Kicking off the week with a global round up of good news nuggets.
And the Winner is...
A stunning picture taken above an active volcano has triumphed at this year's Drone Photo Awards contest. Armand Sarlangue captured the powerful image above the red-hot Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland, looking down into its molten depths. The shot was the overall winner of the Siena Awards' drone photography competition and was selected by the jury from among thousands of images submitted by 2,624 participants from 116 countries.
Ukrainian hackers locate Russian bases by posing as attractive women on social media! Ukrainian hackers created fake online profiles of women to honey-trap Russian soldiers into revealing their location, and it worked, reports the Financial Times. The ongoing conflict has given rise to some innovative ways of fighting a war. Such as...
Little moderation, huge audiences and biddable owners make porn and gambling sites a safe haven from censors - a powerful digital loophole to disseminate the truth about the invasion of Ukraine to audiences in Russia. Read on...
EPA Gets it Right
In another reversal of Trump-era policies, the Environmental Protection Agency has rescinded a permit for a proposed oil export terminal in Texas that would have allowed the facility to release 19,000 metric tons of volatile organic compounds each year. That's a lot of toxic air pollution. Gabriel Clark-Leach, an attorney for the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project, said: “This was just a crazy project, and it’s a real relief that EPA came around and got this one right.”
A publisher's emblem or imprint, usually on the title page of a book.
Against the Odds
A 46-year-old mother has given birth to identical triplets that she conceived naturally after being told she couldn't have any more children because her eggs were 'too old.' Audrey Tiberius, from Utah, and her husband, Tyler, welcomed their triplet sons Sky, River, and Bay after years of struggling with infertility - even though they already had four boys aged 7 to 13. She got pregnant at age 45, four years after a fertility specialist told her that the odds of her conceiving a child with in vitro fertilization (IVF) were just 10 percent. 'They said, "I'm sorry, your eggs are too old,"' Tiberius recalled in an interview with Today. 'We did three rounds of in vitro and they all failed.' A statistician said that 'the odds of a 45-year-old having identical triplets are one in 20 billion'.
Researchers have discovered an antibody that neutralizes all known Covid-19 variants. The antibody, called SP1-77, is the result of a collaborative effort from researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and Duke University. Results were recently published in the journal Science Immunology, and they look promising. More tests are needed before scientists can start work on creating a new vaccine with it.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross on finding yourself: "Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences; all events are blessings given to us to learn from. There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub."
Quote of the Day
“I can never wear beige because nobody will know who I am.”
Queen Elizabeth II
On this Day
12 September 1940: In Montignac, France, four teenage boys found the Lascaux cave, which contains one of the most outstanding displays of prehistoric art ever discovered.
Brilliant anecdote from the Queen's former protection officer about bumping into a couple of American tourists on a walking holiday in Scotland, near Balmoral.