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Issue 385 In This Issue July 5th, 2014

Editors Corner

Nature can be fascinating. Did you know that the Mantis shrimp can see in more colors then we can? This is because it has 12 different types of photoreceptors instead of just 3. However, they can only see in one color at a time! Click here

Speaking of nature, you've most likely heard that the ocean has a lot of plastic garbage in it, but for all the garbage we know about in the ocean, apparently this only accounts for 1% of the plastic garbage that scientists believe is actually in our oceans. Click here

Yesterday was the 4th of July. It is considered a special holiday here in the U.S. In honor of that, under History Watch we have some most likely not-so-well known facts about the Declaration of Independence. For example, did you know that in trying to keep the document safe and secure, it was actually subjected to more wear and tear? Click here

Well that's about it from me for now.
Have a wonderful week. 

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History Watch

Founding Fathers' Blunders Aged the Declaration of Independence
In real life, stealing the Declaration of Independence would not be as easy as Nicholas Cage made it look in the film "National Treasure." The historic document is displayed at the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C. — encased in a thick frame of titanium and aluminum, behind a pane of bulletproofglass and with a protective UV-light filter. A $3-million camera system keeps a protective watch over the precious artifact. The Charters Monitoring System, designed by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, can detect the slightest ink-flaking or fading, along with changes in light or temperature. The system can detect damage before the human eye can even spot it, experts say. However, the Declaration of Independence did not always have such a hallowed home, and was not always so meticulously preserved. Over the course of history, the document has been rolled up and hastily stored in canvas tubes, sailed up the Potomac River where it risked water damage, and suffered damaging sunlight for years. Ironically, the Founding Fathers' desire to preserve the document actually contributed to its wear and tear.

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Nature Watch

Red kangaroo’s tail acts like a fifth leg
When a red kangaroo moves fast, it bounds across the Australian landscape on its powerful hind legs. But when the animal moves more slowly, grazing for food, it uses both its front and hind limbs, with its tail on the ground behind. Scientists thought the tail’s main job might simply be for support. Not so, report researchers July 2 in Biology Letters. At slow speeds, a kangaroo’s tail acts like a fifth leg, providing as much forward propulsion as the other four limbs combined. Shawn M. O’Connor of Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada, and colleagues began by training four adult female and one juvenile male red kangaroos to walk over a force-measuring platform. A low ceiling above the platform meant the animals had to walk, not bounce, through. The scientists recorded video of the kangaroos slowly walking using all five available limbs and calculated the force of each limb through the animal’s gait.

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Mantis shrimp’s bizarre visual system may save brainpower
No one can deny that the mantis shrimp is special. The charismatic crustacean looks like a walking Mardi Gras parade and hammers its enemies so fast that water boils. Now scientists have added another distinction: The mantis shrimp has a really strange way of seeing colors.   People and other animals perceive a palette of colors by blending and comparing signals from a few types of color-sensing eye cells called photoreceptors. In contrast, the mantis shrimp sees each color separately with one of a dozen kinds of specialized cells, scientists suggest in the Jan. 24 Science. The bizarre color vision system might be a way for the mantis shrimp to quickly see colors without a lot of brainpower. Because mantis shrimp don’t have big brains, their dazzlingly complex eye might do the bulk of their color processing, says vision scientist Michael Bok of Lund University in Sweden, who wasn’t involved in the study. But the rapid color processing in the eye comes with a price, he says: The animal is actually pretty bad at seeing color (SN: 9/22/12, p. 11).

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RSE Newsletter

Independence Day 2014 in USA’s Constitutional Republic
As the United Stated pauses to celebrate July 4th,
Ramtha’s teaching from 1987 seems more poignant than ever:
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“Stress Promotes Memory Decline and Dementia Later in Life” added to Ramtha's teachings on anxiety:
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Greg Dempster's revised letter published in the Tacoma News Trib:
"GOP: Republicans are no friend to the GLBTQ community"
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Summer arrives at the RSE campus in Yelm:
RSE gardener Korie Chmielewski was attending to the campus grounds and snapped this amazing photo overhead:
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Water becomes more valuable than gold - $2,200 USD an acre foot in California:
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Meditation: A Key for Unlocking the Human Brain, with Dr. Shanida Nataraja by Jair Robles in SuperConsciousness:
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The Practical Art of Self-Correction Self-Awareness and Myelin Author: Danielle Graham in SuperConsciousness:
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"The Public Relations Debate About Global Warming Heats Up" published in Forbes by RSE Publicist Rob Wynne:
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The Rob Simone Talk Show interviews Ramtha:
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Garden Watch

9 Wasteful Yard Care Habits and How to Kick Them
Summer means balmy weather, longer evenings and a more leisurely pace of life. If you’d love to sit back and enjoy your garden but are too busy planting, weeding and watering, it’s time to stop. Take a closer look at yard care habits that are wasting your time, not to mention money and natural resources. Then apply the following easy-to-do life hacks to simplify your lawn and garden maintenance routine … and give you more time to relax.

Fighting Mother Nature. Do a soil test and find out which nutrients should be added to your yard to grow healthy grass or other plants. Choose a species of grass that will flourish in your particular soil and climate conditions. These actions will pay off in terms of a yard that needs weeding less often; the right grass in the right soil generally crowds out weeds.

Mowing your lawn too much. Adjust the lawn mower height to 2-3 inches (and use a manual or electric mower for the sake of the planet). Your grass doesn’t need a crew cut and in fact, the “longhair look” will expose more leaf surface to the sun’s rays, enabling it to photosynthesize more efficiently.

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Ocean Watch

Mystery: Scientists find plastic garbage at 88% of ocean sites, but only 1% of the trash is accounted for
A full 88 percent of the ocean's surface is polluted with plastic trash residue -- but this only accounts for just 1 percent of the trash that scientists currently believe to be in the ocean, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Cadiz, Spain, and the University of Western Australia, and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "We can't account for 99% of the plastic that we have in the ocean," researcher Carlos Duarte said.

Ocean surface coated in plastic debris
Worldwide, nearly 300 million tons of plastic are manufactured per year. According to the best estimates, about 300,000 tons of that yearly output eventually end up in the ocean. "We are putting, certainly by any estimate, a large amount of a synthetic material into a natural environment," said Kara Lavender Law, from the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. "We're fundamentally changing the composition of the ocean."

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Something Worth Knowing

Whooping cough affects vaccinated children at nearly the same rate as rest of population
The effectiveness of the pertussis vaccine at preventing whooping cough has been called into question by a new study recently published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Researchers from the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and Public Health England found that whooping cough prevalence among vaccinated children is roughly equal to that of unvaccinated children, suggesting that the shot may, in fact, be useless. Dr. Kay Wang and her colleagues set out to evaluate the existing vaccination schedule in the UK to see if whooping cough is still as prevalent among children as it was roughly a decade ago. Prior to the introduction of the preschool pertussis booster shot back in 2001, nearly 40 percent of school-age children who presented clinical symptoms of persistent cough were found to be infected with whooping cough. To determine that percentage today, the team recruited 279 children between the ages of five and 15 who visited their family doctor with a persistent cough lasting between two and eight weeks in duration.

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

Saturday July 5th @ 7 p.m. & 9pm: Film Studies Special Double Feature
We will examine the implications and consequences of research with DNA and Trans-human issues. This tale involves time travel, evolution, government propaganda, and religious dogma with a twist! “Rise of the Planet Apes” at 7 and “Planet of the Apes” (original version with Charlton Heston) at 9. Both with English subtitles.
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Admission: $5 at the door

Tuesday July 8th @ 5 p.m. to 7pm: Open House!
See what you’ve been missing! We will feature refreshments, entertainment and mingling! It’s your community theater! We will feature samplings of what we normally offer. We want to share with the community at large some of the diverse talent we have here in Yelm! Come at 5 and stay until 7 or just pop in for a while! Our doors will be wide open to welcome everyone!

Friday July 11th @ 7:30pm: Hello, Jerry!
A SRO production directed by Nancy Tribush Hillman
Jerry Herman is an American composer and lyricist, known for his work in Broadway musical theater. He composed the scores for the hit Broadway musicals Hello, Dolly!,Mame, and La Cage aux Folles, among many others. Our show will pay tribute to him! We will have our ladies singing their thanks to Jerry in this unique send-up!
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Admission $15

Monday July 14th matinee @ 3:30 & evening @ 7:00 - 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

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