As a positive recap of 2018, we're bringing you the best and most heartwarming news headlines of the year that you probably missed!
Breathe a sigh of relief, planet Earth, because Netflix is about to make things a whole lot better.
According to an announcement on their blog, “Netflix members worldwide can now download in addition to stream great series and films at no extra cost.”
Airplane mode. Road trip mode. Stuck-in-the-subway-for-20-minutes mode. Your favorite stories are now available for download any time. pic.twitter.com/g7QZA3TyE8— Netflix US (@netflix) November 30, 2016
This means that if you’re about to get on a plane or you’re in the middle of an internet outage, you can still binge Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, Narcos, and host of other Neflix original movies, as well as non-Netflix produced content.
As of now, it looks like the feature is only available on iOS and Android, no desktop. But it is available right now, so update your app and live free!
If it often feels like that the bad guys won and the Empire’s strike back was the final one, keep in mind that good things still happen on our little blue marble.
Case in point: This HIV vaccine, which will be released on Wednesday, could be the “final nail n the coffin” for the virus. Set to enroll over 5,000 sexually active men and women between the ages of 18 and 35, the study will be the “largest and most advanced HIV clinical trial to take place in South Africa, where more than 1,000 people a day are infected with HIV,” according to TIME.
Doctors are very optimistic about the effectiveness of this vaccine, which was found to be 31.2 perfect effective at preventing the virus.
“If deployed alongside our current armory of proven HIV prevention tools, a safe and effective vaccine could be the final nail in the coffin for HIV,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. government’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
“If an HIV vaccine were found to work in South Africa, it could dramatically alter the course of the pandemic,” said Glenda Gray, South African Medical Research Council CEO.
TIME reports the success of South Africa’s treatment program:
South Africa has more than 6.8 million people living with HIV, but the country has had remarkable success in rolling out an HIV drug treatment program, which the government says is the largest in the world.
Life expectancy, which sank as the epidemic grew, has rebounded from 57.1 years in 2009 to 62.9 years in 2014.
Even in a world overrun by bad news, people are still doing good work.
When Fidencio Sanchez pushed his ice cream cart to work again on Monday, he showed the world his resiliency in light of several recent tragedies in his life.
Thanks to a stranger setting him up a GoFundMe page to help the 89-year-old to retire and pay for his family's healthcare costs, he is now over $283,000 richer and can finally empty out the ice cream cart for the last time.
Here he is on a Facebook Live session, getting some of the fame he deserves:
Support his GoFundMe campaign here.
Fully Funding U.S. Medicare and Reforming our Immigration Policies are key to helping good people like Sanchez retire with the respect they deserve, because we will all grow old someday.
Nothing warms the heart quite like two victims of circumstances beyond their control, finding solace in the companionship of one another.
At 10-months-old Scarlette Tipton lost her left arm to cancer. Her parents desperately wanted little Scarlette, now two-years-old, to have the chance to grow up with a little kitten just like her; and they couldn't have found a better match. Meet Doc: a rescue kitten who had her right paw amputated following a car accident.
On Christmas Eve the two were united at a shelter in California. That very Wednesday, Doc had already been welcomed aboard as the new member of the family.
Scarlett's mother, Simone Tipton, told Love Meow that Scarlette "did notice that Doc had staples on her side and said 'owies'. I let her know that she had owies just like her, and she placed her hand on her side and just nodded. She recognizes that the cat has similar struggles as she does."