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How These Church Choirs Are Tackling Loneliness in England's Care Homes
African church choirs are bringing joy to England's care homes and helping combat the epidemic of loneliness faced by elderly residents. Choir members are visiting care homes to perform for and with residents, sharing their culture, music, and stories with each other. A monthly dose of music has yielded heart-warming results, including residents standing up and joining in with the choir. This community-first remedy is boosting connectedness and reducing loneliness, as well as fostering improved health and wellbeing for all involved.
Meet the Climber on a Mission to Scale Every Peak in Florida
47-year-old Andrew Karr has embarked on a unique quest to climb to the highest point of every county in Florida, one of the flattest states in the US. Using maps, apps, and sightlines, Karr has pinpointed these high points, some of which are deep in the woods or on private property. His adventure showcases the idea that every peak, no matter how humble, is equal, emphasizing the importance of attitude over altitude in life's journeys.
Here Are 4 Ways to Bring Nature Into Your Home - And Why You Should
A return to natural elements in home design is on the rise, with a focus on materials like cotton, wood, bamboo, and earthy color palettes. This "everyday natural" aesthetic not only adds a sense of simplicity and sustainability to living spaces but also has potential mental health benefits, such as reducing stress and anxiety. Embracing nature in design is not just a trend but a reflection of our innate need to connect with the natural world and prioritize well-being in our living environments.
Researchers Have Created a Solar-Powered Water Purification System Cheaper Than Tap Water
A collaborative effort between researchers from MIT and Shanghai Jiao Tong University has led to the development of a cost-effective and speedy method for seawater purification. This passive solar-powered desalination tool can produce 4-6 liters of clean water per hour and could potentially sustain a coastal household year-round when scaled up. By harnessing thermohaline circulation, similar to the ocean's natural processes, this innovative technology offers a promising solution to water scarcity issues faced by coastal communities globally.
The World's Largest Arcade Game Just Launched in London
KFC launched the world's largest arcade game, 'Pinballer', in the heart of London, projecting it onto the Truman Brewery in Spitalfields. Passers-by had the opportunity to play this giant pinball game, which measured a massive 225 square meters on the building's side. The game was created to promote KFC's new Rewards Arcade app game, giving users the chance to win various prizes, and it celebrates the nostalgia and love for arcade games that many people share.
These Adorable Unlikely Best Friends Refuse to Leave Each Other's Side
In Eureka, Missouri, an unusual friendship formed between a baby raccoon and a baby skunk who were found wandering a parking lot. They refused to leave each other's side, and it turns out they may have been separated from their own families, which led them to bond. After being rescued and initially separated, they were eventually introduced to other orphaned raccoons and skunks at the Missouri Wildlife Rescue Center, where they developed essential survival skills and formed new bonds.
In Pictures: The Last Supermoon of 2023 Wows Stargazers Around the World
The summer of 2023 has treated full moon enthusiasts to four consecutive supermoons, culminating in the September Harvest Moon. Supermoons occur when the moon is at its closest point to Earth, making it appear brighter and larger. While the size difference might not be immediately noticeable to casual observers, keen skywatchers and photographers captured the celestial beauty of this year's supermoons, with the next one not expected until the September 2024 Harvest Moon.
Scientists Have Fully Mapped Earth's Long-Lost Eighth Continent
Scientists have mapped Zealandia, Earth's mostly submerged eighth continent, revealing its geography and confirming its distinctiveness from Australia. Zealandia, covering two million square miles and mainly breaking the surface as New Zealand, was formed as the supercontinent Gondwana stretched and allowed ocean water in, eventually submerging it. The researchers found a variety of minerals on the submerged land mass, shedding light on its geological history and making it an incredible discovery in our understanding of Earth's continents.
A Historic Mi'kmaw Trail is Set to be Restored and Reopen After Storm Damage
The Mi'kmawey Debert Interpretive Trail in Nova Scotia, which was closed due to significant damage caused by post-tropical storm Fiona almost a year ago, is set to be restored and reopened with the help of a government grant. The trail is significant for the Mi'kmaw community, and its restoration reflects a positive step in improving relations between the Mi'kmaw people and the government. The dedication of individuals like Steven Julian, who tirelessly cared for the trail, continues to inspire its preservation as a vital cultural and ancestral site.
A Nurse Who Rushed to Morocco to Help Earthquake Survivors is Receiving a Warm Welcome at Home
Sarah McBride, a former military nurse, returned to the UK after spending 12 days assisting victims of a devastating earthquake in Morocco. She was part of a team of volunteers from the charity REACT that provided relief efforts to the affected areas. McBride and her team worked on various relief efforts, from building structures to providing medical assistance, with a focus on addressing sanitation and healthcare needs in the affected areas
A New Robotic Exoskeleton Could Help Runners Sprint Faster and Improve Training
Researchers have developed a wearable exoskeleton that can help runners increase their speed by encouraging them to take more steps, allowing them to cover short distances more quickly. The lightweight exosuit, powered by electrical motors attached to the runner's thighs, assists hip extension, a powerful motion that propels runners forward. During tests, participants managed to run 0.97 seconds faster when wearing the exosuit, suggesting that it helps shorten sprint times by increasing step frequency.