MastersConnection 2020
Issue 386 In This Issue July 12th, 2014

Editors Corner

Have you ever seen a misshapen veggie and passed it over for a more "healthy" looking one? Well you're not alone when it comes to thinking that a better looking veggie is a better veggie. Josh Treuhaft has created a restaurant just for the purpose of using misshapen veggies, that would have otherwise gone to waste, to create beautiful and delicious meals. Click here

Speaking of curtain ways of thinking, did you know that cynicism has been linked to stroke risk? Researchers first had thousands of participants complete a questionnaire and then followed them for up to 11 years. The results seem to speak for themselves. Click here

On the flip side, did you know that humor can make your brain work better? Click here

Speaking of humor (in that I believe this should be taken with a light heart), did you know that the data from the discovery of the Higgs Boson, or “God” particle, when plugged into the physics “equation for everything”, says that the universe doesn’t exist. Or at least it shouldn't. Click here

There's more, but I will leave the rest for you to discover and enjoy.
Have a wonderful week.

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Health Watch

Harsh Thoughts: Cynicism Linked to Stroke Risk
Middle-age and older people who are highly stressed, have depression or who are perhaps even just cynical may be at increased risk of stroke, according to new research. In the study, more than 6,700 healthy adults ages 45 to 84 completed questionnaires about their stress levels, depressive symptoms, feelings of anger, and hostility, which is a measure of holding cynical views about other people. The researchers then followed the participants for eight to 11 years, and looked at the relationship between these psychological factors and people's risk of having a stroke. "There's such a focus on traditional risk factors — cholesterol levels, blood pressure, smoking and so forth. And those are all very important, but studies like this one show that psychological characteristics are equally important," said study researcher Susan Everson-Rose, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. By the end of the study period, about 200 strokes had occurred. The researchers found that people with high levels of cynicism were more than twice as likely to have a stroke compared with their less cynical counterparts.

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Food Watch

Conventionally Grown Garlic Contaminated With Chemicals
Garlic is recognised as a valuable ingredient in maintaining a healthy life and combating disease. However what looks to be perfectly natural could in fact be treated with chemicals. So the question is where is your garlic from and how has it been treated? The bulk of the world's garlic is produced in China where the cost of labour significantly reduces the cost of manual processing that garlic requires. For this reason, in those countries that accept imported garlic (including USA, Australia but not Europe), buying imported garlic is cheaper. Despite this, Chinese garlic does not meet with food safety protocols (at least those in Australia). According to Henry Bell of the Australian Garlic Industry Association, garlic from China is doused in chemicals to stop sprouting, to whiten garlic, and to kill insects and plant matter. He also reports that garlic is grown in untreated sewage.

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At Chez Dumpster, every misshapen veggie gets its due
An obscene amount of the food we grow gets thrown away. Some of it has to do with tough logistical issues (e.g., how do you make it feasible for a farmer to salvage those overripe plums?). But a lot of our food is wasted because, to put it bluntly, we are ignorant and prejudiced. It’s produce profiling: If the fruit or vegetable doesn’t fit the established norm, it freaks us out, even when it’s every bit as healthy and delicious on the inside. These prejudices — like most prejudices — are deep, visceral, and totally irrational (experimental psychologist Paul Rozin has done really interesting work on this). So how do you work around them? Josh Treuhaft, a graduate student studying Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts, in New York, had a clever idea. Treuhaft gathered up food that would have otherwise gone to waste and enlisted talented cooks to make it delicious and, crucially, beautiful. Then he served it, with meticulous presentation and linen napkins, inside a dumpster. (Presumably after giving it a good long scrub.)

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Science Watch

It’s okay. Nothing really matters. We don’t actually exist, anyway. Or so the Higgs Boson particle suggests
IT took $10 billion, the world’s largest particle accelerator and decades of research, but now scientists are convinced: The universe doesn’t exist. Or at least it shouldn't. So, is it back to the drawing board or should we all vanish in a puff of logic? The nature of the newly discovered Higgs Boson particle appears to point to the universe blinking out of existence mere moments after the Big Bang. “This is an unacceptable prediction of the theory … if this had happened, we wouldn’t be around to discuss it!” one of the researchers who discovered this discrepancy stated. When the data from the world’s most expensive experiment is plugged into the physics “equation for everything”, otherwise known as the Standard Model, it comes up trumps. But don’t worry, say British cosmologists: It probably just means we’ve missed something. Australian astrophysicist Dr Alan Duffy agrees. “I love this idea of bringing together two discoveries found at the biggest extremes of size you can imagine. From studying the Higgs Boson at tiny scales much smaller than an atom to (potentially) measuring Inflation by searching into the distant past of our enormous universe.”

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Five insights challenging science's unshakable 'truths'
1 | Lifestyle can change genes
We have come to think that if something is "in our genes", it is our inevitable destiny. However, this is a gross oversimplification. We have each inherited a particular set of genes, but the outcome of that inheritance is not fixed. Our environment, diet and circumstance flood our bodies with molecules that switch the genes on or off. The result can make a huge difference to our destiny – and that of our descendants. One example of these "epigenetic" changes occurs when a bundle of carbon and hydrogen atoms known as a methyl group attaches itself to the DNA and changes the way its instructions are carried out. The degree of the effect depends on the exact shapes into which the DNA in cells is coiled; sometimes certain genes become more or less exposed to external influences. But it can have major effects: the effect of methyl groups on DNA can make the difference between a foetus being healthy or stillborn.

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Space Watch

ScienceCasts: A Summer of Super Moons

RSE Newsletter

WA Supreme Court says review of Coverdale’s appeal unwarranted:
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“JZK, Inc. Lawsuit Fights Freedom Foundation”
“Alleged Copyright Violation Surrounds Video of RSE Event”

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Rob Simone’s interview with Ramtha Part IV now available:
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“Warm water likely to accelerate Antarctic ice melt and sea level rises, Australian scientists find”
added to Ramtha’s teachings on this:
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Heidi Smith interview with Amy Goodman, host of "Democracy Now" in "SuperConsciousness":
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"The Last Drop: America’s Breadbasket Faces Dire Water Crisis...billions could starve,” by Brian Brown, NBC News:
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RSE Red Guard Patrick LeBlanc uses creative talents & RSE teachings– opening a unique restaurant for Yelm:
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Brazil coordinator Ana Zalcberg interviewed as Class 101 comes to South America this month:
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“Documentary Examines How Stress Kills” added to Ramtha on this subject:
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"Scientific research has shown plants can hear themselves being eaten: VEGETARIANS, get off your moral high-horses" -added to Ramtha on this subject:
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RSE led TRIAD Theater owner Calamity Jayne to Yelm:
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RSE’s Ghana coordinator Sam Acquah’s inspiration from Ramtha’s teachings in his poetry:
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Garden Watch

Your ‘To-Do’ List for Gardening in July
The fruits of our gardening labors are literally in our hands this month. Harvests of early tomatoes, corn, squash, herbs to enjoy along with bouquets of flowers for the house and garden… Be careful to avoid working in the hottest part of the day and be sure to drink plenty of water while gardening. Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray and loose long sleeves are musts for me. What to Plant Vegetables and fruit—Green beans, corn, beets, Swiss chard, spinach, kale and leaf lettuce can be planted now where there are bare areas in the garden. Start transplants from seed (under lights indoors) for broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, peppers and tomatoes for the fall garden. They can be set out at the end of July. Refresh the soil before planting by digging in some compost. Container grown annuals, roses, ground covers, vines and perennials—Plant annuals from your local independent garden center (be sure they don’t treat their plants with bee-killing neonicotinoids) and fill gaps where ephemeral perennials have gone for the year.

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Plant Watch

Forget potato salad — fund this science project and help cure the climate
Azolla, otherwise known as duckweed, is a tiny aquatic fern with a secret superpower: It can turn nitrogen from the air into plant food. Actually, azolla can’t do this on its own. It relies on symbiotic bacteria tenants who do the real work of ‘fixing’ the atmospheric nitrogen into a more plant-accessible form. As a result of this tasty talent, azolla can also double its biomass every few days, sequestering large amounts of carbon all the while. So no wonder a group of researchers at Duke University want you to pitch in to help them sequence the fern’s genome, as well as the genomes of all the little microbes who give the plant its edge. Understanding the mechanics behind azolla’s magic power may help farmers move away from artificial fertilizers and the pollution associated with them — Asian rice farmers were planting the stuff alongside their crops 1,500 years ago. There’s another reason lead researcher Kathleen Pryer thinks you should pony up for a plant: It might be global warming Kryptonite. About 49 million years ago, atmospheric carbon dropped by 80 percent, along with the Earth’s temperatures; the surface temperature in the Arctic went from a balmy 48 degrees F to a mere 8 degrees.

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This weed is taking over the planet. On the upside, it’s delicious
Palmer amaranth: It’s a fast-growing, tractor-busting, herbicide-defying weed. When you read about it in the news these days it sounds like the epitome of evil. But when I first heard of it, I did a double take because amaranth is also a food grain used historically throughout the Americas, by the Hopi in the north all the way down to the Inca in the south. Back in 1977, an article in Science called amaranth “the crop of the future.” These days, you can find it on health-store shelves in breads and bars and cereals. OK, so those are different species of amaranth. But not so different. People can eat both the leaves and the seeds of palmer amaranth, which is commonly known as pigweed. They are highly nutritious! They are gluten free! Surely with a little breeding and refinement we could beef up the size of those seeds, and harness that weedy vigor. It would be a sort of culinary ju-jitsu: Instead of fighting the weeds, overhaul our diets completely and nurture them. If you want superfood, start with a superweed.

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Glyphosate decreases yield, seedling quality of Roundup Ready soybeans; increases rate of fungal disease
The blockbuster herbicide glyphosate (marketed as Roundup) causes toxic effects even to plants supposedly engineered to resist it, according to a study conducted by Brazilian researchers and published in the journal Planta Daninha. The researchers found that use of glyphosate on Roundup Ready soybeans led to an increase in fungal infections and to lower crop yields. The study offers another blow to herbicide-resistant crops, which are increasingly coming under fire for promoting increased use of toxic chemicals without actually benefiting farmers through increased crop yields.

Even resistant crops are poisoned
Following their introduction in the 1990s, herbicide-resistant crops were widely adopted by farmers in a variety of countries, including the United States and Brazil. The new study was carried out over two seasons in Roundup Ready soybean fields in Mandaguari, Parana, Brazil. It was a randomized trial consisting of five separate applications of glyphosate.

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Earth Watch

Magnetic Field in Trouble

How Wet is Earth's Soil?
Moisture Maps from Space

On The Lighter Side

Laughing Makes Your Brain Work Better, New Study Finds

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Calendar of Events

July 14th matinee @ 3:30pm & evening @ 7pm - Annie Meets the Monsters
A SRO production directed by Nancy Tribush Hillman. This is a musical extravaganza that will showcase local talent ages 8-18! A mixture of familiar songs and some not so familiar, along with characters that you may recognize! Come enjoy Summerstruck!
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Tickets: $10 adult, $5 children

July 15th @ 7pm: Miracles & Inspiration
Alternative news reports to wake up and change your world through meditation!
Hosted by Scott Mowry.
Tickets $10 at the door

July 17th @ 7pm: ‘Round the Poets Fire
Come share your words or simply come to enjoy the beauty and power of words created by others.
Tickets $5 at the door

July 19th @ 6pm: Conversations with Miceal
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Tickets $35

July 25th @ 7pm: Acoustic Music Showcase!
Once again we present our regular music showcase featuring local talent!
Each show is unique, each act is unique. You will be sure to enjoy yourself! Open to all ages.
Admission $5 at the door

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