Only Good News Thursday

What better way to start the day than with some uplifting news nuggets?


Sandy Farewell

A sand artist has revealed her own unique tribute to the Queen after creating a giant portrait depicting her majesty’s postage stamp on a beach. Claire Eason, 57, spent four hours painstakingly etching the amazing 65-foot image using a garden rake on Bamburgh beach in Northumberland, north east England. She said she chose the image of a first class stamp because it is one of the most recognizable of Queen Elizabeth.


Aussie Clean Energy

Solar is now regularly out-competing coal on the Australian grid in winter, and it's happening earlier every year. In the process, the country's coal power has been revealed as neither cheap nor reliable. Next big milestone should arrive in a few years, when wind and solar are producing 100 percent of grid demand at any one time, says Renew Economy.

 

Landmark Legislation

Australia’s parliament has passed its first climate change legislation in over a decade, enshrining CO2 reduction targets into law for the first time in it’s history. Read on...

 
Red panda
Symbol of Hope

Since Disney Pixar released the animated feature film Turning Red earlier this year, interest in red pandas has blossomed. This is excellent news for the species since they’re classed as endangered. Currently, fewer than 2,500 remain in the wild. Any attention and support that the species can garner are helpful in protecting and conserving these adorable mammals. Well, red panda fans have even more reason to celebrate - the Paradise Wildlife park in Hertfordshire UK has welcomed the birth of a real-life endangered red panda cub, and Little Red’s birth is considered a “symbol of hope” for the species’ survival.

 
Halfpace

It is a landing, certainly, but not just any landing. It refers to that small landing at the top of a flight of stairs where you have to turn and take another flight of stairs whether going up or down.

 
Autumnal leaves

Princeton

Princeton just announced it will cover tuition for students from families making less than $100,000. It was the first university to replace loans with grants, and now 25 percent of its undergraduates won’t pay anything to attend.


Reappearing in NY

New York’s waterways are the cleanest they’ve been in over a century and the animals are coming back, reports the Economist. Significant numbers of humpback, fin and right whales have started appearing along with bottlenose dolphins, spinner and hammerhead sharks, seals, blue crabs, seahorses, and oysters which vanished decades ago.


Cup of coffee
Not First Thing

While it may be tempting to drink coffee the moment you get out of bed, a study from the University of Bath in south west England, and published in the British Journal of Nutrition, suggests that may not be the best idea. Apparently, when you drink a strong coffee first thing in the morning, you impair the body’s glucose response. This limits your body’s ability to effectively tolerate sugar in breakfast and can affect overall metabolic and blood sugar control, especially if you slept badly the night before. In the study, those who drank coffee after having breakfast didn’t suffer from such blood sugar problems, suggesting it’s wiser for you to avoid drinking coffee before you eat.

 

Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water in the Morning

Even if your morning routine is already jam-packed, there's one really simple thing you might like to consider adding: drinking a cup of lemon water. Read on...

 
Quote of the Day

“We cannot solve problems with the kind of thinking we employed when we came up with them.” Albert Einstein

 
On this Day

Painting of Agustín de Iturbide

15 September 1821: Central American notables accepted a plan drafted by the Mexican caudillo Agustín de Iturbide that brought independence from Spain to Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

 
Step Count

Research has found that it's not just the amount of daily steps you take that matters, for multiple health benefits. Read on...


Battery Swapping

It's much faster and makes electric vehicles much cheaper. Is this the solution we've all been craving? Read on...

 
Mood Booster

Playing the impossible on guitar - pretty impressive stuff!