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Albania's Vjosa River is Officially Europe's First Wild River National Park
The Albanian government has just announced the creation of the Vjosa River National Park, Europe's first wild river National Park. Situated in the Balkans, the Vjosa is one of the last free-flowing rivers left on the continent and home to over 1100 wildlife species. The decision to protect this natural area was taken in order to preserve its ecological value and provide economic opportunities for local communities.
A Doctor in Canada Just Performed a Groundbreaking Spinal Surgery
A Calgary doctor has made history by performing the first spine surgery on a conscious patient in Canada. Dr. Michael Yang, a spine surgeon at Foothills Medical Centre, performed a discectomy to remove the damaged part of a herniated disc in Todd Bene's spine, while he was wide awake. The surgery lasted 55 minutes and Bene was able to go home less than five hours later. Yang hopes this technique will allow patients to recover quicker and reduce health-care utilization.
How One Professor is Inspiring Her Students to Think Sustainably About Waste
Professor Stephanie Hughes, an environmental engineer and professor at Santa Clara University encourages her students to think about ways to break the cycle of waste. She takes her students on tours of recycling plants, sewage treatment facilities, and hazardous waste facilities to educate them on the importance of sustainable living. Despite the challenges of recycling different materials, students who have taken her Garbology class say she keeps things exciting and positive, and many of them have gone on to work in waste management and sustainability.
New Zealand is Launching a New Campaign to Help Teens Deal With Tough Emotions
New Zealand has launched a unique new campaign to support young people through breakups, using real footage of young people discussing how they deal with breakups. The Love Better campaign will provide videos, articles, podcasts and other social media content to help young people process their feelings and avoid harm. The campaign aims to build a community of the people helping people to keep a little hurt from becoming a lotta hurt. The campaign is part of New Zealand's efforts to tackle domestic violence, a major social issue in the country.
Here's How Paris Will Keep Athletes Cool Using Clean Energy During the 2024 Olympics
The organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics have come up with an innovative way to keep athletes cool during the summer without relying on air conditioners. They plan to use an underground water cooling system beneath the Athletes Village instead. This sustainable method uses the same technology that kept the iconic Louvre museum cool during last summer’s heat waves. This method will lower carbon impact for the Olympic Athletes Village by about 45%. The Paris organizers hope to set an example for future Olympics to prioritize the environment.
These Students Created a 3D Printed Prosthetic Leg For Their Teacher's Dog
A group of high school students from Charlotte, North Carolina have created a 3D-printed prosthetic limb for their teacher’s golden retriever, Bentley, after he lost his leg to cancer. The students used the school’s 3D imaging equipment to design a harness attached to a prosthetic limb for Bentley. They were thrilled to see their invention improve the life of Bentley, who took to his new limb with ease. Ashley Liberto, Bentley's owner and teacher of the students, was proud of her students' innovation and said they "want to do big things in life."
Don't Miss It: Jupiter and the Moon Will Meet in the Night Sky Tonight
Get ready for an exciting celestial event tonight! The moon and Jupiter are going on a special date, and they're sharing the same right ascension, which is called a conjunction. You can see this in the night sky as they make a close approach, known as an appulse. Although the two will appear close in the sky, Jupiter is over 2,000 times farther from Earth than the moon! While they won't be visible in a telescope, a pair of binoculars will do the trick. If you snap a photo, you can share it with Space.com's readers. Happy stargazing!
Meet the 11-Year-Old Helping Animals, One Lemonade Glass at a Time
Meet Delanie Dennis, an 11-year-old girl from Tampa, Florida who is making a huge impact in her community with her lemonade stand. Since 2019, Delanie's Lemonade Stand has raised over $61,000 for local animal rescues in the Tampa Bay area. Delanie's passion for helping animals started when she was just 7 years old, and with the help of her family, she opened her stand in their Tampa restaurant. Each month, Delanie donates the proceeds to an animal rescue organization of her choice.
In Pictures: Horses Are Giving Ukrainians on the Front Lines a Moment of Peace
In Ukraine, a group of soldiers are finding a moment of peace and relaxation through hippotherapy - using riding and contact with horses for therapeutic effect. The soldiers take turns riding horses at a ramshackle hippodrome in the outskirts of Kyiv. The center's founder, psychologist Ganna Burago, leads them in a series of exercises where they connect with dogs and a cat before choosing a horse to ride. Despite the stress, the soldiers appear childlike and filled with laughter during their hippotherapy sessions.
How Two Art Sleuths Reunited a Family After Centuries Apart
In a heartwarming tale of detective work and research, a family has been reunited after nearly two centuries apart. The story begins in 1626 with a father and son sitting for a portrait. Years later, art conservator Jørgen Wadum and curator Angela Jager noticed a clue in the lower right-hand corner of the painting that led them on a quest to find a missing person. Through careful research, they found a portrait of a lady that matched perfectly with the painting, and the museum was able to purchase it and reunite the family.
Germany is Rising Up to Meet the Solar Power Demand With a New School
Germany is on a mission to become carbon neutral and solar power is a key component of that plan. To meet the soaring demand for solar power, Berlin start-up Enpal has started its own vocational school to train people from all backgrounds to become solar panel installers and specialized electricians. With the German solar industry experiencing a significant shortage of qualified workers, Enpal's training school is helping to bridge the gap and provide opportunities for people to learn new skills and contribute to the country's energy transition.