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Issue 504 In This Issue December 3rd, 2016

Editors Corner

Greetings,
Did you know that scientists have invented a new way to remove cooking smells that come from deep-fat fryers? Apparently, up until now, this could only be done with bulky and expensive commercial cooker hoods that use chemicals and create ozone as a by-product. This new method passes the smelly air through cold plasma for cleaning. Click here

Speaking of smells, are you aware that scientists have modeled a chemical sniffer after the nose of a Labrador? They found that this new model has improved detector performance by up to a factor of 18. Click here

On a slightly different subject, have you heard that the coast of Queensland, Australia got hit by a barrage of intense weather phenomena this last week? It included more than 6,000 lightning strikes, and hailstones the size of tennis balls. Click here

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

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Weather Watch

Winter chill to spread into the US over the coming week
A cold winter chill finally engulfed Alaska, after almost two years of warmer than usual weather conditions. The cold will likely settle the western US over the coming week. -35 °C (-31 °F) was recorded in Fairbanks on the morning of November 21 (local time), a value which officially ended a two-year long period of higher temperatures. The period of 624 days of warmer weather conditions was the second longest on record, according to media reports.  During the afternoon hours of the same day, the temperatures peaked at -29.4 °C (-21 °F), after a record period of 658 days of maximum temperatures above -23.3 °C (-10 °F). At the same time, -40.5°C (-41°F) was reported in Bettles. This is the first time in a period of almost one year that Alaska's daily temperature index was below the normal. Between -40 and -42.8°C (-40 and -45°F) was reported in several areas in Alaska on December 1. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), large portions of the state will experience colder than usual conditions over the coming six to ten days, something that happened for the first time since February 2014.

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Tennis ball-size hailstones & 6,000 lightning strikes pummel Australia (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)
Australia’s east coast has been blitzed with a barrage of intense weather phenomena, including more than 6,000 lightning strikes and hailstones the size of tennis balls. The freak conditions struck the coast of Queensland earlier this week, prompting Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology to issue a series of “severe” weather warnings. Electricity supply company Energex recorded more than 6,000 ground strikes of lightning on Wednesday alone and more than 3,900 properties losing power. The severe weather has now gone on for two days. On Wednesday a woman was struck by lightning and a teenager was hit by a falling tree, ABC News reports. People in the affected area took to social media to post videos and photos of the extreme weather as it battered their homes. ABC reported that the State Emergency Service was called to at least six homes across south-east Queensland due to hail and rain damage. The Bureau of Meteorology lifted the warnings as night fell on Thursday, however many people are still left without electricity as crews continue to deal with fallen trees and power cables as well as other structural damage.

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Technology Watch

FBI gets expanded hacking powers despite Senate fight
Senate lawmakers failed to delay a rule that will enhance the government’s hacking powers. The change allows the FBI to seek a “universal” warrant to access computers in any jurisdiction. Critics argue the rule threatens the privacy rights of Americans. The controversial change to Rule 41 of the federal rules of criminal procedure will allow a US judge to issue search warrants that give the FBI the authority to remotely access computers in any jurisdiction, potentially even overseas. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) tried three times on Wednesday to delay the changes, which will take effect at midnight. In a speech from the Senate floor, Wyden said that the changes amounted to "one of the biggest mistakes in surveillance policy in years." The government will have "unprecedented authority to hack into Americans' personal phones, computers and other devices," Wyden said, according to Reuters. Wyden was joined by Sens. Steve Daines (R-Montana) and Chris Coons (D-Delaware), who took to the floor to either pass or formally vote on three bills to delay or prevent the updates. “We simply can’t give unlimited power for unlimited hacking,” Daines argued, according to The Hill.

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5,000yrs of battery life: Nuclear waste-formed radioactive diamonds provide long-lasting energy
Scientists have discovered a way to convert nuclear waste into radioactive black diamond batteries which last more than 5,000 years. Researchers at the University of Bristol have found a means of creating a battery capable of generating clean electricity for five millennia, or as long as human civilization has existed. Scientists found that by heating graphite blocks – used to house uranium rods in nuclear reactors – much of the radioactive carbon is given off as a gas. This can then be gathered and turned into radioactive diamonds using a high-temperature chemical reaction, in which carbon atoms are left on the surface in small, dark-colored diamond crystals. These man-made diamonds produce a small electrical charge when placed near a radioactive source. The radioactive diamonds are then encased safely within a layer of non-radioactive diamond. The surface of a complete diamond emits less radiation than a banana. The Bristol scientists have already created a working diamond battery from nickel-63, a radioactive isotope more stable than carbon-14, which is prevalent in nuclear waste. They will create their first carbon-14 batteries in the New Year.

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Earth Watch

The great wall of New Zealand
Incredible aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has created 15ft high natural barriers across the landscape
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked New Zealand earlier this month has had a lasting effect in the shape of a 15ft high wall. It was created by the shift in the earth when on the November 14 the southern hemisphere was hit by the huge quake around Kaikoura around 600 miles north of Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island. For the first time since the natural disaster, scientists have been allowed into the area surrounding the epicentre, and discovered the massive Hadrian's Wall-like rock formation which had sprung up as well as roads and fencing showing clearly how sections of the earth have shifted out of line.  The first reconnaissance team from the University of Canterbury (UC), in New Zealand- comprised UC academics Professor Jarg Pettinga, Dr Clark Fenton, Dr Anekant Wandres, and Geology PhD students Alan Bischoff and Andrea Barrier - was in the field quickly after last week's huge quake. They ventured to Kaikoura and concentrated in the North Culverden Basin and an area called Mount Lyford.

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

December 3rd @ 6pm: Conversations with Miceal
Doors open 5pm; Starts 6pm. Cost is $35 at the door. Details and registration on his website: www.ConversationsWithMiceal.com

December 4th @ 5:30pm: WATCH the SeaHawks take on the Panthers on the NEW SCREEN
Donations only.

December 6th @ 7pm: Scott Mowry translating todays news stories in Miracles & Inspirations
$10-pay at the door.

December 9th, 5pm to 9pm: Kids Movie Night
Drop off the kids and go Shop! $8 (includes snacks).

December 10th @ 2pm & 7pm: The Magic of Christmas presented by Magician Ernie Storey
A magical time for the whole family! Kids $8, Adults $12. Special Family Packages available.
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December 18th & 19th: Family Christmas Show - Where's Charlie?
Starts at 3pm on Sunday, Dec 18th & 7pm on Monday, Dec 19th. Cost is $10
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In The News

Deadly Tennessee wildfire caught from the air & ground in shocking footage (VIDEO)
As enormous wildfires continue to rage across the southeast United States, alarming footage of the latest eruption in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, was caught from both the ground and air. Ten people have died from the fires that moved eastward from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park towards homes in eastern Tennessee, WBIR reported Thursday. That is up from a previous death toll of seven. More than 50 people were injured, and over 700 buildings were burned beyond repair in Sevier County. Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate Gatlinburg, Tennessee, on Monday night after a wildfire erupted on Chimney Tops mountain and spread into the nearby towns – resulting in the death of seven people. Local man Michael Luciano recorded his heart-stopping, close escape from the flames as he abandoned his home and made his way to safety. While the fire officially remains active, footage of the after-effects, captured by Tennessee National Guardsman Michael Donovan on Tuesday, showed some of the devastating damage the blaze has left in its wake.

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Switzerland's age of banking secrecy coming to an end
The Swiss government plans to dramatically increase international cooperation on fiscal transparency, sharing private information about clients of the country's banks. The automatic exchange of information (AEOI) on bank accounts will be spread to 22 more countries, including Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, and Uruguay as well as India and South Africa, according to the Federal Department of Finance. The move aims to put an end to Switzerland's long-protected banking secrecy practices as well as stopping wealthy foreigners from hiding their undeclared income in the country. The AEOI system is a global standard introduced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to fight tax evasion. As part of the regulations, all banks are obliged to send client information to national tax authorities with data on foreign residents to be shared with tax authorities in the customers' home countries. Switzerland has been the focus of debate on black money allegedly stashed by foreign residents behind its strong banking secrecy walls.

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Science Watch

Four new elements officially added to periodic table

The periodic table is getting a little bigger after scientists added the names of four new elements, completing the seventh row of the chart. The options could have included mythological characters or minerals, but the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry settled on names based on the locations where elements were discovered or researchers who helped find them.

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Chemical sniffer based on Labrador nose boosts detection by up to factor of 18
A chemical sniffer modelled on the nose of a Labrador has been shown to improve detection up to 18 times. The secret was to mimic the "active" way dogs sniff as they exhale and inhale to sample the air, said scientists. Conventional sniffer devices, such as those used to spot hidden explosives, employ continual suction and do not breathe in and out. Taking lessons from nature, the US researchers investigated the doggy technique for smelling and learned how canine nostrils capture and pull in aroma samples five times a second. Then using a 3-D printer they replicated the external features of a female Labrador retriever's nose, including the shape, direction, and spacing of the nostrils. Fitting the artificial dog nose to the front of a commercially available explosives detector improved performance up to 18 times. Lead scientist Matthew Staymates, from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (Nist), said: "The dog is an active aerodynamic sampling system that literally reaches out and grabs odorants.

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The future of food? Space scientists invent a new way to cook odourless meals using cold PLASMA
A takeaway normally tasted good at the time, but the remnants of fried fat can stick around your clothes or hair for hours afterwards. Now researchers at the European Space Agency and the ISS have come up with an alternative way to fry food, which they say eliminates these foul odours altogether. The new method, that was first developed in space, was developed by a German manufacturer of deep-fat fryers called Blümchen. Cooking foods in hot fat or oil releases molecules that are extremely hard to get rid of. Normally, these smells are destroyed in bulky and expensive commercial cooker hoods. These use chemicals that create ozone as a by-product, and this ozone must be removed. But a German manufacturer of deep-fat fryers, Blümchen, has teamed up with Munich-based Terraplasma, and together they are taking a different approach.  The new approach is based on plasma experiments that have been running on the Space Station since 2001. 

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On The Lighter Side

Frontrunner for ‘World’s Greatest Grandad’ builds awesome backyard theme park (VIDEO)

A retired aerospace engineer put his honed skills and abundant free time to use by building his grandchildren an awesome rollercoaster theme park in his own backyard. Paul Gregg shared a video of two of his grandchildren enjoying their first ride on “Little Rocket,” the smallest of the three rollercoasters he constructed in his Seattle garden.

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Handheld TESLA COIL GUN at 28,000fps

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