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Issue 520 In This Issue April 22nd, 2017

Editors Corner

Greetings,
Have you heard of Canada's Iceberg Ally? If so, you may already know that it is usually "home to hundreds of glacial giants from spring until late September every year". However, "some 616 icebergs have floated into the North Atlantic shipping lanes so far this year – compared to 687 by the season's end last year". Click here

Speaking of Canada, have you heard that members of the Alberta Aurora Chasers group managed to capture a strange and beautiful natural phenomenon, a purple streak of light, in the night sky? They were initially calling it a 'proton arc' but apparently it can't actually be that for a number of reasons, so they called it Steve. Click here

On a slightly different subject, did you know that scientists have created a 'negative mass fluid'? If you're wondering what 'negative mass' means, apparently it means that it will try to go in the opposite direction to the way it was pushed. Click here

There's more, but I will leave the rest for you to discover and enjoy. Have a wonderful week.

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History Watch

Origins of Indonesian ‘hobbits’ finally revealed
The most comprehensive study on the bones of Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, has found that they most likely evolved from an ancestor in Africa and not from Homo erectus as has been widely believed. The study by The Australian National University (ANU) found Homo floresiensis, dubbed "the hobbits" due to their small stature, were most likely a sister species of Homo habilis - one of the earliest known species of human found in Africa 1.75 million years ago. Data from the study concluded there was no evidence for the popular theory that Homo floresiensis evolved from the much larger Homo erectus, the only other early hominid known to have lived in the region with fossils discovered on the Indonesian mainland of Java. Study leader Dr Debbie Argue of the ANU School of Archaeology & Anthropology, said the results should help put to rest a debate that has been hotly contested ever since Homo floresiensis was discovered.

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GMO Watch

Agricultural mega-merger could make China leading GMO producer
A $43 billion takeover deal that would merge Chinese state-owned agriculture company ChemChina and Swiss-owned seed company Syngenta is expected to turn the world’s second largest economy into a biotech titan. In recent weeks, the deal has been approved by EU and US authorities. Once closed it will be China’s biggest overseas acquisition. It will create the world’s largest farm-business oligopoly, concentrating agricultural power in the hands of the three countries - the US, Germany, and China. Experts call the future merger a chance for China to acquire valuable seed technology to feed its 1.3 billion population, which is consuming more meat and dairy products as the middle class expands. The country relies heavily on food imports. It’s a major soybeans importer and the seventh largest importer of corn. The deal has been strongly opposed by domestic anti-GMO campaigners. In recent years scandals have rocked the country, including one of tainted baby formula in 2008 and exploding watermelons in 2011.

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Ice Watch

Winter returns to Europe, severe blizzards, widespread frost damage
As expected, winter has returned to Europe in the middle of spring, bringing huge amounts of snow, blizzard conditions and devastating widespread frost. While this first cold wave will be over soon, another one is already on its way toward central Europe and Balkan Peninsula and a third which will first affect Iceland and the UK and then spread to entire Europe.  After unusually warm March and the first week of April which tricked both people and plants spring has arrived, mother nature decided to take a different route and brought significant cold outbreak to much of Europe. Severe blizzards and huge amounts of snow were reported as well as traffic chaos and devastating widespread frost, but the bad weather is still not over. While farmers are already witnessing huge damage, at least two more cold waves will engulf Europe before April ends. It's still too early to say, but it's very likely May will start with similar conditions.

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Enormous iceberg crawls right up to Canadian coast (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
A huge iceberg has closed in on the shores of Newfoundland, providing an unexpected tourist attraction to the sparsely populated region on Canada’s east coast. Sensational photos of the giant iceberg towering over Ferryland has put the town with a population of a little more than 400 people on the map. Ferryland Mayor Adrian Kavanagh said Monday that the enormous floating ice mass appeared grounded and looked like it would stick around for a while. "It's the biggest one I ever seen around here," he said. The 10,000-year-old iceberg has positioned itself in the aptly named Iceberg Alley – home to hundreds of glacial giants from spring until late September every year. Some 616 icebergs have floated into the North Atlantic shipping lanes so far this year –  compared to 687 by the season's end last year, according to CTV News.

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Nature Watch

Mysterious volcano dwelling sharks studied by robots (VIDEO)
Scientists are using specially constructed underwater robots to study extremely rare sharks that live in one of the harshest environments on planet Earth - inside a submarine volcano. The incredible sharks were discovered by chance as recently as 2015 in the violent Kavachi volcano in a remote part of the Solomon Islands. Scientists observing volcanic activity spotted the sharks in the deep sea near the islands in the South Pacific. What first appeared to be an unidentifiable large brown blob was later revealed to be a Pacific sleeper shark. The sighting is the southernmost of the species ever documented. At first researchers were baffled by what they’d found as they didn’t think anything other than bacteria could live in such extreme conditions. “To put my scientist hat on there are a number of reasons why there shouldn't be anything living in there except maybe bacteria,” researcher Brennan Phillips told National Geographic. “Number one it's very hot and acidic, and we measured that. Number two, it's very turbid, so the water is very cloudy. None of these things are good for fish.”

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Sea creatures ‘dissolving’ in warming Pacific ocean – study
The mixture of warming waters and ocean acidification is proving a lethal combination for many sea creatures who are dissolving in the hostile conditions, according to a new study. The study, from the University of California, found that marine animals are dissolving in Pacific waters off the Northern California coast. “We thought there would be some thinning or reduced mass,” said lead author Dan Swezey of the study, which saw ocean conditions recreated in a lab with cloned tiny invertebrates, known as bryozoans. “But whole features just dissolved practically before our eyes.” The bryozoans were exposed to various combinations of dissolved carbon dioxide, warmer temperatures and food concentrations – with large numbers of their skeletons disappearing in as few as two months. The scientists also found that bryozoans, when consuming less food, began building higher levels of magnesium into their skeletons, which made them especially susceptible to ocean acidification.

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Earth Watch

Mt Etna's red hot lava rivers convey awesome power of fire mountain (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

One of the most explosive volcanoes in Europe continues to erupt, with Mount Etna showering the surrounding area with smouldering rocks, ash and torrents of lava. Intermittent activity has been observed at the volcano since the turn of the year and footage captured on Thursday shows rivers of red hot lava pouring out from the mountain’s crater top, while ashen smoke billows into the atmosphere.

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New phenomenon discovered in the night sky

A new phenomenon seen as a giant purple streak of light in the night sky has been recently discovered and, for lack of a better word, named Steve. Steve was discovered thanks to scientists, citizen scientists, ground-based imagers and ESA's magnetic field Swarm mission.

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Science Watch

Physicists create mind-bending ‘negative mass fluid’
US scientists have managed to surprise science geeks across the globe, creating a unique fluid with negative mass – but that actually stands for an object moving forward when pushed back. The creation began inside a lab at Washington State University (WSU), when physicists cooled rubidium atoms to just slightly above absolute zero. This created what is known as a Bose-Einstein condensate. When particles are in this state, they move extremely slowly and behave like waves. They synchronize and move in unison as 'superfluid,' which flows without losing energy, according to a WSU press release.  The team of physicists, led by WSU professor of physics and astronomy Peter Engels, then used lasers to slow the particles. This not only made them colder, but also allowed hot, high energy particles to escape like steam – which further cooled the material.

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Something Worth Knowing

Are Household Fragrances Bad for Pets?
Most of us already know that synthetic perfumes and fragrances are bad news. But if you have pets in your home, it’s doubly important to make sure that you’re not using any kinds of scents that could be harmful to their health. And here’s the kicker: For some pets, even the most innocuous of fragrance items—things like all-natural essential oils—can cause harm. Here’s what you need to know about many common household fragrances and what you should look out for if you have furbabies (or featherbabies) in your home.

Close Contact
First, let’s talk about how fragrances pose an added risk to your pets. The first, and most often overlooked, factor is that your pet is likely to come into much closer contact with fragrance products during the course of his or her day than humans do.

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April 25th @ 7pm: Miracles & Inspiration - A Triad Regular Event
Join in as Scott Mowry keeps us updated on news here and around the globe!! Come hear Scott tell it like it is!! Pay at the Door. Cost is $10.

May 5th @ 7:30pm: Opening of Reginald Rose's "12 Angry Men"
The Triad Theater is proud to announce Standing Room Only Theater Group's opening of Reginald Rose's "12 Angry Men". (May 4th at 7:30pm is "Pay what you will" final dress rehearsal night and open to the public). Show dates & Times: Fri/Sat May 5,6,12,13,19,20 at 7:30pm; Sun May 7,14,21 3pm
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