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Issue 422 In This Issue March 21st, 2015

Editors Corner

If you live in the Pacific Northwest (and maybe other places), you may have noticed nature showing signs of spring starting weeks before it officially started. This week we have an article with a partial map of just how early spring started this year in the U.S. and, for comparison, how early spring started last year in the U.S. Click here

On a different subject, did you know that scientists are apparently calling for a ban on editing the human genome, even though "the technique has many benefits, such as curing genetic diseases" and "it can also be used to enhance qualities like beauty or intelligence"? Click here

There still seems to be a lot we could learn from nature though. Take the gecko for example. You most likely already know about its interesting ability to stick to various surfaces. But were you aware that many geckos bodies are covered in "a dense array of minuscule, hair-like structures called spinules" from which naturally formed water droplets launch themselves away from a geckos body like popping popcorn? Click here

There are more wonderful and interesting tidbits but I will leave the rest for you to discover and enjoy.
Have a wonderful week.

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In The News

Scientists call for ban on editing human genome
A group of leading biologists have called for worldwide boycott on a new technique for editing genomes that results in DNA being altered in a way that could be inherited by future generations. While the technique has many benefits, such as curing genetic diseases, it can also be used to enhance qualities like beauty or intelligence – something ethicists believe should not be done. The biologists are also concerned that the technique is so easy to use that doctors may push ahead with it before it’s clinically safe to do so, they say in a paper on the subject, which was published in the journal Science. “You could exert control over human heredity with this technique, and that is why we are raising the issue,” said David Baltimore, a former president of the California Institute of Technology, who was one of the scientists behind the paper. The biologists say they want to continue laboratory research on the technique, which is no way near ready for clinical use. “It raises the most fundamental of issues about how we are going to view our humanity in the future and whether we are going to take the dramatic step of modifying our own germline and in a sense take control of our genetic destiny, which raises enormous peril for humanity,” said George Q. Daley, a stem cell expert at Boston Children’s Hospital and another member of the group, as quoted by the New York Times.

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52 Congress members sign letter warning of GMOs killing monarch butterflies
Dozens of House Democrats have signed onto a letter sent to President Obama claiming that the spread of GM crops is leading to the death of monarch butterflies. The letter, authored by Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine, says that the butterflies are "in peril of being lost to the history books" in large part because of the "virtual eradication" of milkweed plants from their primary breeding grounds in the Midwest. The milkweed eradication, the letter states, has come primarily from the "widespread spraying of herbicides in agricultural areas" where the plants were once bountiful. "With the advent of herbicide-resistant genetically engineered crops, the use of herbicides like glyphosate has increased..." dramatically, from 20 million pounds per year in 1992 to more than 250 million pounds by 2011, said the letter. "As a result, researchers now estimate that more than half of milkweed has been wiped out in the Midwestern Farm Belt since 1999, and more than 98% of milkweed has been wiped out from corn and soybean areas in Iowa due to the widespread overuse of glyphosate," the letter said.

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Food Watch

Junk food industry fights against consumers' right to know about added sugars in foods
Around 20 years ago, food labels were introduced to help Americans consume a healthier and more nutritious diet. Recently, the FDA looked at these labels and came up with a list of possible changes, which they felt were necessary to meet the needs of the American public and create more transparency regarding food. Among these proposals, two are causing a lot of fuss throughout the whole junk food world. The FDA proposed to break the sugar level up into natural sugars and added sugars, and make the serving sizes better understandable. At the moment, nutrition labels list the total amount of sugar, meaning naturally occurring sugars -- found in fruits -- combined with sugars that companies add after a product is made. A whopping 80 percent of all items found in grocery stores contain these added or hidden sugars. While the American Heart Association recommends that women shouldn't consume more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars a day and men no more than 9, most Americans consume more than 22 teaspoons a day.

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Technology Watch

This Smartphone Case Is 3X Harder Than Steel
A new smartphone case is lightweight, thin, harder than steel, and as easy to shape as plastic. What’s the catch? You can’t purchase one—not yet, anyway. Jan Schroers, who teaches mechanical engineering and materials science at Yale University, developed the technology for the cases in his lab and wants to bring the product into mass production. “This material is 50 times harder than plastic, nearly 10 times harder than aluminum, and almost 3 times the hardness of steel,” Schroers said. “It’s awesome.” For years, academic and commercial institutions have sought an effective technique for shaping these bulk metallic glasses (BMGs)—a new generation of strong-yet-pliable materials. Electronics casings, in particular, have been identified as a desirable application. Yet past attempts at finding a shaping process were unsuccessful.

Supercooled Liquid
Schroers spent much of the past decade pursuing a fundamentally different approach to precisely shaping complex geometries. Instead of melting the BMG material and forcing it into a mold at high temperatures, he utilized a unique, supercooled liquid state for the material, in which the BMG softens sufficiently to allow for shaping.

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March 31st @ 7pm: Scott Mowry's Updates w his Alternative Investigative Reporting...and his feel good presentation no matter how bad the news sounds!

The next 2 weeks the Triad Theater is Dark to allow rehearsal time for the next fabulous live theater production, "You Can't Take It With You" which shows April 9th, 10th, 11th, and 16th, 17th and 18th.

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Nature Watch

Now you can track just how crazy spring is in your region
Officially, the first day of spring is whatever Google says it is when one searches “first day of spring.” Scientifically (at least in the U.S.), it’s the day when the center of the sun passes over the equator. And to meteorologists, it’s always March 1 — but that makes everything confusing, so get out of here, meteorologists! Regardless of the calendar date, the start of spring is that magical time of year when flowers bloom and the sun shines and birds chirp and blah blah blah — except it’s not due to magic at all. Leaves come out and flowers bloom in spring because weather conditions are right. And if weather conditions are altered due to climate change, that means the start of spring could come earlier or later than we’re used to — which could cause problems for, say, the agriculture industry or wildlife management. Enter “springcasting,” which predicts when spring will start in a given area based on local, real-time weather data. The concept is based on research from University of Wisconsin-Madison geologist Mark D. Schwartz, who studies the correlation between weather conditions and the timing of “leaf-out” (which is exactly what it sounds like) and bloom in certain plants.

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How dry is California? So dry that taps might actually stop running
Could California really run dry? “It often seems impossible to imagine, but tap water shortages are a distinct possibility if mitigation efforts aren’t embraced and droughts become more frequent and intense in the coming years,” meteorologist Steve Bowen of reinsurance firm Aon Benfield told USA Today. California’s rainy season is drawing to a close — without the rain its residents had been waiting for. Though some climatologists hoped this year’s El Niño system would make a difference, the state remains horribly parched. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which normally melts through the summer providing nearly a third of the state’s water, is at its second lowest point on record. “It looks like we are on our way to the worst snowpack in history,” Michael Anderson, the state climatologist, told The New York Times, noting that things look “pretty grim.” So as the state braces for a fourth year of drought, state regulators on Tuesday imposed new water restrictions, mostly aimed at reminding Californians of the degree of scarcity.

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On The Lighter Side

Watch this gecko's explosive self-cleaning trick

They are famed for being able to effortlessly stick to walls and ceilings, but geckos have now been found to perform another cool trick. Slow-motion video footage has shown naturally formed water droplets launching themselves away from a gecko's body like popping popcorn.

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RSE Newsletter

“Olive oil: The key to curing cancer?” – Ramtha on this “restorer of life”:
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Blue Body Advanced Workshop – March 13-15, 2015:
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#JZ had a great conversation with Lauren Galey on her show, archived here:
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"Arctic sea ice extent hits record low for winter"
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From #JZ: Congratulations to our sweet Barbara who overcame using walking sticks to support herself:
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#JZ Knight's Healing Conversation w/Lauren Galey Fri., 11am in Yelm (18.00 GMT), Spring begins in Yelm @ 3:45 P.M.:
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“NASA: California Down to One Year Supply of Water” - Drought emergency added to #Ramtha on this (March 17, 2015):
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"Zecharia Sitchin’s Legacy" by former RSE Guest Speaker Jason Martell added to #Ramtha teachings on this subject:
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“In Russia, a drying lake threatens an ‘era of water wars’” added to #Ramtha teaching, water more valuable than gold:
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