Category Archives: Policy

“4 charts Bill Gates loves because they prove the world is getting better” – Feb 2017 – World

In an increasingly ocularcentric world, the power of the visual to tell a story is being increasingly utilised.

On a daily basis we are bombarded by a variety of graphs, tables, pictures and videos all trying to tell us a very particular story or message.

Bill Gates has synthesised all these images down to four core graphs, which he believe show that the world is getting better. More hospitable, better health and increased equality. All of the graphs shown in the article tell an important and different story about our current state of affairs.

Which of the graphs is your favourite? We here at Cheerful News have some different graphs that would make our top 4. What are yours?

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Drop in teenage suicide attempts linked to legalisation of same-sex marriage – Feb 2017 – USA

The legalisation of same-sex in US states has been linked to decreases in suicide attempts for young teenagers.

The research carried out at the John Hopkins University found that suicide attempts fell by almost 10% following the implementation of the marriage legislation. Researchers analysed figures from more that 760,000 students across America between 1999 and 2015.

The effects of the legislation were found to last for around two years after adoption. There was no drop in suicide levels found in those states which did not pass the marriage laws.

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Pavement lights guide ‘smartphone zombies’ – Feb 2017 – Netherlands

Pavement lights have been installed pedestrian crossings in a Netherlands town to help smartphone users cross the road safely.

It is hoped the lights will help ‘light the way’ for out and about phone users. Although some believe that the lights are promoting bad behaviour, the lights in general are seen as a fun, and innovative way of increasing pedestrian safety.

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