Because of the bad news that usually dominates NU.nl, the good news sometimes gets lost. Therefore, we list some positive and cheerful messages on Saturday. With this week: Dutch food banks can send all their families a Christmas package, scientists take an important step in the production of energy with nuclear fusion
The food banks send Christmas packages to all families
All households that go to the food bank will receive a Christmas package despite the pressure due to the cost crisis. Every year the food bank gives something extra for Christmas. In this way, families who cannot afford an extensive Christmas menu can still celebrate Christmas well.
Milestone for nuclear fusion in the pursuit of clean energy
Scientists in the United States have reached a historic milestone in the production of nuclear fusion energy. For the first time, ‘ignition’ has occurred, where the fusion reaction produces more energy than it consumes.
With this, the researchers have “taken the first tentative steps towards a clean energy source that would revolutionize the world”.
Number of care homes getting ‘train compartment’ for residents with dementia
More than twenty nursing homes are soon to furnish a room as a ‘train compartment’ for residents with dementia. They can relive the experience of a train journey without leaving the house.
These are train benches, tables, luggage carriers and bins that can be tilted. The train parts come from old double-deckers. They are made available by Alzheimer Nederland and NS.
Treatment with your own immune cells is successful in aggressive skin cancer
A therapy in which the patient’s own immune cells are used to fight a tumor is successful in a form of aggressive, metastatic skin cancer. In one in five patients, the skin cancer even disappears as a result of the treatment, shows a new Dutch study.
People in the car survive falls from 90 metres
Miraculously, an American couple suffered almost no injuries from falling off a 300-foot cliff in California. The couple’s car flew off the road and landed upside down at the bottom of the ravine. Rescue workers who found the two call in New York Times a miracle”.
Even more news to make you happy
There was even more good news this week. Among other things, these messages, with big or small news, gave us a smile for the editor:
- Six-year-old Madeline from Los Angeles gets permission from animal control to keep a unicorn if she finds one. The girl had specifically asked for it. The condition is that she gives the unicorn enough watermelon to eat, cleans its horns regularly and regularly exposes it to “sunlight, moonlight and rainbows”.
- 69-year-old Harry Brouwer from Hoogezand has finally got his swimming certificate. Since he wanted to do a triathlon, he had to learn to swim. “In the past it was not so obvious to get your swimming certificate, but better late than never.”
- An Indian PhD student at the University of Cambridge has solved a grammatical puzzle that has puzzled scholars since the fifth century BCE. Rishi Rajpopat, 27, deciphered a line in a text by Panini, a master of Sanskrit.
- A family from the southern German city of Nuremberg has found their missing dog in Vienna after seven years. The now elderly Pekingese bitch named Suzi disappeared in 2015 while her owners were out shopping. They were reunited through a social media tip.
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