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College Student Uses GameStop Stock Earnings to Buy Nintendo Switches for Children’s Hospital

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A 20-year-old student who joined the wave of amateur investors who bought shares in Gamestop managed to win big in last week’s run on the retailers’s stock. However, he’s now using his massive gains for good by making a gracious donation to a children’s hospital.

Hunter Kahn, a mechanical engineering student at Cornell University in New York, surfed the wave of speculation driven by the “Wall Street Bets” Reddit forum until last Wednesday, when he cashed out and earned a cool $30,000. He then decided that some charitable giving was in order, so he bought six Nintendo Switch consoles and a clutch of games to donate to the Children’s Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis.

In the past couple weeks alone, GameStop shares have increased by leaps and bounds thanks to the actions of a rag-tag group of investors on Reddit, who bought the stock largely in hopes to slam short sellers and hedge funds who were betting on the stock sinking.

Kahn, who hails from Stillwater, Minnesota, noted that the whole point of first-time investors rallying around GameStop was to stick it to Wall Street – and not become the sort of fat cats who make their living at others’ expense.

“As a beneficiary of the recent events on Wall Street I think it is important that myself and others pay forward our good fortune,” wrote Kahn in a post to his Instagram that announced the donation.

“These events have highlighted a lot of corruption and with this transfer of power it is important that we don’t become men in suits ourselves.”

While Kahn’s foray into investing has proved massively successful so far, the young engineering student doesn’t have aspirations to work on Wall Street or in finance. Instead, he hopes to one day construct spaceships for Elon Musk.

Nintendo of America has recently partnered up with nonprofit organization the Starlight Children’s Foundation to help bring a little bit of happiness to seriously ill children and their families who are dealing with extended hospital stays.

Starlight and the Seattle-based subsidiary of the Japanese gaming giant debuted the first hospital gaming station in December 2019 at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, Washington, before announcing that it would roll out more stations to hospitals across the United States.

“The gaming stations are important distraction tools that normalize the health care environment and help kids through difficult experiences,” Julie Hertzog, child life supervisor at Mary Bridge, said in a statement. “They provide choices for kids, motivate them, and give them the opportunity to have fun when it is needed most.”

Since then, Starlight and Nintendo have delivered over 7,200 gaming stations to over 800 hospitals and healthcare facilities, according to a press release.

For Kahn, the kind act of making such a generous donation to the hospital in his home region was extremely gratifying. Fans and fellow Redditors are now calling him “the real Robinhood.”

“It was a better feeling than waking up in the morning and seeing that [GameStop’s stock price] was on the moon,” said Kahn. “I love video games. I know it would be terrible being a kid in a hospital with like no joy helping them through.”

“A lot of people are saying that this is somewhat like a transfer of power, but if the money’s going from here just to the other side, there’s no difference if we just are acting the same way as the people that we’re criticizing.”

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Rare Creature Photographed Alive In The Wild For The First Time Ever

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Advances in the methods used by researchers to watch wildlife have allowed for the photographing of a rare creature whose image had never been captured in the wild before.

Researchers in the West African nation of Togo were able to spot the rare Walter’s duiker, a rare species of petite African antelope, for the first time in the wild thanks to camera traps equipped with motion sensors.

In addition to the Walter’s duiker, the camera traps were also able to discover rare species of aardvarks and a mongoose, reports Gizmodo.

At a time when the extinction of entire species is becoming more common worldwide, such devices should help conservationists not only preserve creatures sought by bushmeat hunters but also spot rare animals whose presence is elusive for human observers. In the past, biologists were forced to rely on the same hunters for information.

“Camera traps are a game changer when it comes to biodiversity survey fieldwork,” said University of Oxford wildlife biologist Neil D’Cruze.

“I’ve spent weeks roughing it in tropical forests seemingly devoid of any large mammal species,” D’Cruze continued. “Yet when you fire up the laptop and stick in the memory card from camera traps that have been sitting there patiently during the entire trip—and see species that were there with you the entire time —it’s like being given a glimpse into a parallel world.”

The Walter’s duiker was discovered in 2010 when specimens of bushmeat were compared to other duiker specimens. The new images of the creature are the first to have been seen.

Rare species like Walter’s duiker are often not listed as “endangered” by groups like the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to a lack of data.

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Formerly Homeless Man Enjoys New Life In First 3D-Printed Home In US

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A formerly homeless man is now enjoying his advanced years in a comfortable, entirely 3D-printed tiny home – the very first of its kind in the entire U.S.

Tim Shea, 70, has struggled for much of his life with substance abuse, addiction, and homelessness.

However, the previously unhoused man is now the first person to live in a 3D-printed tiny home, which is now being touted as a model of engineering and sustainability, reports Green Matters.

The 400-square-foot 3D-printed tiny home was printed by nonprofit New Story and construction technology company ICON in the Austin, Texas, area in March 2018 before Shea moved into the location in September.

In 2019, New Story and ICON have also printed a similar community of tiny homes in Mexico, hoping to make good on the use of the technology as a tool to provide homes to the extremely poor.

According to Shea, his new domicile has made all the difference in the world.

“When I found out I’d be the first person in America to move into a 3D-printed home, I thought it was pretty awesome,” Shea told NY Post. “The very people I used to run away from, I’m running to. If you’ve been on both sides of the fence, you know some people just need a little encouragement and support.”

From start to finish, the process of printing and assembling these homes takes only 48 hours and relies on only 70 to 80 percent of the raw building material that conventional housing requires.

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Company Will Pay $2,400 to Those Willing to Go On a ‘Digital Detox’ for 24 Hours

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The ongoing pandemic has left many of us staring at a screen for far too long, be it a television screen, smartphone, or computer monitor.

However, one company is seeking to find out whether we can make it through a full day without looking at a screen – and volunteers could receive a reward of $2,400 if they accept the challenge.

Reviews.org is hosting a new “24-Hour Digital Detox Challenge” that will allow participants to take the ultimate test of their ability to abstain from staring into the black mirror and report back the results.

“Are you burnt out from doom scrolling on your phone, re-watching old sitcoms, and trying to maintain your sanity during the pandemic?” the Salt Lake City, Utah-based company recently announced. “Have you always wanted to win reality competitions like American Ninja Warrior, but you’ve been too busy trying to beat Mario Kart and Mortal Kombat instead?”

The challenge is open to anyone 18 or older who is eligible to work in the United States, and the participants will be announced on March 29 on the company’s YouTube channel.

Upon being chosen, participants will be able to accept or decline the challenge after two weeks before picking a day that fits into their schedule. They can spend their day however they please, but they must agree to abstain for a full 24 hours from mobile devices, gaming devices, smartwatches, TVs, computers and other wearables as well as smart home devices. The digital display of your alarm clock, microwave, or other home appliances won’t count.

“Detox challengers” will also receive a safe to store their devices in, as well as a $200 gift card to purchase a tech-free survival kit that can consist of writing stationery, books, board games and other decidedly analog devices.

“We have a feeling someone out there needs a break,” the company wrote in its announcement, noting that since the start of the pandemic people have been staring at screens at an unprecedented rate. 

Those interested can fill out a short application for the challenge here, but do it quickly! Applications close on March 26. 

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