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By: Jood Abu Hantash, Mariola Lopez Perez & Yosra Kok

Image by: Nicolas Besso

A Boarding Pass For A Sea Turtle

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Have you ever seen a sea turtle check into a flight? Well, today is your lucky day. Julius Caesar, or JC, an endangered lost sea turtle, was found on the shores of Ireland with hypothermia and fortunately delivered to his righteous home, the Canary Islands, on an Airline Aer Lingus flight. 

After teaming up with Exploris Aquarium, Aer Lingus Airline made sure that all of Julius Caesar’s needs were met throughout his trip. In order to accommodate him, the cabin crew even printed his boarding pass. Throughout the journey, he was kept at a perfect 19 degrees Celsius and received timely shell lubrication in order to guarantee his well-being. Don’t we all wish we were treated this well on flights? 

Image by: SWNS

Greenlight for Malaria vaccine RTS,S

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For roughly 18 months, vaccinations have been all over the headlines, but this time it has nothing to do with covid. The WHO has finally given green light to Africa for the distribution of malaria vaccine RTS,S!

For many years now Malaria has taken a toll on African families, more than 94% of cases worldwide come from the continent of Africa. But now good news has arrived for these families, they can finally breathe knowing that they won’t have to panic over every mosquito bite. The vaccination could prevent 4 out of 10 cases of malaria and so give children an opportunity to live a safer life.

Curious Combos: Music and Science

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Have you ever wondered if rational, straightforward, and factual science could be integrated into the creative, imaginative, wonderous realm of music? Well, I’m here to tell you that yes, this was made possible with Valery Vermeulen, both a musician and mathematician. 

Valery captivatingly wove together both worlds by creating an electronic music album formed by black holes. Imagine that the dark, desolate, powerful pits of black holes were reconstructed to create beautiful melodies. By translating data, waves, neurons, and even particle behaviours of black holes Valery’s uniquely striking composition was born; a piece that in itself is an auditory representation of an incredible, empirical element, trillions of kilometres away. Valery has now landed himself a well-earned record deal with Ash International and left millions appalled at how this genius brought science to our ears. Listen to it here!

The Booster to A Rocket in Cancer Treatment

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A new and innovative approach has been taken to cure cancer! Our story starts with the incredible 77-year old Bary Ambrose, who was told he had throat cancer in 2017. After being told palliative care was his only option, he decided to try innovative immunotherapy drugs to fight his cancer. Post therapy, Barry has made a miraculous full recovery in just two months. 

His amazing recovery was made possible in the UK this year by combining two types of immunotherapy drugs. Dear reader, you might be wondering, what is immunotherapy? Immunotherapy helps work your immune system to fight against cancer. A major step forward when comparing this treatment to the harsh, barbarous chemotherapy treatment. Instead of a hypothetical army of chemicals parading your insides and killing cells, immunotherapy works like a booster to a rocket – very efficient! 

Image by: NIH, Oral squamous cancer cell (white) being attacked by two cytotoxic T cells (red)

Magic Music and Defying Stereotypes 

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Picture yourself in complete flow, as your fingers wondrously glide across a grand piano. It brings both music and joy to your ears, a state of complete happiness and exhilaration. That melodic thrill is precisely what motivates Paul Harvey, an 81- year-old dementia suffering pianist. 

Paul has managed to defy all the norms and stereotypes depicting dementia patients as impaired incompetents. After Paul’s son Nick posted a clip of Paul’s improvised piano performance, it left the world in awe. It was then recorded as a single by BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and all earnings have gone to Alzheimer’s Society and Music for Dementia. Paul was also invited to conduct an orchestra playing two of his compositions at BBC studios, to which Paul masterfully managed, achieving his lifelong dream. A truly magical and brilliant time for all to witness, Paul’s mystically enchanting accomplishment. 

Sources

A. C., By, & -. (2021, October 21). Immunotherapy Drugs So Effective that Tumors Disappear in Weeks for Head and Neck Cancer Patients in Landmark Trial. Good News Network. Retrieved from https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/head-and-neck-cancer-trial-results-show-completely-disappeared-tumors/.

A. C., By, & -. (2021, October 25). A Mathematician Just Made a Musical Album Entirely Composed of Black Hole Wavelengths – Listen. Good News Network. Retrieved from https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/valery-vermeulen-releases-music-made-from-black-hole-data/.

G. N. N., By, & -. (2021, October 11). Dementia Sufferer Defies Diagnosis to Conduct Symphony Orchestra at Age 81: ‘It was magical’. Good News Network. Retrieved from https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/paul-harvey-bbc-philharmonic-dementia/.

G. N. N., By, & -. (2021, September 28). Lost Sea Turtle Washed Ashore With Hypothermia Gets Flown Home to Spain With its Own Boarding Pass. Good News Network. Retrieved from https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/endangered-turtle-joins-flight-from-ireland-to-native-canary-islands/.

What went right this week: malaria vaccine, plus more positive news. Positive News. (2021, October 14). Retrieved from https://www.positive.news/society/positive-news-stories-from-week-40-of-2021/.

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ABT team: Yosra Kok (Co-Founder and Creative Director), 2nd year Law and International Relations student at IE University | Tomas Lemus (Scriptwriter), 1st year Politics, Psychology, Law, and Economics (PPLE) student at IE University | Manuela Camarero (Writer), 2nd year Law and International Relations student at IE University | Mariola Lopez Perez (Writer), 2nd year Law and International Relations student at IE University | Jood Abu Hantash (Writer), 1st year communication and digital media student at IE University | Paula Gonzalez (Writer), 2nd year Law and International Relations student at IE University |

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