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California Just Took a Huge Step to Protect the Iconic Joshua Trees
California officials have taken a significant step in preserving the majestic western Joshua tree by voting to grant permanent protection to this iconic desert plant. The Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act, passed as part of California's budget agreement, prohibits the unauthorized removal or harm of these trees. Environmentalists and conservation groups, led by the Center for Biological Diversity, celebrated this victory, recognizing the trees' significance as the first species in the state to be protected explicitly due to climate change.
Scientists Analyzing Rocks From the Asteroid Bennu Have Run Into an Exciting Surprise
Scientists working on the OSIRIS-REx mission, which collected rock and dust from asteroid Bennu, have encountered an unexpected but welcome challenge: there's so much material that disassembling the sample canister is taking longer than anticipated. The abundance of material in the canister has scientists excited, as it provides a wealth of data to analyze. The sample could hold crucial insights into the origin of Earth and the potential for life's building blocks to have been delivered by asteroids.
The St. Louis Cardinals Gifted Adam Wainwright a Puppy on His Retirement for a Heartwarming Reason
In a heartwarming farewell gesture, the St. Louis Cardinals surprised veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright and his family with a Lagotto Romagnolo puppy during a touching ceremony before his final game with the team. Wainwrighthad promised his children a family dog upon his retirement, and his family was overwhelmed by the surprise gift and the addition of a furry friend into their family. The ceremony also featured former teammates and friends, making it a special and emotional moment for Wainwright and Cardinals fans alike.
This Superfood-Based "Beanless Coffee" Could Cut Emissions by 94%
A Seattle-based startup called Atomo Coffee is launching the world's first beanless coffee, aiming to reduce the environmental impact of coffee production. Instead of traditional coffee beans, Atomo Coffee uses superfoods and plant-based waste ingredients, such as date seeds, to mimic the molecular structure of coffee. Their "proof-of-concept" cold brew beanless coffee has shown a significant reduction in carbon emissions and water usage compared to regular coffee, and the company expects similar results with its new hot beanless coffee.
This Robot Will Collect Seaweed to Help Absorb Carbon Into the Ocean Floor
Seaweed Generation, a robotics company, is creating manta ray-shaped robots called AlgaRay, designed to combat the growing issue of sargassum seaweed washing up on Mexican beaches. This seaweed absorbs substantial amounts of CO2, and the robots collect it and deposit it in deep ocean waters, where it cannot photosynthesize and eventually dies, trapping the carbon on the seafloor. Seaweed Generation's vision includes deploying a fleet of these robots to manage sargassum in the seas, potentially removing billions of tons of carbon dioxide annually.
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.