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Daily Digest 6/10 - Good News Friday: Man Lives Without Heart, Experiment 'Turns Waste CO2 To Stone'

Friday, June 10, 2016, 10:00 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!


Man Lives For Over A Year Without Heart (jdargis)

Stan Larkin spent that time walking around with a backpack. Inside that pack was a lifesaving machine, powered by compressed air, that replaced the functions of a working heart as Larkin awaited a transplant donor to replace the defective heart that failed him.

With about 120,000 names on the organ transplant waiting list, devices like this can buy precious time.

McDonald's: you can sneer, but it's the glue that holds communities together (jdargis)

Walk into any McDonald’s in the morning and you will find a group of mostly retired people clustering in a corner, drinking coffee, eating and talking. They are drawn to the McDonald’s because it has inexpensive good coffee, clean bathrooms, space to sprawl. Unlike community centers, it is also free of bureaucracy.

This Vermont newspaper is having an essay contest. The prize? This Vermont newspaper (jdargis)

“We want to hear from people who can hold up a mirror in which local citizens can see themselves and gain insights into the lives within their communities,” says Connelly. “We want to hear from people with a passion for local stories that are important, even in the absence of scandal and sensationalism. We want to hear from people who recognize social media is not the same as a local newspaper. The winner of his contest will demonstrate this is a business that employs local people, that keeps the money we earn in the communities we cover, that is here week after week because the people who live here are important.”

CFPB Takes Aim at Payday Loan Debt Traps (jdargis)

The payday loan industry rakes in $7 billion in fees annually. According to the CFPB, the median fee for every $100 borrowed is $15. Interest rates are astronomical, averaging about 300 percent or higher. Coupled with the repeated attempts to withdraw funds from the borrower’s account, which lenders are permitted to do once the repayment period begins, repaying the loan can quickly become unmanageable.

Arctic tern makes longest ever migration – equal to flying twice around the planet (jdargis)

Colonies in the Shetlands and Outer Hebrides have been producing far fewer chicks than normal, possibly because the sand eels are moving northwards as climate change warms the oceans. “Terns are incredibly sensitive to changes in the marine environment,” said Bevan. “They are the classic canary of the seas.”

Scientists attached tags to 29 birds and 20 are known to have returned. Some may have died or it may be that the terns do not return every year to the UK to breed. “Further analysis of the data from these trackers will allow us to get a better understanding of how the Arctic terns organise their migration and how global climate change may affect their routes,” said Bevan.

Tesla Announces Newer, Cheaper Model S Cars (Josh O.)

The manufacturer aims to produce between 80,000 and 90,000 cars by the end of 2016, but first quarter production rates suggest that the company might not be on track to meet its set goals.

A total of 14,820 cars - 12,851 Model S and 2,659 Model X sports utility vehicles - left plant beltways in the first three months of 2016.

Experiment 'turns waste CO2 to stone' (jdargis)

Working with the Hellisheidi geothermal power plant outside Reykjavik, it combined the waste CO2 with water to make a slightly acidic liquid that was then sent hundreds of metres down into the volcanic basalts that make up so much of the North Atlantic island.

The low pH water (3.2) worked to dissolve the calcium and magnesium ions in the basalts, which then reacted with the carbon dioxide to make calcium and magnesium carbonates. Cores drilled into the experimental site pulled up rock with the tell-tale white carbonates occupying the pore spaces.

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Man Lives For Over A Year Without Heart

That's nuthin!

Steven Harper lived for ten years without a heart! And Obama has lived for nearly eight years without a spine!

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