2020 has been a hard year so far, so right now finding things that make us smile or even laugh out loud is a priority. We thought we should share with you some of the stories we've read lately that have made us do just that! From honey bees helping cure cancer to toddlers jumping in puddles, this is the lighthearted read we think everyone needs right now! Click the link below each story to read it in full.
Bees Curing Breast Cancer
A young Australian scientist has made a potentially ground-breaking breakthrough in the search for a breast cancer cure.
A study by 25-year-old Dr Ciara Duffy has found that venom from honey bees can rapidly kill aggressive, hard-to-treat and often deadly breast cancer cells. She used the venom from 312 bees to test the effect on various types of breast cancer. She found that the venom attacked the cancer cells and killed them in just one hour without affecting the good cells.
The Purrfect Employee
Meet Elwood, the newest team member at the Epworth Hospital, Richmond.
Elwood has been coming to the hospital every morning to get pats from those entering the hospital and to take naps in the sun around the hospital grounds, so someone saw it was only right that he should become one of the Epworth Hospital team.
They fitted him with a new collar and his own name badge, complete with his picture and job title - 'Security'.
Beer for Energy
Millions of litres of beer which expired at South Australian breweries amid the coronavirus pandemic has been converted into renewable energy, helping to generate enough to power a wastewater treatment plant.
The Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant, west of Adelaide, is using beer that expired when coronavirus restrictions were introduced in March. Around 150,000 litres of beer is received by the treatment plant each month which is enough to power 1,200 homes!
Fine Art Flippers
Earlier this year when lock downs started across America, while most museums remained closed and empty, 3 penguins from the Kansas City Zoo were invited to visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.
The penguins were allowed to wander around the museum to view paintings by the likes of Caravaggio and Monet. The director of the museum said “I don’t know how they feel, what is in their mind. They stop, look and wonder…”
A Well Earned Retirement
A giant Galapagos tortoise, named Diego, has officially entered retirement at the age of 100.
Diego is credited with saving his species from extinction, after fathering 800 offspring over 40 years, or roughly 40% of the 2,000 giant tortoises alive today. Around 50 years ago, there were only 2 males and 12 females of Diego’s species alive on their home island Espanola.
What an amazing effort! Well done Diego!
Saving The Reef
With restrictions currently preventing standard operations, five Australian dive tour operators have volunteered to ferry scientists and divers who are volunteering to help restore the Great Barrier Reef.
With no tourists around,they have planted more than 1,000 pieces of coral on the reef, playing a huge role in restoring the marine ecosystem.
Engineering At It's Best
Did you know there is a preschool in southern Japan that’s designed to collect rainwater into a giant puddle for the kids to play in when it’s raining?
The roof of Dai-Ichi Tochian preschool building funnels all of the rainwater into the middle of their courtyard in one giant, clean puddle where kids can jump and splash around in.
The courtyard can even be converted into an ice rink in the winter!