☀️ New Jersey Town Thrives With UBI

AND Shimmering Golden Mole Spotted

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Here’s what to know for Thursday:

  • A Universal Basic Income experiment works wonders in New Jersey

  • You’ll never believe what they used to make this new jet fuel

  • A shimmering Golden Mole was spotted and photographed for the first time in decades


Alright, folks, let's talk about something incredible happening in Paterson, New Jersey. 

This city is experimenting with a bit of magic called universal basic income, and guess what? It's making waves in the best way possible!

Paterson's mayor, Andre Sayegh, announced they're doling out $400 monthly to about 200 lucky residents. 

This isn't their first rodeo, though. 

Last year, they gave 110 people the same deal and the results? Pretty awesome. People used the extra cash for essentials like groceries, utility bills, and even rent.

Thanks to this program, one participant said she could host a real Thanksgiving dinner for the first time. How cool is that? 

The University of Pennsylvania's Guaranteed Income Center and Mayors for a Guaranteed Income funds this entire concept. 

Your income has to be on the lower side to qualify, but the range is generous. We're talking single folks making less than $38,910 and families of five earning under $184,405.

This all shows us that maybe–just maybe–universal basic income could be a game-changer, especially for issues like homelessness.

Who knows, maybe this is the start of something big nationwide! Keep your eyes peeled because this could begin a new chapter in how we support each other.

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A golden mole, not seen for over 80 years, suddenly popped up in South Africa. 

This shimmering, blind critter, known as De Winton's golden mole, was spotted in the dunes of Port Nolloth on South Africa's northwest coast.

You should know that this little mole is no ordinary creature. 

It “swims” through sand and lives in super-secret burrows. It’s like a mini superhero with its iridescent coat that we haven’t seen since 1937! 

Researchers were on a real treasure hunt, digging through more than 100 soil samples, looking for any trace of this elusive mole. 

Fast forward to 2022, and voilà! 

A DNA sample from an old De Winton's golden mole specimen confirmed it – they had struck gold. 

Four more populations of this golden mole have been found since then. What a comeback!

But this discovery isn’t just remarkable; it’s enormous for conservation. 

The De Winton's golden mole is part of the "Search for Lost Species" project, where they've already rediscovered 11 lost species, like the Attenborough's long-beaked echidna and the giant Wallace’s bee.

It’s a little reminder that nature still has some secrets up its sleeve!

Everybody knows that if your cat doesn't move from under the Christmas tree, you just decorate around it.

This is the way.

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