Today's Good News

Updated: Sep 15

A global round up of good news nuggets to get the week off to a positive start.

  • Cyprus launches a sculpture museum set within a marine protected area about 200m from Pernera beach and in water between 8m to 10m deep, so it's accessible to snorkellers, scuba divers and free divers. The 93 artworks, particularly those that represent trees, are designed to attract marine life and will develop organically. Some of the tree forms float just below the surface, creating a suitable substrate for marine life at all levels.

  • Back on land, in the not too distant future, Americans may need to prove to their car that they’re sober before they’re allowed to take the wheel. Buried on page 1,066 of the newest version of the infrastructure bill is a provision that says every new car built from 2027 onwards would need to include some sort of monitoring system to catch anyone trying to drive with alcohol in their system.

  • Conservationists have confirmed that pine martens have returned to southern England. The animals were once widespread in the UK but their numbers plummeted in the 20th century due to habitat loss and hunting. Ecologists now say there's a viable population flourishing in the New Forest. Leanne Sargeant, senior ecologist at Forestry England, said: “It is not often that we are able to talk about wildlife returning to landscapes and re-establishing their populations, so this is a really fascinating development.”

  • Astronomers are celebrating a Champagne moment as a supernova has been captured in detail for the first time: The earliest moments of a supernova – the cataclysmic explosion of a massive star – have been observed in unprecedented detail, in a development researchers say could help us better understand what happens to stars when they die. The lead author of the study said the supernova, called SN2017jgh, was more than one billion light years away from Earth. “The light we were seeing had actually left that star a billion years ago.”

  • Apparently 60 is the body satisfaction sweet spot. A new study shows men and women are happiest with their looks in their seventh decade and beyond. Clearly that includes Helen Mirren, who flies the flag for 60 somethings everywhere. And, if that includes you, we salute you.

  • The world’s largest arts festival has, understandably, returned on a much smaller scale after a year of lockdown. But there’s still plenty to see in Edinburgh until 14 August. If you fancy a cultural outing, click here for inspiration.

  • This image, provided by the U.S. Postal Service, shows the new Raven Story postage stamp created by Rico Worl. Alaska Native artist Rico Worl says he was excited for the chance to create a stamp that he hopes will be a gateway for people to learn about his Tlingit culture.

  • In the race to zero emissions Biden sets goal for 50 percent of new US vehicles to be electric by 2030. The President has outlined a plan to tackle the climate crisis by cutting emissions and tightening pollution standards for cars and trucks.

  • DHL Express has ordered 12 electric cargo aircraft from start-up Eviation for delivery in 2024 and plans to build the world's first electric air cargo network. DHL Express said in a statement that it was the first company in the world to order 'Alice' aircraft from Eviation (often described as the Tesla of aircraft), adding it planned to establish the first electric air freight network in a step towards sustainable aviation.

  • When it rains it pours. Such is the case with the planet Venus, a fascinating planet that may have had liquid water 700 million years ago. The celestial body has not had any probe visits since 2015 and it's about to get two within 33 hours of each other. "Solar Orbiter and BepiColombo are set to make space history with two Venus flybys just 33 hours apart today and tomorrow," writes an ESA statement.

  • In case you missed it: 13 year old Sky Brown became the youngest person to earn a medal for Great Britain when she scored the bronze in the women's park skateboarding finals. Brown's Olympic dominance wasn't a sure thing - just over a year earlier, she fractured her skull and broke her wrist in a devastating fall. Not that you could tell by her flawless kickflip indy in Tokyo. The teen glided around the concrete with the focused ease of a seasoned skater, but once she saw her score, she broke into a gleeful smile and squeezed her competitors tightly. "Skateboarding is one big family," she said, and if sportsmanship was a competition, she'd win gold.

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