Only Good News

Tuesday's collection of the best good news nuggets from around the world.

  • America will be officially protecting 116,098 square nautical miles of Pacific Ocean as critical habitat for three populations of endangered humpback whales. The action was prompted by a recent legal victory by the Center for Biological Diversity - which sued over the federal government's failure to designate critical habitat as required by the Endangered Species Act.

  • The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel has developed a 3-D printed electronic nose that ‘sniffs out’ Covid in just seconds. The device smells chemicals in infected individuals, opening the door to rapid, large-scale testing across the world.

  • With most major automakers pledging to shift to all-electric over the next decade, there's little doubt that the switch to electric is in full swing. Now, Italian manufacturer Fiat is making the same pledge to be an electric-only brand by 2030. There's definitely an EV revolution going on - here's why electric cars will take over sooner than you think.

  • Grant Shapps has been so ineffective in restoring foreign travel his post should be re-named “Secretary of State for No Transport,” says the veteran airline boss Willie Walsh, former head of British Airways.

  • A plaque will be unveiled today adjacent to the 18th green at Torrey Pines to commemorate one of Tiger Woods’s most legendary moments. In 2008, when the picturesque San Diego course hosted the US Open, Tiger converted a 12-footer on the 72nd hole to force a play-off against countryman Rocco Mediate, which he duly won. On the plaque are the words of the NBC commentator when the putt dropped: “Expect anything different?”

  • Sea eagles have appeared at Loch Lomond for the first time in more than a century. A pair of white-tailed eagles, commonly known as sea eagles, were first spotted at Loch Lomond national nature reserve in early March this year. They have since been observed “nest prospecting” – searching for suitable nest sites – suggesting they intend to stay.

  • In a sign of the times, Halfords, Britain’s biggest bicycle retailer, has been a beneficiary of lockdown as the country got on its bike. Experts predict that its 2020 profits will be double its 2019 figures.

  • In a wind tunnel in Ontario, a group of the world’s leading bridge aerodynamics and acoustics experts are puzzling over a scale model of the Golden Gate Bridge. In good news for many nearby residents in San Francisco - who are being driven mad by an incessant whine on windy days - the experts have been contracted to solve the mysterious problem of this strange humming sound that's been emanating from the famous bridge for the past year. Fingers crossed they can figure out a solution.

  • New Yorkers have a surprise gift to look forward to for this Independence Day: a second Statue of Liberty sent by France. This new bronze statue, nicknamed the "little sister," is just 10 feet tall, one-sixteenth the size of her 'big sister'. Last week, during a special ceremony, the smaller sibling was loaded into a special container at the National Museum of Arts and Crafts (CNAM) in Paris, where it has been installed since 2011 in the museum's garden. It will be erected on Ellis Island, just across the water from the original, from 1 to 5 July. It's an exact replica of the original 1878 plaster model preserved by CNAM.

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