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Innovative Teen Develops $12 Machine That Produces Renewable Energy From Ocean Currents

We certainly need more teens like her!

Do you remember what you were into when you were still a ninth grader? I bet that was completely different from Hannah Herbst’s interests.

15-year-old Hannah Herbst isn’t your typical ninth grader. Instead of raving about the current trends in social media or reading about the latest in pop culture like any normal teenager her age would be doing, Hannah was out designing a probe which can generate power and fresh water from ocean currents.

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According to the teen, she was inspired by her nine-year-old pen pal from Ethiopia who didn’t have the luxury of having sufficient access to electricity as her. The probe, which was made of a 3D-printed propeller connected by a pulley inside a PVC pipe to a hydroelectric generator, converted the mechanical energy of ocean currents to electricity. The materials she used were recycled and just cost her USD 12.

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Her invention, which she entered in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, won her the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” and USD 25,000. She plans to donate some of her prize to her young Ethiopean pen pal and to a new building at her school.

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The young scientist also plans to continue working with her mentor, 3M corporate scientist Jeffrey Ermslander, in order to improve her invention and prepare it for deployment to developing countries. What is more surprising is she plans to make her final design open-source, in order to make it free and hence more accessible to underdeveloped countries which need it most.

This young budding scientist deserves recognition for her wonderful invention and humble service towards making renewable energy available to developing countries.

Source: True Activist

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Beauty Queen Knelt Before A Garbage Collector Woman, The Reason Why Will Melt Your Heart

She not just won the crown, but the hearts of people too because of her humility!

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17-year old Khanitta "Mint" Phasaeng did not only win the title for Miss Uncensored News Thailand 2015, but also the hearts of netizens all over Asia . And it is not just her exceptional beauty that is the reason for the people's admiration, but her humility. Photos of Mint kneeling by her mother's feet in her sash and crown were uploaded by a Thai Radio Station Page Feel 96.5 Rayong. The photos became viral earning Mint the approval of people for her loving act for her mom.

After winning the pageant, Mint immediately went back to her hometown and honored her mother. She did not care that they were by the sidewalk beside garbage bins, nor that she was dressed in all her finery as a newly crowned beauty queen, she knelt down on all fours and bowed her head in respect by her mother's feet. This kneeling bow is the highest honorific gesture accorded to elders in Thailand.

The viral photo of Mint kneeling before her mother

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7-Year-Old Boy Takes Care of His Paralyzed Dad After Mom Abandoned Them

This son’s love for his father is unconditional indeed.

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Children are fortunate if they are born with loving parents. Parents, on the other hand, are blessed if their children grow up to be caring, selfless, and loving as well.

Ou Yanglin is an ordinary boy who lives with his father in Wangpu village in Guizhou province, southwest China. This first grader wakes up at six in the morning every day to take care of his father. He has been doing this for over a year, teaching himself how to cook rice, buying vegetables at a local market, and feeding his dad before going to school.

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Landscapes Painted On Tree Logs Depict The Beauty Of Nature And Proof Of Its Destruction.

An amazing work of art about the beauty and importance of nature.

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Nature is one of God's finest creations, his precious gift to humankind and his expression of beauty. The vast oceans, highest mountains, blue skies, tall and green trees--they are all part of mother nature. Sadly, we are also responsible for its own destruction and if we don't take good care of it, this beauty will soon fade and perish.

Alison Moritsugu, a New York-based artist paints picturesque and natural landscapes on logs and tree stumps. Aside from promoting art, history and the breathtaking beauty of nature, her advocacy is to raise awareness about what is currently happening to our environment and what we should be doing to save it.

"Today, photoshopped images of verdant forests and unspoiled beaches invite us to vacation and sightsee, providing a false sense of assurance that the wilderness will always exist."...

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