OGN Saturday

Bundle of uplifting news items to brighten up the weekend.

Visitors to Yellowstone waiting to witness the Giantess Geyser have had to be extra patient over the past six years as the geyser, which normally erupts two or six times per year, lay dormant for six whole trips around the sun. Geothermal enthusiasts were finally rewarded with the long-awaited eruption last week when the geyser, which sits on the Montana-Wyoming state line, majestically spouted hot steam and water 200 feet into the air.

  • India: How a child with a fractured skull grew up to become the 'world's fastest human calculator'. What's 869,463,853 times 73? While the average person would still be reaching for their calculator, 20 year old Bhanu Prakash already has the answer.

  • Spanish footballing giant Barcelona has been supporting child refugees living in camps on Greek islands by organizing football training sessions. The aim is to promote dialogue and tolerance, ease stress and nurture friendships.

  • Mental Health App: Kooth raises £26m in rare London listing. Its app provides a mental wellbeing and counselling service for young people aged 10 to 25 years old.

  • Croatia: The scent-tracking ability of dogs has helped archaeologists discover Iron Age tombs in dating back nearly 3,000 years.

  • Complete Carbon Capture: Companies are starting to pioneer plans to erase not just this year’s carbon footprint, but their entire historical carbon footprints as well.

  • Finland: A small Finnish town is bidding to become the world’s first zero-waste town - with the help of its youngest residents. Since 2012 the town of Ii has invested heavily in geothermal, solar and wind energy projects, halving its CO2 emissions from 2007 to 2015 - but they believe the key to continuing success is education from a very young age. At school, children monitor water, heat and electricity consumption, classroom temperature and check that all electrical devices are switched off when not being used. Today, Ii has an energy surplus, producing up to 10 times more than it consumes. “It’s the end for fossil fuels,” says town mayor Ari Alatossava. “If we can do it in a small town with few resources and benefit so much from it, no one has an excuse anymore.”

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