Tag Archives: optimism

Good News Monday: Game of Drones

If the word “drone” conjures negative thoughts of spying and remote warfare, here’s something cheerful to contemplate.

Drones and digital tags are helping scientists study humpback whales in remote areas of the Antarctic, where in-person access is limited.

A partnership among Duke University Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab (MaRRS), Friedlaender Lab, California Ocean Alliance, and the World Wildlife Fund is using drone photography to study how the whales feed, how healthy they are, and how they’re being affected by climate change.  Drone images are also used to count local populations.

Game-changing technology, at its best.

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Good News Monday: Software for Tough Times

13-year old techie Amanda Southworth had suffered from anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts for most of her young life.  When she couldn’t find an easy, affordable alternative to traditional modes of therapy, this brilliant coder invented it.

Three years later, her app AnxietyHelper has helped more than 68,000 people. The app provides information on mental health conditions, links to hotlines, and tools such as a stress relieving game to help its users cope with daily challenges.

Southworth hasn’t stopped there.  She’s created a safety app for the LGBTQ+ community, an app to help psychosis patients manage their hallucinations, and a social media platform for protest groups so they can mobilize more safely and efficiently.

Who knew downloading could be so uplifting!

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Independence Day

Happy 4th of July to all in the US! This really, though, should be an international holiday.

Let’s declare July 4th to be Independence Day Worldwide. With independence from:

  • Bullying
  • Bigotry
  • Pettiness
  • Negativity
  • Intolerance
  • Humorlessness
  • Bad pizza
  • Bad hair days
  • Bad skin
  • Our exes
  • Know-It-Alls
  • Money worries
  • Indifference
  • Climate change denial
  • Holocaust denial
  • Bad grammar
  • Lack of imagination
  • Fear
  • Garden pests
  • Overpriced anything
  • Lousy service

I could go on and on…. what would you add?

Happy #IDW!

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Good News Monday: Tropical Topics

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The Nature Conservancy recently reported survey results indicating that Hawaiian coral reefs are showing signs of growth and stabilization after devastating bleaching occurred in 2015. The healthier reefs were generally further away from excessive exposure to “human influences”, but even the most vulnerable species are starting to recover.

What’s more, there’s good news for fish living on coral reefs impacted by climate change*.  A new study suggests that these reefs can still be productive, as the fish get most of their food from the currents which flow past them.

Celebratory piña coladas, anyone?

yellow and white fish

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(*Isn’t it “reassuring” that so many politicians deny the existence of climate change?! ARRGHHH!)

 

 

Good News Monday: Encouraging Research on Climate Change

Yes, the first hurdle is getting people to actually admit there is such a thing, and that it poses a major threat.

But here’s reason for guarded optimism: According to recent reports, a new technique can convert carbon dioxide back into coal. In theory, this could make huge inroads into eliminating the global dangers of greenhouse gases. 

Of course, a massive undertaking would be enormously expensive. But where there’s money to be made, there’s a way. 

That alone might convert some skeptics.

black close up coal dark

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Good News Monday: A Bus That Drives Down Pollution

It’s only a prototype, but the future of city air is looking a lot brighter. The bus is equipped with an air filter that absorbs over 99% of pollution particles and emits purified air as it travels.

The jury’s still out on how many buses a city could afford to buy in order to make a dent, but solving both traffic congestion and nasal congestion? That’s a clean sweep!

Good News Monday: Random Animal Facts

OK, none of these qualifies as “news” exactly, but they’re cool enough to brighten my day, and hopefully yours.

  • The heart of a shrimp is located in its head.
  • A snail can sleep for three years.
  • The fingerprints of a koala are so indistinguishable from humans that they have on occasion been confused at a crime scene.
  • Slugs have four noses.
  • Elephants are the only animal that can’t jump.
  • A rhinoceros’ horn is made of hair.

Question: What could possibly be so compelling to a slug that it would need four noses to smell it?!