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To work in the world lovingly means that we are defining what we will be for, rather than reacting to what we are against. -- Christina Baldwin

Greetings! Today, we share 5 stories that highlight the power of taking a stand for loving work in our world; Schools that become homeless shelters, a Nobel Prize winner donating his medal for Ukrainian aid, and innovation and creativity through a new telescope that makes what has been invisible, visible. All of these remind us that each of us can make a difference and of what is possible as we claim excellence and positive action. Enjoy!

NEWS

Russian Journalist Will Auction Nobel Peace Medal For Ukrainian Refugees

Russian Journalist Will Auction Nobel Peace Medal For Ukrainian Refugees

Michał Siergiejevicz | Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

The Russian journalist who won last year's Nobel Peace Prize will auction off his medal to support Ukrainian refugees. Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitry Muratov said he was compelled to the action by seeing "wounded and sick children" needing "urgent treatment" following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Muratov shared the 2021 Nobel with Filipino American journalist Maria Ressa for their "efforts to safeguard freedom of expression." Proceeds will go to The Foundation of Assistance to the Ukrainian Refugees, which supports refugees from Ukraine. Muratov stressed the need for a ceasefire, exchange of prisoners and provision of humanitarian corridors. More than 4 million refugees have fled Ukraine during the invasion. Read Full Story.

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SCHOOLS

School Creates Homeless Shelter In Their Gym

School Creates Homeless Shelter In Their Gym

Ben Landers | Pixabay

Elementary school gym by day, homeless shelter by night. Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 Community School (BVHM) in San Francisco host a long-term, overnight family shelter. City Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who was instrumental in advocating for the program, said, "As far as our knowledge in the entire country, we are the first people to do it." Nick Chandler, the BVHM community school coordinator, said, "Kids without a regular place to sleep at night weren't showing up ready to learn. And how could they? Your brain is not relaxed. You're not in learning mode, you're in survival mode, you're in flight or fight mode." Not a single teacher objected, and with the bulk of the community and mayor in support, the project moved forward. For students and families who utilized the Stay Over Program, teachers have already seen a difference. First-grade teacher Maribel Chavez said, "Students were able to come in and be present, to do their work and learn." Principal DeLarios Moran said, "If the child is not stable, that's a barrier to their education. So that's why we felt like as an educational institution, we had a mandate." Supervisor Ronen said,"We will not fix homelessness until the federal government believes that housing is a human right.Hopefully we will not need [a program like] this in the future, but right now we do." Read Full Story.

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YOUTH

7-Year-old Who Sang In Bunker, Now Sings Ukrainian Anthem In Polish Concert

7-Year-old Who Sang In Bunker, Now Sings Ukrainian Anthem In Polish Concert

Her voice soaring out above a large audience, many of them waving the lights on their phones in support, seven-year-old Amelia Anisovych sang the Ukrainian national anthem at a charity event for Ukraine in Poland. Anisovych became known around the world through a viral video of her singing 'Let It Go', from Disney's "Frozen", for other families sharing a bunker with her family in Ukraine. Read Full Story.

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PLANET

Royal Mint's Plant Will Extract Precious Metals From Electronic Waste

Royal Mint's Plant Will Extract Precious Metals From Electronic Waste

Royal Mint

Britain's Royal Mint plans to build a facility that will extract gold from electronic waste, using 'patented new chemistry' from a Canada-based firm, Excir. The South Wales plant, expected to be running in 2023, will recover gold and other precious metals from the circuit boards of cell phones and laptops. This will be done at room temperature, rather than the high temperatures needed for smelters to process e-waste. Construction begins this month. The plant is expected to process as much as 90 metric tons of circuit boards sourced from the UK each week, producing "hundreds of kilograms" of gold every year. Read Full Story.

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TECHNOLOGY

New Telescope Brings Invisible Universe Into Sharp Focus

New Telescope Brings Invisible Universe Into Sharp Focus

NASA

NASA has achieved a major milestone in preparing the new James Webb Space Telescope, focusing the $10B observatory on a test star with all of Webb's mirrors aligned to tiny fractions the width of a human hair. But a lot of work lies ahead before the telescope is operational. The Webb telescope, billed as the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, was launched on the 25th of December. Its 6.5m-wide primary mirror, made of 18 segments, was folded to fit inside the rocket's nosecone. The focus now has been on unpacking it and getting the segments to work together. "The engineering images that we see today are as sharp and as crisp as the images that Hubble can take, but are at a wavelength of light that is totally invisible to Hubble," said Jane Rigby of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. "So this is making the invisible Universe snap into very, very sharp focus." The telescope is a joint endeavor of the US, European, and Canadian space agencies. Read Full Story.

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