We have gathered collectively some optimistic information from the previous month to interrupt by way of the noise and present you there’s good on the planet
1. Write on time
Two transatlantic pen friends, who’ve been messaging since 1938, celebrated their a hundredth birthdays with their first video name. The milestone second noticed the lifelong associates, Geoff from Devon and Celesta from Texas, embrace fashionable know-how. However their story spans not simply an ocean, however the Second World Struggle, the Civil Rights Motion, and financial struggles. By all of it, they stored in contact – and plan to proceed doing so!
2. The long run is… terracotta?
The three.5 million vacationers who go to the Pompeii ruins every year have lots to marvel at, however some issues that may have gone unnoticed are the roof tiles of the Home of Cerere constructing. And there’s actually no cause to suspect them. The terracotta tiles look precisely like those that may have been utilized by the Romans, with one key distinction: they’re photo voltaic panels.
These invisible photo voltaic panels are made by small household enterprise Dyaqua. The concept for the tiles got here from father and visionary Giovanni Batista, who needed to create a photo voltaic panel that blended in with its atmosphere, with out affecting the historic options of buildings. The consequence: tiles with a polymer compound that may be made to seem like stone, wooden, concrete, or brick – and which permit the solar’s rays to filter by way of.
Presently, Dyaqua primarily provides historic buildings, the place retaining the exterior historic options, whereas discovering new methods to be sustainable, is of the utmost significance. However their work opens the door to new alternatives, difficult others to suppose in another way about sustainable options.
3. A daring & sensible breakthrough
A brand new drug developed to sort out Alzheimer’s is being hailed the ‘starting of the top’ within the seek for efficient therapies. Scientific trials have discovered that Lecanemab, which targets a protein that builds up within the brains of these with Alzheimer’s, can decelerate reminiscence decline by as a lot as 27%. Whereas there’s nonetheless a solution to go, it’s a optimistic signal that scientists are on the fitting path, and life-changing therapies might be on the horizon.
4. Artist’s childhood toy rides once more
Whether or not it’s a hand-knitted blanket or an previous toy, most of us may have one thing mendacity round that brings again fond childhood reminiscences, and a way of consolation in our occasions of want. For modern artist Paul Robinson – higher generally known as LUAP – this was a pink bear, and it’s a picture that has turn into central in his paintings right now.
Throughout a difficult time in his life, Paul sought remedy to assist him overcome loneliness. “I’ve all the time tried mixing with individuals, however felt awkward while being round individuals,” he tells Happiful. “The exception is once I’m working or exploring the outside. Then all the things turns into simpler and is smart.”
It was throughout his time in remedy that Paul reconnected with a cheerful childhood reminiscence, which resulted in his recollection of a pink bear. From there, he grew to become impressed to create the daring items of artwork for which he has turn into well-known.
For Paul, the pink bear represented a guiding gentle, which helped him navigate a troublesome a part of his life. Wanting to offer others with the identical sense of consolation and safety, he makes use of a mixture of portray and pictures to function the whimsical bear in real-life settings from all over the world. In doing so, he units out to exhibit the stark distinction between actuality and make-believe, with the pink bear standing as an emblem of private progress and self-exploration.
Paul says: “The Pink Bear melts away concern and darkness with the heat and pleasure of innocence.”
Go to luapstudios.co.uk to search out out extra.
5. Do you continue to dream about taking assessments at college?
If that’s the case, you’re not alone. A latest international research, by dream interpretation web site ThePleasantDream, discovered that 71.8% of members had recurring goals about taking a take a look at at school, carefully adopted by visions of being chased, and nightmares about falling.
Additional questioning discovered that lots of the members began having these goals in childhood or adolescence and, regardless that a few years, if not a long time, had handed since they final confronted a faculty examination, the theme continued. So, why do these goals maintain cropping up?
“A number of the key causes for recurring goals are unresolved conflicts, unmet wants, and previous life occasions that trigger frustration,” Dr Nereida Gonzalez-Berrios, MD, reviewer and licensed psychiatrist at ThePleasantDream, says, additionally stating that worrying goals can generally be linked to psychological well being issues.
When you’ve got bother with recurring goals, it’s value contemplating whether or not there are any patterns to them. For instance, do you are inclined to dream about being in an examination during times of excessive stress and anxiousness? Maybe earlier than massive conferences at work, or when approaching conditions you’re fearful about failing in?
Make a remark every time you expertise a dream like this, and create a report that you could replicate on. You would possibly quickly discover that your night-time wanderings might be making an attempt to inform you one thing…
6. Quick ahead to inexperienced
Quick meals chains in France lately confronted a large shake up, in what’s being referred to as a ‘revolution’ by environmentalists. From 1 January 2023, new guidelines imply that any restaurant with greater than 20 seats should present reusable dishes, cups, and cutlery for purchasers, in a transfer set to save lots of round 100,000 tonnes of waste.
7. Work-life steadiness is an all-round win, research says
A brand new research from the Worldwide Labour Group has confirmed what many might need suspected: versatile hours and shorter work weeks can result in extra productive, wholesome, and constant workers.
The report took a take a look at two principal facets of labor, hours labored and work schedules, and assessed how they affected each the enterprise efficiency and the employees’ wellbeing. Contemplating a spread of working preparations, comparable to compressed hours and hour-averaging schemes, it discovered that flexibility and an total discount in hours have been linked to a more healthy and happier workforce – conversely, limiting flexibility may enhance employees turnover, and value employers.
Contemplating the changes that got here into place on the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, which allowed for extra scope for worker autonomy, the report calls on public policymakers all over the world to advertise higher steadiness.
“The so-called ‘Nice Resignation’ phenomenon has positioned work-life steadiness on the forefront of social and labour market points,” stated Jon Messenger, lead writer of the report. “This report reveals that if we apply a few of the classes of the Covid-19 disaster, and look very fastidiously on the approach working hours are structured, in addition to their total size, we will create a win-win.”
8. Cat bought your… heartstrings?
In a transferring story, a misplaced cat from West Sacramento was reunited together with her proprietor after six years aside! Jessica Kinsey adopted Lily as a kitten, however she disappeared and hadn’t been seen since 2017, till a name from a shelter who discovered the now 13-year-old feline, and scanned her microchip, modified all the things. And the most effective information? Lily recognised her human right away.