MastersConnection 2020
Issue 529 In This Issue July 1st, 2017

Editor's Corner

Did you know that scientists have identified 70 properties of liquid water that differ from other liquid substances? And, as if that's not enough, a new form of water has been discovered. Apparently water as a liquid has a low density state and a high density state. This was observed by scientists in water that was below freezing but still liquid. Click here

Speaking of things found in nature, have you heard that although it is believed adult insect wings are dead, morpho dragonflies appear to have respiratory channels in their wings suggesting that their wings are alive? Click here

While we're on the subject on insects, are you aware that an insect pest has driven Florida's orange production to under what is was over ten years ago? One company has come up with a high tech, but untested, solution using cameras to locate the pest and lasers to shoot it down. Click here

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Nature Watch

‘Butterfly apocalypse’: Mass of flying insects arrives in Siberia, more expected next year (PHOTOS)

Stunning photos of a huge group of butterflies that arrived in Siberia have emerged online. Scientists say that there may be more flocking to the region next year.

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The blue wings of this dragonfly may be surprisingly alive
An adult insect wing is basically dead. So what in the world were tiny respiratory channels doing in a wing membrane of a morpho dragonfly? Rhainer Guillermo Ferreira was so jolted by a scanning electron microscope image showing what looked like skinny, branching tracheal tubes in a morpho wing that he called in another entomologist for a second opinion. Guillermo Ferreira, then at Kiel University in Germany, showed the image to a colleague who also was “shocked,” he remembers. A third entomologist was called in. Shock all around. The shimmering, bluest-of-skies wings of male Zenithoptera dragonflies might be unexpectedly and fully alive, Guillermo Ferreira says. That bold idea will take some testing. So for now, he and colleagues report the unusual tracheal respiratory system, the first in any insect wing as far as they know, in the May Biology Letters.

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Science Watch

A Bizarre New Form of Liquid Water Is Discovered
Liquid water comes in two forms — low density and high density, scientists have found. The findings add to the anomalous properties of this ubiquitous, life-giving liquid, which is like no other on Earth. "The new remarkable property is that we find that water can exist as two different liquids at low temperatures where ice crystallization is slow," Anders Nilsson, a chemical physicist at Stockholm University in Sweden, said in a statement.

Essential element for life
Water is essential for life (at least on Earth). And wherever liquid water exists — whether it's in icebound lakes or scalding hydrothermal vents — tiny microbes have been found. That is why scientists have been excited by the possibility of salty water flows and other evidence of ancient water on Mars — it means there may well have been life early on in the Red Planet's history.

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From bug to drug: tick saliva could be key to treating heart disease
Myocarditis can cause sudden cardiac death in young adults, and occurs when the heart muscle becomes inflamed, often as a result of an infection caused by common viruses. The study, funded by the British Heart Foundation, identified a protein within tick saliva which can bind to and neutralise several chemicals called chemokines, which are released in the heart during myocarditis. The chemokines attract cells which cause inflamation, but by neutralising the chemicals, tick saliva could potentially prevent this inflamation. The study, funded by the British Heart Foundation, identified a protein within tick saliva which can bind to and neutralise several chemokines,  potentially preventing chronic inflammatory disease in the process. Approximately 30 per cent of people with myocarditis go on to develop dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure, which in severe cases can result in the person needing a heart transplant.

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Economy Watch

Great recession fears as bankers warn next global crash could arrive 'with a vengeance'
A new financial crisis is brewing in the emerging economies and it could hit “with a vengeance”, an influential group of central bankers has warned. Emerging markets such as China are showing the same signs that their economies are overheating as the US and the UK demonstrated before the financial crisis of 2007-08, according to the annual report of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Claudio Borio, the head of the BIS monetary and economic department, said a new recession could come “with a vengeance” and “the end may come to resemble more closely a financial boom gone wrong”. The BIS, which is sometimes known as the central bank for central banks and counts Bank of England Governor Mark Carney among its members, warned of trouble ahead for the world economy. 

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Italy to pay up to €17bn to rescue 2 failing Venetian banks
Rome has released €5.2 billion in emergency funding on Sunday to wind up the failing Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca, with the country’s finance minister saying the total bailout costs might reach €17 billion. “The total resources mobilized could reach a maximum of 17 billion euros – but the immediate cost to the state is a little more than 5 billion,” said Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan. He assured Italians that on Monday “there will be normal operations at the teller windows.” Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni defended the move as a vital “burden-sharing, not a bail-in,” aimed at saving “account-holders, savers, of these two banks, in favor of those who work in these banks, and in general in favor of the economy of the territory, one of our most important.” The government made a deal with Italy’s biggest and best-capitalized retail bank, Intesa Sanpaolo, to take over the failing banks’ remaining assets, and agreed to provide further “guarantees” of up to €12 billion. In its turn, Intesa symbolically invested one euro and insisted that its own dividend policy remains intact.

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Earth Watch

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands, New Zealand
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Geoscience Australia as M6.4 hit Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 18:20 UTC on June 28, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 8 km (5 miles). USGS is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 10 km (8 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 930.8 km (578.3 miles) NE of Ngunguru (population 1 358), and 951.2 km (591 miles) NE of Whangarei (populaton 50 900), New Zealand. There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles). Tsunami is not expected. Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are highly resistant to earthquake shaking, though some vulnerable structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are ductile reinforced concrete frame and reinforced masonry construction.

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Earthquake swarm near Reno, Nevada - California border region
An earthquake swarm is in progress north of Lake Tahoe, California, just west of Reno, Nevada. The sequence started with a shallow M3.7 at 09:02 UTC (02:02 PDT) on June 27, 2017. By 07:21 UTC on June 28, the Nevada Seismological Lab and USGS registered 40 earthquakes in the area, with magnitudes ranging from 0.1 to 4. All earthquakes are occurring at shallow depths up to 6.8 km (4.2 miles). The largest earthquake so far was M4.0 at 09:09 UTC. It hit 20 km (12.4 miles) NW of Truckee, California and 44 km (27.3 miles) W of Reno, Nevada. The USGS received 547 felt reports by 07:30 UTC today. "This shear zone, together with the San Andreas Fault, accommodates the majority of plate motion between the Pacific and North American plates. Walker Lane is predominantly made up of discontinuous sets of right-lateral strike-slip faults. In the area around the swarm, there are several mapped faults, including the Polaris Fault and East Truckee Fault Zone.

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Space Watch

President Trump Re-Establishes National Space Council
U.S. President Donald Trump signed a long-awaited executive order June 30 re-establishing the National Space Council. At an event in the White House, flanked by several members of Congress and industry officials as well as Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Trump signed the executive order that re-establishes the council, last active at the end of the administration of President George H.W. Bush in 1993. "Today we are taking a crucial step to secure America's future in space," Trump said, according to a press pool account of the signing ceremony. The White House did not broadcast the event live, and provided scant advance notice of the event, taking place shortly before the president left for the July 4 holiday weekend. "We are a nation of pioneers and the next great American frontier is space." [The First 100 Days: What Trump Has Done on Space So Far] Trump had previously announced that Vice President Mike Pence would serve as the head of the space council once it is reestablished. Pence stated on several occasions, dating back to the signing of a NASA authorization bill in March, that the president would soon sign the order re-establishing the council, with Pence as chairman.

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Groundbreaking discovery confirms existence of orbiting supermassive black holes
For the first time ever, astronomers at The University of New Mexico say they've been able to observe and measure the orbital motion between two supermassive black holes hundreds of millions of light years from Earth - a discovery more than a decade in the making. UNM Department of Physics & Astronomy graduate student Karishma Bansal is the first-author on the paper, 'Constraining the Orbit of the Supermassive Black Hole Binary 0402+379', recently published in The Astrophysical Journal. She, along with UNM Professor Greg Taylor and colleagues at Stanford, the U.S. Naval Observatory and the Gemini Observatory, have been studying the interaction between these black holes for 12 years. "For a long time, we've been looking into space to try and find a pair of these supermassive black holes orbiting as a result of two galaxies merging," said Taylor. "Even though we've theorized that this should be happening, nobody had ever seen it until now."

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Technology Watch

A “fence” that shoots down enemy bugs with a laser nears its first test on wild insects
Florida’s citrus farmers are at war. An insect invader called the Asian citrus psyllid has driven orange production to under half 2005 levels by spreading a disease that prevents fruit ripening. Growers spray pesticides and pull out sickened trees, but it doesn’t appear to be a winning battle. “We’re starting to question if we can actually control them,” says John Barben, a farmer in Highlands County. Intellectual Ventures, cofounded by former Microsoft chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold, believes that bleak outlook makes Florida’s entomological battlefield the perfect testing ground for an unusual and unproven approach to insect control. This summer the company plans to install a device that uses cameras and a laser beam to identify and shoot down psyllids on a U.S. Department of Agriculture site in the state.

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Weather Watch

Fast-moving thunderstorm hits metro Omaha, dumps baseball-sized hail
June 30th, 2017
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Heavy monsoon rains cause massive floods, leave 25 dead in Pakistan
June 30th, 2017
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Extreme flash flooding in northern Illinois after 152 mm (6 inches) of rain in 4 hours
June 30th, 2017
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Monster storm batters Berlin: Cyclists persevere, surfers thrive
June 29th, 2017
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‘We’ll need a boat’: Heavy rainfall hits Russian capital
June 26th, 2017
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Weekends through July 2nd: Grand Re-Opening of The Triad Art Gallery "We Heart Art"
Show runs from June 16th - July 2nd. Fri/Sat/Sun Noon-8pm and Weekdays during Triad Events.
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July 5th @ 7pm: "Who's Who in The Nisqually Watershed; from Mountain to Sea"
This month's Guest will be announced on Thursday, June 29th. Go to our website for details: Steve Craig Hosts.

July 6th and repeated July 24th: Intro to German New Medicine (GMN)
Mikka Barkman will educate us on this natural biological science and insight on chronic health issues. Attendance is FREE (donations appreciated). LINK to RSVP to guarantee your seat: RSVP to Intro to GNM

July 7th then remaining Tuesday's in July @ 7pm: Miracles & Inspiration - A Triad Regular Event
Join in as Scott Mowry takes today's news from around the World and translates it. Come hear Scott tell it like it is!! Pay at the Door. Cost is $10.

July 28th-30th: Yelm's UFO Festival & Cosmic Symposium
Located outdoors by Yelm Cinemas with FREE ADMISSION to the public. Some highlights: "Area 51 Kids Zone"; Live music & entertainment on the festival stage - with an 8'x15' hi-resolution LED Jumbo Tron; And Nationally acclaimed UFO guest speakers at The Triad - Tickets on sale soon!! From UFO Enthusiasts to Skeptics... Fun and Educational for all ages and beliefs!! Both Food and Non-Food Vendor sites available NOW. Go to and follow prompts for Vendors. More News from The Mothership coming soon!!
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