Collection of uplifting news snippets to perk up the day.
France: Marine parks have been banned from breeding and importing dolphins and killer whales, as part of new animal welfare laws.
Latitude for Attitude: How to survive a winter lockdown? The short answer: think like a Norwegian. Studies show people living in the Arctic Circle have a mental attitude that helps combat the long ‘polar night’. It might be useful for us all…
To err is human, it is said, to forgive divine. And soon that noblest of human qualities will be available in emoji form, following a global effort to find the most appropriate icon.
No Need to Worry, says Indian Guru: If you're finding it tricky to sleep at night because you're worrying about life, watch this one minute video and make your worries disappear.
They are among the most frequently washed-up items on our beaches, but plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds were this week banned in England as part of a crackdown on single-use plastic.
Art Depot in a Bowl: Construction has just been completed of the architecturally stunning Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam; becoming the first publicly accessible art depot in the world, offering a "new type of experience" for museum-goers in the Netherlands.
First Wooden Supercar: It's curious how people can be passionate about the most extraordinary things.
Dramatic plunge in London air pollution from 2016 to 2019 courtesy of measures like charges to deter dirty vehicles from entering the city centre, putting low-emission buses on the dirtiest routes, and ending the licensing of new diesel taxis. A report from Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, shows that more than 2 million people in the capital lived with polluted air in 2016, but this fell to 119,000 in 2019. Khan says "there's still much to do."
Nebraska: Deanna Adams told her sister and bridesmaid Christina that there would be no dress code requirements for her upcoming wedding. "My sister, knowing that I'm not a big fan of wearing formal dresses and that I probably wouldn't have a lot of money to buy something really nice, reassured me by letting me know that I could pick out any outfit that I choose," Christina said. Eventually, however, the bridesmaid’s imagination ran wild and she thought that since she will have to spend money anyway, why not buy a dinosaur costume?