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One of the world’s most famous streets – Sesame Street – has a new character named Ji-Young.

Ji-Young is the first Asian American character to move onto the famous puppet street.

The Korean American puppet is seven years old and loves rocking out on her electric guitar and skateboarding.

Sesame Street’s producers hope she helps young Asian and Pacific Island children to feel at home in America as much as anyone else.

Kathleen Kim is the puppeteer behind Ji-Young. She said that she hopes her character can help teach children how to be a good “upstander”. An ‘upstander’ is a person who stands up against things like bullying, racism, and hateful messages.

An engineer in the United States has built the world’s biggest Nerf Gun.

Inspired from his childhood to break a Guinness World Record for building the world’s largest Nerf gun.

Michael Pick is a software engineer and YouTuber from Alabama.

His new Nerf Gun was acknowledged as a Guinness World Record this week.

The Nerf N-Strike Elite Longshot CS-6 measures 4m long. This is 300% larger than the original toy.

Pick’s creation is fully functioning and beats the last record of 2m from previous record-holder Mark Rober.

The new gun shoots darts made from PVC pipe, foam, and 3D-printed caps. The 20cm darts reach speeds of up to 75kph and can travel a maximum distance of about 80m.

An Australia gardener has gained a Guinness World Record after grafting five different types of fruit onto a single tree.

Hussam Saraf of Shepparton, Victoria, has made a tree with white and yellow nectarines, white and yellow peaches, blood and yellow plums, peachcots, apricots, almonds and cherries.

There are 10 different fruits onto the tree in his back yard, but Guinness World Records told him not all of them counted as different types. He needed five different species, not varieties.

Saraf said his tree is meant to symbolize “peaceful coexistence” and serve as an example of how to live together with respect and acceptance in a diverse society.

A 105-year-old runner has broken the 100m record.

Julia Hawkins, who is nicknamed ‘Hurricane’, ran 100m in 1 minute and 2 seconds while competing in the women’s 105+ age category. She was competing in the Louisiana Senior Games.

The time was a new 100m world record at the grand age of 105-years-old!

However, the ever-competitive Julia said she was slightly disappointed with her time.

“It was wonderful to see so many family members and friends. But I wanted to do it in less than a minute,” she said after the race.

Julia took up running at age 100 after deciding to give up cycling.

What do you think of Julia ‘Hurricane’ Hawkins? Let us know in the comments!

Researchers in the Netherlands have announced that they are close to developing injections without needles.

The scientists have developed what they call a “Bubble Gun”. It uses a laser to push tiny droplets through the outer layer of the skin.

This results in “virtually painless” injections.

The new technology has been developed by Twente University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The process is quicker than a mosquito bite and doesn’t cause any pain because the nerve endings in the skin are not touched.

The new technology will hopefully help those suffering from trypanophobia – or fear of needles. It’s more common than you might think. Roughly one in five people suffer from this condition.

The Bubble Gun could take one to three years to become available to the general public, depending on the progress of research and regulatory issues.