The nurses who saved 35 newborns from a fire
Philippines — During a fire at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila, two nurses made sure no one was left behind in their fourth-floor neonatal intensive care unit. Kathrina Bianca Macababbad was bathing one of the unit’s babies, just after midnight, when she heard that a fire had broken out on the floor below. As the flames raged, she and fellow nurse, Jomar Mallari, made multiple trips in and out of the building with their charges.
The biggest challenge was rescuing premature babies who were intubated and dependent on ventilators to breathe. Holding the babies in one arm while manually ventilating them with the other hand, the nurses managed to get all 35 of their tiny patients to safety.
Read more about these heroes here.
Fighting hate with art
Italy — In Verona, Pier Paolo Spinazze, a street artist who goes by the name Cibo, Italian for “food,” is being celebrated for his creative countermeasures.
“Verona is beautiful,” Spinazze said in the article, “but it has a big problem with the far right.”
Whenever he encounters swastikas and other racist graffiti, he paints over them with colorful depictions of his favorite foodstuffs, from cupcakes to pizza.
Spinazze’s art has two positive quirks. The extremists often spray-paint over his cheerful food pictures, but he simply re-paints over their hateful messages again, and they usually give up. The other positive improvement is: His paintings awaken Verona’s citizens to the seriousness of the problem.
“Before I started this, people were so used to seeing those messages, they didn’t really see them at all,” Spinazze said, “Now people start to see and understand.”
To Spinazze, food is a natural correction to hate. It represents a language that connects people and cultures.
“Food is about union and sharing,” Spinazze said in the article. “We are all equal around a table —everybody eats.”
Read more about this inspiring artist here.
To watch this amazing artist at work, click here.
Major breakthrough in nuclear fusion energy
United Kingdom — Fusion promises to generate nuclear energy with no meltdowns and little radioactive waste.
Fusion power has been a dream of physicists for decades. At temperatures well above 100 million degrees — the temperature of the sun — atomic nuclei mash together, releasing a massive amount of energy in the process. If researchers can bring about these reactions in a controlled and sustained way on Earth, it could provide a crucial source of cheap, always-on, carbon-free electricity, using nearly limitless fuel sources.
In one approach, magnets are used to confine a gas of ions and electrons, known as a plasma, within doughnut-shaped reactors. More powerful magnets mean fewer heat escapes and more fusion reactions can occur within a smaller, cheaper facility. And not by just a little: Doubling the strength of the magnetic field reduces the volume of the plasma needed to generate the same amount of power by a factor of 16.
Learn more about this revolutionary scientific advancement here.
An artist in Missouri is creating dolls with vitiligo and albinism to celebrate diverse beauty
United States — While the fashion industry is slowly opening up to models with various skin conditions — models such as Winnie Harlow, who has vitiligo, and Shaun Ross, who has albinism — an artist based out of Kansas City, Missouri, is making sure the doll industry follows suit.
Crystal Kaye, the artist behind Kay Customz, has long been creating porcelain dolls with black women in mind. For eight months, as seen on the company’s Instagram account, she’s created dolls with natural hair, braids, twists, Bantu knots, dreadlocks and male dolls with thick beards. Now, she is working to help even more people feel included by making dolls with different skin conditions.
Read more about this artist here.
Finding shelter animals’ homes — Through Tinder
Germany — Looking for a long-term relationship with someone single, lonely and a little on the furry side? Your next date could be with an adorable dog or cat — all you have to do is swipe right.
Faced with an influx of animals who had been adopted during lockdowns and then surrendered when owners returned to work, the Munich Animal Welfare Association teamed up with an advertising agency to create “dating” profiles for 15 adoptable pets on Tinder.
Complete with professional photos and a bio that includes likes and dislikes — Captain Kirk, for example, a two-year-old black and white cat who enjoys cuddles but not small children — the pet profiles have received an overwhelming number of right swipes, according to the shelter. After being screened, prospective adoptive individuals can arrange meet-and-greets with matches at the shelter.
Read more about the shelter here.