OGN Friday

Concluding the week with a round up of good news snippets.

  • Rare bird hatches on British coast for first time in 300 years after being lured to area with lifelike models. The chicks’ arrival marks the success of 15 years of effort from the RSPB to encourage spoonbills to breed on Havergate Island.

  • US: QuantumScape, a Bill Gates backed start-up, is building a better battery for electric cars. It will produce batteries using a different kind of tech than is currently in most EVs, enabling longer range and faster charging - and more affordable pricing.

  • According to the journal Nature Medicine, scientists at Cambridge University have discovered a way of predicting throat cancer 8 years earlier than before.

  • Canada: World’s biggest rooftop greenhouse in Montreal is as big as 3 football fields -and it can now feed 2% of the city.

  • UK: A man whose father gave him 18-year-old whisky every year for his birthday is selling the collection to help buy a house. Let's raise a glass to that good news!

  • Italy: This weekend's Italian Grand Prix represents Ferrari's 1000th race in Formula 1 and in good news for racing driver dynasties, it's possible that 21 year old Mick Schumacher, son of Ferrari legend Michael, may just get his first chance to drive in F1.

  • India: Teen abandoned as a baby helps senior dogs find their forever home - 'just like I did.'

  • Lovers of acronyms will be pleased to hear that NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has an Earth twin named Optimism. "Optimism" is actually an epic acronym that stands for "operational perseverance twin for integration of mechanisms and instruments sent to Mars." But some scientists are not happy with other, er, scientists using complicated acronyms.

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