25 gorgeous sunrises to remind you just how beautiful this planet really is.
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1. Rise and shine!

Durban, South Africa. Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images.


2. It's a great day to be alive.

Something tells me these Floridians don't need reminding though.


Miami Beach, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

3. Whether you're waking up under swaying palm trees...

Hello, Honolulu.

Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images.

4. Or somewhere a bit chillier...

Hallo, Germany.

Brocken, Germany. Photo by Jens Schlueter/AFP/Getty Images.

5. It's pretty much official: There's nothing quite like rising with the sun.

Sydney, Australia. Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images.

... le sigh ...

6. In Australia, setting an early alarm can mean watching a wave of pinks and purples dwarf even the largest of Earth's rocks.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Australia. Photo by Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images.

Seriously — Ayers Rock is huge!

7. In London, it can mean enjoying the calm before the nine-to-five storm.

London, U.K. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images.

London rush hours are not messing around.

8. And in Paris, early birds rise with the sun and hit the ground running...

Paris, France. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images.

9. ... or (in India) hit the ground stretching.

If that's more your style, of course.

Varanasi, India. Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images.

10. The majesty of a beautiful sunrise probably isn't news to folks in Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images.

11. Because, well ... Rio might just take the cake, sunrise-wise.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images.

12. Just ask these Brazilians.

They took an early swim on Jan. 1 to catch the first rays of 2016.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Mario Tama/AFP/Getty Images.

13. Rising with the sun can be a great thing for you — mind, body, and soul.

Metz, France. Photo by Pascal Rondeau/Getty Images.

14. There are many positive benefits to mediating first thing in the morning.

Warrnambool, Australia. Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images.

(You may not even need (as much) coffee to feel energized if you stick with it!)

15. It can put you in the best mood to start your day.

Jiangxi Province, China. Photo by Stephen Shaver/AFP/Getty Images.

16. It can make you more creative.

Port of Piraeus, Greece. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images.

17. And it's even been known to help people regulate their metabolism too.

Ely, U.K. Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

Because the sun is one powerful force of nature.

18. But here's the thing.

Singapore. Photo by Neville Hopwood/Getty Images.

19. Even if early mornings just aren't for you...

Wiltshire, U.K. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images.

20. That's totally fine.

Sydney, Australia. Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images.

Seriously — science says it's A-OK if you're the late-sleeping type.

21. Because, thankfully, images like this come pretty darn close to capturing the magic on camera.

Sausalito, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

22. Although, some might argue a photo just can't do a sunrise justice...

Bagan, Myanmar. Photo by Francois Xavier Marit/AFP/Getty Images.

23. ... even if a photo is worth a thousand words.

Zeschdorf, Germany. Photo by Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images.

24. Don't be afraid to set those alarms a bit earlier tomorrow morning and wake up with our closest star.

Pacific Ocean. Photo by Sam Greenfield/Dongfeng Race Team/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images.

25. Because each and every sunrise on the horizon will be worth it.

Guaranteed.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images.



Images courtesy of John Scully, Walden University, Ingrid Scully
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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

Photo courtesy of John Scully

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"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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Images courtesy of John Scully, Walden University, Ingrid Scully
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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

Photo courtesy of John Scully

When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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