In August a new system was put to work to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The new technology—System 002, nickname Jenny—collected over 20,000 pounds of plastic and trash. The trash is then hauled aboard the ship and it is sorted with much of the plastic becoming recycled.

Even if Jenny is successful at cleaning up, there is still much more garbage that needs to be removed. With 10 Jennys about half of the trash in the ocean could be removed in about five years. The Ocean Project hopes to have the ocean cleared of plastic and trash by the year 2040.

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 October 1, 2021 will mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The anniversary theme is “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” and the celebration will last for 18 months.

Festivities will be taking place at all four theme parks, including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Each of these locations will come to life with a magical glow called “Beacons of Magic.”

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 After a month of repairing an odd glitch, NASA has returned the instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope to operational status. The collection of data has also resumed.

On July 17, NASA returned the Hubble Space Telescope to science operations. It was the first data collected since the payload computer experienced a problem on June 13.

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 Experience the original art of Vincent Van Gogh at the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition opening next month in Scottsdale at Lighthouse Artspace, 4301 N. Scottsdale Road.

The exhibit opens August 26 and runs until November 28. The exhibit features massive moving projections of Van Gogh’s famous paintings, including Starry Night, The Potato Eaters and Sunflowers.

Safety measures will be in place to keep all visitors and staff safe at the walkin exhibit. Visitors are asked to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing rules.

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 Marathon runner Don Muchow made history by being the first person to run from Disneyland to Walt Disney World. Muchow, 59, has Type 1 diabetes and decided to run to raise money and bring awareness for Type 1 diabetes.

Muchow began his journey on Feb. 1, 2020. He planned to spend 90 days running, but the COVID-19 pandemic stopped him in his tracks–twice.

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 Have you ever wanted to become anastronaut and explore space? You don’t haveto wait to apply to NASA or the Space Force, the new Astronaut Exhibit at the Arizona Science Center will allow you to do just that.

In the exhibit are hands-on and full-body displays and you can learn about the mental and physical challenges that astronauts must go through, learn to problem solve, check out the Space Lab and even experience a rocket launch.

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 Halloween is traditionally scary with masks and monsters, but due to the pandemic of COVID-19, many people are starting to wonder what Halloween will look like this year.

Dr. Shad Marvasti, a Valley doctor, says we need to come up with creative ways to stay connected to family and friends. If you leave candy out for trick-or-treating ghouls and goblins, he suggests that you leave out pre-packaged candy in small allotments so kids are not reaching their hands into the same bowl.

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 A Gilbert Police Officer took part in Over the Edge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics on Dec. 7, 2019. This event took place at Cityscape, the fourth tallest building in Phoenix.

By rappelling down a 500-foot-tall building, Dani Covey helped raise a total of $7,000 for Special Olympics Arizona. Covey is a public affairs officer with the Gilbert Police Department.

This fundraiser helps sponsor athletes of Special Olympics. Participants take part in this Special Olympics fundraiser every year.

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 The book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is turning 50 years old. In celebration of this, Butterfly Wonderland partnered with Penguin Publishing and Eric Carle, the author of the book, to create a special exhibit. The exhibit runs now until the end of August.

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I entered a Bear Essential contest and won tickets to see Disney on Ice, Dare To Dream. During the show, five Disney heroines made an appearance. In the first story Belle told the tale of Beauty and the Beast. She had to become friends with the beast to break the spell he was under in order to turn him back into a prince.

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