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Here’s what to know for Friday:

  • Scientists recreated a Nuclear Fusion moment three times

  • We just discovered a new antibiotic for the first time in a while

  • A local California hospital decides to forgive debts


Big news from the world of science: California scientists are making strides in nuclear fusion. And it’s a potential game-changer for clean energy! 

Last December, these brainy folks managed to pull off a nuclear fusion reaction that gave back more energy than it took to start.

This process, called "ignition," is a massive step towards a clean energy future. 

And guess what? They've nailed it three times this year!

This is like hitting the jackpot in the quest for fusion energy. 

If we can master this, we're talking about a near-limitless clean power source without the long-lived radioactive waste from current nuclear plants. 

Fusion energy is all about smashing atoms together to form a denser one, releasing loads of energy. It's the same reaction that powers our sun and stars.

The real magic happens in NIF's target chamber. 

Here, temperatures skyrocket to 100 million degrees, and the pressure is intense enough to squish the target to much higher densities than lead. 

In their latest experiments, they've produced small but significant amounts of energy - like enough to boil a bunch of kettles of water.

The focus now is on scaling up these experiments and making them more cost-effective. And the world is watching. 

At the COP28 climate summit, the U.S. launched an international plan to boost nuclear fusion research. And recently, the U.S. Department of Energy invested a whopping $42 million in a program to advance fusion.

Harnessing fusion energy could revolutionize our world by providing abundant, clean energy without the emissions of traditional sources. 

It's a challenge, sure, but the potential payoff is huge.

👩‍⚖️ A judge exonerates an inmate after 48 years in prison

🧬 Scientists discover a way to turn CO2 into a powder that can be stored for decades

🎪 The founder of Cirque Du Soleil donates a $5m piece of land to his local town

🚫 The FTC updates rules on how companies can track kids online

🔬 AI helps scientists discover the first new antibiotic in 60 years

🎄 This Brooklyn neighborhood goes all out to decorate their street for the holidays

It’s a heartwarming move that echoes the spirit of giving. 

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in California announced a remarkable act of kindness. They are forgiving all outstanding patient medical debts from the first three years of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

That's right; patients won't owe a dime for care received in 2020, 2021, or 2022!

This incredible gesture affects a whopping 29,000 patient accounts across Monterey County. 

Imagine the relief and joy this brings thousands of people, especially during these challenging times. 

The hospital has recognized that the pandemic hit everyone hard, especially the backbone of the local community.

The hospital's memo couldn't have put it better: 

“We sincerely hope this debt relief provides our neighbors with peace of mind and brings an extra helping of joy to you and your families this holiday season.” 

This move isn't just about clearing debts. It's a gift of peace of mind, a gesture that strengthens the bond between the hospital and the community it serves.

In a world where medical bills can be overwhelming, this gesture by the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is a beacon of hope and humanity.

Christmas is all about tradition, right? But hey, who says traditions can't be new? 

Let's embrace flexibility like it's the latest holiday trend this Christmas. After all, the unexpected can sometimes be the most memorable part of the holidays. 

Maybe the turkey turns into a pizza night, or the family game of Monopoly becomes a TikTok dance-off. It's all good!

The heart of Christmas isn't just in the rituals we've known forever.

It's in the laughter and love shared at the moment in whatever way that unfolds.

So, as we dive into the festive season, let's keep our hearts and schedules open to the new and unplanned. 

Let’s allow new traditions to bloom alongside the old and enjoy every merry moment!

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