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A Newly Discovered Enzyme Can Break Down Plastic in Record Time
PET plastic bottles, food containers, and lightweight wrap for packaging have become a problem if they’re not recycled—but scientists searching through compost piles have discovered an enzyme that degrades the plastic in record time. The enzyme PHL7 is twice as active as the previous leader in PET decomposition, LCC. The researchers from Leipzig are looking for industrial partners for using PHL 7 to advance biological recycling. They hope to create a prototype that will make it possible to quantify the economic benefits of the biological recycling process.
Meet the Pizza Shop Owner on a Mission to End Homelessness in His Town
Justin Ayre, owner of a pizza shop in Sydney, Nova Scotia, has teamed up with members of the community to create Huts for the Homeless, an initiative aimed at improving shelter and providing necessary items for people in need in his hometown. They have started a donation drive of toiletries, camping gear, and clothing at any of Justin's pizza shop locations. The items will be distributed through partnerships with local homeless shelters and community kitchens.
A Stunning New Orchid Flower Has Been Discovered in Japan
In a delightful discovery, a new species of orchid has been identified in Japan, where it had been living undetected for hundreds of years. Named Spiranthes hachijoensis, its delicate, glass-like pink-and-white blooms were found near Hachijo Island, and also in other districts across Japan. This is a reminder that new species can be found in unexpected places, including parks, gardens, and even balconies. This rare and vulnerable species is a poignant example of the importance of protecting and studying botanical diversity.
This Baby Crawl Race is the Cutest March Madness Game You'll See
It turns out March Madness doesn't just apply to college basketball. Five adorable babies competed in a crawling race during halftime at a recent basketball game between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. The race, called the "Diapers to Dorms Dash," had some unexpected twists and turns as two of the babies stopped just inches from the finish line, causing excitement among the crowd. In the end, a third baby named Brexley emerged victorious, crossing the finish line and winning a college savings plan contribution.
How an Entrepreneur With Autism is Inspiring Others With His Pretzel Business
Marcus Moore, a 29-year-old with autism, started his business "Moore Crunch" in Annapolis last October because he loves pretzels and snacking. Since then, he has sold over 600 bags of pretzels and has created flavors such as Cinnamon Sugar, Maryland Crab, Garlic Ranch, Buffalo, and Smokehouse Ranch. His business has grown, with several stores now carrying his product, and he plans to expand by finding a commercial kitchen and hiring other people with autism or disabilities to help him.
Dubai Has Launched a Campaign to Donate One Billion Meals to Those in Need
The desert nation of Dubai has announced the launch of a campaign to donate one billion meals to the poor and hungry across the world. The campaign will start on the first day of Ramadan and will continue until the goal is reached. The One Billion Meals Endowment campaign began last year, aiming to support efforts to end hunger by 2030 in 50 countries. Last year's 100 Million Meals campaign distributed food parcels and smart vouchers to millions of people across four continents.
This Bus Driver Saved a 9-Year-Old During a Snowstorm
Here's some heartwarming news from Minneapolis! When a young boy was found wandering alone during a snowstorm, bus driver Ambrose Younge knew he had to help. Despite the child being unable to talk and wearing a backpack, Younge was able to communicate with him and convince him to get on the bus. Younge quickly called the transit control center and informed them of the lost boy. Within minutes, it was confirmed that the child was the one who had accidentally wandered away from his home in north Minneapolis, and he was safely reunited with his family.
These Two Sisters Were Finally Reunited After 75 Years Apart
In heartwarming news, after 75 long years, two sisters who were separated at the end of World War II have finally been reunited! Annie Ijpelaar and Sheila Anne Fry, both in their late 70s, have their children to thank for their reunion, who took it upon themselves to track down their long-lost relatives. The sisters are overjoyed to finally be reunited after all these years and are looking forward to spending more time together.
This Man is Teaching Tech Skills to Low-Income Youth Through Video Games
Damon Packwood is the founder of Gameheads, a nonprofit organization that teaches tech and design skills to underserved youth to prepare them for jobs in the tech industry. Packwood recognized the importance of video games in modern society and created Gameheads to give low-income youth and people of color training and resources necessary to strengthen their IT, production, design, and media skills through video games. The company provides free classes, mentorship, equipment, and software/hardware to hundreds of high school and college-aged students.
This 8-Year-Old is a Hero After Saving Her Great-Grandmother
An 8-year-old girl named Mariah was able to prevent a tragedy when her great-grandmother accidentally put her car in reverse instead of park, causing the car to move and run over her foot when she got out. Mariah quickly jumped into the driver's seat and turned off the ignition, stopping the car from moving. She then ran to get help while her mother called an ambulance. The incident was captured on the family's video doorbell. Mariah's quick thinking saved her great-grandmother from further harm and she is now being hailed as a hero.
A New Book is Celebrating Pioneering Astronomer Maria Mitchell
The legacy of pioneering astronomer Maria Mitchell lives on in a unique children's book written in Latin. Massachusetts-born Mitchell is best known for discovering a comet in 1847 and inspiring women astronomers as a professor of astronomy at Vassar College. Her story inspired Rachel Beth Cunning to create a Latin-language book for children called "Astronomia: Fabula Planetarium," which describes the solar system. The book aims to introduce Latin to grade school children and provide a platform for female voices, which have been lost over time.