OGN Monday

Updated: 7 days ago

Selection of good news snippets to ensure the week gets off to a bright start.

  • The stunning beauty of one of nature’s most spectacular events has been captured in a series of 25 spell-binding images - they're the judge's selection of the best pictures submitted in this year's Northern Lights Photographer of the Year. Take a look.

  • Tennessee-based pharmaceutical company, AvKARE, recalled hundreds of bottles of medication following a mix up during the bottling process between two drugs. One is for erectile dysfunction, the other is an antidepressant. Oops!

  • First ever coral reef map of the Caribbean: That's great news because a better understanding of the reefs’ location will help governments monitor, protect, and expand these vital ecosystems.

  • Toyota to unveil an electric vehicle with a new solid-state battery by 2021 and it looks like it will be a game-changer. It promises a 310 miles (500 km) range in a single charge and a rather rapid recharge from zero to full in 10 minutes.

  • The chances of the AstraZeneca / Oxford University vaccine being rolled out by the end of this year are "pretty high", according to Professor Sarah Gilbert, the lead researcher of the jab.

  • London's Fortnum & Mason is running out of Christmas hampers after being hit by unprecedented demand from shoppers sending upmarket presents to loved ones they cannot see because of Covid restrictions. It claims to be the “home of the hamper” with the most expensive wickerwork boxes costing £6,000. Better be quick!

  • UK supermarkets are removing millions of pieces of single-use plastic from their festive range, in a sign that retailers are taking waste more seriously.

  • More than 50 of the world’s leading cities are on track to help keep global heating below 1.5C and tackle the worst impacts of the climate crisis, according to a new report.

  • There's a rumour going round that Prince Charles has been in touch with Netflix to find out if his brother, Prince Andrew, is going to prison.

  • In some rare good news from the top of the world, bowhead whale populations have rebounded and are nearing pre-commercial whaling numbers in US waters. Surprisingly, the whales’ recovery has actually accelerated as the Arctic warms, according to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration. “This is really one of the great conservation successes of the last century,” said J Craig George, a retired biologist with the North Slope borough department of wildlife management.

  • Who would've guessed that wolves don't like heavy-metal music? While walking home from the bus stop this week, a 13 year old Norwegian school boy stumbled upon four wolves. In the end, it may have been his love of heavy-metal that saved his life.

  • England: Following the announcement that the Nottingham's long-lambasted Broadmarsh shopping centre would be demolished, the Wildlife Trust presented its plans to rewild the retail wasteland as part of a wider proposal to link the city with Sherwood Forest, home to the fabled Robin Hood. “Transforming the Broadmarsh into a natural greenspace would bring people together and start putting the city’s nature into recovery at a time when natural greenspace has never been more valued or needed,” said the trust’s CEO, Paul Wilkinson, who described the plans as a “once in a generation opportunity to carve out a green future for the city centre”. What a great idea!

  • World no.1 Dustin Johnson showing off some amazing golf tricks:


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