Good News

By: Christian Park

May 20, 2019

Takis Shelter

A Greek man accidentally stumbled upon a stray dog in a garbage dump on the island of Crete. Theoklitos “Takis” Proestakis found the stray dog, and he got the dog medical help immediately. Takis could not keep the dog, for there was no room, so he kept visiting it in the dump every day, giving it food. As he tripped daily, he found more and more dogs; Takis took in every single one of them, and he gave them food and medical care. Although Takis loved taking care of them, the local people did not, and they even threatened to poison the dogs if they were not taken out of the dump. Takis was able to buy a 55-square-meter (592 square feet) patch of land, where he took the dogs to. After spending 20 years in the nightclub industry, Takis was able to donate $185,000 to the dogs. He got quite a following on Facebook, and he has been able to receive donations that way. After six years of taking in strays, Takis has saved over 1,000 dogs and is currently taking care of 342 dogs, so that he might find homes for every single one of them.

Cancer VS Broccoli

Broccoli, a vegetable in the cruciferous family (including cauliflower, cabbage, kale, and Brussel sprouts), has recently been discovered to be the Kryptonite of cancer. Broccoli (and the cruciferous family) contains a tiny and powerful molecule that is able to deactivate the gene that creates cancerous tumour growth, known as WWP1. When testing, Dr. Pier Paolo Pandolfi, the director of the study, and his team have discovered that WWP1 suppresses PTEN, which is supposed to fight off cancer. The molecule from the cruciferous vegetables, I3C (indole-3-carbinol), has been found to revive PTEN’s cancer-fighting abilities. Unfortunately, people would have to eat 2.7 kilograms (6 pounds) of uncooked Brussel sprouts every day to receive the benefits. Although this may be the case, Pandolfi and his team are trying to find more practical ways to provide I3C.

Batteries of Salt

In Germany, there is research being done to use salt as a replacement for fossil fuel. Calcium oxide, better known as quicklime, is a good energy source which can generate large amounts of heat when exposed to water. This new technology from SaltX is similar to a battery, except it stores heat rather than electricity. It is extremely efficient, especially when compared to water storage systems, which lose heat over time. Vattenfall now takes control of the system, and they are already supplying heat to 100 homes, and they are hoping to expand to thousands of German homes, and then to the entire world. Saltz's CEO, Harald Bauer has stated that they want to help take care of the fossil fuel problem while providing energy by marketing SaltX technologies as soon as possible.