A computer game to save the world -- good news stories of the week

by Thomson Reuters Foundation | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 15 May 2020 13:35 GMT

Noah, aged 9 plays computer games at home in Hertford as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Hertford, Britain, April 11, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

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A computer game teaches social distancing to children, a Syrian entrepreneur turns his roof into a farm – and three other uplifting stories you may have missed

Going viral: Coronavirus computer game teaches children social distancing

‘Can You Save the World?' is thought to be the world's first COVID-19 computer game. Created by university professor Richard Wiseman, the game helps children understand how social distancing can save lives during the coronavirus pandemic by dodging sneezes and protecting others.

"It's a fun way of getting quite a scary message across," Wiseman said about the game that has already gone viral.

Syrian builds rooftop farm to beat economic hardship

The rooftop of the Damascus building where Syrian civil engineer Abdulrahman al-Masri lives survived nine years of the country's civil war. Now the 23-year-old entrepreneur has turned it into a hydroponic farm.

Rows of organic lettuces sprout at Citiponics' urban farm a rooftop in Singapore April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Loriene Perera

Germany has banned 'gay conversion therapy' for minors

Germany has banned so-called "gay conversion therapy" for minors. The United States, Canada, Chile and Mexico are among other countries seeking to outlaw the controversial practise, which is rooted in the belief that being gay or transgender is a ‘curable’ mental illness.

Rihanna breaks into male-dominated rich list

Pop singer Rihanna on Wednesday became the first female entertainer to feature in the top 10 of Britain's wealthiest musicians - with an estimated net worth of 468 million pounds ($575 million).

"Rihanna typifies the seismic change we've seen in the Rich List in recent years," said Robert Watts, the compiler of The Sunday Times Rich List, referring to the days when the ranking was largely dominated by white men.

51st NAACP Image Awards – Rihanna poses backstage with her President's award. February 22, 2020. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

UK trials e-scooters to ease post-lockdown transport crunch

Britain is fast-tracking electrical scooter trials, seeking to reduce pressure on public transport as it eases its coronavirus lockdown.

The trials will look at how e-scooters, which can reach speeds of 20mph (32km/h), could be safely used in urban areas and integrated into the wider transport system.