Obviously there’s hardly anything good about inflation, still ongoing Covid-19, and the war in Ukraine, however Mauro Gatti wanted to create something positive as an anti-venom to the anxiety inducing rhetoric that pervades in media. That’s why he published things about 2022 that are actually pretty good, so scroll down and we guarantee that you’ll feel much better about the world around you!
Jumbo, the Dutch supermarket chain, introduced slow checkouts when it discovered some people enjoy chatting while paying for their goods. The added personal touch is helping many people, especially the elderly, deal with loneliness. The move has proven so successful that Jumbo has installed the slow checkouts in 200 stores.
The Galleri test detects a cancer signal shared by more than 50 types of cancer through a simple blood draw. The test has a 0.5% false positive rate, which means it is highly accurate. If you look at the 12 cancers that account for two-thirds of all cancer deaths in the U.S., this test finds 67% of them.
President Biden pardoned all individuals convicted on federal charges of simple marijuana possession, a move that the White House estimated would affect more than 6,500 people nationwide. Biden urged all governors to follow his example, and called for a formal review of marijuana’s classification in federal law as a Schedule 1 drug — the same classification as heroin and LSD, and a stricter classification than fentanyl.
The greater one-horned rhino species’ population now numbers 4,014 individuals. It has increased by 274 rhinos since the last count – helped by a baby boom during the pandemic when many protected areas were closed to visitors. For a species that was once perilously close to extinction, numbering fewer than 100 individuals, this recovery is truly remarkable.
Period products, including tampons and sanitary pads, are now free of cost in Scotland to anyone who needs them. Research has shown that a lack of access to period products can cause women and girls to miss school or work. Menstrual products will be available in places like pharmacies and community centers.
Jose Alberto Gutierrez, a garbage man who lives in Bogota, Colombia, has been collecting books that were thrown away for 20 years. He lives in the low-income neighborhood of La Nueva Gloria barrio in southern Bogota. Gutierrez started his collection when he realized local children have to drop out of school and start working early because they can’t afford books. Today, the entire ground floor of his house is filled with 25,000 books and counting. It has turned into a community library called La Fuerza de las Palabras (Spanish for “The Strength of Words”), run by his family.
Dubbed “koe knuffelen” in Dutch (literally “cow hugging”), the practice is centred on the inherent healing properties of a good human-to-animal snuggle. Cow cuddlers typically start by taking a tour of the farm before resting against one of the cows for two to three hours. The cow’s warmer body temperature, slower heartbeat and mammoth size can make hugging them an incredibly soothing experience, and giving the animal a backrub, reclining against them or even getting licked is all part of the therapeutic encounter.
The Sacramento Police Department said on Facebook that 134 people had dropped off firearms in exchange for $50 gas gift cards. The day’s collections included at least one assault weapon, components of privately manufactured “ghost guns” and “multiple other illegally configured firearms,” they said.
The Brazilian skydiver Luigi Cani executed one of the most important jumps of his life in the Amazon. On this occasion he took more than 100 million seeds – from 27 species of trees native to the local biome – to a remote deforested area in the heart of the Amazon region. The seeds collected for the project have a germination rate of over 95% and do not require human intervention to germinate, so in a few years we will see the fruits of this unprecedented action.
The city of Skelleftea in Sweden is now home to a 20 storeys (75 meters) tall skyscraper that will capture and store vast quantities of CO2 from the atmosphere. Construction called for 12,000 cubic meters (~423,776 cubic feet) of timber harvested from local forests and is an attempt to move away from carbon-intensive building materials, such as cement – the world’s largest industrial CO2 emitter. In addition to not emitting any carbon dioxide into the air, the wooden structure is projected to capture as much as 9,000 metric tons of CO2 throughout its lifetime.
The Bridge Project, funded by $16 million from the New York City-based Monarch Foundation, is the latest in a series of local cash pilot programs that provide no-strings-attached money to select populations in need. They give mothers across New York City $500 or $1,000 every month for three years, with no strings attached.
This rare radio station plays just about anything, except music. Every day, a stream of volunteers at the WRBH Radio bring listeners everything that comes in print, including news headlines, grocery ads and even horoscopes.
The groundbreaking law, which the French government claims is a world first, made destroying unsold goods a criminal offense that would result in financial penalties or prison time. Now luxury houses have to manage their stocks more carefully, offering deals to staff, making donations and recycling goods.
During the procedure, tissue parts are created which then interact with each other. They are placed on a chip of a few centimeters in size and can be supplied with very specific nutrients or also with pharmaceutical compounds in a highly precise manner. In this way, important information can be gathered about the effect of drugs without having to resort to animal testing.
Airbus performed the first-ever A380 flight powered by 100 percent Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) derived mainly from cooking oil and other waste fats. SAF can be made from renewable sources such as used cooking oil, municipal waste and woody biomass. It is a fuel that has the potential to reduce lifecycle emissions by up to 80%, compared with conventional aviation fuel.
Peptoc, as the free hotline is called, was put together with the help of teachers Jessica Martin and Asherah Weiss. Martin says she hopes the pre recorded messages will give callers a little respite from whatever it is they’re going through, which – judging from the thousands of calls the hotline gets each day – is quite a lot. Two days after launching the hotline on Feb. 26, she said they were up to 700 callers per hour.
The legislation includes six paragraphs of rights extended to nature, including the “right to exist, persist and regenerate its life cycles,” the “right to conserve its biodiversity,” and the “right to be restored after being affected directly or indirectly by any human activity.”
The 3D process begins by scanning underwater photographs of coral reefs. From this visual information, a three-dimensional model of the reef is assembled with maximum accuracy. The final stage is the translation and production of a ceramic reef in 3D printing. The reefs are made of a unique ceramic that is naturally porous underwater and provides the most ideal construction and restoration needs to the affected area. The scientists say the model can be adapted to help curb reef devastation plaguing coral ecosystems around the globe.
The innovative project is being worked on by research scientist Dr. Donna Kean, 33, from Glasgow, Scotland. So far, seven rats have been trained, taking only two weeks to get them up to speed. The rats have a great sense of smell, and can move through small spaces to search for survivors buried in rubble. The basic behavioral sequence is: search for victim, pull ball to communicate when victim has been found, then return to trainer for reward.
SällBo is a multicultural and multigenerational living space in Helsingborg, Sweden. More than half of the 72 residents are over 70s, the rest are aged 18-25. All were selected after an extensive interview process to ensure a mix of personalities, backgrounds, religions, and values, and all had to sign a contract promising to spend at least two hours a week socialising with their neighbours.