Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The Week in Good News: The Boston Marathon, Kendrick Lamar, a Honeybee Delivery

The Week in Good News: The Boston Marathon, Kendrick Lamar, a Honeybee Delivery
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“The time was right,” Dana Canedy, the administrator of the prizes, said. “We are very proud of this selection. It means that the jury and the board judging system worked as it’s supposed to — the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.” Read more »


A colored magnetic resonance imaging scan of a cancerous tumor in the lung. When immunotherapy works, responses can be long-lasting. Credit Zephyr/Science Source

Immune therapy is helping lung cancer patients live longer.

For people with the most common type of lung cancer, the odds of survival greatly improve when a new drug that activates the immune system is used alongside chemotherapy, a major study has shown.

“I’ve been treating lung cancer for 25 years now, and I’ve never seen such a big paradigm shift as we’re seeing with immunotherapy,” said Dr. Roy Herbst, chief of medical oncology at the Yale Cancer Center.

Medical experts say the findings should change the way doctors treat lung cancer: Patients with this form of the disease should receive immunotherapy as early as possible. Read more »


A bedtime story might be even more important to your child than you thought. Credit iStock

Reading aloud to young children has more benefits than we thought.

Not only is it wonderful to share a story with a child, but a new study shows that reading aloud goes far beyond helping children learn language and early literacy skills — it has the potential to help curb problem behaviors like aggression, hyperactivity and difficulty with attention.

“We think when parents read with their children more, when they play with their children more, the children have an opportunity to think about characters, to think about the feelings of those characters,” said Dr. Alan Mendelsohn, an associate professor of pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine, who is the principal investigator on the study.

All the more reason to enjoy story time. Read more »


Push a button, get a tiny work of literature. Credit Olivier Alexandre/Short Edition

And for the adults, there’s a vending machine that spits out free short stories.

The stories are on long strips of paper, like grocery store receipts. So far, Short Edition, the French community publisher behind the idea, has set up more than 30 story dispensers all over the United States.

The concept is simple: you select a story that takes one, three or five minutes to read. When you push the appropriate button, the story is printed for you. They’re free, and they come from a catalog of more than 100,000 original submissions.

“The idea is to make people happy,” said Kristan Leroy, the export director at Short Edition. “There is too much doom and gloom today.” Read more »


The cellist Patrice Jackson performing in 2002 in an annual competition for young black and Latino string players organized by the Sphinx Organization. Credit Andrew Sacks for The New York Times

A new initiative is aiming to promote diversity in orchestras.

Orchestras are among America’s least racially diverse institutions, with African-Americans accounting for only 1.8 percent of players, according to a 2014 industry study. Three national organizations are banding together to help change that.

The new initiative — created by the Sphinx Organization, the New World Symphony and the League of American Orchestras — will help black and Hispanic musicians prepare for auditions, pair them with mentors and showcase their work in concerts. Read more »


Reife Blaustein, 4, wore a beekeeper’s suit to greet the arrival of the honeybees. He picked out two boxes. Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

3 million Italian honeybees were delivered to Bryant Park.

It’s spring, which means flowers, which means bees.

New York beekeepers flocked to the park for the special delivery, which has become something of a springtime ritual. The bees replenish hives across the city and the region: on rooftops, in small urban backyards and sometimes even indoors.

Ray Sage, 65, is an electrician who says he began keeping bees to help pollinate the many community gardens on the Lower East Side (bees work within a three-mile radius of their hives.) He strapped two buzzing boxes to the rack of his bicycle.

“You just have to ride gently and avoid the bumps,” he said. Read more »

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A beautiful spring Thursday in London, with people relaxing in the sunshine near City Hall. Your Week in Good News writer is very much enjoying the blue skies and warm temperatures. Credit Henry Nicholls/Reuters

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