in times of tragedy to provide comfort and hope.
How One Club is Helping Thousands of Women Tackle Loneliness
Almost 20,000 women living in London have come together during the pandemic to form The London Lonely Girls Club! Founded by 25-year-old Holly Cooke back in 2018, the club offers monthly meetups like puppy yoga and brunches that create a supportive environment for young ladies from all walks of life looking to make new friends in the city. It's been an incredible journey over these past few years - with membership now at 31,000 people - and it looks like this amazing community will only continue to grow.
Researchers Have Found a Way to Produce Carbon-Negative Concrete
Concrete is having a makeover! Finnish materials researchers just found the perfect carbon-negative replacement for cement that they say captures more CO2 than it takes to produce. The magical ingredient? Slag from blast furnace smelting combined with bio-ash. In early experiments, it reduced the CO2 emissions of conventional concrete by 45% and lowering its carbon footprint to -60 kg/m3 by replacing Portland cement with slag This innovation could help to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of one of humanity's most widely-used building materials.
New "Smart" Bandages Could Monitor Wounds for Targeted Healing
Sometimes it can feel like pesky cuts, scrapes, and burns linger forever - but a new smart bandage developed at Caltech may provide the expert help needed to move healing along faster. With embedded electronics providing real-time updates and medication supply right on site, this breakthrough 'smart' tech is bringing hope of relief to chronic wounds. Wounds no longer have to take their time or cost healthcare systems so much money - these smart bandages are here with solutions!
Back From the Moon, Shaun the Sheep is Ready to Share What He Learnt About Space
Shaun the Sheep is back home in England to a hero's welcome! After completing his astronaut training, this 6-inch stop motion model embarked on an epic journey aboard NASA's Artemis 1 mission. From traveling 1.4 million miles and splashing down safely, Shaun will be honored with commemorative plaques & documents marking his flight of a lifetime! His celebratory post-flight tour starting soon has ESA recruits excited to join him at space centers across Europe where he'll help people grow their knowledge about exploration.
The NFL's Damar Hamlin is on a Mission to Put More Defibrillators in Schools
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin visited Capitol Hill to push for better access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools. Hamlin's survival from sudden cardiac arrest during a football game is widely credited to the rapid use of CPR and a defibrillator on the field. The Access to AEDs Act would authorize a grant program to purchase AEDs, fund CPR and AED training programs in schools, and promote the importance of defibrillation in schools. The bill's goal is to normalize heart health and life-saving access to AEDs.
This Woman Was Just Reunited With the Stranger That Saved Her Life
A woman named Tegan Badham has been reunited with the man who saved her life after she fell onto a live Tube track in London in July 2022. Anthony Smith reached off the platform and pulled Tegan to safety, only moments before a train ran into the station. The reunion was made possible thanks to the show Reunion Hotel. Tegan, who was treated at hospital in London for burns and a possible chipped bone in her back, expressed her gratitude to both Anthony and her rubber boots, which she said also helped save her life.
How Virtual Reality Helped Pull Off a Tricky Surgery With Success
After 33 hours of surgeries and the assistance of a global team, Bernardo and Arthur Lima--the fused brain conjoined twins--finally got to see each other's faces for the first time! The twin 3-year olds have spent their entire lives knowing just one another, separated only by their heads. Using virtual reality as preparation, almost 100 medical workers worked together to make this miracle possible. After all that suspense has been released with joyous celebration--we're wishing them nothing but love, luck and good health in their future!
A Veteran Pilot Stepped Up to Help a Young Pilot and Save the Day
In Michigan, pilot Taylor Hash had a terrifying experience during her third solo flight when a critical piece of her landing gear fell off her single-engine plane. Veteran pilot Chris Yates, who was flying nearby, saw pieces of Hash's landing gear detach mid-air and went bouncing down the runway. Yates came to her rescue by guiding her through the landing process, providing encouragement and calming her nerves. With Yates' help, Hash was able to make an emergency landing safely, and the two are now making plans to meet up and go flying together.
Meet the 85-Year-Old Runner Who's the New Face of an Adidas Ad
Meet Barbara Thackray, an 85-year-old running enthusiast - and the new star of Adidas’ latest campaign! For eight years this retired college lecturer has been running 10k twice a week in order to raise money for St Ann's Hospice in Heald Green, Stockport, where her sister passed away. Making quite the impression on the sporting giants at Adidas, Barbara is now being represented alongside elite athletes like Liverpool footballer Mo Salah.