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    Daily Digest 5/27 – Let Kids Run Wild In The Woods, Is College Worth It?

    by DailyDigest

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 5:19 PM


Jim Rogers: Giants ditching dollar over US foreign policies (Herman J.)

“Again, I don’t particularly like saying this, because I’m an American citizen, and American taxpayer and American voter, but if you drive people away from the dollar… many people now must be saying “guys, if we have dollars, and the US decides that they don’t like us, they’ve going to put sanctions on us!” So more and more people would say “maybe I shouldn’t use the US dollar, maybe I shouldn’t have my money in US dollars.” At the same time, as you know, Russia and China are now going to trade with each other in their own currencies instead of the US dollar. More and more people are doing the same thing, they’re starting to trade in other currencies besides US dollar. This is just a continuing long-term move away from the US dollar. And, I am afraid, that US is pushing people away from the US dollar with our actions.”

Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say (jdargis)

The pay gap between college graduates and everyone else reached a record high last year, according to the new data, which is based on an analysis of Labor Department statistics by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington. Americans with four-year college degrees made 98 percent more an hour on average in 2013 than people without a degree. That’s up from 89 percent five years earlier, 85 percent a decade earlier and 64 percent in the early 1980s.

Let Kids Run Wild in the Woods (jdargis)

There are exceptions to the “hands off” rules: Hunting, fishing, mushrooming, collecting firewood, and other activities on public lands are regulated but allowed. But not all families hunt or fish, and certainly for smaller children, these activities are unlikely to be undertaken alone. The special category of experience that Browning worries is endangered in the United States is the simple, unsupervised messing about in the woods that so many older adults remember fondly.

Applying the Lessons of Politics to Green Power (jdargis)

Energy service companies, known as ESCOs, have been competing to sell retail electricity for years, with some, like Green Mountain Energy — whose marketers have become fixtures at places like New York City greenmarkets — offering renewable energy packages as far back as the 1990s. Customers still get their power (and their bills) from the utilities, often paying a premium for energy from wind, solar or hydroelectric plants, but the company is obligated to meet their electrical needs.

Silver to Gold Ratio: 27 years of Data (GE Christenson)

Take the weekly prices for silver and the weekly silver-to-gold ratio and smooth them with a 7 week centered simple moving average. This merely removes some of the “noise” in the graphs. Plot that weekly data since 2002, roughly the beginning of the silver and gold bull markets. Examine that graph.

Can Rural Brooks Actually Pose A Threat To The Environment? (James S.)

It’s long been known that wetlands generate methane. What’s new is that the waterways that drain them may also be responsible for the amount of the gas in Earth’s atmosphere. What’s still not known is how much these conduits contribute to the problem.

Algae biofuel can help meet world energy demand, researchers say (Arthur Robey)

With Quinn, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and McGinty, associate director of USU’s Remote Sensing/Geographic Information Systems Laboratory in the Department of Wildland Resources, Moody leveraged a large-scale, outdoor microalgae growth model. Using meteorological data from 4,388 global locations, the team determined the current global productivity potential of microalgae.

“Our results were much more conservative than those found in the current literature,” Quinn says. “Even so, the numbers are impressive.”

Animals Are Adapting to Climate Change in Remarkable Ways Before Our Very Eyes (jdargis)

In 2009, a U.S. Forest Service study found that 40 major tree species across 30 states had moved more than 60 miles north on average in less than a century. In Colorado, the wildflower bloom season has increased by 35 days. In France, wild thyme has evolved in response to less-frequent periods of extreme cold by producing a greater quantity of herbivore-repelling pungent oil at the cost of winter survivability.

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