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Scientists Are Using Vegetables To Remove Microplastics From Water
Tarleton State University researchers have demonstrated that food-grade plant extracts, especially those from okra, have the power to remove microplastics from wastewater. The study and its results, funded by the National Science Foundation, were presented at the March 20-24 spring meeting of the American Chemical Society.
Scientists Have Made a Photosynthesis Discovery That Could Improve Renewable Energy
Scientists have made a mind-blowing discovery in the early stages of photosynthesis, which could improve the efficiency of renewable energy. While trying to extract electrons from photosynthesis, they found an entirely new electron transfer pathway that could create new and more efficient ways of generating biofuels. Being able to extract electrons at an earlier point in photosynthesis could come in handy when manipulating the photosynthetic pathways to create clean, renewable fuel from the sun.
A 13-Year-Old Hero is Being Honored by a University With a Full Scholarship
It's not every day that a 13-year-old gets a full scholarship to university, but that's exactly what happened to Benjamin Mehanovic from Sarajev. Benjamin's act of setting up a stand to sell tea and raise money for people affected by earthquakes in Turkey and Syria caught the attention of the International University of Sarajevo. The university was so impressed that they awarded him a full scholarship for his future education. Professor Dr. Ahmet Yildirim praised Benjamin, saying that he is "an example of what humankind should do in difficult moments."
NASA's Perseverance Rover Has Captured a Stunning Dawn on Mars
NASA's Perseverance rover has taken a break from searching for signs of ancient life on Mars to capture images of drifting predawn clouds on the Red Planet. The new cloud images, released by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, were taken just before Martian sunrise on March 18, offering a window into conditions in the planet's middle atmosphere. While the brief NASA release did not provide further information about the clouds, last year NASA initiated a citizen science project to study Martian clouds, which are made up of carbon dioxide, or dry ice.
This Bus Driver is Bringing Smiles With His Rubber Duck Collection
When passengers board driver Simon Deakin's bus, they know they're in for a treat. Not only will they receive a cheery hello from Simon, but they'll also get to see his collection of 35 ducks. Simon's first duck was bought by his wife, but since then grateful passengers have helped build his collection. "I get given them by people who say 'I used to have a pet duck when I was a kid and I thought you might like one too'," said Simon. Simon loves nothing more than making his passengers smile, and his ducks are a big part of that.
How Two Sisters Are Keeping Their Language Alive Through Video Games
Kahentawaks and Wennekerakon Tiewishaw are two Kanienʼkehá:ka (Mohawk) sisters who grew up in the Kanesatake First Nation. Despite learning Mohawk in elementary school, they lost the language due to a lack of opportunities to practice it. But now, they are determined to revitalize the language through Indigenous video games called Revital Software, based on well-known Indigenous) legends. With their games, they hope to make learning fun and engaging for everyone young and old and fight to keep a crucial part of their identity alive.
An Escaped Cow is Getting a Second Chance at Life at a Sanctuary
A black angus calf named the Canarsie cow had one crazy week! She started off being transported to a slaughterhouse in Brooklyn but managed to escape, causing a wild chase through the streets. When animal rights advocate Mike Stura heard about it, he drove three hours to bring her to live at the Skylands animal sanctuary in New Jersey. The cow, who is yet to be named, will join over 400 other animals on 232 acres of rolling pasture at Skylands. Stura believes the cow will thrive in her new home and live a long, happy life.
This Rescue Dog Had the Sweetest Reaction to Finding a Furever Home
Loki the rescue dog has found his forever home with Abigail Arellano and her family in South Carolina. After adopting the sweet one-year-old pup from the Oconee Regional Humane Society, Abigail posted a TikTok video of Loki sitting in the passenger seat of her car, resting his front paw in her hand. The video quickly went viral, garnering 6.9 million views. Abigail works as a veterinary technician for the clinic that helped Loki when he was sick. Now Loki is happily settled in with his new family, including a doggy sibling and a young human friend.
Every Cat At This Shelter Has Been Adopted Thanks to a Viral TikTok
Kansas City animal shelter, Wayside Waifs, has found a fun and creative way to get its feline residents adopted. They created a lighthearted TikTok video featuring their cats up for adoption, which received over one million views and led to the adoption of all but two of the featured cats. The shelter hopes to continue finding unique ways to promote their adoptable animals and continue finding them loving homes. The video has even gained international attention, with comments coming in from countries such as Brazil, the Philippines, and the UK.
A New Study Shows Watching Live Sports Can Boost Your Mental Health
Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University have found that watching live sports games has countless benefits, including boosting mental health. Attending a live game creates a sense of belonging as you're surrounded by like-minded fans. You might even witness history being made, which can give you memories for years to come. Plus, you get to support your favorite team or athletes in person and feel inspired to do better in your own life. So grab your friends, head to the stadium, and enjoy the benefits of live sports games on your mental health!
An Off-Duty Pilot Saved the Day After a Plane Pilot Had a Medical Emergency
A Southwest Airlines flight had an unexpected situation, but a hero stepped in to save the day. When the captain suffered a medical emergency, a pilot from another airline who happened to be on board stepped up to help. This amazing pilot entered the flight deck and assisted with radio communication as a Southwest pilot flew the aircraft safely to land. The passengers were all grateful for the quick thinking and professionalism of the entire crew. Hats off to these amazing pilots!