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Issue 483 In This Issue June 25th, 2016

Editors Corner

Have you ever wondered if there was another way to dry clothes besides hanging them up or using a clothes dryer, which usually uses lots of energy to generate heat? What about something that uses high frequency sound to shake out the water? Apparently researchers are working on a clothes dryer that does just that. Click here

Speaking of interesting technologies, if you have house plants and use high-tech gadgets that can charge via USB, you may be interested to learn of a new technology. A company has apparently come up with a small power generation unit that uses a combination of bacteria and the runoff from watering a houseplant to generate enough energy to fully charge a portable device up to 3 times per day! Click here

While we're on the subject of water, did you know that the Caibbean sea "acts like a whistle"? Apparently the frequency is far too low for humans to hear but it's so loud "it can be ‘heard’ from space". Click here

There's more but I will leave the rest for you to discover and enjoy.
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Bloggers Corner
Beware the Independent
By Florence Vincent

How do you feel about Republicans running Thurston County? I ask because I find it interesting that none of them will run under that banner for County Commissioner. There are three different yard signs popping up around this part of the county and they all say Independent. Are these men hoping you'll think they aren't Republican? I worry about Republicans running this county, or this country for that matter. I'm watching what the Republicans are doing when they "own" a state. Things are going really well for the wealthy billionaires, but not at all well for everyone else. They are funding prisons while doing nothing to fix the poverty=drugs to prison pipeline, They are defunding schools while giving that money to poorly performing, unaccountable charter schools. They are putting up property taxes while letting infrastructure fall apart. They are keeping the minimum wage at poverty rates, while watching poverty rates soar. They aren't supporting their Veterans. They are cutting food stamps and not allowing medicaid while giving tax breaks and refunds to millionaires and billionaires. Literally more people are dying in Red states than in Blue states.

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Earth Watch

Man-made pollutants found in Earth's deepest ocean trenches
Toxic chemicals are accumulating in marine creatures in Earth’s deepest oceanic trenches, the first measurements of organic pollutants in these regions have revealed. “We often think deep-sea trenches are remote and pristine, untouched by humans,” says Alan Jamieson, a deep-ocean researcher at the University of Aberdeen, UK. But Jamieson and his colleagues have found man-made organic pollutants at high levels in shrimp-like crustaceans called amphipods that they collected from two deep-ocean trenches, he told a conference on deep-ocean exploration in Shanghai on 8 June. “It’s really surprising to find pollutants so deep in the ocean at such high concentrations,” says Jeffrey Drazen, a marine ecologist at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Before this work — which has not yet been published — the study of pollutants in deep-sea organisms had been limited to those that live at depths of 2,000 metres or less1, 2. The latest research tested for levels of organic chemicals in amphipods collected at 7,000–10,000 metres depth, from the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean — the world’s deepest trench — and from the Kermadec Trench near New Zealand.

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Listen to the strange sound of the Caribbean sea: Researchers find it acts like a WHISTLE and can be heard from space
The Caribbean Sea bellows so loudly it can be ‘heard’ from space. But, the eerie A-flat it produces is far too low for human ears to detect. In a recent study of the region, ocean scientists from the University of Liverpool discovered that the Caribbean behaves like a massive whistle, through an unusual oscillations in the Earth’s gravity field. The Caribbean Sea sits southeast of the Gulf of Mexico, and is part of the Atlantic Ocean. While analyzing activity in the region between 1958 and 2013, the researchers noticed a strange phenomenon. They examined sea levels and pressure readings from the bottom of the Sea, along with tide gauges and satellite measurements of gravity, and found that the area is producing what they’ve dubbed a ‘Rossby whistle.’ This happen when a large wave flowing slowly to the west, a Rossby wave, interacts with the seafloor. When the wave reaches the western boundary it dies out, but reappears on the eastern side of the basin. Scientists describe this as the ‘Rossby wormhole.’ Such a process can only be survived by waves of particular length, or they will otherwise cancel themselves out. Rossby waves, however, reinforce themselves, and produce an oscillation with a distinct period.

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China’s sinking feeling: Soil under Beijing gradually collapsing - study
Aside from its unsightly industrial pollution problem, China’s government has another potentially serious issue on its hands - the capital Beijing is reportedly in danger of becoming a massive sinkhole. A study of the movements beneath Beijing carried out by Chinese academics and a Spanish engineer has revealed that in some parts of the sprawling city soil is falling away at a rate of between 8-11cm per year. The city center appears to be the worst affected area, with the gradual displacement taking place below many of Beijing’s densely populated residential districts. Carried out using satellite radar technology, the study compared images of the region’s landscape between 2003 and 2011. Researchers involved in the study say that because of the “overexploitation” or overuse of groundwater, Beijing has been “suffering from land subsidence since 1935.” They are currently assessing the potential threat to buildings and roadways from the earth subsidence. According to the United States Geological Survey, the phenomenon - a sudden sinking of the Earth’s surface - is a growing global problem, exacerbated by human interference involving practices such as drainage of the soil and underground mining.

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In The News

Long-term power grid failures coming to America... do you have the tools to survive?
As part of its national Space Weather Strategy [PDF] released last fall, the White House has finally acknowledged what one expert has called a dramatic shift in emergency preparedness – namely, that three days' worth of food and supplies is far from enough for your family's survival. As reported by Off The Grid News, the plan – which was reviewed during a workshop in April hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and attended by White House officials – acknowledges that predicting space weather, like a solar flare, is difficult at best. What's more, despite all of our technology, there would be almost no warning if such an event were to occur. As others have noted, a massive solar flare would be the naturally occurring equivalent of an electromagnetic pulse attack via nuclear-tipped ICBM – and would devastate the electric power grids of even the most modern nations. What would ensue afterward is pure chaos. Grid expert Chuck Manto attended the April workshop and detailed the new plan in a mid-June article for, a web site for emergency planners and first responders such as police, fire and EMS personnel. The new plan acknowledges that such an event would lead to a "long-term loss of electric power."

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June 28th 6pm to 8pm: It’s a Party!! Come Play Essential Oil BINGO!!
Come join us for a fun evening playing Essential Oil Bingo. There will be lots of great prizes for Bingo winners as well as door prizes. You will learn heaps, and laugh a lot!
Location: Yelm doTERRA classroom, 17008 146th Ave SE, Yelm, WA 98597
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Climate Watch

After mega-heatwave, Los Angeles faces mega-wildfire
Two fires erupted just a few miles apart near Southern California’s Angeles National Forest on Monday, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of Los Angeles County residents. The fires, collectively dubbed the San Gabriel Complex Fire, raged unchecked across more than 5,000 acres of parched canyons and foothills throughout Monday night and Tuesday. The first of the twin blazes, named the Reservoir Fire, was ignited on Monday morning around 11 a.m., when a car went off the road and plummeted to the bottom of a canyon near the Morris Reservoir, where it ignited. The second fire, the Fish Fire, erupted about an hour later a few miles away, cause unknown. As of Wednesday morning, 48 hours after the first fire erupted, the San Gabriel Complex Fire has been just 10 percent contained, local news sources report. Smoke from the San Gabriel Complex Fire was visible across Los Angeles, as far as south L.A. Local authorities issued air pollution warnings throughout the San Gabriel and San Bernadino areas.

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Not so pretty in pink: Arctic cotton candy-colored snow may be warning sign
To some, pink snow sounds like a child’s fantasy come true. To others, it sounds like a dangerous new drug. But in reality, pink snow exists... and it isn’t a good sign. The blush-toned hue is the chemical reaction of algae that causes Arctic melt. Rosy snow is commonly seen at high altitudes when normally green algae turn red from absorbing ultraviolet rays. However, the reddish snow could also be increasing the speed of glacial melt. The simplest way to understand this is to think about wearing a black shirt on a hot day. People typically try not to do that because darker colored objects absorb a higher amount of incoming light than light-colored objects, which tend to reflect light. Here, it’s like a glacier putting on a red shirt, the Washington Post explained. More in-depth details of the phenomenon come from a paper published on Wednesday in the journal Nature Communications. The study looked at 40 different red snow samples from 16 glaciers and snowfields from Greenland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland.

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Technology Watch

This Eco-Friendly Smartphone Charger Generates Electricity from Plants
Could you imagine a world where you only had to look for the nearest houseplant to charge up your smartphone? Believe it or not, plant-based electronic charging could be a reality much sooner than you think, thanks to Bioo Lite — a new piece of technology that uses USB charger to harnesses the energy produced by plants via photosynthesis. The USB charger is attached to a biological battery system that sits in the bottom of the pot beneath the plant. Thanks to the magic of water and bacteria within the system, electricity can be generated in one of the greenest and most energy efficient ways possible. Simply use any USB smartphone cable to plug into the USB port, which is disguised as a rock and sits at the plant’s base to begin charging your device. According to Barcelona-based Arkyne Technologies (the creators of the charging system), electricity is collected around the clock so you can power up your device day or night. Depending on the type of plant being used and how well you’re able to stick with maintaining it, a single potted plant can produce anywhere from 3 to 40 watts of power, allowing you to fully charge up your device 2 to 3 times every day.

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Government researchers reveal the future of laundry: Ultrasonic dryer will SHAKE clothes dry (and never shrink them!)
Many have experienced the pain of purchasing new clothes, only to have them shrink in the dryer after a single wash. Now, a new innovation claims to be cheaper, faster and more energy-efficient than the traditional machines has scrapped the use of heat from its design. Instead, this ultrasonic dryer uses electric devices that create high-pitched sounds so intense they shake wet clothes dry - and in just 20 to 30 minutes. Ayyoub Momen, a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, collaborated with General Electric to produce this cutting-edge house hold necessity. 'Evaporating water with heating elements, [like] commercial dryers do, is energy-intensive no matter how you design it,' Momen, a researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, told CNNMoney.  'The ultrasonic concept is, 'just displacing the water with a low-energy, high-frequency vibration.' According to the US Department of Energy, ultrasonic dryers could save consumers up to $900 million over the course of 10 years. And manufacturing the machines would also create 6,350 jobs in the nation.

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Calendar of Events

Weekendz, Noon to 4pm: Shitzale at The Triad
Continuez by popular demanz. Enter through the front Yelm Ave Door. We got some really good Shitz! New Shitz still accepted-Leave it in front of building.

June 25th @ 3pm: Early Bird Movie - Quartet
Come inside during Prairie Days for a break and some afternoon Movie entertainment. Cost: $8

June 26th @ 4pm: Ted Mahr LIVE Radio Broadcast
Come on in and watch the LIVE broadcast as Ted Mahr does his "Out of this World" show from our stage.

June 29th @ 7pm: Focus Group - Match 4 & Lotto (donation only)
If you haven't been to the Focus group, come check out the last one in June. Followed by Matt Kahn.

July 1st & 2nd @ 7pm: Movie "CONSUMED"
This movie received a Triad Theater Standing Ovation. Cost: $8.

July 6th/7th: Lecture & Workshop with Psychic SOLRETA ANTARIA
Lecture - July 6th is $15.
Workshop - July 7th. Cost for both nights is $100. Workshop held offsite under the stars.
Links: Solreta Antaria Tickets, Solreta's Website, Solreta on You Tube

July 13th @ 7pm: Martine Kraft - Composer and Virtuoso performs
LIVE on The Triad Stage. $20 recommended donation. This is a fund raising concert for the Native American Justice Project.
Links: Martine Kraft Tickets, Visit Martine's Website

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