Such Cool News!

The news isn't all bad these days. Here are a few things that I thought were pretty cool.

Finland’s Ahtisaari wins Nobel Peace Prize The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it had chosen Mr Ahtisaari, 71, for his “important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts”.

'Virgin' Shark Birth in Virginia
Parthenogenesis has been observed in dozens of species, in some birds, amphibians and fish. This asexual reproduction occurs when an egg cell is triggered to develop as an embryo without the addition of any genetic material from a male sperm cell.

German doing well after 1st double arm transplant A German farmer who received the world's first complete double arm transplant said Wednesday that incredulity gave way to joy when he woke from surgery to discover he had arms again.

Connecticut OKs same-sex marriages The Supreme Court released its historic ruling at 11:30 a.m. Citing the equal protection clause of the state constitution, the justices ruled that civil unions were discriminatory and that the state's "understanding of marriage must yield to a more contemporary appreciation of the rights entitled to constitutional protection."

Lawful boost to mental health coverage
Advocates battling for more than a decade for improved mental healthcare coverage saw their labor rewarded this month when federal legislation was passed requiring group health plans to provide equal coverage for mental and physical illnesses