Good News Saturday

Global round up of positive news nuggets to help ensure the weekend gets off to a sunny start.


Tarantula Nebula
Credit: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit
Tarantula Nebula

About 170,000 light-years from where you're sitting - which sounds terribly far but is actually relatively close on a cosmic scale - lies an astronomical marvel. It's a glorious stellar nursery decorated with breathtaking swirls and iridescent streaks, illuminating space's void by violently birthing newborn stars. Now, we Earthlings have the privilege of admiring this spectacle with a level of detail never experienced before, thanks to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. This recent snapshot is an ultra-high-resolution depiction of the magnificent Tarantula Nebula.


Man receiving hair-dressing lesson from expert in a salon
Love is...

Carrie Hannah was surprised when an elderly man entered her salon. But the man didn’t ask for a haircut. He wanted to join an upcoming beauty lesson. “He started to explain that his wife was struggling with her vision right now, and was struggling to curl her own hair and was burning herself. He really wanted to help her,” Hannah said. She gave him an impromptu lesson in curling hair and applying mascara. “We really needed some cheering up, and he sure did it,” she added.


Front cover of the Reuters Institute’s digital news report
Avoiding the News

An increasing number of people are turning away from the news because it lowers their mood, according to the Reuters Institute’s digital news report. The study found that almost 38 percent of respondents often or sometimes avoid the news – up from 29 percent in 2017. Researchers found that the number of people avoiding reading or watching the news has doubled in the UK over the past five years. More than 93,000 people in 46 countries took part in the survey. All the more reason to tell your friends, colleagues and family about OGN Daily!

 
Amphibology

A phrase or sentence that is grammatically ambiguous, such as She sees more of her children than her husband.

 
People who helped a neighbour buy her house
Community Kindness

After arriving in Minneapolis 19 years ago as a volunteer to help the homeless and needy, Linda Taylor began renting a small house and the 70-year-old retiree became a “bright star” of the neighborhood. After being threatened with eviction, she was able to buy the house she had rented for two decades after $250,000 was raised by the community on her behalf. “Yesterday I went and did the closing for the house,” Taylor said. “It makes me feel so good, everything that I have given, it’s coming back to me and I want to continue to give. I love this neighborhood.”


Merle Liivand in the sea wearing her monofin
Eco Mermaid

Merle Liivand has swum 26.22 miles wearing a silicone monofin, in just over 11 hours in choppy waters off the coast of Miami. Billing herself as an “eco mermaid”, Liivand set out to use her accomplishment to raise awareness about the importance of clean oceans, according to Guinness World Records. This remarkable record required that Liivand not use her arms: she could only kick with the monofin.


Map depicting where Hudson Canyon is located off America's north eastern seabord
Credit: NOAA
Have Your Say

Roughly 100 miles off the coast of New York and New Jersey, lies Hudson Canyon - the largest submarine canyon on the East Coast, and home to hundreds of species of fish and marine mammals. And it could soon become America’s newest national marine sanctuary, a protected underwater area similar to a national park or monument. This summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wants the public to weigh in on whether Hudson Canyon should become part of the national marine sanctuary system, which includes 17 sites - 15 underwater parks and 2 monuments - across the country. Why not have your say?

 
Quote of the Day

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Søren Kierkegaard

 
On this Day

Math wizard Shakuntala Devi

18 June 1980: Indian 'human computer' Shakuntala Devi sets a world record by mentally multiplying two random 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds. She correctly answered that 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 = 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730

 

Dive in Deeper


Mystery Bin


A UK wheelie bin has been found 1,200 miles away in Ukraine. Read on...


Europe's Last Wild River

Fast, free flowing and pollution-free, it runs unimpeded for 170 miles across Albania to the Adriatic Sea. It's now going to be protected for posterity. Read on...

 
Nature Mood Booster

These remarkable dolphins in Western Australia display incredible ingenuity when hunting for fish in the shallows.