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The Week in Good News (20/07)

24th July

Posted by Nepor Ngobeh

A new initiative has been set up by PreistmanGoode, a London-based design agency, to redesign food delivery in a way that encourages sustainability. Essentially, it involves getting people to return their bioplastic containers (made from sustainable materials such as cocoa beans) to takeaway restaurants. Find out more here>>

A US lab has just 3D-printed a working human heart pump from human cells. This isn’t the first time they’ve tried to do something like this – though in the past they weren’t able to get the human heart muscle cells to work due to problems with cell density.  Find out more here>>

A team of US scientists will be exploring a mysterious blue sinkhole located in Florida called ‘Green Banana’. The blue holes only open up in the sea, making them more difficult to explore and understand than land sinkholes. They will be searching for any biological communities including corals, sea turtles, and sharks. Find out more>>

Have you ever wondered what Mount Everest looks like from space? The International Space Station has taken some amazing shots of objects close to the horizon. Find out more here>>

Evian have released their label-free bottle made of 100% recycled plastic to support their plan of becoming a circular brand by 2025. This plan focuses on keeping plastic within the economy and out of nature. Find out more here>>

A driverless tram concept with a radial interior has been created in Hong Kong by Ponti Design Studio. As Hong Kong is a heavily populated city, scientists want to make sure residents can return safely back to public transport in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more here>>

New research into a cave located in north-central Mexico has given exciting new insights into the history of the Americas. It is said that there could be evidence for human occupation that goes far back as 30,000 years ago. Twice as early as the estimates currently reported today. Find out more here>>

Marine biologist Karen Osborn was out with her colleagues photographing deep-sea fish and came across an ultra-black fish. This fish disappeared into just an outline when she would try to take photos – even with it being exposed to two strobe lights. Researchers have found out that one of the species found can absorb 99.956 % of the light it encounters.  Find out more here>>

NASA is set to launch its self-driving car on Mars later this month. The car will be able to collect and store various samples – it may even pick up evidence of extra-terrestrial life! Find out more here>>

Scientists have created tiny organs to determine if a pharmaceutical product is dangerous to the human body or not. This will support efforts to end or reduce the amount of animal testing that currently takes place in the pharmaceutical industry. Find out more here>>