News in Pictures: A Win. Winners. A Win?

October 26, 2017

A Lone Fighter

via Safari West

Peter Lang, the founder of a wildlife preserve called Safari West, stuck it out alone during the recent Santa Rosa fires to protect the one thousand animals on his property. “We were able to extinguish that,” he said. “I use the big ‘we.’ Me and that hose. We are the we.” His own home burned as he saved the animals on the preserve from the fire.

Morgan Hurd Wins World All-Around Title in Gymnastics

Via Wikimedia Commons By John Cheng – CC BY-SA 2.0

The 2017 World Gymnastics Championship has a new winner: Morgan Hurd. Hurd won with a total of 55.232 points, while the runner-up, Ellie Black from Canada, scored 55.132. Phew, that was close!

Check That Water!

Eleven-year-old Gitanjali Rao won the young scientist challenge in the United States for inventing a low-cost test to check for lead contamination in water. Nice going, Gitanjali! Inspired by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, she created a device that reads from a sensor linked to a mobile app to give a correct analysis. Gitanjali won $25,000 for her work!

Send a Mosquito … Via Text?

Want to send a text with emojis? It might just be possible with the 2,666 emojis currently available for tweets and text. But global health advocates think one emoji is missing from the mix: the mosquito. Why? Because a mosquito emoji could help raise awareness about mosquito-borne illnesses. The proposal was one of sixty-seven finalists for the Unicode Technical Committee, a group who decides which emojis are added to the list. We’ll know next January if the mosquito makes the cut.