This Week’s Good News From Around the World (March 25th, 2017)

People Google Donates Money to Education Non-Profits Google.org, the philanthropic branch of Google, has given $50 million dollars in grant money to several non-profit organizations who are working in the tech and education sectors. The goal is to increase access to quality education materials in developing areas, and to help…

This Week’s Good News From Around The World (March 18th, 2017)

People World’s Oldest Golfing Club Votes to Admit Women The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, the world’s oldest golfing club, finally voted to allow women to join its ranks. The decision came on Tuesday after a vote by 621 members yielded an 80 percent majority in favor. After 273 years,…

This Week’s Good News From Around the World (March 11th, 2017)

People and Politics Iceland Makes Gender Wage Gap Illegal Iceland celebrated International Women’s Day 2017 by becoming the first country to legally require all employers to pay male and female employees equally. The new mandate will apply to both public and private companies with a staff of 25 or more,…

This Week’s Good News From Around The World (March 4th, 2017)

People Helping People Public School Tries Meditation as Alternative to Punishments A public school in Baltimore is replacing after-school detention with daily yoga and meditation. Robert W. Coleman Elementary School is using so-called “Mindful Moments” during the day, along with an after school program called “Holistic Me” as a way…

This Week’s Good News From Around The World (February 26th, 2017)

Bees Teaching Bees to Play Ball Teaches Researchers More About the Insects A study by researchers at the Queen Mary University of London indicates that bees may have more brainpower than we expect. As part of an experiment, scientists “taught” groups of honey bees to move a tiny ball from…

This Week’s Good News From Around The World (February 11th, 2017)

Animals and the Environment British Supermarkets Feed Bees With Discarded Sugar Tesco supermarkets are offering a solution for British beekeepers facing a winter nectar shortage. The shops are shipping unused sugar, from bakeries and split bags, to beekeepers in order to keep honey bees fed throughout the cold season. This…

This Week’s Good News From Around The World (February 4th, 2017)

Tech and Medicine Brain Interface Gives Locked-In Patients Gift of Communication A new brain-computer interface is helping patients with locked-in syndrome. A team of scientists — headed by Niels Birbaumer at the Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering in Geneva, Switzerland — have created a system that combines measurements of…

This Week’s Good News From Around The World (January 28th, 2017)

Environmental News Ireland Moves to Completely Divest Fossil Fuels The Irish parliament voted to make its country the first in the world to completely divest itself from fossil fuels. In a 90 to 53 vote, the legislation passed to drop all oil, coal and gas investments from the Ireland Strategic Investment…

This Week’s Good News From Around The World (January 21st, 2016)

Animals and the Environment Peruvian Conservationists to Release Half a Million Baby Turtles Peru plans to release 500,000 yellow-spotted Amazon River turtles by the middle of November. The turtles are currently classified as a vulnerable species and are protected by Peruvian authorities. After collecting thousands of eggs throughout August, the…

This Week’s GOOD NEWS From Around the World (January 14, 2017)

Animals and the Environment New Program Speeds up Process of Discovering Biofuel Algaes Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are hard at work, trying to home in on specific species of algae that could eventually be used to make biofuel. Now, the Algae DISCOVR (Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar…

This Week’s GOOD NEWS From Around The World (January 7th, 2017)

Animals and the Environment Indian Rhinos are Conservation Success Story In a rare success story for conservationists, the population of Indian rhinos has multiplied exponentially over the course of the past century. The rhinos were moved from “endangered” to “vulnerable” in 2008, after its population in India and Nepal grew…

This Week’s GOOD NEWS From Around the World (December 31st/16)

Animals and Environment China to Halt All Domestic Ivory Trade by End of Year This Friday, China announced that it would completely shut down its domestic ivory trade by 2017. Biologists and environmentalists are hailing the announcement as a “game changer” for dwindling elephant populations in Africa. After years of…

This Week’s GOOD NEWS From Around The World (December 17, 2016)

Tech Innovations NASA Successfully Launches 8 Hurricane-Detecting Satellites This Thursday NASA saw the successful launch of eight new satellites that will help to detect hurricanes. The satellites were launched from an airplane and will orbit as part of the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, a net of orbiting detectors that…

Cute Robots Are Helping Scientists Get Closer to Animals

It’s a question that has plagued biologists and wildlife researchers for decades – how do you get close enough to observe an animal’s behavior without being noticed? Many animals are shy in the wild, and the presence of humans can change their behavior enough to corrupt any data that might…

This Week’s GOOD NEWS From Around The World (December 10/16)

Tech and Medical Advancements A Look at Apple’s Accessible Tech Apple’s programmers and engineers are committed to making tech more accessible to people of all abilities. This article looks at VoiceOver and Swift Playgrounds, two programs that work in tandem, reading onscreen text aloud for the visually impaired, and introducing…

This Week’s GOOD NEWS From Around The World (December 3/16)

Earth and The Environment India Builds World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Newly released images show the world’s newest and largest solar power plant in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu, India. The new plant covers 10 square miles of area and has a power capacity of 648MW – surpassing the previous record holder,…

This Week’s GOOD NEWS From Around The World (November 26/16)

Tech Innovations Glowing Dye Could Drastically Improve Battery Performance A chemistry team at the University at Buffalo recently tested a luminescent dye that has potential to drastically improve car batteries, a benefit which could help encourage more drivers to move from gas to electric powered vehicles. The chemical, boron-dipyrromethene, is…

This Week’s GOOD NEWS From Around The World (November 19/16)

Animal Rescues Blind Husky Saved by Adoption A blind husky was found wandering the streets of San Bernardino County in California earlier this week. Isaac the husky was accompanied by a Chihuahua-terrier mix later named Isabella, who was apparently helping the blind dog find his way. Luckily, Isaac’s story has…

This Week’s GOOD NEWS From Around The World (Nov 12/16)

Environmental Appreciation The World Has a New Tallest Tree The Carnegie Airborne Observatory has revealed new candidates for the world’s tallest tree. An aerial laser survey of a reserved area in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, measured 50 trees that exceed the previous record for the tallest tree on earth. The new…

This Week’s GOOD NEWS From Around The World (Nov 5/16)

Nature and the Environment Paris Climate Deal Becomes International Law On November 4th, 2016, the Paris Climate Deal officially became international law. The U.N. treaty, which was introduced last December and was agreed by 195 countries, aims to keep the global temperature rise under 2C from the beginning of the…

This Week’s GOOD NEWS From Around The World (Oct 29/16)

Adorable Animals Bachelor Party Finds Homes for Eight Stray Dogs A group of men enjoying an extended bachelor party in Tennessee got a visit from an unexpected guest earlier this month. The stray dog, which the party nicknamed Annie, turned out to be a new mother, nursing seven newborn puppies….

This Week’s GOOD NEWS From Around The World (Oct 22/16)

Communities and Government Scotland to Adopt Finland’s “Baby Boxes”  Aid Program Dating back to the 1930’s, every baby born in Finland has received a state-funded “baby box.” The box is full of necessities including clothing, sheets and a thermometer, and the box itself can even be used as a makeshift…

This Week’s GOOD NEWS From Around The World (Oct 15/16)

Animal Helpers Eight-Year Old Boy Saves Pennies to Buy a Rescue Dog An 8-year old Vermont boy has been saving his pennies for four years – now he finally has enough to buy his own service dog. Aiden was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes at the age of 4, and found…

This Week’s GOOD NEWS From Around The World (Oct 8/16)

Science and the Environment U.K. Village On Track to Carbon Neutrality A village in Cheshire County is set to become the first carbon-neutral community in England. Residents of Ashton Hayes village have been working hard to cut their carbon emissions since 2006, and have managed thus far to reduce emissions…

7 Indoor Plants to Brighten and Purify Your Home or Office

There’s no denying it – a lush, green plant can brighten up any space. With many of us now spending the majority of our days indoors, it’s amazing how much a touch of the outdoors can improve your mood. Good news! A number of studies have found links between the…

This Week’s GOOD NEWS From Around The World (July 18/16)

The Good Side of Pokemon Go Children’s Hospital Uses Game To Light Up Patients’ Lives The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is harnessing the immense popularity of Pokémon Go to boost morale amongst its patients. With several Poké stops and a gym placed within the hospital walls,…