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Daily Digest 5/12 - Good News Friday: Cognitive Bias Survival Guide, Germany Breaks Solar Record

Friday, May 12, 2017, 10:43 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!

Economy

Cognitive Bias Survival Guide (Adam)

Here’s the deal: Research suggests that there are a number of intellectual stumbling blocks which can get you entangled in wrong judgment without you even noticing. They are called Cognitive Biases. The result is errors and irrational decisions that can hold you back. To help all of us escape this mental quicksand we’ve put together this real-world Cognitive Bias Survival Guide. It’s designed to reduce wrong conclusions and bad choices, plus protect you from charlatans trying to exploit ignorance. Think of it as anti-virus software for the brain!

U.S. welcomes nearly 32 kids as American citizens in special swearing-in ceremony at the Bronx Zoo (jdargis)

No animals could be seen from the ceremony location, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the children and their parents.

“I’m happy,” said Joanna Pouoban, a Brooklyn 8-year-old who hails from Cameroon. “It means a lot to me because I was the only one in my family who wasn’t American.”

Federal judge: Harris Co. bail system unfair to poor, low-level defendants (sv)

"This is a watershed moment in Harris County criminal-justice history," Ogg said in a statement late Friday. "From now on, people can't be held in jail awaiting trial on low-level offenses, just because they are too poor to make bail. ... We welcome the ruling and will comply fully with it."

Ellis said he was pleased with the ruling.

For Mother's Day, Activists Are Bailing Black Mamas Out of Jail (sv)

Forty-four percent of those women are black and 80 percent are parents. According to the report, over 80 percent are in jail for non-violent misdemeanor offenses, meaning that they pose no threat to anyone's safety but stay behind bars because their families don't have the money to bail them out. "Eighty percent of black women who are criminalized, profiled, targeted, and put in a cage are single mothers and/or caretakers," Hooks underscored when I later interviewed her about the initiative.

Tesla’s Solar Roof Pricing Is Cheap Enough to Catch Fire (jdargis)

The vision Musk describes with the solar roof is the grand unification of Tesla’s clean-energy ambitions, combining solar power, batteries, and electric cars. “These are really the three legs of the stool for a sustainable energy future,” Musk said. “Solar power going to a stationary battery pack so you have power at night, and then charging an electric vehicle … you can scale that to all the world’s demand.”

Germany Breaks A Solar Record — Gets 85% Of Electricity From Renewables (Merle2)

Graichen says days like April 30 will become “completely normal” by 2030, as the federal government’s Energiewende, or energy revolution, begins to really reap the benefits of the investments made in renewable energy resources since 2010. German energy policies have been the subject of frequent attacks in the media, mostly from fossil fuel interests who would be only too happy to see it fail. However, chancellor Angela Merkel is a staunch supporter of the initiative and the German public is firmly behind it as well.

New dinosaur fossil so well-preserved it looks like a statue (jdargis, sign-in required)

The first known example of fossilized brain tissue from a dinosaur was identified using a scanning electron microscope to peer inside a rock. Scientists say it resembles the brains of modern-day crocodiles and birds.

Before being assembled into something recognizable at a museum, most dinosaur fossils look to the casual observer like nothing more than common rocks. No one, however, would confuse the over 110 million-year-old nodosaur fossil for a stone. The fossil, being unveiled today in Canada’s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, is so well preserved it looks like a statue.

Gold & Silver

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Humanity and Planet win this week:

Senate blocks move to repeal methane emissions.Points scored for McCaine,Graham and Collins...

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