December 2020

Argentine Senate approves bill to legalise abortion

Argentina becomes the fourth country in Latin America to legalise abortion.

30/12/2020 Al Jazeera

Exclusive: A $5 billion foundation literally founded on oil money is saying goodbye to fossil fuels

The Rockefeller Foundation, a 107-year-old philanthropy built by oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, is breaking up with fossil fuels in an effort to save the planet.

18/12/2020 CNN

MacKenzie Scott donates $4.2 billion to 384 organizations

MacKenzie Scott announced on Tuesday her second major charitable contribution of the year, giving away nearly $4.2 billion to 384 organizations as part of a plan to donate a majority of her fortune.

15/12/2020 CNN

1st Patients To Get CRISPR Gene-Editing Treatment Continue To Thrive

As the first patient to receive an experimental treatment that relied on the gene-editing technique CRISPR continues to do well 17 months later, more patients seem to be benefiting, too.

15/12/2020 NPR

'Happy corals': climate crisis sanctuary teeming with life found off east Africa

Scientists have discovered a climate crisis refuge for coral reefs off the coast of Kenya and Tanzania, where species are thriving despite warming events that have killed their neighbours.

15/12/2020 The Guardian

Virginia woman does 53 acts of kindness for 53rd birthday

The pandemic didn’t allow Debra Ferrell to gather with her whole family for her birthday. So instead, she celebrated the day by giving back — with 53 gifts from her heart.

14/12/2020 The Independent

‘I was in prison at 20 - and a music executive by 28’

As he faced jail, the life Niyah Smith had once dreamed of looked impossible. But then came a chance to turn his fortunes around.

13/12/2020 BBC

Efforts to rewild the capital’s rivers are yielding results, finds report

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09/12/2020 Positive News

Certain corals can recover from bleaching during prolonged heatwaves

Corals that are in partnerships with certain kinds of symbiotic algae are able to recover from bleaching, even while marine heatwaves are ongoing

08/12/2020 NewScientist

Did QuantumScape Just Solve a 40-Year-Old Battery Problem?

Earlier this year, the startup claimed to have a revolutionary solid-state lithium-ion cell that could change EVs forever. Now it has data to prove it.

08/12/2020 Wired

He Designed A Smartwatch App To Help Stop His Dad's Nightmares

Patrick Skluzacek suffered from PTSD-related nightmares, which were ruining his life. His son, Tyler, created a smartwatch application to disrupt them. The app recently won FDA approval.

06/12/2020 NPR

Gene-editing treatment shows promise for sickle cell disease

Scientists are seeing promising early results from the first studies testing gene editing for painful, inherited blood disorders that plague millions worldwide, especially Black people

05/12/2020 The Independent

Experimental brain implants in monkeys offer hope for restoring vision in blind people

Scientists are a step closer to restoring the sight of blind people using brain implants, researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience said, after a series of successful experiments on monkeys.

03/12/2020 CNN

Indian teacher wins $1m prize for promoting girls’ education

Ranjitsinh Disale, selected from 12,000 nominations, opts to share Global Teacher Prize money with nine other finalists.

03/12/2020 Al Jazeera

'Time' Names Its Kid Of The Year: Water-Testing Scientist Gitanjali Rao

Rao, a Colorado teenager who has won praise for her innovation in detecting lead levels in water, said, "I really want to put out that message: If I can do it, you can do it, and anyone can do it."

03/12/2020 NPR

Lab-grown 'chicken bites'? Cultured meat product gets world's first regulatory approval

The world's first lab-grown meat product to get regulatory approval is a "chicken bite" to be served in restaurants in Singapore.

02/12/2020 USA Today

Global sustainable fishing initiative agreed by 14 countries

Governments responsible for 40% of the world’s coastlines have pledged to end overfishing, restore dwindling fish populations and stop the flow of plastic pollution into the seas in the next 10 years.

02/12/2020 The Guardian