JoyBinge Ep. 24: Pharaonic Metal & Technical Difficulties
Hi and welcome to JoyBinge, a podcast where we re-learn that good things are happening in the world and celebrate those good things because we are tired of only hearing about the bad crap. We are Kimmy and Sinow, bringing you some good news to celebrate! We are not journalists or professionals of any sort in the news industry. This week we are covering the dates May 1 - 17, 2019. We just want to spread good news to you! Let’s binge on some joy!
Unfortunately we had some technical difficulties in the middle of the podcast so we apologize for how late this episode is and are working to keep this from happening again. We are always learning and growing so this was yet another time when we got to learn more about the tech side of making podcasts. We do apologize that the learning curve we are experiencing affected you, our listeners. Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and support!
Written by Tim Whewell and Jéssica Cruz for BBC News on May 11, 2019
The Brazil National Museum which was first founded in 1818 was tragically destroyed by fire September 2, 2018
The museum housed all sorts of treasures from past human civilizations to ancient animal skeletons to, as the article put it, “ethnography, geology and palaeontology - everything from dried beetles and dinosaur bones to meteorites, Pre-Columbian ceramics and recordings of native American languages.”
The article states, “Many Brazilians wept after their 200-year-old National Museum was destroyed in a devastating fire last September. Twenty million objects, many of them irreplaceable, were thought to have been lost. But eight months later, staff have salvaged more treasures than they expected, and there are hopes that one of the great museums of the world can be brought back to life.”
What is amazing is how much the archaeologists and staff have been able to salvage from the destruction
When the fire was raging, staff were able to pass important pieces of history out of the building and to safety.
The article states, “The next day, after the fire had finally gone out, staff held hands in a ring around the ruins of the building in a form of symbolic embrace.”
Since then, the building has been determined safe to search for remains in and a covering made of metal has been cast over the where the roof use to be to further protect the possible findings from rain
But hope has entered the situation again as pieces are discovered that survived the fire, even “the museum's most famous treasure - the skeletal remains of "Luzia", a woman who died nearly 12,000 years ago - had survived the fire relatively unscathed.”
She is important because she was once “the oldest human skeleton found in the Americas”
Since the authors of this article worded this next part so beautifully, I thought it best to just show you this excerpt:
“Pedro Luiz von Seehausen is an archaeologist, an expert on ancient Egyptian funerary monuments, who travels regularly to the Nile Valley to help excavate millennia-old pharaonic tombs. Ironically - tragically - von Seehausen is wielding his trowel, using his archaeological training, to excavate his own workplace - to re-uncover ancient treasures that had already been uncovered by archaeologists in Egypt two centuries ago, but which were buried again when their new home, the National Museum of Brazil, went up in flames.”
Pictures are included in the article showing the archaeologists pulling things from the devastation, so be sure to go check the article out
Pedro talked to BBC saying, "We have a moral obligation to collect the pieces, even if they are broken in a million pieces," he says. "Some days I am pretty sad and I feel that I am just dragging myself to work here. But then I usually find one piece is in good condition and I am like, 'Well, it's worth it.'"
Another quote from the article, “"We are seeing that a lot survived. There's hope that we can bring it back from the ashes," says bio-archaeologist Victor Bittar. "The geological samples are coming out in batches. Maybe they have the highest rate of recovery. Rocks do well with fire. And we keep getting stuff even from rooms where we thought nothing would come out, such as animals that were preserved in glass jars, in alcohol or formaldehyde. No-one expected that. So we have little surprises all the time."
Even with all that has been rediscovered in the ashes, entire collections have been destroyed including most of the insect collections, records of languages no longer spoken, and a trove of stories passed down in those extinct languages, which is truly devastating. The article goes into more detail about this.
Thankfully, the national development bank in Brazil has promised 21.7m reais or $5.6 million US dollars to repair the building. If all goes well, part of the museum can reopen in 3 years.
And beyond the money, other museums locally and around the world are helping to rebuild many of the collections the Brazil National Museum lost on that fateful day
What was so devastating can now have opportunities to display hope, joy, and love not just in Brazil but beyond
Written by Inzamam Rashid for Sky News on May 13
The opening of the article sums things up quite nicely:
“A ‘pink drink’ that allows surgeons to target brain tumours by making them glow under blue light has been rolled out across the NHS. Professor Keyoumars Ashkan, the lead for neuro-oncology at Kings College Hospital in London, told Sky News the move could save thousands of lives across the UK every year.”
The “pink drink” is actually called 5-ALA and will help surgeons see the tumors and cancerous cells much clearer when operating, not just so they can get out the bad stuff but to avoid the good stuff better as well
Normally surgeons have about a 30% chance of removing all of the tumor without the liquid but the fluorescent dye will make their chances go up to 70% which is amazing and incredible
While the treatment has been in use for at least a decade now, the goal is for every neurological center in England to have the pink drink available for patients
The drug is pricey, “The drug costs £1,000 per person and the specialist equipment costs in excess of £30,000 each time it is put in place.” And the price will increase, especially after Brexit happens
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is reported as saying, “There's absolutely no reason why being able to buy drugs should be any different, we've already got in place agreements to make sure that drugs can flow in whatever the Brexit scenario and we can buy drugs from all over the world. "We've always bought drugs from outside the EU as well as inside the EU so I'm absolutely determined that will continue in the future.”
One reason the drug is hitting the scene now is because of all the hard work and campaigning Baroness Tessa Jowell did before she passed away due to brain cancer
Her daughter, Jess Mills, took up the work her mother did and continues to work with the charity named after her mother
She told Sky News, “It's a really important step but my god there's so much to do, and that's what mum would say, she would say this is fantastic but think of everything else we've got to do as well. "And that's how I feel because this is a really important step but there is so much work that needs to be done, not just for brain cancer patients but for all those patients who are told their cancer is untreatable at the point of diagnosis."
Getting the pink drink into more NHS hospitals and neurological centers across the UK is vital in caring for those dealing with brain cancer and continues Jowell’s legacy, a beautiful legacy to leave behind
HOMESLICE of Scotland & Texas
Written by Jane Dalton for the Independent on May 17
Just like last episode, we have yet another Australian native animal running free, this time in Ecclefechan, Scotland!
The article states, “Owner Dennis Agnew had bought the bird and its female companion on Wednesday and has seen no trace of it since it disappeared 24 hours later. He had taken the emu to see patients at Burnfoot care home in Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway, where it’s believed to have got through a hole in the fence.”
Emus are notoriously fast, they can get up to the speed of 30 mph on the ground so as the article reports, the emu “...could have travelled a long distance since escaping.”
The man who owns the emu is Mr. Agnew and is a groundsman of the care home he was bringing the emu to visit.
The residents at this care home get to see and interact with the creatures as a form of therapy for dementia and other situations
The animals help residents find some joy during their days there
Mr. Agnew told the Independent, “I think it has got out through a hole in the fence. I’ve been all over the place looking but I can’t find it.”
The article goes on to report that, “[Mr. Agnew] said he had had to take the female emu back to the farm where he bought the birds because it looked unsettled.”
Since we had to re-record the episode later, we found one article that said it was discovered and returned back to Mr. Agnew.
We haven’t been able to find any other news to confirm that the emu has been captured and returned but we are keeping our fingers crossed that the emu is safe once again
Written by Claire Z. Cadona for the Dallas Morning News on May 16
Speaking of legacy continuing, a very special hippo was born here in Dallas on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30pm
This little hippo carries a lot of hope for the Dallas Zoo because it’s father, Adhama, passed away last October at 7 years old from a virus that caused “heart-related complications” and it’s sibling did not live long after birth in February 2018
The 12 year old mother, Boipelo, has been caring for the newborn very well, making sure it gets what it needs
They don’t know yet the gender of the newborn
Matt James, the senior director of animal care at the zoo said in a written statement, “Hippo calves need to come up every 30 seconds to breathe, and she's doing a great job ensuring the baby is getting everything it needs.”
He also wrote, “We timed Boipelo's contractions every moment she barrel-rolled in the water, and after about 100 rolls, we saw a baby emerge...The baby immediately began moving and kicking and Boipelo swiftly nudged it to the ledge of the pool, where the baby sprawled out and took a break.”
There is a video in the article you can watch if you are in the US showing the first moments of the baby’s life but if you are outside of the US, here is the same video on YouTube!
The mother and newborn are spending time in privacy, away from the excited patrons of the zoo, so they can heal and grow accustomed to their new life together
The article states, “[Boipelo] has been growin g into her independence and gaining confidence as she adjusts to life without her mate in the Simmons Hippo Outpost, the zoo's mammal curator, John Fried, said in the statement. “The zoo plans to bring in another male hippo later this year. Boipelo and Adhama had been paired together through a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan.”
Now that Boipelo has a new baby to care for, hopefully she will find more joy every day!
Thanks for listening to some of the joy found in the world this past week. If you have stories of good people doing good things in your neighborhood or anywhere, send them to me! I’ve got an email, firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet at us @joybingepodcast or visit our Facebook page and Instagram account. TELL US THE GOOD STUFF!