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Issue 444 In This Issue August 29th, 2015

Editors Corner

Did you know that a Hawaiian company has come up with a way to generate electricity using seawater and ammonia? They use the temperature difference between the surface water and the deep water to run a turbine on ammonia and generate "utility grade electricity", meaning very steady and very reliable electricity. And best of all, as is said in the video below, "the fuel is free". Click here

Speaking of using nature to solve problems, did you know that you can "grow" building insulation? You know, that stuff in your walls keeping the heat out or in? Apparently one company is doing exactly that using agricultural byproducts like corn stalks together with mycelium. Click here

While we're on the subject of nature, are you aware that the venom from a bee, wasp, or hornet, is actually either acidic or alkaline? Apparently, if you get stung by one of these insects, knowing which it is can help to decide how best to treat it and potentially get lasting relief quickly. 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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Something Worth Knowing

Treating Bee, Wasp and Hornet Stings – Know the Difference
This summer while rafting the Salmon River in Idaho, my youngest daughter stepped on a bald-faced hornet—and her misstep did not end well for either the hornet or my child. After realizing why she was screaming bloody murder, and then identifying the culprit, I immediately began recalling what I learned about insect stings from when I lived in the Amazon and worked as a jungle guide. First, I remembered that not all stings are treated in the same way since some insects have alkaline venom while others have acidic venom. Knowing who injects which poisons is key to treatment and pain alleviation. So, let me share with you my home remedy guide to basic stings:

For Hornet and Wasp Stings:
OUCH! You, or someone with you, has been stung. First try to identify the culprit, and second, if the stinger is still embedded in soft tissue, remove it as soon as possible. Tweezers, a needle, a credit card or fingernails can be used to scrape/pop out that venom-laced mini-dagger. Try not to “pinch” the stinger as that can cause more venom to be released. Then wash the area with soap and water, if available.

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Rechargeable batteries: Which are the most eco-friendly?
Q. I recently moved to a remote area where electricity delivery is sometimes unreliable, so I have battery-powered backup devices. I want to get in a big supply of rechargeable batteries. There are many kinds. Are some brands better (greener and more efficient) than others? And do the solar-powered chargers really work?
Geraldine C.

A. Dearest Geraldine,
Let’s call this Disaster Preparedness week at Ask Umbra. Earlier, we tackled green survival in a zombie apocalypse-level emergency; today, we’ll look at your less dire (but certainly more likely) scenario of a power outage. Getting ready for a blackout with a supply of batteries is a smart move, and making them rechargeables is even smarter. I’m confident you’ll still be enjoying soft mood lighting and Netflix the next time the juice runs dry at your place. You’re already hip to the power of rechargeable batteries: They last much, much longer than their throwaway cousins (up to 1,000 recharges!), which saves resources and helps reduce the number of batteries that end up leaking toxic metals in landfills.

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Garden Watch

10 Veggies You Can Plant Now and Harvest Before Winter
August can be a great time for planting vegetables if you want to get in one last crop before winter sets in. But what should you plant? To figure out, know two things: when the first freeze usually occurs in your area and how long it takes the vegetable to grow before you can harvest it. Anna Hackman, a master gardener who blogs at Green Talk, suggests consulting this Planting Date Chart. For example, if you want to plant carrots, and it normally doesn’t freeze where you live until around October 30, you could sow carrots the middle of August and still get a crop. Carissa Berg Bonham of Creative Green Living says, “In Oregon, I can grow cabbage, broccoli and kale all through the winter. It grows really slowly but it’s fun because then you still have fresh produce during the winter.” Of course, if you have a greenhouse, you can extend your growing season much longer. If not, here are ten vegetables you can plant in August for harvest in the fall.

1) Leaf lettuce. Plant starter sets if you can still find them. That way, you’ll get close to full-size lettuce before the frost hits. Otherwise, sow the seed and harvest tender micro and baby greens.

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On The Lighter Side

Six amazing sights that look even better from the International Space Station

Imagine seeing the lights of cities spreading around the Nile Delta and then in less than an hour gazing down on Mount Everest. The astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are among the lucky few who will have this humbling, once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing the beauty of Earth from space.

Aurora from the International Space station

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“The Garden of Infinite Possibilities,” created by RSE Students, Alex Acquarone, author, and Sophia Kountzeri, illustrator
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September 19th @ 4pm: Phoenix Rising's grand Fall Celebration & Fundraiser
Kick up your spurs and come celebrate with us at Schorno's Agri-Business/Nisqually Springs Farm. There will be live music with the BEATNIKS, the most sought after band in the area, delicious food catered by Garden To Gourmet. a Dessert Dash, Raffles, Raised Paddle Call, an Art auction with unique art from the students, and much, much more! It will be a night to remember! Limited tickets available. Get your tickets now at Garden to Gourmet, the Yelm Food Coop or The Phoenix Rising School.
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Technology Watch

A Hawaiian clean energy plant makes electricity from seawater and ammonia

The ocean is often considered to be the final frontier for energy, whether we’re talking about Arctic oil reserves or giant floating wind turbines. Now, a 40-foot tall tower on the Big Island of Hawai’i will harvest the oceans’ energy using a method that has renewable energy advocates drooling. It’s part of a new research facility and demo power plant that uses seawater of different temperatures to power a generator via turbine.

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In The News

Federal court rules in favor of NSA bulk snooping, White House happy
Despite the opposition of the US public and lawmakers to NSA surveillance, the courts keep handing the Obama administration the license to snoop. A US appeals court just threw out a 2013 verdict against the NSA, to White House approval. The decision vindicates the government’s stance that NSA’s bulk surveillance programs are constitutional, the White House said Friday. Three judges at the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the plaintiffs, Larry Klayman and Charles Strange, had no standing to file the original claim, since they could not prove the NSA actually collected any of their records. While Klayman and Strange objected that the NSA refused to provide the evidence, the judges said that was working as intended. “Plaintiffs complain that the government should not be allowed to avoid liability simply by keeping the material classified. But the government’s silence regarding the scope of bulk collection is a feature of the program, not a bug,” Judge Stephen F. Williams wrote. Klayman and Strange initially won their case before US District Court Judge Richard Leon in December 2013, challenging the NSA’s bulk collection program under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. The controversial section expired at the end of May, after a bipartisan group of lawmakers filibustered to prevent its extension.

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French woman wins disability grant for 'gadget allergy'
A French court has awarded a disability grant to a woman claiming to suffer from a debilitating allergy to electromagnetic radiation from everyday gadgets such as cellphones. The applicant, Marine Richard, 39, hailed the ruling as a "breakthrough" for people afflicted by Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS). The condition is not recognised as a medical disorder in most countries, including France, but sufferers insist that exposure to mobile phones, wifi routers, televisions and other gadgets cause them anything from mild discomfort to life-ruining disability. Scientific studies have found no evidence linking electromagnetic exposure to the symptoms -- tingling, headaches, fatigue, nausea, or palpitations. Richard, a former radio documentary producer, has opted for a reclusive life in the mountains of southwest France, in a renovated barn without electricity, and drinking water from the well. In a ruling last month, a court in the southern city of Toulouse decided she can claim a disability allowance -- about 800 euros ($912) per month for an adult -- for a period of three years. The ruling accepted that her symptoms prevented Richard from working, but stopped short of recognising EHS as an illness.

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September 5th: The Triad Art Gallery - Grand Opening
Memberships are available now! Presentation space is available. Be sure to see our exhibit by Paul Keesler, local sculptor!

The Triad Arts Center - Artist Directory
Sponsored by the Yelm Business Association Expose Yourself! Get in the Bible of Local Artists! Like having your own exhibit in the Triad Arts Gallery via virtual reality! Your name is linked in our Artist Directory to your website! We have 800+ regular viewers on our site including Los Angeles, San Diego, Todos Santos and Las Vegas Art Lovers. Once you are in the are in forever! Cost is one time set up fee of $10 (after Sept it will be $20 so sign up now!) check to Triad PO Box 2040 Yelm WA 98597

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