TikTok is commissioning hundreds of institutions to produce educational videos for the platform; widely available drug dexamethasone cuts Covid-19 deaths; and scientists have created a new type of foil that can detect metabolites and nutrients in sweat. More good news below.
In India, a Tinder initiative and a Facebook group are revolutionizing pet adoption; Germany has opened the world’s first “eHighway” on the autobahn near Frankfurt; a new study shows that educating children on the effects of climate change might be the most effective way to change their parents’ opinions.
#Jagärhär (#Iamhere) is a Swedish group of about 75,000 people that fight online abuse, supporting and defending those under attack; tiger worms process waste into water and compost, eliminating 99% of pathogens and 85% of solid material; “An Empathy Bridge for Autism” uses virtual reality to help people experience the sensory and motor challenges of those suffering from autism.
Members of parliament elected Sahle-Work Zewde to become Ethiopia’s first female head of state; the European Parliament overwhelmingly voted to ban common single-use plastics; and researchers found a social media app that connects neighbors in disaster-prone communities across Indonesia, thus saving lives and reducing financial losses.