OGN Wednesday

Updated: Jul 13, 2020

Reasons to be cheerful: round up of mid-week good news snippets.


  • When Boris Johnson announced plans for ‘super Saturday’ two weeks ago, he said he was looking forward to a haircut. Really?

  • Vermont has long been recognised as one of the greenest states in the US, and has already passed into law the country's most comprehensive ban on single-use plastics, setting a commendable standard for other states to follow. Now it's turned its attention to food waste.

  • US: In good news for common sense, 57 former government scientists and public health officials of both parties called on Monday for a science-based approach to the coronavirus pandemic and criticised the Trump administration for marginalizing science and expertise in its response. Meanwhile, this Randy Rainbow video takes a parody swipe at Trump.

  • Ohio deputy Todd Hart made personal visits to all 317 graduating seniors at his school who missed out on the rituals of prom and graduation.

  • Researchers are discovering that magnetic fields permeate much of the cosmos. If these fields date back to the Big Bang, it might help resolve a conundrum known as the Hubble tension - probably the hottest topic in cosmology.

  • Pittsburgh: The dream of availability of plentiful organ transplants moves closer to reality as scientists grow tiny working livers from skin cells.

  • Norway: Oslo city centre to be free from private vehicles before end of this year. To help it achieve this goal, the authorities are closing more roads, constructing new bike lanes and offering grants to help people invest in cargo bikes.

  • America has been blindsided by revelations from former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s new book which allege, for the first time, that President Donald Trump, guardian of all that is right and moral, could be corrupt and is unfit to be president.

  • Google, Twitter, Microsoft and Zoom refuse to comply with China's data requests in Hong Kong.

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