It’s Not All Bad ☀️Some Good News to Brighten Your Day
Dear Rich Lifer,
A quick glance at the news these days is more likely to fill you with dread than hope.
With wildfires raging in the West, a global pandemic killing people and the economy, and a tumultuous political election looming, it doesn’t seem like there’s much to smile about.
However, there are amazing things happening around the world every day.
Sometimes it takes an extra moment to find the good news buried under a pile of bad headlines, but it’s out there.
In fact, there are positive advancements happening all over the world — from big steps toward peace in the Middle East to advancements in space exploration.
So today, we will be sharing some good news as a brief reprieve from the usual doom and gloom.
Peace in the Middle East?
Over the past three years, the Trump administration has engaged with Saudi Arabia, the Persian Gulf states and the rest of the Arab world. There has been a push for these nations to ally against Iran, the perceived greatest threat in the region.
For years, the Arab nations have been united in their stance against Israel, but this appears to be changing.
The Trump Administration has brokered an agreement for the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) to establish full normalization of relations with Israel, in return for the Jewish state forgoing, for now, any annexation of the West Bank.
There is hope that this deal will encourage other gulf sheikhdoms — Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia — all of which have had covert and overt business and intelligence dealings with Israel, to follow the Emirates’ lead.
There is also a deeper message, according to The New York Times’ foreign affairs Op-Ed columnist, Thomas L. Friedman. He states:
There is another message, deeper, more psychological. This was the U.A.E. telling the Iranians and all their proxies: There are really two coalitions in the region today — those who want to let the future bury the past and those who want to let the past keep burying the future. The U.A.E. is taking the helm of the first, and it is leaving Iran to be the leader of the second.
While it may be too soon to tell how this peace agreement will play out, this is certainly a moment of hope for the U.A.E., Israel and the United States.
Turning Sun Into Water
A hydropanel has been created that is able to pull vapor from the atmosphere and turn it into clean drinking water!
Hydropanels, powered by off-grid solar energy, have fans that draw air in the atmosphere and push it through what’s called a hygroscopic. From there, the trapped water vapor is extracted and gets condensed into a liquid that’s collected in the reservoir of the hydropanel. The collected water is then mineralized and is ready to drink.
Zero Mass Water’s Source hydropanels are pioneering bringing air-to-water technology to 15 Navajo households.
The project, which was funded by a grant from the Unreasonable Group and Barclays Bank, is being managed by Navajo Power, Public Benefit Corporation, and Arizona-based Zero Mass Water.
These hyropanels are bringing water to communities that have not had basic access to clean water for years.
Hydropannels are well established globally and have brought drinking water to 45 countries around the world, but there’s still potential for this technology to grow even bigger.
They could soon be installed at small residential homes, roof-mounted on schools or community halls, and even in “water farms” adjacent to entire communities!
A New Space Frontier
SpaceX launched 60 more of its Starlink satellites Thursday morning from Kennedy Space Center in Florida — the 12th mission for the company.
Starlink is a satellite internet constellation being constructed by SpaceX providing satellite Internet access.
The launch will bring the total number of Starlink spacecraft in orbit to more than 600, the largest group of such satellites in orbit, as SpaceX prepares to roll out broader testing of the network.
SpaceX also recently saw the safe return of the two astronauts, Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken, from their Crew Dragon Capsule that had been launched into space on May 30.
The spacecraft carried out an automated rendezvous to catch up with the International Space Station and after the astronauts tested its manual control system docked with the lab complex where the crew were welcomed aboard by Expedition 63 commander Chris Cassidy and two Russian cosmonauts, Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner
The Crew Dragon is the first American spacecraft to launch astronauts into orbit from U.S. soil since the space shuttle’s final flight in 2011.
For the past nine years, NASA has relied on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft to ferry U.S. and partner agency astronauts to and from the station, paying more than $80 million per seat under recent contracts.
SpaceX is also making progress on its Starship rocket, the company’s reusable super heavy-lift launch vehicle. The goal is for Starship to one day carry cargo and human passengers to far-off destinations like the moon and Mars.
These are groundbreaking advancements and Elon Musk himself noted, “This is uncharted territory. Nobody’s ever made a fully reusable orbital rocket.”
It’s been an incredible decade for America, as far as advancement into space is concerned.
And more space developments are happening every day….
Hopefully, some of this good news gave you a more optimistic start to your day, or added a nice end to your evening.
With everything going on in the world, it’s important to seek out positive moments to hold up and remind yourself that positive change can, and is, being made across the globe.
To A Richer Life,
The Rich Life Roadmap Team