She came to the U.S. with only $300 and worked housekeeping jobs to pay for school. Now she’s a flight director for NASA’s Mars Perseverance.

+ The United States is now averaging 2 million vaccine doses administered per day.

+ “The 57-year-old, a small construction business owner in his former life, says his decision to stay as 160,000 other people evacuated the area was spurred in part by the shock of finding dead pets in abandoned houses he helped demolish. The cats also gave him a reason to stay on land that has been owned by his family for three generations.” The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima’s nuclear zone. (I live nowhere near a nuclear zone, and my cats still treat me like I’m radioactive.)

+ This Trained Singer Teaches Metal Bands How To Scream. (I suddenly have hope my kids will find careers.)

+ This L.A. start-up is building tiny injectable robots to attack tumors. (Shoot, Tiny Injectable Robot is my nickname for my private part.)

+ Aged 118, the world’s oldest living person will carry the Olympic flame in Japan. (This makes me feel less guilty about letting my mom carry in the groceries.)

+ World’s oldest known wild bird has another chick at age of 70.

+ These aren’t the balloon animals you’re used to.