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Strength, Resilience, and the Power of Music: Inside the Story of the Iraqi Symphony Orchestra
The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in the Middle East, surviving wars, sectarian violence, international sanctions and political instability. The orchestra performed classical and Arab music in the 1960s and 70s but the 1991 Gulf War forced many foreign musicians to leave. During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, all its sheet music was looted and burned. Still, it continues to promote Western classical music and aims to preserve Iraq’s own rich musical heritage.
How a Mom is Using Her Grief to Help Other Families Navigate Challenging Times
Sarah Moore, a mother who tragically lost both her daughters to Mitochondrial disease, has turned her grief into a powerful force for good. In the absence of support during her family's darkest times, she is now helping other families affected by this rare and deadly disease. Her involvement with The Lily Foundation, which was established to support families like hers, is not only raising awareness but also providing vital assistance and a sense of community to those facing similar challenges.
This 500-Pound Pumpkin Named Julius is Bringing Joy to a Canadian Neighborhood
In Vancouver's Dunbar neighborhood, a couple, Michael and Joanna Polay, have cultivated a massive 500-pound pumpkin named Julius, making their debut at the annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off in Langley, B.C. This colossal gourd has captivated their community, becoming a social focal point for neighbors and strangers alike. Their dedication to nurturing Julius has not only brought joy but also highlights the camaraderie within the giant pumpkin growing community.
How NASA’s Mars Rover Could Inspire a More Ethical Future for AI
In an era where concerns about AI replacing jobs and ethical challenges dominate discussions, a sociologist working with NASA's robotic spacecraft teams offers a more optimistic perspective. Instead of replacing humans, AI can complement and extend human capabilities when integrated into a human-machine partnership. Such partnerships avoid many ethical pitfalls, encourage respectful data use, and even inspire a sense of care for machines, ultimately showcasing the potential for a more ethical and collaborative future with AI.
A Golf Course in Ohio Surrounded by Ancient Earthwork Has Become a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks in Ohio, which include the Octagon Earthworks, have gained UNESCO World Heritage status, becoming part of the first UNESCO World Heritage site in the state. These earthwork constructions are culturally significant and have been compared to Stonehenge or Machu Picchu in terms of their historical, archaeological, and astronomical importance. This designation not only recognizes the contributions of America's Indigenous Peoples but also brings international attention to these remarkable and ancient treasures.
Meet Haley Van Voorhis, The College Athlete Breaking Barriers in NCAA Football
Haley Van Voorhis made history by becoming the first woman non-kicker to play in an NCAA football game as a safety for Division-III Shenandoah University. She made her appearance during the first quarter, showcasing her determination and skill. Van Voorhis's groundbreaking achievement not only highlights her talent but also paves the way for more opportunities for women in football, sending an inspiring message about breaking barriers and pursuing one's dreams.
Tigist Assefa Just Broke the Women's Marathon World Record in an Incredible Time
Ethiopian runner Tigist Assefa achieved a remarkable feat at the Berlin Marathon by breaking the women's world record by more than two minutes, completing the race in just two hours, 11 minutes, and 53 seconds. Her incredible performance left her almost six minutes ahead of the second-place finisher. Assefa's remarkable achievement not only broke the previous record but also highlighted her impressive journey from specializing in shorter track events to conquering the world of road running.
Inside the School Helping Adults Get Their High School Diplomas
In an inspiring tale of perseverance, the Goodwill Excel Center Adult Charter High School in Washington, D.C., is helping adults earn their high school diplomas, even decades after dropping out. With an individualized approach that includes small class sizes, on-site childcare, and transportation assistance, the school offers a second chance to those who often face barriers. Graduates now have the chance to pursue higher education and careers, proving that it's never too late to chase your dreams.
The Oklahoma City Zoo Just Welcomes an Adorable Rare Clouded Leopard Kitten
The Oklahoma City Zoo welcomed a new addition to their family when Rukai, a clouded leopard mother, gave birth to a healthy kitten named JD. JD's arrival is not just heartwarming but also essential for the conservation of clouded leopards, which are disappearing from many parts of their native habitat. As an ambassador for his species, JD will play a crucial role in educating the public about these elusive and endangered creatures, offering hope for their survival in the wild.
New Research Could Transform Our Understanding of the Size of the Universe
Cosmic mysteries and theoretical debates are part of what makes science so fascinating, and a recent paper has proposed a novel perspective on the size of the universe. While our observable universe appears vast, this new theory suggests it might be much smaller on a cosmic scale due to considerations in string theory. While this idea is speculative, it reminds us of the ongoing exploration and wonderment that the universe offers, keeping the door open for fresh perspectives and exciting discoveries in the field of cosmology.
Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuña Jr. Has Become the 5th player in the MLB to Join the 40-40 Club
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. made history by becoming the fifth player in Major League Baseball history to achieve the rare 40-40 milestone, hitting 40 home runs and stealing 40 bases in a single season. This achievement places him in an elite club that includes legends like Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano. Acuña's incredible base-stealing prowess, with 68 stolen bases in the season, has set him apart and puts him in contention for his first Most Valuable Player award.