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Did You Know? March 2021

Silver has the best electrical conductivity of any element and highest thermal conductivity of any metal?

Still, world governments have practically zero silver reserves because it’s quite expensive to store and the value is rather insignificant compared to gold and other precious metals. This is why silver is not purposely mined. In fact, 80% of new silver production is a by-product of gold or copper mining. And since silver, as a metal, is heavily used in electronics and similar equipment, the increasing use of silver could cause serious depletion of the worlds available supply. Hi Ho silver, away!

Did you know…

That even though microwave ovens (don’t start humming Dire Straits now) get some bad press, but compared to a toaster oven, a microwave uses 30%-80% less energy? In fact, a typical microwave oven uses more electricity powering its clock than it does heating food. Most microwave ovens stand idle—in “standby” mode—more than 99% of the time. 

Sources: 

Democracy.Info

ecomomist.com

Did you know…

That nearly half of the wind turbines in Texas froze in the recent winter storms, limiting the state’s power output? A recent photograph surfaced of a helicopter running on fossil fuel, spraying chemicals made from fossil fuels onto a wind turbine to de-ice it. This photo actually came from Europe and never took place in Texas. 

Did you know…

That Texas nearly became toast? Bill Magnes, president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, said officials narrowly avoided a catastrophic failure that could have turned temporary blackouts into outages lasting into the spring. 

Source: Newsweek

Did you know…

The Mars rover’s name, Perseverance, was chosen by a seventh grader named Alexander Mather, who won a nationwide contest held by NASA to name the 2020 rover? The names of 10,932,295 people were etched onto Perseverance as part of NASA’s “Send Your Name to Mars” campaign.

Source: inverse.com

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