Celebrating the end of the week with a global round up of positive news nuggets.
How Cool is That?!
A mountaineer once told he would never walk again unaided after shattering both his heels has scaled Mount Everest for a record-breaking 16th time, the highest number by a non-Sherpa. Kenton Cool, 48, reached the summit once again last weekend. Mr Cool charges a six-figure sum to amateurs who want to climb Everest and has the best success rate of any guide on the world’s highest mountain, with over 80 per cent of his clients making it to the peak.
A cheeky pilot wrote 'Make Beer Not War' with his light aircraft in the skies above Poland, with the message picked up by FlightRadar. The aircraft offered the peace-loving message for Putin during a four-hour voyage above Poznan, western Poland. The language in this aerial graphic was rather less robust than that of a similar stunt last month which spelled out a 73 Mile Wide Expletive Aimed at Putin.
World Record Holder
Guinness World Records has declared 2½-year-old Zeus the tallest dog in the world at 3 feet, 5.18 inches. On his hind legs, the Great Dane stands more than 7 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He lives in Texas - where everything is bigger - and shares his home with three miniature Australian shepherds, as well as a cat. While he reportedly loves all his siblings, his best friend is one of the miniature Australian shepherd dogs.
From slowing cognitive decline to accelerating chronic wound healing, blueberries have many surprising health benefits. Now, scientists at the University of Cincinnati have uncovered that adding blueberries to your daily diet in middle age could reduce your risk of dementia later in life. The findings revealed both physiological and cognitive improvements just 12 weeks after the addition of blueberries to the participants’ daily diets.
Today's obscure word: Homodox - Having the same opinion.
Everything comes to an end, even stars! When these burning balls of hydrogen and helium use up all their fuel they shrink to white dwarfs. In some rare cases, these dead stars can flare back to life in an extremely hot explosion, producing a fireball of X-ray radiation. For the first time, researchers based across several German institutions have captured this moment and recently published their findings in Nature. X-ray explosions such as these were theoretically predicted more than 30 years ago and, much to the excitement of astronomers, this is the first-time physical evidence has been gained to support the idea.
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The EU plans a “massive” increase in solar and wind power, and a short-term boost for coal, to end its reliance on Russian oil and gas as fast as possible. The European Commission said the EU needed to find an extra €210bn (£178bn / $228bn) over the next five years to pay for phasing out Russian fossil fuels and speeding up the switch to green energy. The Commission proposes that 45 percent of the EU’s energy mix should come from renewables by 2030, an advance on the current 40 percent target.
Quote of the Day
"I have found that if you love life, life will love you back." Arthur Rubinstein
On this Day
20 May 1862: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, which provided 160 acres of public land virtually free of charge to those who had lived on and cultivated the land for at least five years.
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Nature Mood Booster
Enjoy catching a glimpse of the blue carousel's funny mating dance.