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The Week in Good News (25/05)

29th May

Posted by Kristen Stockdale

A Saharan cheetah, a critically endangered subspecies, has been spotted in Algeria for the first time in a decade. The animal was spotted in the Hoggar Mountains national park in the  south of the country. Find out more >>

Researchers have discovered that bumblebees bite plants to make them bloom earlier. This could provide the insects with a valuable survival tool when temperatures warm due to climate change. Find out more >>

A German startup has created a modular floating maritime platform that can generate energy from waves, wind, and solar. Because the platform is modular, meaning you can add and remove sections, it’s very easy to connect and expand. Find out more >>

Stork chicks have hatched in the UK for the first time since 1416. This breakthrough is a result of the White Stalk Project, who have released over 100 storks at three sites in Southeast England. Find out more >>

An injured turkey (Bill) has taken his first steps due to a custom wheelchair. The first ever turkey wheelchair was converted from one originally designed for a dog. Farmers added a makeshift sling which supports Bill from underneath. Find out more >>

Scientists may have discovered where stress lives in the human brain. Scientists measured brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and discovered that a person’s overall stress level is determined by an adaptive interplay between two neural networks emanating from the hippocampus. Find out more >> 

The world’s largest all-electric aircraft made its first successful flight on Thursday. The Cessna Caravan flew for around 30 minutes before landing safely in an area just south of Seattle. Find out more >>

With the help of Inuit hunters, geophysicists recently recorded the various calls, buzzes, clicks, and whistles of narwhals relaxing in a Greenland fjord. These recordings will help scientists better understand the soundscape of Arctic glacial fjords, and provide valuable insight into the behaviour of famously-shy narwhals. Find out more >> 

Crayola have unveiled new skin tone crays aimed at promoting inclusivity, representation, and acceptance. Each crayon label also lists the colour name in English, Spanish, and French. Find out more >>

A cottontail rabbit has been spotted in Central Park, New York, for the first time since 2006. Whilst cottontails are a rare sighting in Central Park, they’re actually the most common rabbit species in North America. Find out more >>