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Renewably Generated Electricity Surpassed Coal for the First Time in the US
Great news for renewable energy in the US! According to the US Energy Information Administration, for the first time ever, electricity generated from renewable sources exceeded that created by coal in 2022. This drop in coal-fired electricity generation, from 23% to 20%, was accompanied by an increase in wind and solar energy, which rose from 12% to 14%. Experts predict that this trend will continue, with further growth in renewable energy and decline in coal-generated electricity.
How a Simple Act of Kindness Connected Two Strangers at an Airport
In a heartwarming act of kindness at the Atlanta airport, Cindy Tutko, facing mobility challenges due to a torn ACL, found unexpected help from stranger Michael Wright. Despite the train services being down and time running out, Wright selflessly carried Tutko's heavy bag and offered unwavering support as they navigated the airport together. His empathy and assistance not only helped Tutko reach her gate on time but also board the plane early, easing her physical strain.
Water Has Been Detected on the Surface of Asteroids for the First Time Thanks to an Old NASA Mission
In an exciting discovery, scientists have found water on the surface of two asteroids thanks to a retired NASA mission. By studying silicate-rich asteroids close to the sun, researchers identified molecular water previously mistaken for hydroxyl. This breakthrough could offer insights into how water became abundant on Earth and aid in the search for life beyond our solar system. With plans to investigate more targets using advanced technology, this research opens new doors in understanding the distribution of water in space.
How 3D Printing Can Help Address the Affordable Housing Crisis
A groundbreaking 3D-printed home in Virginia offers hope for affordable housing, showcasing the potential of this innovative technology. Constructed with speed and efficiency, these homes are cost-effective and energy-efficient, addressing a critical need for more affordable housing options. Companies like Icon and Alquist are leading the way in revolutionizing construction methods through 3D printing. While challenges remain, experts believe that continued innovation in this field could provide a solution to the ongoing housing crisis.
Meet Alex The Great, a Therapy Bunny and Local Celebrity Who Has His Own Car
Meet Alex the Great, a Flemish Giant rabbit who is a local celebrity at Oracle Park Stadium in San Francisco. Weighing 32 pounds, this big bunny is adored by fans who would rather pet him than watch the game! Alex volunteers as a comfort bunny at the airport and even has his own self-driving car to meet his admirers. Don't forget to say hi if you're ever in town - he's always dressed to impress with his signature baseball cap!
NASA's Future Moon Rocket Just Took a Huge Step Towards Being Ready to Go to Space
Exciting news from NASA! The heart of the rocket that will launch astronauts to the Moon is now complete, marking a major milestone in their Artemis III mission. Technicians finished welding the liquid oxygen tank for the Space Launch System (SLS), which will deliver passengers and cargo to our lunar neighbor. With preparations underway for an epic return to the Moon in September 2026, humanity is one step closer to reaching new frontiers in space exploration.
What went right this week: the good news that matters
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 huge social justice win for Greece, wooden satellites making space exploration more eco-friendly, a the UK taking strides towards green energy. Plus, a new report shows incredible results after 4-day work week pilots in the UK.
This School in Colombia is Dismantling Gender Stereotyped by Teaching Men How to Be Involved Fathers
In Bogotá, Colombia, a unique program called the Care School for Men is teaching men how to take care of their families and homes. Started in 2021, the school offers workshops on basic caregiving skills like changing diapers and styling hair. The goal is to reduce gender gaps and improve relationships while challenging traditional notions of masculinity. With over 7,300 men attending classes in person and thousands more online, the program aims to expand its reach further in the coming years.
These Sustainable Florida Homes Survived Hurricanes Without Losing Power
Pearl Homes, led by Marshall Gobuty, has constructed resilient, energy-efficient townhomes that weathered hurricanes without losing power, showcasing a new standard for eco-friendly living. Their developments, like Hunter's Point and The Met, offer net-positive energy homes and apartments that exceed energy efficiency standards while promoting affordability and sustainability. Through innovative construction methods and conscious design, Pearl Homes is shaping communities that prioritize environmental impact.
This Teenager Has Made History as the Youngest World Champion in Women's Skeleton Racing
In a thrilling turn of events, 19-year-old Hallie Clarke from Brighton, Ontario, has made history by winning the women's skeleton world championship in Winterberg, Germany. With a remarkable four-run combined time of 3:51.27 seconds, she secured gold and became the youngest ever to claim this prestigious title. After facing challenges earlier in the season, Clarke's hard work and dedication have paid off with this well-deserved victory for Canada's skeleton program.
Scientists Have Just Made a Revolutionary Breakthrough in Solar Energy
In a groundbreaking development, researchers at UNIST have created the world's most efficient quantum dot solar cell, achieving an impressive 18.1% efficiency. Led by Professor Sung-Yeon Jang, the team unveiled a novel ligand exchange technique that ensures exceptional stability and suppresses internal defects in the photoactive layer of solar cells. This innovation represents a significant leap towards commercializing next-generation solar cells with high efficiency and stability simultaneously.