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Issue 475 In This Issue April 23rd, 2016

Editors Corner

Have you heard about a new "pocket radar" technology that can work with your mobile device to see through walls? Apparently it can make locating things, such as a leaking pipe, much easier. This device isn't expected to be available in the U.S. until at least mid-May but should start shipping to Europe around the end of April. Click here

While we're on the subject of technology, you most likely know that, with materials and paints and such, the color black tends to absorb light and heat while white tends to reflect it. Did you know that there is now a metal that is so black that "it absorbs 99 percent of light in the visible to mid-infrared spectrum" and apparently "converts sunlight to steam at roughly 90 percent efficiency"? Click here

Speaking of heat, or in this case the removal of it, are you aware that there is a bacteria that can manipulate water molecules such that ice can form at much higher temperatures and under other conditions not normally amenable to freezing? Apparently "ski resorts use the bacteria to produce artificial snow when the weather won't cooperate", as well as, "the bacteria also create frost damage on vegetables" to make it easier for them to feed on said vegetables. 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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Bloggers Corner
I was asked to speak at the Caucus
By Florence Vincent

This was part of what I said: Inequality is so bad in America, yet people don’t realize that’s why things are such a mess. And the media won’t discuss it so we don’t know what can be done about it. Then along comes Bernie explaining it and talking about solutions. Now some don’t believe we can’t fix things. Especially those who benefit from the way things are. They say we can’t afford good pre-K, good schools, free public college, healthcare for all, paid family sick leave, $15 an hour, rebuilding our infrastructure etc., but somehow we CAN afford to spend $1 Trillion dollars on updating our nuclear weapons systems. And somehow we can afford to give tax breaks and rebates to companies that earn huge profits and stash their money off-shore. There’s a reason why Bernie won 69% of the Americans Abroad vote. It’s because those Americans live in countries that already have good schools and colleges, many of them free. They have access to healthcare for all, they get paid family and sick leave, they get paid vacations ranging from 2 to 5 weeks a year!!!! They can take amazing fast trains that look like bullets. They earn better money than we do and don’t pay that much more in taxes. Germany, France, UK, Canada and others pay between 45% and 52% top rate.

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In The News

‘Catastrophic' event at Hanford prompts emergency response

9/11 commissioner urges release of 28 secret pages
A former ambassador and congressman who sat on the 9/11 Commission is urging the release of 28 pages that have been kept secret. Tim Roemer says the public should be allowed access to the material. As reported on CBS' "60 Minutes" earlier this month, Roemer and others who have actually read the 28 pages describe them as a working draft similar to a grand jury or police report that includes provocative evidence -- some verified, and some not. They lay out the possibility of official Saudi assistance for two of the hijackers who settled in Southern California. That information from the 28 pages was turned over to the 9/11 Commission for further investigation. Some of the questions raised were answered in the commission's final report. Others were not. Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show Thursday, Roemer says a panel investigation "did not discover" any role by "senior, high-level" Saudi government officials.

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Senate passes energy modernization bill that would have been modern in 1980
The Senate passed the Energy Policy Modernization Act on Wednesday, the first comprehensive energy bill in nearly a decade. The bill will fund an increase in renewable energy as well as boost funding for natural gas, geothermal energy, and hydropower. The bill also reauthorizes a half-billion dollars to protect public lands and parks, updates building codes to increase efficiency and safety standards, and addresses the threat of potential cyberattacks on the electrical grid, reports The New York Times. While the bill was hailed as a bipartisan victory by authors Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, likened it to the “V.H.S. of climate policy” — in other words, dated. It overlooks some obvious issues: Namely, it doesn’t come even close to addressing climate change. The final compromise also leaves out a provision from an earlier version that would have provided hundreds of millions of dollars to fix Flint’s water pipes after lead contamination. Republicans vowed to block the bill if funding wasn’t removed. Environmentalists also object to measures that will speed the export of domestically produced natural gas, the expansion of methane hydrate research and development, the delay on updating furnace efficiency standards, and the expansion of funding for nuclear research.

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Technology Watch

The pocket radar: Get ready for phones that can look through walls
Fancy looking through walls using your phone? Well soon it will be possible using a handheld radar. The Walabot is a radar unit that attaches to smartphones and can be used to scan the world around you. While radar-imaging technology typically costs at least thousands of dollars, the cheapest Walabot will cost $149, thanks to Vayyar Imaging shrinking the necessary technology down to a phone-sized system on a chip. As proof of what the Walabot can do, the Pro version of the device will come with an Android app that can peer through walls — allowing the user to find pipes and wires, for instance. "Since Walabot can sense minute changes and very small movement, you'll be able to see when pipes are dripping and other problems," said Raviv Melamed, CEO and co-founder of Vayyar Imaging. The device can see through about 7cm to 10cm of concrete, enough to allow it to look through a typical wall and can penetrate more deeply through less-dense obstacles, such as drywall. Melamed says Walabot can see through almost any material other than metal, which Melamed describes as the Walabot's kryptonite.

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April 10am to 6pm: Paradise Organics now open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
We have vegetable starts, soil amendments, organic chicken feed and free range organic chicken eggs. Raw unfiltered local and pure honey is available as well.
Hours: 10:00 - 6 PM Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Please call for availability of fresh vegetables. 360-894-1328.

May 7th @ 7:30pm: A Recital to Benefit The Phoenix Rising School
Pamela Roberts-Aue and The Phoenix Rising School Present
Greg Dempster, piano
Pamela Dare, soprano
In a Recital to Benefit The Phoenix Rising School
Works by Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, Chopin, Barber, Liszt
This event will be held at The Commons, Yelm Middle School, 402 Yelm Avenue West, Yelm, WA 98597
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Science Watch

How Jet-Black Metal Converts Sunlight to Steam Power
Steam power, once a major force behind the Industrial Revolution, could be coming back into fashion, after Chinese researchers designed the world's "darkest metal" that converts sunlight to steam at roughly 90 percent efficiency. Despite being made from gold, the so-called "plasmonic absorber" is jet black as it absorbs 99 percent of light in the visible to mid-infrared spectrum. Its designers say this is a dramatic improvement over previous metal absorbers and comparable to the world's darkest material, carbon-nanotube (CNT) arrays. Combined with its porous structure, this enables the metal to use solar energy to generate steam at far lower light intensities and temperatures than traditional approaches that concentrate sunlight to very high levels to drive steam turbines. The device can also assemble itself, which could enable large-scale manufacture of plasmonic absorbers for a host of applications, the researchers said. "It opens up a lot of possibilities in terms of solar catalysis, water purification, sensors and detectors," said study co-author Jia Zhu, a professor at Nanjing University in China.

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Nature Watch

Bizarre Ice-Forming Bacteria's Secrets Revealed
Bacteria found everywhere from the lower atmosphere to the Amazon rainforest may help form ice by manipulating the forces between water molecules, new research suggests. The bacteria, Pseudomonas syringae, use special proteins to alternatingly repel and attract water molecules, squishing the H20 molecules into high- and low-density patches. This patchy organization sort of "confuses" the water molecules so that they form ice at much higher temperatures and under other conditions not normally amenable to freezing, the researchers found. The new study is the first to provide experimental data to explain these bizarre bacteria's unique abilities, said study co-author Tobias Weidner, a physicist at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. "We clearly show these proteins can interact with water to promote ice growth."

Ice makers
P. syringae is one of the most widely dispersed species on the planet, found everywhere from the soil to the clouds in the troposphere, the lower layer of the atmosphere. Ski resorts use the bacteria to produce artificial snow when the weather won't cooperate. The bacteria also create frost damage on vegetables.

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Garden Watch

Hotel Chain to Grow Its Own Produce at 1,000 Locations
As food prices soar, a growing number of foods become genetically modified or sprayed with pesticides and nutrient content in our fruits and vegetables drop, it’s no surprise that food gardening is experiencing a renaissance. So it should come as no surprise that one of the world’s largest hotel chains plans to grow its own vegetables at 1,000 hotel locations to cut food waste and increase food sustainability. The Paris-based AccorHotel chain includes: Novotel, Ibis, Pullman, Sofitel and Mercure. The company estimates that growing its own fruit and vegetables will cut its food waste by 30 percent with a goal of cutting food waste entirely. What the company cannot grow at its 1,000 urban hotel gardens, it intends to source locally, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility commitment. Called Planet 21, the company’s attempt to cut food waste by growing its own produce is just one of the areas it intends to become greener, increasingly sustainable and more community-focused. Additionally, it intends to renovate or build new buildings as low-carbon buildings, increase innovations to boost sustainability and improve its engagement at the community level, among other goals.

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

Weekends in April, 4pm to 7pm: ART SHOW - The Triad Art Gallery presents "Images of the Northwest"
CLICK HERE to see a preview and pictures from Opening Night.

April 23rd @ 1pm: Immortality Talks - TWO FILMS
"Living on Food & Love: Exploring Pranic Living" then a replay of the uplifting "We are Energy" documentary. The Films run from 1pm-3pm. Then from 3pm-6pm experience the practices breatharians are using to live on prana. Cost for either time slot is $12 or for the whole day from 1pm-6pm $20.

April 24th @ 1pm: "The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest"
The final showing of the series - FREE (your generous donations are always welcome). Details from "TTAC": Let’s end the cancer pandemic once and for all! Every single day, tens of thousands of people, just like you, are curing cancer (and/or preventing it) from destroying their bodies. It’s time to take matters into our own hands and educate ourselves on real prevention and treatments. It could save your life or someone you love. Doctors, researchers, experts and survivors show you exactly “how-to” prevent and treat cancer in “The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest.”

April 26th @ 7pm: Scott Mowry – Miracles & Inspiration
Cost $10.

April 29th @ 7pm: Lecture, Videos, & Meditation
Shortcuts to ​Awakening: Discover Easy Accelerators of ​Conscious Awareness with Awakened Oneness Trainers Cyndi Mckenna (Adv. Trainer) and Devon McKenna. Cost $8.

April 30th: Miceal Returns
Details to be announced soon on our website

May 6th @ 8pm: Seis De Mayo - Live Comedy
Tickets available now on our website $15 on-line, $20 at the door.

May 7th: Yelm Chamber Orchestra and Choir
Details to be announced soon - Save the date.

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Pamela Roberts-Aue and The Phoenix Rising School Present
Greg Dempster, piano
Pamela Dare, soprano
In a Recital to Benefit The Phoenix Rising School
Works by Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, Chopin, Barber, Liszt

7.30PM, Saturday 7 May 2016
The Commons, Yelm Middle School
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Yelm, WA 98597

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