OGN Saturday

Kicking off the weekend with a collection of good news nuggets.

  • Had some coffee? Ready to have your mind boggled? The snappily named NGC 2336 is the quintessential galaxy - big and beautiful - and it is captured here by the Hubble Space Telescope. Any idea how many miles constitutes a light year? Well, it's 6 trillion miles. The spiral galaxy pictured stretches an immense 200,000 light-years across and is located approximately 100 million light years away. It was discovered in 1876 by German astronomer Wilhelm Tempel, using a 28 centimeter telescope. We're very fortunate, as this Hubble image is so much better than the view Tempel would have had!

  • For many living on the 29,500 square miles of the Navajo Nation land in New Mexico, riding a bicycle is a way of life, yet there isn’t a single bicycle repair shop in the area. But now Silver Stallion Bicycle Works is traveling across tribal territorry to do free bike repair for the Navajo Nation as a form of COVID-19 relief - with the help of a grant to help cover expenses from the New Mexico Economic Development Department.

  • Adventurer sets astonishing record: British explorer has become first person to visit Earth's four furthest extremes.

  • Countdown to beer: British readers may like to install onewayroadtobeer on electronic devices and take advantage of its countdown to when, where, and with how many you can enjoy a drink with friend(s).

  • The movement to make electronic goods easier to repair (rather than just be thrown away) scored a victory this week, thanks to a new law that came into effect in the EU. Makers of washing machines, TVs and other electronic goods must ensure their products can be easily disassembled for repair. They also have to make spare parts available for at least seven years after models are discontinued.

  • Copenhagen's Parkipelago: The world's cleanest city comes up with another lovely idea that should be ready in time for summer.

  • On the slopes of Hot Springs Mountain in the town of Hot Springs Arkansas, the first-ever piece of United States land was protected forever - 40 years before Yellowstone became the first national park. Hot Springs celebrates its 100th birthday today.

  • A bill to outlaw chokeholds and other controversial US police tactics passed through the House of Representatives last week. As well as banning chokeholds, if passed by the Senate, the ‘George Floyd bill’ would create a national standard for policing and end ‘qualified immunity’ for law enforcement.

  • Titian's Touch: A painting of The Last Supper that has hung on a church wall in Ledbury, England, since the turn of the last century had been assumed to be 19th century copy of Leonardo's famous work. Until an expert took a closer look.

  • The tallest tree in Wales got damaged by a storm and was supposed to be cut down, instead chainsaw artist Simon O'Rourke found a better solution to symbolise the tree's last attempt to reach the sky.

  • To be ‘as mad as a March hare’ is an old English idiom that describes being in a state of excitement. There was certainly excitement among animal welfare campaigners this week, after Scotland declared the proverbial hare a protected species.

  • Most read stories last week: OGN appreciates that few of our readers have the opportunity to read us 'cover to cover' every day, so you may like to catch up on last week's 5 most clicked articles (excluding the good news snippets which always come out on top).

  • Australian conservationists have unveiled plans to build the world's first refuge for the platypus, to promote breeding and rehabilitation. Unlike other famous Australian animals such as the koala or kangaroo, the beaver-like platypus is rarely seen in the wild due to its reclusive nature and highly specific habitat needs.

  • For 53 years, Justo Gallego has been building a cathedral by hand on the outskirts of Madrid almost entirely by himself. Gallego has no formal architecture or construction training, but that hasn't stopped him from toiling on this herculean task. At 90 years old, Gallego knows that he will not be able to finish the project in his lifetime. But he keeps at it anyway, day after day, driven by his faith.