OGN Thursday

Today's collection of bite sized chunks of good news.

  • A disaster was averted when at least 120 short-finned pilot whales came ashore in Sri Lanka and wound up being stranded. It was the biggest mass stranding in the country’s history, but fortunately, Sri Lanka’s navy and local volunteers were able to save all but four of the pilot whales. The rescue teams worked day and night, managing to push most of the whales back into the sea. That’s no easy task. Pilot whales can grow up to six metres (20ft) and weigh more than 1 ton. Luckily, a local water sports club provided the rescuers with jet skis to help pull the whales back into the ocean.

  • Greek island to become electric utopia: Volkswagen and Greece have agreed to replace internal-combustion-powered vehicles with EVs on the island of Astypalea to create a "smart green island."

  • Rising white shark populations off California signals ‘a healthy ecosystem’, with triple the number of last year.

  • Potential breakthrough on stopping the virus: a nasal spray may be just what we need to end Covid-19. There's been very positive news recently about vaccines, so it would be great if we had another option in our medical armoury that actually stops the virus spreading in the first place.

  • With 5G, movie download times will decrease from 7 minutes to just 6 seconds. But most of us haven't got 5G yet. So you may be surprised to learn that China has just sent the world's first 6G satellite into orbit.

  • $10 billion Earth Fund: At the beginning of the year, Jeff Bezos posted a picture of the Earth on Instagram and said "I’m thrilled to announce I am launching the Bezos Earth Fund.⁣⁣⁣" He's about to start investing his money in several environmental causes.

  • OGN thinks you might enjoy this incredible 30 second video of a beautiful and strangely relaxing Starling murmuration.

  • US tech giants have agreed to a series of UK government measures to tackle vaccine misinformation on their platforms. In a virtual roundtable with government ministers, Facebook, Twitter and Google said they would commit in-principle to the idea that no company should "profit from or promote" Covid-19 anti-vaccine disinformation. The platforms also pledged to respond more quickly to content that was flagged and promote scientifically accurate messages.

  • While most of America was paying attention to the messy madness surrounding the presidential elections, environmentalists in Colorado were quietly celebrating a little victory: the passing of Proposition 114, which tasks Colorado Parks and Wildlife with crafting a plan to reintroduce gray wolves to the state by 2023.

  • This week, Virgin's Hyperloop One in the Nevada desert made transportation history as the first passengers travelled safely on a hyperloop. A key safety test for technology it hopes will transform human and cargo transportation - and get rid of the environmental harm linked with traditional fossil-fuel machines.

  • Bentley Motors' model line-up will include only plug-in hybrids and electric cars by 2026 and will be fully electric by 2030, the British luxury carmaker has announced, as the auto industry adapts to tighter emissions limits in Europe and China.

  • With your TV consumption likely to be up during these constrained times, you're going to need pop corn. How about trying salt and vinegar popcorn? It's a classic British flavour that's been tried and tested at OGN Towers. A perfect fibre-packed healthy snack that you won't be able to stop eating!

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