Daily Digest 9/25 – Good News Friday: How ‘Friluftsliv’ Could Help Us This Winter, Vaccine Advances Spark Optimism

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!


Judge says 2020 census must continue for another month (TS)

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in California made her ruling late Thursday, two days after hearing arguments from attorneys for the Census Bureau, and attorneys for civil rights groups and local governments that had sued the statistical agency in an effort to halt the 2020 census from stopping at the end of the month.

Johnson & Johnson’s Vaccine Advances, Sparking Optimism in Race (tmn)

Facing criticism over secrecy, several companies — including Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday — have taken the rare step of releasing the detailed blueprints of their trials, which are typically considered proprietary. And the F.D.A. is expected this week to release stricter guidelines outlining the criteria it will use to vet clinical trial data.

Coronavirus patient Richard Misior leaves hospital COVID-19 ward after six months (Stuart G.)

“It took a long time to recover, but after the first two months or so things got better, and from there on [I’m seeing] just gradual improvement all the time,” he said.

France doubles paid paternity leave to 28 days (jdargis)

“This reform will move France from a mid-ranking position in Europe to being among the group of leading countries, including Spain, Sweden, Norway and Portugal,” the president’s office said.

“Time is an essential factor in establishing an important link between the child and the parents. The current 14-day period is too short,” the official added.

A therapeutic non-self-reactive SARS-CoV-2 antibody protects from lung pathology in a COVID-19 hamster model (Birgit H.)

Interestingly, some of the near-germline SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing mAbs reacted with mammalian self-antigens. Prophylactic and therapeutic application of CV07-209 protected hamsters from SARS-CoV-2 infection, weight loss and lung pathology. Our results show that non-self-reactive virus-neutralizing mAbs elicited during SARS-CoV-2 infection are a promising therapeutic strategy.

See It: MTA Workers Build Illegal ‘Man Cave’ In Grand Central Terminal; ‘Few Would Have The Chutzpah’ (TS)

According to the Office of the MTA Inspector General, the room had a futon couch, large flat-screen television with streaming capabilities, a refrigerator, microwave, air conditioning, workout equipment and more – including an open can of beer.

The inspector general’s report says the slacking employees included a wireman, a carpenter foreman and an electrical foreman.

Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 winners (tmn)

See the world’s greatest space photography and discover the winning entries from Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020.

Click through the galleries to find winning and shortlisted images from this year’s competition, from incredible skyscapes and images of aurorae to remarkable photos of distant planets and galaxies.

What is ‘friluftsliv’? How an idea of outdoor living could help us this winter (JK)

While early lockdown measures have succeeded in keeping Norway’s coronavirus case numbers relatively low (less than 12,000 to date), there have been some recent spikes. That has Norwegians looking to the country’s outdoorsy traditions for respite from the enclosed spaces where the virus transmits more easily.

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