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Issue 500 In This Issue November 5th, 2016

Editors Corner

Have you heard that physicists may have found a way to cheat the Second Law of Thermodynamics? A team believe they may have found a loophole, in some special cases, through quantum mechanics. Click here

On a slightly different subject, did you know that there is apparently a planet that has daytime temperatures of 1,700F (930C) and it rains molten glass? Click here

Meanwhile, back on this planet, are you aware that there is apparently a mysterious pinging sound coming from the seafloor in northern Canada? "The noise was reported by numerous people in the area, but no one knows where exactly is it coming from." Click here

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Regulating Marijuana Production & Processing in Thurston County
Important Public Hearing Nov. 8th
@ corrected time 3pm

There will be an important Public Hearing on regulating marijuana production & processing in Thurston County on November 8, 2016 @ 3:00 PM at the Thurston County Courthouse Building 1, 2000 Lakeridge Drive, Olympia

Please encourage all to attend to prevent the zoning of large-scale marijuana production and processing facilities in rural residential Thurston County.

Since January 2014 there have been 8 Interim Ordinances. A final Ordinance was proposed on Sept. 20, 2016, to regulate the zoning of large-scale marijuana production and processing operations in Thurston County. The first 5 Ordinances (#s: 14944, 14978, 15086, 15122, 15157) zoned marijuana production and processing within agricultural and rural residential areas of unincorporated Thurston County.

Following public outcry, and a review, Ordinances #15210 (Nov. 10, 2015) and #15292 (May 10, 2015) restricted zoning of marijuana production and processing to Commercial and Industrial districts ONLY.

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Science Watch

We May Have Found a Way to Cheat the Second Law of Thermodynamics
The Second Law of Thermodynamics says that entropy in the universe must always increase. It's an immutable law of physics, and it's the reason you can't get free energy or perpetual motion machines. But a group of physicists may have found a way to break this law, at least in some specific circumstances. The researchers, from Argonne National Laboratory, have developed a theoretical model where the Second Law is violated on a molecular level. Their results are published in the journal Scientific Reports. The basic idea behind the discovery is the H-theorem, which says if you mix a hot thing and a cold thing, the mixture will end up somewhere in the middle. The H-theorem relies on a statistical interpretation of the way molecules move around. Because it's pretty much impossible to keep track of every single molecule, physicists just treat them as groups and use statistics to figure out how they'll behave. The team from Argonne decided to look at the problem through the lens of quantum mechanics. They created a quantum H-theorem that is, at least theoretically, more accurate than the traditional theorem. Their new formula revealed that in some special cases, entropy might actually decrease, at least in the short term.

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GMO Watch

Potayto, potahto: Controversial new ‘anti-famine’ GMO potato strains approved
The US Department of Agriculture has given its seal of approval to two new strains of genetically engineered potatoes. By using double stranded RNA, the potatoes have been engineered to resist the pathogen responsible for the Irish potato famine. There could be two new potatoes hitting the soil next spring after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed off on two more genetically modified potatoes from Simplot, an agribusiness based in Idaho, on Monday. The only obstacle for the new potatoes becoming available on the market is a voluntary review process from the FDA, much to the chagrin of GMO skeptics. Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology, expressed concern for not only the FDA’s voluntary testing program but for the genetic modifying process the potatoes have undergone, in an interview with RT. “It makes sense on paper,” he said of the potatoes that are purported to be resistant to blight – the pathogen responsible for the Great Famine. However, one of the issues is that the effects of modified these genomes are largely unknown.

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In The News

James Dyson starts his own fee-free university: Billionaire says institution could bridge the engineering skills gap
Sir James Dyson is set to spend £15 million ($18 million) launching the first new private university in the UK for more 20 years. The billionaire inventor, pictured, is hoping that the investment will double the engineering workforce of his vacuum-cleaner firm to 6,000 by 2020. Those working in the industry believe the Dyson Institute of Technology will help plug the growing skills gap and boost the economy.  The UK currently needs ten times the number of engineers it did ten years ago. Those accepted on to the course will not pay fees, instead receiving a salary to work alongside Dyson’s engineers. Discussing his concerns over the engineering gap, Sir James, 69, said: ‘We are competing globally with Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore. It’s all the major technology nations and we have got to be better than them. ‘[The shortage of engineers is] a problem in America and Europe and has started to become a problem in Japan.  'It seems that the fast-growing economies or emerging nations really recognise the value of engineering, but when you reach security there is less interest in what makes you successful.’

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Earth Watch

Mysterious humming sound coming from the seaflor, northern Canada
The humming sound, apparently coming from the seafloor is alarming local hunters in Nunavut, northern Canada, as it seems to be scaring the marine mammals. The mysterious pinging sound, described also as a "hum" and a "beep" has been reported in Fury and Hecia Strait. The passage is known for the presence of various types of seals and bowhead whales, marine species usually abundant in the well-known hunting region during winter and summer.  According to Paul Quassa, a member of the legislative assembly, the sound seems to be chasing away the animals. "That's one of the major hunting areas in the summer and winter because it's a polynya, an area of open water surrounded by ice that's abundant with sea mammals. And this time around, this summer, there were hardly any. And this became a suspicious thing" Mr. Quassa explained,  "That passage is a migratory route for bowhead whales, and also bearded seals and ringed seals. There would be so many in that particular area. This summer there are none" said George Qulaut, another area expert. 

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Kolkata sees above average monthly rainfall in only 24 hours
Strong thunderstorms and heavy rainfalls hit Kolkata, West Bengal, on November 3, 2016. The showers started to lash the city around 14:00 and lasted until 17:00 (local time). However, the strongest outburst occurred during the first hour. In a 24 hour period, from 08:30 on November 3, Kolkata recorded 42 mm (1.65 inches) of precipitation in only one day, which is more than the usual monthly average of 30.7 mm (1.2 inches). The Kolkata Municipal Corporation drainage pumping stations established a sharp south-north division in the rainfall amount, as the southern area received torrential downpours while the northern areas were left dry. The most abundant amount of precipitation was reported in south Kolkata, Kalighat, and the neighboring regions while only 2 mm (0.08 inches) were recorded in Ultadanga. The areas of Ballygunge, Mominpore, and Topsia, also reported intense downpours. Traffic disruptions were reported across the affected regions.

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November 8th, 2016 @ 3pm: Public Hearing on regulating marijuana production & processing in Thurston County
This hearing will be held at the Thurston County Courthouse Building 1, 2000 Lakeridge Drive, Olympia
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Technology Watch

A new twist on airplane wing design
“Morphing” wing could enable more efficient plane manufacturing and flight.
When the Wright brothers accomplished their first powered flight more than a century ago, they controlled the motion of their Flyer 1 aircraft using wires and pulleys that bent and twisted the wood-and-canvas wings. This system was quite different than the separate, hinged flaps and ailerons that have performed those functions on most aircraft ever since. But now, thanks to some high-tech wizardry developed by engineers at MIT and NASA, some aircraft may be returning to their roots, with a new kind of bendable, “morphing” wing. The new wing architecture, which could greatly simplify the manufacturing process and reduce fuel consumption by improving the wing’s aerodynamics, as well as improving its agility, is based on a system of tiny, lightweight subunits that could be assembled by a team of small specialized robots, and ultimately could be used to build the entire airframe. The wing would be covered by a “skin” made of overlapping pieces that might resemble scales or feathers.

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Vinfusion wine robot blends a glass based on your taste
Take it from a former wine seller when I say that wine snobs are the worst, constantly trying to prove the the extent of their oenophilia. For everyone else, it's nothing but a wave of unnecessary intimidation thanks to the complexity and variety of wines and the potential risk of embarrassment. Cambridge Consultants feels that technology should be able to get us past that moment of panic that comes when you're asked to choose a wine. The company has created Vinfusion, a device that enables people to blend a glass of wine that's been customized to their specific requirements. Cheers! Vinfusion itself is a series of pipes, pumps, sensors and controllers that are designed to sit below the counter of a high-end bar or in a rich person's kitchen. Mounted into the tabletop is a tap that's connected to a conical centrifuge that rolls down toward the pouring spout. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Sat beside the Vinfusion tap is a tablet with an app that lets you pick a wine to match your menu or customize one yourself.

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Space Watch

Biggest ‘supermoon’ of the century to light up Earth on November 14
The brightest full moon in almost 70 years will grace our skies in 10 days’ time. The upcoming supermoon is not to be missed. It hasn’t come this close to Earth since 1948 and won’t come this close again until November 25, 2034, according to NASA. The striking phenomenon means that 2016 will end with a total of three supermoons in October, November and December. The November supermoon will be unique because it will erase the view of the Geminid meteor shower. “Bright moonlight will reduce the visibility of faint meteors five to 10 fold, transforming the usually fantastic Geminids into an astronomical footnote,” according to NASA. “Sky watchers will be lucky to see a dozen Geminids per hour when the shower peaks.” On the plus side though, there will be a gigantic and clear view of the moon to make up for it. A supermoon occurs when the moon is much closer to Earth than usual, making it appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than it normally would. According to Earth Sky, the supermoon will also result in higher tides, but most likely won’t result in flooding.

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On Giant Blue Alien Planet, It Rains Molten Glass
There's a "blue marble" alien planet just 63 light-years from Earth, but the world is anything but friendly to life. Researchers say the blue color in the atmosphere likely comes from a rain of molten glass. This super-hot glass rain is just one consequence of the close proximity between the gas giant alien planet HD189733b and its sun. which causes daytime temperatures to soar as high as 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit (930 degrees Celsius), scientists said. A fresh set of observations of the planet in X-rays also suggest HD189733b has an outer atmosphere that is far larger than expected. These surprise finds are all signals that so-called hot Jupiter alien planets are worthy of study on their own, even though they are hostile planets to life, researchers said.

Rewriting planetary formation
Hot Jupiters are large, roughly Jupiter-sized planets that become very hot by circling tight around their stars. These worlds have been described as planetary daredevils because they orbit so close to their parent stars that they risk being consumed. Often, one side of the planet is tidally locked to the star, exposing that side to scorching hot temperatures, while leaving the other side permanently turned away.

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Weather Watch

Brace yourself for a bitterly cold winter, as climate change shifts the polar vortex
It’s coming back. The polar vortex that shocked the northeast with extremely cold days may bring more bitterly cold winters to North America, according to a new study. The polar vortex is a massive system of swirling air that usually contains cold air around the North Pole. It has been shifting for decades, researchers found — but it has only recently become a household term, after it was blamed for causing record cold weather affecting some 200 million people in 2014. According to the study, over the past 30 years, the polar vortex has weakened, in part due to Arctic sea-ice loss linked to human-caused climate change. That weakening has prompted it to shift toward Europe and Asia in February. This means unusually cold days may become more common in February and March, the Weather Channel reported. At the same time, Europe is facing warmer winters. Scientists have long said global warming will bring extreme weather. This is what it looks like. “Climate change can lead to extremes; it’s not like a regular change, everyone to the same extent at all times and places,” co-author Martyn Chipperfield, professor of atmospheric chemistry at the University of Leeds, told ClimateWire.

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

Every Weekend in November: Monty Python's SPAMALOT!!
The show performs Friday and Saturday nights November 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 25th & 26th at 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinees November 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th at 2pm. (November 19th is a special sold out performance).
Regular Ticket price: $24.50 Discounted Tickets for Seniors, Military, and Students: $15.00

Every Tuesday in November @ 7pm: Miracles & Inspirations presented by Scott Mowry
Nov. 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th - is Scott Mowry translating todays news stories. Cost is $10.

November 10th @ 7pm: Poetry & Song Writers of Yelmshire, Open Mic - Plus a Potluck
Bring your favorite dish, a poem or song, or just a dish to share and watch from the audience. Starts at 6pm for potluck, Show at 7pm for $5.

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