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Just Good News Friday

Updated: Oct 21, 2023

Wrapping up the week with some tasty bite-sized chunks of good news.

Theater Boost

On the heels of Taylor Swift bringing The Eras Tour to cinemas, Beyoncé is also turning her Renaissance Tour into a moviegoing experience. AMC Entertainment shares jumped after the superstar announced her concert film, which bodes well for theaters struggling to fill calendars after dual strikes interrupted Hollywood this year. Regardless of which movie performs better at the box office, both films could pick up the theater industry’s recovery where Barbenheimer left off.

Ilex sapiiformis, also known as the Pernambuco holly
Credit: Re:wild
'Nature Surprises Us'

A small holly tree species native to Brazil has been rediscovered after nearly two centuries of being presumed extinct. Ilex sapiiformis, also known as the Pernambuco holly, was found in the city of Igarassu, in the Brazilian state that the tree takes its name from. “Nature surprises us. Finding a species that hasn’t been heard of in nearly two centuries doesn’t happen every day,” said project team member Juliana Alencar in a statement. “It was an incredible moment.”

Space Trash

There's rather a lot of space trash floating around miles above our heads, but who is going to do anything about it? The Federal Communications Commission, that's who. For the first time, they just fined a company, Dish Network, for not picking up the trash left behind by one of its satellites.

Chicago skyline
Chicago Tops Poll Again

Chicago has been named the "Best Big City in the U.S." for the seventh straight year by readers of Condé Nast Traveler Magazine. According to a press release from City of Chicago tourism agency Choose Chicago, the award "speaks to Chicago's enduring allure to all types of travelers from around the world." According to officials, the award, part of Condé Nast Traveler's 2023 Reader's Choice awards, was based on surveys from more than 520,000 readers. Chicago was first named to the top of the list in 2017.

Whoosh: Southeast Asia's first-ever bullet train


Indonesia has marked a historic moment in its transportation history with the inauguration of Southeast Asia's first-ever bullet train, says Associated Press. The project, known as the Whoosh high-speed rail, connects the bustling capital city of Jakarta with Bandung, one of West Java's major hubs, in a remarkable 40 minute journey that used to take 3 hours. This ambitious project, with a total cost of $7.3 billion, transports passengers at speeds of up to 217mph and operates on electricity with zero direct carbon emissions.

Greenwashing Ban

To empower consumers and crack down on false, misleading advertising, the EU just passed a law to ban companies from using “generic” environmental and “climate-neutral” claims without proving those claims. The new law comes at the longtime urging of activists, who argue the unsubstantiated claims are confusing and misleading for consumers looking to purchase more sustainably-made products. Under the new law, any “eco,” “natural,” or other environmental claims will have to be backed by evidence. For example, airlines will no longer be able to advertise “climate-neutral” flying with cheap carbon offsetting offers.


“Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.” Larry Lorenzoni

On this Day

The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson

6 October 1927: The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, premiered in New York City, introducing the sound era of motion pictures.


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