People all over the world are working harder than ever to make the world a better place, as we slowly recover from the global pandemic. There are numerous simple ways to help people around you, as well as the environment. Take a look back at some of the good things that have happened this year. This part brings up news from Africa and Asia/Oceania.
A more than 5000 years old brewery has been unearthed in Egypt. Archaeologists made the discovery while working on an area in one of Egypts oldest cities, Abydos. Scientists believe that the discovery is the world's largest ancient brewery ever discovered. The brewery consisted of eight, 20 meters long rooms, each containing two rows of clay pots placed in decorative cisterns.
New statistics for 2020 have been released, showing that for the first time in 21 years, not a single rhino was poached in Kenya. No rhinos lost their horns and no rhinos were killed, a feat that hasn’t been achieved since 1999. Reasons for the decrease may be due to COVID-19 travel restrictions as well as actions done to tackle poverty in Kenya.
In the middle of February, one of Ghana's first police women passed away at the age of 91. Rosamond Asiamah Nkansah was born in 1930 and was an active police woman in between the years 1952-1958. At the age of 22, Rosamond and 11 other women became the first ever female members of the Gold Coast Police Force. While in service, she was well-known for continuing the fight for women’s rights. She helped pave the way for women wanting to pursue a career in the police force.
A new subspecies of chameleon has been found in Madagascar, measuring only 22 mm from top to tail. Scientists discovered two individuals on the island, one male and one female. The female individual was slightly larger, with a body length of 19 mm and a total length of 29 mm. This find
is different from others as small species tend to miniaturise on smaller islands, but this species was found on mainland Madagascar. A small step forward towards future research to help answer questions about miniaturisation.
Australian company LAVO is the first in the world to create a hydrogen battery for homes. The battery integrates with rooftop solar panels energy for later use. The invention has the capacity to power an Australian household for three days. The future belongs to renewable energy sources, proven by companies like Tesla and LAVO.
In southern Japan, you might hear some faint Bach music playing while taking a walk. The source of the sound is an enormous xylophone built as a collaboration between a sound artist and a carpenter. The art piece consists of hundreds of different sized wooden pieces, that create different notes when struck. As a wooden ball cascades the structure, the notes come together to create a beautiful piece of music to be enjoyed.
A family was picking oyster shells when they made an extraordinary discovery. Inside one of the shells was a giant, orange pearl from the melo melo snail. The pearl was valued at a total of 10 million baht. The family has declined two bids as they were deemed too low. Now, they have finally received a bid that matches its valued worth of 10 million baht. The melo melo pearl is created the same way an oyster pearl is, but it is far more rare.
Vending machines are far from being considered a new invention, but in Singapore they have evolved in a new direction. Today, you can find machines offering wagyu beef and smoked salmon.Some of the machines heat up the food or make it themselves, like freshly cooked pizza and even freshly squeezed orange juice. One company has even started selling books and another sells cacti.