News Affecting Texans

Anonymous Donor Gives Away $82,000 Worth of Gift Cards to All 1,400 Residents of Small Iowa Town

Collectively, the unidentified do-gooder gave away $150 in gift cards to every one of the 1,450 households in Earlham, Iowa. The post Anonymous Donor Gives Away $82,000 Worth of Gift… ...

Metal Surfaces Can Now Be Instant Bacteria Killers, Thanks to New Laser Treatment Technique

Researchers from Pursue University have come up with a simple method of turning everyday metal surfaces into bacteria-killers. The post Metal Surfaces Can Now Be Instant Bacteria Killers, Thanks to… ...

Beloved Opera Singer Unites Millions of Viewers With Livestreamed Easter Performance in Empty Cathedral

Since the Andrea Bocelli Foundation also began raising money for Italian healthcare teams, they have raised more than a quarter-million dollars. The post Beloved Opera Singer Unites Millions of Viewers… ...

Aspiring Barista Uses Coffee Shop Supplies to Make Free Drinks for Essential Workers From His Window

Ben Ramirez has been using his time in self-isolation to offer free pick-me-ups to mailmen and hospital workers passing by his window. The post Aspiring Barista Uses Coffee Shop Supplies… ...

Good News in History, April 13

150 years ago today, The Metropolitan Museum of Art was chartered by the state of New York. The new institution started with nothing, unlike other world-famous museums born from royal… ...

Fears of ‘Wild West’ as COVID-19 blood tests hit the market

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blood tests for the coronavirus could play a key role in deciding whether millions of Americans can safely return to work and school. But public health officials… ...

DAVE SAYS: Small business owners seek help with financial quandaries

Dear Dave: My husband runs a small business that has never done very well. We have three kids, and I make $55,000 annually in my job. Part of what I… ...

Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund announces latest recipients

The Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund announced its Phase 1, Round II award recipients on Friday — granting $222,400 to four nonprofits and 17 small businesses. ...

In Groundbreaking Vote for Sustainability, EU Moves to Approve Insects for Human Consumption

The legislation is set to open up a whole new market to a sustainable source of protein and nutrition for the European Union. The post In Groundbreaking Vote for Sustainability,… ...

Newly-Developed Enzyme That Breaks Down Plastic Bottles in Hours is On Track to Change the Recycling Game

Carbios is responsible for making a new enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles in just 10 hours—all while keeping them molecularly sound. The post Newly-Developed Enzyme That Breaks Down Plastic… ...

Fears of 'Wild West' as COVID-19 blood tests hit the market

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blood tests for the coronavirus could play a key role in deciding whether millions of Americans can safely return to work and school. But public health officials… ...

For First Time in History, AI Learns to Translate Silent Human Brain Activity into Text for Locked-In Syndrome Patients

In a landmark technological achievement, scientist has developed an AI system that can translate the thoughts of paralyzed patients into words. The post For First Time in History, AI Learns… ...

Good News in History, April 12

40 years ago today, a young man named Terry Fox began his heroic Marathon of Hope across Canada. In St. John’s, Newfoundland, standing on an artificial leg, he touched his… ...

DAVE SAYS: Small business owners seek help with financial quandaries

Dear Dave: My husband runs a small business that has never done very well. We have three kids, and I make $55,000 annually in my job. Part of what I… ...

Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund announces latest recipients

The Brazos Valley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund announced its Phase 1, Round II award recipients on Friday — granting $222,400 to four nonprofits and 17 small businesses. Source: World Business ...

In resurrection, a lesson for us all

Today is Saturday of Holy Week. As the story from the Scriptures is told, Jesus was betrayed on Thursday and arrested. He was crucified Friday and buried that evening before… ...

Ten-Year-Old Seeks to Empower Other Kids During COVID-19 Pandemic

Sydney, 10, and her mom animated a kid video to suggests how schools can donate surplus protection equipment (PPE) during COVID-19 pandemic. The post Ten-Year-Old Seeks to Empower Other Kids… ...

This App Shows You When Your California Power is Renewable to Create More Responsible Device Usage

As a means of helping smartphone users protect the planet, this app has been designed to show how much your device usage is contributing to climate change. The post This… ...

How to be Happier During COVID: Decades of Science Shows That Gratitude, Love, and Connection Can Save Your Life

If you need some help to be happier during these trying times, these studies show various ways that loving from a distance can help. The post How to be Happier… ...

Deserted icons: No College World Series hits Omaha hard

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Rich Tokheim’s sports apparel shop is right across the street from TD Ameritrade Park. More than half his annual revenue comes in the 11 or 12… ...

6-Month Suspension on U.S. Federal Student Loan Payments Now in Effect During COVID Outbreaks

As a means of easing the financial burdens of American students and graduates, the federal government suspended student loan payments for the next 6 months. The post 6-Month Suspension on… ...

Good News in History, April 11

Happy 60th Birthday to Jeremy Clarkson, the journalist and television personality who hosted the iconic motoring show Top Gear. Born in Doncaster, England, his opinionated and humorous tongue-in-cheek writing and… ...

Bryan Texas Utilities seeking kids' artwork for 2021 calendar

Bryan Texas Utilities is looking for artwork from area elementary school students to use in its 2021 calendar. Source: World Business ...

TEXAS GARDENING: Wrap maples and oaks to protect bark from long lasting sun damage

Dear Neil: I have a red maple tree that has sun scald damage to its trunk. It was planted two years ago, and unfortunately, I didn’t know I was supposed… ...

SKIP RICHTER: Plants picked for scent

Gardening is such a multi-sensory blessing, providing us delectable flavors, beautiful sights and wonderful scents. No wonder we enjoy it so much. I must confess a strong preference for landscape… ...

Garden Calendar for April 10

The following organizations will not have any meetings or workshops during April: ...

Friday Funnies: Look Inside This Mini Art Gallery That a Bored Couple in Quarantine Made for Their Pet Gerbils

Much to the delight of Pandoro and Tiramisu, the mini museum was even equipped with recreations of the “Mousa Lisa” and “The Gerbil with the Pearl Earring”. The post Friday… ...

Photographer Has Been Taking Free Family ‘Porchtraits’ to Capture Sweet Silver Linings During Social Distancing

Over the course of the last two weeks alone, David Puente has photographed 146 happy families from a respectful distance. The post Photographer Has Been Taking Free Family ‘Porchtraits’ to… ...

Himalayan Mountaintops Visible for the First Time in 30 Years as Air Pollution Continues to Plummet in India

Awestruck social media users have already snapped hundreds of pictures of the snow-capped mountains in celebration of the historic phenomenon. The post Himalayan Mountaintops Visible for the First Time in… ...

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