For the past few years, the world has been a painful mess. You open the news wishing to find positive things, but the headlines offer only more despair.

However, just because mass media paints a grim picture of our times, that doesn't mean it's all hopeless.

Recently, Redditor ItsTheCess wanted to cheer themselves up and asked: "What are some good things happening in the world right now?" Immediately, people flooded them with wholesome things, and we at Bored Panda believe this post, together with the replies it has received, is exactly what we need to start the week with a smile on our faces.

#1

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out I bought a f**k ton of milkweed and wildflowers and got rid of 20% of my grass lawn to make a meadow.

Bees are thriving in my lawn.

I also successfully seed bombed quite a few places in my area from last year's fall that are BLOOMING this year.

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I'll always upvote for helping local bee populations 🐝

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We managed to get in touch with ItsTheCess and they agreed to have a little chat with us. "I don't remember exactly what I was doing right before I posted it but I can guess the news cycle had been more depressing than normal that day," the Redditor told Bored Panda. "The question itself was almost sarcastic. 'There's so much evil happening in the world right now, is anything good actually going on?' Part of me expected to get downvoted into oblivion and just a few comments saying some variant of 'No.'"

ItsTheCess said the replies really stuck with them. "The fact that literally anyone took the time to give real answers and not just some variant of 'No' meant a lot to me. I particularly enjoyed the answers that pertained to space, such as the JW telescope, or the medical field, such as the new treatments for cancer, because scientific advancement is something I hope to never stop seeing or learning about."

#2

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out Pandas are no longer endangered!!

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MonkeyInTheMiddle
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1 month ago

YAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!

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#3

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out An Arkansas school district installed 1400 solar panels, turned a $250k deficit into a 1.8 million dollar surplus due to the amount of energy they saved, and are now raising teachers salaries by 2,000 3,000 dollars.

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1 month ago

We should be investing in solar tech like this in all districts!

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As Pamela Rutledge, director of the California-based Media Psychology Research Center, explains it, our tendency to doomscroll “really just describes the compulsive need to try and get answers when we're afraid." We do have to assess whether new information constitutes a threat. "We are biologically driven to attend to that," Rutledge said.

"Unfortunately, journalism to some degree plays to that tendency,” she added. Provocative headlines and stories draw in readers because they elicit fear and urgency. We tell ourselves, if I know all the latest news, I can better protect myself and my family.

And while this soudns reasonable, most people scroll well past the point of ascertaining any valuable information.

#4

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out Polio was officially eliminated from Africa last year.

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1 month ago

And yet we're finding new cases here in the US because people are refusing lifesaving vaccines 🤦🏻‍♀️

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#5

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out I was at the Phoenix airport a couple weeks ago. An older gentleman sat next to me at our gate. Both his feet were wrapped in some sort of bandage and he was struggling to get around with a cane.

On his other side were a pair of teenagers just giggling over kitten videos on their phones. They were strangers but made sure this man got helped to the restroom, had a drink, carried his bag, got to his seat, had access to a wheelchair when he got off the plane! It was seamlessly selfless.

The kids are alright. They really are. I'm 47. I am seeing it around me so often.

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Jiminy
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1 month ago (edited)

I was in a restaurant some days ago and a group of kids were celebrating a birthday. Between 16 and 18. They were so heartwarming and genuinely nice. The birthday boy made a speech after receiving a big present, explaining to each of his guests why exactly he cherishes and loves them.

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A day of scrolling through positive news probably won't erase or counteract the habits we've formed from months or even years of doomscrolling and their negative effects on our mental wellbeing, however, good news do, in fact, bring us joy.

From what they see in the media, ItsTheCess believes publishers should really step up and cover more positive stories. "I know they don't do it because it probably doesn't equal rating or at least they think it doesn't equal ratings. Good things are happening. Good people are out there. People should be aware of that too," the Redditor highlighted.

"That balance is incredibly important to me and I believe it should be important to everyone. All that negativity takes such a toll on the mind; it's not healthy or sustainable," they said.

"[I would like to] remind everyone reading this to be kind to those around you and those who you interact with online. You never know what someone is going through and you don't want to add to it. The only way to get kinder people into the world is to be one," ItsTheCess added.

#6

I finished my Master's degree on Wednesday. I'm the first woman in my Hispanic family to have one and I'm a single mom.

The last three classes were extraordinarily difficult for me due to my mental health issues and financial situation. However, my instructors worked with me and supported me through out them.

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Tobias Reaper
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1 month ago

well done to you im very proud of you

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#7

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out There is a video going around of this Ukrainian refugee woman who told her son that they were going to see Jon Cena in order to get him to escape with her.

Jon cena heard the story and flew over there to see them so he could meet her son.

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Bellala
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1 month ago

THAT'S SO WHOLESOME!

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#8

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out My husband is two months alcohol free.

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Sheila Stamey
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh wow. That is good news! Tell him I said hang in there!

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#9

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out I made some friends for the first time in a while

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Ranger Kanootsen
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1 month ago

Ayyyyyy, well done! You definitely deserve a celebration! :)

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#10

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out I ditched Facebook completely and my mental health has improved by 90%.

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Mark Fuller
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1 month ago

I've never done social media apart from Bored Panda. I reckon I dodged a bullet.

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#11

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out R Kelly got sentenced to 30 years. It's about time IMO

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1 month ago

Seriously. Aaliyah was like 15 when they were together - it's shocking his behavior wasn't called into question sooner!

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#12

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out Ukraine is generally beating Russias a*s which is good

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Frank Ropen
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1 month ago

The war is not over and the aftermath will be horrific for the world

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#13

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out Greater one-horned rhino or Great Indian rhinoceros population stands at around 3,700 individuals, a significant increase from around 200 remaining at the turn of the 20th century. Strict protection and management action from Indian and Nepalese authorities and their partners are responsible for bringing the species back from the brink.

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T'Mar of Vulcan
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1 month ago

Now we need to do the same with white and black rhino populations in Africa.

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#14

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out I know it may be selfish to put here but I’m proud of myself for this.

I went from not seeing a purpose in living to living every day with purpose.

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Bored Person
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1 month ago

Good for you

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#15

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out Scientists have discovered a worm that can digest plastic, and they are currently trying to copy it's digestive system. This can help solve a huge problem.

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Down With Agent Hedgehog!
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1 month ago

Whhhhhaaaaaat how is this even possible O_o

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#16

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out I left an abusive relationship after 5 years and have found a nice niche helping my brother remodel his house- the house we grew up in.

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ThatBiBookLover
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1 month ago

Yay!!!

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#17

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out Ozone layer has been almost 100% repaired after the CFC bans from years ago

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Laura Ketteridge
Community Member
1 month ago

We're not quite there yet. The ozone layer is most definitely becoming thicker, and we are back to pre-2000 levels. It's estimated that it will take until 2040 to 2070 to fully repair, but we are most definitely headed in the right direction. https://public.wmo.int/en/media/news/ozone-layer-recovery-environmental-success-story

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#18

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out Several extremely promising treatments for cancer are being developed.

46from1971 , National Cancer Institute Report

Bear Hall
Community Member
1 month ago

I heard this sentence first decades and decades ago. If only I have a dollar every time I heard this. There are definitely new treatments, but people are still dying.

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#19

More people are seeking to "break the cycle" of all the c**p they had to deal with as children, and I couldn't be prouder.

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Nor
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1 month ago

This hit deep for me, at this moment in time

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#20

The aboriginal flag is having a permanent fixture on top of the Sydney Harbour bridge

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We_Are_Watching_You
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1 month ago

Yessssssssssssssssss!

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#21

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out Earlier today i saw a post of a woman asking where she can get free menstrual products and the very first comment was 'sent me a amazon wish list, I got you girl!' And that really restored my faith in humanity

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Hawkmoon
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1 month ago

We have implemented this in our city (Liège, Belgium) free reusable products for all menstruating people, because it is a necessity and a huge budget for those who are in need, especially disposable products.

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#22

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out bald eagle populations have made a MAJOR comeback

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Bored Person
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1 month ago

Such beautiful birds

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#23

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out There's a woman (forgot where she lives. I think in Africa) who started collecting plastic waste and compressing all of it into bricks for roads and giving people jobs. They're still trying to perfect it or get it to last longer, because it will erode no matter what, but it's still limiting the space where all the plastic is.

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Michelle M
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1 month ago

Nzambi Matee. She is a Kenyan engineer based in Nairobi. Everyday, her company turns tonnes of plastic wastes into over 1500 bricks. Overall, the bricks are cheaper, three times stronger than concrete and twice as light. Already paving Nairobi roads with them and working on a prototype for low-cost buildings. Brilliant woman!

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#24

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out The amount of machines in development to clean up plastic pollution is just crazy. Want a large boat patrolling the oceans? What about a small drone for busy waters? A gate stopping plastic in rivers from entering the oceans in the first place? You name it, someone is working on it.

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Nicola Roberts
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1 month ago

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.

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#25

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out There have been advances in vaccine tech that will likely cut development time from up to twenty years down to 1-2 years.

KP_Wrath , Jaron Nix Report

Hawkmoon
Community Member
1 month ago

Certainly due to Covid 19 and the race between laboratories to be the first to find a vaccine. This epidemic will have at least had a positive effect.

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#26

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out my girlfriend said she loves me

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Bellala
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1 month ago

Aww <3

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#27

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out In recent drug trials, Dostarlimab had a 100% success rate in treating colorectal cancer. 18 out of 18 participants were in remission 1 year from being administered the drug. Enormous news as this is the closest we’ve ever been to a cancer “cure”.

Edit: i misremembered the number of participants. It’s 14 out of 14 not 18 of 18.

Article [here](https://ascopost.com/news/june-2022/unprecedented-100-of-first-14-untreated-patients-with-rectal-cancer-respond-to-pd-1-blocker-dostarlimab-gxly/)

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RandomCitizen
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1 month ago

I hope so, I have a strong history of it in my family. Would be nice to think that if the worst happens, then I have options.

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#28

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out Johnny Depp’s victory is a promising sign for other men in abusive relationships.

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RandomCitizen
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1 month ago

And might help more men speak out. Or even to realise what the difference between being "the strong one" and being in a manipulative, abusive relationship.

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#29

My son.....he was born yesterday. We got lucky to find out Walmart got a supply of formula in this morning too. I may sound selfish but I might have a better job by the end of the week to afford this new bundle of joy

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Mixed Reality Portal
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1 month ago

Congratulations! Not selfish at all, bundles of joy are expensive to run and maintain ;-) wishing you and your family health and happiness x

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#30

New Lyme disease vaccines are on the way, accelerated thanks to the knowledge learned from making the Covid vaccine.

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Biofish23
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1 month ago

We had an old lyme disease vaccine. It was pulled off the market not because there was anything wrong with it, but because anti vaxers made it one of their early targets and it became unprofitable.

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#31

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out Canada and Greenland (Government of Denmark) have just come to a peaceful resolution of the 38 year territorial dispute over the highly coveted Hans Island, where they've agree to share the island and split it right down the middle.

This is of course the famed "Whiskey War". The main aspect of it (swapping schnapps with whiskey or vice versa), I imagine, will remain in some part as a celebrated border-crossing tradition.

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Laura Ketteridge
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1 month ago

The treaty will go before the various parliaments for ratification. It will create one of the shortest international land bordered in the world.

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#32

I heard on the news, a guy spent a whole year planting his blind wife’s favourite flowers, and that really warms my heart

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DennyS (denzoren)
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1 month ago

That's really sweet.

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#33

Trees are blooming, wild animals reproducing, bees making honey. Nature is beautiful man.

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Krishna Chaitanya
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1 month ago

Spiderman approves it 😁

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#34

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out Germany will reform its laws surrounding identification to better support the rights and safety of transgender people.

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-unveils-plans-for-simpler-legal-gender-change-process/a-62315345

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clbruss
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1 month ago

And yet, the US is going backward in this regard.

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#35

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out My guava plants produced fruit, I had so many tomatoes that I gave some to the neighbors, gave some to the chickens and ducks, and still had lots left over for salads and sauces. I got about a hundred cucumbers. And found out my new puppy likes to steal ripe tomatoes off the vine (which sounds like a bad thing, but they were just going to rot there cause I can't pick them in time, so good job Bleu)

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Down With Agent Hedgehog!
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1 month ago

That sounds nice. My avocado plant (which I grew from a grocery store avocado core) is also producing fruit after 8 years

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#36

Psilocybin therapy is helping people overcome addiction, depression, and anxiety.

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1 month ago

Like many people, I've had a few experiences with mushrooms and LSD and they were life-changing. It's truly amazing how just one experience with hallucinogens can open your mind and totally change your perspective. I think the world would be a lot better place if everyone got to try these drugs in a safe, comfortable, and preferably natural & green environment at least once in their lives.

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#37

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out More and more nations accept trans and gay people, women's rights are becoming an acyual matter and equality is becoming possible

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Kat
Community Member
1 month ago

Women's rights are endangered. Limiting acces to (knowledge about) contraception and abortion is a slippery slope... Witch hunts are a real danger to women in several countries in the world today and in many more countries femicide is increasing

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#38

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out Futurama coming back in 2023

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Ray Heap
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1 month ago

Yeah! All hail the Hypnotoad.

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#39

The ocean cleaner that everyone said wouldn't do anything years ago has carried itself into an outstanding success!

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El Dee
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1 month ago

One small step..

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#40

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out Advances in stem cell research.

More awareness on mental health and treatment.

PermabannedX4 , CDC Report

TotallyNotAFox
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1 month ago (edited)

Nowadays it's possible to use animal eggcells to create specific stem cells for therapy - concern about the DNA in the mitochondria prevent further research though

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#41

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out Science has discovered a way to grow a type of biological plant life with only artificial light

Science has improved solar power to the point where it is now a very viable solution to our energy needs if we just muster the political will

Science has improved electrification (eg heat pumps, EVs, et al) to such a point that if society were to muster the political will we could probably dramatically slow, halt, or even reverse the current climate crisis if used in combination with solar and other renewable forms of energy

Knightowle , CHUTTERSNAP Report

rspanther
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1 month ago

And overcome the lobbing dollars of the oil and gas industries.

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#42

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out On the surface of Mars, the mars rover was able to successfully separate oxygen from carbon dioxide.

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Idk
Community Member
1 month ago

I mean it’s good to know we have a back up… but why not focus on fixing our mistakes here on earth.

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#43

If You're Tired Of All The Depressing News, These 50 Wholesome Stories Might Just Balance Everything Out I've almost beaten a lifelong skin condition that seriously affected my confidence :D
Edit: I meant to use the word chronic not lifelong.

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Bear Hall
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1 month ago

That is really good news.

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#44

Breakdancing will appear in the Paris Olympics in 2024!

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Inu-chan
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1 month ago

That sounds like something to see!

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#45

Some journalist wrote something based off of one of my tweets and now I accidentally named a movie. Even if it sucks I hope the film gets a release since that's a notch on my belt

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TotallyNotAFox
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1 month ago

Name of the film?

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#46

The California Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act passed! Monterey Bay Aquarium Senate Bill Act 54 Article

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Seedy Vine
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1 month ago

Whooo hoooo!

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#47

The Ozone layer is healing.

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Emerald Ocean
Community Member
1 month ago

Yay!

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#48

They found a baby mammoth so that's pretty cool

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D-m Keilman
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1 month ago

Man. I was hoping it was alive

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#49

Australia prioritizes reducing emissions and cheaper EVs:

Australia's new government is putting climate change at the top of its legislative agenda when Parliament sits next month for the first time since the May 21 election, with bills to enshrine a cut in greenhouse gas emissions and make electric cars cheaper.

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MonkeyInTheMiddle
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1 month ago

YAY!!!! (I'm not Australian, but I'd love to live there someday)

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#50

Space programs are moving forward at a pace not seen since Apollo.

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RandomCitizen
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1 month ago

I'd prefer some of that effort go to solve the problems down here first.

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