OGN Sunday

Plenty of positive news snippets to ensure it's a sunny Sunday.

  • NASA created this new Woman on the Moon logo for the Artemis programme because, in 2024, more than half a century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, NASA is planning to send humans back to the lunar surface, including a female astronaut. But unlike the Apollo 11 launch in the late '60s, when NASA sends a woman to the moon, women will help get her there. And leading the way will be Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, NASA's first female launch director and the woman responsible for launching Artemis to the moon. 

  • Is Local and Diverse Better than Networked and Global? Helena Norberg-Hodge has been arguing for localism since the 1970s, but the pandemic is making the Australian activist-scholar’s ideas more relevant than ever.

  • Do you love Terry’s Chocolate Orange? How much, though? If you’re obsessed with the stuff, the good news is that you can now stay in this Club Med chocolate orange-themed hotel room in the French Alps. Ski by day, eat chocolate orange by night - sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

  • Supersonic Flight Coming Soon: A company called Boom is using modern technology to develop a supersonic jet that could finally bring affordable and sustainable flight, faster than the speed of sound, to the masses - and cutting journey times in half.

  • Fabulous news for bees and the environment as Europe’s top court upholds French ban on bee-harming pesticides.

  • How do you find equanimity when the news is overwhelming? Here are four suggestions from Psychology Today.

  • The EU has announced sanctions against members of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, including the head of Russia’s domestic spy agency, over the poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

  • How Europe Engineered its e-Bike Growth: Millions of Europeans now commute by e-bike, a mobility revolution carefully cultivated by governments and employers.

  • Good news for Crocs as sales bounce back after 'comfy becomes new norm'. Searches for Crocs increased by 32% month on month, according to the fashion search engine Lyst, which called them the “It shoe” of the season. Who'd have thought it?

  • Some plaques mysteriously appeared on benches in a park in Calgary, Canada, which were swiftly removed. However, due to their amusing content and professional appearance, residents spoke out in favour of them and now they've been returned. This very friendly Canadian version of graffiti included messages such as:

  • “Nothing of note happened here - or at least that is what they want you to believe”

  • "This bench marks the furthest west that Christopher Columbus ever travelled, September 1494"

  • "This bench marks the site of the first confirmed UFO landing in Calgary, 1963"

  • “Benjy, the first hamster to fly solo around the world, took off from this spot in April 1937”

As the Canadians say: Have a great day!