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Issue 441 In This Issue August 8th, 2015

Editors Corner

Have you heard of "Synthetic biology"? You are most likely familiar with Genetically Modified Organisms, which is one way this science/technology can be used, but as with a lot of different sciences/technologies, it potentially has desirable as well as undesirable applications. Click here

On a slightly different subject, did you know that butterfly bushes are not the best for butterflies? Apparently, even though they provide food for butterflies, they tend to choke out other native plants that would otherwise provide much more then just food. Click here

Speaking of interfering with nature, you may have heard of Geo-engineering and in particular Cloud-seeding, but did you know that in Canada, they are apparently using it to help mitigate strong hail storms? Click here

One more thing, if you have a tablet or a smart phone, did you know that you can turn it in to a kind-of low tech Hologram Projector? Click here

That's it from me. Enjoy the newsletter and have a wonderful week.

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Weather Watch

Weird weather events: unusual cold in Peru kills 200,000 alpacas while Norway gets hit with tropical storm that "you only normally see in the jungle"
The start to 2015 was the warmest ever recorded. But an unusually cold, and likely engineered, freak weather event in Peru recently killed some 200,000 alpacas in the southeastern lakeside city of Puno, while at the same time Norway, a Nordic country that normally has an arctic-like climate, got hit with a tropical storm that experts say typically only occurs "in the jungle." reports that Peru's unexpected cold spell brought such large amounts of snow and ice that the Regional Council of Puno declared a 10-day state of emergency. Though alpacas are generally accustomed to colder weather -- the coldest day of the year in Puno, Peru, is July 26, according to WeatherSpark, with an average low of 22 degrees Fahrenheit -- extreme cold and wind resulted in literally hundreds of thousands of these warm-coated animals perishing. Just days later, Norwegian scientists reported on an unusual tropical storm event that dumped 10 centimeters of rain on the Norwegian village of Ogndal. The storm is said to have shattered records for the region, leaving meteorologists completely baffled.

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Severe storm sweeps Calgary: Cloud-seeding team successful in reducing the hail size
Severe rainstorm accompanied with strong winds, lightning and heavy hail hit Calgary, Canada on August 4, 2015. Traffic has been delayed due to weather related incidents, one rooftop was ripped of a building, streets were blanketed with snow like hail balls and flooded in places. Weather officials said the consequences of the strong hailstorm could have been much worse, had the air crew from the Alberta Severe Weather Management not been cloud seeding, following the storm clouds development. The cloud seeding process reduces the size of hail balls from larger icy objects to smaller pellets and ice crystals. The project team has so far seeded 68 storms. “We did have three aircraft on those two severe cells that tracked across Calgary and it was seeded. The majority of the hail was a lot of pea and grape-sized, there were confirmed reports of loonie or toonie-sized", the Society project director Terry Krause said. "To seed the clouds, we use silver iodide in the form of pyrotechnics (flares). Flares are attached to the wings of an aircraft, and they look identical to a highway or railroad safety flare. It’s ignited electrically when we are in the cloud. The smoke particles are silver iodide, and they produce ice crystals at temperatures just below freezing."

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Science Watch

Synthetic biology explained

Hair brain scheme! Scientists use hair follicles to create nerve repairing cells
British scientists have used hair follicles to stimulate the growth of cells which help damaged nerve cells repair themselves. The discovery could lead to new treatments for nerve damage which would not, unlike existing ones, require a transplant. The team of researchers from the University of Newcastle’s Institute of Genetic Medicine treated the stem cells, originally taken from hair follicles, with chemicals so that they turned into Schwann cells – specialized cells integral for nerve damage repair. Professor Maya Sieber-Blum explained the method used to devise the experiment. “We observed that the bulge, a region within hair follicles, contains skin stem cells that are intermixed with cells derived from the neural crest – a tissue known to give rise to Schwann cells. This observation raised the question whether these neural crest-derived cells are also stem cells and whether they could be used to generate Schwann cells. “We then used pertinent small molecules to either enhance or inhibit pathways that are active or inactive, respectively, in the embryo during Schwann cell differentiation,” she added. Current treatment for peripheral nerve injury involves taking a graft to bridge damaged areas. However, these treatments can sometimes lead to further damage.

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RSE Newsletter

Ramtha’s Spiritual BootcampJuly 24 – August 1, 2015 – Event Links:
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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

August 19th @ 7pm: Guest lecture - Early India - Sacrificial Fire
Focus on Agni - God of the sacrificial Fire-Alter and messenger of the Gods - a key figure in early Indian Religion, and texts from the Vedas - the earliest strata of Indian oral literature. Free. Donations to The Triad Theater welcomed.

Coming in August: The Triad Art Gallery
Attention all Artists, Musicians, and Actors! Art Directory (Greater Yelm Area) taking apps now! The Triad along with the Yelm Business Association is creating an Artist Directory... $10 one-time processing fee and you are in forever. Go to the Triad Website to submit your application. It's easy!

September 12th @ 7pm: Alpha Centauri Presents - John Hogue - Expert on Nostradamus
Skype interview to Yelm. Predictions for 2015. $20

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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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Garden Watch

Butterfly Bushes Aren’t Good for Butterflies
If you’re trying to create a butterfly sanctuary in your garden, adding butterfly bushes seems like a no-brainer—but you might want to rethink those pretty purple flowers this year. Planting a butterfly-friendly garden is about more than having pretty butterflies and plants in your yard. Butterflies—like the monarch—are disappearing just like other pollinators. A butterfly garden is a habitat where these endangered species can eat, rest, reproduce and thrive. According to a recent report from Rodale’s Organic Life, the butterfly bush—also known as summer lilac—is an invasive species that steals space, water and sunlight from the native plants that butterflies really need to thrive. Even in places where butterfly bushes grow naturally, they tend to take over, which limits your garden’s biodiversity. Butterflies and pollinators need a diverse buffet of plants to truly thrive. Butterfly bushes provide butterflies with food, but unfortunately that’s all they provide. The butterflies in your garden also need somewhere to rest and reproduce. And their larvae need plants that support their growth. Butterfly bushes do not fulfill any of these needs, so you end up with a garden that has a lot of food for butterflies, but little to no viable habitat.

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5 House Plants That Don’t Need Much Water
Whether you’re a diehard water conservationist or you just, well, forget sometimes, there are plenty of advantages to owning plants that don’t need a lot of watering. You save time, you save resources, and you save yourself the heartbreak of coming home to a dead houseplant. These five unique plants are perfect for your home or office, and they won’t mind if you forget to water them every now and then.

1. Snake Plant.
Native to West Africa, the Snake Plant gets its name from its long, slender leaves, and is also sometimes referred to as “mother-in-law’s tongue,” because of the leaves’ sharpness. The super adaptable Snake Plant can get by with minimal sunlight and minimal water, making it a very forgiving plant indeed. An added bonus: one study by NASA found that Snake Plants are especially good at improving indoor air quality.

2. Desert Rose.
As you might expect from its name, the Desert Rose gets along great in drier climates, and can go long periods of time without water. This popular houseplant does need plenty of sunlight, and it can’t survive cold climates, but otherwise it’s very low-maintenance. One important warning: the Desert Rose’s sap is poisonous, so keep it out of reach of pets and children, and wash your hands if you get sap on them.

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Food Watch

Instead of composting old fruit, these students want to powder it
There are approximately a billion and one ways of dealing with our major food waste problem. We feel like we’ve seen everything from heating a city to making haute cuisine or graphene — maybe because we have. The newest trend: Some creative grad students in Sweden’s Lund University Food Innovation and Product Design program have found another way to avoid dumping expiring fruits and veggies into the compost bin — by powdering it. FoPo Food Powders, funded through Kickstarter this year, partners with farmers and food retailers to give their expiring fruits and veggies a new life. The company freeze-dries, pulverizes, and packages them into produce powders, which are like the nutritious distant relatives of PixyStix. The students want their non-perishable powders to go where they’re most needed: to relief efforts and areas with low food access.

From Smithsonian Magazine:  One member of the group, Gerald Perry Martin, grew up in the Philippines, so he’d seen how tsunamis and other natural disasters cut people off from their food supply, and how important it was to have food options that were easy to access in a relief scenario.

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For strawberries, it’s diversify or die
Over the last few decades, strawberry farmers have relied on a fumigant called methyl bromide. Even organic strawberries generally start out in nurseries with fumigated soil. But that pesticide depletes the ozone, and the EPA told people to stop using it back in 2005. Farmers keep getting exemptions because the replacements for methyl bromide are far more toxic, but according to the Washington Post, “The EPA has suggested that exemptions will completely end after 2016.” Add in the rising cost of water, and you can begin to see why strawberry acreage in California, which produces 29 percent of the world’s strawberries, has declined 11 percent in the past two years. People are talking about the end of strawberries. But this could also be a new beginning, because the crisis is forcing strawberry farmers to embrace new ideas. For instance, the berry business Driscoll’s is “hacking the strawberry of the future,” as Bloomberg Businessweek puts it.

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On The Lighter Side

Turn your Smartphone into a 3D Hologram | 4K

Worth a million likes
Pic of baby kangaroo hugging teddy bear melts hearts worldwide

A tiny orphaned kangaroo from Australia holding tight to a teddy bear has won hearts everywhere, "showing the value of a good hug." The man who shared the picture on Twitter said he was surprised it was of interest as far away as Russia and the US.

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Phoenix Rising School

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Fall Celebration & Fundraiser!
Kick up your spurs and come celebrate with us at Phoenix Rising's grand Fall Celebration & Fundraiser September 19th 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. Click here for more information

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