As the holidays draw near, you may be looking for ways to keep your children engaged and grateful, especially as we celebrate the big holidays from the safety of our homes rather than out and about like we might’ve done in previous years. As Poppy & Posie like to say, “It’s great to be grateful!” Even as the world continues to shift under our feet, there are still many things we can do with our children to help them explore their feelings and gratitude during these tricky times. Over at the B...
Six months ago, the novel coronavirus emerged in China. Since then, it has spread to nearly every country around the globe. Many of the countries affected have made a recovery--with the virus now surging in Russia, Brazil, and India.
However, in the U.S. alone, the virus has shown no signs of retreat. As of June 28, there were more than 2.59 million confirmed cases in the United States and over 100,000 deaths.
These increasing numbers are affecting the way states are reopening and handling th...
Not all superheroes wear capes. Instead, Diego the Tortoise sports his mighty shell. But cape or no cape, he still managed to save his entire species from extinction!
Diego is a Hood Island giant tortoise who, beginning in 1976, fathered roughly 900 tortoise babies as part of a breeding program to save his species. At the time, there were only 15 known Hood Island tortoises left. Because of Diego’s efforts, that number is now more than 2000 in the wild.
After spending decades in the breeding ...
With fewer than 55,000 grizzly bears left in the wild across North America, the sighting of even one is a cause for celebration. Hence you can only imagine how delighted Cara Clarkson and her family were when they spotted two young grizzlies — one with rarely seen all-white fur— foraging alongside the Trans-Canada Highway near Banff, Canada, on April 26, 2020.
With schools and businesses closed and many cities and towns under mandatory shelter-in-place orders, the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has drastically changed lives globally within a matter of weeks. To bring joy, optimism, and strength during this difficult period, people and organizations worldwide are performing random acts of kindness for total strangers. Here are a few heartwarming deeds that will bring a smile to your face during these unprecedented times.
After an extensive 14-year, $6.6 million restoration, Egypt's oldest pyramid was reopened to the public on March 5, 2020. Located in the Saqqara necropolis, northwest of the city of Memphis, the Pyramid of Djoser was built 4,700 years ago as a tomb for Pharaoh Djoser, the first king of the 3rd dynasty (2650–2575 BCE). The massive pyramidal funerary complex was neglected for centuries and almost on the verge of collapse before Egyptian officials finally decided to take action in 2006 and bring it back to its former glory.
"Glow in the dark" dolphins may seem like something straight out of a science fiction movie. However, that is precisely what Newport Coastal Adventures' Captain Ryan Lawler and professional videographer Patrick Coyne witnessed on April 22, 2020, when they set out to explore the spectacular neon blue tides that have been lighting up the waters off Southern California's coast since mid-April.
Given their reputation as solitary creatures that come together only to mate and hibernate, the notion of snakes hanging out in groups with their "best friends" may sound a little far-fetched. However, a recent study conducted by researchers from Canada's Wilfrid Laurier University asserts that the reptiles not only actively seek out socialization with their peers, but are also extremely particular about who they spend time with.
Identifying the chemical makeup of pigments used in ancient documents, paintings, and watercolors is critical to restoring and conserving the precious artworks. However, despite numerous efforts, scientists had been unable to determine the source of folium, a popular blue dye used to color manuscripts in Europe during the middle ages — from the 5th to the 15th century.
Though many single-celled lifeforms have evolved to survive without oxygen, multicellular organisms have always been believed to need it to live. Now, scientists in Tel Aviv, Israel, have found that Henneguya salminicola, a parasite, which spends its life attached to the muscle tissue of fish, has adapted to living without oxygen.