Good News Brief: Science, Health, Arts, and More

A good news round-up featuring an innovative science project, a pill with amazing potential, and more.

We know you’re busy with summer plans and don’t want to spend too much time in front of the computer (us too), so we’re slowing down our schedule for the time being. But here’s a dose of some of the coolest news and other stuff we’ve come across recently:

A recorded voice sample could help people get early diagnoses for Parkinson’s disease, which could lead to better and more effective treatment. Researchers are looking for 10,000 people to participate in the Parkinson’s Voice Initiative: Whether you have the disease or not, here’s a chance to let your voice be heard to help science.

Via BoingBoing

What are your most valuable possessions? Think about what you would take with you if your house was on fire. Artist Foster Huntington took a series of photographs, “The Burning House” to illustrate his own, and several friends’, collections of the items they would take with them. Soon, strangers from all over the world were sending in their own photos, showing a fascinating range of cultures and values. The series has since been gathered into a book. Check out the full collection on Tumblr.

The new “polypill” is a four-in-one drug that can cut blood pressure and cholesterol, lower risk of heart attack, and reduce the likelihood of a stroke. Researchers say that if adults over 50 were prescribed the pill, they would gain an extra 11 years, on average.

Hate trying on clothes when you go shopping? A new body scanning system called Me-Ality, made by Unique Solutions, can calculate all of your measurements within seconds and recommend clothes that are the perfect fit for you. The machine can currently be found in 70 malls around the United States.

Finally, here are 50 adorable photos from BuzzFeed, featuring a meerkat who fell in love with his stuffed alter-ego and other cuteness.

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