Kent Olofsson 2 min read

πŸŽ— 33 percent fewer deaths from cancer in the US in 30 years

Vaccination, better treatments, and fewer smokers are some of the factors behind a large reduction in cancer mortality in recent decades.

Linn Winge 1 min read

🌻 Regular trips in nature could reduce people's reliance on antidepressants

Research has found that visiting green spaces between three and four times a week can drastically lower the need for mental health drugs.

Kent Olofsson 2 min read

⚑ Laser beams can deflect lightning strikes

By shooting thousands of laser pulses into the air, it is possible to divert lightning strikes.

Kent Olofsson 2 min read

🚽 Medical laboratories move into your toilet bowl

Several products that can analyze your urine every time you pee will be launched during the year.

Kent Olofsson 1 min read

πŸ’„ A type of handle makes it easier for people with reduced mobility to apply lipstick

A type of handle makes it easier for people with reduced mobility to apply lipstick.

Kent Olofsson 1 min read

🐭 No animal testing is needed to get a drug approved

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will no longer require animal testing to approve new medications.

Kent Olofsson 1 min read

🌍 The dangerous ozone hole is getting smaller and smaller

It's progressing slowly, but it's progressing nonetheless. In a few decades, the ozone hole that lets dangerous UV radiation through will be a thing of the past.

Warp Editorial Staff 2 min read

🩺 Spotify founder Daniel Ek wants to revolutionize healthcare with his new startup

Neko Health now offers people the opportunity to scan their bodies and get a complete picture of their health.

Linn Winge 1 min read

πŸ¦‹ California County sees largest number of monarch butterflies in 20 years

In November last year, employees and volunteers of a conservation group counted more than 129 000 individuals of the famous black and orange striped western monarch butterfly. This many monarch butterflies haven’t been counted in 20 years.

Linn Winge 1 min read

🚬 Tobacco companies in Spain now fit the bill for cigarette butt clean-up

Under a new environmental legislation in Spain, tobacco companies are duty-bound to pay for the cleanup of the millions of cigarette butts smokers throw away on the streets each year.

Mathias Sundin 4 min read

πŸ’‘ Optimist's Edge: Self-driving cars are almost here

πŸ’‘ In 20 years humans will not be allowed to drive cars on regular roads, because computers by then will drive so much better. This will bring massive change, and lots of new opportunities. The time to start thinking about this is NOW.

Kent Olofsson 2 min read

πŸ”₯ New stoves can save hundreds of thousands of lives in Africa

By switching to gas or electricity instead of wood and charcoal, many people would avoid inhaling dangerous gases when cooking.

Warp Editorial Staff 2 min read

πŸ—³οΈ New study: No evidence of democratic decline

The study analyzed data from over 160 countries over a period of 30 years and found no evidence of widespread democratic decline.

Kent Olofsson 1 min read

🧬 13-year-old cured of "incurable" cancer

By modifying the genes in healthy T cells, doctors produced immune cells that could kill cancer cells that no other treatments could even detect.

Linn Winge 1 min read

🍟 France’s ban on single-use restaurant tableware is a fast-food β€œrevolution”

On January first, many different fast-food chains in France, like McDonald’s, pioneered new waste-reduction laws that bans single-use restaurant tableware.

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πŸ“š Top Reads

We're honored to present these top reads from world-class writers, who contribute to Warp News because they believe in our mission of spreading fact-based optimism all over the world.

Mathias Sundin 10 min read

πŸ’° Wall Street legend: β€œPessimists sound smart – optimists make money”

Jim O'Shaughnessy is a legendary investor on Wall Street. He shares what he thinks is the biggest opportunity for the future and explains how the world is going through a great reshuffle.

Mathias Sundin 4 min read

πŸ”‹ Northvolt and the benefit of understanding the future

The story of Peter Carlsson and Northvolt teaches us two lessons: You need to understand the future to see all the possibilities, and you must be a fact-based optimist to grab them.

David Deutsch 13 min read

πŸ’‘ David Deutsch: Optimism, Pessimism and Cynicism

With so much progress in the world, how can pessimism still be widespread? It is because of cynicism, denying that β€œso-called-progress” is progress, argues David Deutsch, professor at Oxford University and one of the world's leading intellectuals on optimism.

Kevin Kelly 14 min read

πŸ’‘ Kevin Kelly: The Case for Optimism

Kevin Kelly is the founder of Wired Magazine and author of several books, among them The Inevitable. For Warp News he presents his case for optimism.

Johan Norberg 3 min read

πŸ‰ Opened or closed will determine China's future success

An increasing number of people think the future belongs to China. Interestingly, that’s what well-informed pundits assumed 1,000 years ago as well. The reason that those predictions turned out wrong tells us something important about China’s prospects this time.

Nicklas Berild Lundblad 3 min read

⬆️ Pollyanna's secret

Optimists often get called nicknames, one of these is Pollyanna. But the real story about the nickname tells us something important about the power of optimism.