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February 2021

First Brazilian in Space

first_imgImage above: Expedition 12 and Expedition 13 crewmembers greet each other inside the Destiny Laboratory. From left are Expedition 13 Commander Pavel Vinogradov, Brazilian astronaut Marcos Pontes, Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur, Expedition 13 Flight Engineer Jeff Williams and Expedition 12 Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev. Photo Credit: NASA TVAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBrazil’s first astronaut docked at the International Space Station. Marcos Pontes and his American and Russian crewmates arrived in their Soyuz spacecraft, while in Brazil, Pontes’ family and countrymen were overcome with pride. Sky.com reports:Two days after blasting off from earth, Pontes was pictured smiling and holding his national flag. The 43-year-old Air Force pilot has also taken a Brazilian football shirt into space, hoping it will bring his team luck for the World Cup.last_img read more

Deal Will Protect Minnesota Forests

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMinnesota’s North Woods backyard “won’t be under as much pressure from land developers thanks to a conservation effort announced Wednesday that provides extra protection for up to 50,000 acres” in and around the George Washington and Koochiching state forests. (AP news and video via KARE-11)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

First Ethanol-Capable Pump to Open in Miami

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe first E85 ethanol station opened in Miami as an alternative to gasoline and a way to fuel the 11,000 ethanol-capable (Flex-Fuel) vehicles in the region. (Video) last_img

Diners Find Rare Pearl in Plate of Clams

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“A Florida man was halfway through a plate of steamed clams when he chomped down on something hard — a rare, iridescent purple pearl. It could be worth thousands.” (Associated Press) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Pending US Home Sales on Record Roll; Manufacturing Up 4%

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Lots of good news on the economy this week: Contracts on home sales have risen for the sixth straight month. NPR reports, “The pace is 12% above this time last year. If those sales generate additional spending on furniture, paint, appliances and other home-related goods, then the ripple effects could spread.” Also this morning, an index of the manufacturing sector’s health rose to 52.9% in August from 48.9% in July. “The year-and-a-half decline in manufacturing output has come to an end, as 11 of 18 manufacturing industries are reporting growth when comparing August to July,” said the survey’s committee. (Read more at NPR) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Corvettes Bring Tons of Toys to Atlantic City

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA Corvette parade longer than 10 miles snaked down the Atlantic City Expressway, each car filled with toys for the Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots campaign.More than a thousand people from Corvette clubs across the Northeast arrived on Saturday to fill the parking lot at Bernie Robbins Stadium and stack their toys under the Marine League’s tent.The group, which distributes the toys to needy children in Atlantic County, New Jersey, said it looked like they had collected more than the 2,500 toys they got out of last year’s ‘Vette parade.(Photos and story in The Press of Atlantic City) Thanks to Ruth Rundgren for submitting the article!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Oregon Volunteers Build Free Fences for Chained Dogs

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore This all-volunteer group is not quite one year old, and it has already built 50 fences and freed more than 60 dogs from chains. It started with a group of women who wanted to do something to help dogs. They formed Fences for Fido and planned to build one fence a month for a needy dog somewhere in the Portland area. But the idea captivated everyone who heard of it. Within months, the group’s volunteer ranks grew to several hundred and volunteers were building six fences a month all over Oregon. Volunteers approach families with a simple offer: to give them a free fence, free veterinary care or spay/neuter as needed, and a free insulated dog house. Some fence recipients become the organization’s biggest fans, volunteering to help build fences for other clients. For more info, visit www.fencesforfido.org (READ the article in  PortlandUpside.com) last_img read more

13-Year-old Becomes Youngest Person to Scale Mt. Everest

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA 13-year-old American boy on Saturday became the youngest climber to conquer Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, a climbing website said. Jordan Romero from Big Bear, California, scaled the 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) summit from the Tibetan side. The ascent has put Romero one step closer to reaching his goal of climbing the highest mountains on all seven continents. (READ full story in Reuters.com) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Child Prodigy Sings ‘O Holy Night’ at National Christmas Tree Lighting

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJackie Evancho, the child wonder soprano who took second place on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent, performed for the Obama family and the public outdoors during the lighting of the National Christmas Tree just outside the White House grounds.Watch the video below…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

The Choice Bus – Half School Bus, Half Prison Bus Teaches Kids Consequences

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe Mattie C. Stewart Foundation was named after an Alabama man’s mother, who was shot by his father in front of his eyes when he was boy.The Birmingham youth ended up homeless and in poverty, and might have chosen the wrong path, were it not for a school teacher who encouraged him to do his best.Today, Dr. Shelley Stewart is a successful businessman who wants to make an impact on youth. His Choice Bus, fabricated to be half school bus and half jail cell, creates a dramatic and lasting impression on middle and high school students across Alabama.Instead of creating programs to keep students in school, Stewart developed a fleet of three buses, a dramatic film and learning tools that help young people understand the consequences and rewards of the choices they make.The front of the bus looks like a normal school bus, but the back is a replica of a jail cell complete with authentic prison bars, bunk beds and a standard issue stainless toilet.“We designed our tools to let young people and their families experience first-hand the powerful benefits of education and the likely consequences that await high school dropouts,” said the Foundation’s Executive Director Sherri Stewart. “We know from student and teacher testimonies that we’re having a positive impact on their choice to stay in school.”(READ the story from The Daily Home – Visit www.mattiecstewart.org or check out their Facebook page)Thanks to Mike McGinley for submitting the link!last_img read more