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Daily Digest 2/8 - Good News Friday: Australia Vows To Clean Up Financial Sector, The End Of Plastic Straws?

Friday, February 8, 2019, 11:47 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

Seeking Superpowers in the Axolotl Genome (jdargis)

Many animals can perform some degree of regeneration, but axolotls seem almost limitless in their capabilities. As long as you don’t cut off their heads, they can “grow back a nearly perfect replica” of just about any body part, including up to half of their brain, said Jeramiah Smith, an associate professor of biology at the University of Kentucky and an author of the paper. To understand how they evolved these healing superpowers, Dr. Smith and his colleagues looked to the axolotl’s DNA.

Australia vows to clean up financial sector after landmark misconduct inquiry (Thomas R.)

Regulators will be subjected to a new oversight body and the financial industry’s pay will be overhauled to remove conflicts of interest, according to the recommendations of the so-called Royal Commission. But the recommendations stopped short of measures that would threaten the A$400 billion ($289 billion) industry’s dominant position.

Lyft agrees to pay its drivers the minimum wage in New York (Thomas R.)

Following new laws introduced last year, Lyft has agreed to pay its drivers the minimum wage in New York, a union representing the drivers said. The law stipulates that ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft must pay chauffeurs at least $15 per hour, plus $2.22 to cover payroll taxes and paid time off. "The landmark rules ... are expected to raise driver pay by an average of $9,600 per year," said Machinists Union affiliate IDG.

Avoiding The Ouch: Scientists Are Working On Ways To Swap The Needle For A Pill (jdargis)

They built a pea-size device containing a spring that ejects a tiny dart of solid insulin into the wall of the stomach, says gastroenterologist Carlo Giovanni Traverso, an associate physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Once the device gets into the stomach, the humidity there allows the spring to launch the insulin dart.

The world's watersheds, mapped in gorgeous detail (Yoxa)

These maps are both data-rich and absolutely gorgeous. You're looking at watershed maps, showing the flow of tributary streams into main rivers, and of those water courses into the sea (or final destinations inland). The streams are shown in the Strahler Stream Order Classification, which uses width to indicate the hierarchy of streams. Watersheds (a.k.a. drainage basins or catchment areas) are grouped together by color.

The end of plastic straws, cutlery and plates is here: EU has officially put a stop to single-use plastic products. (TS)

“Single-use plastics are not a smart economic or environmental choice,” said European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen said in a statement. “This is an opportunity for Europe to lead the way, creating products that the world will demand for decades to come, and extracting more economic value from our precious and limited resources. Our collection target for plastic bottles will also help to generate the necessary volumes for a thriving plastic recycling industry.”

Milwaukee developer plans high-rise made out of timber (Thomas R.)

The construction alternative is becoming increasingly attractive to some developers who view mass timber buildings as more environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing than concrete and steel structures.

S.F. Snow Day 1976 (tmn)

Children wage a before-school snowball fight on what was once a vacant lot on the 700 block of Lawton Street near 14th Avenue. "I've never felt snow before," 5-year-old Jennifer Jeffers told The Chronicle. At least five San Francisco schools were closed down for a snow day, even though the blizzard ended before dawn and much of the San Francisco snow had melted by early afternoon. Snowball fights in S.F. were also reported on Twin Peaks and the twisty part of Lombard Street.

Gold & Silver

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Uncletommy
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Backing off on the Axolotl throttle.

Why is it that we humans are always trying to search out and improve evolutionary functions that have served life on this planet admirably for eons. Yes, it is probably built into our DNA and manifests itself frequently as innovation. Experience has taught us that, despite occasional set-backs, human existence has benefited and made human life more comfortable and secure. However, it is becoming increasingly obvious that to our myopic view has forced us to reason, "What could possibly go wrong?". Surveying the current state of the world, "A lot can go wrong" and our sucesses are becoming our Achille's Heels. Does it really behoove us to grow replacement limbs or custom genitalia because we can?

Hopefully the research spawned by these biologic investigators is of significance only in building an appreciation for life's process and guiding us to rational and minimally invasive actions. As it has been mentioned before, "Mother Nature always bats last!", so the long term is safe. It's the short term, knee-jerk reactions we should be really be worried about. 

Time for a review?

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newsbuoy
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Max's is Closed and The Good Bands Play Elsewhere

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shastatodd
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regrow

i could use some new teeth!

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