Nonprofit stepping up for education during the COVID crisis

Good News Notes: “When COVID-19 forced Summit54 to cancel its signature program for elementary school students in the lower Roaring Fork Valley last summer, the local nonprofit could have gone on hiatus. Instead, it doubled down on its efforts. Summit54 created new, free programs to provide tutoring for elementary school students at a time when…

Vertical Roots introduces reduced-plastic packaging in salads

Good News Notes: “Vertical Roots, the leading hydroponic container farming company in the U.S. growing fresh, nutritious leafy greens, is pleased to introduce a new innovative packaging design that utilizes 30% less plastic and prolongs freshness for the brand’s line of salad mixes; available in stores this month. The new packaging also features an elevated…

Discovery of new praying mantis species from the time of the dinosaurs

Good News Notes: “A McGill-led research team has identified a new species of praying mantis thanks to imprints of its fossilized wings. It lived in Labrador, in the Canadian Subarctic around 100 million years ago, during the time of the dinosaurs, in the Late Cretaceous period. The researchers believe that the fossils of the new…

New species of gecko has been hiding in plain sight

 Good News Notes: “One of the new species, named the plain tree gecko Gehyra gemina, is common on road houses and other buildings from Broome to the Queensland border, yet despite being widely found across northern Australia, the species was undescribed by science until now. Queensland Museum Senior Curator and Griffith University researcher Dr. Paul Oliver…

Zoo Atlanta welcomes Baloo the binturong

Good News Notes: “Zoo Atlanta is welcoming a new member of its family.  Baloo, a 1-year-old male binturong, recently arrived in Atlanta from the  Brookfield Zoo.” “Binturongs are also known as bearcats for their resemblances to both, but they’re actually more closely related to civets.” View the whole story here: https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/zoo-atlanta-welcomes-baloo-the-binturong

World’s largest cave fish discovered in India

Good News Notes: “About 250 species of subterranean fish are known on Earth, eking out a living in a world of permanent dark and scant food. They are usually small, generally a few inches long, since there’s usually little food or prey to eat. But in an underground chamber in northeastern India, researchers have discovered a cave…

Nike’s New Vegan ‘Space Hippie’ Sneakers Are Made From Trash | LIVEKINDLY

Good News Notes: “The Space Hippie’s flyknit-based uppers use at least 85 percent rPoly—primarily recycled plastic water bottles, t-shirts, and yarn scraps. The sole uses 15 percent Nike Grind Rubber, combined with 100 percent recycled foam materials. ‘I’d say Space Hippie attacks the villain of trash,’ adds Hoke. ‘It’s changed the way we look at materials,…

Future ‘Flash’ Radiation Therapy Could Treat Cancer in Milliseconds

Good News Notes: “Someday, specialized systems could barrage cancer patients with particles to deliver a full course of radiation therapy in mere microseconds, new research suggests. Using an emerging technique known as flash radiotherapy, doctors could eradicate tumors in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of traditional radiation therapy…

Scientists have discovered five new species of songbird in Indonesia

 Good News Notes: “Five species of songbird and five more subspecies have been discovered by scientists for the first time in mountainous areas of Indonesia. The newly described bird species, named after the islands where they were discovered, are the Peleng fantail, the Peleng leaf warbler, the Taliabu grasshopper warbler, the Taliabu myzomela and the…

New Species of Praying Mantis Impales Its Prey on Barbed Spikes

Good News Notes: “Mantises are elite ambush predators, snatching their victims with a lightning-fast strike of their front limbs. But one newly described species doesn’t just hold its prey in a prickly embrace: It impales it, using long, barbed tines to expertly polish off the squirming morsel like a chunk of bread skewered on a…