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The Week in Good News (06/04)

9th April

Posted by Kristen Stockdale

Scientists have developed a prototype system that could potentially see data transfer rates hit 10 terabytes per second – that’s thousands of times faster than your average broadband speed. Find out more >> 

Computer scientists and biologists have teamed up to print living xenobots out of biological cells. Biologically speaking, they’re very simple. And only live for about a week. But the lab-grown life represents a major step forward in the pursuit of living machinery. Find out more >> 

Victoria Falls, which straddles the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia, is looking healthy once again. Regional drought saw certain sections of the falls dry up over summer, but recent flooding in Zambia had an inadvertently positive effect on the falls. Find out more >>

An all-female robotics team in Afghanistan, consisting of girls aged 14-17, have designed a cost-effective ventilator which runs off the motor of a Toyota. The team was founded by Roya Mahboob, a tech entrepreneur who became one of Afghanistan’s first female CEOs at 23. Find out more >>

Scientists have released a video of a supermassive black hole spewing matter. The jet of particles leaves the black hole at 99.5 percent the speed of light, thanks to the immense forces involved in the black hole sucking up matter. Find out more >> 

People in northern India can see the Himalayas for the first time in decades. Residents of Jalandhar and the surrounding areas have posted photos online of the views from their homes. Find out more >>

Braille technology has been brought into the 21st century thanks to a team of engineers from California. Non-sighted computer users, on the whole, have not had access to the gains in computer interfacing that many of us take as given. Find out more >>

A baby panda may have been conceived at Ocean Park Zoo in Hong Kong. Conservation centres are keen to encourage pandas to breed as they are vulnerable to extinction. According to the World Wildlife Organisation, there are just over 1,800 left in the wild. Find out more >>

The Ebola epidemic which has been affecting the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 2018 is finally set to be declared over by the WHO. Over two years, the virus killed 66 percent of the 3,400+ people who were infected. Find out more >>

New data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) shows that solar, wind, and other green technologies now provide more than one-third of the world’s power. And almost three-quarters of new electricity generation capacity built in 2019 uses renewable energy – an all-time record. Find out more >>