Today’s Solutions: October 25, 2021

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Costa Rica approves legalization of medicinal cannabis

Last week, Costa Rica’s Congress approved the legalization of medicinal cannabis, overcoming the opposition from conservative groups and President Carlos Alvarado, who has yet to ratify the law. If President Alvarado vetoes the law, then lawmakers would have to vote on it again and approve it Read More...

Doctors complete first successful pig to human kidney transplant

For the first time ever, doctors at NYU Langone Health in New York City have successfully transplanted a pig kidney into a human. The primary function of this organ is to filter waste products and excess fluid from the blood, which is subsequently turned into urine. When this process breaks down, a Read More...

Egypt's State Council swears-in the nation's first female judges

Egypt’s State Council was established in 1946 and is an independent judicial body that deals with administrative disputes, disciplinary cases, appeals, reviews draft laws, decisions, and contracts that involve the government or a government-run body. And until recently, was exclusively Read More...

Evidence shows Vikings arrived in Americas nearly 500 years before Columbus

Researchers have known for a while that Vikings from Greenland founded the village of L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland around the turn of the millennium, but now, a study published in Nature has finally pinpointed the exact arrival date of these individuals, the first Europeans to arrive in the Read More...

California grants leatherback sea turtles further protection

For decades, the population of the great Pacific leatherback turtle off the California coast has declined by 5.6 percent per year. To address this devastating loss, California’s Fish and Game Commission recently voted to list the turtle as endangered under the state’s own Endangered Species Read More...

FDA takes steps to authorize over-the-counter hearing aids

A new policy from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to make hearing aids more accessible and affordable in the US. The new policy will make hearing devices available over-the-counter as early as next fall. Hearing aids currently cost more than $5,000 a pair and are not usually covered Read More...

How horror movies can actually benefit your mental health

It’s spooky season once again, and for many people, that means breaking out the horror movies for a good scare. If you enjoy movies that make your blood run cold, we’ve got some good news for you. Those frightening flicks might actually benefit your health. Andrew Scahill, Ph.D., the author Read More...

Nadya Okamoto creates a tampon that actually mirrors the shape of the vagina

Depending on who you ask, the tampon was invented by either John Williamson or Earle Haas, but the design of the tampon hasn’t changed much since it was patented by Tampax in 1931. Now, Nadya Okamoto, author of Period Power and founder of the nonprofit Period, has redesigned the tampon to Read More...

France bids “adieu” to plastic packaging for fresh produce

Plastic pollution is strangling our planet. To combat the use of unnecessary plastics, France has announced that it will be banning plastic packaging for fruits and vegetables. Currently, an estimated 37 percent of fruit and vegetables are sold with plastic packaging in France, so the ban will Read More...

California becomes first US state to enforce gender-neutral toy aisles

We recently wrote about how major toy manufacturer Lego has decided to remove gender biases from its toy lines after realizing that gender stereotypes in toy-making are still contributing to the damaging and asymmetrical training opportunities that children get while they play. Now, California Read More...