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Issue 464 In This Issue February 6th, 2016

Editors Corner

Did you know that you can heat and/or cool a greenhouse, or any similar space really, with just some buried plastic tubes and a small fan? Russ Finch, a former mail carrier and farmer, did just that in Nebraska. The setup he has warms the greenhouse in winter and cools it in summer. He can apparently grow practically any tropical plant and it only costs him about $1 per day. Click here

Speaking of warming, you may be aware that Greenland is melting but, are you aware that as it melts, it's dumping a lot of phosphorous into the Arctic Ocean? "It could stimulate growth of plankton at the base of the ocean food web, which could impact birds, fish and marine mammals higher up the food chain." Click here

On a slightly different subject, you've most likely heard of something called "carbon nanotubes". They are used in composite materials to enhance the strength of an object while keeping the components weight down. You can find them in wind turbines, sports gear, and vehicles. Did you know that, although most of the scientific community apparently didn't know about them until the early 1990s, "in 2006 researchers discovered that the people of Damascus were making use of nanotubes in their steel hundreds of years ago"? Click here

That's about it from me for this week.
Enjoy this newsletter, and we'll see you next week.

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Sheep Farm Tower Update
Feb. 4th, 2016

Warm greetings, Everyone! We are excited to say that we were able to get the Appeal Hearing postponed to Monday, March 7, 2016.  So please mark your calendars because your participation in the hearing room is one of the decisive factors in the outcome of our Hearing.  Closer to the date we will provide you with times and location. At this point, you can help keep the Sheep Farm cell tower free through your participation by coming to the Yelm Coop to sign an Affidavit and/or Declaration, all free of charge!   An affidavit is:  a legal term for an official written statement made under oath before a notary public.  A Declaration is:  a written statement submitted to the Hearings Examiner in which the writer swears 'under penalty of perjury' that the contents are true.

The affidavits and declarations that will be provided will cover the following topics:

  1. Decline in Property Values by the proposed cell tower in the Lake Lawrence area
  2. Mt. Rainier view ruined by proposed cell tower
  3. Personal knowledge that you already have wireless cell coverage in the Lake Lawrence area

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In The News

Multiple buildings collapse, at least 2 killed in 6.4 quake in Taiwan
Multiple buildings, including a 17-story residential tower, have collapsed after a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early on Saturday. Authorities in the affected city have formed an emergency response center. The Tainan City mayor has confirmed that at least two people are dead at the site of the collapsed 17-story building. In total at least four buildings have collapsed as a result of the earthquake.  "Four buildings have collapsed in Tainan City area. Search and rescue is underway and no casualties have been reported at this moment," Lin Kuan-cheng, spokesman for the National Fire Agency, told AFP. The 17-floor apartment building houses about 240 people and consists of at least 60 households, according to City Government Fire Bureau information officer Lee Po Min.  At least 123 people have been rescued from that residential tower, the local fire brigade told Reuters. Formosa TV said 37 people were rescued from another seven-story property. The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 6.7. According to EpochTimes, China, seven people were slightly injured in a retail market in Tainan. Another person was slightly injured in the Quy Nhon district. The epicenter of the quake was located at a shallow depth of 6.2 miles (10 km), some 19 miles (31 km) east-southeast of Tainan, the USGS said.

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Indian biotech firm says it has developed 2 vaccines for Zika virus
Indian scientists say they have developed two vaccines for the Zika virus, which is linked to underdeveloped brains in babies. The infection, dubbed a "global health emergency" by the WHO, is believed to have infected millions of people this year. The two candidate vaccines, reportedly developed by Bharat Biotech International in Hyderabad, India, were created following research that began nine months ago. "On Zika, we are probably the first vaccine company in the world to file a vaccine candidate patent about nine months ago,” Bharat Biotech managing director Krishna Ella told NDTV. "...The formulated inactivated vaccine is expected to elicit a strong antibody response as we see humoral immunity offering a primary defense against Zika infection,” he told the International Business Times. They will now be tested in animal and human trials. If those trials are successful, a vaccine could become available to the public in around four months. The best case scenario is that the biotech firm could make one million doses in that time, according to Ella. Research into the vaccines began after the biotech firm legally imported a live Zika virus into the country last year. Ella has sought direct intervention from Prime Minister Narendra Modi since then, urging for the vaccines to be fast-tracked through clinical trials.

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On The Lighter Side

Gallery by Mac Stone
Stunning photos of the endangered Everglades

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

February 13th @ 7pm: LIVE SHOW - TRIAD’s ANNUAL VALENTINE "Crooners & Spooners Cabaret"
Doors open at 7pm Show starts at 8pm. Tickets $10 if pre-purchased on-line or at The Triad. $15 at the door. Live acts hit the stage in this LOVE inspired evening. Singing, comedy, and more...
Click on these links to VIEW VIDEO PRESENTATION of past shows OR PURCHASE TICKETS.

February 19th, 20th, & 22nd @ 7:30pm: LIVE STREAM- DAVID WILCOCK 3 NIGHT SEMINAR
Doors open at 7pm and Live Stream Starts at 7:30pm $25 per night or all three nights $65. Visit the Conscious Life Expo WEBSITE for more information. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
Topics each night:
- 19th: History of the Secret Space Program with Corey Goode.
- 20th: Revealing the Secret Space Program.
- 22nd: Spontaneous Ascension, the latest evidence.

February 26th thru March 13th: THEATRICAL PRODUCTION - Standing Room Only is back with "The Importance of Being Earnest" an Oscar Wilde classic. In this hilarious comedy, pandemonium ensues when a duplicitous duo of wealthy playboys find themselves together, both masquerading as the same person, with each wooing a different woman. All amid a flurry of mistaken identity, witty banter and cucumber sandwiches!
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Food Watch

Step Inside a Citrus Grove in a Geothermal Nebraska Greenhouse
High on the Nebraska plains, there’s a citrus grove with trees holding up a canopy of lemons, grapefruit-sized oranges, green figs, and bunches of grapes. Yes, it’s indoors. And it’s only possible because it taps into the core of the earth’s own energy, geothermal heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. Russ Finch, a former mail carrier and farmer, designed the greenhouse, which he calls the Greenhouse in the Snow. The original, which he built more than 20 years ago, is connected to his home. You don’t often see orange trees in Nebraska, but Finch says growing citrus was a way of showing that his geothermal greenhouse could work. “Any type of plant we saw we would put it in and see what it could do. We didn’t baby anything,” Finch said. “We just put it in and if it died it died, but most everything really grows well. We can grow practically any tropical plant.” It doesn’t stay hot in the greenhouse all the time. But even in a cold Nebraska winter geothermal heat keeps the orange trees comfortable. “All we try to do is keep it above 28 degrees in the winter,” Finch said. “We have no backup system for heat. The only heat source is the earth’s heat at 52 degrees at 8-foot deep.”

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Going green? 85,000 tons of chemical-brightened olives seized in Italy
Police in Italy have seized more than 85,000 tons of green olives painted with copper sulphate to make them look fresher, adding to thousands of tons of counterfeit foreign olive oil passed off as “Made in Italy.” Italy’s top-selling products – green olives and olive oil – have long been a source of national pride and are successful exports. The country is among the top five European olive oil exporters, according to 2015 estimates by the Madrid-based International Olive Council, which operates under the auspices of the United Nations.   But between 2014 and 2015 the olive crop was hit by bad weather, fruit-fly blight and a deadly bacterium – all of which left the Italian market more vulnerable to the risk of ‘counterfeit’ olives. On Wednesday, Italian police said 19 people are facing charges over “painting” green olives from previous years’ harvests with copper sulphate to give them an intense, uniform green color. The “painted olives cases” also include the use of banned additives and plans to sell edible goods containing dangerous substances. Police said using copper sulphate was a “smart choice” because it is not usually classified as a chemical colorant, so food control authorities do not test or look for it.

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Nature Watch

Greenland is melting and dumping phosphorous into the Arctic Ocean
Here are a few things that we know about the Greenland Ice Sheet: 1) it’s big — like, almost 2.5 times the size of Texas; 2) it’s beautiful — I mean, just look at it; and 3) it’s melting. Now, here are a few things that we don’t know about the ice sheet: 1) is it cool if we call it GrIS?; 2) why is it so eager to get back to that pre-Oligocene epoch weight?; and 3) what else is that big galoot leaching into the sea besides water? One of these is more important than the others, so let’s start with that one. According to a new study published in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Greenland is indeed releasing more than just water into the Arctic Ocean. It’s also releasing about 400,000 metric tons of phosphorous per year — about 11,000 metric tons of which is “bioavailable,” or accessible as nutrients to surrounding marine life. This is important, the researchers say, because plankton — those weird little microorganisms that serve as the base of the marine food web — feed on phosphorous. And unlike, say, nitrogen, phosphorous isn’t readily available from the atmosphere, so its presence (or lack thereof) can be a limiting factor in ecosystem growth.

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Is Feeding Birds in Winter Good for Them?
During winter, most birds traditionally eat weed seeds and overwintering insects. Their options have dramatically increased in the last few decades. Now almost one-third of adults in North America put out nearly one billion pounds of birdseed each year. Does this help birds, or does it create an unhealthy cycle of dependency? Research has shown that feeding birds in winter is largely to their advantage.

How does winter feeding benefit birds?
A study by the University of Exeter and Queen’s University Belfast found that extra food provided at bird feeders during winter leads to more successful breeding in the spring. Birds that received extra food laid eggs earlier and had a higher survival rate of the chicks. The researchers also concluded that it’s beneficial to keep feeding until the end of breeding season. Feeders that were left out until late spring continued to have a positive effect on breeding outcomes. Winter bird feeders have been shown to have the greatest benefit when birds are most challenged, such as during a particularly harsh winter or in poor-quality habitats. This is true for summer and fall feeding as well. Any time when natural food is scarce, supplemental feeding can help.

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History Watch

From Chrome Plating To Nanotubes: The ‘Modern’ Chemistry First Used In Ancient Times
The ancient Babylonians were the first to use sophisticated geometry – a staggering 1,400 years before it was previously thought to have been developed. Sadly, these mathematical innovations were forgotten as the Babylonian civilisation collapsed and were only rediscovered this year as scientists took a close look at ancient clay tablets. This surprising finding made me wonder about what other scientific methods that we put down to modern minds were actually discovered by ancient civilisations. So I decided to hunt down some of the most advanced uses of chemistry.

Qin Dynasty chrome plating
The mirrored shine of chrome-plated metal is almost a symbol of the modern era. A thin chrome layer coats metals and plastics in kitchens, bathrooms and cars. Credit for chrome-plating technology goes to George Sargent who published a method in 1920 that lead to the commercial plating that dominated the Art Deco period and beyond. In fact, other famous chemists including Robert Bunsen dabbled with chrome plating in the mid-19th century. But all of these may have been beaten to the shine by the metallurgists of the Qin dynasty in China some 2,000 years before chrome had even been identified in the West.

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GMO Watch

Why Bill Gates is being blamed for the Zika virus
The latest revelation regarding the Zika virus involves a genetically-altered mosquito project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – an experiment which some suspect may have caused the rapid spread of a once-rare disease that is now expected to circulate around the globe. Zika virus has been linked to a birth defect called microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with brain damage and unusually small heads. Brazil has been labeled the "epicenter" of the Zika virus outbreak, with more than a million cases reported there. Perhaps not coincidentally, Brazil is also the site where the GM mosquito project was carried out – and it involved the same strain of mosquito said to be responsible for the spread of the virus.

From The Event Chronicle:
"The Zika virus, which has been detected in 18 of the 26 states in Brazil, is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. A generically modified version has been developed by a British biotech company called Oxitec. The results of a trial in Brazil published this summer involved genetically engineered mosquitoes that allegedly fight the spread of dengue fever, yellow fever, chikungunya, and zika virus."

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