By Rishab B. and Aditya N.
Superman, Batman, Thor… What is the one thing they have in common? Yep, they have a cape. But have you ever heard of a hero without superpowers or a cool costume? These are the true heroes in our life, and they are the ones that make a difference. A woman named Mariuma Ben Yosef, once a homeless woman on the street, is now one of these heroes, saving the lives of vulnerable children to prevent them from having the same fate as her.
Mariuma Ben Yosef was 14 years old when she ran from her home in Tel Aviv, Israel. She lived on the streets of Boston, eating out of garbage cans along the street and sleeping on wood benches. She realized that, as a teen, no one can protect you from the dangers of the world, only you can.
Eventually, Ben Yosef moved back to Israel, where she had lived as a child. She attended boarding school and later served in the military. At the age of twenty, she became pregnant and it hit her that she wanted to help kids that were facing the difficulties that she had faced. "I wanted to help other kids who faced some of the challenges I faced," she said. She first started by serving weekly dinners to the homeless youth. She also created an organization called Shanti Home (which in Sanskrit means Tranquility). This organization has grown in many regions, including Tel Aviv and the Negev region. It has helped more than 46,000 young people. Her goal is to bring safety to every child who is alone and lost. “We welcome everybody, regardless of religion, race or sexual orientation,” says Ben Yosef. It doesn't matter to Ben Yosef if the person is black, transgender, or gay, she wants to help everyone. We accept you as you are -- as a human being. Many have experienced abuse, violence and neglect, especially from family members. Her personal experience that she shares with these kids has been a huge motivator for her.
Mariuma Ben Yosef wants to show how anyone can become something extraordinary. You don't have to be popular or wealthy to do amazing things, only have a strong heart and the will to succeed. This woman is still poor and does not have à home or family, but we can call her a hero because she changes the world for the better.
By: Anshul Vemuri
Have you ever heard of a glowing dog? Well, meet Tegon. She is a beagle from South Korea. Scientists in South Korea genetically engineered her to glow fluorescent green under U.V (Ultra Violet) light. This team of fascinating researchers from S.N.U (Seoul National University) used the same technology that was used in 2005, when they created the world’s first cloned dog. Tegon is worth $3.2 billion. Tegon is not a gimmick though. Dogs share 268 illnesses with humans. Due to this, scientists can investigate potential cures for deadly ailments.
The lead researcher of the team, Lee Byeong-Chun explained, “The creation of Tegon opens new horizons since the gene injected to make the dog glow can be substituted with genes that trigger fatal human diseases”.
By triggering diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, scientists and researchers can explore and find potential cures for new medicines and treatments.
By Rishab B.
Has anyone ever told you spinach is good for your heart? Well, what if I told you spinach can become a heart itself? That’s right! A team of scientists have transformed spinach leaves into a beating human heart tissue who work for the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Massachusetts. The researchers say they wanted to engineer a solution for organ donation shortage. Since it is difficult to recreate veins, they used a material that already had the system on a spinach leaf by replacing spinach cells with human heart cells, a complicated procedure. This is a big step in repairing damaged organs, as scientists’ attempt to 3D print a human heart tissue, but it’s been much harder to grow the small, delicate blood vessels that are vital to tissue health. The goal is to be able to replace damaged tissue who have cardiac issues such as heart attacks or coronary heart disease. The “veins” in the leaves would deliver oxygen to the entire heart tissue, which is important to creating a heart. One of the traits of a leaf is the network of veins that delivers water and nutrients to its cells. Now, scientists have used plant veins to recreate the way blood moves through human tissue. While performing the conversion, the plant cells leave off cellulose, which is used in a variety of medicine use, such as cartilage tissue construction, bone tissue, and wound healing. The team then washed the remaining plant parts in living human cells, so that the human tissue grew on the spinach to surround the veins. Once they had transformed the spinach leaf into a sort of heart, the team sent fluids and small pieces of plastic through its veins to show that blood cells can flow through this system. Something interesting about this initiative is that scientists now have confirmed how plants with a similar structure as leaves can be used to create even more heart transplants, and may be the future of heart surgery. Pretty cool indeed!
By Ethan Q.
March 8 was an incredible day for women all around the world of any race or any culture. Whether you're a Muslim and you wear a hijab or whether you're a Christian and believe that Jesus is the Lord. International Women’s Day is a day for all women to prove that they really do something for this world. Women’s activist, Malala Yousafzai had said, “I am not raising my voice but the voice of those 66 million girls.” International Women’s Day gave us the opportunity to show our respect and thankfulness to all girls whether they are related to you, a friend or just a stranger. Let us celebrate International Women’s Day together!