Category Archives: Technology

“Tech company proposes edible drone to solve world hunger”

Theverge.com – Mar 2017 – Global |

A British company has developed a ground-breaking drone prototype.

The unmanned ‘Pouncer’ is gaining a lot of coverage in the technology world due to its unique and novel design. Windhorse Aerospace’s nine foot wingspan drone will be entirely constructed with “foodstuff” or edible materials.

Honeycomb, compressed vegetables and salami are all possible resources being considered in the design.

Although the prototype may sound like a bit of a publicity stunt, there is sounds science and motivation behind the project. The team hope that the drone may help in solving a key humanitarian crisis, being food sources and availability. The drone could not only be used to drop supplies in the most needed areas, but then can also be ‘recycled’ itself, acting as a high-tech meal for those in need.

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“Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth”

Bbcnews.co.uk – Mar 2017 – Norway |

Norway has overtaken Denmark as the happiest place on earth, according to a recent study published by the UN.

The World Happiness Report has been developed to quantify and report how happy people in a given area are, and the reasons behind this. It is a measure of subjective well-being, taking in factors such as conflict, life expectancy, access to services and environmental pollution.

The study has in recent years been dominated by the extremely happy Danish and Scandinavian region. Although this report still reports the same general findings, Norway are now the world leaders with Denmark having to settle for second best (although by the looks of the report, they will still be pretty happy about it!)

The report was released today to coincide with the UN’s International Day of Happiness.

Below is a list of the top and bottom ten countries. Where does your country sit? Do you agree with the rankings? What could your country change to make things a happier place to be?

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SpaceX announces plan to launch tourists around the Moon

Dw.com – Feb 2017 – Space

In one of the largest stories of the month, Space X has announced plans to send two private tourists to the moon and back on the trip of a lifetime.

The trip is planned for late 2018, with the cost to both Space X and the private investors currently remaining undisclosed.

The pair will recieve extensive training and be required to complete various forms of fitness testing before being given the green light for space flight.

If the flight goes ahead, it will be the first time humans have been into space for the last 45 years.

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“4 charts Bill Gates loves because they prove the world is getting better”

Uk.businessinsider.com – 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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