First baby born after uterus transplant in France

Good News Notes: “A baby has been born following a uterus transplant for the first time ever in France, the hospital treating mother and infant said Wednesday. Such births are extremely rare but not unprecedented, and come after a cutting-edge procedure to transplant a healthy uterus into a woman whose own is damaged or missing….

French team designs ocean cleanup yacht that feeds on plastic trash

Good News Notes: “A French ocean adventurer and his team have designed a yacht which he says can scoop up plastic garbage to stop it blighting the world’s oceans, and converts the same waste into fuel to help power the boat. Yvan Bourgnon has spent his career racing sailing vessels around the globe as a…

France to ban use of wild animals in circuses, marine parks

Good News Notes: “France’s environment minister has announced a gradual ban on using wild animals in traveling circuses, on keeping dolphins and killer whales in captivity in marine parks and on raising mink on fur farms. Barbara Pompili, France’s minister of ecological transition, said in a news conference Tuesday that bears, tigers, lions, elephants and other wild animals…

French PM says jobs and green economy at heart of Covid recovery plan

Good News Notes: “France’s prime minister has stressed the importance of getting the country back on its feet within 18 months and ‘transforming’ the French economy with a green makeover as he unveiled a €100bn (£89bn) coronavirus recovery plan. Jean Castex outlined how France would spend its way out of the crisis, rather than create ‘social…

Beggars Group CEO to Swim English Channel to Raise Money for Charity

Good News Notes: “Paul Redding, CEO of the independent record company Beggars Group, plans to swim the English Channel to raise £200,000 (about $263,000) for two music-related charities: the PRS Foundation in the United Kingdom and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund in the United States. Redding plans to embark on his epic swim in September. The channel,…

Novel glasses can help the color-blind perceive more colors

Good News Notes: “New research from the UC Davis Eye Center and France’s INSERM Stem Cell and Brain Research Institute could provide glasses that help the color-blind perceive hues.” “As of now, the glasses use “advanced spectral notch filters” to enhance the color-perceiving ability for patients with anomalous trichromacy, the most common type of red-green color…

Pope Francis donates electric bicycle for charity auction

Good News Notes: “The Pope’s contribution aids the work of UNITALSI, the Italian National Union of Transport for the Ill to Lourdes and International Sanctuaries. The charitable organization is dedicated to assisting the sick in travelling to Lourdes and other shrines around the world. The proceeds of the auction will be used to bring children…

Working with animals a pleasant escape from isolation

 Good News Notes: “While life has changed a lot for many people, working from home or isolated for two months or more, for others it hasn’t had as much of an impact. Estelle Macé is living in Cherbourg, in Normandy, and during the lockdown continued working with animals much the same as before. The main…

Can Mushrooms Actually Help Save the Planet?

Good News Notes: “In college, Eben Bayer grew mushrooms under his dorm room bed. The mechanical engineering student, who had grown up on a Vermont farm, was convinced the fungus was one of nature’s most effective “technologies” and could be used to overhaul the way we make a range of everyday products. Thirteen years later,…

Gobert pledges $500,000 to help with relief, NBA shutdown

Good News Notes: “Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz offered the first of what he said will be “many steps” he will take to help with the coronavirus pandemic, pledging Saturday to donate more than $500,000 to relief efforts. Gobert, who was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 — a diagnosis that prompted…