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Issue 452 In This Issue October 24th, 2015

Editors Corner

Have you heard about this new composite material that a small company in Utah has come up with? Apparently, the material will not allow electromagnetic radiation to pass through it and is being used to create cases and computer enclosures that are essentially lightweight Faraday cages. The material can also be integrated into paints, wallpaper, and concrete. Click here

On a slightly different subject, have you ever wondered what the internet might look like without a screen? The way we currently interact with the internet, via computers and/or portable devices, is not the most intuitive, and spending time in front if them is not usually the most ideal. Tom Uglow attempts to introduce how the internet might look outside these devices. Click here

Speaking of changing things, have you heard of something called CRISPR-Cas9 DNA editing? You may remember that, about a month ago, we had an article under "You Decide" about the new GMO "gene drive" technology. Apparently CRISPR-Cas9 is one type of "gene drive". This week we have a TED Talk that gives a bit more information on this CRISPR-Cas9 DNA editing technique. Click here

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Weather Watch

Hurricane Patricia lands in Mexico

Patricia, a Category 5 storm, has made a landfall on Mexico’s Pacific Coast with sustained wind speeds reaching 380 km per hour. Thousands of people have been evacuated as life-threatening flooding and mud-slides are feared along the hurricane’s path.

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Science Watch

We can now edit our DNA. But let's do it wisely

Cage against the EMP: New composite cases protect against the electro-apocalypse
A small company from Utah has developed a composite material that combines carbon fibers with a nickel coating. The result is an extremely lightweight electric-conducting material with the properties of plastic. And now that material is being used to create cases and computer enclosures that are essentially lightweight Faraday cages—containing electromagnetic radiation from digital devices and shielding them from electronic eavesdropping or electromagnetic pulse attacks. Ars got a brief hands-on with some of the materials at the Association of the United States Army expo this week. The company, Conductive Composites, is now selling cases built with the Nickel Chemical Vapor Deposition (NiCVD) composite material through its Faraday Cases division. The cases range in size from suitcase-sized units for carrying smaller digital devices to wheeled portable enclosures that can house servers—providing what is essentially an EMP-shielded portable data center. The cases and enclosures are being marketed not just to the military but to consumers, corporations, and first responders as well.

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Something to Contemplate

Why Women Are Stripey

Technology Watch

An Internet without screens might look like this

Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

October 23rd & 24th @ 7:30pm, 25th @ 3pm: Standing Room Only Presents - Incorruptible - An irreverent medieval comedy
Standing Room Only presents the final weekend of Incorruptible by Michael Hollinger, a fast-paced farce promising a great evening of live entertainment and laughter galore! This irreverent medieval comedy explores the age old question: Do the ends justify the means? The show will run in Yelm at The Triad Theater October 23-25, with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m. Tickets cost $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door, with military and student prices of $10.00.

October 28th @ 6:30pm: Toastmasters International

October 31st @ 4pm: Rocky Horror Picture Show and Zombie Parade

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December 1st & 2nd: Unity - The Documentary
Yelm Cinemas will be hosting special showings of the documentary Unity. Tickets will go on sale Friday October 23rd.
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Warning: Holiday Eating Ahead

Next Weekend Halloween Candy will officially start the Holiday Eating Season. The holidays are all food, fun and games until your tummy starts talking back. This year take care of your digestive system. Give it the support it needs with essential oils especially blended to soothe digestive upset, bloat and gas. DigestZen blend contains Ginger, Peppermint, Tarragon, Fennel, Caraway, Coriander and Anise.

  • Have DigestZen on hand when enjoying heavy holiday meals to promote digestion.

  • When traveling or trying new foods take DigestZen to soothe occasional stomach discomfort.

  • Eases feelings of queasiness.

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Food Watch

How Industrial Farming is Killing the Planet and Making Us Fat
Ever wonder why you can get a 99-cent bag of some brands of chips at the gas station, but grabbing some chips for your guac at the health food store costs a little more?  Or how, exactly, do fast food franchises sell a burger with meat, cheese, lettuce, and tomato for $1.19, but your local burger joint—which makes their patties from grass-fed meat—just can’t compete with those prices? One of the main reasons processed food brands can get away with low prices is because of the way they grow and produce their ingredients.  Industrial farming is the main way that food producers can generate lots of product with relatively low costs.

What’s the problem?
Industrial farming looks different depending on the industry, but essentially it’s the system of producing meat, poultry, and crops that Americans eat on a large scale.  An intensive, chemically dependent process, both single-crop farms and animal production factories are included under this umbrella.  There’s no denying that it’s bad news for the environment, incredibly harmful and cruel to animals, and dangerous for your health.

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Fruits and Vegetables Reaching an Alarming State of Nutrient Depletion
What if our food has been getting less and less nutritious? What if modern intensive farming methods — many of which solved malnutrition problems when they were first introduced — have affected the mineral and vitamin content of what we eat? Could having a constant supply of varied produce and introducing genetically modified foods be compromising nature’s goodness? Whether it be vegan, low carb, paleo, or any other diet, the quest for the healthiest method of eating shows no sign of abating, yet all have considerable controversy. We know more than ever about what food does to the body and the importance of antioxidants, healthy fats and a low glycaemic index. Things have changed so much since the wisdom of our ancestors was lost or ignored. Wild dandelions, once a springtime treat for Native Americans, have seven times more phytonutrients than spinach, which we consider a “superfood.” A purple potato native to Peru has 28 times more cancer-fighting anthocyanins than common russet potatoes. One species of apple has a staggering 100 times more phytonutrients than the Golden Delicious displayed in our supermarkets. Were the people who foraged for these wild foods healthier than we are today?

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Nature Watch

6 ways mushrooms can save the world

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