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Issue 497 In This Issue October 15th, 2016

Editors Corner

Did you know that if silkworms eat carbon nanotubes and graphene, their silk becomes stronger? Apparently applications for this kind of silk could vary from fabrics to electronics and more. Click here

While we're on the subject of nature, are you aware that jumping spiders can 'hear' sound with their legs more then 9.8 feet (3 meters) away? Apparently they have very sensitive hairs that can sense the movement of air particles around them. Click here

Speaking of sensing things, have you heard that researchers have created a small device that (using software that can be trained) can recognize different objects and materials, from a drinking glass to a computer keyboard? Click here

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Weather Watch

Severe weather hits Northwestern US, urban flooding, mudslides and power outages expected
The National Weather Service (NWS) has announced the heavy rainfall and strong winds are expected over the Pacific Northwest and northern California, as several low pressure systems set in. As one of the frontal systems moves across the northwestern US during the day, another system, comprising the remnants of Typhoon "Songda" is expected to lash the region as of tomorrow. Stormy weather will continue into early next week, as well. Urban flooding, mudslides, power outages, and traffic disruptions are expected across the affected regions. Intense storm systems will continue to affect the West Coast throughout the weekend and heavy rains and strong winds are likely across the Pacific Northwest and northern California. One of the frontal systems is forecast to move inland and cause widespread rainstorms across the northwestern US during the day. As the storm system continues to progress into the Interior West on October 15, it will bring snowfall across the higher elevations of the northern Rockies.

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North Carolina urges more people to flee the floods after Hurricane Matthew
Authorities made fresh appeals Wednesday for people in eastern North Carolina to leave low-lying areas as rivers swollen with rainwater caused flooding days after Hurricane Matthew passed.  The storm is already blamed for 36 deaths across North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia. North Carolina  Gov. Pat McCrory said 19 of those deaths were in his state. The governor said a federal disaster declaration has been approved for 31 counties.  Evacuations were ordered for about one-tenth of Greenville’s 90,000 people. The Tar River continued to rise as forecasters expected it to crest above 25 feet by early Friday, a slight upward revision from previous estimates. Authorities have closed one bridge across the swollen Tar and warned that multiple other bridges could close, isolating people on opposite sides. The city’s airport was expected to remain closed for another week due to flooding. Elsewhere, flood conditions in Fayetteville were expected to last until Friday morning, while the Neuse River in Kinston was also still rising and expected to peak Saturday.

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Technology Watch

New technology using radar can identify materials and objects in real time

A revolutionary piece of technology, created by researchers at the University of St Andrews, can detect what an object is by placing it on a small radar sensor. The device, called RadarCat (Radar Categorization for Input and Interaction), can be trained to recognize different objects and materials, from a drinking glass to a computer keyboard, and can even identify individual body parts.

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Calendar of Events

October 15th @ 6pm CANCELLED: Miceal in Conversations with Miceal
Message from Lucy on behalf of Miceal: Oh dear...we are getting some wild weather here in the Pacific Northwest. With much regret we have decided to cancel tomorrow's Conversation with Miceal at the Triad. So please do not show up at the Triad on Saturday October 15, 2016. Instead enjoy a lovely evening at home where you can be cozy, safe and warm. We will look at Miceal's schedule later this week to see when we can reschedule. He does want you to know that he is committed to completing all Conversations at the Triad for 2016. We'll let you know as soon as we have that new date.

October 22nd @ 7pm POSTPONED: LIVE MUSIC - "Kissy Flick" Concert
Doors open 6:30, TICKETS on-line (soon) $20 and $25 at the door. All tickets include one free beverage.

Coming in November: Monty Python's SPAMALOT!!

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October 16th & 17th: Plasma Energy Power Devices Expo & Workshop
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In The News

Red alert: Prepare for severe stock market crash, warns HSBC
The technical analysis team at HSBC is warning recent stock market moves look eerily similar to just before 1987’s ‘Black Monday’, which saw the largest one-day market crash in history. On October 19, 1987, the Dow Jones Industrial Average which comprises the 30 large US publicly traded companies, lost 22.6 percent of its value. In a note to clients released Wednesday, Murray Gunn, the head of technical analysis for HSBC, said he was on red alert for an imminent sell-off in stocks in the light of the price action over the past few weeks. "With the US stock market selling off aggressively on October 11, we now issue a RED ALERT. The possibility of a severe fall in the stock market is now very high," Gunn wrote. Other financial firms have also issued red alert warnings. Citigroup told clients that investors aren't adequately hedging US election risk. The managing director at Citi Thomas Fitzpatrick has also pointed at the market's similarities to the 1987 crash. The volatility has continued to rise since the end of the summer and the recent sell-off was seen across many areas of the market, and not just selected groups, according to the HSBC analyst.

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Nature Watch

Silkworms Spin Super-Silk after Eating Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene
Silk—the stuff of lustrous, glamorous clothing—is very strong. Researchers now report a clever way to make the gossamer threads even stronger and tougher: by feeding silkworms graphene or single-walled carbon nanotubes. The reinforced silk produced by the silkworms could be used in applications such as durable protective fabrics, biodegradable medical implants, and ecofriendly wearable electronics, they say. Researchers have previously added dyes, antimicrobial agents, conductive polymers, and nanoparticles to silk—either by treating spun silk with the additives or, in some cases, by directly feeding the additives to silkworms. Silkworms, the larvae of mulberry-eating silk moths, spin their threads from a solution of silk protein produced in their salivary glands. To make carbon-reinforced silk, Yingying Zhang and her colleagues at Tsinghua University fed the worms mulberry leaves sprayed with aqueous solutions containing 0.2% by weight of either carbon nanotubes or graphene and then collected the silk after the worms spun their cocoons, as is done in standard silk production.

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Jumping Spiders 'Hear' Long-Range Audio with Their Hairy Legs
When Peter Parker's "spidey sense" starts tingling, it's warning him about danger nearby. Real spiders are known for their ability to detect close-up threats, but a new study suggests that they can also sense sounds that are much farther away. Tiny jumping spiders, which depend primarily on their vision to catch prey and evade predators, were thought to be capable of sensing only the sounds produced nearby, the study authors wrote. But the researchers found that the spiders could also sense and respond to sounds coming from distances more than 9.8 feet (3 meters) away — no small feat for a creature that measures just 0.04 to 0.98 inches (1 to 25 millimeters) and lacks ears and eardrums. "Hearing in spiders is really different from the way that our own ears work," study lead author Paul Shamble, a biologist who conducted jumping-spider research with colleagues at Cornell University but is now at Harvard University, told Live Science. "Instead of eardrums that respond to pressure, spiders have these extraordinarily sensitive hairs that respond to the actual movement of air particles around them," Shamble told Live Science.

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