Good News Day 31: This Humanitarian in Nigeria Has Us Under Her Spell


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While witch hunting is a shameful part of American history, in Nigeria, it is a deeply engraved part of their culture that concentrates primarily on children. Even though it is illegal to persecute “witches,” the practice is still widespread and other countries see it as a human rights violation. Humanitarian Anja Ringgren Loven is in the midst of the persecution, attempting to save and provide protection to children accused of witchcraft.

Read more here: http://the-daily.buzz/humanitarian-nigeria-under-spell/2/

Good News Day 30: Chef Wins Reality Show and Uses Money To Feed Chicago Homeless


We’ve got an appetite for any story about feeding the homeless.

Source: Chef Wins Reality Show and Uses Money To Feed Chicago Homeless

Good News Day 29: Meet the Bird Brainiacs: American Crow


Editor’s Note: Members of the crow family, known as the corvids, are among the smartest birds in the world. Some are capable of using tools, playing tricks, teaching each other new things, even holding “funerals.” And yet there’s still much we don’t know about these fascinating, sometimes confounding creatures. What’s going on inside the mind of a corvid? Three leading scientists are finding answers.

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PET scan of a crow’s brain: Robert Miyaoka/Dept. of Radiology/University of Washington

The crows in your neighborhood know your block better than you do. They know the garbage truck routes. They know which kids drop animal crackers and which ones throw rocks. They know the pet dogs, and they might even play with the friendly ones. If you feed them, they probably not only recognize you but your car as well, and they might just leave you trinkets in return. These birds live their lives intertwined with ours, carefully observing us even as most of us barely take note of them…

Read more here: https://www.audubon.org/magazine/march-april-2016/meet-bird-brainiacs-american-crow

 

Good News Day 28: 5th-Graders Ditch Recess For Sign Language Club So They Can Chat With Deaf Classmate


For these students, connecting with a classmate was far more important than playtime.

Rhemy Elsey, a fifth-grader at Mark Bills Middle School in Peoria, Illinois, is deaf and primarily uses sign language to communicate, along with the help of an interpreter, WMBD reported. Some of his fellow fifth-graders decided to give up their recess once a week to form an American Sign Language club in order to chat more effectively with Rhemy.

Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fifth-graders-ditch-recess-for-sign-language-club-so-they-can-chat-with-deaf-classmate_us_56d06c1ee4b0bf0dab31c1cc?pbx=25&te=Upworthy

Good News Day 27: Amazing Things to See in the Night Sky in 2016


If you’re a night owl who loves stargazing, 2016 is going to be a busy year for you. This year is packed full of remarkable sights — including three supermoons, two eclipses, and dozens of meteor showers. Some of them you’ll need a telescope or binoculars to see, but many are visible with your naked eye alone.

Read all about them here: http://www.upworthy.com/19-amazing-things-you-dont-want-to-miss-in-the-night-sky-in-2016?c=ufb1

Good News Day 26: Magical Music Machine


Take a xylophone, guitar strings, and hundreds of marbles and gears, and you’ve got a Swedish Magical Music Machine.

Source: Machine Creates Beautiful Music with 2000 Marbles and Bells (MUST SEE)

Good News Day 25: Guy Gives Shelter Dogs Free Haircuts to Help Them Get Adopted


This CPA gave up his lucrative career to become a dog groomer and help homeless pups get adopted with great haircuts.

Source: Guy Gives Shelter Dogs Free Haircuts to Help Them Get Adopted (LOOK)

Good News Day 24: Cognitive Function is Improved by Regular Chocolate Intake


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Chocolate. The magic word is chocolate. There are very few people in the world that don’t like arguably the king of all desserts, as besides the fact that it is delicious, it also offers a large variety of health benefits, as long as you consume it in moderation. A team of researchers from the University of Maine, the Luxembourg Institute of Health, and the University of South Australia performed a meta-analysis showing that cognitive function is improved by regular chocolate intake …

Read more here: http://www.capitalberg.com/cognitive-function-improved-by-chocolate/28375/

Good News Day 23: Monarch Butterfly Population More Than Triples Over Last Year


Imagine 10 acres of woodland fields and branches dripping with butterflies. That’s what the remarkable comeback of the monarch in Mexico looked like this winter.

Source: Monarch Butterfly Population More Than Triples Over Last Year

Good News Day 22: This 25-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Just Published His First Book


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Marcus Sikora has a flare for the creative.

The 25-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, has acted in school productions and wrote and produced a one-act stage performance in cooperation with a local high school.

Sikora also has Down syndrome, but that hasn’t stopped him from achieving something that would be impressive for any 25-year-old. As of June 2015, he can add “published author” to his list of accomplishments.

Read More Here: http://themighty.com/2015/07/this-25-year-old-with-down-syndrome-just-published-his-first-book2

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