OGN Thursday

Today's round up of upbeat news snippets.

  • Astrophysicists attempting to detect the presence of low-frequency gravitational waves - the 'hum' of the universe - are on to something. Sadly, it's way too complicated for us mere mortals to understand. Suffice to say that they're suggesting it could change astronomy forever and be one of the biggest discoveries in the history of mankind. So, pretty high hopes!

  • Explaining 'mansplaining' with 17th century art: In her new hilarious coffee table book Men to Avoid in Art and Life, Nicole Tersigni illuminates the experience of women harassed by such men. She defines a mansplainer as a man (yes, it's always a man) who explains things in a condescending way to women, and their thoughts are always unsolicited. OGN picks some corkers!

  • Nitrogen oxides (NOx) are one of the biggest contributors to air pollution. The aviation industry is a major source of total NOx emissions. In a bid to reduce its negative impacts, the good news is that some clever boffins at MIT have engineered an innovative component that could eliminate 95 percent of an aircraft’s NOx emissions.

  • The “happiest place on earth” will soon bring immunity to California after the state announced that Disneyland will become a Covid-19 vaccination site.

  • Fatu and Nijan are the last two northern white rhinos left on the planet. They are both female and are a mother-daughter duo. The fate of the species now rests on assisted methods of reproduction. It's quite a challenge, but the teams are optimistic.

  • China: Guangzhou is the birthplace of the Silk Road on the Sea and has been the home of and inspiration for artists who have helped to define the world's concept of Chinese culture for thousands of years. And this gorgeous, inspiring new Guangzhou Theatre reflects this heritage brilliantly.

  • From Zoom to Netflix to emails, there's lots of easy little tweaks we can all make to minimise our impact on the planet.

  • The weather in Florida today will be partly cloudy and enjoy a high of 25C.

  • A collection of bright pink seesaws that allowed people to interact over the US-Mexico border has won the prestigious Design of the Year award, with its creators saying they hoped the work encourages people to build bridges between communities.

  • Message in a bottle: Conservationist on a remote Papua New Guinean island finds message from American girl thrown overboard more than 2,500km away, two years earlier.

  • Batteries capable of fully charging in five minutes have been produced in a factory for the first time, marking a significant step towards electric cars becoming as fast to charge as filling up petrol or diesel vehicles. Electric vehicles are a vital part of action to tackle the climate crisis but running out of charge during a journey is a worry for drivers. The new lithium-ion batteries were developed by the Israeli company StoreDot and manufactured by Eve Energy in China on standard production lines.

  • Blind man posts on Instagram: 'How incredible is this.⁠ Received this amazing surprise today... it’s an embroidered tactile version of our 12 week baby scan, so for the first time as a blind dad to be, I’m able to build a picture of our baby scan through touch.⁠ Can’t describe how amazing this is.⁠'

  • To everyone who’s struggling, remember it is only for the moment and we will get through this. Better days will surely come. Enjoy this beautiful, inspirational narrative from Robert Frost, the great American poet.

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