The Week in Uppers

This week's bleak news got you down? It wasn't all bad. Check out this collection of inspiring current events

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The Week in UppersIn this Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 photo, Eden Sawczenko reacts as she reacts to 'Kaspar' the robot who is showing the 'Happy' stance of two open arms as she takes part in research project in Hatfield, England. Eden attends a nursery for autistic children in Stevenage, north of London, where researchers bring in a human-looking, child-sized robot once a week for a supervised session. Children play with the robot for up to 10 minutes alongside a scientist who controls the robot with a remote control. The robot, named Kaspar, is programmed to do things like smile, frown, laugh, blink and wave his arms. He has shaggy black hair, a baseball cap, a few wires protruding from his neck, and striped red socks. He was built by scientists at the University of Hertfordshire at a cost of about 1,300 pounds (US$2,118). (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) (Credit: AP)

Amidst all the gloom and doom this week, it’s not a bad idea to take a break every once in a while. Here are some heartwarming, inspiring or just downright wholesome stories from the past week:

  • A pre-school for autistic children in the U.K. is teaching attendees about emotions and physical contact with a child-sized robot. (AOL)
  • Twin sisters gave birth to their children — both girls — two hours apart. (AP)
  • Niki Lamparelli, of Norwell, MA, became the first girl ever named to her hockey league’s all-star team. (AOL)
  • The oldest wild bird in America gave birth to a baby chick in the Pacific. (AP)
  • The owner of a burrito place was repaid for his integrity after returning $20,000 to a gambler who left the stash in the restaurant. The owner of the missing loot wrote him a check for $1,000. (AOL)
  • Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ personality is starting to shine through as her remarkable recovery continues. (Yahoo News)
  • A troubled, paralyzed former NASCAR racer is turning his life around and setting his sights on a new checkered flag. He says he wants to walk again. (AOL)
  • Four times as many people are surviving cancer now as were 40 years ago. (Yahoo News)
  • Former game show host Bob Barber donated $2 million to the Semper Fi Fund, a charity that assists injured service members and their families. (MSNBC)
  • And now for something entirely adorable: baby turtles. (BuzzFeed)

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