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OGN Thursday

Bundle of bite sized news items to brighten the day.

  • Only a handful of sectors have bucked the coronavirus downturn, and now it seems comics and gaming have joined the list. Geek Retreat - which specialises in "all things geeky" - says it will open another 100 stores over the next two years. That's great news for the High Street!

  • A Dutch inventor is cleaning the world's most polluted rivers in an effort to save the oceans. This is one of the most inspiring individual efforts to deliver a practical solution to help save the planet that OGN has had the pleasure of encountering.

  • Solar is now the 'cheapest electricity in history', says the International Energy Agency. The extra good news is that this will further accelerate the end of coal.

  • Elderly Chasing Cycling Glory: Using special static bikes and videos, care home residents are coming out of retirement to compete for cycling medals, ‘travelling’ to places old and new without leaving their chair. Brilliant!

  • Human Genome Project: There are now only 23 chromosomes left to be mapped and scientists plan to finish the project in the next few months. This new information about human DNA could hold vital details about human genetics and biology, specifically surrounding disease. Knowing more about the most basic unit of our genetic makeup could provide a more complete picture of who we are as humans and how our species came to be.

  • Car-free days and restrictions in city centre driving are nothing new but cities are looking beyond simple traffic bans to more fundamental redevelopment. They are also introducing ideas that challenge decades of orthodoxy in urban planning and design. Here's a round up of what's going on around the world to prioritise people and planet over cars.

  • Astronomers have identified the most ideal place on earth for a telescope. Sadly, it might be hard for most of us to get to it. The place in question is an ice dome on a plateau in eastern Antarctica called Dome Argus. It sits at an altitude of over 4,000m and is recognized as one of the world’s coldest places, giving it an extremely thin atmosphere that won’t interfere with visibility. And, of course, there's no light pollution.

  • Coral reefs are having a tough time, due to warming oceans. Conservationists are worried about how to save them, but a creative new solution might come as music to their ears.

  • Scientists studying cold water swimmers say changes in their brains during a dip offer hope for a dementia treatment.

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