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This Nurse Just Got to Perform a Very Special Smudging Ceremony for Her Sister's Baby

A beautiful and heartwarming moment took place at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Canada, as Indigenous health consultant Courtney Pennell performed the hospital's first-ever smudging ceremony for her twin sister and newborn nephew. After years of advocacy, the hospital recently allowed smudging for Indigenous mothers and their babies, making this ceremony all the more special. Smudging, a practice of burning sacred herbs, represents grounding, culture reclamation, and connection to Mother Earth and ancestors.

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A Dining Room With Stunning Wall Murals Was Just Unearthed in Pompeii

Exciting news from Pompeii! A banqueting room with murals inspired by the Trojan War has been unearthed. The find, in block 10 of Regio IX, showcases characters and scenes painted in the Third Style. Director Gabriel Zuchtriegel explained that the black walls were meant to hide lamp smoke during feasts, creating a dynamic visual effect for guests. These stunning discoveries provide insight into ancient art and storytelling traditions at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The First-Ever Augmented Reality Abdominal Surgery Was Just Performed in Chile

The future of surgery looks bright with the first-ever AR abdominal surgery performed by Dr. Alberto Rodriguez in Chile using innovative technology developed by Levita Magnetics. The FDA-approved MARS system combines machines and magnets to enable less invasive surgeries with better visualization for surgeons, reducing patient pain and scarring. With plans for clinical trials on AR surgery benefits, Rodriguez believes this technology will revolutionize surgical practices worldwide, empowering surgeons to do more and enhance patient outcomes.

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In Pictures: The Hubble Telescope Spots a Galaxy Hidden in a Dark Cloud

A stunning image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope showcases the spiral galaxy IC 4633, rich in star-forming activity and boasting an active galactic nucleus. The galaxy, tilted towards us, offers astronomers a clear view of its billions of stars. However, partially concealed by dark dust from the Chamaeleon star-forming region located nearby in our Milky Way galaxy, IC 4633's features are not fully visible to us. This region is well-known for its young stars.

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The Berlin Zoo is Celebrating the Birthday of Fatou, the World's Oldest Gorilla

The Berlin Zoo is throwing a big bash for Fatou the gorilla, who turns 67 this weekend. Born in 1957 and living at the zoo since 1959, she's believed to be the oldest gorilla possibly even worldwide. With a special fruit and veggie treat on Friday, keepers are making sure she has a great celebration. Living her best life in her own enclosure, Fatou prefers some peace and quiet away from other gorillas as she enjoys her golden years.

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Cycling is Now More Popular Than Driving in Paris, According to New Data

In great news for the environment, more Parisians are now choosing to travel by bike rather than by car in the city centre, with cycling accounting for 11.2% of trips compared to just 4.3% for cars, according to a new report from Institut Paris Region (IPR). This marks a significant increase from 2010 when only 3% of trips were made by bicycle. Walking remains the most popular mode of transport at 53.3%, followed by public transport at 30%.

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A New System in Senegal is Helping Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Learn Alongside Everyone Else

In Senegal, a new approach is being taken in some schools by integrating hard-of-hearing students into regular classrooms. This inclusive education model has led to positive interactions among classmates and increased opportunities for learning sign language. The government and organizations like UNICEF are working towards ensuring all children have access to education regardless of ability. With more visibility in classrooms, efforts are underway to replicate this successful model nationwide for the benefit of all students.

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Meet the Detroit Woman Making History in Heavy Demolition and Construction

In a groundbreaking move, Lauren Davis from Detroit is shattering stereotypes as the first woman heavy equipment operator in her company. Despite facing naysayers, she's determined to support her family and pursue her childhood dream inspired by her father's construction work. Now working as an excavator at Gayanga Co., Davis is living out the passion that was ingrained in her since she was a little girl. Her inspiring journey showcases resilience and determination in breaking barriers within the industry.

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The Solar Eclipse Gave Astronomers An Unprecedented Window Into What Drives Space Weather

Astronomers captured detailed images of the Sun during Monday's solar eclipse using the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope in California. The telescope revealed magnetic field details that could help predict dangerous solar flares heading towards Earth. This data is crucial for understanding and preparing for potential space weather disruptions caused by solar emissions. Scientists are excited about the new insights gained from studying the Sun during eclipses, as they work towards mapping its activity.

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In a Huge Milestone, a Baby California Condor Has Just Hatched in San Diego

A new California condor chick has hatched at the San Diego Zoo, marking a significant milestone in conservation efforts. Born to parents Mexwe and Xol-Xol, this chick is the 250th egg successfully hatched at the zoo. The population of these majestic birds had dropped to just 22 individuals before recovery efforts began over 40 years ago. Thanks to organizations like the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, there are now over 560 California condors flying free, with more on track for release into their native habitats.

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How Swapping a Red Meat Diet for a Fish Diet Could Save 750,000 Lives a Year

A new study suggests that swapping red meat for herring and sardines could save up to 750,000 lives a year by preventing diseases like diabetes. Globally, non-communicable diseases linked to red meat caused 70% of deaths in 2019. By adopting this dietary change, half a million to 750,000 deaths from diet-related diseases could be prevented by 2050 while also reducing years lived with disability. Researchers recommend promoting the consumption of nutrient-rich forage fish as an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative to red meat.

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A Dining Room With Stunning Wall Murals Was Just Unearthed in Pompeii

The First-Ever Augmented Reality Abdominal Surgery Was Just Performed in Chile

In Pictures: The Hubble Telescope Spots a Galaxy Hidden in a Dark Cloud

The Berlin Zoo is Celebrating the Birthday of Fatou, the World's Oldest Gorilla

Cycling is Now More Popular Than Driving in Paris, According to New Data

A New System in Senegal is Helping Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Learn Alongside Everyone Else

Meet the Detroit Woman Making History in Heavy Demolition and Construction

The Solar Eclipse Gave Astronomers An Unprecedented Window Into What Drives Space Weather

In a Huge Milestone, a Baby California Condor Has Just Hatched in San Diego

How Swapping a Red Meat Diet for a Fish Diet Could Save 750,000 Lives a Year