How South Africa built one of the world's most advanced telescopes

telescope built in South Africa is revealing new details about Milky Way.

A telescope built in South Africa is revealing new details about the Milky Way.

"It's the clearest view ever made of the center of our galaxy," chief scientist Fernando Camilo said of images produced by the MeerKAT radio telescope.
Officially launched in July, the telescope has also made South Africa a key global destination for radio astronomy.


Drink coffee and live longer

Dr. Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at Hospital de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain has conducted a study of 20,000 people which found that drinking coffee lowered your risk of death.  I think you would agree this is a good thing!

Study Drink coffee good for your heart

Those who drank 4 cups of coffee a day had a 64% lower risk of death than those who drank none.

"We found an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of all-cause mortality, particularly in people aged 45 years and above. This may be due to a stronger protective association among older participants," Navarro said.
The study was done on healthy people, who were mainly eating the mediterranean diet, and their average age at the start of the study was 37 years of age. Factors that were considered were sex, age and whether participants stuck to the mediterranean diet and discovered that age was a factor: coffee seemed to provide a strong protection for people over 45 years of age.

 "Our findings suggest that drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people." Dr Adela Navarro concluded.

These findings were presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress (ESC) in Barcelona in 2017.

So if you are a coffee drinker and over the age of 40 it would make sense to increase you coffee intake to four cups a day. For the rest of us this research should make us consider trying coffee don't you think?

New coffee study


My favourite Richard Branson Quotes

Best Richard Branson Quotes
Sir Richard Branson

I've just finished reading Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur by Richard Branson, well re- reading it actually and to tell the truth I actually listened to it in my car off an audio book, which is my new favourite thing to do when driving - listen to audio books.
I always find Sir Richard Branson inspiring and thought you might enjoy some of his words of wisdom. Do you have a favourite?

“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.”

“You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”  

“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to.”

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”

“Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress.” in Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons in Life and Business

“The brave may not live forever – But the cautious do not live at all” in Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School

“I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive then I believe you are better off not doing it. A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” in Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way


List of positive uplifting songs

Music can emotionally enhance your wellbeing. It can uplift your mood instantly just as well as an antidepressant.  It has the power to be emotionally uplifting or soothing and make us feel joy, love, hope, peace and so many other emotions. Apparently is alters many parts of our brain including those that feel these emotions - the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex.
"It also flushes the body with dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel good. Music also paves the way for the release of norepinephrine, a hormone that brings about euphoria and elation." *
uplifting songs
Elevator Music by Boy Wonder

Here is our list of inspiring songs from many different eras.
We would love to know a song that makes you feel uplifted (add it in the comments).

Mr. Blue Sky ~ Electric Light Orchestra
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
Good Day Sunshine - The Beatles
What a Wonderful Life - Elvis Presley
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong 
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python
Don’t Worry be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Que Sera Sera - Doris Day
Perfect Day – Lou Reed
Circle of Life - The Lion King
Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
Lust For Life – Iggy Pop
Where is the Love? – The Black Eyed Peas
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
One More Time – Daft Punk
Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf

How Music Changes Your Mood - Examined Existence


The elementary school teacher who helped the new U.S. poet laureate

san diego teacher who helped US poet laureate

Lelya Sampson in her Mount Hope home.

This San Diego teacher helped Juan Felipe Herrera find his voice.

Juan Felipe Herrera, who is the new U.S. poet laureate, often talks about a defining moment 57 years ago, when he was a third-grader at Lowell Elementary School in Barrio Logan.   

Howard Lipin/Twitter: @hlipin


Australian woman leaves $4 million mansion to help homeless children

Good news in Australia
This lovely lady Lily Fardell of Newcastle, Australia, has left a personal legacy which will raise an estimated $4 million for homeless children.

"She couldn't have children of her own," her nephew, Michael Ellis said.
"But she loved children and left almost everything she had to a charity which supported them."


Amazing Australian animals

Australia is home to many unique species of fauna the best known being the kangaroo and the koala. A total of 379 species of mammals have been recorded in Australia and marsupials are a special type of mammal that carry their young in a pouch.  Besides well-known marsupials like the kangaroos, wallabies and the koala and possum, other marsupials include wombats, the Tasmanian devil, numbat, bandicoots, bettongs, the bilby, quolls, and the quokka. Have you heard of all or any of these amazing and distinctive animals? Do you have a favourite?

Amazing Australian animals
or walpurti, found in Western Australia, exclusively eats termites

Sugar Glider
Sugar Glider:
it's name refers to its preference for sugary foods
and ability to glide through the air
Amazing Australian animals
smaller than kangaroos,
herbivores eating grasses, vegetables, leaves
Amazing Australian animals
Eastern Barred Bandicoot:
weighs less than 2 kg and has a short tail
Australian marsupial
is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal
Spotted-tail quoll sleeping at Sydney Wildlife World:
a carnivorous nocturnal, native to mainland Australia


Germany Breaks a Renewable Energy Record

This is seriously impressive. Just this week, Germany was powered by a record 78% clean energy. It's proof is that solar and wind can keep the lights on in a highly industrialized nation.

ACF is Australian Conservation Foundation
 Germany’s experience shows that solar and wind can keep the lights on in a highly industrialized nation, said Osha Gray Davidson, author of Clean Break, a book about Germany’s transition to carbon-free energy.

Read the full article at takepart


Koalas returned to wild

Just weeks after social media went wild over photos of baby koala Phantom hugging his mother Lizzy while she underwent surgery, the Australia Zoo announced that both koalas have returned to their natural habitat.

baby koala Phantom and mother returned  to wild
IMAGE: Australia Zoo Audio Visual Department
A dedicated group of wildlife veterinarians, a hospital manager, vet nurses and volunteers all work around the clock at The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital at Beerwah in Queensland, to provide first-class care for sick, injured and orphaned animals. The hospital team are also active in wildlife research to know more about koala diseases, migration patterns and wildlife health management.
Read the full story at TODAY


Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Pizza

IMAGE: My Voice
Are you looking for a lighter and healthier pizza? Then try vegetarian. Here are some suggestions for toppings:
  • Thinly sliced Eggplant
  • Chopped fresh herbs such as parsley and basil
  • Crumbled fresh feta cheese
  • Sliced capsicum 
  • Mozzarella cheese slices
  • Seedless olives either sliced or whole
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Chopped cherry tomatoes
  • Mushroom slices
  • Green leaves of spinach or rocket added at the end
  • Leftover cooked veges like zucchini and broccoli
If you are looking for more specific inspiration try borrowing flavours from different cultures as done in these recipes:

Moroccan Inspired Pizza
Eggplant, Pistachio, and Pomegranate Pizza

Greek Inspired Pizza
with Feta, Onion, Tomatoes and Olives 

Italian Pizza
Get 3 different Italian recipes at ICE

Free Book Vending Machines Bring Reading To Kids In Need

JetBlue Airways is taking off for a special mission this summer.
As part of a program to promote summer reading in underserved communities, the airline has installed free book vending machines in a Washington, D.C., neighborhood, that has limited access to reading resources, according to a press release.
The initiative, which is a joint effort with Random House Children's Books, launched on Wednesday, with vending machines installed in a church, a grocery store and a branch of the Salvation Army in Southeast D.C., the Kojo Nnamdi Show blog reported.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III reads to children
at the ‘Soar with Reading’ kick-off in Southeast, D.C.

ABOUT JETBLUE:  JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline™, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 32 million customers a year to 90 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 875 daily flights. For more information please visit

ABOUT RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN'S BOOKS:  Random House Children's Books is the world's largest English-language children's trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, ebooks, and apps, the imprints of Random House Children's Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. The company's website, Kids @ Random (, offers an array of activities, games, and resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children's Books is a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

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Quotes by famous women

We love these fabulous and famous women and what they had to tell us. If you enjoy these quotes you might also enjoy our page of quotes by famous women which you can find at GNN Good News Network.

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