From CNN by Alaa Elassar
WEST GROVE, Pa. – A 14-year-old from West Grove, Pennsylvania, won a $25,000 prize for creating a prototype designed to eliminate a car’s blind spots.
Alaina Gassler told CNN she first noticed the problem when she realized her mom didn’t like driving their family’s Jeep Grand Cherokee because its A-pillars caused blind spots.
The A-pillar design in a car supports the windshield and provides protection in case of a crash. However, their size and angle also create blind spots, the area of the road not visible to drivers from their usual sitting position or rear-view and side mirrors.
“There are so many car accidents and injuries and deaths that could’ve been prevented from a pillar…
Here’s some “Heart Warming” Positive News that should help you feel good on this Wednesday.
From the Good News Network by McKinley Corbley
This compassionate nurse is responsible for saving the life of a 27-year-old man with autism after she volunteered to become his legal guardian just two days after meeting him. You can WATCH THE INSPIRING VIDEO HERE.
Lori Wood, who is an ICU nurse at Piedmont Newnan Hospital in Georgia, first met Jonathan Pinkard after she was assigned to his care back in December 2018.
Pinkard was in desperate need of a heart transplant—but since his grandmother passed away several years earlier and his mother was in rehab, he was ineligible for the transplant list. This is…
Here is your ‘Positive News’ to start the week off on a ‘Positive Note’.
From The Mind Unleashed
Canada will no longer allow whales, dolphins and porpoises to be bred and held in captivity for the purpose of entertainment.
In a big win for animal rights advocates, Canada will no longer allow whales, dolphins and porpoises to be bred and held in captivity for the purpose of entertainment.
The Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, which was passed by Canada’s parliament on Monday, will ensure that cetaceans—or aquatic mammals—will no longer be subject to the trauma of confinement in aquatic entertainment parks, which animal rights activists have blasted as amounting to a system of animal cruelty.
From KUOW Seattle by Eilis O’Neil
The Snoqualmie Tribe announced Friday that it has purchased the land surrounding Snoqualmie Falls, its traditional territory.
The tribe made the purchase — which includes the surrounding land and nearby hotel —from the Muckleshoot Tribe for $125 million.
The falls are sacred to the Snoqualmie people, and their traditional burial site is right above the falls.
The Snoqualmie lost their land in the 1800s, when white settlers moved in and took over Snoqualmie lands.
Known as the People of the Moon, the Snoqualmie were signatories to the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855. Tribes around Puget Sound were pressured to sign and give up the vast majority of their land.
Some tribes were given…
In mid-September, Pearl Johnson, age 9, climbed the Triple Direct route on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, earning her the title as the youngest person to climb the 3,000-foot granite wall.
Pearl originally wanted to climb The Nose, but it was crowded, so they switched to the much less-preferred but equally extended Triple Direct route, which parallels the Nose just before joining it for the upper third of the climb.
Taking 4 days and 3 nights, Pearl climbed with her mother, Janet, and family friend Nick Sullens, of Yosemite Search and Rescue. Pearl’s dad, Philip, a law enforcement ranger in the park, met them at the major.
“Someone asked me if I was nervous, and I stated…
A team of MIT engineers claims to have figured out how to scrub harmful carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, potentially giving the world a new weapon in the fight against climate change.
While many scientists argue that carbon capture technology is a necessary part of preventing the worst effects of climate change, current approaches to the tech have never scaled enough to be practical. Now, the team — which founded a company called Verdox to commercialize its system — thinks it may have cracked the code. By sending air past an electrically-charged plate of carbon nanotubes, they say, the system can literally suck CO2 out of the…
From Insider by Hilary Brueck
Five years ago, Dan Giusti was the chef at Noma in Copenhagen, when it was named the “best restaurant in the world.”
He served guests elaborate, 15-plus course meals, at around $300 a head. A perennial favorite was the beef tartare seasoned with black ants.
Now, his “guests” are more than 3,600 schoolkids in eight cafeterias across Connecticut and New York. For about $3.41 – less than one one-hundredth the going price of a Noma meal today – the kids are provided with fresh, flavorful, prepared foods at school.
One of his favorite dishes to serve is a cheese ravioli with homemade…
With a nice weekend ahead in #backyardbend you might be planning on spending hours racking in the yard. Check this out and instead of racking, head out for some adventure and enjoy Central Oregon.
From USA Today by Ryan W. Miller
It’s fall and that means leaves are littering lawns around the country. Time to take out the rake and bag up them up, right? Wrong.
Environmental experts say raking leaves and removing them from your property is bad not only for your lawn but for the planet as a whole.
Although people often rake fallen leaves and send them to a landfill to prevent their lawns from being smothered and to make yards look better, in most cases,…
Here is a string of “Good News” to get your week started in #backyardbend. Make this week a great one and think of what you can do to make a positive impact somewhere.
From The Good News Network
Back in August, an adaptive bike belonging to a special needs teen was stolen from his backyard in the greater Phoenix area, but the community turned the “bitter” experience into a heartwarming one. See the VIDEO AND FULL ARTICLE HERE.
Beorn (fondly known as Bubba) was born with a genetic disease that left him non-verbal and in a wheelchair, but the bike allowed him to ride alongside his family.
Not only was his big tricycle crucial in his ongoing therapy, but…
This is coming to #backyardbend in early 2020.
From KTVZ.com written by Barney Lerten. Photo by Jill Rosell
BEND, Ore. – Most of the year, the 1,000 square miles of the Black Rock Desert in northwest Nevada sit isolated, occupied by wildlife that has adapted to thrive in the harsh environment. Two nearby towns, Empire and Gerlach, are home to a population of less than 800 residents.
Then in early August, a temporary city of 80,000 begins to emerge as people arrive to erect colossal works of art. For nine days at summer’s end, a community gathers dedicated to self-expression and transformation.
It is Black Rock City, and this February, the High Desert Museum will give visitors…