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How VR Training is Helping Fill a Mechanic Shortage in America
Vehicles for Change is using virtual reality to train mechanics, in an effort to address the nationwide shortage of qualified automotive technicians. Retirements and business growth create 76,000 mechanic jobs to fill every year, but 37,000 of those jobs go unfilled. VR can help ease this bottleneck by expediting the process of getting people entry level and ready to work in garages. The program was designed also to address another issue: limited job options for formerly incarcerated individuals.
Scientists Just Made a Huge Breakthrough in the Treatment of Long Covid
New research suggests that scientists may be closer to understanding the mysteries of long covid. A study involving over 270 participants identified key differences in the blood of people with long covid compared to those without. These differences could potentially serve as biomarkers for diagnostic tests and provide insights into the condition's mechanisms, bringing hope for better diagnosis and treatment in the future.
An International Team of Researchers is Using AI to Help Protect Biodiversity
A team of researchers from universities around the world is using AI to better understand the long-term impact of the climate crisis on biodiversity. This international effort aims to collect data and develop AI models to analyze the effects of climate change on various species, especially those in areas with data gaps. By using AI-informed ecological models, the team hopes to provide valuable insights that can inform conservation efforts and climate education, ultimately working towards solutions to mitigate the climate crisis's impact on biodiversity.
What Went Right: A Roundup of This Week's Best News
In a world full of negative headlines, it's easy to forget the good that's happening too. But we believe that good news matters, and there's tons of it to go around! Some of this week's best headlines include a green energy boom keeping climate goals in sight, scientists making a breakthrough in the treatment of long Covid, and a promising new method for cleaning polluted water. Plus, a new study shoes just how valuable green spaces are!
This Lonely Baby Fox Found the Perfect Surrogate Family After Being Separated From His
A litter of gray fox kits, separated from their den and mother after being picked up and sold on Craigslist, found a second chance at Howling Mountain Wildlife Rescue in Vermont. After being raised by Medora Plimpton, the kits were soft-released back into the wild, with one kit, named Short Nose, sticking around the rescue facility. There, he formed an unlikely but heartwarming friendship with a pair of raccoons, demonstrating the capacity of animals to connect and form bonds across species.
An Totem Pole Taken in 1929 is Finally Going Back to its Indigenous Tribe
A totem pole belonging to the Nisga'a Nation, which had been on display in a Scottish museum for nearly a century, is being formally rematriated to its rightful place in the Nass Valley. This significant return will be celebrated with a ceremony and feast for up to 1,000 people. The pole, taken without consent in 1929, is an essential part of the Nisga'a Nation's cultural heritage, and its return represents a powerful reunification and a testament to the importance of cultural preservation.
Scientists in California Have Created a Fire-Safe Liquid Fuel That Doesn't React to Flame
Chemical engineers in California have developed a revolutionary liquid fuel that only ignites when an electric current is applied. Unlike conventional fuels, this "safe" liquid doesn't react to flames, making it impervious to accidental fires during storage or transport. The breakthrough could lead to safer and more controlled fuel usage, with potential applications in various vehicles and engines, marking a significant step toward enhancing safety in the energy industry.
A Family Was Just Reunited With Their Missing Cat After 3 Years
A Kansas family has experienced a heartwarming reunion with their lost cat, Sarin, three years after she went missing. The cat was found in Durango, Colorado, but thanks to her microchip, the shelter was able to locate her owners, who had initially believed they had lost her forever. American Airlines even volunteered to transport Sarin back to her family for free, and the emotional reunion brought tears of joy to everyone involved.
Chester Zoo Has Welcomes Its Own "Paddington Bear" to Save the Species From Extinction
Chester Zoo has welcomed a male Andean bear named Oberon, who has been described as their own "Paddington Bear," as part of a breeding program to save the rare species from extinction. Oberon is hoped to mate with Pacha, a female at the zoo, to boost the population of these South American bears, which are vulnerable to extinction. This effort not only contributes to the conservation of a unique and endangered species but also brings a touch of the beloved Paddington Bear's world to life.
This "Einstein Ring" Snapped by NASA is the Farthest Gravitationally Lensed Object Ever Seen
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has captured a remarkable image of the farthest-ever Einstein ring, located a staggering 21 billion light-years away. This perfectly circular Einstein ring surrounds a mysteriously dense galaxy, forming a complete circle due to a perfect alignment of the foreground object, distant object, and observer. Named JWST-ER1, this discovery sheds light on the density of the lensing galaxy and the potential presence of dark matter, offering new insights into the mysteries of the cosmos.
This Friendly Cow Interrupted a Live Newscast to Ask for Some Cuddles
While reporting live from an Iowa farm, reporter Mills Hayes got an unexpected and heartwarming surprise. As she delivered her message about corn and soy production, a friendly cow approached her and nudged her for some attention. Mills happily obliged, giving the cow a few strokes on the back, leaving viewers and online commenters charmed by this delightful and spontaneous interaction, showcasing the beauty of moments that can happen when humans and animals cross paths in a friendly and unexpected manner.