Good News Friday

  • CostPlus Drug Company is selling medications at cost, plus a small markup, allowing Americans to pay a similar price for medications to Europeans. In some cases, medications cost thousands of dollars less than the retail price at pharmacies. TechCrunch.
  • World records fewest guinea worm cases in history of eradication campaign. The Carter Center.
  • This startup is turning nonrecyclable plastic into building blocks fit for construction. Fast Company.
  • Between 1978 and 2016, the median level of lead in the blood of children in the US fell by 95%. Our World in Data.
  • Federal agencies are raising minimum wages for government employees to $15 an hour. Axios.
  • A Zambian park has reversed the national extinction of black rhinos. Reasons to be Cheerful.
  • Conservation efforts are saving humpback whales. Good Good Good.
  • UCLA researchers cure HIV in 40% of mice. The Jerusalem Post.
  • Swedish startup Molecular Attraction plans to kill mosquitoes in places plagued by malaria by tricking the insects into drinking beetroot “blood” laced with toxins. Freethink.
  • Giant pristine coral reef discovered off Tahiti. BBC News.
  • Rains bring salmon back to California streams after 25 years. The Guardian.
  • Ghostly monkey and slug snake among 224 new species found in Mekong region. The Guardian.
  • GM to invest historic $7 billion in 4 facilities across Michigan, creating 4,000 jobs. Detroit Free Press.

For more good news, check out The Progress Network, and Future Crunch.

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