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What Went Right: A Roundup of This Week's Best News
As 2022 comes to a close, it's an incredible time to reflect on all the incredible progress made this year. This week in particular has been filled with tons of great news and positive developments all around the world. Spain passed a landmark law for women's health, and researchers revamped old tech to make a low-cost battery. On the climate front, industrial giant 3M pledged to stop making "forever chemicals," and a landmark climate protection deal was reached at the UN Biodiversity Conference.
These Are the Happiest Countries in the World This Year
The World Happiness Report of 2023 is out, identifying the happiest nations across the globe this year, as well as the factors that tend to lead to greater happiness. For the sixth year in a row, Finland is the world's happiest country, followed by Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, and Norway. The report also highlights that positive emotions have remained twice as prevalent as negative ones, and feelings of positive social support twice as strong as those of loneliness, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
This Weatherman Rescued a Chicken During a Blizzard and Now They're Best Friends
What do you get when you combine a blizzard, a weatherman, and a chicken? The most adorable friendship ever! David Neal, a weatherman, was reporting on a blizzard when he stumbled upon a stray chicken running around in the snow. He tried to catch her, and after some running around, he finally did. The chicken, now named Penelope, was skinny and cold, but with Neal's help, she quickly warmed up and found a new home. The two have since become best friends, doing everything together, including fishing on a boat and even co-hosting a weather podcast.
Burkina Faso's Eco-Friendly Golf Course is Leading the Way in Golf
Burkina Faso's only golf course is making a name for itself as a sustainable, water-saving pioneer in the sport. The course features a mix of sand and motor oil instead of water-consuming grass, making it an eco-friendly alternative to traditional courses. Not only is the course helping to conserve water in a region where it is in short supply, but it has also provided job opportunities for local villagers, many of whom have become exceptional golfers themselves.
Two Moons of Uranus Might Have Oceans Underneath Their Surface
Two of Uranus' moons, Ariel and Miranda, could have active subsurface oceans that are expelling material into space, according to a new study. This discovery was made by examining data collected by NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft over three decades ago. The data revealed that one or both moons may possess a liquid ocean beneath their frozen surface. Scientists suggest that similar particle-releasing moons exist around Uranus' fellow solar system ice giant Neptune and the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn.
After Fleeing War, This Ukrainian Ballerina is Now Shining in Swan Lake
Ganna Muromtseva, a Ukrainian ballerina, had to flee Kyiv due to the war, leaving her career behind. A year later, she has found herself performing Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at the Hungarian State Opera, taking on the dream dual role of ethereal white swan Odette and deceptive swan Odile. Ganna had previously danced the role for more than five years with her home company in Ukraine, making her return to the stage even more meaningful. Despite the challenges, Ganna remains resilient and passionate, reminding others to never give up on what they love.
A Flight Attendant and Delivery Driver Reunited a Stranger With Her Lost Luggage
In a heartwarming story from downtown Toronto, a delivery driver went above and beyond to reunite a stranger with her lost luggage. Spotting two bags in the middle of the street with Air Canada tags, he decided to take action and drop them off at a nearby police station. This act of kindness sparked a chain of events that led to the bags being reunited with their owner. A Facebook post by a friend of the delivery driver caught the attention of an Air Canada flight attendant, who tracked down the owner, and let her know her luggage was waiting for her!
These Elementary School Students Came Together to Donate Essentials to Those in Need
The students at Lincoln Elementary School spent most of the month collecting dental items for the homeless community in Springfield as part of a school-wide supply drive. Spearheaded by kindergarten teacher Aimee Newton, the drive not only taught the kids about healthy dental hygiene habits but also encouraged friendly competition between classes to collect the most supplies. The students collected over 2,000 items, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss, which will be donated to organizations supporting the homeless community in Springfield.
Here Are Six Times Mister Rogers Made the World a Better Place
Today would have been Mister Rogers' 95th birthday. In honor of him and his beloved show that was the soundtrack to many of our childhoods, fans shared ways in which Mr. Rogers impacted their lives, including how he helped a child overcome her fear of the drain, how he welcomed guests of different abilities, and how he helped a them learn English. Fans also shared how Rogers became a treasured friend, providing comfort and reassurance through his kindhearted messages.
These Two Rival Teams "Banded" Together in Great a Display of Sportsmanship
In a heartwarming display of camaraderie, the Pike Central High School band stepped up to fill the silence left by a bus driver shortage, playing for the Martin County Cardinals in a high school basketball game in Eastern Kentucky. Despite being rivals, the Pike Central Band was moved by the chants of the Martin County fans, and their performance helped the Cardinals secure an 80-71 victory in overtime. The excitement was infectious, and the two schools joined forces to cheer each other on, culminating in a beautiful display of sportsmanship.
The Hubble Telescope Has Snapped a New Photo of a Special Spiral Galaxy
Get ready for a space adventure! The Hubble Space Telescope has just captured an amazing new image of a distant galaxy, NGC 5486, that is bursting with new stars. This irregular spiral galaxy is located 110 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major, and its unique shape is likely due to the gravity of a larger neighboring galaxy. But don't worry, the Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning view of NGC 5486, with its sinuous spiral arms and bright core, along with several other dim, distant galaxies in the background.