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Freon phase-out: Is your air conditioning system going to be obsolete soon?

Is my air conditioning system going to be obsolete soon?

Aside from knowing how much the energy bill is, relatively few people concern themselves with what flows through the coils of their unit’s compressor and cooling department.

But in the coming months, AC units may become top of mind for many Americans. That’s because Freon, the cooling agent traditionally used in most air conditioners, is going away.

Freon phase-out: What you need to know

A U.S. government ban of Freon, also known as R-22, is set to take effect on January 1, 2020.

The ban has been preceded by a Freon phase-out, which is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to rid the United States of all ozone-depleting substances. In essence, Freon is harmful to the environment.

Because the Freon phase-out has been going on over the past decade, the price of R-22 has gone up considerably (you’ve probably felt it in your wallet).

Whether you need to buy a new unit, retrofit your old unit or replace some component parts to comply with the EPA ban largely depends on a few things.

But first, you may want to know whether your AC (or your refrigerator) runs uses Freon or not.

How to know what kind of refrigerant your unit uses

On an air conditioner, you should be able to find what type of refrigerant it uses at the following places:

  • Owner’s manual
  • Manufacturers website (know your model number)
  • Call your local hardware store and tell them your unit info and they should be able to tell you

On your fridge, you can look for a refrigerant label in the following places:

  • Manufacturer’s data plate
  • On a sticker atop or near the condenser
  • Outside the unit, sometimes on or near the condenser

Another way to find out…

If you know the year your system was manufactured, that could help you find out what type of refrigerant your unit uses. Typically, if it was manufactured before 1996, your unit is Freon.

The environmentally friendly R-410A came on the U.S. residential market in 1996. From that time on until 2010, both R-22 and R-410A units were sold.

If you bought your AC unit or refrigerator after 2010 — which is when the EPA told manufacturers to stop making Freon-friendly units — it likely runs on R-410A.

Freon phase-out: Best R-22 alternatives

Here’s the thing: Consumers aren’t required to stop using their ACs and refrigerators due to the ban on Freon, but it will be obsolete at some point.

When it’s time to purchase a new unit, you’ll be looking for the best R-22 alternatives. Here’s what you need to know:

  • R-410A has become the dominant choice for most AC manufacturer, but R-454B, used by Carrier, is also an emerging alternative.
  • For refrigerators, R-404A is the top choice, along with R-507, according to the EPA.

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Being allowed to officially name a planetary body is a privilege that few are ever granted. Typically, new planets, moons, and other large objects found in space are named by the person or group that discovered them, but many of them are never formally named at all, sitting with their scientifically-designated label for years.

The minor planet 2007 OR10 is one such world and, although it was originally discovered in July 2007, it never received an official name. Now its discoverers want suggestions on what its name should be, and you can help.

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Immune System Therapy Shows Wider Promise Against Cancer

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ATLANTA (AP) — A treatment that helps the immune system fight deadly blood cancers is showing early signs of promise against some solid tumors, giving hope that this approach might be extended to more common cancers in the future.

The treatment, called CAR-T therapy, involves genetically modifying some of a patient’s own cells to help them recognize and attack cancer. Richard Carlstrand of Long Key, Florida, had it more than a year ago for mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the lining of the lungs.

“We were going into unknown territories” to try this, he said, but now he shows no sign of cancer and “I couldn’t be happier.”

Results on his and other cases were discussed Sunday at an American Association for Cancer Research conference in Atlanta.

The first CAR-T therapies were approved in 2017 for some leukemias and lymphomas. After being altered in the lab, the modified immune system cells are returned to the patient through an IV, which puts them right where the cancer is — in the blood.

But that approach doesn’t work well if the cells have to travel far through the bloodstream to get to tumors in the lung, breast, colon, or other places.

“Solid tumors are notorious for not letting the immune cells enter,” and not enough may make it in to have an effect, said Dr. Prasad Adusumilli of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

A bigger worry is that the proteins on solid tumor cells that these therapies target also are found on normal cells at lower levels, so the therapy might harm them, too.

Adusumilli helped design a new CAR-T to try to avoid these problems and tested it on 19 patients with mesothelioma and two others with lung and breast cancer, respectively, that had spread to the chest lining. About 150,000 patients in the U.S. each year face this situation.

The modified cells were injected directly into the chest where the tumors were. A genetic safety switch was added so a medicine could be given to destroy the cells if they caused harm.

After the therapy, one patient was able to have surgery and radiation, and is doing well 20 months later with no further treatment. Fifteen others were well enough to start on a drug that boosts the immune system in a different way.

Eleven of the 15 have been studied long enough to report results. Two had signs of cancer disappear for about a year, although one later relapsed. Six saw their tumors shrink. Three saw their cancer worsen.

There were no severe side effects although some patients had temporarily low blood counts and fatigue.

Grants from the federal government and foundations paid for the work and a larger study is planned. Sloan Kettering has licensed the treatment to Atara Biotherapeutics and may get payments from it, as may Adusumilli.

A second study tested a different CAR-T therapy in 10 children and adults with advanced sarcomas — cancers that originate in various soft tissues or bones. Unlike other CAR-Ts that are usually given just once, this one was given multiple times, up to 15 in one patient’s case, if there were signs it was helping.

“From a single blood draw we make a large amount of the CAR-T cells and then we freeze them” and give them through an IV as needed, said Dr. Shoba Navai of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Two of the 10 patients had all signs of cancer disappear, one for 17 months and the other for nearly three years, so far. Three others had their disease stabilized. Five worsened despite treatment.

Side effects were similar to the other study. The therapy seems safe “and we have early signs that this treatment approach may help,” Navai said.

Several foundations and charities paid for the work.

“These studies are showing there may be a path forward in solid tumors” with CAR-T therapies, said Dr. Louis Weiner, director of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and one of the conference leaders. It may hold promise for some cancers of the stomach, breast, colon, lung and other areas, he said.

Cost is a big issue — current CAR-T therapies are around $ 400,000 but can be made for far less than that in research centers. Doctors say they hope the cost will come down as more come on the market and find their way to wider use.

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Jussie Smollett Returns to Set, Tells ‘Empire’ Cast He’s Innocent + Feels ‘Betrayed’ By the Criminal Justice System [Video]

Jussie Smollett returned to work on ‘Empire’ today after getting arrested and charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly faking his hate crime.

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Sources on the “Empire” set tell us the cast and crew were waiting at least 30 minutes for Jussie to begin the scheduled scene. When he eventually showed his face he was very emotional, and surrounded by his family.

We’re told he addressed everyone on set, saying …”I’m sorry I’ve put you all through this and not answered any calls. I wanted to say I’m sorry and, you know me, I would never do this to any of you, you are my family. I swear to God, I did not do this.”

After that, he left the set. We’re told it was obvious Jussie had been crying a lot, so producers said he would have to come back later. He did, and we’re told he is currently shooting the scene.

Aside from that, his reps released a statement saying he ‘feels betrayed’ by the criminal justice system.

“Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system,” read a statement put out on the actor’s behalf following his release from custody Thursday afternoon. “The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election. Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing.”

Jussie was released from Chicago police custody after posting bail and surrendering his passport during a bond hearing in front of State of Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr.

His bail was set at $ 100,000, with the actor required to post $ 10,000 (10 percent) for release.

If you’re still scratching your head as to how this unfolded, take a look at the bond proffer released today.

 

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President Donald Trump may be over, (for now), but immigration judges and attorneys worry that the record government shutdown’s disastrous effects on the immigration court system will last for years.

The 35-day government shutdown, ignited over Trump’s demands for congressional funding of his long-promised border wall, exacerbated the very immigration crisis the president claims the barrier would solve, halting nearly all immigration court cases and putting three in four immigration judges on furlough. Hearings on asylum cases, deportation, and appeals against orders of removal were delayed indefinitely, pending a “reset” upon the government’s re-opening that shuffled tens of thousands of cases to the back of the line.

The only way to solve the pileup, one prominent immigration judge told The Daily Beast, is to trade Trump’s demand for a 2,000-mile wall, and instead double the number of immigration judges to deal with cases.

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Tesla just lowered the price on its solar shingles and other whole house solar components by up to 25% in an effort to boost sales of its under-performing home solar system.

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Tesla’s move will save homeowners between $ 3,000 and $ 5,000

Tesla has confirmed to Reuters that it’s now slashing installation costs on its home solar systems after sales of the systems have trailed off.

A company executive told the news agency that any residential customer getting a quote after November 15, 2018 will realize an average savings of between $ 3,000 and $ 5,000 on material and installations costs versus prior quotes.

Tesla has struggled with its solar installation business since its 2016 acquisition of Solar City, which was then the largest residential solar installer in the country.

A year later, Tesla began accepting orders for its solar roofing shingles, which look like this:

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But despite a lot of buzz around the shingles and Tesla’s residential solar initiative, it didn’t get off the ground in quite the way the company had hoped.

Installations have fallen from 200 megawatts (MW) a quarter in early 2016 when Solar City was at its peak to less than half of that — just 93 MW — in the third quarter 2018, according to Reuters.

Adding to the woes is the fact that Tesla tinkered extensively with Solar City’s successful sales model, which relied heavily on door-to-door canvassing in solar-friendly states, among other proven approaches.

Meanwhile, Tesla also terminated a retail relationship with Home Depot in 2017. That means the all-electric automaker could no longer demo its whole house solar approach at some 800 stores across the country.

Tesla executives now hope a lower price on its solar systems will bring in more customers.

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Newport Beach Launches Shark Detection System Called ‘Clever Buoy’

New Shark Deterrent Technology: “Clever Buoy™ is an autonomous marine monitoring system developed by the Australian company, Smart Marine Systems (SMS).  The system is an ocean monitoring platform that specializes in detecting large marine life using state of the art sonar and identification software systems to relay critical information to authorities responsible for beach safety.” www.sharkmitigation.com

What It Does: Alerts are immediately sent to lifeguards if a shark is detected via the optus network. Marine life is detected by a groundbreaking sonar system that SMS created. Once the shark is detected by the clever buoy, a real-time message is sent.

How the Clever Buoy works and detects sharks.
How the Clever Buoy works and detects sharks.

 

A More In-Depth Understanding: “The monitoring system is designed to be deployed beyond the surf zone and utilizes multibeam sonar transducers that are mounted on the ocean floor coupled with newly developed detection software to scan for marine life.  The system creates a “virtual net” at the deployment locations and once an object is detected in the area, the software interrogates the target’s swimming pattern to determine the type of object and potential species.

If the target is determined to exhibit shark like movement patterns, information is transmitted to lifeguards within seconds notifying them of the target and the location via a real-time mobile application with automated notifications and warning information.” www.sharkmitigation.com

The Goal: This process is a noninvasive alternative to current shark defense methods worldwide. What makes this method different is its efficiency, it is economical and lastly humane.

Clever Buoys goal by installing this technology into our oceans is to reduce the risk of beachgoers in the water and ultimately protect humans and marine life cohesively.

Permanent Solution? “The stability and robustness of the current Clever Buoy™ platform has been verified to sustainably operate in open ocean conditions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, autonomously monitoring marine life and alerting the presence of large animals which could be a threat to beach users.” www.sharkmitigation.com

 

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