It feels mildly embarrassing to be saying happy new year given how far into 2023 we already are, but we're going to do it anyway. Happy new year! We're delighted to be back after a month's hiatus, our batteries are fully recharged. We've also had some time to work on some long overdue projects in the background which we're really looking forward to sharing with you over the next few weeks.
For those of you joining us for the first time, welcome! Here's how this thing works. Each edition kicks off with 8-10 pieces of good news on human progress, conservation and clean energy, followed by what we think are the most important (or just amazing) science and technology breakthroughs of the week. We then recommend three articles or essays from around the internet, before finishing with a short profile of a person we think you should probably know about.
Content warning: this newsletter is horribly biased. Our goal isn't to be a comprehensive news source, but to bring balance to your information diet by being deliberately unbalanced. The way we see it, there are thousands of media organisations that are excellent at informing you about everything that's going wrong in the world. We're one of the very few that focus on what's going right.
We hope you enjoy it.