Good News Travels Fast: 2016’s Most Optimistic News Stories

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2 Brooke Stevens
Wondering what to do to celebrate the end of 2016? Take a break from planning, and read all about 5 great things that happened last year!

2016 was definitely an eventful year, and at times, a rather challenging one. But, ultimately – an abundance of exciting milestones, important scientific discoveries and simply fun moments occurred in it as well. To help us all concentrate on the good and forget the bad, here are 5 of the most positive things that happened in 2016.

Medicine Made Progress

Quite a few inspiring advancements have been made this year in the ever-evolving medicine field. One of which was Google’s cooperation with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to cure health problems using bioelectronics. The tech giant and the pharma company teamed up to create a new company, Galvani Bioelectronics, whose primary goal is to create sub-dermal implants that will treat different types of diseases. Other than that, 2016 saw the discovery of a new ALS gene. The gene, called NEK1, is associated with 3% of the ALS population, as was found with the help of money raised from that crazy ice-bucket challenge gracing the better part of our Facebook feed not too long ago. And, no less important, a group of researchers believe they have discovered cancer’s “Achilles Heel.” According to their findings, cancer tumors produce “flags,” the finding of which can help in creating customized cancer treatments. Wonderful news, indeed.

 

GOOGLE

Founded in 1998 as a search-engine, Google has since then developed and expanded into a variety of digital products and services. With Gmail, Google+, Google Drive, and Google Docs, Google has proven itself capable of providing high-quality and engaging services in all the new spheres the technological age has created.

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Disney Promotes Diversity and Gender Equality

More than ever before, Disney takes it upon itself to educate its young viewers for tolerance and equality by launching two princess stories. The first was a computer-animated TV Series, Elena of Avalor. The series depicts the life of the first ever Latina Disney princess – which sends out a much-anticipated, highly called-for message of cultural diversity in Disney films. Disney made sure to receive proper assistance from cultural advisors in order to make sure it treats the Latin world with utmost sensitivity, respect and authenticity. The second exciting launch was that of the feature film, Moana. The film tells the story of Moana, the daughter of a Polynesian tribe’s chief, who leads a mission to save her tribe. Moana is not a princess in the traditional sense, as she carries the story without a romantic male companion. Disney sends a strong, obvious feminist message – exciting news to all pro-feminist Disney fans out there. The beloved multinational media company is clearly trying to fight back the criticism expressed towards its lack of cultural diversity and actual feminism. So far, it seems to be doing a great job.

Moana
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Everybody Promoted the Fight of Climate Change

2016 was a year filled with pro-environmental moves by many countries, organizations and individuals – all have cooperated to continue fighting the damages of climate change. Many exciting efforts were made in the environmental department in the last year. The Paris Agreement – an environmental agreement meant to reduce global warming, written within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – was finally opened for signing. The agreement, signed in the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, was up for signing in the symbolic date of April 22nd – Earth Day. 194 UNFCC members have signed it so far, and still counting. As part of the commitments it made in the Paris Climate Conference, India planted 50 million trees in only one day – breaking a world record. Two individuals who have done their share for climate change this year are outgoing US president Barack Obama, who banned oil drilling in vast parts of the Arctic and the Atlantic; and Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who joined forces with National Geographic to create an educational documentary about global warming.

Climate Change
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The Juno Space Probe Reached Jupiter

NASA’s first solar-based Space Probe, Juno, reached Jupiter in July. Juno was launched in August 2011, and has finally entered Jupiter’s orbit earlier this year. The probe’s mission is to measure Jupiter’s magnetic field, gravity field, polar magnetosphere and composition. The spacecraft has had a few malfunctions along the way, but so far, it’s still in the game. Juno continues its mission to collect information about the largest planet in the solar system. More in the 2016 space department: Elon Musk, the man behind tech-wonders – Tesla and SpaceX, has announced his plan to launch a commercial flight to Mars as soon as 2024. Musk plans on building a massive spaceship, equipped with restaurants and a cinema, which will be able to carry at least 100 people. We are sure looking forward to seeing that.

 

TESLA

Tesla Motors, Inc. was founded in 2003, with headquarters in Palo Alto, California. The company currently employs over 10,000 people, and is a leading designer, manufacturer, and seller of electric cars, and electric batteries.  

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Leo Finally Won an Oscar

The only one who has the honor of appearing twice in our respectable list is no other than Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio – and for a darn good reason. The more-than-deserving Hollywood actor has won his first Oscar award ever in 2016, which was an incredibly exciting moment for both the actor and his numerous fans around the globe. We can only imagine how badly DiCaprio, a 5-time Oscar nominee who has been acting for over 20 years, has been waiting for this long-overdue win. Among the actors’ many famous acting credits, one can find Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, and of course, how can we forget, the movie star’s breakthrough role in James Cameron’s Titanic. Other than his remarkable acting (and directing) skills, DiCaprio is also a longtime environmental activist and a generous philanthropist. Sure, these additional traits may not have to do with acting, but they definitely emphasize how worthy of the desirable award Leo truly is.

Leonardo DiCaprio
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