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What Went Right: A Roundup of This Week's Best News
Sometimes it feels like there's no end to doomscrolling. But even in the darkest of news cycles, there are always stories of hope and humanity. From free transit to fin whales making a comeback to a statue honoring an incredible civil rights activist, here are some of the best stories from the past week you may have missed.
How a Wool Blanket and a Hit TV Show Helped a Small Town Farm Go Viral
A Canadian wool blanket has become an unexpected star on HBO's hit show The Last of Us. Jacob Murray and Rachel Hawkshaw, who own Topsy Farms in Ontario, were watching the show when they spotted a familiar checked blanket on screen. After emailing the production company, they confirmed it was one of their blankets. It made more than 30 appearances in the episode, leading Murray to call it a "character" rather than a prop. The farm has since held a social media contest to give away the blanket, which has helped raise awareness of their wool products.
Here's What the 2023 World Happiness Report Has Revealed About Happiness
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 Urban Food Forest in Arizona Has Become a Model for Climate Action
In downtown Tucson, Arizona, there's a neighborhood called Dunbar Spring that has transformed itself into an urban food forest. It all started almost 30 years ago when residents gathered for the first-ever community-wide tree-planting event, and now, they've planted more than 1,700 trees and thousands more plants. This provides food for residents and livestock, and the tree canopy helps cool the city in the summers. The work in Dunbar Spring has inspired others, and has informed Tucson's climate action plan.
A New Cancer Treatment is Showing Incredible Promise in Early Trials
A new experimental pill called revumenib has given hope to terminal leukaemia patients who had not responded to treatment. The drug has completely eliminated cancer in one-third of participants in a clinical trial in the United States. The drug targets the most common mutation in acute myeloid leukaemia and a less common fusion, and scientists remain hopeful that this pill might pave the way to a cure for leukaemia in the future. The breakthrough drug trial saw cancer vanish in 18 patients, providing hope for patients with leukaemia.
Scientists Have Found a More Efficient Way to Capture CO2 From Air
A new study published in Science Advances shows that adding copper to the filter material used in carbon capture technology can improve its efficiency and reduce costs. This means that we can potentially use this technology in more ways to fight climate change. Not only that, but the copper also converts the captured CO2 into baking soda, which can be stored in the oceans or turned into a saleable product. With this new method, carbon-capture facilities could be placed anywhere there’s a coastline, opening up new possibilities for carbon storage.
An Entire Community Came Together to Make a Young Boy's Dream Come True
A little boy named Lukas Knott lost sight in one eye after an accident in his garden, but his spirits remain high as he loves to play the role of a pirate with his eye patch, and his dream is to have his own pirate ship. Lukas' parents asked for help to build him a ship, and the community responded with generous donations of money and wood. Local businesses also donated pirate-themed outfits and a plaque for the ship. Volunteers have pledged to help build the ship, which has brought joy and excitement to Lukas and his family.
How a Kitchen Renovation Led to the Discovery of a 400-Year-Old Painting
Murals dating back nearly 400 years have been found during a kitchen renovation in an apartment in York, northern England. Luke Budworth, 29, and his partner Hazel Mooney, 26, discovered the paintings when contractors called to say they had found one behind the kitchen cupboards. After checking, Budworth found another piece of paneling that contained a matching painting. The paintings are believed to have been created between 1635 and 1700.
Watch: At The World's Biggest Kite Festival, It Literally Rained Candy From the Sky
The skies in Doha are coming alive with colorful kites in the world's biggest kite festival. It's a swooping spectacle of kites flying through the air, handled by talented kite flyers from around the world. The Qatar Kite Festival is a three-day event where families have a chance to hone their own kite-making skills in daily workshops. The festivities include student competitions, parades and cultural performances.
This Firefighter Got the Call of a Lifetime - Helping Deliver His Granddaughter
A Georgia firefighter helped deliver his granddaughter at his own fire station last month. Bret Langston, who has been in the fire service for over 28 years and delivered around 10 to 12 children, was on duty when his daughter Hannah Langston unexpectedly went into labor. With the help of other firefighters, Bret led his daughter to his personal bunk room, cleared the bed, and prepared everything for the delivery. Bret is overjoyed to welcome his granddaughter into the family and is looking forward to showing her around the fire station as she grows up.
The UK is Recycling Old Children's Toys to Make New Playgrounds
Games Workshop has launched a recycling scheme for Warhammer enthusiasts in the UK. The Warhammer Recycling Program, in partnership with TerraCycle's Brigade program, allows hobbyists to recycle their plastic miniatures at selected Games Workshop stores. The initiative is part of Games Workshop's environmental responsibility initiative and offers a fund-raising opportunity for schools and charities. The Citadel miniatures' plastic can be used in various applications, such as garden planters and rubbish bins, and even playground equipment.