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So the researchers decided to use only past studies that had objectively measured participants’ aerobic fitness, which will rise or fall depending on whether and how much someone exercises. Participants’ mental health also had to have been determined with standard testing at the start and finish of the studies, and the follow-up time needed to have been at least a year and preferably longer.
This can be chalked up as another victory for renewables as we slowly shift away from common power sources like coal and oil. Local Wyoming consumers will prefer this alternative, more eco-friendly source of power as opposed to power from the grid likely produced using power plants. On a larger scale, as we observe the nation moving away from fuel sources such as coal, crude oil, and natural gas, we can expect the price of these products to decline. Investors should write long-term futures in any of these sources as they are replaced. To hedge their bets, individuals should buy green ETFs, made up of environmentally friendly corporations.
Move Over Platinum, We Want Nickel! (Arthur Robey)
An electrochemical system can be thought of like a battery: it contains negative and positive terminals called electrodes. The negative electrode provides the electrons needed to convert CO2 and produce hydrogen. Just like a battery, an electrochemical system also requires a positive electrode for electricity to flow. The positive electrode completes the circuit by oxidizing water into oxygen. Instead of powering a phone or a light bulb, the circuit does chemistry.
Hybrid drive and the battery add 650 pounds (295kg), with the battery mounted below the second-row seats, which requires losing the “Stow ‘n Go” capability of those same seats. Recharging the 16-kWh battery requires 2 hours from a 240-volt, level 2 charger, and roughly 14 hours from standard 120-volt household current. An onboard charger is good for 6.6kW. Assuming the car starts its journey on a fully charged battery, the Pacifica Hybrid sets off under electric drive, as well.
Beyond that, the plan calls for a more efficient use of cropland and integration of bioenergy crops and carbon sequestration in a way that’s not disruptive for traditional agriculture. In many ways, this seems like an effort to drive inefficiencies out of the system. “In Iowa alone,” the report notes, “an estimated 27 percent of cropland, or 7 million acres, may not be profitable in commodity crop production but could be well-suited to perennial grasses or agroforestry.”
Baby Turkeys Gobbling — How Adorable! (jdargis)
These poults are only three weeks old, and they’re already trying to gobble with the best of ‘em. It’s just a little bit more high-pitched and a whole lot cuter.
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