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Friday's Positive News

Updated: Nov 14, 2023

After another tumultuous week, welcome to the calming news embrace of OGN Daily.


Eraser that depicts a balding Japanese man
Credit: Kazuya Ishikawa
Fun Eraser

Everyone makes mistakes, which is why a good eraser is a must-have. While most don't think of it as the most exciting stationery supply to pick out, there are many cute erasers that add a bit of whimsy to your desk. Japanese artist Kazuya Ishikawa, for instance, designed a playful eraser that begins as a human character with a full head of hair, but as it is rubbed against paper, the man will begin to bald!


Royal Address

King Charles is to attend the opening ceremony of the Cop28 climate summit in the United Arab Emirates. He will deliver the opening address at the world climate action summit, a gathering of global leaders, in his first major speech on the climate crisis since becoming monarch. As a man that has been beating the drum on behalf of our planet for as long as anyone, it would be very good news if he succeeds in galvanising the politicians to make faster progress.


Apple tree in Newton's family garden
Apple tree in Newton's family garden | Wikipedia
Family Heirloom

A descendant of Sir Isaac Newton has bought a sapling from the apple tree said to have inspired the theory of gravity. Legend has it that the famous physicist was hit on the head by a falling apple while sitting under the tree in his childhood home in Lincolnshire, in 1666. Giles Wood, from Dorset, a descendant of Newton's sister Hannah, plans to plant the sapling at his family's cider farm.


Ancestral Forests

The Indonesian government has just recognized 55,700 acres of ancestral forests in Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra, for the first time. Indigenous communities in the region have welcomed the recognition, saying it will give them legal protection to manage their forests in a sustainable manner, reports Mongabay.

 
 
Female astronauts performing repairs outside the ISS
Credit: NASA TV
All-Female Spacewalk

NASA astronauts have completed fourth ever all-female spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O'Hara spent 6 hours and 42 minutes performing station maintenance.


Borderless Africa

Kenya will scrap visas for all African nationals by the end of the year, a move it hopes will open up trade and travel on the continent. The country's president William Ruto said the removal of barriers was needed to realise the dream of a continental free trade agreement, adding that "it is time we…realise that having visa restrictions among ourselves is working against us". Kenya joins The Gambia, Benin and Seychelles as the only countries to offer unrestricted travel on the continent despite the long-held dream of a borderless Africa.


Swiftonomics

Taylor Swift has amassed a fortune of $1 billion, reports Bloomberg, making her one of the few artists to ever hit that milestone from mostly music (and at 33, to boot). That cements her as one of the most lucrative brands (and, yes, she’s a branding queen) in the world. Considering her album re-recording exercise is still ongoing and she has decades of work still to come, not only will her catalog likely be the first to be worth $1 billion alone, but it may also be a safe bet to expect Swift could become the most successful artist of all time.


Now and Then

There has been a great deal of excitement about news of “the last Beatles song”, although some critics say you may feel slightly underwhelmed by it when you hear it. All the same, through the magic of AI, it is the work of arguably the greatest group in pop history, reunited across death’s divide. Haven't heard it? Click here

 

“Friday afternoon feels like heaven.” El Fuego

 
On This Day

3 November 1952: Clarence Birdseye starts marketing frozen peas.

 





 
Mood Booster

It's hard to hunt when there is a thick layer of snow but Arctic foxes don't need to see to their food to catch it.



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