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Issue 460 In This Issue January 9th, 2016

Editors Corner

Did you know that a research team in Queensland, Australia, has demonstrated that ultrasonic sound waves can be used to treat Alzheimer's and restore memory function? So far they have only tested it on mice, but they were able to restore the memory function in a fairly high percentage. Click here

Speaking of rodents, have you heard the interesting results from a study on guinea pigs in increasing temperatures? They were noticeably altering the chemical structures in their DNA to adjust to the heat! Click here

While we're on the subject of heat, are you aware that there was a black hole, at the center of a galaxy, that was apparently caught 'burping' hot galactic gas? The research team likened it to a burp after a big meal. Click here

There's more, but I will leave the rest for you to discover and enjoy.
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Science Watch

If you’ve ever had anyone in your life suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, you know that it is a brutal condition. Not only for the person suffering from it but for their family and friends. Alzheimers affects over 50 million people worldwide, and there is no cure or vaccine against it. The disease is caused by a build-up of two different types of lesions in the brain. One type, amyloid plaques are a sticky protein that develops between the neurons of the brain and keep them from transmitting properly. The other type of lesion, neurofibrillary tangles, are another thick protein mass that develops between neurons. The problem with curing the condition is clearing out the build-ups around the neurons in a manner the is not invasive. Well, a research team from the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at the University of Queensland thinks they may have an answer. In their recent report in Science Translational Medicine, the team documented astounding results with using a specific type of ultrasound to restore brain function in mice.

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Food Watch

The 7 Biggest Food Stories of 2015
The food politics beat was as tumultuous and fascinating as ever in 2015. Here, in no particular order, is my list of the year's biggest stories. Let me know what I missed in the comments section.

1) Chipotle loses its halo. Unlike its rather timid salsas, Chipotle Mexican Grill's stock has typically been red-hot, rising more than sevenfold between 2009 and the end of 2014. The burrito behemoth drove its rapid growth by successfully marketing itself as a rustic, farm-friendly alternative to faceless, soulless agribusiness. This year, however, the company's halo has plunged into the muck. Chipotle got caught in a seemingly endless chain of foodborne illness disasters: an E. coli outbreak that sickened 53 people, including 20 who had to be hospitalized, mostly in the northwest; a norovirus eruption in Boston, affecting 80 people, including 10 members of the Boston College basketball team; and just last week, another E. coli imbroglio, this time centered in the Midwest. Adding insult to (gastric) injury, in one of Bloomberg BusinessWeek's final issues of the year, the cover depicts an image of a Chipotle burrito vomiting its contents.

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Nature Watch

Guinea pigs might have a secret defense against climate change
You might picture guinea pigs as sort of the Anne Geddes babies of the animal kingdom — sweet balls of fur perched in miniature tubs, playing with yarn, and frolicking atop piles of flowers. But you may not have guessed that these calendar-ready rodents could be resilient badasses when it comes to climate change. No surprise here, but guinea pigs (the epitome of test subjects) recently found themselves at the center of a study about climate change adaption. The results, from New Scientist: “For the first time, wild mammals have been seen responding to higher temperatures by altering chemical structures on their DNA.”

More on the experiment from Nature World News: For the study, male wild guinea pigs were subjected to increasing temperatures at ten degree increments for a period of two months. This allowed researchers to monitor the animals’ response to changing environmental conditions.

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Antarctica’s clouds are a big mystery to climate scientists
I know what you’re thinking: Clouds can’t possibly be that complicated, right? They’re just a bunch of water vapor hanging out in the atmosphere, and sometimes they leak. Sure, there are a lot of variables at stake: temperature on land and at sea, wind speeds both local and global, humidity, pressure, not to mention a changing climate. And, yes, clouds are subject to chaotic physical forces such that even the most detailed measurements can’t explain what will happen more than a few hours into the future. OK, that sounds pretty complicated. It turns out clouds are one of the big unknown factors when scientists try to build computer models of the climate. We just don’t know what they’re going to do as the atmosphere absorbs more and more heat — will they form differently? Might they buffer systematic changes by reflecting more heat or exacerbate them by failing to do so? In places like West Antarctica, where the last careful observations of clouds were made in 1967, how clouds behave is an enduring and important mystery. The gigantic West Antarctic ice sheet may be collapsing as we speak, which could contribute a disastrous four feet to sea-level rise all on its own. How clouds slow or speed its melting will have a major, direct effect in the coming century.

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January 20th, 5:30pm to 9:30pm: The Center for Self Governance beginning class
The Center for Self Governance (CSG) is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to training citizens in applied civics. CSG teaches unconventional, tried and tested techniques in applied civics proven to Keep the Republic. CSG training puts you, the citizen, in the drivers seat of self governance. Click here for full text
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January 23rd, 10am to 4pm: The Center for Self Governance beginning class
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Space Watch

Black hole caught 'burping' galactic gas supply
Astronomers have spotted two huge waves of gas being "burped" by the black hole at the heart of a nearby galaxy. The swathes of hot gas, detected in X-ray images from Nasa's Chandra space telescope, appear to be sweeping cooler hydrogen gas ahead of them. This vast, rippling belch is taking place in NGC 5195 - a small, neglected sibling of the "Whirlpool Galaxy", 26 million light years away. That makes it one of the closest black holes blasting gas in this way. The findings, presented at the 227th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Florida, are a dramatic example of "feedback" between a supermassive black hole and its host galaxy. "We think that feedback keeps galaxies from becoming too large," said Marie Machacek, a co-author of the study from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CFA). "But at the same time, it can be responsible for how some stars form. This shows that black holes can create, not just destroy."

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In The News

Collapse of wild bee populations to devastate supply of almonds, blueberries and apples
Wild bees are disappearing in some of the nation's most crucial agricultural areas – a phenomenon that may have devastating effects on crops such as blueberries, almonds and apples. That's the conclusion of researchers at the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, who have prepared the first national map of bee populations in response to a 2014 White House memo calling for a "national assessment of wild pollinators and their habitats." Their research is further confirmation that something is causing a rapid decline in wild bee populations in the United States – a decline which could soon begin having noticeable effects in terms of prices and availability of the many foods which depend on wild bee pollination, while negatively impacting the agricultural industry in general.

From the researchers' report: "If losses of these crucial pollinators continue, the new nationwide assessment indicates that farmers will face increasing costs — and that the problem may even destabilize the nation's crop production."

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Thousands of pink bottles wash ashore in England, turning beach into hideous fluorescent mess
Thousands of bright pink detergent bottles have washed ashore on the southwest coast of England, making the beach look a bit like Susan G. Komen shit all over it. While the source of the bottles hasn’t been verified, the BBC reports that they may have come from a container ship full of Vanish detergent that was lost at sea last May. Whatever the source, the bottles should feel right at home: There are an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic trash in the oceans (and counting!). The Cornwall Wildlife Trust has raised concerns about the impact of the detritus on marine life. “The main worry is all that detergent going into our beautiful marine environment, but thankfully most [bottles] are full,” the National Trust’s Justin Whitehouse told the BBC. And there are a lot of bottles. “We were frantically trying to collect them all up and then the Maritime Coastguard Agency sent a helicopter out and discovered that actually there’s whole rafts of them that are likely to be coming our way,” Whitehouse said.

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

January 9th @ 7pm: MOVIE - Red Tent
Based on Anita Diamant's bestselling novel; the story of the twelve tribes of Israel is told through the eyes of Jacob's only daughter, Dinah. Life in the time of the Old Testament and of the women who gather in the Red Tent. Cost is $8.

January 10th @ 10:05am: SEA-HAWKS

January 12th @ 7pm: Things they don't teach in school
Hosted by David Wilcock. $8

January 14th @ 7pm: POETRY - The Poets of Yelmshire & Songwriters

January 15th @ 7pm: Friday Night at the Movies
Old classics, old sci-fi's, independant films, cult films, foreign films, double features. $8

January 16th @ 7pm: Mars Defence Force Part 2
Capt. Randy Cramer USMC. VIP 6pm $35, 7pm $25

January 19th @ 7pm: Miracles & Inspirations
News not on TV with Scott Mowry. $10

January 22nd @ 7pm: Friday Night at the Movies
Old classics, old sci-fi's, independant films, cult films, foreign films, double features. $8

January 23rd @ 3pm: The McCloud Family Exhibit
A Nisqually Tribe Family Cultural Event! Plus a premiere film showing of "Journey to Bella Bella The Nisqually Tribal Canoe Journey". There will also be a drumming performance and Native Food. $20

January 24th @ 2pm: FILM - A documentary - "The truth about Cancer" Part One
Learn alternative approaches that doctors can't tell you about... and why they can't. Total Recovery is not Expensive! There is more to recovery then you "Pink"! $8 admission. Total satisfaction or your money back!

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