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Issue 491 In This Issue August 20th, 2016

Editors Corner

We have a new blogger this week, the Washington WineMasters (WWM). If you are interested in making your own wine, they are looking for new members. Click here

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Do you know what antibubbles are? One definition of a bubble is "a thin sphere of liquid enclosing air or another gas", so then, based on that, an antibubble would be a thin sphere, or membrane, of air or another gas, submerged in liquid and enclosing a liquid. Think of a bubble of air under water, that has a bubble of water in the middle. Click here

Speaking of things related to water, are you aware that researchers have managed to create a laser from Jellyfish's Fluorescent Proteins? Apparently these lasers have the potential to be smaller and more efficient then current lasers. Click here

On a slightly different subject, have you heard that bees can "Protect Against Pests"? For example, one study apparently found that armyworms, a serious pest of vegetables and flowers, ate less and did less damage when bees were around, even though the bees didn't harm them in any way. Click here

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WWM: Washington WineMasters
By Washington WineMasters

Crush With Us, You're Invited

Since 1999, the Washington WineMasters (WWM), a club of wine lovers, has been making wine together. Over the years, the quality of wines produced by various members has progressed to where now the club boasts many Washington Puyallup Fair ribbon winners. On the international level of wine competition, involving 13 countries, WWM long time members, Sheryl and Tony Clevenger, recently won a Bronze Medal from the 2016 Wine Maker International Amateur Wine Competition for their red wine made from 100% 2013 varietal called Cabernet Sauvignon. Locally, the Washington WineMasters members ferment batches of grapes communally. When the fermentation is over, the wine is pressed out and the members take their share home, in 5-gallon glass carboys. At home, members store wine in oak barrels, glass carboys or stainless steel. Most club activities occur in autumn. Typically, sometime in September, when the grapes are ripe, designated members pick up the grapes from Eastern Washington vineyards and haul them back to our facility in Rainier.

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Technology Watch

US agrees to give up power over internet to private company in October
The US is going to surrender its oversight of the internet to a multi-stakeholder body as of October 1, ending the nearly 20-year transfer to a private party, despite Republicans’ ire. Washington will give up its power fully to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit organization located in Los Angeles. “We informed ICANN today that based on that review and barring any significant impediment, NTIA [National Telecommunications & Information Administration] intends to allow the [Internet Assigned Numbers Authority] IANA functions contract to expire as of October 1,” Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator, said in a statement on Tuesday.  The transition was originally slated for September 2015, but was delayed. Created in 1998, ICANN has been tasked with assigning global IP addresses and overseeing the internet domain name system (DNS). Along with the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the California-based non-profit has been managing IANA functions. This is the part that is going to change in less than two months.

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Uber Rolls Out First Driverless Cars
If you've ever driven around in downtown Pittsburgh, you know it's no picnic. In fact, it's whatever the opposite of a picnic is. Thanks to three converging rivers, the downtown area is a tangle of narrow bridges, stacked overpasses and barely sublimated Rust Belt aggression. Pittsburgh drivers are in it to win it. So it's kind of a surprise that Uber is planning to roll out its first self-driving cars in the heart of Steel City. But that's evidently the plan, according to a recent report at Bloomberg. Starting later this month, Uber customers in downtown Pittsburgh will be able to climb into specially modified Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicles strapped with dozens of sensors, cameras, lasers and GPS components. The cars won't be completely roboticized — all vehicles will still have a human driver on board to supervise matters and take control if necessary. Still, it's a Pretty Big Deal. If Uber follows though, the Pittsburgh experiment will be the first driverless car-sharing service to come to market. Uber is partnering with Volvo on the initiative, and the two companies plan to have around 100 self-driving vehicles on the street by the end of the year.

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Food Watch

Residents of an Argentinian town have forced one of Monsanto’s half-completed GMO seed plants to be dismantled. Activists have been marching, petitioning, and talking to the government as well as Monsanto for three years now to urge them to disallow the company’s latest expansion — a multi-million dollar, genetically modified seed plant in Malvinas, Argentina. In a bid to gain local support, Monsanto once said: “Cordobeses (residents of Córdoba) will be proud to have one of the most important [seed-producing] plants in the world . . .The more than one thousand employees of Monsanto Argentina are proud and thankful to be a part of the community of Malvinas, Argentina.” The sentiment was not shared among a massive number of Malvinas residents, however. Prior to this grass-roots success, thousands of members of the Malvinas community blockaded Monsanto’s construction site. A Monsanto spokesperson said the plant was designed to treat 3.5 million hectares of maize. He argued that only 2.5 million hectares were actually sown, and this was the reason why Monsanto was pulling out of the project.

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Dicamba, Monsanto, and the Dangers of Pesticide Drift
If you follow farming news, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the uproar brewing over the last few weeks about Monsanto and its new dicamba-tolerant soybeans.

What is dicamba?
Dicamba is an herbicide that selectively kills broad-leafed weeds (as opposed to grass family plants). It is commonly used in conjunction with other herbicides, such as glyphosate, and according to the National Pesticide Information Center is currently found in about 1,100 herbicide products. It mimics natural plant hormones which cause abnormal growth and eventually death. Dicamba is sold under a variety of trade names including Banvel, Diablo, Oracle, and Vanquish, and is found in products used for both agricultural and home landscape applications.

How is dicamba different from glyphosate?
Glyphosate, also known by the Monsanto trade name Roundup, is one of the least toxic of the synthetic herbicides available today, a fact that herbicide companies often use to justify its widespread use. It became the world’s most popular herbicide after the first glyphosate-resistant crops became available in the ’90s, as farmers could use it to kill unwanted weeds without damaging their crops.

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Science Watch

New Laser Created from Jellyfish's Fluorescent Proteins
Fluorescent proteins from jellyfish that were grown in bacteria have been used to create a laser for the first time, according to a new study. The breakthrough represents a major advance in so-called polariton lasers, the researchers said. These lasers have the potential to be far more efficient and compact than conventional ones and could open up research avenues in quantum physics and optical computing, the researchers said. Traditional polariton lasers using inorganic semiconductors need to be cooled to incredibly low temperatures. More recent designs based on organic electronics materials, like those used in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, operate at room temperature but need to be powered by picosecond (one-trillionth of a second) pulses of light. By repurposing the fluorescent proteins that have revolutionized biomedical imaging, and by allowing scientists to monitor processes inside cells, the team created a polariton laser that operates at room temperature powered by nanosecond pulses — just billionths of a second.

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Nature Watch

How Honeybees Buzz Out Pests
Research has discovered that honeybees can reduce the activity of plant-eating caterpillars, even though honeybees don’t harm them in any way. This is another great reason to promote bees and other pollinators in our farms and gardens. Not only do you get the pollination benefits, you may also be able to reduce insecticide use.

How Do Bees Protect Against Pests?
A University of Wurzburg study set up two tents that contained bell pepper and soy bean plants. One tent included a bee hive and the other tent was closed to bees. They introduced beet armyworms into both tents. Armyworms eat much more than beet greens and are a serious pest of many vegetable and flower crops. Honeybees themselves are not predatory and don’t harm insects like armyworms. But parasitic wasps will prey on the caterpillars by either eating them or laying eggs in their body. The eggs will later hatch and the wasp larvae will eat the caterpillar from the inside out.

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In The News

Louisiana floods - The worst natural disaster in US since Hurricane "Sandy"
At least 13 people have died and more than 30 000 have been rescued from water-logged homes and cars by August 19, 2016, after extreme amounts of rain dumped by a very slow-moving storm caused historic flooding in Louisiana. Although some regions are still under historic flooding and the full extent of the damage will not be known anytime soon, the American Red Cross and state officials are already calling this disaster the worst in the United States since Hurricane "Sandy" devastated the East Coast in 2012. For Louisiana, this was one of the worst storms in history. In a press conference on August 18, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said that over 40 000 homes have been impacted by the floods and warned that 20 affected parishes of Louisiana are facing a major housing crisis. In Livingston Parish, for example, around 75% of homes suffered a total loss. 86 500 people in the state have registered for FEMA assistance, officials say and almost 6 000 people are still in shelters, as of late August 18. "The storm deposited 10 inches [254 mm] of rain or more on eight states with up to 23 inches [584 mm] in Mississippi and 31 inches [787 mm] in Louisiana," AccuWeather Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell said.

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Uncontained wildfires threaten tens of thousands of California homes
Wildfires started within the last week are threatening homes across California, sending more than 80,000 residents fleeing under mandatory evacuation orders and warnings. Several blazes are nowhere close to being contained. At least one person has died. With California coping with the fifth year of the worst drought in over a century, the dying trees and dry underbrush have turned the state into a tinderbox. Firefighters are battling several massive blazes throughout the Golden State. The wildfires have caused millions of dollars of damage so far, and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings. The Blue Cut Fire near Devore in San Bernardino County began in the late morning hours on Tuesday. Within an hour, it had spread to 1,000 acres; by Wednesday afternoon, the inferno had engulfed 65,000 acres with 0 percent containment. In the town of Wrightwood, about 14 miles west of where the Blue Cut Fire ignited, half of the 4,500 residents refused to adhere to “mandatory” evacuation orders Wednesday, according to KABC. Steve Bell, a local, told the news station he would leave once he saw the flames “right down the street.”

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Very strong and shallow M7.4 earthquake hits South Georgia island region
A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.4 hit South Georgia island region at 07:32 UTC on August 19, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located about 261 km (162 miles) W of South Georgia, 293 km (182 miles) NNE of Zavodovski Island, and 2 300 km (1 429 miles) E of Río Grande, Argentina. There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles).  Earthquakes of this size are known to generate tsunamis dangerous to shorelines near the source, NWS NTWC said. USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage. There are likely to be no affected structures in this region.

Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking
The quake occurred as the result of shallow thrust faulting near the plate boundary between the South America and Scotia plates, the USGS said.

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History Watch

500-Year-Old Hidden Images Revealed in Mexican 'Manuscript'
Storytelling images on a deer-hide "manuscript" from Mexico have been seen for the first time in 500 years, thanks to sophisticated scanning technology that penetrated layers of chalk and plaster. This "codex," a type of book-like text, originated in the part of Mexico that is now Oaxaca, and is one of only 20 surviving codices that were made in the Americas prior to the arrival of Europeans. The codex's rigid deerskin pages were painted white and appeared blank, but those seemingly empty pages came to reveal dozens of colorful figures arranged in storytelling scenes, which were described in a recently published study. Known as the Codex Selden, the mysterious book dates to about 1560. Other Mexican codices recovered from this period contained colorful pictographs — images that represent words or phrases — which have been translated as descriptions of alliances, wars, rituals and genealogies, according to the study authors. But Codex Selden was blank — or so it seemed. Made from a strip of deerskin measuring about 16 feet (5 meters) long, the hide was folded accordion-style into pages, which were layered with a white paint mixture known as gesso.

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Calendar of Events

August 19th @ 7pm: Dr. Rodrigo and Miceal are back to teach Keshe Technology
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TICKETS for KESHE Tech with Dr. Rodrigo and Miceal
Tickets to workshops will be sold at each event and held at The Lions Club Aug 27th and Sep 3rd at 2pm. Here is a LIST OF ITEMS you will need to bring to those workshops.

August 20th @ 7pm: "Physician Heal Thyself" with Dr. Rosamaria Machado and Miceal
They will speak on the different experiences that they have had, and the different modalities that one can use in healing oneself. They will also speak on their visits to John of God in Brazil, and others.
TICKETS for Physician Heal Thyself -on-line $30. Available at the door for $35.
Doors open at 6:30pm. Starts at 7pm.

August 26th to 28th: A Midsummer Night's Shakespeare: A Multi-generational Musical for the entire family with a cast of 20 adults and 20 children of all ages. Brought to you by Summerstruck Productions & Standing Room Only Acting Company. Choose from four performances - Friday, August 26th at 7:30pm $10; Saturday, August 27th at 2pm $10; Saturday, August 27th at 7:30pm $10; Sunday, August 28th at 2pm $10
Ticket Link: Shakespeare Production

August 29th, 2pm to 8pm: Auditions - Monty Python's "Spamalot"
SRO is hosting open auditions for Monty Python's Broadway hit "Spamalot"... the musical based on the popular Movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail. No preparations needed - materials will be provided. We are Seeking men & women of all ages: Peasants, Monks, Kights, Nuns, Killer Rabbits... the usual. Dancing and Singing would be nice - it's a musical, you know. The show performs all 4 weekends in November Rehearsals are September thru October.

August 30th @ 7pm: Scott Mowry presents Miracles & Inspiration
Cost $10-pay at the door.

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