In this week’s dose of good news, we’re talking an incredible tribute for the late David Bowie, a five-year-old amputee who’s become unstoppable and a pair of teens who have changed the water purification game forever.
Let’s get happy!
Two Brazilian students, aged 15 and 18, have turned the science of water purification on its head by creating a seed that will clean polluted water. João Gabriel and Letícia Pereira’s project was only started at the beginning of 2016, when a town nearby had its clean water supply cut off. “We wanted to do something to help the ones in need after the disaster in Mariana,” said Letícia. The two have won the Latin America Google science fair with their invention, and they hope to secure sponsorship for the finals in September.
You probably remember I talked about the craze that is Pokémon GO a few weeks ago, and the revolutionary app is at it again, saving the life of a struggling ice cream shop. Mad Hatter’s Ice Cream in Washington was on the brink of closing due to lack of customers when Pokémon GO was rolled out, but now it’s pulling in double or even triple the sales some nights due to a number of nearby PokéStops. Gary Dear, the owner, says he still doesn’t understand the game, but he’s hoping to add some Pokémon-themed items to the menu.
Two years ago, a then three-year-old Jude lost his legs in a horrific lawnmower accident, leaving himself and his family traumatised and believing he would never run, jump, or even play, again. However, after a donation from The Heather Abbott Foundation, five-year-old Jude now has his own set of carbon fibre blades and is virtually unstoppable. “He put them on, and he started bouncing, and then he just took off,” said Jude’s mother, Jen, who penned a letter to the foundation telling Jude’s story. Now he’s just like every other five-year-old kid.
By now you’ve probably seen the video of Judge Amber Wolf learning of a prison denying an inmate pants of feminine hygiene products – well, she’s kicking ass once again. Upon hearing that a defendant in a burglary case hadn’t yet met his one-month-old son, she briefly overturned a court order that she herself had made, allowing him to hold his son for the first time. Wolf says “It wasn’t really a judge thing. I think it was just more of a human thing.”
If you still haven’t quite come to terms with the passing of the revolutionary David Bowie (like me), this story is for you. You may remember a while ago that a band comprised of 1,000 musicians staged a performance of “Learn to Fly” to get the Foo Fighters to play a show in their town. Well now the group has reformed to perform a breathtaking tribute to Bowie, playing his song “Rebel Rebel.” Cue me sobbing on the floor.
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