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    Daily Digest 8/23 – Good News Friday: Breakthrough Coral Breeding Technology Developed, A Night Under The Stars

    by Daily Digest

    Friday, August 23, 2019, 4:46 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!


Four-in-one pill prevents third of heart problems (Thomas R.)

The researchers – in Iran and the UK – said the pill had a huge impact but cost just pennies a day.

They suggest giving it to everyone over a certain age in poorer countries, where doctors have fewer options and are less able to assess individuals.

Trump signs order to eliminate student loan debt for disabled veterans (Sparky1)

“The debt of these disabled veterans will be entirely erased. It will be gone,” Trump said during a speech at the 75th annual American Veterans convention in Louisville, Ky., before signing the order. “Sleep well tonight.”

What if We All Ate a Bit Less Meat? (jdargis)

Some of that land could be converted to more efficient food production, like growing high-protein lentils, or could be turned into forestland, which absorbs and stores carbon dioxide. Both would be crucially important as we try to feed a rising global population and to simultaneously mitigate the effects of climate change, according to a recent report by the United Nations.

FBI takes down alleged Nigerian fraudsters in $46-million case based in Los Angeles (Thomas R.)

The investigation began in 2016 with a single bank account and one victim, said Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office. It grew to encompass victims who were targeted in the U.S. and around the world, some of whom like the Japanese woman lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Zaha Hadid Architects carves out sculptural flood protection barrier in Hamburg (tmn)

While providing vital flood defence for the city, Zaha Hadid Architects’ design also incorporates amphitheatre-like staircases, a three-storey restaurant and shops at street level to offer the city a new public space and riverside walkway.

Beginning today, you won’t be able to buy plastic bottles of water at San Francisco International Airport (Thomas R.)

Vendors will be able to sell or provide reusable recyclable aluminum, glass and certified compostable water products, according to the airport. Travelers also have the option of bringing empty disposable plastic water bottles to fill up at any of the airport’s approximately 100 free water fountains and hydration stations.

A night under the stars (tmn)

Mountainous parks are known for their snowy winters. Only lodges provide the appropriate shelter during the cold season. They are great camping destination once the snow melts from late spring to early fall.

You will notice a peak of frequentation in the Appalachian Mountains in October when leaves turn yellow.

Florida scientists announce coral breeding breakthrough; could save global reefs (Thomas R.)

Coral reefs in Florida and around the world have been in decline because of disease and pollution, but scientists at the Florida Aquarium announced a breakthrough they believe could help turn the tide in the battle to save them.

For the first time in a laboratory, they induced Atlantic coral to spawn. The aquarium released video of coral releasing eggs and sperm for reproduction; essentially tricked into spawning by technology.

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  • Fri, Aug 23, 2019 - 7:44pm

    Chris Martenson

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    Got that one right it seems

    I called the Russia event a "low yield nuclear blast" based on the initial bright flash and the shock wave.

    Now the rest of the world is using careful code speak for "Russian dudes, WTF?"

    Russia rocket accident likely had two explosions, Norway monitor says

    OSLO (Reuters) - An explosion that killed five Russian scientists during a rocket engine test this month was followed by a second blast two hours later, the likely source of a spike in radiation, Norway’s nuclear test-ban monitor said on Friday.

    The second explosion was likely from an airborne rocket powered by radioactive fuel, the Norsar agency said - though the governor of Russia’s Arkhangelsk region, where the blast took place, dismissed reports of another blast.

    Russia’s state nuclear agency, Rosatom, said on Aug. 10 the accident involved “isotope power sources” but did not give further details.

    Rosatom has acknowledged that five of its workers were killed. Two military personnel were also reported to have been killed.

    Norway’s DSA nuclear safety authority said on Aug. 15 it had found tiny amounts of radioactive iodine near Norway’s Arctic border with Russia, although it could not say whether it was linked to the Russian accident.

    Norsar’s detection of a second blast was first reported by Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten on Friday.

    “We registered two explosions, of which the last one coincided in time with the reported increase in radiation,” Norsar Chief Executive Anne Stroemmen Lycke told Reuters. She added that this likely came from the rocket’s fuel.

    The second explosion was detected only by infrasonic air pressure sensors and not by the seismic monitors that pick up movements in the ground, she added.

    The presence of radioactive iodine tells you there was active fission.

    The difference between active and fission and uncontrolled fission is the difference between a reactor and a low yield device.

    I don't think a warhead went off, but I do think their reactor core went super critical, couldn't be shutdown, ran away and then exploded.

    Here's the basic idea behind a nuclear thermal rocket engine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_thermal_rocket


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  • Fri, Aug 23, 2019 - 7:59pm

    Chris Martenson

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    This adds to the theory of a low yield nuclear explosion

    MOSCOW — Two of the Russian specialists killed by the explosion at a White Sea missile testing range died not of traumatic injuries from the blast itself but of radiation sickness before they could be taken to Moscow for treatment, the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported Wednesday.

    The paper cited an unnamed medical worker who was involved in their care. “Two of the patients did not make it to the airport and died,” the person said. “The radiation dose was very high, and symptoms of radiation sickness grew every hour.”

    The patients arrived at the regional hospital at 4:35 p.m. on Aug. 8, the medical staff employee told Novaya Gazeta. They were examined in the emergency room, then each was taken to a separate operating room. An hour later, traces of cesium 137 were detected in the ER, which then had to be decontaminated.

    “Doctors and nurses used soap solutions for decontamination. The medical staff had only face masks to protect themselves,” the employee said. Several complained afterward of tingling sensations in their faces and hands.

    (Source - WaPo)

    The cesium 137 says a U235 reactor was probably being tested.

    The near immediate radiation deaths suggest exposure to fast neutrons.

    In other words, an unshielded super-critical nuclear fission reaction.


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