Good News Friday

  • Seven years ago, only 19% of India’s 1.3 billion people had access to the internet. That figure now stands at nearly 60%. BBC.
  • Number of uninsured Americans drops to record low. ABC News.
  • Three reasons why a radically better future is more likely than we think. The Progress Network.
  • Cuba boasts 144 new protected areas in its geography. ACN.
  • First 100,000 kg removed from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Ocean Cleaup.
  • New AR glasses allow deaf people to ‘see’ conversations by turning audio into subtitles. Euronews.
  • Genetic heart conditions could be cured for first time in ‘defining moment’. The Guardian.
  • Climate change bill would cut U.S. air pollution deaths by up to 3,900 per year, study finds. Yahoo!
  • Fourth patient seemingly cured of HIV. BBC.
  • Algorithm that detects sepsis cut deaths by nearly 20 percent. Scientific American.
  • Majority of U.S. workers changing jobs are seeing real wage gains. Pew Research Center.
  • The poverty rate in Cambodia fell to 17.8% in 2020 from nearly 40% in 2009. Vietnam Plus.

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

Good News Friday

  • How progress compounds and why it matters. Farnam Street Blog.
  • Once nearly extinct, bison are now climate heroes. The Washington Post.
  • All of America will benefit from investment in clean energy and climate solutions. Watson Institute.
  • The death toll from extreme weather events in Bangladesh has drastically decreased due to a multi-layered early warning system. BBC.
  • House passes bill codifying same-sex marriage with significant GOP support. The Hill.
  • Financial services can help people escape poverty. In 2021, 76 percent of adults worldwide had an account at a financial institution, up from 51 percent in 2011. World Bank.
  • Energy crisis is hastening end of fossil fuel era, India says. Bloomberg.
  • In Alaska, coal is dwindling as green energy is on the rise. High Country News.
  • After the failure of the state’s power grid in February 2021, solar power is bailing Texas out this summer. Texas Monthly.
  • How Germany’s new immigration law gives refugees hope. DW.
  • Mother to child HIV transmission in Botswana has fallen from 40% in 1999 to 1% in 2021. Guardian.
  • After 45 years of public health efforts, Niger is on the verge of becoming the first country in Africa to end onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness. Gates Foundation.
  • Between 2000 and 2021, Indonesia reduced the share of people living below the national poverty line from 20% to 10% – lifting around 25 million out of poverty. Noahpinion.
  • Transformational therapy cures haemophilia B. BBC.

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

Trespass

I quite enjoy Amazon’s short story collections, but I wish they’d publicize them more. I only found out about Trespass recently even though I’ve read these collections in the past. All of the stories this time around are worth reading. I think the theme that ties them together is each features human’s relationship with wildlife.

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Good News Friday

  • Judge restores a range of protections to endangered species. AP.
  • ‘Extinct’ parrots make a flying comeback in Brazil. The Guardian.
  • UK energy bills to drop next year thanks to record-breaking investment in renewables. Euronews.
  • Why natural disasters are killing fewer people. Vox.
  • Medical debt is being wiped off credit reports. The Wall Street Journal.
  • Universal flu vaccine enters phase 1 trials. Freethink.
  • By most measures, people around the world are better off than ever. So why doesn’t it feel that way to Americans? The New York Times.

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

Ang Aklatan Part 3 of 3

Continuing my review of the Ang Aklatan…

We’re told three letters regarding Jesus Christ are included, but there appear to be only two and neither of them are written in the form of a letter.

The Gospel written by Angulu

Angulu was chosen of God at ten years of age, despite his father not being a believer in Christ. He’s told to go to Jerona. When he attains manhood at age twelve, he travels to Jerson. During the journey, he rests by the side of the stream Taborong and sees a rather Freudian vision of a rod of a tree sprouting up and a handmaiden taking hold of the rod. The rod of the tree divides a fertile land. A great tree, representing a prophet, arises out of the land, bearing fruit.

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Ang Aklatan Part 1 of 3

Through a series of dreams, Elisha M. Enoc translated the Aklatan from a set of copper sheets he discovered after having a vision. The Aklatan contains a record of the ancient history of the Philippines, Taiwan, and Borneo and Christ’s visitation to the ancient people of these islands, just as the Book of Mormon describes the ancient history of America and Christ’s visit to those people. While all the books of the Aklatan have been translated, not all have been published yet.

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Good News Friday

  • Living standards have improved a lot since the 1980s. 24 charts that show we’re (mostly) living better than our parents. Full Stack Economics.
  • 3D-printed implants that grow new breast tissue before breaking down without a trace could help breast cancer survivors. The Guardian.
  • Dissolving implantable device relieves pain without drugs. Northwestern.
  • In a world-first, scientists create eco-friendly cement from algae. Interesting Engineering.
  • Climeworks is building a bigger carbon removal plant — and getting some new competition. Grist.
  • $26K solar car now has a factory — and will roll out this year. Freethink.
  • How child mortality fell from 40% to 3.7% in 200 years. Big Think.
  • India reports 86% fall in malaria cases since 2015 and a 79% reduction in deaths. Economic Times.
  • French drugmaker Sanofi will make 30 of its treatments, including insulin, available on a not-for-profit basis in 40 lower-income countries. Reuters.
  • The DNA-altering technology CRISPR is making strides in potential one-and-done treatments for sickle cell disease, genetic liver conditions, and more. Boston Globe.
  • NHS to test using drones to fly chemotherapy drugs to Isle of Wight. The Guardian.

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

Dead Stars and Stone Arches Book Tour and Giveaway

Dead Stars and Stone Arches

A Collection of Utah Horror

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There is something out there, just beyond the reach of human understanding. It flits at the corner of our eyes and titillates the hairs on the back of our necks. You can feel it sometimes, just under your skin. Fortunately, most of us will never know the full extent of what lies sleeping in the cosmos. They are the lucky ones. However, those few who glimpse the maddening truth become forever changed. Contained within this esoteric tome are thirty-seven stories and poems about forbidden knowledge, hidden terrors, and mind-breaking horrors that lurk in the dark places of the earth. Be warned, though, there’s no stopping once you start this journey, and sometimes, ignorance is bliss.

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