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Reasons to be Cheerful

A little bit of good news goes a long way in cutting through less encouraging headlines and lifting our spirits. Here, we round-up six good things that have happened this month (from Monday 1st August), to make you smile and perhaps alittle more hopeful…


Nepal’s tiger population has increased significantly, the prime minister of Nepal recently announced. In fact, the population has almost tripled in 13 years.


The tiger population hit a low point in 2010 when only 121 tigers were left in the wild in Nepal, however, extensive conservation efforts have helped increase their numbers by 190%.


Nepal’s success can be put down to several factors, including creating national parks, introducing a wildlife corridor with India, and cracking down on illegal poaching.

In ground breaking research, solar panels have been created that generate electricity when there is no sun… at night! The solar cells were developed by researchers at Stanford University and work by generating electricity from the temperature difference between the cells and the air around them.


The possibilities for this technology are boundless, and bring hope to the 770 million people without access to electricity. It is also promising in the wake of global supply issues of electricity, due to the conflict in Ukraine.


A 101 year-old Dutch woman has been reunited with a painting that Nazis stole during World War 2. Charlotte Bischoff van Heemskerck had not seen the painting in over 80 years when it was rediscovered in 2021.


The painting belonged to her father, who was a doctor and director of a children’s hospital in Arnhem, in the Netherlands.


The NHS is trailing using drones to fly chemotherapy drugs to cancer patients. The trial is taking place between Portsmouth Hospital University NHS Trust and St Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight. Currently it takes up to 4 hours to get chemotherapy drugs between the two hospitals. The drones will reduce that time to just 30 minutes.


A new study from Cambridge University argues that developmental dyslexia (DD) has many positive aspects, and may have helped humans adapt and our species survive.


The study points out that many people with dyslexia have enhanced creative abilities and innovative styles of thinking. People with dyslexia often excel in fields such as art and design, engineering, and entrepreneurship.



A new study involving fifty thousand British people, with an average age of 56, has found that doing chores and household activities can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's by a fifth. Such activities include cleaning, cooking and gardening. Regular walks and bike rides were found to be even more effective at reducing risk, by an impressive 35%. Spending time with friends and family also had a positive effect.


We always knew that running this place was good for our health!






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