AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA seven-year-old boy kept in a “bubble” for two months has become the first person in Britain to be cured of a rare life-threatening disease with a bone marrow transplant. (Read the good news at Telegraph.co.uk) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen a Swedish city vowed a decade ago to wean itself from fossil fuels, it was a lofty aspiration few thought it could meet.But Kristianstad has already succeeded, with its population of 80,000 essentially using no oil, natural gas or coal to heat homes and businesses, even during the long frigid winters. It is a complete reversal from 20 years ago, when all of their heat came from fossil fuels. (READ the story in the New York Times)Photo by Måns SjödahlAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Matt Ridley is a 53-year-old scientist, author and journalist whose books have sold over 850,000 copies, translated into 30 languages. His latest book, The Rational Optimist: How prosperity evolves was just released in paperback. The website is www.rationaloptimist.com.(Article originally published in the Sun) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA British scientist and author of the book, The Rational Optimist, makes the case that mankind’s progress has been vigorous, widely spread, and not just benefiting the privileged few.Matt Ridley says, “Average citizens are becoming healthier, cleaner, smarter, kinder, happier, and more peaceful.” And he has the facts to back it up. (Read his essay below…)________________________________________ FOR the past month, the news has been all bad – war, recession, riot, tsunami, earthquake, nuclear disaster, inflation, and budget cuts.But while the news is always bad, there has never been a better time to be alive.The average citizen of earth is wealthier, healthier, wiser, cleaner, cleverer, kinder, more peaceful, more equal, freer and happier than ever before.Average lifespan is increasing across the globe at the rate of five hours per day. Child mortality has fallen by two thirds in 50 years.IQ scores are rising all around the world.London’s air and Britain’s rivers have never been so free of pollution.Charitable donations are at unprecedented levels.The last decade saw the lowest number of deaths in war since 1945 worldwide.Inequality is falling as poor countries such as India, Brazil and Botswana get rich faster than rich countries such as Britain, America and Japan.Freedom is on the march – the Russian empire fell, the Chinese liberalised, South American juntas collapsed, Arab despots are toppling.Soon only a few tyrants will be left – Kim Jong-il, Castro, Ahmadinejad, whoever runs Burma and a clutch of increasingly worried African despots in silly uniforms.And, yes, even happiness goes up as people get richer.It is easier to be happy when you don’t face death, dirt, disease and a long-drop toilet. The average British working man in 1957 – the year Harold Macmillan told us we had “never had it so good” – earned less than a modern father of three gets in state benefits (after correcting for inflation).In the Fifties it took 30 minutes to earn the price of a hamburger on the average wage. Today it takes three minutes.A modern car emits 95 percent less carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons than it did in the Seventies.The fatal accident rate of air travel was 13 times higher in 1969 than it was in 2009. The death rate from heart attacks and strokes at any given age has halved since 1970.I lay out these statistics in my book The Rational Optimist: How prosperity evolves.When I was young, nobody told me any of this.They said Britain was in decline, the world was running out of oil, the population explosion was unstoppable, global famine was inevitable, an epidemic of cancer caused by pesticides was going to shorten all our lives, nuclear war was coming, the desert was advancing at a mile a year, acid rain was destroying the forests, the ozone layer was shrinking and my sperm count was going to fall.Yet all the time, inexorably – and unheralded in the news – things were inching better.New ideas and new technologies were being invented to reduce the time each of us takes to fulfil a need or a wish.All it takes to improve living standards is to make sure energy is cheap and let people work for each other through trade, to let ideas meet and mate – and innovation follows.As good as life is compared with the past, the future is going to be much better.For 200 years living standards have been accelerating upwards because trade and communication have been getting easier.On present trends the average citizen of earth will be at least twice as rich as the average American is today by 2100 – corrected for inflation.Yet thanks to the internet, innovation has accelerated.There will still be wars and natural disasters. But consider this: your probability of death from a storm, flood or drought was 98 percent lower in the last decade than it was in the Twenties.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreGeorgetown University medical students recently held their yearly religious service, to say thank you to anatomical donors.Each year, 19,000 medical students in the United States dissect cadavers as part of their introduction to medicine. It is one of the most sensitive rites of becoming a doctor because it is the students’ first encounter with death.Each year their schools hold some type of memorial service at the end of the year to honor donors.At the George Washington University medical school, family members spoke, and students sang and performed original dance. The service ended with a release of butterflies.(READ the story in the Washington Post)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
To coincide with the release of its new dog food made without artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, Purina is donating a pound of its Puppy Chow Natural dog food to animal shelters every time someone views their adorable new video.FETCH MORE CUTE ANIMAL STORIES WITH OUR GOOD NEWS APP—> Download FREE for Android and iOSThey teamed up with video producers at SoulPancake to show how surprise visits from packs of puppies will immediately transform people’s mundane days with smiles and wagging tails.These Labradors were the center of attention at a preschool…Corgis made people at a retirement home feel years younger…And, these little guys showed up to melt the hearts of tough guys at a gym.The cuddles required lots of reps.Purina is donating up to 500,000 pounds of Puppy Chow Natural to Rescue Bank, a charity that distributes pet food to animal shelters. The video has already delivered 60 tons of dog food donations by this morning. SoulPancake has launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #PowerofPuppies for people to share the video below.Give it a watch, and do some good for shelter dogs by sharing the video.(WATCH the video below from SoulPancake Help Feed Some Hungry Dogs, Share This Story With Your Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDo you want to unleash someone’s inner joy? Puppies can make almost anyone’s day better– and these pups are making the day better for shelter dogs, too.
When a house went up in flames on Friday, a homeless man risked his own life to rescue two children trapped inside.Anival Angulo, who lives on the streets of Las Vegas, heard a 3-year-old girl and 10-month-old boy yelling for help from behind the door of their home. Something had caught fire on the kitchen stove, and smoke was starting to pour out of the house.Even though the children’s grandfather had been babysitting the two youngsters, he had gone into a back room and forgotten about the food in the kitchen. When it caught fire, the senior was unable to make it through the fire to rescue the kids.LOOK: When Homeless Man Helps Woman With His Last $20, She Repays Him 100-FoldAngulo, however, was able to jump the fence, tear open the deadlocked screen door, and pull the children to safety.“I wrapped up the babies and pulled them out,” Angulo told KSNV. “I knew I had to get them out.”Meanwhile, the neighbors ran to the rescue of the grandfather and managed to pull him out from a window in the back of the home.(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The Inspiring News With Your Friends – Photo by Kelsey ThomasAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe quest to develop the ‘Holy Grail’ of affordable, viable, and environmentally-friendly fuels using sunlight has taken an exciting new twist.A team of renewable energy experts from the University of Exeter has pioneered a new technique to produce hydrogen from sunlight to create a clean, cheap, and widely-available fuel.The team developed an innovative method to split water into its constituent parts – hydrogen and oxygen – using sunlight. The hydrogen can then be used as a fuel, with the potential to power everyday items such as homes and vehicles. Crucially, hydrogen fuel that can be created through this synthetic photosynthesis method would not only create zero carbon emissions, but it would also be a virtually limitless energy source.MORE: Scientists Create World’s First Zero-Emission Solar Fuel Reactor That Works at NightAt present, around 85% of the global energy provisions come from the burning of fossil fuels. Therefore the need and desire to find a sustainable, cost-effective renewable fuel source is growing in urgency.Perhaps unsurprisingly, the sun is earth’s most abundant renewable energy source, with the potential to provide 100,000 terawatts of power each year – meaning one hour’s worth of solar energy is equal to an entire year of total energy consumption worldwide.However, one of the most significant hindrances to the development of viable solar energy has been an inability to produce a semiconducting material that can effectively convert sunlight to a storable energy source.RELATED: In Historic Announcement, World Bank Says it Will No Longer Finance Oil and Gas ExplorationBut in this new research, the team utilized lanthanum iron oxide to create a semiconducting material that gave the ideal results for using sunlight to produce hydrogen from water, making it the strongest candidate yet for renewable hydrogen generation.The ground-breaking new research centers on the use of a revolutionary photo-electrode – an electrode that absorbs light before initializing electrochemical transformations to extract the hydrogen from water – made from nanoparticles of the elements lanthanum, iron, and oxygen.The researchers believe this new type of photo-electrode is not only cheap to produce, but can also be recreated on a larger scale for mass and worldwide use.LOOK: Tesla’s Solar Roof May Actually Be Cheaper Than Your Own RoofThe research is published in leading journal, Scientific Reports.Govinder Pawar, lead author on the paper and based at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability in Cornwall said: “With growing economies and population, fossil fuels will not be able to sustain the global energy demand in a ‘clean’ manner as they are being exhausted at an alarming rate.“Alternative renewable fuels sources must be found which can sustain the global energy demand. Hydrogen is a promising alternative fuel source capable of replacing fossil fuels as it has a higher energy density than fossil fuels (more than double), zero-carbon emissions and the only by-product is water.”Govinder Pawar added: “We have shown that our photo-electrode has ideal band alignments needed to split water into its constituents (H2 and O2) spontaneously, without the need of an external bias. Moreover, our material has excellent stability where after 21 hours of testing it does not degrade, ideal for water splitting purpose. We are currently working on further improving our material to make it more efficient to produce more hydrogen.”(Source: Exeter University)Power Up With Positivity: Click To Share With Your Friends – Photo by jkrebs, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAfter 60 years of saving lives, James Harrison is finally retiring from his position as “the man with the golden arm.”The affectionate nickname comes from homage to the Australian senior’s astonishing blood donor track record and the game-changing effect that his donations have had on his country.Because of a rare antibody that is found in Harrison’s blood, his donations have directly contributed to saving over 2.4 million Australian babies. Harrison, now 81 years old, didn’t always know that his blood literally had the power to save lives. When he was 14 years old, he had to undergo chest surgery and the resulting blood transfusion saved his life – so he vowed to become a donor once he turned 18 (even though he was afraid of needles.)RELATED: Waffle House Hero Sees Outpouring of Support After Raising Money For Victims He DefendedAfter a few years of donating, doctors were shocked to find that his blood contained an antibody that directly neutralizes rhesus disease: a dangerous condition in which a pregnant woman’s blood attacks her unborn child.According to Jemma Falkenmire of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, more than 17% of Australian women are at risk of developing the condition.“In Australia, up until about 1967, there were literally thousands of babies dying each year, doctors didn’t know why, and it was awful. Women were having numerous miscarriages and babies were being born with brain damage,” she told CNN in a 2015 interview.CONTINUE READING BELOW…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Reusing these materials is estimated to save roughly 864,000 trees every year. Plus, the machine uses less water than the average toilet.LOOK: These Cool New Shoes Are Made From Recycled Chewing GumCurrently, dirty diapers make up between 3 and 5% of the world’s garbage. Some diapers can take up to 400 years to decompose – and even “biodegradable” diapers take 50 years to fully degrade.If dirty diapers are not buried in landfills, then they are simply incinerated, which means that all of the toxic pathogens and chemicals used in the products are then sent into the atmosphere. Additionally, incinerators produce thousands of tons of harmful carbon emissions per 10 tons of diapers.Implementing this innovative and cost-effective machine in day care centers and assisted living facilities around the world would finally help to clean up one of the most problematic additions to landfills today.(WATCH the video below to see how the machine works) Clean Up Negativity By Sharing This Good News With Your Friends – Photo by Chung Hua UniversityAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWith billions of diapers ending up in landfills every year, researchers have been scrambling to find an efficient way to recycle the wasteful product. Finally, a team of scientists have found an easy solution.Researchers at Chung Hua University in Taiwan have created a user-friendly machine that can turn 220 pounds of dirty diapers into clean, raw materials in a single hour. The team is now working on developing their prototype into a larger facility that can recycle over 10 tons of dirty diapers in a single day.The machine sanitizes the soiled diapers on-site. Then, through a special process called stratification, the machine separates and salvages all the reusable materials in the products, such as fluff pulp, sodium polyacrylate and polyethylene. The raw materials can then be taken to a recycling center where they can be reused to make things like cardboard, paper, absorbent pads, and more diapers.
Indiana colleges play a major role in encouraging high school students to attend college, according to a panel discussion with state leaders in politics and education Monday evening. The panel began the 72nd annual conference of the Indiana Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (IACRO) that will be hosted at Notre Dame this week. Representatives from universities around the state gather during the conference to talk about issues facing Indiana’s higher education. Richard Ludwick, former provost at St. Gregory’s University in Oklahoma, now serves as the president and CEO of IACRO. He said more Indiana students have access to higher education than ever before. “A cultural shift, encouraged by leaders in higher education, has helped to drive innovations in all of our communities where the institutions make access and the actual degree much more likely,” Ludwick said. Universities need to continue to push students to apply to college and look into their options in higher education, he said. These students will then be better prepared for the job market with a college degree. “If we prepare students to be well-educated so that they can acquire those skills no matter what the future of the economy is, then that’s really the best education that we can give them,” Ludwick said. Jeff Rea, former Mishawaka mayor and current president and CEO of the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce, said the “brain drain” issue plagues many schools in Indiana. More students choose to leave the state to find further education and jobs elsewhere, he said. Rea said more viable job opportunities need to be available for new college graduates and university peer networks can help educate alumni about these openings. Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan said the state government needs to work with universities to maximize opportunities for students to afford a college education. “The goal would be to make sure that every kid in Indiana that wants to go to college gets to go because the resources would be in place to do that,” Kernan said. “We’re a long way from that.” The state and local governments need to continue to collaborate with universities and colleges to encourage high school students to go to college, Kernan said. This partnership is critical to these students’ futures. “The only way to guarantee that we achieve the kinds of results that we all know are necessitated by this globally competitive world is to continue to work together and to collaborate to do what’s best for our universities, colleges and our communities,” he said. University Registrar Chuck Hurley, a former president of IACRO, said Indiana universities need to continue innovating and using new technology to attract students to higher education. “People in the registrar and admissions areas have thought about their duties in a very traditional fashion,” Hurley said. “Because of the state of the current economy and the fast pace of modern technology we have had to think about innovative ways to do registration and all types of things, and how to continue to be much bigger players now in the global economy.”