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    Daily Digest 11/6 – Good News Friday: New Paint Kills Hospital Pathogens, Foraging Is The New Black

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, November 6, 2015, 3:31 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!


First-of-its-kind gene-edited cells treat baby’s leukemia (jdargis)

The T cells she got, engineered by Waseem Qasim of the University College London and his team, were modified to have an extra gene and two broken ones. The extra gene encodes a receptor called CAR19, which allows the T cell to recognize and kill cancer cells. The researchers broke two genes using a molecular method, called TALEN (transcription activator-like effector nucleases), that snips and inactivates genes. One slicing took out a gene for a receptor so that the engineered T cells wouldn’t attack healthy cells in the patient. The other gene slashing made the T cells immune to a powerful leukemia drug.

U.S. Economy Added 271,000 Jobs in October; Unemployment Rate at 5.0% (jdargis)

Still, Ms. Yellen left herself and the rest of the Open Market Committee of the Fed plenty of wiggle room, emphasizing that no decision had been made on whether to raise rates for the first time in nearly a decade. Indeed, they will have an additional jobs report for November in hand by the time they gather for their last meeting of the year, on Dec. 15 and 16.

The secret feminism of China’s one-child policy (jdargis)

The increase in participation of women from the one-child generation in higher education has also been significant. The graph below illustrates the scale of the expansion, by comparing the progression rates into higher education of selected birth cohorts, and the percentage of women’s representation in higher education within these cohorts.

Bitcoin Surges, Emerging From a Lull in Interest (jdargis)

There has also been a surge in demand for Bitcoin in China, where the new interest is being explained by a number of factors, including the drop in the stock market there, as well as the emergence of a new Ponzi scheme tied to Bitcoin. The price of Bitcoin has been rising faster on Chinese exchanges than elsewhere in the world.

New Paint Kills Hospital Pathogens (jdargis)

“Continued progress in combating HAIs will require a broad array of measures, including passive methods that are less dependent on human intervention,” added Steve Revnew, senior vice president of product innovation at Sherwin-Williams. “By continuing to kill MRSA and other bacteria, even after repeated contamination, Paint Shield offers hospitals and other facilities an important new tool to help in the fight against the spread of HAIs.”

More Oil Companies Could Join Exxon Mobil as Focus of Climate Investigations (jdargis)

British Petroleum (now BP), Shell Oil, Texaco (now part of Chevron) and Exxon, along with several manufacturing companies, were all members of the coalition, a group of companies and trade associations that started an advertising campaign in the 1990s opposing Washington’s involvement in strong international efforts like the Kyoto Protocol initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan (jod)

A former Sony Corporation semiconductor factory in Japan has been converted into the world’s largest indoor farm. Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, CEO of Mirai Co., partnered with GE Japan to make his dream of a water, space and energy efficient indoor farming system a reality. Despite having only started production a year ago, the farm is already shipping out 10,000 heads of lettuce per day.

Foraging is the New Black: How to Forage for Food this Fall (jdargis)

Most folks are familiar with Asian persimmons—the giant neon orange orbs in the specialty produce section at the grocery store this time of year—but they have an American cousin hiding out in the hardwood forests of the eastern US. American persimmons are smaller, but they have a rich, velvety texture and taste as though they’ve been seasoned with a touch of allspice. Don’t try to eat them until they’ve become completely soft, however; the astringency of unripe persimmons is legendary for its ability to make your mouth pucker.

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