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    Daily Digest 2/15 – Good News Friday: Citizen Helps Homeless During Cold Snap, Why Curiosity Should Be Boundless

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, February 15, 2019, 5:35 AM

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!


Candice Payne Got 30 Hotel Rooms for Homeless People in Chicago During Severe Cold Snap (Jen H.)

Ms. Payne contacted hotels and found 30 rooms available at the Amber Inn for Wednesday night at $70 per room. Temperatures in Chicago reached lows of minus 25 and minus 26 on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Cleaning routine shows promise in curbing superbug infection (tmn)

The study involved more than 2,000 patients at hospitals in southern California who were found to carry MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. All were given information on ways to avoid infection, and half also got special products — mouthwash, liquid soap containing an antiseptic and an antibiotic ointment to swab in the nose. They were told to use these Monday through Friday, every other week for six months.

NASA’s Record-Setting Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End (jdargis)

Designed to last just 90 Martian days and travel 1,100 yards (1,000 meters), Opportunity vastly surpassed all expectations in its endurance, scientific value and longevity. In addition to exceeding its life expectancy by 60 times, the rover traveled more than 28 miles (45 kilometers) by the time it reached its most appropriate final resting spot on Mars – Perseverance Valley.

Pride, pain and promise as NASA declares Mars rover Opportunity dead (Thomas R.)

Opportunity’s big discovery was finding strong evidence that liquid, drinkable water existed on the Martian surface in the distant past. It’s biggest contribution to NASA was “changing the way we think about doing planetary science,” scientists said. Its direct legacy is in the way NASA is building rovers now for future exploration leading to a human landing on Mars.

Remembering Why Curiosity Should Be Boundless (jdargis)

Talking with young children, I often find myself pulled into surprisingly abstract conversations. Why can certain things come apart, but others are called broken? And then why can some broken things never be fixed? Requests for toast that is hot but not crunchy or oatmeal that is wet but not “floaty” push my own linguistic precision and problem-solving skills. Toddlers, like great innovators, don’t pause to ask if the thing they want is possible.

BP: Renewables To Become Largest Source Of Power By 2040 (Michael S.)

Renewables are expected to account for some two-thirds of the rise in power generation globally, and their share in the global power sector will grow to around 30 percent by 2040, up from around 10 percent now. The European Union (EU) will continue to lead among the regions in terms of renewables penetration. The share of renewables in the EU power market is set to jump to more than 50 percent by 2040, according to BP.

Teenagers Emerge as a Force in Climate Protests Across Europe (Rebecca S.)

Last Sunday, climate protests in Brussels swelled to an estimated 100,000 people of all ages. That same day, an estimated 80,000 took part in cities across France — more than turned out for the “Yellow Vest” protests the day before.

The Tiny Swiss Company That Thinks It Can Help Stop Climate Change (tmn)

It may now be that another gas — carbon dioxide (CO₂) — can be removed from the air for commercial purposes, and that its removal could have a profound effect on the future of humanity. But it’s almost certainly too soon to say for sure. One sunny morning last October, several engineers from a Swiss firm called Climeworks ambled onto the roof of a power-generating waste-incineration plant in Hinwil, a village about 30 minutes outside Zurich. The technicians had in front of them 12 large devices, stacked in two rows of six, that resembled oversize front-loading clothes dryers. These were “direct air capture” machines, which soon would begin collecting carbon dioxide from air drawn in through their central ducts. Once trapped, the CO₂ would then be siphoned into large tanks and trucked to a local Coca-Cola bottler, where it would become the fizz in a soft drink.

The House Science Committee Just Held a Helpful Hearing on Climate Science for the First Time in Years (TS)

As a longtime committee member Bill Foster (D-Illinois) noted, just having basic agreement on the science helped make time for more sophisticated, important questions. “For years, too often we found ourselves wasting time [on] arguing with non-technical witnesses,” he said. “The question here is not whether or not this problem is real, but what is the most cost-effective way of solving it?”

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