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Masked Piano Player Gifted Antique Piano After WOWING Shoppers!

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way the work operates, to put it mildly. As the coronavirus continues to cause upheaval around the world, citizens of every country are finding new ways to adapt. For residents of Norwood, Massachusetts, acclimating to COVID means getting used to wearing a mask while out and about. While masks can be annoying to wear, they also provide a host of health benefits that can stem the spread of COVID-19. When one masked shopper visited the ReMARKable Cleanouts antique shop, he asked to sit down and play the only piano in the shop. What happened next, well, that’s what you are here to find out!

It was a regular weekend like any other during COVID-19 when John Thomas Archer visited the ReMARKable Cleanouts second-hand shop in Norwood, MA. Wearing a mask and ready to look at instruments, John approached the owner of the shop to inquire after an antique piano. The piano looked gorgeous but a sign read, “Do Not Touch.” Not wanting to ruffle any feathers, John made his polite request and the piano owner quickly acquiesced! With both parties wearing masks, it would be hard for either party to recognize the other and you’ll soon find out why this is important!

It was July 11th when John sat down at the piano with his mask firmly around his face. The young architecture student would look around the room before settling on a song. Within the blink of an eye, Archer was hammering out a gorgeous and uplifting version of ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by Journey. The antique store quickly filled with singing and jovial laughter as everyone got in on the action. A random onlooker would film the performance and once shared the video would quickly go viral! 

John would leave the shop behind without the piano, not knowing that he would quickly go viral. The only problem was that John had been masked while in the store, thus making sure to follow COVID procedures. The owner of ReMARKable Cleanouts was stunned by the community reaction to John’s playing and decided there and then that he would gift the antique piano to the mysterious masked player. Unfortunately, the owner didn’t know how to reach John or even who he was. The mask had left the man anonymous! Fortunately, the video on Facebook would go viral before catching the attention of John’s significant other. John’s girlfriend would tell him that the owner of ReMARKable Cleanouts was looking for him!

After announcing that they had located John, ReMARKable Cleanouts would invite the man to come to the store to take the piano. John said, “I didn’t know so many people would be affected by watching me play.” John would return to the store after finding out about the offer, only this time he would gift the audience with a rendition of ‘All of Me’ by John Legend.

In these trying times when tensions are high and the future unknown, it is important to find comfort in familiar places. Sometimes all we need to hear is a good song by a good person to feel a little better. Hopefully, John gets to play the piano after COVID-19 for a real concert with ReMARKable Cleanouts!



Meet Sparrow – The Incredible Service Dog with a Sixth Sense

Danielle S



Service dogs are truly remarkable creatures. They are not just loyal companions; they are also trained to assist people with disabilities, helping them with everyday tasks and even alerting them to potential medical issues. These specially trained pups are like superheroes, always ready to lend a paw when needed.

Sparrow, a Golden Retriever service dog, is a prime example of the extraordinary abilities that these dogs possess. Service dogs are known for their keen sense of awareness and their ability to detect changes in their owner’s health. These furry friends can sense things that might be undetectable to humans, thanks to their heightened senses and training.

One heartwarming story revolves around Sparrow and his owner, Libbi. Libbi was filming a playful moment with Sparrow when something incredible happened. Despite being off-duty and in the midst of playtime, Sparrow suddenly stopped playing and became alert. He sensed that something was amiss. Without hesitation, Sparrow turned his attention to Libbi and alerted her to a medical issue. It’s a reminder that these dogs are always on duty, even when they seem to be having fun.

The heartwarming video of Sparrow’s quick response garnered widespread attention and garnered numerous positive comments. One commenter added a touch of humor to the situation, asking, “Does this count as overtime?” It’s moments like these that showcase not only the incredible bond between service dogs and their owners but also the astounding abilities these dogs possess. Sparrow’s actions remind us that service dogs are not only highly trained companions but also devoted protectors, ready to leap into action whenever their owners need them.

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Accidental Discovery: Turning Humid Air into Renewable Power

Sarrah M



In May 2023, an exciting article published by UMass Amherst shed light on a remarkable scientific breakthrough. A team of researchers successfully generated a continuous electric current from the humidity present in the air. This unexpected achievement has the potential to open new avenues for renewable power generation. The study’s lead author, Professor Jun Yao, described the discovery as an accidental find during their investigation into creating a simple air humidity sensor.

“To be frank, it was an accident,” Prof. Yao shared. “We were actually interested in making a simple sensor for humidity in the air. But for whatever reason, the student who was working on that forgot to plug in the power.” Much to their surprise, the UMass Amherst team discovered that their device, consisting of an array of microscopic tubes called nanowires, produced an electrical signal despite the absence of an external power source.

Each nanowire was incredibly tiny, less than one-thousandth the diameter of a human hair. This size allowed airborne water molecules to enter the tubes, where they would bounce around inside. Remarkably, each bounce created a small charge within the material. As the frequency of these bounces increased, one end of the nanowire became differently charged from the other, similar to the positive and negative terminals of a battery.

Prof. Yao explained the phenomenon, stating, “So it’s really like a battery. You have a positive pull and a negative pull, and when you connect them, the charge is going to flow.” The beauty of this discovery lies in the fact that air is ubiquitous. Even though a thin sheet of the device generates a tiny amount of electricity, it is possible to stack multiple layers vertically to increase the power output.

The potential applications of this accidental discovery are vast. Harnessing the humidity in the air to generate renewable power could pave the way for a more sustainable future. Although the current output is relatively small, with further research and development, this technology could be optimized to provide a significant and reliable source of energy.

The UMass Amherst team’s accidental breakthrough emphasizes the importance of being open to unexpected discoveries in the realm of science. It serves as a reminder that some of the most significant advancements can arise from unexpected events and mistakes. As scientists continue to explore and refine this innovative technology, we can look forward to a future where the air we breathe contributes to our growing renewable energy needs, reducing our reliance on traditional power sources.

This accidental discovery highlights the ingenuity and potential of scientific research. It is a testament to the wonders of nature and the boundless possibilities that lie within the world around us. With continued exploration and development, the conversion of humid air into renewable power could be a game-changer, leading us towards a greener and more sustainable future.

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Teacher Finds Affordable Way To Create E-bikes: Old Laptop Batteries

Danielle S



In the bustling city of Nairobi, Kenya, a high school physics teacher named Paul Waweru has found a creative solution to one of the city’s biggest problems – transportation. With the use of old laptop batteries and a little ingenuity, he has started a company called Ecomobilus that is dedicated to creating electric motorbikes out of recycled materials.

Paul’s journey into electric bike production started with a personal experience. When his electric bike’s lead acid batteries stopped working after a few months, he found himself grounded and unable to get to work. Frustrated by the lack of affordable replacement options, he turned to his physics background and started tinkering with old laptop batteries. After sorting them into working and non-working cells, he began using them to power a motor and attached them to an old bike frame. And thus, the first Ecomobilus electric bike was born.

Since then, Paul has been perfecting his design and creating a company that is dedicated to creating sustainable and affordable transportation options. The frames of the bikes are made from old motorbikes with the engine removed, while the laptop batteries power the motor. A fully charged bike battery can travel up to 100 kilometers, making them a great option for commuters.

One of the biggest advantages of the Ecomobilus electric bike is its cost-effectiveness. A fully charged battery costs less than $3, while traditional gasoline-powered motorbikes can cost upwards of $7 per day to run. Additionally, the electric bikes require no maintenance, as there are no mechanical parts that need to be repaired or replaced. This makes them a more affordable and sustainable option for people living in Nairobi.

The Ecomobilus electric bikes have been met with great success in Nairobi, with many people using them for daily commutes and even as taxis. Not only do they provide a more sustainable option for transportation, but they also help to reduce air pollution in the city. With Nairobi being one of the most polluted cities in Africa, this is a much-needed solution.

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Hotel Starts Housing Their Employees To Keep Them As Workers





Leave it to a pandemic to practically change the way people live and work for years to come. While in some locations companies and businesses are scrambling to find enough workers to staff tables and cook food, the town of Westport in Ireland is struggling to find enough people to staff its hotels. The local industry normally depended on university students out of school to take on the seasonal demand. Coupled with key long-term employees, the hotels in the area kept things running. However, once the pandemic hit, the students stopped showing up and regular employees started reassessing their life path. Long story short, the Westport hotels are scrambling to keep things covered at a minimum level, and tourism hasn’t waned.

Given the loss of expected staffing resources, Westport hotels have instead had to lean on teenagers as well as foreign visa workers to close the gaps in labor needs. Even more interesting, the same hotels have been moving into the real estate market to provide dedicated housing for their staff to make sure that they have their primary needs taken care of and can focus on work even more. The last thing any of the hotel management teams want is to see a new staff-person disappear or not stay on board due to struggling to find a place to rent or similar. Westport is not the exception; seasonal tourist towns all over Ireland are in the same boat and competing for the same worker population.

Restaurants in bigger cities have been just as challenged. Galway, for example, can barely keep the staff in the food-serving industry. Every restaurant owner is fretting because they can’t even stay fully staffed through the normal business week, midday. A restaurant having to skip lunch hours is literally a nightmare in the food business.

Finding enough to hire is bad enough for Irish hospitality, but holding onto experienced help is even worse. At the same time that companies are strapped for new hires, they are losing the ones who know their work their best and have the highest productivity on average. Experienced workers have been reassessing their hospitality careers in droves, no longer willing to work the long hours of a typical shift or taking on evening and graveyard assignments. That leaves the extended hours over-staffed with rookies and new recruits and one or two burnt-out managers trying to keep a lid on things.

Add to the complexity, the number of employees with prior hospitality experience is dwindling as well. Driving competition, bar owners, restaurant owners and hotel owners are shifting to becoming landlords, providing free residence to attract foreign workers to stay during the heavy season. Yet even then, with the added bonus of living accommodations covered, these businesses still find it challenging to attract help to their Irish towns, even with aggressive advertising. It’s a wicked curse; many food businesses cut their hours due to social distancing restrictions, but now they are still cutting hours due to a lack of staff.

As for hospitality in Westport, the local commerce membership is pushing for far more creative thinking. That includes a better, overall strategy on how to attract seasonal workers with support, residence and coordination, benefitting both the employers as well as making it attractive for workers. Many of the owners are comparing notes to similar approaches they’ve seen elsewhere in Europe. At a minimum, Irish local governments are being pressured to get a handle on short-term rentals like AirBnBs and similar. Safety requirements need to be complied with to a business level, not residential, and the residence demand needs to be contained rather than the havoc being seen in Westport and elsewhere currently.

In the short run, locals are hoping the spike wears off and things get back to some level of normalcy. However, the pandemic fundamentally changed how work is provided in Westport and elsewhere in Ireland. And that change is going to be felt for at least a decade forward.

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Rescuers Use Excavation Machine To Rescue Injured Croc From Trench

Amanda J



Many people are so afraid of crocodiles or reptiles as a whole that at the mere mention of their names or the fact that one could be nearby, they begin to get anxious.

No surprise there, since these reptiles can grow up to 17 feet long and run up to twenty-two miles per hour.

So what happens when these creatures, which are natural predators, require the assistance of human beings?

Well, we have to muster up the energy and gather a team to do whatever it takes to bring the creature to safety, whether they are big or small.

This was the case for several hundred-kilogram crocodiles that ended up in a ditch recently and had to be saved by humans. The crocodile, estimated to weigh nearly half a ton, was removed using a hydraulic excavator system.

This is a device that utilizes energy from hydraulic cylinders to haul a bucket at the edge of a boom back to the machine via earth or rock, then to lift up the bucket, allowing removal of the dug up away from the excavation.

Here is how that story played out:

There was construction underway in the Vadodara community vicinity, and somehow, the crocodile ventured into the deep drainage line of the construction project. Luckily, several residents spotted the reptile and alerted officials immediately with the hope that it could be rescued in time.

A team of rescuers took out the 12-foot-long crocodile from the 25-foot-deep trench in Asoj village near Vadodara that Saturday.

This was after the local residents alerted the forest officials to the mugger stuck in the under-construction drainage line. The crocodile, estimated to weigh 400 kg, was removed using a hydraulic excavator system, an idea that the quick-thinking rescuers came up with.

Hemant Vadhwana, who headed the team which went to free the crocodile, knew that traditional rescue methods would highly likely have done more harm than good.

He said the team knew that if they were to attempt to pull it out with the ropes, they might have harmed the creature or possibly cause strangulation. With that in mind, they huddled and decided that the best option would be to utilize the hydraulic machine that was already available to them.

At that point, the crocodile had already been injured since it had broken its snout, which they believe transpired when it toppled over into the deep trench.

Vadhwana went on to say that since it is the migration season of crocodiles ahead of their mating and nesting periods in the summer, crocodiles are normal.

Residents know that now and are therefore on the lookout for more crocodiles for more reasons than one. They are concerned about the safety of the creatures passing through the community as well as their own.

The reptile is presently recovering in the Department of Social Forestry of Vadodara.

In the meantime, while the crocodile population has been seriously diminished due to human activity, there are many people who still treasure them for multiple reasons.

One main reason is that they are believed to be the only creatures in existence from the time that dinosaurs roamed the world.

Meanwhile, crocodiles are extremely quick swimmers, which enables them to catch their prey. They are capable of swimming up to twenty miles per hour with the impressive capability of holding their breath for nearly 60 minutes beneath the water.

On land, crocodiles are much slower, running just over ten miles an hour for a very short distance.

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