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Usually, pouring water all over a book ruins it. In this case, it could save your life.

What if there were actually, finally, a super inexpensive and effective water filtration technology that could change millions of lives? Looks like there might be.Yep, the first few seconds are a bit heavy on the ominous narration stuff. But hang in till 0:18 to learn about the super cool tech part of it.

Usually, pouring water all over a book ruins it. In this case, it could save your life.

FACT CHECK TIME! Here are some things to consider:


  • Is this book "by far the cheapest option on the market"? Hard to say. Is it a very inexpensive and effective way to filter water? YEP.
  • We give a big THUMBS UP to the claim that the filter will reduce bacteria by 99.9%. It's coated in silver, which is a well-known antimicrobial.

If you're as excited about this paper filter technology as I am, consider sharing this video with your friends using the buttons below.

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Growing up in Virginia, Dominique Meeks Gombe idolized her family physician — a young Black woman who inspired Meeks Gombe to pursue her passion for chemistry.

While Meeks Gombe began her career working in an environmental chemistry lab, after observing multiple inefficient processes in and around the lab, she took the initiative to teach herself to code in order to automate and streamline those issues.

That sparked her love for coding and imminent career shift. Now a software engineer at Capital One, Meeks Gombe wants to be a similar role model to her childhood mentor and encourage girls to pursue any career they desire.

"I'm so passionate about technology because that's where the world is going," Meeks Gombe said. "All of today's problems will be solved using technology. So it's very important for me, as a Black woman, to be at the proverbial table with my unique perspective."

Since 2019, she and her fellow Capital One associates have partnered with the Capital One Coders program and Girls For A Change to teach coding fundamentals to middle school girls.

The nonprofit's mission is aimed at empowering Black girls in Central Virginia. The organization focuses on designing, leading, funding and implementing social change projects that tackle issues girls face in their own neighborhoods.

Girls For a Change is one of many local nonprofits that receive support from the Capital One Impact Initiative, which strives to close gaps in equity while helping people gain better access to economic and social opportunities. The initial $200 million, five-year national commitment aims to support growth in underserved communities as well as advance socioeconomic mobility.

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As it turns out, underdog stories can have cats as the main character.

Purrington Cat Lounge, where "adoptable cats roam freely and await your visit" and patrons can pay a small entry fee for the chance to sip coffee alongside feline friends, boasted legendary adoption rates since its conception in January 2015.


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