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📰 New year, same mission
Warp News' mission is to help balance the predominance of negative news. Not to present an excessively positive image, but the real picture of both negative and positive events.
Last year, electric vehicle sales set a record in Sweden. Never before have so many electric cars been sold in a single year. Electric vehicles are now the largest category of new cars, surpassing both petrol and diesel cars combined.
How has this been reflected in the news media? Not at all. Instead, a negative image has been created. In June, a record number of electric cars were sold. "…a sharp decline in the electric car market," wrote news agency TT.
Only small niche media have reported that a record number of electric cars were sold in 2023. None of the major media outlets have done so.
I have been monitoring this throughout the year and I see the same thing in news media all over the world. I'm writing an opinion piece urging the media to shape up. We'll see if anyone publishes it...
The Angry Optimist
📚 The best books I read in 2023
Also, tips on how to read 100 books a year. Reading so many books requires discipline, but is easier than one might think.
💡 Hopescrolling: 52 fact-based optimistic news from every week in 2023
What were the biggest news stories of the year? If you look at mainstream media, except for Taylor Swift’s Eras tour, they were all disasters. But 2023 was also full of optimistic news. Not as loud, but oftentimes just as important.
💡 Fact-based optimistic news of the week
📉 Fewer died in wars in 2023 compared to 2022
Nearly 100,000 fewer people died in wars and armed conflicts during 2023 compared to 2022
💊 AI aids in discovering new antibiotic candidates
The urgent need for new structural classes of antibiotics is critical in combating the escalating problem of antibiotic resistance. Deep learning methods have significantly contributed to the exploration of chemical structures in this field.
🤖 AI Optimism: Why AI will be easy to control
Even at superhuman levels, AI will remain controllable and aligned with human interests.
🧮 A large AI language model resolved an unsolved math problem
This is a testament to the untapped potential of AI in scientific research, providing a new paradigm for approaching and solving intricate problems.
📚 Sales of print books have increased 22% since 2004
Audiobooks are also increasing rapidly, with over 20 percent growth per year.
🧬 Advancements in CRISPR technology – moving towards 2.0
The FDA recently approved a pioneering CRISPR–Cas9 therapy for sickle cell disease, marking a historic moment in genetic treatment. But that it is just the tip of the iceberg.
🏎️ Hospital cuts waiting lists with Formula 1 pitstop method
While one patient is being operated on, the next one is prepared and is immediately rolled in as soon as the first one is finished.
👵 Surprise! Life expectancy in the U.S. is still going up (despite what you've heard)
Contrary to widespread reports, life expectancy in the United States continues to show signs of improvement.
💊 The FDA approves first CRISPR-based gene therapy drug for sickle cell disease
The approvals include the first-ever CRISPR-Cas9 based drug, Casgevy, and a gene therapy drug, Lyfgenia, marking a milestone in medical biotechnology.
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