MastersConnection 2020
Issue 512 In This Issue February 11th, 2017

Editors Corner

Did you know that, even though California has had so much rain recently that they have had trouble with flooding, farmland there is still sinking due to a lack of water? Click here

While we're on the subject of water, are you aware that hydras - small freshwater animals - "can regrow from a slice of tissue that’s just 5 percent of its full body size"? I think we could learn something from these little guys. Click here

On a slightly different subject, it seems that since the beginning of this year, some places have seen quite a bit of ice and/or snow. For example, parts of Canada's British Columbia saw their entire yearly snowfall average in only 72 hours on February 4th thru 6th. Click here. But there are exceptions to this, like eastern Australia. They're currently experiencing an extreme heatwave. Click here

That's it from me for this week. Enjoy this newsletter and have a wonderful week.

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Space Watch

The Bullet: Mysterious Cloud Of Molecules Tearing Through The Milky Way
Millions of quiet black holes are hiding in the Milky Way and one of them has just been found. By analyzing the gas motion of an extraordinarily fast-moving cosmic cloud in a corner of the Milky Way, astronomers found hints of a wandering black hole hidden in the cloud. It is difficult to find black holes, because they are completely black. In some cases black holes cause effects which can be seen. For example if a black hole has a companion star, gas streaming into the black hole piles up around it and forms a disk. The disk heats up due to the enormous gravitational pull by the black hole and emits intense radiation. But if a black hole is floating alone in space, no emissions would be observable coming from it. Black holes also vary in size. Monster black holes can be 10 billion times greater than the Sun. A group of astronomers at Keio University, Japan, have observed molecular clouds around the supernova remnant W44, located 10,000 light-years away from us. At the edge of W44 they found signs of a hidden black hole.

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GMO Watch

Mexico continues to outlaw Monsanto’s GMO corn
Monsanto’s plans of spreading their GMO seeds continue to be obstructed, at least in other countries. For example, in Mexico, a ban on GMO corn is likely to be upheld for years, while an uphill legal battle rages on. Just last week, a Mexican court chose to uphold a 2013 ruling that followed a legal challenge on the effects GMO crops have on the environment, which temporarily put a stop on GMO corn-growing, including pilot plots. In an interview, Monsanto regional corporate director Laura Tamayo commented,”It’s going to take a long while for all the evidence to be presented. I think we’re talking years.” The cost of yellow corn imports are expected to rise by more than 20 percent in the next season, thanks to increasing production costs and the peso growing weaker. While Mexico is totally self-sufficient when it comes to the country’s white corn, they rely on GMO corn that comes from the United States to feed livestock.

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In The News

California is getting soaked right now, but farmland is still sinking due to lack of water
A NASA report released Wednesday found that land in one of California’s most productive agricultural regions continues to subside rapidly because of heavy groundwater pumping. For decades, and especially during the last five years of drought, growers have relied on pumping water from the ground when surface water wasn’t available. A 2015 report found that the San Joaquin Valley experienced record rates of ground sinkage due to pumping. Now, according to NASA’s new report, it’s gotten worse in some areas. While the state’s surface water drought is fading, with precipitation over 200 percent of normal for this time of year in some places, the recent years of low rain will have lasting effects. Ground sink can trigger a vicious cycle of other problems by changing stream flows and causing water infrastructure damage.

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Extreme heatwave in Australia, catastrophic fire weather
A huge pocket of hot air is causing extreme heatwave conditions across eastern Australia, causing authorities to prepare for temporary suspension of power to selected areas of New South Wales late Friday, February 10, 2017. Rare Catastrophic fire weather conditions for NSW are expected on Sunday which is shaping up to be the worst fire weather day so far of the season. January was the hottest month on record for Sydney since 1859, but the city has broken its 121-year-old record today when Friday became the 10th day this summer with highs exceeding 35 °C (95 °F). The Australian Bureau of Meteorology warned that severe to extreme heatwave conditions are forecast to continue for eastern Australia for several days, with widespread temperatures in the low to mid-40s (104 - 113 °F). Forecast temperatures are well above average for southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, it said.

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Nature Watch

How hydras know where to regrow their heads
Hydras, petite pond polyps known for their seemingly eternal youth, exemplify the art of bouncing back. The animals’ cellular scaffolding, or cytoskeleton, can regrow from a slice of tissue that’s just 5 percent of its full body size. Researchers thought that molecular signals told cells where and how to rebuild, but new evidence suggests there are other forces at play. Physicist Anton Livshits and colleagues at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology genetically engineered Hydra vulgaris specimens so stretchy protein fibers called actins, which form the cytoskeleton, lit up under a microscope. Then, they sliced and diced to look for mechanical patterns in the regeneration process. Beheaded hydras appear to inherit skeletal patterns from their past adult forms, the researchers found. Actin fibers in pieces of hydra exert mechanical force that lines up new cells and guides the growth of the animal’s head and tentacles.

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Dragonflies carve up trapped bacteria with miniscule ‘nails’ in wings – study
Dragonfly wings are covered with tiny nail-like protrusions which lock bacteria on their surface before shredding the cells apart, new research has revealed. It was “widely thought” that the bed-of-nails surface kills bacteria by simply – but effectively – puncturing the cell wall, according to the American Council of Science and Health (ACSH). However, a team of researchers from Australia and Nigeria has published new findings in the American Chemical Society which describe how bacteria actually become stuck to the wing surface – and are torn apart if they attempt to move. The nails, or ‘nanopillars’, stand at varying heights across the wing, according to the researchers. Bacteria get stuck on the ends of these nanopillars due to “strong adhesion” acting between molecules secreted by the bacteria and the surface of the wing. The bacteria are trapped but can still survive if they don’t move, although any motion will prove fatal to the cells. The invaders are simply torn apart by “shear force when immobilised bacterium attempt to move,” the paper’s abstract notes.

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Weather Watch

Powerful winter storm blasting Northeast US
A powerful and fast-moving winter storm is bringing significant impact to parts of the northern Middle Atlantic through northern New England Thursday into Thursday night, February 9, 2017. This is the first significant snow for the region since early-mid January. Snowfall rates may exceed 50.8 mm (2 inches) per hour. Officials also warned of high winds, coastal flooding and possible power outages. The storm is bringing heavy snow, high winds and localized blizzard conditions causing dangerous travel conditions along the major Interstate 96 corridor including Philadelphia, New York City, and Boson. More than 3 000 flights were canceled early Thursday, including some in the Washington. The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for the New York metro area due to heavy snow and wind, which are coming together to produce very low visibility. “Travel is extremely dangerous,” the service said. New York City Major Bill de Blasio said people should stay home. "If you need to go out, please, don't use your car," he said.

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Historic February snowstorm hits British Columbia, Canada
Parts of Canada's British Columbia have experienced heavy snow over the weekend and into Monday, February 6, 2017. Some communities received their entire yearly snowfall average in only 72 hours. The next storm will start affecting the region by Wednesday afternoon. Around 43 cm (1.4 feet) of snow fell in Powell River from Friday into Sunday. During the same period, Chilliwack recorded 77 cm (2.5 feet), its yearly average. The community of Sparwood in the Elk Valley received some 60 cm (1.9 feet) of snow in only nine hours, The Weather Network reported. Sparwood's previous record was 18.3 cm (7.2 inches). The snowstorm has left more than 120 000 B.C. Hydro customers without power at the peak, shut down several school districts and closed parts of Highway 3 and 31. Avalanche Canada has issued an extreme danger rating for the South Rockies. On Monday, the danger rating for the Kootenays and Columbias remained at considerable and high.

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History Watch

Hundreds of ancient earthworks resembling Stonehenge found in Amazon rainforest
Hundreds of ancient earthworks resembling those at Stonehenge were built in the Amazon rainforest, scientists have discovered after flying drones over the area. The findings prove for the first time that prehistoric settlers in Brazil cleared large wooded areas to create huge enclosures meaning that the 'pristine' rainforest celebrated by ecologists is actually relatively new.  The ditched enclosures, in Acre state in the western Brazilian Amazon, have been concealed for centuries by trees, but modern deforestation has allowed 450 to emerge from the undergrowth.  They were discovered after scientists from the UK and Brazil flew drones over last year.  The earthworks, known by archaeologists as 'geoglyphs' probably date from around the year zero.  The research was carried out by Jennifer Watling, post-doctoral researcher at the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, University of São Paulo, when she was studying for a PhD at the University of Exeter.

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Amazing Find: 12th Dead Sea Scroll Cave Discovered
Until recently, it was believed that only 11 caves contained the mysterious Dead Sea Scrolls that have long fascinated archaeologists, historians and Biblical scholars. Now scientists have made what they call “one of the most exciting archaeological discoveries, and the most important in the last 60 years, in the caves of Qumran.” Archaeologists have announced they have found evidence of a 12th cave, which once held hidden scrolls from the Second Temple period. The disappointing news is that the 12th cave does not contain any ancient scrolls. Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers who made the discovery say the new scroll cave was looted by Bedouins in the middle of the last century. With the discovery of this cave, scholars now suggest that it should be numbered as Cave 12. Like Cave 8, in which scroll jars but no scrolls were found, this cave will receive the designation Q12 (the Q=Qumran standing in front of the number to indicate no scrolls were found).

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February 11th @ 8pm: Valentine Show - Crooners & Spooners Cabaret
Our forth annual Valentine celebration featuring all your favorite performers from years past and a few new ones. Bring your sweetheart for a special night of fun love inspired entertainment. Doors open at 7pm, Show at 8pm. Cost: All tickets now $10 (due to questionable weather now $10 at the door).

February 12th-15th: Live Stream of Corey Goode & David Wilcock "Conscious Life Expo"
Seating will be limited as it will be in the Art Gallery area due to a new Set Build in the Theater for the next play. Please use the Yelm Ave. Door for entry. It's $20 for each session, or $60 for all 4. Corey solo - Sunday Feb. 12th, 4-7pm. Dave & Corey - Monday thru Wednesday, Feb. 13th-15th 7-10pm.

February 14th @ 5:30pm: A Special request from Jayne at The Triad!!

February 16th @ 7pm: Monthky event - "Who's Who in The Nisqually Watershed; from Mountain to Sea"
The Triad Theater is introducing our NEW monthly event. Admission is FREE thanks to local sponsors who will be acknowledged each month. This exciting show will bring in local people of interest for interviews and a question and answer session. This month is County Commissioner Gary Edwards. Steve Craig Hosts. You won't want to miss it!! FREE Admission

February 17th @ 8pm: Comedy Night - Hosted by Chris Walter
With Comedians: Meghan Flaherty, Jim Stewart Allen, Marianne Reilly & Sally Jordan. Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 8pm. Cost is $10.

February 18th @ 8pm: LIVE Best in the Northwest Concert Series
See details on our website. Doors open 7pm, Starts at 8pm. $15 on-line and $20 at the door.

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