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Issue 469 In This Issue March 12th, 2016

Editors Corner

Greetings,
Did you know that a paved road in California went from a normal relatively flat road to a lumpy hilly road in just a few hours? Within a day, it was was unusable! The phenomenon was apparently a strange geological one that didn't have any rainstorm or big earthquake to trigger it. Click here

Speaking of a day, have you heard about a new study that suggests food we eat on a daily basis can alter the cells in our body? "Nearly all of a cell's genes are influenced by changes to the nutrients they have access to." Yet another good reason to grow ones own food. Click here

While we're on the subject of altering genes, as I'm pretty sure you're aware, plastic is almost everywhere. One of the challenges with that is how to dispose of it in a safe and environmentally friendly way. Apparently some Japanese scientists have discovered what may become a solution in the form of a genetically altered version of a microorganism that feeds on plastic. Click here

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Garden Watch

Get a Head Start on Planning Your Organic Salad Garden
You don’t need to wait until the spring thaw to start planning your summer garden. In fact, now is a great time to get the process going so you can begin harvesting and eating vegetables and herbs you grow yourself in as little as two months. Here’s how:

1) Make a plan. Keep it simple, and focus on vegetables you actually like to eat. For example, don’t grow broccoli if you hate the stuff. If you just want a salad garden, consider different lettuces, spinach and other greens. Cucumbers, tomatoes and onions are all easy options depending on where you live. And don’t forget herbs like basil, oregano and thyme.

2) Select your growing space. Is it a garden plot, raised beds or containers on a porch or patio? The amount of space you have will determine what you can grow, how much you can grow and how much variety you can have.

3) Know how much direct sunlight you have. Most vegetables need at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight to thrive. You may have a lot of sunlight in the spring before shade trees leaf out, but come summer, not nearly enough sun. Plan accordingly, so that when you transplant your seedlings, you’ll be putting them into a space where they can thrive.

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Food Watch

You really are what you eat: Nutrients in food can change how GENES 'behave'
Most of us will be aware of the 'high' we can get from eating a bar of chocolate or the guilt that follows a sneaky fast food meal - and the harm it can do to us if we do it too often.  But the food we eat on a daily basis may be having a far greater impact on our bodies than previously realised, according to a new study.  Researchers have discovered that nutrients in food alter how proteins are produced in 'almost every gene in our body', and this can have a direct impact on our health.  Proteins are the cell's 'workers' and our bodies use them a range of biological functions.  For example, some are used as the 'building blocks' for hair and nails, while muscles contain proteins called actin and myosin.  Other kinds of proteins carry oxygen around the body and help fight infections, while enzymes control the rate of the chemical reactions in the body that make other molecules.  If the production of protein is changed, it can have a knock-on effect on how our bodies grow, respond to illness and even our intelligence.  The finding suggests the relationship between nature and nurture is far more complicated than had been previously believed and could explain day-to-day variations in how our genes work.  Researchers found that while our DNA governs how metabolism works, the nutrients released from food by these processes can also, in turn, change the way our genes function.

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Science Watch

Plastic-eating bacteria: A key solution to the world’s pollution problem… if upgraded
Japanese scientists have discovered what may become a solution to at least part of the global pollution crisis in the form of a microorganism that feeds on plastic. However, there’s a catch – it will need to be genetically modified first. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is world’s most frequently used polymer, and is used to manufacture packaging and clothing. It’s also the most durable, which makes PET an important ecological issue. Over 310 million tons of plastic is produced yearly, but only 14 percent of plastic waste is collected and recycled, scientists say. Until recently there has been little evidence of organisms able to decompose and consume plastic: fungi species discovered in 2012 and mealworms have both proved able to do so. Now Japanese scientists have discovered a bacteria “that is able to use PET as its major energy and carbon source,” their article in Science magazine reads. The newly discovered Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6 dissolves plastic by using two enzymes in order to convert PET to environmentally friendly terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol, researchers say. One of the researchers, microbiologist Kohei Oda, emphasized the importance of the summary.

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Technology Watch

Illegal likes: Facebook button violates data collection law, German court rules
Just days after Facebook launched a range of new emotional responses, its original Like button has been declared illegal by a German court because of the way some of the data is collected. The Dusseldorf district court ruled Wednesday that the Fashion ID site by Peek & Cloppenburg must get consent from users before sending their data to Facebook and it must also tell users that they can withdraw their consent at any time. The site was accused of sending data to Facebook before consumers had decided to like the page. "A mere link to a data protection statement at the foot of the website does not constitute an indication that data are being or are about to be processed," the court said. The court banned the website from using the ‘Like’ button without warning customers, informing them they could be fined €250,000 ($275,000) for each breach. Fashion ID was taken to court by consumer organization Verbraucherzentrale who accused the site of failing to adhere to Germany’s data protection laws. The group warned Facebook receives browsing data on users of websites with a ‘Like’ button, even if they are not registered users of Facebook. Facebook was ordered to stop this practice in France in February by the data protection authority, CNIL. Facebook was given three months to comply with European data protection law.

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

March 11th - 13th: Standing Room Only presents Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest
Standing Room Only is wild about Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee's at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10.00 for groups of 10 or more, $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door, with military, senior & student prices of $15.00. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for any of these final shows this weekend!!

March 12th - 26th: Children's Art Show
Please show your support for these talented children and stop by during these hours:
Opens: Saturday March 12th: 4pm-7pm
Then Weekends & Wednesdays: 4pm-6pm through March 26th

March 18th & April 8th @ 7pm: Documentary - Cooked
As he tries his hand at baking, brewing and braising, acclaimed food writer Michael Pollan explores how cooking transforms food and shapes our world. Based on Michael Pollan's book.

March 19th @ 6pm: Conversations with Miceal - Phase Two
You only throw a stick at a lion once: confronting aggression on thought. When we run after our thoughts we are like dogs chasing a stick. Every time a stick is thrown a dog will chase it. Instead, be like a lion, who would rather than chasing the stick turns to face the thrower. You only throw a stick at a lion once. - Jetsun Milarepa (c. 1052 - c. 1135 AD

To stay in the know in the now…
Website - www.TheTriadArtsTheater.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/triadtheater
Email us at thetriadtheater@gmail.com

Community Calendar

We do love to hear from you especially about community events that you think our readers ought to know about. So, thanks and keep the info flowing.

March 15th @ 1pm: Sheep Farm Verizon Tower hearing date changed!
As you might already know the March 7 hearing date has been changed to Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The Appeal by the Deschutes Neighborhood Group will begin at 10:00 am and the public comment period for the Special Permit portion will begin at 1:00 pm. Everybody is asked to appear at the minimum for the 1:00 pm public comment period. Your support is vital to our case to show the Thurston County Hearing Examiner that the majority of the general public does not want the Sheep Farm Cell tower erected.
The meeting will be held in Room 152 of the Thurston County courthouse Complex, Building #1 - Administration
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA
See you there!
- The Deschutes Neighborhood Group

In The News

California road buckles, rises from the ground -- but why?

Vasquez Canyon Road in Santa Clarita has become quite the sight over the past three days. The road has buckled, which caused deformation in just a couple of hours, reports CBS Los Angeles. And while the road may look like a mess, it has left a group of UCLA geology students mystified. CBS LA reports that on Sunday morning, UCLA professor Jeremy Boyce brought his class to see what he calls a geological phenomenon. "There was no big rainstorm that triggered this. There was no big earthquake that triggered this," Boyce said.

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Los Angeles used 'cloud seeding' to boost rain from El Niño storms: Officials say silver iodide shot into the clouds brought 15% more relief to drought-stricken area
El Niño has brought some much needed rain to California in recent months, but a Los Angeles storm earlier this week may owe some credit to unnatural modifications. For the first time since 2002, the Department of Public Works has turned to cloud seeding, using generators to shoot silver iodide into the clouds to produce more rain. The county estimates that this produces roughly 15 percent more rainfall, but researchers in the past have said such methods should be used cautiously for draught relief. Cloud seeding is a weather modification process that aims to increase the amount of rain in a particular area. According to the L.A. Times, this method has been used in the county to boost the amount of rain produced by clouds since the 1950s, taking a hiatus during heavy rains or periods of potential flooding from wildfire devastation. The weather modification measure has been resurrected by severe drought, and California’s board of Supervisors approved a one year cloud seeding contract with Utah-based North American Weather Consultants last October. This past Monday’s storm presented an opportunity for the first run. In cloud seeding, microscopic particles of silver iodide are shot into existing clouds using land based generators or aircraft.

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Health Watch

'Mind-boggling' breast cancer therapy can make tumors ‘disappear’ in 11 days, doctors say
A new breast cancer cure has reportedly made tumors vanish in 11 days, with UK medics describing the results as “staggering” and “unprecedented.” Of those treated, 87 per cent responded to the cure, while 11 percent saw tumors disappear completely. During the recent European Breast Cancer Conference in Amsterdam, the UK team of doctors recently announced the results of experiments conducted at 23 British hospitals. The initial goal of using two existing drugs (Tyverb and Herceptin) together was to shrink tumors before patients’ operations, but to doctors’ surprise, when they returned to remove lumps up to 3cm just under a fortnight later, some of them had disappeared. “It was only when the pathologists were scratching around in the lab saying, “Where is the tumor?” that it became apparent there was no tumor at all,” said Professor David Cameron, oncologist at Edinburgh University, as cited by British media. The treatment was then tested on 127 participants with the HER2-positive form of breast cancer, one of the most aggressive forms of the disease. The women were split into three groups: the first group was administered the two drugs, while the other two groups respectively received Herceptin and no treatment at all. Nine in 10 women responded to the cure, with 17 percent seeing the tumors shrink dramatically, while in 11 percent of participants the lumps just disappeared.

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No need for a perfect match: New method allows kidney transplants from ‘any’ donor
Patients in need of a kidney transplant have up to now been required to find a nearly-perfect match as the immune system tends to reject most transplanted organs. However, a recent study suggests that with a new approach transplants can come from any donor. The study showed that patients whose immune system was technically incompatible with the kidney transplant they received were more likely to be alive eight years later than people who did not get a transplant or were on the waiting lists. “We used to say if you had a compatible donor, you could do a transplant. Now you can say, if you have an incompatible donor, we still can make that transplant happen,” Dr. Dorry Segev of John Hopkins University in Baltimore and senior author of the new study told Reuters Health. “That’s very exciting to those on the waiting list.” A new method called desensitization therapy made it possible for patients to obtain transplants from any donor, and not wait for exact matches, or rely on dialysis – a procedure which keeps the body from rejecting “foreign” objects. The desensitization method allows the filtering out of antibodies that would attack the transplanted organ from the patient's blood.

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RSE Newsletter

Remarkable Results of a New RSE Student from Taiwan’s 101: Remarkable Mind Event:
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Congratulations to the 2016 Neuroscience for Kids Poetry Contest Winners:
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Mexico Class 101 February 24 – 28, 2016 – Event Links:
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