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    Daily Digest 3/8 – Good News Friday: Finding The Root Of Human Writing, The Science Of Dad Jokes

    by DailyDigest

    Friday, March 8, 2019, 7:09 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!


Code hidden in Stone Age art may be the root of human writing (jdargis)

The first formal writing system that we know of is the 5000-year-old cuneiform script of the ancient city of Uruk in what is now Iraq. But it and other systems like it – such as Egyptian hieroglyphs – are complex and didn’t emerge from a vacuum. There must have been an earlier time when people first started playing with simple abstract signs. For years, von Petzinger has wondered if the circles, triangles and squiggles that humans began leaving on cave walls 40,000 years ago represent that special time in our history – the creation of the first human code.

Philadelphia Is First U.S. City to Ban Cashless Stores (Sparky1)

“Most of the people who don’t have credit tend to be lower income, minority, immigrants. It just seemed to me, if not intentional, at least a form of discrimination,” he said. Now, he said, stores will be required “to do what businesses have been doing since Ben Franklin was walking the streets of Philadelphia.”

What Can Science Tell Us About Dad Jokes? (Adam)

Most people can recall a moment when their father tried to be funny and failed badly. (Picture a joke like this: Two guys walk into a bar. The other ducks.) Dad jokes are loosely defined as plays on words or corny one-liners delivered to offspring, often greeted with a chorus of groans.

A third person may have become HIV-free after a bone marrow transplant (jdargis)

Researchers are tracking the few other people who have HIV and have then had a bone marrow transplant from someone with the CCR5 mutation in a collaboration called IciStem. As well as the three reported so far, there are two others who haven’t yet stopped taking antiviral medications, says Javier Martinez-Picado of the IrsiCaixa AIDS Research Institute in Barcelona.

Goodbye bidding wars: Homebuyers gain edge in this year's housing market (Adam)

Rates have since moderated, giving buyers an extra $100 or in savings per month on a mortgage payment. Rates are expected to stay below 5 percent this year – thanks to a more patient Federal Reserve, says Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors.

The Bloomberg bombshell the media missed (RS)

He has spent more than $100 million in the past decade on the Sierra Club’s remarkably successful Beyond Coal campaign, which has helped close over half the country’s coal plants plants — 285 out of 530 — and deployed cleaner, cheaper energy in their place.

The climate change lawsuit that could stop the U.S. government from supporting fossil fuels (RS)

The case was born here in Eugene, Oregon, a tree-hugger's paradise, and one of the cradles of environmental activism in the United States. The lead plaintiff, University of Oregon student Kelsey Juliana, was only five weeks old when her parents took her to her first rally to protect spotted owls. Today, her main concern is climate change, drought and the growing threat of wildfires in the surrounding Cascade Mountains.

Extreme Defoliation: High-Risk Ways to Boost Cannabis Yields and Bag Appeal (newsbuoy)

We’ll talk about two prominent extreme defoliation techniques, schwazzing and back-building, and how they push the boundaries of defoliation. Coming with a high risk yet offering high rewards, these techniques polarize opinion. Neither method is recommended for beginners, and growers experimenting with these practices should do so with caution.

How Greta Thunberg’s Lone Strike Against Climate Change Became a Global Movement (RS)

Thunberg’s movement comes amid an onslaught of increasingly dire warnings about the climate. Scientists recently announced that the world’s oceans are warming 40 percent faster than was previously thought. In October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that global temperatures could rise by the dreaded benchmark of 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels in just 12 years. “We are living in a very interesting time, where something is going to happen,” Thunberg says. “Change is on the horizon, but to see that change we also have to change ourselves.”

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