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This Tiny Red Crab Could Be the Secret Weapon in Saving the Great Barrier Reef

Scientists have discovered a new weapon in the fight to save the Great Barrier Reef: a tiny red crab called the red decorator crab. Researchers from the University of Queensland found that the crab has a voracious appetite for the toxic crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS), which have been decimating many of the reef's reef-building corals. This discovery could pave the way for a program to protect the reef, and the researchers believe that the red crab could be a natural buffer against future COTS outbreaks on the reef.

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New Studies Show How Live Music Can Move Us More Than Streamed Music

Ever wondered how live music affects our brains differently than recorded music? A study from the University of Zurich found that live performances trigger stronger emotional responses. Researchers discovered that live music stimulates the emotional center of our brain more intensely than listening to recordings, leading to a deeper connection between performers and audience members. This unique interaction during live concerts may be rooted in evolutionary factors, highlighting the special experience of concerts.

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These Dogs Are Painting "Paw-Traits" to Raise Money for a Rescue Center

In a heartwarming effort to raise funds for an animal shelter, rescue dogs have been creating beautiful paintings. Using zip lock bags and treats like peanut butter, the dogs have become little artists in their own right. Jerry Green Dog Rescue is showcasing these "Paw-Traits" in hopes of supporting more rescue dogs across multiple regions. The gallery aims to bring in funds for food, shelter, and care for these deserving pups.

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What Went Right: A Roundup of This Week's Best News

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 landmark law to help reverse biodiversity loss in Europe, Scotland handing vacant land over to communities, and Finland taking great strides to end homelessness. Plus, a new study shows botanical gardens might be the solution to a warming planet!

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How Making Alarms More Musical Could Save Lives

Researchers have found that changing the sound of medical alarms to mimic musical instruments can make them more effective in busy hospitals. Alarm fatigue, where clinicians may ignore or turn off alarms, has been linked to hundreds of deaths over several years. By using percussive timbres similar to sounds like wineglasses clinking, softer alarms can still grab attention without being overwhelming. This innovative approach could lead to improved alarm systems that meet safety regulations and help healthcare professionals provide better care.

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This Kind Stranger Transformed a 93-Yer-Old Woman’s Driveway For Free

Meet Spencer B. from Wichita, Kansas - the viral video sensation behind SB Pressure Washing and SB Mowing. This 24-year-old's volunteer work around town is winning hearts with free pressure washing and mowing services offered in the evenings. In his latest video, Spencer transforms a 93-year-old woman's driveway, showcasing his attention to detail and joy for helping others. Despite running two successful businesses, Spencer continues to give back by providing free makeovers weekly.

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The Hubble Telescope Just Uncovered a Celestial Fossil

In a galaxy not so far away, the Large Magellanic Cloud is home to the globular cluster NGC 1841. This cluster is part of our Milky Way's satellite galaxy and lies about 162,000 light-years from Earth. While we often think of Andromeda as our closest galactic neighbor, many smaller galaxies actually orbit around us. The LMC, with its visible clusters like NGC 1841, offers a unique glimpse into early star formation in the universe.

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Dance Your PhD: This Unique Competition Makes Science Fun

A colorful music video about kangaroos just won an international science dance contest, delighting judges and viewers alike. The creator, a behavioral ecologist named Weli, used the fun song to explain his research on kangaroo behavior in Victoria. Despite its playful nature, the competition is taken seriously by scientists worldwide. The "Dance Your PhD" contest encourages researchers to communicate their work creatively through interpretive dance videos.

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Doug The Pug Just Had His Dream Come True Meeting Dolly Parton

Doug the Pug, the OG celebrity dog on social media, recently had a dream come true by meeting Dolly Parton at her Pet Gala. The event was filled with fun performances and furry friends, but all eyes were on Doug when Parton stopped to say hello. In a heartwarming moment captured on video, Parton held onto Doug's paws as they chatted about their tongue-hanging-out moments. For Doug and his owners, meeting the Queen of Country was an unforgettable honor!

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A Tour Guide Just Rescued a Man From an Avalanche

Olivier Meilleur, a tour guide in Revelstoke, British Columbia, is being hailed as a hero after rescuing a man trapped in an avalanche while snowmobiling down Boulder Mountain. Meilleur noticed a group of men in distress and quickly sprang into action, locating and digging out a man buried for approximately 10 minutes in the aftermath of a size-three avalanche. His prompt response, guided by training and experience, underscored the critical role of preparedness and expertise in backcountry conditions, ultimately saving the man's life.

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How a Group of Volunteers Is Saving Thousands of Amphibians From Roadway Deaths

Hundreds of volunteers in the UK brave spring nights to save toads, frogs, and newts from being squished by cars. They use flashlights and high-visibility jackets to pick up amphibians on roads and transport them safely. These heroic efforts have reduced roadkill significantly, allowing the animals to continue their important ecosystem services. Last year alone, 203 rescue groups saved over 115,000 amphibians across England.

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What's Good Now!

New Studies Show How Live Music Can Move Us More Than Streamed Music

These Dogs Are Painting "Paw-Traits" to Raise Money for a Rescue Center

What Went Right: A Roundup of This Week's Best News

How Making Alarms More Musical Could Save Lives

This Kind Stranger Transformed a 93-Yer-Old Woman’s Driveway For Free

The Hubble Telescope Just Uncovered a Celestial Fossil

Dance Your PhD: This Unique Competition Makes Science Fun

Doug The Pug Just Had His Dream Come True Meeting Dolly Parton

A Tour Guide Just Rescued a Man From an Avalanche

How a Group of Volunteers Is Saving Thousands of Amphibians From Roadway Deaths