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Costa Rica Sets New Record After Running on 100% Renewable Electricity for 300 Days

This is definitely a win for the environment, Good job, Costa Rica!

Although it may be just a small country, Costa Rica has always been determined in its efforts in promoting clean energy. As some may remember, the country generated 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources for 299 days in 2015. The year following that, it ran for 271 days on anything aside from fossil fuels.

For 2017, Costa Rica just broke its own record as it ran for 300 days “on a mixture of hydro, wind, geothermal, biomass, and solar energy,” reported IFLScience. This new record, the site said, goes “hand-in-hand with the government’s plan to become carbon neutral by 2021” a self-imposed deadline that was made over 10 years ago.

Costa Rica just set new record after running entirely on renewable energy for 300 days.

Meanwhile, a report by the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) tells us that with several weeks remaining for 2017, it appears that the total number of clean energy usage will likely increase.

Carlos Manuel Obregón, executive president of ICE, further went on to say that grid improvements and clean energy power plants upgrades have made it possible for the country to hit the impressive achievement.

Several contributing factors come into play in achieving the milestone.

For once, observers are quick to point out that Costa Rica’s small population and size is helpful in making much doable compared with bigger countries such as the United States or China, for example.

On top of that, the country has rich natural resources (hydropower and geothermal sources, to be specific) that some other countries lack.

However, it should likewise be mentioned that the biggest factor here is that Costa Rica has always been serious about not investing in fossil fuels and the said industry “holds no significant sway over its government, which has set back climate mitigation efforts elsewhere by decades,” IFLScience wrote.

This is definitely a big win for the environment!

Clearly, Costa Rica has shown others that it is indeed possible to power a country without using coal. All you need is clean energy and some determination.

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New Study Claims Being Good at Video Games is a Sign of Intelligence

“Games such as League of Legends and DotA 2 are complex, socially-interactive, and intellectually demanding,” a researcher pointed out.

In the past, video games were viewed as a roadblock to a kid’s future. Many believed that this form of recreation is a huge waste of time and does not reinforce a kid’s ability to learn. Well actually, it is quite the opposite.

A study, which was carried out by the University of York, UK, claims to have found the link between intelligence and video games. However, it is important to understand that this does not instantly mean playing games makes one smarter. Still, there is a lot of interesting facts involved.

It appears that playing certain video games can be a sign of intelligence.

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Facebook Knows a Lot About You, And Here’s How You Can Find Out

You will be surprised with some key information the site knows about you.

In this digital age, information can be easily transferred and acquired. Everything is handed out on the Internet. If you want to know a certain place or event, you Google it. If you want to connect with someone, you can use Email and other messaging apps. And if you want to socialize online, there is Facebook.

Apparently, there are things you do not know about Mark Zuckerberg’s social media site. The main gist is that it knows a lot about you, thanks to the information you provided and usage habits. This includes which computer and/or mobile devices you are logged, the ads you clicked, your political opinions, and other personal information such as birthdate.

It is worth noting that some of this information is provided by you. However, most of it is based on the interactions (i.e. likes, comments, shares) you did while using Facebook. No need to fret, though. There is a way for you to find out what Facebook knows about you. Just scroll down....

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Neuroscientists Say Forgetfulness Is A Sign Of Extraordinary Intelligence

So, wait… When is your birthday again?

There are times that we tend to forget things, such as our friend’s birthday or other personal stuff. However, being unable to retain information is a normal thing. Our minds are meant to undergo such process but it does not mean we are stupid or something.

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