🎂 Jimmy Carter to celebrate 99th birthday with digital mosaic from well-wishers
These fantastic photos show the newly protected Redonda Ecosystem Reserve. Just a few years changed a barren rock into a wildlife haven.
Darren Baptiste, an Eagle Scout, started a project to build an accessible ramp opening up the incredible view at Sun Top Lookout to many more people.
Landscape studio Scape has won the Obel Award for a coastal breakwater made from blocks designed to create a mass of habitat which will benefit a lot of wildlife, but especially oysters.
When I was a little kid, I had a book that had a drawing of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, including an old woodcut of a dinner party that took place *inside* one of them. They have been 3D scanned and are available for anyone to study without putting the originals at risk now that they're very fragile.
A Greek island has been able to close its landfill site with clever recycling and waste handling initiatives. Tilos has already become self sufficient in energy. What an achievement!
These gorgeous photos document a wonderful vegetable farm in Jordon which is using salt water and solar power to grow produce in a location which would be impossible to farm conventionally.
The Iranian Diaspora Collective (IDC) is fighting hard for the rights of Iranian women and LGBTQ+ people. They raise funds to provide access to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to help bypass the oppressive state's control of the internet. What brave and brilliant people!
School in a Bag is a charity sending rucksacks to children in disaster zones filled with materials to enable them to continue learning. They are hoping to raise enough money to send 1000 bags to children in Morocco after the terrible earthquake there earlier this month.
An appeal to raise £150k to buy Fleam Dyke near Cambridge raised almost all the money it needed. Hopefully they will be able to purchase the land and transform the area into a haven for wildflowers and wildlife.
Include Mx have been successful in campaigning that Royal Mail update their forms to either include gender neutral titles or remove titling from their forms.
A manufacturer in Leicestershire are saving £20k a year after installing solar panels. They expect to have made back the costs of installing the system in just three years!
Earlier in the year I wrote about hopes that we might be able to grow haricot beans in the UK after 12 years of work trying to develop a variety that would grow in our climate. The harvest was a success!
Grayson Perry's amazing tapestries is on display at Lincoln Museum and will be there until January of next year. I love these pieces.
A painting by Artemisia Gentileschi has been in storage at Hampton Court Palace for the last 100 years, wrongly attributed to a French artist. Gentileschi was a very rare female artist of the 17th century, so it's great to have more of her work available for people to see. It's now being displayed at Windsor Castle.
I've written about Starship Technology's grocery robots several times before. The scheme is expanding again, and this time it includes Urmston! As a great fan of Victoria Wood and Dinnerladies, I can't help but hear 'There's two ways to get to Urmston.". And now, presumably, one of those is via robot.
I missed this when it came out - Lego have released sets of Braille Bricks in English and French to make it easier for people to learn and play with the writing system for those with visual impairments.
The Writers Guild of America strike has ended after 148 days. The agreed deal will protect writers from AI use whilst also agreeing better streaming residuals etc.
Drug fatality rates in Scotland are three times higher than they are in the rest of the UK. There are lots of things going on to try to help people, and Glasgow are opening the first drug consumption room. People will be able to take drugs safely in there without risk of being arrested. It is hoped that testing facilities will be available so people can check the purity of their drugs to risk accidental overdose.
For four years in the 1800's there was a Dahlia show at Stonehenge and this weekend it's being reprised! It looks like it'll be a beautiful event!
The International Energy Agency have said that the rate at which renewable energy production and electric vehicles are being embraced makes reaching net zero by 2050 possible. That doesn't mean any of us can rest on our laurels, but it's important to embrace and celebrate that hope.
Opening today at Kew Gardens, Queer Nature is a festival celebrating the diversity of plants and the ways they have become linked with LGBTQ+ themes and people. It sounds really very beautiful.
On the Swedish island of Gotland there's been a competition for the Ugliest Lawn to celebrate those who haven't wasted water in maintaining grass. It's raising awareness and showing that a lush lawn isn't necessarily worth wasting all that water.
Oxfam have installed improvements to a well in Gol'Anod in Ethiopia. A solar system is providing power to a water pump, taking away the need for a diesel system as anything other than backup. An elevated water tank is storing and piping water to several locations in the town, making accessing it much easier.
Arne Semsrott and his organisation Freiheitsfonds have freed 850 people from prisons who were there only because they couldn't afford fines for not being able to pay for public transport tickets. It has cost the organisation €800k. It has saved the country €12m in prison costs. I hope a time comes when vulnerable people in Germany have access to free public transport, which seems the most moral and economical way to tackle the problem.
Happy #GoodNews Saturday everyone! We've just about shivered out our last vaccine side effects (so glad to have had it, though) and so back to sharing what we've collected. Weirdly, I've not come across any good drone news this week. What about you lot? Seen anything good? Hope you've had a great week and that your weekend's going well. x
North Lindsey College: Our college is lucky to have a small patch of woodland on site. We have worked to encourage wildlife into the woods by removing nettles and brambles which had overtaken a large area of the woodland. Now that it has been cleared, we hope that other woodland plants can flourish. We also made some bird boxes and put them up in the woods. We will monitor them for use.
We've also made…
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"Now, a pharmaceutical firm called Toregem Biopharma, funded by Kyoto University where Takahashi is based, is moving forward with clinical trials in healthy human adults.
Slated to begin in July of next year, the trials will investigate whether or not Takahashi’s antibody-based drug that targets a protein which suppresses the growth of new teeth from our “teeth buds,” is successful in adults.
If so, the next trial will include children with anodontia, a condition where they are born without some of their teeth.
In 2018, Takahashi showed that ferrets, who like humans have tooth buds, baby teeth, and permanent teeth, were able to regrow their teeth when given the drug."
"In a topline that’s rare to see these days, a US-China collaboration has created the cheapest and fastest way to purify seawater yet discovered by science.
The prototype of the passive solar-powered desalination tool can produce 4-6 liters of clean water per hour, and the designers believe a scaled-up version could sustain a coastal household in sunny climes year-round.
For as much as natural resource managers, city planners, and climate activists warn about droughts becoming more severe in the future, the solution has always been staring us in the face.
Only 3% of the Earth’s water is fresh, an amount that, along with technology, has already enabled the human race to reach nearly 8 billion members. By contrast, 68% of the Earth’s surface, and 97% of its water, is undrinkable."
"Chemical engineers in California have designed a fuel that ignites only with the application of electric current.
The “safe” liquid fuel doesn’t react to flames and would not start accidental fires during either storage or transport.
“The fuel we’re normally using is not very safe. It evaporates and can ignite—and it’s difficult to stop that,” said Yujie Wang, a chemical engineering doctoral student at the University of California Riverside who co-authored a paper on the new fuel.
“It is much easier to control the flammability of our fuel and stop it from burning when we remove voltage.”
When fuel combusts, it is not the liquid itself that burns. Instead, it is the volatile fuel molecules hovering above the liquid that ignite on contact with oxygen and flame. Removing an oxygen source will extinguish the flame, but this is difficult to do outside of an engine."
#British-grown beans on toast is to become a reality after the first commercial crop of haricot beans was successfully harvested in Lincolnshire.
Fast food workers cry and cheer as minimum wage increased to $20 an hour in #California
On a full-time basis, this would equate to a yearly salary of $41,600 (£34,000)
(it's not much less than I earn after 30 years in my career in the health industry)
"Leaning on a carved wooden cane, the elder lifted the door of a wooden box and watched as a bird once thought to be extinct ran into grasslands where it hadn’t walked in a century."
A triumphant story of species and cultural revival.
"A green energy boom is keeping 1.5C in sight"
"Brazil’s highest court found in favour of Indigenous land rights"
"Manchester was abuzz about public transport"
"Scientists made a long Covid breakthrough"
"A safer drug consumption room got the go-ahead in Scotland"
"The world biggest free photo competition announced its winners"
"Cartoonists penned a warm welcome to refugees"
"A study revealed how water fleas could help us clean up our act"
"‘Give people the power to plant trees in public spaces’ – report"
“For the first time, it is possible for water, produced by sunlight, to be even cheaper than tap water,”
A new sun-powered technology aims to convert seawater into drinkable water, which could be a game-changer for regions facing water scarcity.
"The UK’s first pilot safer drug consumption room has been approved by authorities in Glasgow today. A drug reform activist puts the scheme in perspective
Peter Krykant’s life today is a far cry from the darkness and chaos of 30 years ago.
In the mid-90s, he was sleeping rough in Birmingham, injecting heroin and crack cocaine on a daily basis and being kept alive by the frequent intervention of paramedics.
Now based in Glasgow, he’s a leading voice for drug reform, and on the verge of witnessing Scotland introduce the UK’s first drug consumption room (DCR) – a measure he’s been calling for for four years. "
🐍 : Escaped Sunderland 8ft jungle carpet python found safe.
Owners of a giant 8ft carpet python snake that escaped from their home have confirmed they have finally found her after a week at large.
"In just the past ten years, the cost of electricity from solar has fallen by 87 percent, and the cost of battery storage by 85 percent. Wind power, heat pumps and other fossil-free technologies are also experiencing a sharp drop in prices."
"Engineers in Australia have found a way of making stronger concrete by utilizing coffee grounds, giving the roast a “double shot” at life and reducing waste going to landfills.
The RMIT University team developed the technique that makes concrete 30% stronger by adding waste coffee grounds after it is turned into biochar using their “low-energy process”.
Globally, 11 million tons of spent coffee is generated annually. Disposing of organic waste poses an environmental challenge because it emits large amounts of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane, which is 21 times worse than CO2 for the climate.
Furthermore, concrete used in construction projects around the world requires 50 billion tons of natural sand mined every year. Coffee biochar can replace a portion of that sand, which is a finite resource, explained research team leader Professor Jie Li."
Visitors to the Royal Academy of Arts will be confronted with two nude models - with the expectation they will pass between them to see an exhibition dedicated to the career of performance artist Marina Abramovic
#news #GoodNews #NudeNews #art
A huge search was launched after a two-year-old girl disappeared from her home in Michigan - she was eventually found safe three miles away alongside both family dogs.
#news #GoodNews #dogs
Three crocodiles saved a dog seeking refuge in a river - in a possible display of "emotional empathy".
A report published in the Journal of Threatened Taxa outlines how a young dog was observed being chased by a pack of feral dogs and entered the shallow waters of the Savitri River, in India's Maharashtra
#news #dogs #GoodNews #crocodiles
"Chris Oman and Rebecca MacDonald were tying the knot in Scotland—with photographer Michael Carver taking pictures.
Michael was packing up when his partner texted him to say that the Northern Lights could be seen over the venue at Bogbain Farm.
Moving at breakneck speed, he asked a guest to fetch the bride and groom in the middle of their wedding afterparty while he set up for what he knew could have been the chance of a lifetime.
“I know how quickly this can come and go so I shouted at some poor guy who was smoking outside to quickly run in and grab the bride and groom whilst I set up my camera,” Michael said."
“It may not be the beginning of the built environment, but it is the earliest time we have of people taking trees, taking charge of this material, and shaping something that has no precedent, that has no natural form to emulate. [...] It’s a real cultural imposition on the landscape.”
The #discovery expands our understanding of early human behavior, suggesting that advanced behaviors were more widespread than previously thought.
I was one of the backers of the #InsideTheBox kickstarters for #SubTerraII (and other things), whose failed promises are now being delivered by #NaylorGames through #GameFound.
I *think* I got an email about the package finally being delivered (it's from ZATU, which my understanding is the #boardgame distributor through which the pledge is being fulfilled).
This is #goodNews.
#GoodNews für den Schutz der Meere
80 Staaten, darunter Deutschland, unterzeichnen ein internationales Abkommen zur Schutz der Weltmeere.
Dieses UN-Meeresschutzabkommen bietet die Grundlage für die Ausweisung großes Schutzgebiete und legt Verfahren fest um z.B. wirtschaftliche Projekte auf ihre Umweltverträglichkeit zu prüfen.
"A team of Scandinavian researchers has recovered messenger and micro RNA from a Tasmanian tiger specimen kept in a museum collection.
It’s the first-ever collection of RNA from an extinct creature in history, an achievement long sought after in the study of extinct species and for other applications.
The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, was truly unique for an apex predator. This large predatory marsupial was king among Tasmanian forests which remain largely intact since its extinction 130 years ago.
For this reason, the potential resurrection of the thylacine has received a lot of attention, as it would immediately solve many problems facing the balance of the Tasmanian ecosystem without the complexities of trying to replace the apex predator role with a non-native animal."
"These unsung heroes teach us valuable lessons about resourcefulness, recycling, and the innate human spirit to make the most out of what others might consider worthless."
A chronicle of the historical significance of waste collectors across cultures, emphasizing their crucial role in early waste management, recycling, and their enduring impact on society.
Given steel is an irreplaceable foundation of our economy and its production causes huge emissions, this is positive to see.
Yes! Great to see this one go through.
“The EU will ban sweeping environmental claims such as “climate neutral” or “eco” by 2026 unless companies can prove the claim is accurate, as the bloc cracks down on greenwashing of consumer products.
The rules […] will also outlaw claims based on emissions offsetting — often used as the basis for assertions that products are carbon neutral.”
🧬 A new study provides a deeper understanding of the human body, which is foundational for many scientific and medical disciplines.
"We estimate 2 trillion lymphocytes in the human body which is four times higher than prior estimates and could prove important in lymphocyte-related health and disease, such as HIV or leukemia."
I love that he did this! Magic. (The photograher dashed back to the wedding to set up the shot.)
Grade II listed station due to reopen in Derbyshire on 28 October, the sole survivor of 16 that were originally part of a scheme developed by railway engineers George and Robert Stephenson.
"A strange creature was spotted in a trail cam scampering across the Matadero Creek near Palo Alto south of San Francisco.
Biologists were scratching their heads as they reviewed the footage. It was clearly a mammal, but there are only a certain number of mammals in the area.
“Finally, it hit me in the head,” Bill Leikam, president and co-founder of the Urban Wildlife Research Project, told SFGate. “Could that be a baby beaver?”
In the 21st century, the Bay Area has witnessed a number of mammalian returns and the Urban Wildlife Research Project has typically specialized in documenting the return of the gray fox, but breeding beavers haven’t been recorded in the Palo Alto area in 160 years."
"We belong to a living planetary system — a living, thriving cosmos — that is self-organizing and self-healing. Humans are not apart from nature; we are of nature. Regardless of humanity’s current condition, we are never truly separate or even solely individual; we are members of a radical, co-evolving whole."
From 19 Sep: Menstrual suppression effective, well-liked by transgender, gender-diverse adolescents - https://www.healio.com/news/womens-health-ob-gyn/20230914/menstrual-suppression-effective-wellliked-by-transgender-genderdiverse-adolescents #genderaffirmingcare #research #goodnews
Here’s some #GoodNews for a Monday morning. I turned over in bed at 4am and heard a cat meowing outside and, after leaping downstairs, it turned out to be Ajay who had been missing for 12 days. She seems well and uninjured, just a little thinner and very hungry. I can’t believe how much I missed her and am overjoyed she’s home. I can go back to not sleeping because she’s annoying me now, rather than not sleeping because I’m missing her!
Researchers at Rice University transformed waste plastics into hydrogen gas and valuable graphene. This eco-friendly method could reduce plastic pollution and offer a cleaner energy source for all.
"Finally, after four years of testing and developing, LEGO is selling braille bricks that use the bumps on their iconic bricks to teach the Braille alphabet—and these aren’t only for blind people.
Alongside the Braille bumps on each brick is printed the letters and numbers so that everyone can play while learning a new language, including the sighted. The new ‘Play with Braille’ set makes learning braille more fun and accessible to everyone.
LEGO Braille Bricks are moulded with the same number of studs used for individual letters and numbers in the Braille alphabet, while remaining fully compatible with every LEGO system.
“For blind and partially sighted children, and adults for that matter, it makes all the difference if they can share their journey of learning braille with the people they love the most,” said Martine Abel-Williamson, President, World Blind Union."
Prospect Hospice in Swindon is unveiling a 'river' of beautiful roses created from recycled aluminium. The funds made through the sale of the roses will help to care for terminally ill people.
"Straw is one of more than 200 tenants at Latch – which stands for Leeds Action to Create Homes. She was referred to the organisation after leaving an abusive relationship and now lives in a refurbished house in the city. She’s passionate about how it’s transformed her life.
The business model is simple: Latch buys derelict homes across Leeds, which it then renovates, furnishes, and rents at fair rates. The work is supported by a team of unemployed construction trainees, who are given on-the-job training to help them find work in the industry. Tenants, who are typically homeless or living in difficult circumstances, get access to a dedicated support worker.
Since its inception in 1989, the organisation has transformed more than 100 derelict properties into energy efficient homes, and helped almost 600 people make a new, positive start."
Here's something you rarely see: this piece about how Coco Gauff embodies #GenZ behavior is *holding her up as a positive example* to be emulated, praising her maturity(!) and poise as she advocates for what's right "with conviction and clarity".
More like this, please!
"On Scotland’s Isle of Arran, national archaeologists are abuzz that a new ‘cursus’ has been found that is proving to be the most complete and best-preserved monument of this kind ever found in Britain—greater even than Stonehenge.
A cursus is not a stone circle, but rather a massive earthwork, and this one found at a place called Drumadoon was built by Neolithic farmers around 3,500 BCE, and it stretches 0.6 miles.
These kinds of landscape monuments were given the name ‘cursus’ after the Latin word for ‘course,’ and in fact the cursus at Stonehenge was at one point believed to be an ancient chariot racing track."
#GoodNews: Das Sächsische Innenministerium hat festgestellt, dass automatisierte #Gesichtserkennung mit den Vorgaben des #Datenschutzes nicht zu vereinbaren sind. Der betreffende Paragraph im Sächsischen #Polizeigesetz wird nicht über den Dezember hinaus verlängert! https://www.lto.de/recht/nachrichten/n/sachsen-gesichtserkennung-kriminalitaet-grenze-polizei-straftaten/
“Thirty years ago, there was laughter all around. Electric vehicles? It will never be realistic; solar energy, never; wind power – a joke. And look where we are now. Everything has changed.”
1/2 I so often read in social media that #humanity cannot #change, that it is incurably bad. The impression may arise when one no longer looks at the efforts to do good in global catastrophes. France now not only has an internationally groundbreaking package of laws on #waste avoidance but this is also presented in an utterly positive light. Doing without #plastic is not an ascetic renunciation, but a liberation, a great trend: it makes you feel good. People change, if we help them. #goodNews
Scania are testing a lorry which is covered in solar panels. The panels should generate enough power to propel it 5,000 km in Sweden, but maybe as many as 10,000 km in Spain. And that number could increase as more efficient panels are used.
Mid Suffolk, England's first Green controlled district council, wants to become a member of UK100 climate network to help in their drive towards net zero carbon emissions and clean air.
Oil and Gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, granted during the Trump administration are to be cancelled. Thankfully the drilling never even began.
Mary Smail has installed 16 solar panels on her house despite it breaking planning laws. "If bad laws are not challenged then they never get changed and we can see that through things like the suffragettes and civil rights in America."
"The discovery of this ceramic water pipe network is remarkable because the people of Pingliangtai were able to build and maintain this advanced water management system with stone age tools and without the organization of a central power structure. This system would have required a significant level of community-wide planning and coordination, and it was all done communally."
"A clever graduate has used 80 discarded vape batteries to power his e-scooter—and to make a point about waste.
The 23-year-old Brit says disposable vape devices are marketed as expendable, but still have plenty of power—and people need to know that.
It didn’t cost any money to pick up 80 discarded vape batteries and he wired the lithium-ion batteries to a scooter purchased on eBay for $37 (£30).
Tobiasz Stanford from Wiltshire now uses the e-scooter everyday and calls it “very reliable”.
“It can go up any hill, has been used in rain, and has been driven through puddles. The only downfall is that it’s quite noisy but other than that the performance is crazy.”
“These vape batteries are very active still, yet they’re marketed as disposable. It needs to stop”
"A kindhearted couple who won £100,000 on the Euromillions is planning to spend their winnings on fostering children.
Already parents to three children, the couple in their 40s will now convert their garage into extra bedrooms to begin fostering kids in need, a dream they’ve always shared.
Kathleen Reece admits she’s often moaned in the past about her husband Mark playing the Euromillions every week, believing they weren’t lucky enough to ever win.
And she thought Mark was playing a practical joke on her when he asked her to check the winning ticket while he went out to get some milk in North Worcestershire, England."
Immer mehr Redaktionen setzen auf das Prinzip Hoffnung, um nicht nur über Negatives zu berichten. Wir selbst schreiben auch öfter lösungsorientiert. Unsere Kollegin Susanne Donner sieht solche Entwicklungen kritisch. Was haltet ihr von mehr #goodnews? https://www.riffreporter.de/de/gesellschaft/journalismus-optimismus
"Excavations had begun on two huge vertical shafts for a major upgrade of Auckland’s raw sewage pipeline when the groundworks crew came across something astonishing.
Piercing the threshold of an ancient shell bed filled with sea life, New Zealand paleontologist Bruce Hayward likened it to “finding gold right on your doorstep—a once-in-a-lifetime find.”
300,000 individual lifeforms from 266 species, fossilized 3 million years ago are offering the largest single insight into New Zealand native marine fauna in history, and a new paper released on the subsequent research has identified 10 new species."
Trans woman once turned away from salons starts beauty business to help others.
Jessica Hillis, from Upton, runs Obsidian Beauty, a mobile beauty salon covering Liverpool, Wirral and Chester, providing waxing, brow shaping, facials and spray tanning for transgender women in the privacy of their homes.
#news #GoodNews #TransNews
"A massive sacred rock is leaving downtown Lawrence Wednesday on a trip to its new home at the site of the Kaw Nation’s last village in Kansas near Council Grove.
This summer marks 150 years since the federal government forced the tribe’s last residents in Kansas from the state, sending them on a two-week journey to Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma.
The ceremony marked the return of a 28-ton red quartzite boulder to the Kaw people. Descendants of white settlers took the boulder nearly a century ago, placed it in Lawrence and turned it into a monument to the city’s founders.
Turn that Meme from you 90 degrees and get #peaceofmind again (the bar will always be in the same position 😉
Much of it is all about persopective.
Etwas ungeschickt, wenn man zur Bewertung des 49-Euro-Tickets eine Technik nutzt, die "erst bei Fahrten ab einer Distanz von 30 Kilometern verlässlich" ist. Denn #ÖPNV (also *Nah*verkehr) macht bestimmt großen Anteil aus.
"Irish conservationists report that the magnificent osprey has successfully bred in the wilds of the Emerald Isle for the first time in almost 250 years.
Worldwide, ospreys are doing great—listed as “Least Concern” by the IUCN who add they are increasing in population. However their massive brown and white wings have been absent from Irish skies for two centuries after being hunted to extinction.
The last recorded osprey to nest in Ireland was found in 1779 writes the Ireland-based conservation group Golden Eagle Trust on Facebook.
Visiting ospreys sometimes stop on the island to rest, but almost since the signing of the US Declaration of Independence, no pair has ever deemed it a safe environment to raise young."