15 Good Things That Happened In 2016
It is November already. In just a blink of an eye 2016 whizzed past us giving us a lot of surprises and shocks that we can hold on to for years to come. Without any further adieu, let us take a look at some of the good things that happened in 2016 in various fields.
1. Clarice and Clive Taylor, a couple from Detroit donates forty-three acres of land to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge will be the one to benefit from this addition. This would serve as a refuge to a variety of native plants, trees and wildlife while separating the phragmites and exotic plants from them.
2. Manoj Bhargava came up with the idea of a Free Electric hybrid bike and turned it into reality. With the hybrid bicycle, you can generate electricity for 24 hours just by peddling for one hour. What a way to combine workout and environmental well-being!
3. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration with eight other universities have come to the conclusion with the help of satellite data and other surveys, that the human impact on the environment is in the fall compared to factors such as economic and population growth. Even though this data is still disturbing, it gives us a little hope for the future.
4. The San Francisco federal court ruled that the Marine Mammal Protection Act was violated by the sonar used by the US Navy. The powerful, loud, low-frequency sonar disrupts the communication, feeding and reproduction cycle of whales. The ruling will make the Navy find an alternative, helping the mammals lead a normal life.
5. The story of the fruit kittens has been making rounds all over the internet. The four kittens were found to be dumped in a skeletal, dehydrated state by The Mayhew Animal Home. With wounds unattended and infested by maggots, it was a long way to recovery for these cute little bundle of joy. But they have finally made it and are now in good health, thanks to the efforts of The Mayhew Animal Home volunteers.
6. The efforts of organizations in China and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have paid off as the endangered species list crossed off Giant Panda. Even though they are still vulnerable, this is a big step forward for hard work put in by the organizations and for the chubby giants.
7. The world’s most famous heavy metal band, Metallica is in the news again…but, not for their record breaking ‘record’ sales this time. The fans who attended the concert at Los Angeles Stadium on the first of November were asked to help the Wayuu Community in Colombia by donating non-perishable food. About nine tons of food were collected and delivered in the process.
8. The LGBTQ media advocacy organization, Glaad conducted a research which concluded that there would be a higher percentage of LGBTQ characters in television in the year 2016-2017. Statistics shows that 4.3 percent of the characters are expected to be LGBTQ. That is great news for the LGBT community.
9. By the use of umbilical cords to transplant blood from people who are genetically HIV resistant, doctors from Barcelona, Spain have apparently discovered a cure for HIV-AIDS causing viruses. A thirty-seven year old HIV positive man was cured by this process, even though he dies three years later due to other complications. This proves to be a big step towards the containment and ultimately wiping out of HIV-AIDS from the planet.
10. A study conducted in Canada found out that people who consume probiotics had a fall in their blood sugar level over a period of ninety days. Probiotics being a ‘good’ bacteria, could be added to the diet for people with high blood sugar to consistently reduce the level, indicated Arjun Pandey, the one who conducted the research at the Cambridge Cardiac Care Centre in Ontario.
11. Two patients who lost all of their hair due to the condition alopecia universalis ten years ago have begun to regrow some hair due to the intake of an arthritis drug. Tofacitinib, the drug was taken for two days every month and led to some hair growth on the underarms, scalp and eyebrows. This is great news, considering there were no side effects.
12. Based in Jerusalem, Zuta Labs invented the mobile robotic printer that is the size of a small jewel box. The printhead is attached to tiny wheels, which moves back and forth over a sheet of paper, printing the whole way. This helps to build the printer in small size and proportions. This is a huge stride in the field of technology as you can fit a printer in your pocket.
13. Fifteen years after the infamous comment by Steve Ballmer, saying that Linux is cancer, Microsoft has done the unthinkable by joining the former. As unbelievable as it sounds, Linux has also agreed to donate a minimum of half a million dollars annually to the cause of advancement in the open source sphere and related projects. This might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
14. Blue Origin and SpaceX has been able to develop rockets that can be landed back on earth ones used last year. The former owned by Jeff Bezos and the latter by Elon Musk have been able to produce amazing results by putting their rockets to tests and pull it off successfully. The amount of material and cost saved here is enormous and looking at how things are proceeding, a mission to Mars by SpaceX is on the cards. Civilization on Mars – that would be a great achievement.
15. Grace Choi, a former Harvard student, invented a 3D printer that helps you to create makeup from your computer. The process needs a mink printer, a photoshop kind of tool and a good colorful image from the internet. The technology lets the customer produce cosmetics of their choice of color at a much lower price. Great work in progress, if developed to its full potential, can help customers to save a lot of their hard earned money.
The human tendency to block the good and absorb only the bad is so high that we do not even process so much development happening around us. A little bit of positivity can do wonders in the long run. So with the belief that the coming years will bring about a lot of good in our lives, let us do our part without minding how big or small it is to make this world a better place.