May 2019

The wireless lie

A hackneyed saying suits the intensifying opposition to 5G: ‘Closing the barn door after the horse ran away.’ Horse out of barn, protest out of context.

We see exclamations: “The government can’t prove 5G is safe!” “The Telecom Industry has admitted there are no studies showing 5G technology is safe!” And burning questions like, “Is 5G worth the unknown risks?” The best question is, “What’s wrong with these people?”

Beyond your health, 5G, wireless technology destroys jobs, environments, liberties

Opposition specific to 5G should not be aimed at personal safety and health only , but focused on its real-time potential to destroy liberty/personal autonomy exponentially beyond 4G. This would fulfill a fundamental purpose of wireless tech: The final nail in the coffin where freedom has been laid by Elite servants of the global security/surveillance establishment.

Mom was right: too much TV rots your brain

Vegging out in front of the television really can make you a vegetable. A recent study from University College London confirms previous suspicions that excessive time in front of the television is linked to cognitive decline and even dementia in older adults.

The study scrutinized data from a long-term English study of more than 3,600 adults over time. Participants were over age 50, free of dementia, and were asked how much TV time they watched in 2008 and 2009 and again in 2014 and 2015. During those periods, the adults were tested to gauge their verbal memory and fluency.

Auto sales show shift away from gas mobiles to electric cars

An analysis of sales of light-duty vehicles — in other words, cars — in 2018 in the world’s three biggest vehicle markets show that gas buggies are surrendering ground to electric cars.

China is not only the world’s fastest growing vehicle market but also the world’s largest producer of EVs. In 2018, sales of fossil-fuel powered cars dropped by 800,000 while sales of electrics rose by 500,000. With more than 300 models of EVs for Chinese buyers to choose from, sales are expected to as much as double this year over last.

Studies: Millennials are buying cars and driving after all

It’s been widely thought that Millennials didn’t want to own cars and, instead, preferred riding bikes and taking public transport because they were frugal and environmentally aware.

But a new study offers data showing that Millennials now are buying and driving cars in droves. It was the recession, not a lifestyle choice, that kept them from getting wheels.

Game on

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It’s piloting our planes, diagnosing our health issues, and analyzing our finances. It’s re-shaping our job markets and, whether we realize it or not, it’s pushing us to re-consider much more deeply, the unique values of the human mind.

It’s AI. Artificial Intelligence. Or as many scientists prefer to call it Computer Intelligence, because there’s nothing artificial about it.

And it’s now teaching itself.

Big investors press utilities to go green

Dana Investment Advisors, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, the Illinois State Treasurer, and 17 other investment managers controlling $1.8 trillion in assets are publicly urging electric utilities to dump fossil fuels.

On February 28, the managers issued a joint statement citing imminent “climate disaster” and noting that their portfolios “are already seeing the…economic costs of climate change…on property and agricultural [and] fisheries yields, rising pollution-related health care costs, and lost worker productivity.”

How to boost an aging brain

In two separate experiments, scientists have brought new youth to aging brains.

Researchers at the German Cancer Research Center and the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine found a way to revive dormant brain stem cells in old mice.

Stem cells are building blocks. Given the right chemical signals, they can grow into cells that make any part of the body – skin, eyes, hair, heart, or brain, for example. As we age, stem cells tend to lose their abilities and often can enter a permanent slumber.

Don’t recycle plastic, upcycle it instead

The more than 400 trillion plastic water and soda bottles that the world’s consumers buy each year are made of a plastic called polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. Recycling isn’t a real solution to the rising tide of plastic waste: PET can only be recycled two to six times before its fibers become too short to cohere into new items. At that point, spent PET enters the waste stream to linger for millennia.

But now the US National Renewable Energy Lab has found a way to give PET a much longer useful lifespan. The lab calls it “upcycling” instead of recycling.