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Daily Digest 8/11 - Good News Friday: A New Kind Of Classroom, Saving Wild Sunflower Seeds

Friday, August 11, 2017, 11:19 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!


A New Kind Of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry (jdargis)

Department of Education officials have taken a contrasting position. The city has a growing program called the Mastery Collaborative, which helps mastery-based schools share their methods around the city, even as they adopt different styles. To date, there are eight lab schools, whose practices are being tested, honed and highlighted for transitioning schools. M.S. 442 is one of them. Some struggling schools hope the shift will raise test scores. But the method is also growing in popularity among high-performing, progressive schools, as well as those catering to gifted and talented students and newly arriving immigrants.

Smog-Eating Bikes Are About To Take On Beijing (jdargis)

This is not the first anti-smog tech Roosegaarde has trotted out. In 2016, Beijing received Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Tower, a 22-foot-tall cigar-shaped construction that can filter a million cubic feet an hour (with much of the particulate matter repurposed as fashion accessories). Other designers have experimented with vertical forest towers or highway canopies to reduce smog.

SpaceX is launching a supercomputer to the International Space Station (jdargis)

For the year-long experiment, astronauts will install the computer inside a rack in the Destiny module of the space station. It is about the size of two pizza boxes stuck together. And while the device is not exactly a state-of-the-art supercomputer—it has a computing speed of about 1 teraflop—it is the most powerful computer sent into space. Unlike most computers, it has not been hardened for the radiation environment aboard the space station. The goal is to better understand how the space environment will degrade the performance of an off-the-shelf computer.

Goat Owns Cop, Refuses to Get off His Patrol Car (jdargis)

In a video posted by the Blanchard Police Department, a local goat hopped up onto the hood of the officer’s car and refuses to leave. Domesticated goats are both curious and, thanks to their links to ancestral wild goats, surprisingly capable climbers; while wild goats like to climb cliffs and mountains, domesticated goats are happy just scooting up into treetops. We have previously documented the goat’s inherent love for standing on things, if you need more evidence.

Hard Lessons In Living Off The Grid (jdargis)

If Tesla can help keep Kauai solar-powered around the clock with its batteries, then it can apply what it has learned elsewhere in the country, and around the world.

On this particular sunny day, Tesla engineers are doing some final tests before signing off on the plant. The site manager unlocks the front panel and swings the door open to reveal lithium-ion battery cells stacked like cafeteria trays.

Meet the Scientists Hunting and Saving Wild Sunflower Seeds (jdargis)

Marek and Seiler set off in opposite directions, moving quickly as they snap seed-filled heads off the mature plants and drop them into their bags. To boat-towing tourists motoring by on their way to nearby Lake Powell, it probably looks like some vacationing couple has stopped to smell the flowers. In fact, Marek and Seiler are helping to safeguard the future of agriculture.

EPA Reverses Course On Ozone Rule (Jen H.)

The Environmental Protection Agency decision came a day after 16 state attorneys general, all Democrats, filed a lawsuit challenging the delay with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. It reversed a decision that Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator, made in June to put off an Oct. 1 deadline for designating which areas of the country met new ozone standards.

In announcing the ozone policy change, the agency appeared to leave the door open to extending the deadline again. But, officials said, the agency will work with states to help them deliver the needed information.

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