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    Daily Digest 10/12 – Good News Friday: Oyster Shells Saving NY Harbor, Cities Embracing 100% Renewable Energy

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    Friday, October 12, 2018, 2:09 PM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!


Washington state abolishes death penalty (Thomas R.)

The ruling said the death penalty "fails to serve any legitimate penological goal" in Washington. Furthermore, it is "invalid because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner".

Following the decision, Governor Jay Inslee tweeted he had "long been convinced that the death penalty in the state of Washington does not pass" the test of equal justice.

The world's oldest barber is 107 and still cutting hair full time (Adam)

In 2007, at a mere 96 years old, he was recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest working barber. Since then, the commendations have rolled in — from local civic groups, elected officials and barbering companies — all congratulating him: 100 years, 101, 102 and so on.

Voyager 2 probe may be on the edge of interstellar space (Thomas R.)

That departure will still represent a major milestone whenever it happens. It'll be just the second human-built object to have entered interstellar space. Given that any future beyond-the-Solar-System missions may not take place for a long time, you'll probably want to savor this moment while it lasts — you might not get another chance to see humanity tiptoe into the cosmos.

4 Retirement Rules to Live By (Thomas R.)

Think about the things you spend money on today, like housing, food, electricity, and cable. You'll still need or want those things when you're older and don't have a job to report to, and there's no reason to expect that they'll cost less. (Unless, of course, you're still paying a mortgage but expect to be home loan-free by retirement. In that case, your housing costs might drop, though your absent mortgage payment might be offset by rising property taxes and an increased need for maintenance and repairs.)

A brain scientist who studies Alzheimer's explains how she stays mentally fit (Adam)

And she realized early on that puzzles and games weren't the answer because they tend to focus on one very narrow task. The result is like exercising just one muscle in your body, Langbaum says. That muscle will get stronger, but your overall fitness isn't going to change.

The powerful lesson America could learn from this tiny town of 1,600 (Thomas R.)

“This is the most amazing place I have ever lived! Every time I think about it, I actually get emotional,” one woman wrote on Facebook. “Thank you for coming to my house, picking up my generator, working on it, then bringing it back to my house at 10 p.m. and hooking it up for me. Thank you for the delicious chicken and dumplings and fresh pineapple.”

Elon Musk quietly donates $480K to help Flint, MI schools get access to clean water (Thomas R.)

The UV water purification method within the filtration systems will disinfect lead and bacteria coming from water pipes, allowing students in Flint to safely drink from school water fountains once more. Flint school board president Diana Wright thanked the Musk Foundation for its donation, stating that it ensures that “students in Flint Community Schools have access to safe drinking water at the source — in drinking fountains — by way of the same type of water filtration system used by hospitals and colleges in Flint.”

Want to live forever? Flush out your zombie cells (Sparky1)

Developing therapies to kill senescent cells is a burgeoning part of the wider quest to defeat ageing and keep people healthier longer. Unity, which was founded in 2011, has received more than $385m in funding to date including investment from big tech names such as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. It went public this May and is valued at more than $700m. Its first drug entered early clinical trials in June, aimed at treating osteoarthritis.

In the Race to Achieve Zero Hunger and Mitigate Climate Change, We Must Look Down — to the Soil (Paul D.)

In the United States, the Soil Health Institute continues to coordinate and support soil stewardship and the advancement of soil health. The US Department of Agriculture offers tips, guidelines and many resources that can be useful to stakeholders and governments and farmers that want to help restore the health of their soils. Advocacy groups likeSoil4Climate continue to advocate for soil restoration as a climate solution.

Kentucky town’s energy transition shows ‘you can do this stuff anywhere’ (Paul D.)

Benham will be able cover 40 percent of its summer peak load with renewables — 20 percent from the solar array and 20 percent from a Cumberland River hydropower project, Conn says.

These 10 cities are embracing 100% renewable energy (Paul D.)

As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, a new poll conducted by the United States Conference of Mayors and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, found that 57 percent of American cities plan on taking action to slow the impact of global warming at some point this year, whether by shifting away from fossil fuel use or other measures. The same poll shows that 95 percent of American cities have been impacted by climate change.

Dream led him to insight on mushrooms and bees (Thomas R.)

In research published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, Stamets turned intuition into reality. The paper describes how bees given a small amount of his mushroom mycelia extract exhibited remarkable reductions in the presence of viruses associated with parasitic mites that have been attacking, and infecting, bee colonies for decades.

Oysters On The Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York's Eroding Harbor (jdargis)

The shells then get a final cleaning and are moved to Billion Oyster Project's hatchery at the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, a public high school on Governors Island that offers technical and vocational training in the marine sciences. In an aquaculture classroom's hatchery, student-grown oysters produce larvae in an artificially induced springtime environment. In one to two weeks, each larvae grows a "foot" — a little limb covered in a kind of natural glue — and then is moved to a tank full of the "cured" restaurant shells, which serve as anchors for all of those sticky feet. This phase is critical: If larvae can't find a place to attach, they die. One reclaimed shell can house 10 to 20 new live oysters, depending on shell size.

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  • Fri, Oct 12, 2018 - 4:36pm



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    Roadtrip without GPS & Smart phone map

    I recently went out into the hills to discover where a road went and became quite lost.  I pulled out my smart phone thinking that it would easily plot a course back home but found that there was no cellular service and the map function did not work.
    A big blue dot in the center showed me where I was, as the GPS function still worked, but the cell network was needed to call up a map of the location.  I just had a blue dot in the center of a blank screen.
    The local gas station did not sell maps and the teenaged cashier didn’t know which way I should go.  There was no phone booth and no phone book.
    Low tech travel may requre that we have a paper map and a compass.  Shocking.  
    But both under $15.
    And a paper address book for family and good friends.

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  • Sat, Oct 13, 2018 - 5:29am

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    That is the time...

    … to remember where the main highways were, and identify which way (by the sun and the hills) you need to go to intersect with a highway.
    Don’t forget that highways often either run N/S or E/W, and also often follow fault lines. I81, for example, follows Rte 11, which follows the Old valley Road (as in, Bruce Hornsby), which follows the Seneca indian trai, which followls the animal trails, which follows the path from spring to spring, which follows the Staunton fault.
    Trying to think where near you there’s little cell phone service. Maybe out southwest of Lexington on the byway to Newcastle, or north of Covington. Maybe out near New River Gorge, or Sugar Grove. I rather suspect anything real close to you, is going to have service.
    Could it be the Saint Mary’s Trail or Crabtree falls?

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