Iran, Australia, Puerto Rico dominated news this week. What you missed




Between the fires in Australia, the earthquakes in Puerto Rico and tensions with Iran, it’s been a busy week. But it’s not all death, fire and destruction. Amid the mayhem, a few more positive glimpses of life have fallen through the cracks.

We’re taking action to help the victims of the bushfires. We’re accomplishing great feats at ages over 100. We’re learning more about how to stay healthy (even in space). And while we may have forever lost the paddlefish, we’re learning more about the cuttlefish and how the species evolved.

Here’s a roundup of all the good news you missed this week.

Hand-knit kangaroo pouches

Crafters across the globe are sewing, knitting, ironing and more to aid Australian wildlife, whose numbers have been devastated by the raging wildfires.

The crafters are making protective cloth pouches for young kangaroos and other marsupials as well as creating bat wraps that rescue volunteers Down Under can use to help the animals recover.

Australia’s fires are still burning:Here’s how you can help

World War II veteran finally receives his medals of valor

A Massachusetts man finally received his medals of valor at the age of 103. Peter Fantasia, of Somerville, received eight medals, including a Bronze Star and a World War II Victory Medal, in a ceremony Monday in which Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., presented him with his long-deserved awards.

Peter Fantasia, of Somersville, received eight medals of honor, including a Bronze Star and a World War II Victory Medal, in a ceremony Monday. Former Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) presented him with his long-deserved awards.

Scientists put 3D glasses on cuttlefish

Researchers at the University of Minnesota put 3D glasses on a cuttlefish and showed it a video of a shrimp. What they found helps scientists better understand the species’ evolution and could contribute to research in medicine and neuroscience.

Buying a house may now be easier for millenials

The Great Recession set back the early careers of many millennials, prompting young adults – slapped with massive student loan debt – to live with relatives, or to rent, and put off home purchases.

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