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Issue 503 In This Issue November 26th, 2016

Editors Corner

Did you know that only half of human chromosomes are DNA? Apparently scientists have recently discovered that between 53 and 70% are DNA and supporting proteins, the rest is a sheath around the DNA. Click here

Speaking of DNA, are you aware that scientists have discovered a way to significantly reduce a cells mutated DNA, allowing cells to regenerate as if they were younger versions? Apparently they envision a future where this is used periodically as a sort of cellular housecleaning. Click here

On a slightly different subject, have you heard that researchers are looking at using trees to protect buildings from earthquakes? Apparently, if trees are planted in the correct pattern, they can act as a kind of 'invisibility cloak' for buildings when it comes to earthquakes, redirecting the incoming waves around or away from the building. Click here

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Currency Watch

Gold prices buckle under the mighty dollar
Gold prices have fallen to a nine-and-a-half month low as the US dollar continues to rally to its strongest level against major currencies in nearly 14 years. Spot gold was down 0.4 percent at $1,178 per ounce by 6:04am GMT. US gold futures dropped 1.4 percent to $1,172, after touching its lowest point since the beginning of February at $1,170 per ounce. Lifted by American bond yields, the dollar rose to an eight-month high against the yen. “The dollar has been really strong this morning and is pushing high. The Shanghai arbitrage is trading a $25 dollar premium, which seems to be suggesting that there is selling from Asia rather than buying,” said an investment bank trader commenting on the dollar run, as quoted by Reuters. The precious metal crashed in November due to investor concerns over President-elect Donald Trump’s promises to boost infrastructure spending and revive the economy. The move pushed US equities to record highs. The prospect of tightening monetary policy by the US Federal Reserve is also strengthening the US currency.

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Science Watch

Only Half of Chromosome is DNA, New Study Reveals
Since their first discovery in 1882, mitotic chromosomes have been a subject of intense study. Remarkably, despite the significant developments of light and electron microscopy over the intervening years, the detailed organization of chromosomes has remained a mystery. A research team headed by University of Edinburgh scientists developed a precise microscopy method that allows them to study the structure of chromosomes in detail. The method, called 3D-CLEM, combines light and scanning electron microscopy with computational modeling software to produce high-resolution 3D images of chromosomes. “3D-CLEM has allowed us to determine the length, width, surface area, volume, and DNA packing density of all normal human chromosomes and to determine the DNA content of a small synthetic artificial chromosome,” the authors explained. “The imaging technique we have developed to study chromosomes is truly groundbreaking,” added study co-lead author Dr. Daniel Booth, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Biological Sciences.

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'Invisibility cloaks' for buildings could protect them from earthquakes
Researchers are developing large structures inspired by 'cloaking' materials for sound and light, which can offer protection against seismic waves. Earthquakes travel in waves, much as sound and light do. Scientists have previously designed materials with internal structures that interfere with the propagation of sound and light, and now researchers are working on making bigger versions of these structures, which could be used to control the propagation of earthquakes. Scientists have tried this by digging cylindrical pits at regular intervals in the soil. This ordered arrangement of boreholes scatters incoming destructive surface waves, causing them to interfere with each other and cancel out. However, while the ground within the pattern is protected, the reflection of incoming waves causes greater destruction to the surrounding area. In addition, earthquakes produce very long wavelengths—so long that they could bypass the borehole shield without ever interacting with it. Now, mathematicians at Imperial College London, with collaborators in France, are trying a different approach: using trees.

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On The Lighter Side

How music led to the invention of modern computers

Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

Last chance to see Spamalot is this Saturday & Sunday
The show performs Saturday night November 26th at 7:30 pm, and the Sunday matinee November 27th at 2pm.
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November 27th: SeaHawks game will NOT be shown at The Triad due to Spamalot Performances.

December 3rd @ 6pm: Conversations with Miceal
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December 10th @ 2pm & 7pm: The Magic of Christmas presented by Magician Ernie Storey
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Earth Watch

Rare November snow in Tokyo, the first since 1962
Temperatures in central Tokyo have fallen to near zero °C recently, rare for this time of year, and the city today saw its first November snow in 54 years. According to the JMA, this is the first time the snow had fallen in central Tokyo since 1962 and the first time it accumulated in November since records began in 1875. The weather in Japan and the broader region is currently governed by an unusual cold front pushed by extraordinary high-pressure across eastern Asia. The day began with sleet that soon turned to snow as temperatures dropped to near 0 °C (32 °F). Average temperatures at this time of year are highs of 14 °C (57.2 °F). Tokyo sees snow at least once a year, but it usually falls in January or February and rarely accumulates for long. The amounts of snow were greater in suburban areas closer to mountains but even central Tokyo saw some brief accumulations. That was the first November accumulation since records began in 1875, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said and added that as much as 2 cm (0.78 inches) of snow was predicted for central Tokyo by the time it stops, most likely by early afternoon.

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Very strong and shallow M7.0 earthquake hits off the coast of El Salvador
A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.0 hit El Salvador at 18:43 UTC on November 24, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10.3 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located, 149.7 km (93.0 miles) SSW of Puerto El Triunfo (population 19 074), 159.4 km (99 miles) SSW of Usulután (population 51 910), 166.1 km (103.2 miles) SSW of San Rafael Oriente (population 19 095), 170.4 km (105.9 miles) S of Zacatecoluca (population 39 613) and 173.3 km (107.7 miles) SSW of Santiago de María (population 15 032), El Salvador. There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles). Based on earthquake information and historic tsunami records the earthquake was not sufficient to generate a tsunami, NTWC said. USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage. Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist. Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as tsunamis, landslides, and fires that might have contributed to losses.

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Health Watch

A cure for ageing? Scientists discover breakthrough procedure to replace specific parts of ageing cells
A landmark study has identified a new way to replace ageing cells in our body. The research by scientists at Caltech and UCLA could pave the way to developing nip-n-tuck style procedures that reverse and slow the ageing process.   The experiment targeted mutated DNA inside our mitochondria - the 'battery' of our cells. As we age, our DNA breaks down and mutates. But unlike other parts of the body, the mitochondria are not very good at repairing DNA. But now, in a groundbreaking procedure, the Caltech-UCLA team has found a way to manipulate genes so that they break down and remove mutated DNA, regenerating the cells.  The operation is a twist on an already-documented natural procedure called autophagy ('self-eating'). Via autophagy, cells can digest dysfunctional mitochondria, clearing the way for healthy replacements. It is a hot topic at the moment - in fact, it was research into autophagy that earned a Nobel Prize this year.  But prior to the Caltech-UCLA study released on Monday, it was unclear whether this process could also promote the selective elimination of mutant or ageing DNA.

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Something Worth Knowing

These Brain Scans Prove You Should Study Music from a Young Age
It’s probably worth it to stick with the piano lessons when you are young, as new research provides proof that music instruction can boost brain growth.

“Experiencing music at an early age can contribute to better brain development, optimizing the creation and establishment of neural networks, and stimulating the existing brain tracts,’ said the study’s lead author Dr. Pilar Dies-Suarez about her team’s conclusions.

Studies have already shown that learning music can be beneficial to children with brain development disorders like autism. Researchers from the Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez in Mexico City wanted to understand more specifically what changes happen in the brain due to musical instruction.   The research involved 23 healthy children between five and six years of age. The children did not have any previous musical schooling or history of brain disorders. They were also all right-handed.  An advanced MRI technique (DTI or “diffusion tensor imaging”) was used to scan their brains before and after music lessons, which took nine months.  DTI can identify microstructural changes in the brain’s white matter.

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