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    Daily Digest 11/23 – Good News Friday: Resilience In Practice, CA Evacuees Find Meaning In Holiday

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, November 23, 2018, 5:26 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!


‘Best Thanksgiving of my life’: Amid wildfire destruction, evacuees find meaning in holiday (jdargis)

“You really see the true kindness and beauty of people that you don’t typically see on a day-to-day basis,” she said, after leaving the main post office in this college town of 90,000 to pick up her mail. “And it just highlights what’s truly important. So I feel tremendously blessed.”

Meditation helps veterans with PTSD (Thomas R.)

The experiment tested meditation against exposure therapy, which involves working with a therapist and gradually letting go of fears triggered by painful memories.

Many vets won’t try exposure therapy or drop out because it’s too difficult, said Thomas Rutledge, the study’s senior author and a Veterans Affairs psychologist in San Diego.

7 credit-card hacks to save money over the holidays (Thomas R.)

Many credit cards come with introductory offers that will grant new card holders extra rewards points or cash back if they spend a certain amount of money in the first three months. This is the “most lucrative” way to take advantage of holiday spending, said Brian Karimzad, co-founder of personal-finance website MagnifyMoney.

Rare microbes lead scientists to discover new branch on the tree of life (Sparky1)

“They represent a major branch… that we didn’t know we were missing,” said Dalhousie biology professor Alastair Simpson, Eglit’s supervisor and co-author of the new study.

“There’s nothing we know that’s closely related to them.”

A gut bacterium as a fountain of youth? Well, let’s start with reversing insulin resistance (Adam)

But insulin resistance is also linked to a rogue’s gallery of ills, from obesity and inflammation to the sagging immunity and frailty that comes with advancing age. If a readily available means of slowing or reversing insulin resistance could be identified, it might have broad and powerful anti-aging effects (in addition to protecting some of the world’s 650 million adults who are obese against developing type 2 diabetes).

Thanksgiving surprise: Couple finds $1.8 million jackpot-winning lottery ticket while cleaning up their home (Thomas R.)

“At first I thought that we might have made a mistake, misreading the numbers or the expiration date,” Harold Ehrenberg told ABC News. “So we checked it a number of times and sure enough they were the right numbers.”

“It was pretty exciting,” he added.

Black Friday is also National Espresso Day: Starbucks, Dunkin’ and more stores are celebrating (Thomas R.)

Starbucks is bringing back its Happy Hour with a buy-one-get-one free offer on espresso and Frappuccino blended beverages. The offer is available at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada from 3 p.m. to close Friday.

Regular Exercise May Keep Your Body 30 Years ‘Younger’ (jdargis)

The researchers focused on the cardiovascular system and muscles because they are believed inevitably to decline with age and the scientists had expected they would see what Dr. Trappe describes as a “hierarchical pattern” in differences between the groups.

Company founder surprises employees with $20 million: ‘I wanted to show some gratitude’ (Thomas R.)

In 2016, Baiada, who founded the company in 1975, announced plans to convert his business into a nonprofit, which will open in January. “Nonprofits last longer, and I don’t really need the money, so we’re going to turn it over to a newly created nonprofit that’s all mission-driven,” Baiada told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We’re putting mission over money.”

Repowering the UK’s oldest wind farms could boost energy generation by 171% (jdargis)

There are three options for wind farms that reach the end of their planning consent. First, they can be decommissioned, the infrastructure removed and the land returned to its previous condition. Another option is for the operational life of the existing turbines to be extended. This involves getting planning permission to keep the turbines in place, usually for another five to 10 years. Or the farm can be repowered, which means old turbines will be replaced by newer ones.

Resilience In Practice (thc0655)

Re-integrating Animals into Cropping Systems

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