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F*ck Yeah Humanity: Episode 17

Your weekly reminder that our species can be pretty F’n awesome when we want to be.

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They all make us say: Fuck Yeah!

In this episode we feature vending machines with free books, an invention that harnesses energy from waves, drones used to protect endangered animals from poachers, and a 101 year-old setting records.

Fuck Yeah Humanity (FYH), a GOOD original series, curates the finest in human innovation, achievement, news, and nature. From advancements in science and technology to remarkable feats of the human body and soul, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about humanity — and here they are.

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Cancer is still the second leading cause of death after heart disease for both men and women. The American Cancer Society predicts that 2020 will bring almost 1.8 million new cancer cases and 600,000 cancer deaths, but there's also some good news. The American Cancer Society recently published a report in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians stating the U.S. cancer death rates experienced the largest-single year decline ever reported.

Between 2016 and 2017, cancer death rates fell by 2.2%. While cancer death rates have been steadily falling over the past three decades, it's normally by 1.5% a year. Cancer death rates have dropped by 29% since 1991, which means that there have been 2.9 million fewer cancer deaths in the past three decades than there would have been if the mortality rate had remained constant.

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The Australian bushfires have claimed 27 human lives, an estimated 1 billion animals are feared dead, and thousands of properties have been completely decimated.

The fires were caused by extreme heat and dryness, the result of 2019 being the country's hottest year on record, with average temperatures 1.52C above the 1961-1990 average.

The area hit hardest by the fires, New South Wales, also had its hottest year on record, with temperatures rising 1.95C above average.

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Dr. Nicole Baldwin is a pediatrician in Cincinnati, Ohio who is so active on social media she calls herself the Tweetiatrician.

She also has a blog where she discusses children's health issues and shares parenting tips.

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