OGN Sunday

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

Selection of positive news snippets to brighten the day.

  • An innovative conservation solution is being used in the fight to save the Hainan gibbons in China, which are considered Earth’s rarest primate species. Rope bridges that connect distant tree canopies were installed a few months ago. Now, the gibbons are starting to use them. The bridges have potential to help save these species from extinction as they allow for the monkeys to travel across fractured forest habitat.

  • How much do you think Google pays Apple each year to give it prime placement? This deal, and plenty more like it, are the crux of the US Department of Justice's anti-trust case against Google.

  • Good things come to those who wait? Guinness goes non-alcoholic with a new version, called 0.0. It will be launched in the UK tomorrow in off-licences and supermarkets, as the brewer seeks to broaden its appeal among increasingly health-conscious consumers. If you want to relive Guinness' incredible, award winning advert from 1998 (remember, the one with horses and surfers?), here's the link

  • According to Airbus, zero-emission large passenger aircraft powered by hydrogen will be technically feasible in five years.

  • New Jersey passes bill to restrict chemical linked to bee die-off, joining several other states who have already done so. This follows more good news from New Jersey: it's implementing the strongest ban on single-use plastics in nation.

  • Funny restaurant signs: During recent months El Arroyo in Austin, Texas has turned its comic attention to the ghastly virus that's been causing so much trouble. As they say, it's good to laugh!

  • Act of kindness: 9 year old boy was riding an old bike with knackered brakes, and dented someone's car. A few days later the car owner surprised the child with a new bike.

  • Scientists in the Netherlands are using Artificial Intelligence and motion sensors to combat wildlife poaching. Anything that can help stop this needless slaughter is very good news!

  • Allbirds launched its sustainable shoes made from ethical wool farmed in New Zealand back in 2016. Now, the company is launching a new sustainable clothing line made from the discarded shells of marine life. The new material, called XO, uses the versatile biopolymer component of marine shells, called chitosan, to create their biodegradable, nontoxic, antimicrobial clothing. Chitosan is the second most abundant biopolymer on Earth.

  • In 2019, the U.S. produced over 30 times more solar power and more than triple the amount of wind energy than it did in 2010, according to a new report from Environment America Research & Policy Center. And the numbers are continuing to get even better.

  • Researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, have developed the “Gennaris bionic vision system”, which could potentially help fully blind people to see. The groundbreaking technology has been in development for almost a decade.⁠ To use the device, a user will have to wear custom-made headgear, equipped with a camera and a wireless transmitter. A set of 9mm tiles need to be implanted into the brain to receive signals from the headgear.⁠ The system bypasses the damaged optic nerves and allows signals to be transmitted from the retina straight to the vision center of the brain.⁠