Eight-Year-Old Seattle Girl Receives a Steady Supply of Gifts From the Neighborhood Crows

Gabi Mann Gets Gifts From Crows
Gabi Mann. Photo by Lisa Mann

Gabi Mann, an eight-year-old girl living in Seattle, has an unusual arrangement with the neighborhood crows–she feeds the birds each morning, and in return, the crows leave a steady supply of gifts for her. The arrangement began in 2013, when Gabi and her mother Lisa began feeding the crows peanuts and dog food. The birds began leaving trinkets in the yard like pieces of glass, a paper clip, and a blue LEGO block. Gabi has meticulously labeled each gift and stores them in her growing collection. Podcast The Bittersweet Life explores the unusual tale of Gabi Mann and the crows in this recent episode.

Gabi Mann Gets Gifts From Crows
A portion of Gabi Mann’s collection. Photo by Katy Sewall

Gabi Mann Gets Gifts From Crows
A crow in the Mann’s yard. Photo by Lisa Mann

Gabi Mann Gets Gifts From Crows
Crows in the Mann’s yard. Photo by Lisa Mann

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Photographer Creates Photos of Majestic Flocks of Plastic Bags Darkening the Sky

Plastic Bag Murmuration Photos Alain Delorme

In his series Murmurations – Ephemeral Plastic Sculptures, Paris-based photographer Alain Delorme has created a series of photographs that, at first glance, seem to document the beautiful forms created by flocks of starlings (these flocks are also known as “murmurations”). However, closer inspection reveals the flocks to be made up of hundreds upon hundreds of plastic bags. Luckily for Mother Earth, the clouds of bags were digitally composited by Delorme. According to Delorme, he was inspired to create the series after learning about the Great Pacific garbage patch.

Plastic Bag Murmuration Photos Alain Delorme

Plastic Bag Murmuration Photos Alain Delorme

Plastic Bag Murmuration Photos Alain Delorme

Plastic Bag Murmuration Photos Alain Delorme

photos by Alain Delorme

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Empatica Embrace, An Multi-Function Watch That Creates Smartphone App Alerts When Wearer Has an Epileptic Seizure

The Empatica Embrace is an attractive multi-function watch that can be used to monitor heart rate, stress levels, and sleep patterns. The watch and its accompanying smartphone app can alert another person when the watch-wearer is having an epileptic seizure or any kind of disruption in the sympathetic nervous system.

Embrace is a watch that looks great on anyone. It can track your activity, stress and overall balance. It is designed to bring a better lifestyle to people that live with Epilepsy: they get an alert when an unusual event happens, like a convulsive seizure, warning them and their loved ones.

Empatica recently raised over 514% of their original funding ask through Indiegogo. The watch is currently available for pre-order, with delivery planned for October 2015. Additionally, Matteo Lai, the Empatica CEO, has stated that with every watch purchased, another one will be donated to a child in need of one.


Embrace Ankle


Embrace Watch

Embrace App App

images via Embrace

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Terminally Ill Woman Is Taken by Ambulance to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam So She Can Visit It One Last Time

Ambulance Takes Woman to Art Museum for Last Visit

On Tuesday, a terminally ill woman was taken via ambulance to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam so she could visit the arts and history museum one last time. The moving event, captured in a photograph, was the work of Stichting Ambulance Wens Nederland (Ambulance Wish Foundation Netherlands), a Dutch organization that fulfills the last wishes of terminally ill, non-mobile patients with a fleet of custom ambulances and 200 volunteer medical personnel. The group also took two other terminally ill people to the museum during the Tuesday trip. According to the organization’s website, they have fulfilled nearly 6,000 wishes since their founding in 2007.

Ambulance Takes Woman to Art Museum for Last Visit
The ambulances parked at the Rijksmuseum. The foundation transported three people to the museum during Tuesday’s trip.

Ambulance Takes Woman to Art Museum for Last Visit
A terminally ill man viewing a painting at the Rijksmuseum.

photos via Stichting Ambulance Wens Nederland

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Coast Guard Ship Cuts Through the Icy Hudson River to Provide Safe Water Passage for Boats Carrying Essentials

In “Breaking Ice on the Hudson River“, The New York Times profiles the Sturgeon Bay, a Coast Guard icebreaker ship that has been making its way up and down 120 miles of this winter’s frozen Hudson River in order to provide safe waterways for other boats and ships that are carrying winter essentials for towns and cities along the winding river.

At least once a day lately, the Sturgeon Bay has been crunching and crashing up and down the Hudson, clearing paths through the crystallized expanse so that boats carrying supplies can reach the communities counting on them. Barges on the Hudson transport 70 percent of the home heating oil in the Northeast. In 2014, barges brought 20 million barrels of it northward, as well as 100,000 tons of dry goods, like salt and cement.

Sturgeon Bay

Icy River

Crew 2


photos via The New York Times

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The Real Story Behind the Fisher Space Pen, A Pen Designed to Work in Microgravity

The first episode of the new series What’s the Story? by the online store Dat Twenty focuses on the real story behind the Fisher space pen. The pen is sometimes cited as an example of government waste, with a story claiming NASA spent millions of dollars developing the pen while the Russian space program simply used pencils in space.

That story isn’t true, and because of the electrical conductivity of pencil graphite and the flammability of wood, pencils are a terrible writing implement for spaceflight. The pens were actually developed by inventor Paul C. Fisher, who later sold them to NASA.

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Mysterious Centuries-Old Mass Graves Containing 200 Skeletons Discovered Under Paris Supermarket

photo by Denis Gliksman/Inrap

The Guardian reports that eight mass graves containing the skeletal remains of 200 bodies were recently discovered under a supermarket in Paris. The discovery, at a Monoprix near the center of Paris, occurred as archaeologists surveyed the store’s basement in advance of a construction project. The archaeologists were on site because store managers knew the supermarket was located at the site of Hôpital de la Trinité, a hospital built in 1202, and the discovery of human remains was a possibility. However, it was believed that most of the remains in the hospital cemetery were removed when the hospital building was demolished in 1817–those bones were sent to the famed Catacombs of Paris. The catastrophe that led to the mass deaths is currently unknown, as is the date of the burials, though archaeologists are using DNA testing and carbon dating to find answers.

photo via Agence France-Presse

photo via Agence France-Presse

photo via Agence France-Presse

via The Guardian