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How Ukuleles Helped Rewild a Tropical Forest in Hawai'i
Joe and Kristen Souza, who run the Kanile'a Ukulele company in Hawai'i, have launched a forest restoration project to save the koa tree, the wood they use to craft their ukuleles. The couple was inspired to plant a koa tree for every ukulele they built, and in 2014, purchased a 39-hectare property and launched their own NGO called Saving Hawaii's Forests to restore the degraded land to its biodiverse tropical forest state. Despite the challenges, the couple has since rewilded the area and lured back threatened species.
How an Instagram Page Dedicated to Gardening is Breaking Stereotypes and Fostering Inclusion
Nelson ZêPequéno, the founder of the Instagram page @blackmenwithgardens, is using social media to showcase the diverse lives of Black men and challenge stereotypes. With over 153,000 followers, the page celebrates the joy and creativity found in gardening and farming within these communities, providing an uplifting and refreshing narrative. Beyond social media, ZêPequéno also brings resources and opportunities to his community in Los Angeles, equipping individuals with tools for creativity, sustainability, and environmental appreciation.
A NASA Spacecraft is Getting an Extended Lifeline for an Outer Solar System Mission
NASA has decided to extend its New Horizons mission, allowing the spacecraft to continue exploring the outer reaches of the solar system until it exits the Kuiper Belt, expected around 2028. Originally slated to conclude operations by the end of 2024, New Horizons will now focus on collecting heliophysics data while also conducting a close flyby of an object in the Kuiper Belt. The decision to extend the mission was met with enthusiasm, as New Horizons continues to provide valuable insights into the solar system's outer regions and its origins.
A 200-Year-Old Painting Was Just Discovered to be an Original by an Esteemed Artist
A 200-year-old painting, initially believed to be a copy, has been identified as an original work by renowned 18th-century artist Rosalba Carriera, known as the "Queen of Pastel Painting." The "Portrait of a Tyrolese Lady" was left to the National Trust by Maurice Egerton, and it had been in storage since the 1980s at Tatton Park in Cheshire. The discovery of a hidden slip of paper known as a "Santini," containing prayers and blessings for safe passage, in the painting's frame confirmed its authenticity and is a valuable find for art enthusiasts.
The World Health Organization Just Approved a Second Vaccine for Malaria
The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a second malaria vaccine, offering countries a potentially more accessible and cost-effective option than the initial vaccine. The new vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford, could be a significant tool in the fight against malaria, especially in regions where the disease is endemic. While it may not replace existing prevention methods like bed nets and insecticides, its increased availability could significantly reduce severe illness and deaths caused by malaria in the coming years.
A New Study Shows Walking This Much More a Day Can Help Lower Your Blood Pressure
A new study has provided an uplifting reason to make walking a daily habit, showing that taking an additional 3,000 steps per day can significantly reduce blood pressure in older adults with hypertension. High blood pressure is a common health concern, and this research suggests that incorporating more walking into daily routines can be an effective way to manage it. The findings suggest that walking can be as effective as anti-hypertensive medications in managing blood pressure, emphasizing the importance of physical activity for overall well-being.
Meet the Kenyan Entrepreneur Turning Plastic Waste Into Fuel
In a remarkable initiative, Kenyan entrepreneur James Muritu is tackling plastic waste by transforming it into a valuable resource: fuel. Through a process called pyrolysis, plastic waste is heated at high temperatures in the absence of oxygen, converting it back into oil or hydrocarbon liquid. Muritu's innovative solution not only addresses the pressing issue of plastic waste but also provides an eco-friendly alternative fuel source for cars and engines, offering hope in the battle against plastic pollution and climate change.
This Little Boy Was So Excited to be a Big Brother He Put Together the Cutest Gift
In an utterly heartwarming moment, a young boy in Australia showed his sheer excitement when he met his newborn baby brother at the hospital. Anticipating this precious moment of becoming an older sibling, he arrived with a thoughtful gift in hand – a bouquet of freshly picked flowers and a lovingly crafted card. His beaming smile lit up the room as he sat beside his mom, who cradled the new arrival, and in pure wonderment, he exclaimed, "Look at the baby!"
This Man is Taking His Old Schoolwork Into Space - Here's Why
Trevor Beattie, a businessman with a lifelong dream of venturing into space, is set to fulfill his childhood aspiration as he boards Virgin Galactic's latest space tourist mission. He will carry with him an old exercise book from his school days, where he predicted that he would one day leave Earth. This heartwarming journey reflects the power of dreams, determination, and the indomitable human spirit, as Beattie, who once dreamed of space travel as a schoolboy, now prepares to become the 667th person to venture beyond our planet's boundaries.
This Passenger Fairy Has Been Transformed Into a Floating Book Paradise
The MV Logos Hope, the world's largest floating book fair, has brought a treasure trove of over 5,000 books to the Kenyan port city of Mombasa for the past seven weeks, inspiring a love for learning. Visitors are invited to explore the ship's extensive collection, with the crew confident that there's a book for everyone. This unique venture not only promotes literacy but also fosters a sense of unity among the ship's diverse volunteer crew, representing over 50 nationalities, who embark on a global adventure to share knowledge wherever they go.
Three Scientists Just Won a Nobel Prize for Their Groundbreaking Work in Capturing Atoms
In a celebration of groundbreaking scientific achievement, three scientists, Pierre Agostini, Ferenc Krausz, and Anne L'Huillier, have been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for their work in capturing the fleeting movements of electrons within atoms, which occur in mere attoseconds — equivalent to a heartbeat divided by a thousand, six times. This remarkable breakthrough has the potential to revolutionize various fields, from electronics to disease diagnosis, offering humanity new tools to explore the fundamental building blocks of our universe.