Surferbird News-Links, 45th Edition

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Welcome! Highlights from today's Surferbird News-Links include: my sticky brain, Jupiter, slime eel goo, lead in lipstick, basic income, chicken cooked in butter, Antarctic sea ice and more.

Sticky brain

When my son was much younger, his teachers referred to the tendency of kids with Asperger's or autism to become fixated on an idea or problem as having sticky brain. Well, the owl has been suffering from a severe case of sticky brain.

Granted, you must be tired of my freelance project chatter, but I became hyperfocused — a sticky brain casualty. However, the project does seem to be coming to a close. And I'll fill you in on the details soon. But if I want to make a career out of freelancing, I'll need to unstick my sticky brain so that I write more blog posts! I don't plan on abandoning the owl.

Views

Glorious, mysterious Jupiter (theatlantic.com)

NASA's spacecraft, Juno, captured photographs of Jupiter's south pole —  images that haven't been seen until now.

News-Links

Economy

Elon Musk believes we'll probably end up with a basic income due to automation. (cleantechnica.com)

I had no idea until I read this article that in addition to liberals and Socialists supporting the idea of a basic income, some Libertarians support it too — a fascinating read.

Environment

Large coal plant in Arizona closes earlier than expected. (grist.org)

This is good news for the environment — not for local economies.

Lowest amount of Antarctic sea ice on record (theguardian.com)

However, the director of the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) plans to wait another five days before officially confirming the record low.

Twenty bipartisan governors who support renewable energy sent a letter to other governors and Trump. (grist.org)

They claim that renewable energy could help boost rural economies, which Trump promised to revitalize. The article concedes that the governors might have better luck convincing fellow governors than Trump. After all, the author reminds us of Trump's deep abiding love for wind energy.

Farming

Growing more nutritious grasses for cows also helps reduce greenhouse gases. (npr.org)

This project in Puerto Rico aims to improve grazing quality for cows while helping the environment. And it has the potential to be implemented in other tropical areas, also.

Food

Chicken cooked in butter (food52.com)

For my gluten-free friends, and that includes moi at times, the wheat flour could easily be substituted for a gluten-free alternative. And all that butter adds satiety!

Green technology

Electric buses — Microvast (cleantechnica.com)

Microvast, a Chinese company, is expanding into the U.S. by building a manufacturing facility near Houston, TX. They expect U.S. deliveries in 2017.

Health

Lead in lipstick (ewg.org)

In the US, cosmetic companies don't have to disclose that their products contain lead. But when tested, the FDA found lead in hundreds of lipsticks from 20 of the most common brands. Check the Environmental Working Group database for safe options.

Science and technology

The goo from slime eels inspires U.S. Navy to develop a substance that could help protect our troops in combat. (qz.com)

Unlike oil-based synthetics, such as nylon and spandex, this substance might provide a sustainable option for manufacturing protective gear. Oh, and the article features a cool video of a slime eel!

Happy Belated Valentine's Day!

Laura