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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.
At This Swedish Apartment Building, Residents From All Walks of Life Interact
At this apartment building in Sweden, generation gaps and cultural divides have been bridged by a shared-living project! Residents meet up twice a week to bake, share meals, work on puzzles and watch movies. From helping an elderly neighbor change a lightbulb to teaching newly arrived migrants how to drive - everyone is offering their own special skill set! Even better, there's the opportunity for older residents to learn about new cultures from those who've moved in too.
India Has Announced the Birth of Cheetah Cubs 70 Years After Extinction
India has announced the birth of four adorable cheetah cubs to one of the eight cheetahs that were relocated from Namibia, decades after they were declared extinct in India. The announcement has brought joy and celebration across the country. India was once home to the Asiatic cheetah but it was declared extinct there in 1952. The successful birth of the cubs is part of an ambitious project to reintroduce the spotted big cats back into the country.
The James Webb Space Telescope Has Found an Exoplanet That Defies Expectations
The study of planetary atmospheres is full of surprises! The James Webb Space Telescope has recently detected heavier elements in a distant exoplanet, HD149026b, also known as Smertrios. This atmospheric composition doesn't follow the rules scientists have been used to - that more massive planets can have much higher concentrations than expected. Further observations with JWST may lead to understanding why this is and what it could mean for our universe!
These Sanctuaries Are Giving Rescued Monkeys a Second Chance at Life
In the Peruvian Amazon, two rescue centers are working tirelessly to protect and rehabilitate animals affected by deforestation and illegal gold mining. The Taricaya eco reserve and Amazon Shelter provide care for a variety of animals, including rescued monkeys, sloths, and porcupines. With the help of dedicated staff and volunteers, the animals receive specialized care and rehabilitation, learning the skills they need to survive in the wild. Once they're ready, the animals are released into carefully chosen forest locations to begin their new lives.
London Just Announced Free Meals for Schoolchildren on Weekends and Holidays
The Mayor of London has launched a £3.5m scheme to provide free meals during school holidays and weekends for children from low-income families. The initiative will run for a year, with charities and partners in the capital set to provide an estimated 6.9 million extra meals. The scheme will begin in time for the Easter holidays, and will be delivered in partnership with food charity The Felix Project. The Mayor's Fund for London will also receive funds to provide free meals to low-income families and young people through community partners and hubs.
How a Dutch 'Fish Doorbell' and Global Volunteers Are Protecting Thousands of Fish
A new website called "fish doorbell" is offering a unique way for wildlife enthusiasts around the world to help migrating fish in the Netherlands. Volunteers can watch the livestream and signal dam lock keepers when they spot fish, helping guide them on their journey. The website has gained attention thanks to a TikTok video by user Thunder Keck. Last year, over 10,000 fish were let through the dam with the help of community members who rang the doorbell.
This Street Artist is Turning Trash Into Meaningful Artwork
In a city of discarded materials, Junko is the creative bug bringing them to life! Scouring alleys and parks for treasure, this mysterious street artist has been turning trash into art since 2020. From constructing giant spiders from windshield wipers to creating an entire habitat made from car parts and old shoes - their work pops up in public places across Canada. Junko says they hope to remind us all of our environmental stewardship inspire communities everywhere with their eco-friendly works.
This Delivery Driver is Going Viral for Her Efforts to Keep Others Safe
An Amazon delivery driver named Kelsey has gone viral on TikTok for her friendly and helpful attitude. In the video, the driver is seen singing a lighthearted song while reminding the homeowner of the importance of having visible house numbers. Her message was backed up by medical professionals, who emphasized the need for easily identifiable addresses for emergency responders. Kelsey's concern for safety won her praise and admiration , and she later posted a follow-up video, stressing the importance of crisis management and prevention education.
This 16-Year-Old Swimmer Just Smashed a World Record
Swimming sensation Summer McIntosh has taken the pool by storm - smashing Ariarne Titmus's 400 metre world record by a whopping 0.32 seconds! The 16-year-old Canadian beat Titmus's record on the opening night of the Canadian Swimming Trials, finishing in an impressive 3:56.08 time at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. McIntosh said she felt "pure euphoria" when she realised what she had achieved, and was overwhelmed with emotion after dedicating so much time to swimming over the past few years.
Scientists May Have Identified the Secret Ingredient in da Vinci's Paintings
A new study suggests that Old Masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Sandro Botticelli may have intentionally used proteins, particularly egg yolk, in their oil paintings. In the study, researchers recreated the paint-making process by combining four ingredients: egg yolk, distilled water, linseed oil, and pigment. They found that adding egg yolk to oil paint has a drastic effect on the properties of the paint, making it resistant to aging and humidity. This could explain why some Old Masters' paintings are still in good condition today.