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It’s easy to get caught up in all that’s going on in the world, so we wanted to take a moment to highlight some positive strides that humanity has made. According to insights from Our World in Data, well-being indicators like child mortality, famine, and poverty are at all-time lows while life expectancy has significantly increased. “Major progress has also been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS,” according to the United Nations. And natural disasters are getting less deadly, even in the face of global warming. Learn more about how the world may be doing better than you thought here.

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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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Researchers have developed a new method to diagnose Parkinson’s disease in its early stages using quantitative MRI.

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Toys “R” Us is coming back! The toy store will open new locations inside every Macy’s in the U.S. just in time for the holiday season.

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An Indiana man is being hailed a hero after risking his life to save five children from a burning home.

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The first underwater archaeological park opened in Cyprus, allowing visitors to explore one of the best preserved ancient harbors in the eastern Mediterranean.

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Nearly 25 years after Princess Diana’s death, Prince Harry reflected on the iconic photo of his mother meeting Nelson Mandela. “What jumped out was the joy on [her] face,” Harry said.

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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)
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PSA: Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

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Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

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Maybe you once sang along with Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights” song without considering what those lights meant. Of course, now you know that your vehicle’s dashboard warning lights serve an important function that goes well beyond just a backdrop for nighttime auto romance.

It may seem daunting to decode all those symbols and colors alerting you to potential safety hazards, mechanical issues or even minor things that need attention. Fortunately, you don’t have to be baffled by dashboard warning lights.

This guide to seven important dashboard lights can give you a jump start on the road to safer driving and help you stay on top of vehicle maintenance and repairs.

What Do Dashboard Alert Colors Mean?

Warning symbols differ among makes and models, but dashboard warning lights typically appear in three or four different colors, each signaling the level of urgency.

  • Green or blue lights notify that certain features of your car — cruise control or headlights, for example — are active and working properly.
  • Yellow or amber lights often signal a less urgent potential safety issue or hazard, such as a prompt to engage traction control on icy roads or air up tires.
  • Red warning lights can indicate a serious problem with important auto components such as the engine or transmission.

Dashboard Warning Lights Guide

While dashboard warning lights vary depending on the type of car or truck, below are seven warning lights that should catch your attention.

1. Check Engine

When the check engine light appears and stays on, the warning can signal a serious problem with your car’s engine. But the warning light can also come on due to minor issues such as a loose wire or gas cap not being fully closed.

What to do: Don’t ignore your vehicle’s check engine light and never continue driving when this light comes on if it’s accompanied by worrisome noises or other obvious problems. Even if your car displays no other symptoms of an engine issue, visit your mechanic for a full diagnostic test to get to the source of the problem.

2. Engine Coolant

This red warning symbol often appears when your car’s engine overheats due to running out of engine coolant (antifreeze). The engine temperature light may also indicate other serious issues that can create problems in need of repairs.

What to do: Don’t ignore this important warning, or your vehicle’s engine could sustain major damage. Pull over, and let the car cool down for 15 minutes without popping the hood to avoid steam burns and injuries. Call roadside assistance for a coolant top-off or a tow to your auto mechanic to check out the problem.

3. Oil Pressure

That dripping oil can icon might simply let you know that you need to top off your engine’s oil supply. But this warning can also indicate serious issues, including an engine leak or a broken piston ring or oil pump. Ignoring this dashboard warning and continuing to drive without checking it out can lead to significant repair bills.

What to do: Check your oil with the engine dipstick, adding more if necessary. If topping off the oil doesn’t shut off the warning light, take your vehicle to a mechanic for a checkup.

4. Battery Alert

The battery warning light appears when there is an issue with your vehicle’s charging system, including the battery itself or other electrical components such as wiring or the alternator. Ignoring this light could leave you stranded with a car that won’t start.

What to do: Most auto parts stores will check your car’s battery for free and replace a drained battery when you purchase a new one. For a full battery and electrical system check, make an appointment with your mechanic to rule out other electrical issues.

5. Tire Pressure Monitor

This amber, partial circle with tire tread at the bottom and an exclamation point inside lets you know when tire pressure is low or overinflated, which can affect driving safety and fuel consumption. The gauge could also display each tire’s air pressure.

What to do: Pull over, and refill or release air in the affected tires to the recommended pressure level displayed on the tire.

6. Brake System

The brake system warning light can appear if you try to pull out while the parking brake is still engaged. But the alert can also signal serious brake problems that may need to be repaired or replaced or an issue with the vehicle’s anti-lock braking system.

 

What to do: Disengage the parking brake if that’s the reason the light is on. If the light continues to glow, visit a mechanic for a thorough
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7. Reduced Engine Power

This warning light alerts you to problems with air or fuel flow to the engine. The reasons could be as simple as an air filter that needs replacing. But the light can also indicate low oil pressure, leaks in hoses or engine performance issues in need of repair.

What to do: Take your vehicle to a mechanic for a diagnostic test to locate causes.

Review Your Owner’s Manual

This list covers some of the most important dashboard light warnings and notifications. However, there are many additional alerts to pay attention to, including low fuel, door ajar, low windshield washer, power steering, airbags and more.

Take a few minutes to look up your car’s dashboard lights and manufacturer recommendations in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. That way, you’ll know how to gauge warnings and notifications and when to visit a mechanic.

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