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Oxford Researchers Have Found Plant DNA in an Ancient Clay Brick

Ancient plant DNA has been successfully extracted from a 2,900-year-old clay brick from the ancient city of Kalhu in Iraq. Researchers at the University of Oxford used a non-destructive method to collect samples from the brick's inner core, revealing a "time capsule" of plant life from the past. The findings offer a unique glimpse into the vegetation that existed in that region over two millennia ago, and the method could potentially be applied to other archaeological sources, shedding light on the past flora and fauna around the world.

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The European Union Just Hit a Clean Energy Milestone

In a groundbreaking achievement, wind energy has outperformed gas in the European Union for the first time in 2023. Renewable sources combined to generate over a quarter of the EU's electricity last year, marking a significant increase from previous years. This shift towards cleaner energy sources is part of the EU's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2040. Countries like Denmark are leading the charge with high percentages of electricity generated from wind turbines, while global sales of electric vehicles continue to rise.

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A Community Opened a Preschool Inside a Dementia Care Home - Here's What Happened

Northwest England's first intergenerational care village, where older people and young children live together, has officially opened. Belong, a not-for-profit specializing in dementia care, welcomed the Lord Mayor of Cheshire to mark the occasion. The facility on City Road supports independent living for older residents while integrating a day nursery for children. This innovative village offers shared activities like mealtimes and arts and crafts, creating a vibrant community space that benefits both young and old alike.

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See This Stunning Photo of the Milky Way From the Very Large Telescope

The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope captures a stunning view of the star-forming region at the Milky Way's center. Located in Chile, this telescope snapped an infrared image of Sagittarius C, revealing hundreds of thousands of stars. Astronomers believe even more stars are hidden within this stellar nursery due to dust and gas clouds blocking our view. Recent findings suggest that Sagittarius C is a hotspot for newly formed stars, providing valuable insight for future discoveries in the galaxy.

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An 8-Year-Old Chess Prodigy Just Broke a New Record

An 8-year-old chess prodigy from Singapore, Ashwath Kaushik, made history by defeating a grandmaster nearly 30 years older than him in Switzerland on Sunday. Ashwath is now the youngest player ever to achieve this feat in a classic tournament game. His impressive win against Jacek Stopa has garnered attention and admiration worldwide for his skill and determination. This victory marks a new milestone in the world of chess, showcasing Ashwath's incredible talent at such a young age.

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2023 Was the First Year Without Elephant Poaching in Republic of Congo National Park

Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in Congo celebrated its 30th anniversary with a remarkable milestone: no elephant poaching detected in 2023. Thanks to strong partnerships and investments, the park's anti-poaching efforts have been successful. The park also focuses on tourism, conservation of gorillas, and providing benefits to local communities through job creation and essential services. This collaborative approach ensures that Nouabalé-Ndoki remains a safe haven for wildlife while benefiting both animals and humans alike.

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How Kenya is Stepping Up to Protect Pangolins

Kenyan scientists and conservationists are stepping up efforts to protect pangolins from extinction. Innovative methods like tracking through scales are being used, while community awareness is seen as crucial for conservation. Despite challenges like lost tracking tags and electric fences harming pangolins, efforts are underway to safeguard habitats in Kenya. There is hope for the future of these unique creatures thanks to dedicated conservation initiatives in the country.

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How Prescription Meal Kits Are Helping Fight Diabetes

72-year-old Shane Bailey experienced a significant positive shift in her diet and diabetes management after receiving meal kits designed to address food insecurity and support those with diabetes. The program, a collaboration between local organizations and the Public Health Institute, aims to showcase the medical potential of food, promoting the idea of prescribing nutritious meals for managing or preventing chronic diseases. The approach, which includes nutrition classes and fresh produce kits, has demonstrated promising results.

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Firefighters Just Rescued a Man From a Car Trapped in a Flood

Firefighters from Bicester, Buckingham, and Kidlington heroically rescued a man whose car became stranded in floodwater under a bridge near Marsh Gibbon, Oxfordshire. Responding promptly to reports of the driver trapped in the early morning, the crews entered the water wearing drysuits and successfully brought the man to safety from his precarious situation. Their swift and courageous response underscores the unwavering commitment of emergency responders to protect and serve their communities during challenging times.

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This Non-Profit Just Removed 2 Million Pounds of Garbage From Waterways

The TerraCycle Global Foundation celebrates a major achievement, removing over 2 million pounds of waste from waterways. Founded by New Jersey-based TerraCycle, known for upcycling plastic waste into useful items, the nonprofit organization is making a positive impact on ocean pollution. Operating in Bangkok canals, their river traps are preventing waste from entering global aquatic systems and creating cleaner environments.

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This Cleveland Animal Shelter's Longest Resident Just Found a Furever Home

Titan, the lovable American Pit Bull mix who spent over 10 months at the Animal Protective League shelter, has finally been adopted into a loving home. The APL shared the exciting update on social media, showcasing Titan's happiness in his new environment. Described as a 70-pound bundle of affection and cuddles, Titan is now enjoying his well-deserved forever home after patiently waiting for someone to choose him.

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The European Union Just Hit a Clean Energy Milestone

A Community Opened a Preschool Inside a Dementia Care Home - Here's What Happened

See This Stunning Photo of the Milky Way From the Very Large Telescope

An 8-Year-Old Chess Prodigy Just Broke a New Record

2023 Was the First Year Without Elephant Poaching in Republic of Congo National Park

How Kenya is Stepping Up to Protect Pangolins

How Prescription Meal Kits Are Helping Fight Diabetes

Firefighters Just Rescued a Man From a Car Trapped in a Flood

This Non-Profit Just Removed 2 Million Pounds of Garbage From Waterways

This Cleveland Animal Shelter's Longest Resident Just Found a Furever Home