RBG is still making history

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TGIF, QuickTake readers! Start your weekend in high spirits with these 10 uplifting stories from the past week.

1. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is still making history. The late Supreme Court justice became the first woman to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday in commemoration of the liberal icon's extraordinary life.

2. The world's first hydrogen-powered plane took flight. It completed a 20-minute test run in the U.K. using zero-emission hydrogen as part of a project that could open the skies to greener commercial flights.

3. Finland deployed coronavirus-sniffing dogs. The pups boasted a near-perfect record of detecting the virus in humans up to five days before they developed symptoms in trials this week at Helsinki airport.

4. Milan Fashion Week gave lockdown life a luxe lift. Designers debuted sophisticated, WFH-ready looks on the runway in both live and digital shows that also featured more plus size and older models.

5. Qantas is hawking fully stocked bar carts from retired 747s. Its Boeing fleet may be permanently grounded, but drink service isn't with the "pre-loved" carts that come with champagne, wine and first-class pajamas.

6. A NASA astronaut is planning to vote from space. "If we can do it from space, then folks can do it from the ground, too," said Kate Rubins, who'll cast a secure electronic ballot from the ISS to a Texas county clerk. 

7. England's first sci-fi eatery nixed social distancing woes. A fleet of friendly robot waiters and waitresses serve the food and drinks at Robotazia in a fancy, futuristic setting full of state-of-the-art cyborgs.

8. David Attenborough's new Instagram habitat is red hot. Four hours after joining, the 94-year-old British naturalist set the record for the fastest time to reach 1 million followers, beating Jennifer Aniston's previous time.

9. General Mills pledged to halve food waste by 2030. It's part of a bigger goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in the next decade through improved agricultural practices and reduced packaging.

10. A Rubik's Cube that fits on your fingertip hit the market. The 2-gram, playable puzzle is made of "ultra-precision" metal and selling for 198,000 yen ($1,900) in Japan to mark 40 years of the OG 3D game.

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-Andrew Mach

 

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