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OGN Thursday

Today's collection of positive news to brighten the day.

  • Peru’s best-known tourist site, Machu Picchu, has opened after months of closure, but for just a single visitor - a Japanese man stranded in the country by lockdown. Originally, he had only planned to spend three days in the area, but with flights cancelled, it ended up being 7 months. Most visitors to Machu Pichu will tell you it's totally awe inspiring - but a pity there are so many other tourists. The good news for this particular tourist (in the end) is that he got to experience the citadel completely, and uniquely, on his own.

  • Autonomous Vehicles Have Arrived: You may not have heard, but the fully self driving vehicle is now a reality in Arizona.

  • California: Here's a perfect example of how you don't have to be an adult to help others. Alex is only seven, but saved $1 from his allowance each week until he could donate $60 to the Yolo Food Bank, "for people who are hungry."

  • Did you know that Queen Victoria had a Black Goddaughter? A new painting of the Queen's African goddaughter has gone on display as English Heritage said it would feature portraits of "overlooked" black figures connected with its sites.

  • What are you up to this weekend? Why not sign up signed up for The Telegraph's weekend of virtual cooking and cocktail masterclasses? It takes place on 17-18 October, and includes sessions from Bake Off's Kim Joy, Yotam Ottolenghi and Diana Henry among others.

  • Got Any Valuable Vinyl? If you were around in the era before CDs, you may have a box or two of old vinyl records in the attic. One or more of them may just be worth a fortune. Wouldn't that be good news?

  • It's long been known that exercise helps with both physical and mental health. It's also the rationale behind the organisation Walking For Health, which is good news for those living in the UK as it suggests local walks across the country. For inspiration, just type in your post code.

  • What's Brown and Soggy and Fights Climate Change? Peatlands! Remarkably, they contain roughly twice as much captured carbon as the world’s forests - so are extremely important in the battle to achieve climate change targets.

  • Diamonds made of CO2 sucked from the air: On the rooftop of a power-generating waste incineration plant in Switzerland, a row of large machines pulls carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Some of that CO2 then goes to a production facility in Chicago, where a startup called Aether is turning it into something new: the world’s first carbon-negative diamonds.

  • Indian Michelin-star chef Vikas Khanna is up late most nights connecting with colleagues in India from his home in Manhattan. He has been working across continents and time zones since April to organize what's now one of the world's largest food drives. So far, his 'Feed India' initiative has fed around 50 million Indians struggling to provide for their families.

  • Shanghai: Scientist creates new 'cooling' fabric. That's good news as clothes that conduct heat away from body could help combat climate change by cutting greenhouse gases caused by air-conditioning which, in the UK, accounts for around 10 per cent of electricity consumption. In America, it's around 17 per cent.

  • Ever seen a seagull laugh? You need to watch this 9 second video:

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