OGN Saturday

To get the weekend off to an uplifting start, here's a bundle of good news snippets.

  • 2020 Booker prize shortlist is its most diverse ever. The six-strong shortlist for this year’s prestigious literary award includes four women and four people of colour.

  • Wheelchair Innovation: Fabulous news for those confined to a wheelchair as a quantum leap in design is set to enable wheelchairs to get up and down stairs unaided.

  • A moment of cheer as 100-year-old Australian man leaves hospital after surviving 6 week coronavirus fight.

  • Galapagos: Marine scientists have found 30 new species deep beneath the ocean’s surface around the islands. 

  • UK: Cornish Lithium says it has found "globally significant" grades of lithium underground in Cornwall, raising hopes it could meet a large amount of the UK's demand for this key ingredient in electric car batteries.  

  • Good news for astronomers: The world's largest digital camera - which can spot a golf ball from 15 miles away - could unlock mysteries of the universe. It will be the first national US observatory named after a female astronomer.

  • Rare pink dolphin are back in Hong Kong as lockdown halts ferry traffic.

  • Curbing Car Tyre Pollution: Ever wondered where all the rubber ends up as your car tyres wear out?

  • Make Someone's Day: During World War Two, the British government declared greeting cards essential to the war effort, and excluded them from rationing, due to the important effect they had on morale during WW1. Today, the written word still brings joy to people. A letter or card can be so meaningful, making you feel as if you’re not alone and very much in someone’s thoughts.

  • If you've got a large space you need to fill and you have lots of spare cash, the good news is that you can now buy a dinosaur! One of the world's most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons will go under the hammer at Christie's New York on 6 October, for an estimated $6-8 million.

  • Efforts to reduce air pollution in China appear to be working, according to a new study, published by The Lancet. It found that between 2013 and 2017 particle pollution in 74 key Chinese cities had reduced by an average of 33 per cent following extensive efforts to control emissions. Indeed, China’s drive to conquer the global renewable energy market continues apace: it’s constructing more offshore wind capacity than the rest of the world combined.

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