Daily Digest 8/30 – Good News Friday: Helping Children Learn To Eat Well, The Milky Way In A Single Photo

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 dd@peakprosperity.com with subject header “Good News Friday.” We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!

Economy

A major study pinpointed the 5 habits of people who don’t feel lonely (tmn)

Those who say they work just the right amount are least likely to be lonely – the loneliness score of those who work more than desired increases by just over three points, while those who work less than desired showed a 6-point increase in loneliness. Not surprisingly, those who report working less than desired are less likely to report having feelings associated with being less lonely (e.g., feeling outgoing and friendly, there are people you can talk to, etc.), compared to those who work more than desired.

The Joys of Being a Late Tech Adopter (jdargis)

In other words, by waiting and opting for a previous-generation model, I get to enjoy a fast, long-lasting watch that tracks my workouts and shows my calendar notifications, among other perks, for a steep discount.

Helping Children Learn to Eat Well (tmn)

“I never use the word dieting, and I never use the word weight loss, because of the negative connotations,” Dr. Taveras said. “But I can recommend that a family switch from sugar-sweetened beverages to water, or replace processed, calorically dense foods with fruits and vegetables — is that a diet? It’s a nutrition plan.”

The Detroit Zoo plans to be entirely powered by renewable energy by 2021 (Thomas R.)

DTE expects several other wind-only sites to come online by late 2020, to cover larger businesses like the Detroit Zoo. They will enable the zoo to offset the 7,425 metric tons of carbon dioxide carbon dioxide it releases each year.

DTE provides electricity to 2.2 million customers in southeastern Michigan. It launched the green energy offset program in the spring of 2017, and aims to reduce its carbon emissions across the board 80% by 2040.

Do plastic bag taxes or bans curb waste? 400 cities and states tried it out. (tmn)

While a straightforward ban may seem like the most effective way to stop people from using plastic, researchers and consultants suggest another strategy is working better: a tax on all non-reusable bags, which may or may not be combined with an outright ban on some plastic.

Jupiter’s new moons get their official names (Sparky1)

Five of Jupiter’s recently discovered moons have been officially named.

The Entire Plane of the Milky Way Captured in a Single Photo (Thomas R.)

Is it possible to capture the entire plane of our galaxy in a single image? Yes, but not in one exposure — and it took some planning to do it in two. The top part of the featured image is the night sky above Lebanon, north of the equator, taken in 2017 June. The image was taken at a time when the central band of the Milky Way Galaxy passed directly overhead. The bottom half was similarly captured six months later in latitude-opposite Chile, south of Earth’s equator. Each image therefore captured the night sky in exactly the opposite direction of the other, when fully half the Galactic plane was visible.

Meet the pilot who defied KGB orders to drop flowers on Baltic Way human chain (Thomas R.)

“There was an injunction banning all flights that day, including regular flights by Aeroflot, the Soviet airline. But as I had not received any order to stay on the ground that day, I felt I was not doing anything very bad,” Lithuanian pilot Tamoši?nas recalled, smirking.

The night before the Baltic Way human chain, he and another pilot, Kazimieras Šal?ius, painted the tails of their AN-2 aircraft, replacing the USSR flag with the colours of the Lithuanian one: yellow, green and red.

Hubble’s New Portrait of Jupiter (jdargis)

The bands are created by differences in the thickness and height of the ammonia ice clouds. The colorful bands, which flow in opposite directions at various latitudes, result from different atmospheric pressures. Lighter bands rise higher and have thicker clouds than the darker bands.

Gold & Silver

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