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Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 07:38 am
Good grief, Wednesday already? Have another three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right".

Driverless bus trial notches up 2,000 passengers by Eliza Borello (AM, ABC Australia)

A driverless bus which is having a trial run in South Perth, Western Australia, has carried about 2000 passengers so far, and is largely getting a positive reception. The bus, which has a maximum speed of about 45 kilometres per hour, is currently run at between 11 - 14kph, and is equipped with sensors to detect obstacles. There's also a requirement for a chaperone who is able to grab the controls in an emergency (the bus is a level 4 driverless vehicle).

Momentum builds for resurrecting Ord Valley cotton industry by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

The last time cotton was sown in the Ord River area was back in 2011, when 800 hectares were planted in order to take advantage of high prices. However, with the expansion of the Ord River irrigation scheme, Kimberley Agricultural Investment is looking to make cotton their preferred broadacre crop (rather than sugar cane). The hope is to get a commercial cotton industry up and running by about 2019, and then consider whether a processing plant in Kununurra is a viable investment.

Antidepressants could soon be rivalled by device emitting tiny electric shocks, researchers hope by Sarah Collard (ABC Western Australia)

There's growing evidence of the efficacy of a device which sends small electric shocks to the brain to stimulate under-performing areas as a treatment option for depression. The device is being said to be potentially at least as useful as anti-depressant drugs as a treatment option, adding to the range of options in the treatment spectrum. It also doesn't have the same sorts of side effects as many anti-depressants, which potentially makes it a more attractive option.

So there's my three articles for the day. If you've found any articles in your news feeds about "what went right", why not share them in the comments?