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Daily Digest 8/17 - Good News Friday: Service From The Saddle, Free Tuition At NYU Med School

Friday, August 17, 2018, 10:10 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

Take Control of Your Learning at Work (Adam)

To make matters worse, today’s jobs and careers often handicap our ability to learn, demanding consistent levels of high-performance and focusing our energies on attaining results rather than broadening our skillset. Instead of genuinely promoting a learning culture, most employers obsess over results, demanding higher and higher levels of efficiency and performance, which can be the biggest barrier to curiosity and learning. 

The Wonder Plant That Could Slash Fertilizer Use (blackeagle)

All plants depend on nitrogen to grow, and while there’s plenty of the element in the air around us, it’s too inert to be of use. But bacteria can convert this atmospheric nitrogen into more usable forms such as ammonia—a process known as fixation. Legumes, like beans and peas, house these nitrogen-fixing bacteria in their roots. But cereals, like corn and rice, largely don’t. That’s why American farmers need to apply more than 6.6 million tons of nitrogen to their corn crops every year, in the form of chemical sprays and manure.

Earth has 'minimoons,' and they may solve asteroid mysteries (Thomas R.)

"We don't know whether small asteroids are monolithic blocks of rock, fragile sand piles, or something in between," co-author Mikael Granvik, a planetary scientist at the Luleå University of Technology, in Sweden, and the University of Helsinki, said in the statement. "Minimoons are perfect targets for bringing back significant chunks of asteroid material, shielded by a spacecraft, which could then be studied in detail back on Earth."

Service from the Saddle (Thomas R.)

They recruited Dulane Fulton, a retired school superintendent who was a natural leader, and they formed the Back Country Horsemen. This volunteer service and education group has, over the last 45 years, spawned 194 grassroots chapters across 31 states, including a second in the Flathead Valley. Last summer, associated volunteers nationwide contributed 324,154 hours of labor, which the organization values at $12.9 million. The original chapter is now known as the Back Country Horsemen of the Flathead. Along with the other local chapter, the Back Country Horsemen of Northwest Montana, they provide stock support for Forest Service trail crews, as well as other volunteer organizations like the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation.

A New Home for $90,000? Manufactured Housing Is Making a Comeback (Adam)

Triad might reap further rewards for its persistence. It’s one of a handful of firms that are poised to benefit from a nascent comeback for manufactured homes, shipments of which have been on the rise since 2009. Consolidation among producers and the exodus of lenders have left a just few businesses -- including three owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. -- to dominate a market that looks primed for growth in the face of rising prices for site-built houses and the potential for regulatory change.

FDA Finally Approves a Cheaper, Generic Version of the EpiPen (Thomas R.)

Though there are other epinephrine autoinjectors available, Mylan has fiercely defended its stranglehold on the market, allowing it to keep raising prices. In 2007, when Mylan first bought its marketing rights, an EpiPen was $57, but by 2016, it had risen to around $600. Along the way, Mylan has reportedly bullied companies trying to develop cheaper versions of their product, including Teva Pharmaceuticals—the company behind the generic version approved by the FDA today. Teva had earlier failed to win approval for their version in 2016 and has sought to create a generic version since at least 2009.

Free tuition for all NYU medical students – a $55,018 per-year surprise (Thomas R.)

The increasing cost of higher education has sparked action from employers, politicians and schools around the country. Often those efforts are focused on financial need, as in the case of a "debt-free graduation" program announced by Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in April.

Google working on native hearing aid support for an upcoming Android release (Thomas R.)

This is being accomplished through a new Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) specification that will be open to all other hearing aid makers. The spec is designed to have minimal impact on battery life with users able to monitor the power status and modify other settings from Android.

Astronomers identify some of the oldest galaxies in the universe (Thomas R.)

Professor Carlos Frenk, Director of Durham University's Institute for Computational Cosmology, said: "Finding some of the very first galaxies that formed in our Universe orbiting in the Milky Way's own backyard is the astronomical equivalent of finding the remains of the first humans that inhabited the Earth. It is hugely exciting.

Scientists Drastically Sped Up Production of a Mineral That Harvests CO2 (Paul D.)

To turn the tides, we’ll need more so-called reverse emissions technology which is cable of harvesting and storing enough CO2 from the atmosphere to keep temperature increases below catastrophic levels. Planting trees (lots of them), which consume CO2, will help. There’s also a naturally occurring mineral, magnesite, which captures CO2 as it crystalizes. The only problem with magnesite is it takes a few hundred years to produce, at least until now.

‘Dogs on the Beach’ — photographer documents the explosion of the canine beach culture (DennisC)

A passionate, world-renowned chronicler of canine life (including “Dogs in Cars,” the “Mr. Winkle” series and “Dog Plays”), Regan spent three years shooting “Dogs on the Beach” in her quest to document the explosion of dog beach culture. She traveled to some of the most scenic seascapes in America, capturing the primal joy of dogs romping and rolling in the sand, splashing in surf, lounging in the sun and even catching a few waves. Rediscover and experiences the sensuous joys, childlike pleasures and expansive beauty of the beach through these intimate images of doggie dudes and bow-wow beach babes seeking natural highs in paradise.

Gold & Silver

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