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OGN Thursday

Updated: Mar 16, 2021

Today's collection of short, uplifting news snippets.

  • It's good to hear that some retailers are weathering the literal and figurative storms sweeping America. Macy's says that its online sales rose 21% during the final quarter and generated almost half of its sales, blunting the sales drop at its physical stores. Macy's now says it can get to $10 billion in digital sales within three years, up from about $7.6 billion in 2020.

  • Netherlands removes street tiles for greener cities Healthy competition between Amsterdam and Rotterdam has universal benefits.

  • Maersk, the world’s largest container shipment carrier has announced that it will launch its first carbon-neutral ship in 2023, using e-methanol or bio-methanol as fuel. The liner is to join the fleet seven years ahead of the Danish company’s original date - as they hope to rapidly shape the future of marine container shipping into one that’s carbon-neutral.

  • Max the Miracle Dog Springer spaniel with a huge social media following becomes the first pet to be awarded what has been described as the animal equivalent of an OBE for “providing comfort and support to thousands of people worldwide”.

  • Donald Trump has appealed directly to Facebook's 'supreme court' Oversight Board in a bid to rejoin the platform but a decision on whether to permanently ban him is expected to take at least two months, says former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who is a co-chair of the 20-member Oversight Board.

  • Magnesium helps you sleep Magnesium is not only great for essential bodily functions like protein synthesis and muscle regeneration. It also promotes better sleep!

  • Observant space sleuths spotted NASA's hidden message on the inside of the parachute that landed Perseverance on Mars - it says 'Dare Mighty Things' in binary. The code was written into the lining, made from a custom material crafted in Devon, and kept secret until it was deployed on 18 February. Nobody outside a core group within NASA knew about the message until it was 'unveiled' when the agency shared images and a video showing the 'seven minutes of terror' landing, including a view of the inside of the parachute.

  • Liberté, égalité, reparabilité In a world-first, France has introduced a repairability index to help combat planned obsolescence, the intentional creation of products with a finite life-span that need to be replaced frequently, and transition to a more circular economy where waste is minimized.

  • It's good to see that Big Pharma are clubbing together to help each other out (and us!) in the race to manufacture covid vaccines. Sanofi has agreed to help make the vaccine developed by Pfizer at its Frankfurt production line and has also agreed to make a plant in France available to Johnson & Johnson for making about 12 million doses a month of that company’s covid shot, assuming it gains regulatory clearance.

  • Humpback whale leaps out of nowhere on sightseeing trip. Wait for it... wait for it....

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