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Issue 388 In This Issue July 26th, 2014

Editors Corner

Did you know that there is a newly discovered virus that lives in half the worlds gut? Apparently it's been around for a while and the people that discovered it are wondering how it went undetected for so long. Click here

Speaking of newly discovered things, did you know that seals have discovered that offshore wind farms are all-you-can-eat seafood buffets? Just another example of how nature is good at adapting. Click here

Humans seem to like making things that stick out as unnatural. Amory Lovins, on the other hand, built a house up at 8,000 feet in the mountains of Colorado that fits in fairly well with nature and doesn't even require heating, even though temperatures can get as low as minus 30 Fahrenheit. He can even grow bananas in the greenhouse portion of this house! Click here

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Garden Watch

A Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet (Infographic)
Wishing you had a simple source to get started on your vegetable gardening? Here’s a great-looking vegetable growing cheat sheet that’s chock-full of useful advice from the UK online ezine, Good to be Home.

10 Things this Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet will show you:

1. When to plant

2. How far apart to plant seeds

3. What needs propagating

4. What needs to be in a greenhouse

5. What size pot to plant in

6. Distance to thin seedlings out to

7. Germination and maturation times

8. Which pests to look out for

9. What veggies works best together

10. When to harvest!

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In The News

Yet more highly contagious disease vials accidentally discovered at government lab
Hundreds of additional vials of freeze-dried, exotic pathogens have been discovered at a government laboratory, according to new reports. Abandoned vials labeled "dengue," "influenza," and "Q fever" were among those discovered inside 12 boxes sitting in the corner of a cold storage room at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) facility in Maryland, sparking outrage over the government's poor handling of potentially pandemic diseases. The Associated Press (AP) says the more than 300 vials are in addition to the six that were announced roughly one week prior at the same federal storage facility -- these six vials were reportedly labeled as "smallpox," and the rest were not disclosed at that time. The discovery of the vials occurred unexpectedly as employees were rummaging through the cold storage unit and came across the boxes, which are believed to have been collected and assembled between 1946 and 1964. "The reasons why these samples went unnoticed for this long is something we're actively trying to understand," stated U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deputy director for biologics, Dr. Peter Marks, in a recent statement.

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Nature Watch

Seals discover offshore wind farms are all-you-can-eat seafood buffets
Looking to catch up with legendary British pop sensation and noted beach ball enthusiast Seal? The “Kiss from a Rose” singer has been soaking in the North Sea sun as he frolics amongst the offshore wind farms. According to the Christian Science Monitor, the four-time Grammy-award-winning, semiterrestrial mammal is drawn by the ample fish provided by these artificial reefs.

Well that makes a great deal more sense. Let’s let Eva Botkin-Kowacki at the Monitor explain:
The scientists observed eleven harbor seals outfitted with GPS tracking tags in the North Sea frequenting two active wind farms, Alpha Ventus in Germany and Sheringham Shoal off the southeast coast of the United Kingdom. One seal even visited 13 times, according to a report published this week in the journal Current Biology.

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Norwegian reindeer are enjoying the balmy weather, breeding like bunnies
When you’re planning your next incarnation, consider the majestic Norwegian reindeer. Sure you will have to deal with the draconian labor practices of one Mr. S. Clause and his union-busting elf goons, but on the flip side, job security. Also, it looks like Norwegian reindeer are doing OK with climate change.

Nature World News has more on the story:
A study … conducted by researchers at the University of Manchester and the Norwegian Arctic University in Tromsø [has] found that contrary to popular belief, warm climate hasn’t reduced populations of reindeers in the high arctic archipelago of Svalbard. According to researchers, the number of Svalbard reindeers has jumped by 30 percent in the last year, showing that the animals are thriving under warm climate. … Dr Nicholas Tyler of the Norwegian Arctic University and colleagues have kept a record of the reindeer population in the area since 1979. The population of reindeer in Svalbard increased from 600 on an average in the 1980s to about 1,000 today, researchers said.

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Calendar of Events

July 29th @ 7pm: Miracles & Inspiration
Alternative news reports to wake up and change your world through meditation!
Hosted by Scott Mowry.
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Tickets $10 at the door

August 14th @ 7pm: ‘Round the Poets Fire
Be sure you come see this mind expanding evening where locally talented individuals share their creativity through words of wisdom and insight! A truly unique event! And a wonderful way to show your support for your community theater!
Tickets $ 5 at the door

August 16th @ 6pm: Conversations with Miceal
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Coming in August - Michael Tellinger
Date to be announced soon!
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August 26th @ 7pm: Wine & Nostalgia
An exclusive evening by special invitation!
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October 31st - Olympic Chamber Orchestra featuring Claudia Simpson Jones as Conductor
Famous musical pieces with a spooky theme!
Faust, the theme song from The Alfred Hitchcock Show
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Something Worth Knowing

Amory Lovins’ high-tech home skimps on energy but not on comfort
For most of its history, environmentalism has been associated with a back-to-the-land lifestyle: being one with nature, living in the woods, wearing sandals, maybe driving a Volkswagen. Over the last decade, a counter-narrative has taken over. Cities are in. As climate change has become the dominant environmental issue, a low-carbon lifestyle has become the priority. Denser living is heralded for its energy efficiency, as are walking, biking and taking transit instead of driving. All other things being equal, walkable urbanism beats sprawl. But one house in Old Snowmass, Colo., demonstrates that, with the right design, rural living can be about as low-carbon as possible. And it turns out those hippies were on to something: the secrets to low-impact rural housing lie in embracing nature instead of combatting it. Plus it helps to have some bleeding-edge technology. Amory Lovins, the owner of the house, is exactly the guy you’d expect to live here. A bespectacled physicist and world-renowned energy-efficiency expert, he cofounded the Rocky Mountain Institute in 1982 with his then-wife L. Hunter Lovins. They chose this location, nestled up in the mountains 14 miles from Aspen, for RMI’s first headquarters, which they built as a model of energy efficiency.

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Roasting? 7 Scientific Ways to Beat the Heat
With the hottest June on record behind us, and a quadrupling of extreme heat events predicted   by the end of this century, humans are facing a heat-adaptation challenge. Sweltering summer days aren't just oppressive and uncomfortable; they can be lethal, if the body's core temperature climbs much beyond 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius). Scientists studying people working under super-hot conditions — think firefighters, foundry workers and soldiers marching with fully loaded packs — have learned a lot about how the body handles heat. Beyond the basic advice of staying hydrated while avoiding sugary drinks, caffeine and alcohol, here are some evidence-based strategies for coping with our overheating world.

Get used to it
"Humans have a tremendous ability to acclimatize to heat stress," says Michael Sawka, a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, who studies how humans adapt to extreme conditions. "You acclimate to what you're exposed to."

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Science Watch

Newly Discovered Virus Lives in Half the World's Population
A virus that lives in the human gut has just been discovered, and to the surprise of scientists, it can be found in about half the world's population, according to a new study. While it's not yet clear exactly what the virus does, scientists are eager to find out whether it promotes health or influences susceptibility to certain conditions, said Robert Edwards, a bioinformatics professor at San Diego State University and one of the researchers who worked on the study. The researchers first uncovered hints of the virus after analyzing DNA from fecal samples of 12 people. They found a cluster of viral DNA that all the samples had in common, Edwards said. Next, the researchers searched a large database of genetic sequences in samples taken from people living on several different continents, looking for the virus's DNA sequence, and found the virus in 75 percent of samples of human feces. However, some of these samples were from the same person, Edwards said, so after taking this into account, the researchers estimated that the virus is present in about half of all people.

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On The Lighter Side

This little fox loves transit. Should we tell him he just missed his stop?

The fox was probably on the way to visit the raccoons who are taking over your neighborhood, the wolf-coyote hybrids who are prowling your park, and the deer who are munching on your parsley. Despite the fact that the bus was empty, the fox only took up one seat. If only all encroaching wildlife (including humans) were so polite.

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