OGN Saturday

Updated: Jul 25, 2020

Collection of good news snippets to kick start the weekend.


  • Brides across America begin donating wedding dresses to support the marriages of frontline healthcare workers.

  • Australia: Researchers at Monash University in Melbourne have devised a test that can determine coronavirus infection in about 20 minutes using blood samples in what they say is a world-first breakthrough.

  • Trials of potential Covid-19 vaccines have raised hopes of an effective treatment. Early results from two US trials, run by the biotech company Moderna and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, indicate that both their vaccines produce a good immune response in volunteers. Also, scientists behind the University of Oxford’s potential Covid-19 vaccine have reported “the right sort of immune response” in their trial.

  • Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said he was "cautiously optimistic" that a vaccine for COVID-19 could be available by the end of the year.

  • If you live in an urban area, car horns, sirens, and drills are part of your local (and probably unwelcome) 'soundscape', but a new window-mounted device could create peacefully quiet city living. A bit like noise cancelling headphones for your house.

  • Captain Tom Moore, who raised £32m and the nation's spirits, knighted by Queen in unique ceremony.

  • Fancy a change of view? WindowSwap has live cams dotted around the world looking out of other people's windows. Fun escapism!

  • Boris Johnson has been channelling his inner Santa by giving Brits the prospect of normality by Christmas.

  • Carbon emission tracking in real time is coming soon - harnessing a combination of artificial intelligence, satellite image processing and machine learning to trace all carbon emissions direct to their source. No country, therefore, will be able to pretend they're achieving targets when actually they're not.

  • Trillions of microfibers could be prevented from entering the oceans every week thanks to a new washing machine filter, according to scientists at the University of Plymouth. Their research said a product called XFiltra captured around 80 per cent of microfibers. Previous research found that up to 700,000 microfibres can be flushed into the drain from a single load of synthetic clothing.

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