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Daily Digest 5/13 - Good News Friday: New Technology Harnesses Worms, What Quality Do The Most Successful People Share?

Friday, May 13, 2016, 9:16 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

The Truth About Icelandic Happiness (jdargis)

Iceland, even with its cosmopolitan capital of Reykjavik, resembles a small town in many ways. People needn’t worry about falling into a black hole, Icelanders say, because there is no black hole to fall into you. There’s always someone to catch you. As one American immigrant to Iceland told me, if your car is stuck in the snow, someone will always, always stop. In fact, trust levels are so high that it’s not unusual to see six-year-olds walking to school alone in the winter darkness.

What quality do the most successful people share? True grit (jdargis)

It struck me that the gap between my highest-achieving and my lowest-achieving kids was yawning. How can we get kids to do better, and in particular the kids who I could tell from interacting with them had the aptitude, had the talent, to learn what I was asking them to learn, but weren’t?

Tech-Savvy Families Use Home-Built Diabetes Device (jdargis)

The Calabreses aren’t alone. More than 50 people have soldered, tinkered and written software to make such devices for themselves or their children. The systems—known in the industry as artificial pancreases or closed loop systems—have been studied for decades, but improvements to sensor technology for real-time glucose monitoring have made them possible.

The Food and Drug Administration has made approving such devices a priority and several companies are working on them. But the yearslong process of commercial development and regulatory approval is longer than many patients want, and some are technologically savvy enough to do it on their own.

A Goose Pecked At The Door Of A Police Car. What She Led Them To? Unbelievable. (thc0655)

On Monday, Cincinnati police were left stunned by a goose’s actions. She approached the police car and started pecking at the door, and the cop tried to feed her. But it was clear that’s not what she wanted. The goose walked away but looked back at the cop, and that’s when he decided to follow.

Bing bans tech support ads—because they’re mostly scams (jdargis)

This comes a few days after Google announced that it was taking further measures to protect consumers from exploitative advertisers. From July 13, Google will no longer accept ads from payday loan companies. Facebook similarly prohibits payday loan advertising on its site. The advertising gatekeepers appear to be taking a rather more proscriptive, protective stance to try to make advertising a little less harmful.

The White House Launches the National Microbiome Initiative (jdargis)

Much of that biology is relevant to us. Soil microbes affect the viability of our farmlands. Plant microbes affect the yield of our crops. Oceanic microbes affect the circulating of oxygen, carbon, and other nutrients around the entire planet. The microbes of our buildings influence our exposure to disease-causing species. All of these are as important to us as the gut microbes that more directly affect our risk of obesity or inflammatory bowel disease.

EPA issues rules to cut methane, volatiles from new oil and gas sites (jdargis)

One rule is focused on methane emissions, and the EPA estimates that it will cut the greenhouse equivalent of 11 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (out of the US' roughly 5.3 billion). But as a side benefit, the release of various organic toxins, including benzene, toluene, and xylene, will also be cut, as will emissions of ozone-forming chemicals. The Agency hasn't quantified the value of the ensuing health benefits, but it figures the climate benefits by 2025 ($690 million) will significantly outweigh the implementation costs ($530 million).

New Liquid Battery Chemistry Could Be a Game Changer (blackeagle)

A new composition of liquid batteries could lead to increased capacity and output, making it a contender for storing renewable energy to power our future.

Recently, MIT’s Professor Donald Sadoway and his team of students published a paper that may have brought a new breakthrough in liquid battery implementation that can vastly improve the benefits of the technology.

This New Water-Cleaning Technology Harnesses the Power of Wriggly Worms (jdargis)

BioFiltro is already used by food processors, slaughterhouses, and other entities that produce a lot of wastewater, worldwide. But what makes it especially interesting is that once it’s set up, the BioFiltro or other vermiculture filtration systems could end up being extremely cost-effective: This is basically a one-stop shop for turning garbage (wastewater) into two highly prized materials: clean water and also the castings from the worms, which as any good farmer knows is a truly spectacular fertilizer. With some more tweaks—The Guardian notes that salts can still escape a system like BioFiltro, which aren’t always wanted—this could be a remarkably efficient, low-energy, high-producing way to deal with wastewater.

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After a Century In Decline, Black Farmers Are Back And Growing!

For decades, the U.S. Department of Agriculture discriminated against Black farmers, excluding them from farm loans and assistance. Meanwhile, racist violence in the South targeted land-owning Black farmers, whose very existence threatened the sharecropping system. These factors led to the loss of about 14 million acres of Black-owned rural land—an area nearly the size of West Virginia.

In 1982, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights extrapolated the statistics on land loss and predicted the extinction of the Black farmer by the year 2000.
 
They were wrong. While the situation is still dire, with Black farmers comprising only about 1 percent of the industry, we have not disappeared. After more than a century of decline, the number of Black farmers is on the rise.

http://www.resilience.org/stories/2016-05-10/after-a-century-in-decline-...

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Yellen, in Letter, Does Not Rule Out Negative Interest Rates

Yellen, in Letter, Does Not Rule Out Negative Interest Rates

Wall Street Journal - ‎18 hours ago‎
Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said Tuesday the Fed wouldn't rule out using negative interest rates to boost the economy but she cautioned such a move would have to be carefully studied. “While I would not completely rule out the use of ...

Yellen Doesn't Rule Out Negative Rates in Letter to Congressman

Bloomberg-18 hours ago
It comes at a time when the Fed is debating whether to raise interest rates, even as global economies including the euro area and Japan employ negative-rate ...

Negative Rates Seen Pushing Japan Bank Profits to Four-Year Low

Bloomberg-20 hours ago
Japan's biggest banks may forecast the lowest profit in four years as negative interest rates squeeze lending margins and the commodity slump risks souring ...

Brazil's economic activity slips 0.36 pct in March - central bank

Reuters-4 hours ago
The Brazilian central bank's IBC-Br economic activity index fell 0.36 percent in March from the prior month after seasonal adjustments, the bank said. A Reuters ...

Venezuela loses fresh attempt to gag website in U.S. courts

Miami Herald - ‎14 hours ago‎
DolarToday — the Venezuelan website that Caracas has been trying to sue into silence — has survived the latest legal assault. The U.S. District Court of Delaware this week dismissed “with prejudice” an amended suit by the Central Bank of Venezuela ...

China April new loans down sharply as bad debt worries mount

Reuters - ‎6 hours ago‎
BEIJING, May 13 Chinese banks sharply cut back new lending in April after a record first-quarter credit spree, reinforcing views that the country's leaders have turned more cautious about the risks of over-stimulating the cooling economy. The ...

Italy Growth Lags Below Euro-Area Average, With Record Debt

Bloomberg-8 hours ago
Italy's economy expanded in the first quarter, while still leaving growth well below the euro-area average as government debt hit a record-high 2.23 trillion euros ...

US Treasury to Sell $68 Billion in Debt

Wall Street Journal-19 hours ago
The Treasury Department will auction $68 billion in securities next week, comprising $26 billion in new debt and $42 billion in previously auctioned debt. Details ...

Miracle fades as Texas oil bust jeopardizes state's once surging ...

Dallas Morning News-18 hours ago
As a result, lawmakers are anticipating that billions of dollars of tax revenue won't ... Texas's 10-year debt yields 1.79 percent, about 0.24 percentage point more ...

Oil at $45 a Barrel Proving No Savior as Bankruptcies Pile Up

Bloomberg-16 hours ago
Several more are struggling to sustain crippling debt loads. ... it continues to search for a way to stave off default, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Vermont health insurance companies seek 8 percent rate hike

WPTZ-18 hours ago
Blue Cross-Blue Shield and MVP filed their requests with the Green Mountain Care Board this week to raise premiums starting in January for policies sold on the ...

Wellmark plans 38% to 43% increases for some customers

DesMoinesRegister.com - ‎May 12, 2016‎
Wellmark Executive Vice President Laura Jackson said poor health and rising medical costs forced the company to seek state permission to raise premiums so aggressively on the plans in question. She said the company spent $1.27 on health care last year ...

Obamacare premiums in California may rise 8% next year

CNNMoney-20 hours ago
Republicans are quick to seize on rate hikes as further proof that President Barack Obama's signature law isn't doing enough to hold down health care costs for ...

Maryland insurers seek to raise individual health premiums by up to ...

Baltimore Business Journal-2 hours ago
Six insurance carriers are seeing rate increases ranging from 12 percent to just under 30 percent for individual health plans sold in Maryland. The proposed rate ...

Obamacare: Fla. insurers seek average 17.7% hike amid court ruling

MyPalmBeachPost-18 hours ago
Fifteen health insurers want an average 17.7 percent increase in premiums for Affordable Care Act individual plans, Florida officials said Thursday — higher ...

 

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The White House Launches the National Microbiome Initiative

Hate to strike a sour note but I fear that this initiative might also represent the enclosure of yet another commons and lead to, say, Roundup-ready microbiomes.

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This kind of thing is too common to be "news"

http://6abc.com/society/photo-interaction-between-officer-and-teen-with-autism-goes-viral/1338046/

A social media post by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has gone viral after the photo shows an officer helping a student with autism.



According to the CMPD Facebook page, Officer Tim Purdy was dispatched to a situation involving a high school student with autism who may have been suicidal. The post has been shared over 15,000 times.



"In order to build a connection with the young man, Officer Purdy sat next to him on the ground, talked things through and even got him laughing," the Facebook post said.







With the trust and relationship built between Purdy and the student, CMPD says they were able to get the student the help he needed.



"There's more to policing than making arrests and enforcing the law. Sometimes taking those extra little steps makes the biggest difference in someone's life," the department added.
 

 

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