Wednesday's collection of positive news.
Fifty years ago, the Rolling Stones would hardly have seemed likely candidates to still be performing in the 21st century, let alone with such vigour, yet last week the band announced that they would resume their unfinished No Filter tour this year - despite a combined age of 308. Of all the great unsolved mysteries in medicine, it is surely the most puzzling.
A group of resourceful high school students in Maryland were given the challenge of inventing a way for a father, in his wheel-chair, to go for walks with his newborn child. They designed a wheelchair-stroller hybrid that does the job perfectly and the happy dad is now able to safely take his son out for walks.
The Denver police department and Advance Auto Parts have joined forces to serve the community and help keep motorists safe in the Mile High City. So, when the police pull over a motorist for, say, a defective tail light, they'll have the option to give a $25 gift card to help the motorist get it fixed.
Mercedes says that it’ll offer battery electric vehicle versions of all its models across every segment by 2022, and by 2025 all of its brand new architectures will be electric only. To facilitate the transition, Mercedes will be spending a staggering €40 billion EUR (approx. $47 billion USD) between 2022 and 2030 to reach its fully electric targets. “The EV shift is picking up speed - especially in the luxury segment, where Mercedes-Benz belongs. The tipping point is getting closer and we will be ready as markets switch to electric-only by the end of this decade,” said CEO Ola Källenius.
Brittany Peck’s biological father, Todd Bachman, surprised everyone at her wedding with a beautiful gesture none of their guests will ever forget. Bachman stopped Brittany’s wedding ceremony to invite her stepfather, Todd Cendrosky, to join them on the walk down the aisle. “What better way to thank somebody than to assist me walking our daughter down the aisle?” Bachman commented.
Scientists believe there may be alien life under the icy exterior of Jupiter's moon. So, NASA has just given SpaceX $178m to launch the Europa mission to visit the planet and check out the theory. NASA had originally planned to do the trip itself at an estimated cost of $2 billion but, in good news for the space agency, if somebody else is prepared to do it for $1.8 billion less, you're likely to let them try.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, a Florida man startled beachgoers when he washed ashore inside a hybrid bubble-running wheel device. He had been trying to 'walk' to New York. Reza Baluchi told the coast guard he was headed 1,000 miles north in a running wheel contraption but ended up 30 miles south. He also said: “I will show people anything you want to do, do it. Don’t listen to anyone. Chase your dreams.”
Dive in Deeper
American scientist: Eunice Foote discovered that CO2 absorbs heat, and theorized that if Earth’s air filled with more, the temperature would rise. In 1856!...
Medieval art: Canterbury Cathedral’s stained glass windows are the oldest in Britain, scientists discover. Dating from 1130. New art...
Brutally honest: Woman builds hilarious website to try to find a foster dog a forever home. Hellion...
Today's mood boosting nature video: The Bowerbird puts on a show to impress his intended mate, but will it be good enough?