Top 7 Best News of Last Week — June 6, 2022

1. Japanese man, 83, becomes oldest person to sail solo non-stop across Pacific

Yachtsman Kenichi Horie after more than two months at sea, arrived in the waters off the Kii peninsula in western Japan at 2.39am local time.

Having crossed the world’s largest body of water, he had an inspiring message for the world. “Don’t let your dreams just stay as dreams,” he told CNN over satellite phone as he made his way from Shikoku Island to Wakayama. “Have a goal and work towards achieving this and a beautiful life awaits.”

2. Kerala lesbian couple, separated by parents, reunited by high court

Adhila Nassrin and Fathima Noora had met during their student days in Saudi Arabia and later, they decided to live together, according to the petition filed in the court. But the relatives objected to the relationship.

The Kerala High Court on Tuesday allowed Adhila Nassrin and Fathima Noora, a lesbian couple, to live together on a habeas corpus plea.

3. Utah pets now have a safe place to stay if their owners enter drug, alcohol misuse treatment

A nonprofit animal shelter has partnered with Utah’s largest addiction program to protect pets for up to three months as their owners undergo treatment. The process starts with an application and documentation of the owner’s current situation, then a brief assessment of the pet — weighing and determining its general condition — along with vaccinations and ensuring the animal is fixed or planned to be fixed.

The pet is then matched with a foster, and the client checks in on their pet once a week via text. Ruff Haven has its fosters pass along photos and videos of the animal so the client can check in on their furry friend while separated.

- This is actually a huge barrier to treatment for people so really cool to see.

4. Water treatment plants would be ready for the removal of nanoplastics.

The biologically active, slow-flow sand filters of lake water treatment would remove nanoplastics from the raw water very efficiently. This was shown both in the laboratory and in larger, realistic tests and modelling.

The results are now in, and they include some reassuring findings. In a report published today in the Journal of Hazardous Materials, the researchers show that even if untreated water contained considerable quantities of nanoplastics, these particles were retained in sand filters very efficiently during water treatment. Both in laboratory tests and in a larger test facility located directly on the premises of the Zurich Water Works, the biologically active slow sand filter was the most effective at retaining nanoparticles — achieving an efficacy level in the region of 99.9%.

5. Electric Vehicles are measurably reducing global oil demand; by 1.5 million barrels a day

The new estimates from the research firm BloombergNEF help to show EVs are shedding their status as a niche climate technology.

  • Total transportation fuel demand was 43.7 million barrels per day last year, the firm said.
  • The amount EVs have displaced doubled over the last six years, BloombergNEF said.

6. After 3 months and 150 miles lost in the Alaskan winter sled dog Leon found safe in McGrath — Now reunited with pack

On Tuesday, McGrath locals notified Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race officials that the dog, had been seen visiting a local homestead where food had been left out for him

Early Saturday morning, a McGrath resident was able to catch Leon. Leon was safe, alert and “understandably skinny but seemingly healthy”.

7. Trained rats to be sent into earthquake debris wearing tiny backpacks with microphones

Rats are being trained to be sent into earthquake debris wearing tiny backpacks outfitted with microphones as well as location trackers to allow rescue teams to communicate with survivors during real earthquakes.

That’s it for this week. Until next week, stay safe and don’t forget to share this post with your friends :)

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