Only Good News Friday

Updated: Sep 15

TGI Friday! Wrapping up the week with a bundle of good news nuggets...


  • Scientists have discovered a new species of four-legged whale that lived around 43 million years ago. A partial fossil of the creature was discovered in Egypt’s West Desert and named Phiomicetus anubis because of its skull’s resemblance to that of the ancient jakal-headed god of death Anubis. The discovery is critical to helping scientists understand whales’ transition from land to sea, researchers say. Like hippos, whales evolved from four-legged hoofed animals that lived on earth around 50 million years ago.

  • The Climate Change Museum, Governors Island, New York, is the first in the U.S. to dedicate itself to the climate crisis - and everything is available online, free of charge. It features art, culture, campaigning, and information about climate change, issues, and solutions that all try to generate discussion and awareness about how we can take action. Meanwhile, if you're in Australia, The Australian Museum’s Spark in Sydney - also online - highlights inventions and innovative solutions to the climate crisis, such as tritium fast-charging batteries, hydrogen-powered barbecues, seaweed farms, and solar gardens.

  • Good news from the Royal Horticultural Society, where scientists have found that certain types of hedge are "superplants" which absorb 20 per cent more air pollution than their counterparts. In just seven days, one metre of dense hedge of cotoneaster franchetti will mop up the same amount of pollution that a car emits over a 500-mile drive.

  • Shell has said it will double the number of electric car charging points in the UK over the next three years. The FTSE 100 energy company has set out an “ambition” to have a network of 50,000 on-street charge-points by 2024 via its subsidiary Ubitricity. That is more than the UK's entire current network of 43,922 public charging connectors in just over 16,000 locations, including on-street and forecourt chargers.

  • Scientists in Australia have developed a bandage that glows if the wound under wraps has become infected. This means that wounds that do not develop infections will heal faster, as removing bandages to check for infections delays healing.

  • Raise a glass to these brave, dedicated nurses: As Hurricane Ida swept through Louisiana, the nurses inside the NICU at Ochsner Health Hospital in New Orleans volunteered to stay through the night with the babies who desperately needed them. "I am so proud," said nurse Paula Jean Simon. "My team pulls together, doesn't matter what's happening, they're going to make sure the babies are taken care of."

  • Fun Fact: People who live in Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya Hill, Australia, need a little patience when it comes to learning to spell their hometown's name. But you know what? So do the folks from Lake Chargoggagoggman-chauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in Massachusetts and Tweebuffelsmeteen-skootmorsdoodgeskietfontein, South Africa. None of them have quite as much work to do when jotting down their address as those who live in Taumatawhakatangihanga-koauauotamateaturipukakapikimaung-ahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, New Zealand, though. At 85 letters long, this is the longest place name in the world.

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Big Wave Canoe Surfing

Wow! This looks like a lot of fun. And you don't even need to be able to stand up. Hawaii 5-0 was nothing like this!