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Nearly 60,000 Beluga Whales Are Migrating: Watch Them on Livestream
|Known as the canaries of the sea, beluga whales are famous for their white coloring and vocalizations. While these social and playful sea creatures spend much of the year in the Arctic Ocean, they embark on a mass migration each summer to Hudson Bay in northeastern Canada to feed, molt, and give birth to calves in the shallow waters. Approximately 57,000 belugas have officially begun the journey and Polar Bears International (PBI) has partnered with Explore.org to record every second on live webcams.
PBI’s beluga boat, Delphi, was outfitted with one camera on deck to film the water’s surface while another camera records the whales underwater, giving viewers an up-close look at the mass migration. The livestream officially started on Friday to coincide with Arctic Sea Ice Day to raise awareness of melting polar ice caused by climate change. In addition to providing animal lovers with a rare spectacle, the cameras are also meant to help viewers form a deeper connection with the Arctic and take action to save it.
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30-Minute Class Can Lower Anxiety Levels in Teens, Study Finds
|More than 30% of young adults aged 18-25 live with a mental illness in the United States, and psychologists are hopeful of reducing that statistic. According to a new study, involving more than 4,000 secondary school students and university undergraduates, the research found that a single 30-minute online training session could improve teenagers’ stress response. The approach, which was aimed at encouraging a growth mindset with stress and interpreting the body’s reaction to it as a positive, is linked to academic improvement and lower anxiety levels.
The class is the latest among intervention strategies, such as social support, therapy, and relaxation techniques, proven to improve mental health among teens. This particular intervention had a lasting effect on academic achievement nine months later, with students being 14% more likely to pass their courses at the end of the school year. “We’re trying to change teenagers’ beliefs about stressful situations and their responses to stressful situations,” Dr. David Yeager, a psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin and study author, told The Guardian. “We’re trying to get teenagers to realize that when you’re doing something hard and your body starts to feel stressed, that could be a good thing.”
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The Navy’s Blue Angels Selects Its First Female Jet Demonstration Pilot
|Lt. Amanda Lee is making history in the sky. The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels has welcomed her to its flight demonstration squadron, making Lee the first female fighter jet demonstration pilot to ever join the aerial acrobatics team in its 76-year history. She is expected to begin performing as a F/A-18E/F demonstration pilot early next year after she completes a five-month training with the other new recruits, who were announced this week.
Since it was formed in 1946, the famous Blue Angels have performed aerial displays at air shows and sporting events. Lee is currently on a flight demonstration team, Strike Fighter Squadron 106, and is stationed at Virginia’s Naval Air Station Oceana. Three years ago, she participated in the first all-female flyover in honor of one of the Navy’s first female pilots. Lee, who follows in the footsteps of hundreds of women who have served with the Blue Angels over the past decades, said in 2019: “When I come into the ready room right now, I’m a pilot first, a person second, and my gender really isn’t an issue.”
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|The most decorated track star has run her final championship race. Allyson Felix, who won 11 Olympic medals and 19 world championship medals throughout the course of her career, helped the U.S. secure the bronze in the mixed 4x400m relay final at the 2022 World Athletics Championships on Friday. As she readies for her next chapter, there’s no one Felix hopes to inspire more than her 3-year-old daughter Camryn. Felix, who will officially retire from running in August, said: “I’m definitely going to be telling her about the journey that I’ve been on and really just how to overcome adversity and how to stand up for what you believe in.” (Photo Credit: Steph Chambers / Getty Images)
|Quote of the Day
|“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; The wise grows it under his feet.”
|– James Oppenheim