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What Went Right: A Roundup of This Week's Best News
Good news is all around us, and we believe it's just as important as any other headline. This week, there were several uplifting stories that are contributing towards a better world. The United Nations outlined a roadmap showing it was possible to cut our plastic pollution by 80% by 2040, and the fashion and magazine world just had a huge win for inclusivity with a special edition of Vogue! Plus, a new tree nursery in Wales is helping conserve important plants and wildlife!
NASA May Have Just Solved the Mystery of How to Replace Lithium Batteries
NASA's SABERS project is making strides in sustainable aviation research with experimental solid-state battery packs that offer significant advantages over traditional lithium-ion batteries. These solid-state batteries have achieved discharge rates much higher than any other on the market, eliminating 30 to 40% of the battery's weight and doubling or even tripling its energy storage capacity. This innovative technology could have a transformative impact on aviation by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing battery-powered flight capabilities.
This Young Fan Had the Best Reaction to Meeting His Basketball Hero
In an endearing encounter, a young basketball fan's dream came true when he met his idol, 23-year-old Miami Heat shooting guard Tyler Herro. Amid a group of excited children, this young fan took a bold approach by grabbing his water bottle and repeatedly shouting, "Sign my water bottle!" Herro, amused by the request, signed the bottle with a smile, bringing immense joy to the young fan and touching the hearts of thousands who saw the video online.
A New Mural is Helping Patients at This Hospital Feel Calm and Supported
A new accident and emergency department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital is set to open, featuring a massive mural aimed at making patients feel more welcome and at ease. The mural, created by local artist Emily Kaye, incorporates local landmarks and symbols, such as the Malvern Hills and pears. Hospital officials hope that this beautiful artwork will bring smiles to patients' faces and provide a more positive and comforting environment in the emergency unit.
Astronomers Have Crafted a Visualization of our Universe in Gravitational Waves
Astronomers have crafted a breathtaking visualization of the gravitational universe using simulated data to create a "synthetic gravitational sky." This simulated view provides a glimpse of what a space-based gravitational wave observatory might see in our galaxy. With the promise of upcoming observatories like the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna set to launch in 2037, we're on the cusp of unlocking the mesmerizing secrets of the gravitational waves that ripple through the cosmos, expanding our understanding of the universe in an awe-inspiring way.
Five Tropical Flamingos Made a Rare and Exciting Appearance in Wisconsin
Five splendid flamingos made an unexpected appearance in Wisconsin, gracing the shores of Lake Michigan with their vibrant presence. Their unusual visit drew a large crowd of about 75 bird enthusiasts who eagerly gathered at South Beach to catch a glimpse of these magnificent visitors, a sight rarely seen so far from their tropical homes. Jim Edelhuber, an avid bird watcher and photographer, marveled at the spectacle, exclaiming, "This is huge. This is unbelievable."
Watch: These Football Players Helped Flip an Overturned Vehicle.
In a remarkable display of teamwork off the field, the University of Louisville football team came together to save a passenger in the middle of a car wreck. After a collision near the university's football stadium left a car overturned, football players rushed over to the scene after seeing what happened. Together, they flipped the car over, helping save the person inside. The Louisville Metropolitan Police said the individual was taken to the hospital with injuries but will be okay.
Nigeria's Annual Charity Walk to Support Children With Cancer Completed Its 7th Year
The Okapi Children Cancer Foundation in Abuja, Nigeria, organized a 6km charity walk to raise awareness about early cancer detection in children. This event, now in its seventh edition, was themed "Steps to survival for children fighting cancer" and aimed to make a positive impact on the lives of children battling cancer. By increasing awareness and support for these young patients, the foundation seeks to improve their chances of survival and ensure that more children receive the necessary care and attention they deserve.
A New Study Shows Bats Could Hold the Key to Preventing Cancer
A new study on bats reveals their unique genetic adaptations that allow them to avoid cancer and tolerate viral infections. These findings could provide insights into preventing diseases from spreading between animals and humans and offer valuable information on cancer prevention and immunity in humans. By comparing the genetic makeup of bats with cancer-susceptible mammals, researchers are uncovering extraordinary adaptations that may one day lead to breakthroughs in human health and disease prevention.
In Pictures: These are the Best Photos From the Bird Photographer of the Year Awards
The Bird Photographer of the Year competition celebrates the beauty and diversity of avian life while raising awareness about the conservation challenges birds face. This year's winners showcase breathtaking moments in the bird world, from dramatic falcon attacks to serene moonlit silhouettes of blackbirds. The competition serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving these creatures and their habitats, encouraging us to cherish and protect the natural world.
Natural History Museums Are Emerging as Heroes in the Fight Against Climate Change
Natural history museums hold an invaluable record of the Earth's past, and they are now making strides in digitizing their collections to help scientists, educators, and the public access this wealth of information. These digitized records are used to track environmental trends, study diseases, and provide educational resources. Additionally, the collaborative efforts of multiple museums are helping fill knowledge gaps and create a comprehensive digital archive of Earth's history, making this data accessible for a range of purposes.