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Issue 365 In This Issue February 1st, 2014

Editors Corner

In one of the last few newsletters, I asked if you knew that plants could sing. Click here. In this newsletter, we open with the article "Music - Natures Universal Language". Did you know that you could make a song from a plants amino acids? And that 'when the "song" made from a plant's amino acids was played back to the plant, its growth rate increased markedly and its resistance to drought and disease also improved'? Click here

While we're on the subject of plants, have you ever visited the Amazon Rainforest? If not, we have something that gives some idea of what it might be like. Rhett Butler takes you on a kind-of-a virtual tour with pictures and descriptions. Click here

And now over to farms. Have you ever wondered why more farmers don't just sell their produce directly to the community, maybe even through programs like Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)? After all, CSA programs tend to have a larger profit margin as opposed to selling produce wholesale. Tom Willey explains this and more. Click here

You've most likely seen vending machines for chips, candy, fizzy drinks and other similar things. But have you ever seen a vending machine that serves fresh food? A new kind of vending machine has emerged in Chicago, one that serves fresh salads and snacks. Click here

While we're on the subject of farms and related, have you ever bought a pair of jeans, or other clothing, to do some real work in, only to find that it wore out far more quickly then expected? Well, that's exactly why "Zace The Great Overall Company" was born. As Zachary Myers puts it, "My generation is so fed up with the way our predecessors handled things in this country that we’re learning to craft things with our own hands". Click here

Well, there is more, but I will leave the rest for you to go through and enjoy.
Have a wonderful week. 

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Music - Natures Universal Language
Music encoded in biological structures
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It is cliché that mathematics is the language of Science. Recent discoveries reveal that, in a related and perhaps even more fundamental way, Music may truly be the language of Nature.

Just as my dog whines and tries to stop me when I play discordant music on my piano — new findings show that we may be biologically "hardwired" in our response to aesthetically pleasing or displeasing music. Evidence suggests that music may be encoded in the smallest protein molecules comprising living things. Recent experiments from MIT report efforts to represent manmade silk fibers as musical compositions — using the underlying proteins in the synthetic silk as "notes". The researchers found remarkable similarities between the physical properties of the silk and the aesthetic sound and feel of its associated music. In other words silk with good physical properties produced pleasing music!

Sound Healing investigators and certain students of antiquity have believed for some time that Sound in general, and Music in particular, hold great potential for revealing deeper understanding of the universe around us. Furthermore, the informed application of precise energy in the form of sound frequencies can benefit us on many levels: emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually.

The MIT research team attacked their work of synthesizing silk fibers in the lab with the novel approach of replicating building-block protein molecules. The large multidisciplinary team, including engineers, biomedical experts, mathematicians and musical composers, formulated synthetic silk in a systematic manner as a model for future synthetic material design work. They began by building a computer model of natural silk and then identified the underlying bio-materials responsible for the unique light weight, subtleness and extraordinary strength of spider silk.

These researchers modified silk producing genes and created a device to copy the spider's silk spinning organ. After extensive work, they produced a variety of synthetic silk strands. Two of the experimental "silks" stand out: one of the new protein combinations yielded extremely strong silk molecules, but the catch was these proteins did not adhere to each other as a thread — useless. The second material contained weaker protein molecules that adhered together strongly and made an excellent thread — what natural silk proteins do — a success. It was not enough to produce strong proteins alone; they must interconnect properly and form a coherent strand on a large scale. There must be a cohesive architecture properly aligning and connecting the components like a musical composition.

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Garden Watch

Sustainable farming needs math as much as mulch, says one veteran
As I begin looking for concrete ways to advance local agriculture, I’m going to talk to some established players about what they see as the problems and potential for the immediate future. I phoned up T & D Willey Farms because, in some sense, they’ve made it: Tom and Denesse Willey earn a comfortable income off 75 acres in the California’s San Joaquin Valley, near Madera. Most of their produce goes to organic specialty markets, and they deliver about 15 percent of what they grow through a community supported agriculture, or CSA, program. “The CSA enjoys probably twice the profit margin of the farm wholesale business, but the hassle factor is also very high, in comparison,” Tom Willey told me, with a chuckle. I called because I had a very basic question: The Willeys have a proven model; why we don’t see a landslide of other farmers emulating them? Tom Willey has been thinking about these issues for years, and he laid out a few specific suggestions — along with a couple of big-picture quandaries.

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Science Watch

New Study: Meditation Alters Genes Rapidly, Triggers Molecular Changes
If you are a practitioner of meditation, the results of a new study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology will likely come as no surprise. But for some scientists, the revelation that meditating can actually trigger molecular changes is groundbreaking. The researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Institute of Biomedical Research in Barcelona, Spain found subjects who partook of 8-hour intensive mindfulness meditation showed significant molecular changes. A group of experienced meditation practitioners spent an 8-hour day in mindfulness while a control group spent the day in quiet but non-meditative activities. The meditation group experienced genetic changes including reduced levels of inflammatory genes like RIPK2 and COX2, indicating faster recovery from stressful situations.

As Medical News Today reports:

“The extent to which some of the genes were down-regulated was associated with faster cortisol recovery to a social stress test, where participants were challenged to make an impromptu speech or complete mental calculations in front of an audience.”

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Food Watch

Startup Brings Fresh Food to Chicago, One Vending Machine at a Time
Farmer's Fridge vending machines (if you dare call them vending machines) don't serve your standard fare of soda, chips and candy bars. Founder Luke Saunders actually prefers "kiosk," or more jokingly "veggie machine" for his invention. Whatever you call it, the thing dispenses fresh salads and snacks, not junk food, to hungry Chicagoans at the push of a button. The machine also isn’t your standard combination of metal, glass and black plastic. Recycled barn week encases the kiosk and rather than an awkward push-button system of letters and numbers, users select their salad or snack via a touch screen display. Fast food restaurants surround the company’s first kiosk in the Garvey Food Court just north of the Chicago Loop, which is strangely fitting. Saunders had the idea for Farmer’s Fridge as he traveled around the country for a previous job. Noticing that only big-name fast food joints had the capital to bring restaurants to rural places, he figured the only two things preventing distributing healthy food was a high upfront cost and convenience.

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Technology Watch

Why is hydrogen fuel making a comeback?
We hear a lot about wind, solar and nuclear energy in the fight to reduce carbon emissions, but it seems we’ve forgotten about hydrogen fuel. Hydrogen — made by splitting water — was considered energy-intensive and expensive to make. But new plans for hydrogen fuel cells in cars show hydrogen made using renewable energy may yet get its time in the sun.

New hydrogen initiatives
Toyota, Hyundai and Honda are all planning production models of hydrogen fuel cell cars for release in 2015. Meanwhile in Germany, energy company Enertrag is building a 500 kilowatt electrolyser system to generate hydrogen by splitting water. But instead of using the electricity grid (and fossil fuels), it is using surplus wind power at the new Berlin Brandenberg international airport. The hydrogen produced will supply electricity and heat, and fuel cell vehicles. Last year the US Department of Energy launched H2USA, a partnership of automakers, gas suppliers, and hydrogen technology companies to support the development of hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell electric vehicles. It was a signal that the Obama administration was changing its previous negative stance towards hydrogen.

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Space Watch

What Hubble found
The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

More Than 100,000 Asteroids Throughout The Solar System Have Been Mapped By Astronomers
A new map developed by researchers from MIT and the Paris Observatory shows the size, composition, and location of more than 100,000 asteroids throughout the solar system. It reveals more diversity than previously thought, particularly observed in the solar system's main asteroid belt - between Mars and Jupiter and researchers believe that it will help theorists flesh out such theories of how the solar system evolved early in its history. The new asteroid map suggests that the early solar system may have undergone dramatic changes before the planets assumed their current alignment. For example, Jupiter may have drifted closer to the sun, dragging with it a host of asteroids that originally formed in the colder edges of the solar system, before moving back out to its current position. Jupiter's migration may have simultaneously knocked around more close-in asteroids, scattering them outward. "It's like Jupiter bowled a strike through the asteroid belt," says Francesca DeMeo, who did much of the mapping as a postdoc in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.

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Visiting the Amazon Rainforest

Welcome to the Amazon, the world's largest rainforest. Before we begin our visit, there are a few things you should know about the Amazon, which is also known as Amazonia. About the Amazon rainforest The Amazon rainforest is broadly defined as the tropical forest in the Amazon river basin and adjacent lowlands in the northeastern part of South America. Combined, this area amounts to roughly 8 million square kilometers (3.1 million square miles) and covers some 40% of the South American continent, making it nearly the size of the United States. The Amazon rainforest includes parts of eight South American countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, and Suriname, as well as French Guiana, a department of France. Nearly two-thirds of the Amazon rainforest lies in Brazil. The Amazon is by far the world's biggest rainforest, covering more than twice the area of the Congo rainforest, which is the second biggest rainforest on the planet. OK, now that you have a little background on the Amazon rainforest, it's time to begin our visit.

In the Amazon rainforest



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On The Lighter Side

Green and Ghostly Northern Lights Haunt Norway Mountains (Photo)

Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

February 4th @ 7pm: Miracles & Inspiration Meetup Night
Hosted by Scott Mowry.  $10 suggested donation.

February 5th @ 7pm: Ancient Sounds
Jf’s events was so wonderful and so powerful, he is coming back!  Perfect vibrational collective community of souls…sacred invocations and incantations pierce duality and transcend the past…ancient souls remembering to be “One.”  Jf leads everyone in sacred sounds that provide love and laughter!  $5 at the door

February 6th @ 7pm: Danielle’s Alaska!
Spend an evening with Danielle Graham immersed in the wilderness of Alaska. Learn about glaciers and ice fields, bears, eagles, and moose, and why Alaska's waterways are the summer feeding grounds for the world's largest mammals - whales. This presentation is being taped for an audition, and after the presentation there will be plenty of time for Q&A.   $10 at the door

February 8th @ 2pm: Andrew Basiago is back!
Andrew will be speaking on"My Encounters with ET's, Ghosts, & Other Multi-Dimensional Beings" from 2:00-6:00pm.  Then we will have an intimate dinner at Casa Mia’s at 6:30where no topic is off limits!  Dinner includes appetizer of mozzarella and tomato bites, choice of dinner entrée, dessert of tiramisu, and one glass of red or white wine. 
Dinner selection is either creamy lemon chicken or savory Italian rice bake. 
Lecture $25 ~ Dinner and conversation $35 ~ Both $55 
Registration in advance is a MUST! so we have your dinner selection :o)  You can do so at click here

February 11th: Earthquakes & Volcanoes: Are You Ready?
Hosted by geologist, Dr. Atwater

February 14th: Valentine’s Cabaret

February 15th: Advancing CWM

February 18th: Miracles & Inspiration Meetup Night

February 20th: Round the Poets Fire

February 22nd: Greek Night

March: SRO/Nancy Hillman production of Cabaret!

May: Simran Singh!

Triad Gift Card now available!
Email us at for more info!  Prices start at $50

“Yelm in the Spotlight 2” is on YouTube!
2nd in the series features clips from the Rainier Vail Neighborhood Group celebration - Claudia Simpson Jones conducting the Olympia Chamber Orchestra at the Triad (4:00) – Sustainable Thurston topic at the Regional Planning Council meeting  (8:27) – Nancy Hillman presents a SRO production of “The Wizard of Oz” (15:01)  – Spiritual Gangster ( 23:25) - upcoming events (21:57) – Maya Silliman in “Weather with Delores” (22:31) click here

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February 23rd: Put On Your Dancing Shoes!!
Rainier Vail Neighborhood Group (no race track in Rainier) is organizing another party / fund raising event this Feb 23rd at the Moose Lodge in Yelm. They are looking for willing contestants for a Salsa Contest.  “Swivel hips” help, but all are welcome.  No experience or cost required to enter.  They expect that all attendees will join in the dance after the contest is complete.  We will have fun!
If you would like to participate or know someone who does, please respond to Christine at (360) 264-5190

March 15th, 1pm to 5:30pm: GYOOTS - Get Your Oils Off The Shelf
Remember those beautiful doTERRA oils you purchased and put away on your shelf—it’s time to get them off the shelf and put them to use. Maybe you would like to use them, but you have forgotten how? doTERRA masters wants to remind you how easy they are to use and their amazing health benefits for you and your family. Let’s put your investment to work. Whether you want to boost your immunity to guard against the nasty winter flu and colds, treat your diabetes, relieve that nagging back pain, or lose weight—the oils you already have on your shelf are waiting to help you. This day is for everyone that wants to learn to use the powerful, natural medicine of certified, pure, therapeutic essential oils. If you are new to essential oils, or just curious, this is a perfect day to explore what the oils might have in store for you. Join us. For more information contact: or phone Jan at 360-458-4500.
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Date and Time TBA: FREE Earthbag Structure Workshop
Come Learn the simple skills required to build YOUR OWN Earthbag
Safeplace for FREE!  Build your confidence by participating in this hands-on workshop where we will build an 8' by 12' earthbag structure.
When: Please send your email to to be placed on our sign up sheet. (You will be notified when the workshop will be happening - TBA)
Where: Close to Yelm (call for details)
Come for all or part of the free workshop!
This is a free workshop.
Call Linda Powell & Sheri Yeager of Transition Technologies at 360-458-7311
"earth turns to gold in the hands of the wise"
- rumi

Remedy of the Week
Coriander - The Oil of Loyalty

Essential oils are multi-dimensional. They have medicinal qualities that address both physical and emotional issues. Coriander is well known for its ability to help stabilize blood sugar. Many people have found coriander to be a brilliant supplement to protocols for diabetes. This week I want to focus on the emotions addressed by coriander. Following is the description of the emotional benefits derived from using Coriander as written by Daniel McDonald in his book, ”Emotions and Essential Oils”. See if you can find the cause and effect relationship with the emotions addressed and blood sugar problems. Coriander is the oils of loyalty, specifically loyalty to oneself. The person in need of Coriander oil many be trapped in a cycle of serving others while neglecting their own needs. They may also have a strong need to do what is right or correct. Often the mind’s perspective of the “right” way is too limited and seen from only one perspective. Coriander reminds individuals that there is more than one way to do something, and that fitting in often requires betraying the True Self.

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Peaple Watch

Hunter-gatherer European had blue eyes and dark skin
Scientists have shed light on what ancient Europeans looked like.
Genetic tests reveal that a hunter-gatherer who lived 7,000 years ago had the unusual combination of dark skin and hair and blue eyes. It has surprised scientists, who thought that the early inhabitants of Europe were fair. The research, led by the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona, Spain, is published in the journal Nature. The lead author, Dr Carles Lalueza-Fox, said: "One explanation is that the lighter skin colour evolved much later than was previously assumed."

Scandinavian links
Two hunter-gatherer skeletons were discovered in a cave in the mountains of north-west Spain in 2006. The cool, dark conditions meant the remains (called La Brana 1 and 2) were remarkably well preserved. Scientists were able to extract DNA from a tooth of one of the ancient men and sequence his genome. The team found that the early European was most closely genetically related to people in Sweden and Finland.

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Man of the cloth: Zace the Great grows organic, heirloom veggies — and blue jeans
Zachary Myers leads the way into his horse-barn-turned-workshop in Centerburg, Ohio, a little less than an hour’s drive northeast of Columbus. Inside, along with two vintage Allis-Chalmers Model G tractors, there are rows and shelves of antique black Singer and Union Special sewing machines, their colored spools unleashing trails of red, green, and navy thread. On the wall, hung neatly in rows among farm tools, are white paper patterns of pant legs. Bolts of sturdy striped and solid indigo fabric unfurl across worktables. Myers, his arms painted with tattoos, sits at a sewing machine with a pair of overalls, puts a work boot to the pedal, and stitches on a label bearing a drawing of a sewing machine converted into a tractor, melding together his two passions. Emblazoned with his nickname, Zace, pronounced “Zackie,” it reads:

Zace The Great Overall Company
The Finest Most Durable American Indigo Goods

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Nature Watch

Flying Snake Morphs into UFO Shape to Glide
A flying snake flattens out into a weird flying-saucer shape in order to get some extra airtime, new research suggests. The findings, published today (Jan. 29) in The Journal of Experimental Biology, show that the Southeast Asian snake's flattened, UFO-like cross-section gives it the right aerodynamic properties for gliding. "The shape is unusual," said study co-author Jake Socha, a biomechanics researcher at Virginia Tech. "You never find this kind of shape in any other animal flyer; you don't find it in engineered flyers. We didn't know if that was a good shape to have."

Gliding animals
The weird flying snake, Chrysopelea paradisi, curls its tail around a tree branch more than 50 feet (15 meters) above the ground before launching upward, curling its body and gliding to the next tree limb. While birds, and even humans using glider wings, are much better at their airborne maneuvers, the snake's performance compares favorably to that of other gliding animals, such as flying squirrels, lizards and even ants, Socha said.

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First-Ever Coral Reef Discovered In Southern Greenland
The very first coral reef has been discovered off the coast of Cape Desolation in southern Greenland. There are several species of coral in Greenland, but this is the first discovery of a cold water reef. It was found by a Canadian team of researchers, who accidentally came across the spot while collecting water samples. "At first the researchers were swearing and cursing at the smashed equipment and were just about to throw the pieces of coral back into the sea, when luckily they realized what they were holding," says PhD student Helle Jørgensbye, DTU Aqua inDenmark, who does research into life at the bottom of the west Greenland waters. The Greenlandic reef is formed from Lophelia stoney corals. Another Canadian research vessel returned to the site last fall to try and lower a camera down onto the reef to explore it close up. The coral reef is on the continental shelf itself where it is very steep and where there are strong currents. "We got some photos eventually, although we almost lost them at the bottom of the ocean as the camera got stuck fast somewhere down in the depths. Luckily we managed to get it loose again and back up to the surface," says Helle Jørgensbye.

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GMO Watch

There is no stopping the GMO labeling movement, admits mainstream media
It is a war for the truth, and writer Laura Parker seems to think that the people are winning it. Awareness about the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is clearly on the rise nationwide, and in the midst of this knowledge boon comes the admission by some in the mainstream media that mandatory GMO labeling is no longer a question of if, but of when. Numerous states have attempted to pass GMO labeling legislation in recent years, but only a few have been successful. Both California and Washington come to mind, as voters narrowly rejected two pieces of legislation, Proposition 37 in California and Initiative 522 in Washington, that would have required full disclosure of GMO ingredients in foods sold at the retail level. The states of Maine and Connecticut, on the other hand, recently passed their own respective GMO labeling bills. While all this is going on, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), as we recently reported, is on the move to put a stop to all the labeling momentum. The pro-GMO lobbying group is in the process of submitting legislation that would make all other GMO labeling laws voluntary rather than mandatory.

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History Watch

Mysterious Sea People: New Findings Shed Light On Their Unknown Origin
Swedish archaeologists have discovered a nearly 60-meter long and well-preserved building from 1100 B.C. in the ancient settlement Tell Abu al-Kharaz, (“Mound of the Father of Beads”), located in the Jordan Valley and approximately 4 km east of the Jordan River, Jordan. New research led by Professor Peter M. Fischer from the University of Gothenburg supports the theory that groups of the so-called Sea People emigrated to Tell Abu al-Kharaz. Sea People derive from Southern or Eastern Europe and settled in the Eastern Mediterranean region all the way to the Jordan Valley. Otherwise, not much is known about the mysterious Sea People. Who these people were and were they come from, no one knows for certain. Their nationality remains a mystery as the only records we have of their activities are mainly Egyptian sources who only describe them in terms of battle (such as the record from the Stele at Tanis which reads, in part, “They came from the sea in their war ships and none could stand against them”).

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