Daily Digest 1/24 – Good News Friday: First Treatment for Pain Using Human Stem Cells is a Success, Brewery puts faces of shelter dogs on beer cans

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header “Good News Friday.” We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!


New discovery may lead to ‘one-size-fits-all’ cancer treatment one day, researchers say (Sparky1)

A team of researchers in the United Kingdom discovered a new type of immune cell that they say could one day be used as a “one-size-fits-all” therapy for most cancers.

Scientists at Cardiff University say they’ve found a T-cell with a new type of receptor that can recognize and kill most cancers. Their findings were published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Immunology on Monday.

Brewery puts faces of shelter dogs on beer cans (jasonw)

A Florida brewery is working to help dogs find their forever homes — by putting their faces on beer cans. Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton, Florida, has released a special four-pack of one of its flagship beers this month that features adoptable dogs from a local animal shelter.

Molecule Combo Actually Reverses Arthritis in Human Cartilage and Rats, Says ‘Exciting’ New Study

People with osteoarthritis—“wear and tear” arthritis—have had, in the past, limited treatment options, either pain relievers or joint replacement surgery.

Now, Salk researchers have discovered that a powerful combination of two experimental treatments reverses the cellular and molecular signs of osteoarthritis in rats as well as in isolated human cartilage cells. Their results were published in the journal Protein & Cell earlier this week.

First Treatment for Pain Using Human Stem Cells is a Success; Now Moving Towards Human Trials

Researchers at the University of Sydney have used human stem cells to make pain-killing neurons that provide lasting relief in mice, without side effects, in a single treatment.

The next step is to perform extensive safety tests in rodents and pigs, and then move to human patients suffering chronic pain within the next five years.


Goldman Sachs Unveils $750 Billion Climate Plan For Investing in Solutions, and Vows Never to Support Arctic Drilling

David Solomon, chief executive of Goldman Sachs, recently wrote an editorial in the Financial Times in which he laid out the premise behind a $750 billon plan for a decade of investing, financing, and advisory activity that will exclusively cover nine climate-critical areas such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and carbon reductions.

New Molecule Can Harvest Energy From Entire Visible Spectrum of Light—And Then Turn It into Hydrogen Fuel

Scientists for the first time have developed a single molecule that can absorb energy from the entire visible spectrum of light, meaning it can harness over 50% more solar energy than current solar cells can.

Additionally, it can also act as a catalyst to transform that solar energy into hydrogen—a clean alternative to fuel for things like gas-powered vehicles.


Florida is Purchasing 20,000 Acres of Everglade Wetlands to Protect It From Oil Drilling

The state of Florida is purchasing more than 20,000 acres of wetlands in the Everglades in order to protect it from oil drilling.

Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reached an agreement that will allow for the purchase of 20,000 acres of critical wetlands in Water Conservation Area 3 (WCA 3) within the Everglades Protection Area located in Broward County for $16.5 million.

Dolphins Are Finally Living and Breeding in the Potomac River Again

About 1,000 bottlenose dolphins have been recorded in the lower reaches of the recovering river, including one that gave birth in August.

When George Washington chose to build his Mount Vernon estate along the Potomac River, he declared the then-pristine body of water “the nation’s river.” At the time, even dolphins were a common sight. In fact, as Karin Bruillard at the Washington Post reports, the porpoises were seen as far upriver as Alexandria, Virginia, in the 1840s.

JetBlue Going Carbon-Neutral in 2020 On All Domestic Flights —The First Major US Airline to Do So

Earlier this month, JetBlue announced that it will begin offsetting carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) from jet fuel for all domestic JetBlue flights starting in July 2020, making it the first major U.S. airline to take this step towards reducing its contribution to global warming.

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