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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 27, 2020: Teen’s Research to Fight Covid 19, Conservation Progress, Drones in the Rainforest, and a Teacher Saves Grandma


Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Middle School Student Wins 25,000 for Research to Help Fight Covid-19

Anika Chebrolu, a 14-year-old from Texas, won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge, which has been described as “the nation’s premier middle school science competition.”  In her research, “….which included analyzing close to 700 million compounds,” Anika discovered a molecule that can bind to the spike protein of COVID-19. You can read more in this article from Good Morning America.

Conservation Efforts Have Made a Difference

Up to 48 species would have become extinct without reintroduction programs, zoo-based conservation, and legal protections enacted since 1993 when the UN Convention on Biological Diversity came into force. Here’s more from The Guardian

Drones Help Indigenous People Spot Illegal Logging in the Amazon Rainforest

With help from the World Wildlife Fund, indigenous Andean tribes are starting to use drones to help protect wildlife and collect evidence on illegal logging in the rainforest. This article from the Good News Network includes an informative video.

Teacher Saves Grandma

On September 22, first grade teacher Julia Koch was teaching her virtual class when she got a call from grandparent Cynthia Phillips about technical difficulties. Ms. Koch noticed Ms. Phillips was having trouble speaking and knew something was wrong. It turns out Ms. Phillips was having a stroke. You can read about how Ms. Koch got help for her student’s grandmother and also sign up for CNN’s Good Stuff here.

Plus, here’s a video!

Thank you to all the teachers on the front lines, virtually and in person!

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

23 thoughts on “Good News Tuesday for Oct. 27, 2020: Teen’s Research to Fight Covid 19, Conservation Progress, Drones in the Rainforest, and a Teacher Saves Grandma

  1. I love the drone story! So glad to hear.

  2. The teenage researcher is amazing – such tenacity and dedication. All these stories are great Jo-Anna.

  3. All great news! Sending a shout out to the Texas teenager, Anika Chebrolu. Girl Power in action.

  4. I think it’s great how you involve teenagers in current issues. We in Germany also have such competitions. But here the basic concept is not to get in the way of the adults before one has been fully trained by them. 😉 Michael

    • Interesting difference. We can learn so much from teenagers – not only from their scientific ideas, but their passion and enthusiasm. Thanks for appreciating the good news, Michael.

      • Thank you for the information, JoAnna! Like its said in the Bible “Lets us become kids (again)!” Without a most time only money based thinking, some would go better. Enjoy your week, and please stay save. Michael

  5. The story revealed in the Teacher/Grandma video is amazing

  6. All great stories, JoAnna! My favorite is drones being used to detect illegal logging in the rainforest! Thanks for the good news. ❤ Take care.

  7. Thank you for this wonderful dose of uplifting news, dear JoAnna! I am very impressed by the teenage-researcher, just amazing to read! Blessings ❤️

  8. I loved reading both Anika & Julia’s stories.

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