Good News Tuesday

Today's bundle of upbeat news snippets.

  • A team of experts from South Africa and Namibia are preparing to relocate a population of cheetahs to India in an ambitious restoration programme that just got the go-ahead. It will be the first time ever that a major predator is moved inter-continentally to re-establish a population where it had once been; after Indian monarchs hunted the animal to extinction by the 1950s.

  • Evergreen truck goes viral after blocking motorway just like the ship (that failed its 3 point turn capaincy test - but has now been successfully refloated and sent on its way). Although the coincidence is entertaining, the ship and the truck do not actually belong to the same firm. Phew!

  • Paleozoic discovery: A six-year-old boy has found a fossil dating back millions of years in his garden after receiving a fossil-hunting kit for Christmas. Siddak Singh Jhamat, known as Sid, said he was excited to find the fossil in his garden in Walsall (in England's West Midlands) after digging for worms.

  • A worker from the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation was clearing away venomous snakes from a river when a concerned orangutan held out its hand to help him out of the muddy waters. ⁠

  • Giant sand castle for birds: 400 tonne structure in Surrey, southern England, has been built by conservationisists in an attempt to coax migrating sand martins - back to the nature reserve after 25 years, when returning from sub-Saharan Africa.

  • More than 30 million people in the UK have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, which is roughly 60 percent of all adults. The minister for vaccine deployment, Nadhim Zahawi, says that April will be the “second dose month.”

  • Every so often you come across an idea that makes you scratch your head and stare in disbelief - like a barbecue grill made out of a jet engine. Reportedly, the jet powered plane grill can easily crank out 500 burgers an hour.

  • Massless energy storage: In ground breaking new research, scientists have made a structural battery 10 times better than in any previous experiment. Find out what a structural battery is, and why it's such a big deal...

  • Billy Adams, a software executive, has found a lockdown ritual that benefits his health and the beauty surrounding others in Washington, DC. Since June he has been selecting a different 12 mile route every day, picking up just about any piece of garbage along the way - in rain, snow, or sleet.

  • Researchers at the Penn State have developed a novel way of harvesting energy from radio waves to power wearable devices. "We are utilizing the energy that already surrounds us - radio waves are everywhere, all the time," lead author Larry Cheng said. He also added "If we don’t use this energy found in the ambient environment, it is simply wasted. We can harvest this energy and rectify it into power."

  • Angelina Jordan - a name to remember. Watch this 13 year old Norwegian girl absolutely nail her original take of Bohemian Rhapsody on America's Got Talent. Astonishing!