Friday Good News Roundup: March 24, 2017
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Here’s your Friday good news roundup to start your weekend off right!
1. ESPN: NBA players are addicted to the same thing, and it’s the best thing on the internet.
It turns out NBA players are not-so-low-key addicted to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, so much so that it’s actually part of the players’ pregame routine. Brian Doo, strength and conditioning coach for the Celtics, claims he makes around 20 PB&J sandwiches each game and feeds it to his team around three hours before tip-off. There’s even a secret code: “S” for strawberry, “C” for crunchy, “G” for grape—and nearly every team takes it very seriously.
2. Good News Network: Google promised $50 million to help close the educational gap.
Nearly 75 percent of students have little to no internet access and according to Google, 130 million students are unable to read or do math due to lack of resources. To address the problem, Google will distribute grant money to nine nonprofits around the world that are bring tech-based learning solutions to areas that need it the most. Google will also recruit volunteers who can help teach advanced subjects like user experience design, translation, offline functionality, and data analytics.
3. Treehugger: In the future, moldy fruits and vegetables are out.
An Australian researcher created a chemical-free treatment for produce that could inhibit mold growth. Since mold is a huge reason why so much produce ends up in the trash, this new technology, called “Breaking the Mould” could reduce global food waste. The plasma and electric current-based technology could also make produce healthier for human consumption, as it also inhibits growth of other food-borne diseases.
4. MSN: Rosie the Riveter finally got a national day of recognition.
It’s been 70 years since WWII led 16 million women to take up “men’s” work in factories, shipyards, and other industries. redefining workplace gender roles forever. Earlier this week, the remaining "Rosies"—now in their 80s and 90s were honored for the first time with speeches and a U.S. Senate resolution at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California.
5. Inhabitat: The world’s biggest river island could be India’s first carbon-neutral district.
The river island of Majuli in India is disappearing into the water, but state’s chief minister, Sarbanada Sonowal, is determined to save it by turning it into the country’s first carbon-neutral district by 2020. The project started last year and will ensure the infrastructure on the island is low carbon. They also plan on declaring Majuli a Biodiversity Heritage Site to better preserve the island.