Back in 2003, Teen Titans debuted. It was a fun animated show featuring Batman’s sidekick Robin, as well as other teen superheroes Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, and Cyborg. I recently rewatched it and it’s still a lot of fun, although season five dragged for me. They spent so much time introducing new characters you didn’t really get a chance to know any of them. It was also disappointing that they never revealed who Slade really was or what his big plan was.Continue reading
- The first malaria vaccine has been approved and it’s expected to save tens of thousands of young children’s lives each year. Washington Post.
- Natural bacteria could wipe out dengue-carrying mosquitoes, Australian research suggests. The Guardian.
- 43 fish stocks have been rebuilt since the year 2000. Now, 84 percent of stocks are no longer overfished. Reasons to be Cheerful.
- Wild Amur tigers rebound in China. Mongabay.
- Scientists have created a hydrogel tablet that can purify a liter of river water in an hour. UT News.
- A professor has developed smart microscope slides that help to detect cancer. Medical Xpress.
- The nonprofit Sungai Watch, based in Bali, Indonesia, has created a new system for collecting plastic waste out of rivers which also employs people who lost their tourism jobs due to Covid. Hakai.
- Haiti, which experienced the largest cholera epidemic ever recorded in a single country, hasn’t had a single case of cholera since January 2019. World Bank.
- 84% of countries experienced better air quality in 2020 compared to 2019, due to COVID lockdowns. CNN.
- More than 110,000 landmines were destroyed globally last year, a new annual record. ReliefWeb.
- Three years ago, Pakistan launched the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami, a plan to reforest vast swathes of one of the most deforested countries in the world. They’re on track to plant 1.5 billion trees by the end of 2021. Dunya.
- The population of the critically endangered Grauer’s gorilla has doubled, with current numbers of 6,800 up from 3,800 in 2016. Mongabay.
- The 2020 US Census shows a 13% drop in the total number of incarcerated people, or nearly 300,000 fewer people, compared with the 2010 Census. The Marshall Project.
- The New Ireland province in Papau New Guinea has severely reduced transmission of lymphatic filariasis which causes elephantiasis. WHO.
- In just ten days, Zimbabwe has managed to vaccinate four million kids and teenagers against typhoid and cholera. WHO.
- Global cases of cholera plummeted by almost two thirds last year, thanks to a 68% decrease in cases in Yemen, and a 23% decrease from all other countries. WHO.
- A court in Jakarta has ruled that the Indonesian government is required to tighten national air quality standards to protect human health and the environment. The Independent.
- More than 99.5% of people in Bangladesh now have access to electricity, up from 47% before 2009. New Age.
- 85,000 adults with disabilities were able to vote for the first time in the recent German election. DW.
- 362,000 marijuana cases in New Jersey have been dismissed and 1,200 people released from probation as new drug laws take effect. NJ.
- The Philippine Senate has approved a bill to raise the minimum age of sexual consent from 12 to 16 years old. Benar News.
- Elderly black women now have equal access to matrimonial property in South Africa. Berea Mail.
- Ford is spending $11.4 billion to build two new factories in Tennessee and Kentucky for batteries and electric pickup trucks. Together, they’ll create over 11,000 jobs. The Atlantic.
In the introduction, we’re given a description of Andrew Jackson Davis which would appeal to a phrenologist, as well as testimonials from his acquaintances. We’re told he was poor and barely educated, only attending a few months of school, so he only knows the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Although we’re also told he knows all the technical medical terms, so maybe he’s not as ignorant as they want us to believe. He’s only 20 years old.Continue reading
- Malaria cases are way down. The Progress Network.
- 94% of Americans now support interracial marriage. Gallup.
- L.A. County D.A. to dismiss 60,000 unjust marijuana convictions. The Los Angeles Times.
- We have hit “peak car”. People are driving less and the trend is expected to continue. Big Think.
- Little fluffy clouds may help save Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Reuters.
Good news everybody!
- Renewable energy is now much cheaper than fossil fuels. The Crucial Years.
- Most CO2 from Australia’s megafires has been offset by algal blooms. New Scientist.
- Guinea declares end of Marburg virus outbreak. Reuters.
- Scientists created the world’s whitest paint. It could eliminate the need for air conditioning. USA Today.
The moon explodes, breaking into seven large pieces and several smaller ones. It will continue breaking up until earth gains a ring like Saturn. However, in the meantime, bits of rock will rain down on the Earth for thousands of years, making the surface uninhabitable. Humanity can only survive by going into space or perhaps going underground.Continue reading
It’s unknown when exactly the Poem of Erra was written, but probably sometime between 1124BC to 652BC in response to one of the Sutian aggressions against Babylon. A lot of the introduction is devoted to arguing that this should not be called the Epic of Erra. The hero of the poem doesn’t fit the profile of a hero found in other epics, it’s too short to be an epic, etc.Continue reading
It’s easy to focus on all the bad news out there, but let’s not ignore all the good news. Here’s just a small selection of good news from around the world:
- About 11.2 million or 38% of all households in regions of India deemed Japanese-encephalitis endemic now have access to clean piped water critical to improving health outcomes, up from about 2.9% in 2019. Hindustan Times.
- US faith groups unite to help Afghanistan refugees after war. AP.
- US poverty fell to 9.1 percent in 2020 — the lowest rate on record and a significant decline from 11.8 percent in 2019. Washington Post.
- The number of leprosy cases around the world plummeted last year, with new cases falling by 37% and total cases by 27% compared to 2019. WHO.
- Australian bandicoot brought back from brink of extinction. BBC.
- Northern hairy-nosed wombats are back from the brink of extinction. ABC.
- US Teen nicotine use is 55% lower today than it was 20 years ago. JAMA Network.
- Leaded gasoline, one of the worst public health dangers of the past century, has finally been eradicated. Vox.
I can’t resist a good pun, and I’m a fan of corvids, so I just had to purchase this anthology which was released as a fundraiser to make up for all the money lost due to the covid-related cancellation of RavenCon.Continue reading