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Good News Monday

Updated: Apr 10, 2021

Upbeat collection of positive news nuggets.

  • 54 white men have led Boston since it was incorporated as a city in 1822, but that sequence of events has just changed. Kim Janey, the first woman and Black person, is now mayor.

  • The “dad-bod” is making a return, according to a new survey, signaling a forward step for body diversity. Some 75 percent of respondents to a survey conducted by said that they preferred the soft and round male body type to a more toned one. There's an audible sound of relief at OGN Towers!

  • Following a recent sighting of a pair of dolphins in New York’s once famously polluted and dirty East River, a pair of dolphins have just been spotted swimming up Venice's Grand Canal and then heading over to Giudecca Island, before going back into the Adriatic Sea.

  • Hats off to Scotland: Its renewable energy (predominantly windfarms) met 97 percent of electricity demand in 2020. And there's more good news for the country...

  • Scotish seabed windfall: There's money in them thar waters.

  • In further good news for renewables, a new study shows that they are outperforming fossil fuels financially, in a big way. A report published by Imperial College Business School revealed that renewable energy investments have seen a 364 percent greater return than fossil fuels since 2010.

  • Mette Frederiksen, Denmark's Prime Minister, says the country is preparing to break the mould by lifting lockdown once over-50s are vaccinated. Nine of the country's 10 political parties backed the plan that would see majority of restrictions removed by end of May.

  • Predicting the unpredictable: Robert FitzRoy, a Vice-Admiral in the Royal Navy and founder of the Meteorological Office, started predicting the weather in 1861. He's now inspiring scientists to ask the question: could we forecast outbreaks of disease and prevent future pandemics?

  • A third coronavirus vaccine will start being administered in the UK next month, joining the Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs. Britain has ordered 17m doses of the Moderna vaccine, with a 94 percent efficacy rate in trials. The government is confident it will get all over-50s vaccinated by 15 April and remaining adults by end of July.

  • In the shadow of Australia's Grampians National Park lies Walker Swamp, a once-thriving wetland that was artificially drained and farmed for over a century. But it's now welcoming new life once more, after a huge restoration project. Its revival is a 'message of hope', say ecologists.

  • Freedom Day for Brits: After 12 weeks of lockdown, Brits can now enjoy life a little bit more.

  • Russian conservationists have hailed a rare sighting of an Amur leopard mother with three cubs in the far-eastern region of Primorye (close to the border with China) as proof of the success of the country’s efforts to boost the population of the endangered species.

  • Sculpture twice as old as the Pyramids: A wooden sculpture found in Russia's Ural mountains is about 12,250 years old. It's the oldest known surviving work of wooden ritual art in the world.

  • The Hubble Telescope has just captured a stunning new image of the galaxy known as NGC 7678, showing off its famously bright, spiraling formation. Measuring about 115,000 light years wide, NGC 7678 is similar in size to our own Milky Way galaxy, and it's roughly 164 million light years away from us here on Earth.

  • Monday's adrenalin rush: Luke Aikins became the first person to jump out of an airplane without a parachute from a very high altitude (25,000 feet) and successfully land in a net.

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