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Issue 492 In This Issue September 3rd, 2016

Editors Corner

Did you know that "the FDA is now barring the marketing of over-the-counter antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients based on a lack of scientific evidence proving their effectiveness and safety"? Apparently manufacturers were suppose to show that antibacterial soaps are safer and more effective then regular soaps but have failed to do so. Click here

Speaking of showing things, are you aware that Moscow has had a storm with people reporting hail the size of golf balls, chicken eggs, and some even up to almost the size of apples! Click here

On a slightly different subject, have you heard that a company is set to test what physicists are calling the 'impossible engine'? They will apparently launch a satellite roughly the size of a shoebox into a low-earth orbit to test this new engine in space. Apparently, "if such demonstrations prove to be successful, it could have major implications for our current understanding of physics". Click here

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Weather Watch

Deadly Hurricane "Hermine" makes landfall in the Big Bend area, Florida
At least one person has been killed after a Category 1 Hurricane "Hermine" made landfall near Saint Marks in Florida's Big Bend area early Friday, September 2, 2016. Hermine has caused severe coastal damage and is now a tropical storm making its way through Georgia toward the Carolinas. Although many counties in the Big Bend area had ordered mandatory evacuations ahead of the storm, not all residents heeded those orders. According to Florida Governor Rick Scott, a man was killed by a downed tree that fell onto a tent in a homeless camp in Ocala, Marion County. About 253 000 people had lost power after the storm landed, Scott added. Hermine made landfall at 06:00 UTC (02:00 EDT) with winds of 130 km/h (80 mph) that caused storm surges and flooded part of the coast. In the town of Cedar Key, Levy County waters rose more than 2.9 meters (9.5 feet), among the highest surges ever seen, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Perry Police said Taylor County Coast suffered severe damage. "Enforcement and emergency personnel will be assessing the areas as soon as possible and will allow residents to re-enter the area as soon as they are deemed safe," it said.

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‘Winter is coming’: Huge hail hits Moscow amid last days of summer torrents (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
“Weather, you are drunk, what are you doing?” “Winter is coming!” Russian social media is completely abuzz and stunned by heavy showers and enormous hail the size of small eggs and apples that have recently struck the Moscow Region. Residents of Moscow and its suburbs have been releasing photos of Tuesday’s storm on social media. Wind speeds reached almost 20 meters per second, Moscow meteorological services said. About 20 planes were unable to land at Moscow airports on Tuesday due to poor weather conditions, sources told Interfax. “This is superhail! [They look like] golf balls! From Russia with love!” wrote one Instagram user. Another added: “The weather is dangerous this summer.” Users were adding and #farewellsummer #autumn2016 hashtags to ‘mourn’ summer which struck with such aggressive weather phenomena. Others posted #apocalypse and #abnormally hashtags, referring to decades-old daily precipitation records which have been shown this summer in Moscow. Surprised commenters reported that some cars were damaged in the hail. Others tried to show that the hail wasn’t exactly small - it was nearly the size of an apple, or a matchbox, or an egg. And several hailstones could hardly fit a palm.

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Powerful hailstorm, flash flooding hits Colorado Springs
A strong summer storm hit the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 29, 2016, forcing authorities to rescue people from cars and move heaps of hail with snowplows. 61 cm (2 feet) of hail was reported in some areas. Flooding across the town created a mess many people have never seen. The flooding in some neighborhoods was so strong that it moved cars, WTVY reported.  Eric Peterson, a meteorologist with the NWS, told The Gazette that 50.8 to 76 mm (2 to 3 inches) of rain fell on some parts of the already soaked city. "Most areas in the city received between 25.4 and 51 mm (1 and 2 inches) Sunday night, leaving the ground saturated when rain fell Monday," Peterson said. An area near Peterson Air Force Base got just over 101.6 mm (4 inches) of rain between Sunday and Monday evening. Central Colorado Springs was hit the worst, according to Brian Bledsoe, chief meteorologist for Gazette news partner KKTV. Between 2 and 3 inches hit that area in about an hour's time, Bledsoe said and added that some drainages were clogged by the hail. No injuries were reported. Storms will become fewer and less widespread over the next several days, but the risk of flash flooding will continue through this week, according to the NWS.

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Earth Watch

Now THAT'S what you call a view! Pilot captures incredible apocalyptic-looking clouds over Panama

These stunning images show you exactly why you should always ask for a window seat on a plane.  An off-duty pilot recently captured an incredible view of a cloud-shattering storm that almost looks almost apocalyptic.  The images show a violent storm as it erupts from a great Cumulonimbus cloud against a starry sky, just south of Panama City.

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Very strong and shallow M7.1 earthquake hits near the coast of North Island, New Zealand
A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.1 hit near the coast of North Island, New Zealand at 16:37 UTC on September 1, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 30.7 km (19 miles). New Zealand's GEONET is reporting M7.1 at a depth of 55 km (34.1 miles). The epicenter was located 144.8 km (90 miles) ENE of Opotiki (population 4 044), 145.8 km (90.6 miles) NNE of Gisborne (population 34 274) and 167.9 km (104.3 miles) ENE of Whakatane (population 18 602), New Zealand. There are about 792 people living within 100 km (62 miles). The same region was hit by a M5.8 earthquake at 22:04 UTC on August 31, 2016, at a depth of 22.4 km (13.9 miles). 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 resistant to earthquake shaking, though some vulnerable structures exist. Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.

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Very strong and shallow M7.1 earthquake hits north of Ascension Island
A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.1 hit north of Ascension Island, central Atlantic Ocean at 04:29 UTC on August 29, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw7.1 at a depth of 18 km (11.2 miles). The epicenter was located 951.3 km (591.1 miles) NNW of Georgetown (population 538), Ascension, 1038.8 km (645.5 miles) SW of Robertsport (population 11 969), Liberia, and 1049.5 km (652.1 miles) SW of Monrovia (population 939 524), Liberia. There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles). USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage. There are likely to be no affected structures in this region. Based on the earthquake location near the mid-Atlantic ridge, a widespread damaging tsunami is not expected, NTWC said.

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Germans told to stockpile food and water for civil defence
For the first time since the Cold War the German government is advising citizens to stockpile food and water for use in a national emergency. Some opposition MPs said the new civil defence concept, to go before ministers on Wednesday, was scaremongering. Citizens are advised to store enough food to last them 10 days, because initially a disaster might put national emergency services beyond reach. Five days' water - two litres (half a gallon) per person daily - is advised. The German news website Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) said the new concept was set out in a 69-page German Interior Ministry document. The document said "an attack on German territory, requiring conventional defence of the nation, is unlikely". But, it said, a major security threat to the nation in future could not be ruled out, so civil defence measures were necessary. Soon, Germans began tweeting ironically under the hashtag "Hamsterkaeufe" (panic-buying). Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told a group of schoolchildren that Germany must be prepared to react if water or food reserves were poisoned, or if oil and gas supplies were interrupted.

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Antibacterial soap ingredients unsafe and not effective - FDA
There is insufficient evidence to prove that antibacterial soaps are superior to plain soap and water for killing germs and preventing illness, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. Additionally, antibacterial ingredients could be unsafe. Regular hand- and body-washing methods trump the health benefits of antibacterial soaps and body washes, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday after years of studying the issue. Furthermore, antibacterial soaps contain the chemicals triclosan and triclocarban, which are not proven to be safe for sustained use, the FDA said. The FDA is now barring the marketing of over-the-counter antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients based on a lack of scientific evidence proving their effectiveness and safety.  "Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections," the FDA said in a statement.

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Technology Watch

'Impossible engine' set for space test: Controversial technology to be launched on shoebox-sized satellite
Physicists around the world have long denounced the idea as ‘impossible,’ but one firm has now revealed its plans to send the first reactionless space drive into orbit. Cannae Inc. claims it has demonstrated prototypes of a system that does not require on-board propellant to generate thrust, and according to the firm, this will be used to launch a demo cubesat into low-Earth orbit in an upcoming mission. It’s been argued that this concept violates the laws of thermodynamics, and if such demonstrations prove to be successful, it could have major implications for our current understanding of physics. Similar to the hypothetical EmDrive, the Cannae Drive is a closed system that generates thrust with no exhaust, Popular Mechanics explains. And, it's been claimed that this technology would be capable of getting to Mars in just ten weeks.  Cannae’s system relies on Lorentz – electromagnetic – force created from the thrusters to generate propulsion. The technology was invented by Guido Fetta, and on August 17, the firm revealed it will soon be put to the test of space. Cannae has formed a new sister company called Theseus Space Inc. to kick off the mission, with plans to use a 6U cubesat, roughly the size of a shoebox, to demonstrate the thruster. ‘Theseus is going to be launching a demo cubesat which will use Cannae thruster technology to maintain an orbit below a 150 mile altitude,’ the firm says.

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US soldiers could soon travel like stormtroopers: Military bosses reveal lastest 'hoverbike' for the battlefield
Star Wars could soon be headed to the battlefield. The Department of Defence has shown off a prototype of its 'hoverbike,' a rectangular shaped quadcopter that has been named the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle, or JTARV. It is working with New Zealand inventors Malloy Aeronautics on the radical machine that could take troops into battle and deliver supplies.  The most recent prototype was revealed by U.S. Army Research Laboratory officials who showed it off to the director of Program Innovation, Maj. Gen. Jim Richardson, a master Army aviator and attack helicopter pilot. 'We perform the foundational research with emphasis on unique Army problems,' Dr. Philip Perconti, acting ARL director, briefed Richardson.  'What we do informs Army investments for future warfighting capabilities.' During demonstrations, researchers explained how understanding and studying neuroscience is helping to raise the effectiveness of machine learning. The general watched as a team of humans worked with a computer algorithm to identify potential threats in images. Richardson also learned how Army researchers are advancing material science to enhance Soldier protection efforts.

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Gumby Bots! New Bendable Structures Could Make Origami Machines
Bendable 3D-printed structures that, when heated, quickly snap back to their original shapes could help make sophisticated drug-delivery devices or origami robots, researchers said. Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Singapore University of Technology and Design have devised a new fabrication process that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to print successive layers of polymers into 3D, Transformer-like structures that "remember" their shapes. To demonstrate the power of the technique, the team printed a rubbery, claw-like gripper that could grasp and lift an object when heated. The researchers were able to use multiple materials and design actuators — components responsible for moving devices — at the scale of a human hair. This accomplishment means the technique could eventually allow the team to 3D print sophisticated, foldable, soft robots, the researchers said. "Enabling all the different folding mechanisms in one structure would really require a complex geometry and also proper design of the actuation components, which is why I think this is really enabling technology and there is a lot of room for new innovation," study co-author Nicholas Fang, a mechanical engineer at MIT, told Live Science.

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Nature Watch

‘They just fell’: 19 cows killed by lightning while sheltering under tree at Texas farm
Just days after a bolt of lightning killed over 300 reindeer in Norway, a herd of 19 cows has reached the exact same fate. The cattle were sheltering underneath a tree during a powerful storm in Texas. In an attempt to stay dry, the group of cows sought refuge underneath a large tree at their farm, located in the town of Hallsville. But lightning soon struck that very tree, immediately killing 19 of the cows – about one-third of the cattle in the pasture. “All of a sudden, a lightning bolt came down and the cows just fell,” witness Victor Benson told local ABC affiliate KLTV, adding that it happened “in the blink of an eye.” A mark is visible on the tree, showing exactly where the lightning hit. “We kept thinking 'oh they'll get up.' Some of them were getting up and stumbling away, and I called the owner and he goes ‘No that's not normal,’” Benson said. One of the owners, Ashley Anderson, said that although her husband has worked with cows his entire life, he has never seen such an occurrence take place. Referring to the incident as a “freak thing,” Anderson said she and her husband don't plan on doing anything differently with their cows. “...I mean they were just staying out of the rain. There's really, to my knowledge, nothing you can do to prevent this,” she said.

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Pobiti Kamani: Bulgaria’s Unique Millennia-Old Stone Forest Surrounded By Legends And Inhabited By Desert Reptilians
Pobiti Kamani (known as the ‘Stone Desert’ or the ‘Stone Forest’), is a beautiful desert-like rock formation located about 20 km from the city of Varna, and a few kilometers from the town of Beloslav, in Bulgaria. It consists of more than 300 cylindrical limestone columns, about 6-7 m high and from 0.5 to 3 m thick and covering a total area of 13 km² Interestingly, the columns do not have solid foundations, but are instead hollow and filled with sand, and look as if they were stuck into the surrounding sand. The unique habitat of the Pobiti Kamani, is suitable for certain desert plants, more than 110 species of rare birds and desert reptilians, which thrive there. There are multiple theories that try to explain the Pobiti Kamani’s origin. It is estimated that some 50 million years ago, these lands were a part of seabed; later the region dried out and erosion began. Under the influence of internal forces of the Earth, limestone cracked and the rainfalls gradually dissolved the surface of these limestone rocks. Another theory defends the view that the rock pillars were formed by underwater coral reefs. However, there is one problem; a comprehensive investigation indicates that there is no coral in the area and even no trace of it.

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