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Issue 540 In This Issue October 1st, 2017

Editor's Corner

Did you know scientists have now used what they call a "quantum video chat" to link scientists on two different continents? They used a special satellite to distribute a 'quantum key' that was then used the encrypt a video transmission sent via a traditional internet connection. This is apparently "a huge achievement". Click here

Speaking of different continents, are you aware that Elon Musk plans on making massive rockets that will apparently allow people to go 'anywhere on Earth in under an hour'? Click here

More on the subject of earth, have you heard that there was a G3 class solar storm that sparked a really nice aurora borealis in Iceland on September 28th? Apparently the aurora was so bright that someone who normally films auroras had a little trouble as the extra brightness made the aurora look a bit washed out in the video. It still looks really nice though. Click here

There's more, but that's it from me for this week. Enjoy this newsletter and have a wonderful week.

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Health Watch

Severe plague outbreak affecting large urban areas of Madagascar
Pneumonic plague has been detected in several cities in Madagascar, WHO reports. This form of plague is highly transmissible (person-to-person) and quickly causes death without treatment. At least 19 people have died since August 27. WHO is concerned that the outbreak may spread because it is already present in several cities and this is just the start of the plague epidemic season, which usually runs from September to April. Plague is endemic to Madagascar but contrary to past outbreaks, this one affects large urban areas, including the capital and port cities. The overall risk of further spread at the national level is high, at the regional level is moderate due to frequent flights to neighboring Indian Ocean islands, and at the global level is perceived to be low.

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Yemen cholera outbreak now the world’s largest on record, approaching 1 million
Yemen’s 5-month old cholera crisis is now the world’s largest outbreak since records began, Oxfam International said today as the number of suspected cases rose to over 755 000. From August 25 until September 27, there has been an average of 5 750 daily cases, so at this rate, the number of suspected cholera cases will reach one million in less than eight weeks. The Yemen outbreak has overtaken the 754 373 suspected cases recorded in Haiti in the six years between 2010 and 2015. Over 2 100 people have already died from cholera, and while the spread of cholera has slowed slightly, it is still spreading fast and at current rates of increase, the number of suspected cases would reach a million by November. While cholera isn’t new to Yemen, the scale of this outbreak is unprecedented and is being driven by a two-and-a-half year conflict, a borderline famine, and entrenched poverty.

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Science Watch

Quantum video chat links scientists on two different continents
Hackers, take notice: Ultrasecure quantum video chats are now possible across the globe. In a demonstration of the world’s first intercontinental quantum link, scientists held a long-distance videoconference on September 29 between Austria and China. To secure the communication, a Chinese satellite distributed a quantum key, a secret string of numbers used to encrypt the video transmission so that no one could eavesdrop on the conversation. In the call, chemist Chunli Bai, president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, spoke with quantum physicist Anton Zeilinger, president of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. “It’s a huge achievement,” says quantum physicist Thomas Jennewein of the University of Waterloo in Canada, who was not involved with the project. “It’s a major step to show that this approach could be viable.” Using a technique known as quantum key distribution, scientists share secret strings of numbers while ensuring that no eavesdroppers can intercept the code undetected. Those quantum keys are then used to encrypt information sent via traditional internet connections.

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In The News

Puerto Rico could face 6 months without power
After Puerto Rico was pummeled by Hurricane Maria last week, a Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds, the island has been left in shambles. After suffering widespread power outages thanks to Irma, one million Puerto Ricans were left without electricity. 60,000 still hadn’t gotten power when Maria brought a total, island-wide power outage and severe shortages in food, water, and other supplies. As of today there’s still no power on the island except for a handful of generators powering high-priority buildings like select hospitals, and the island likely won’t return to full power for another half a year. This also means that there are next to zero working cell phone towers and no reception anywhere on the island. Due to the blackout, many residents are relying on small gas-fed generators, and fuel is running out (though authorities in Puerto Rico insist that it’s a distribution problem, not a shortage). Puerto Ricans are waiting in six-hour lines for fuel, while many stations have run completely dry.

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Fukushima potentially leaking radioactive water for 5 months, owners admit
The Fukushima nuclear power plant may have been leaking radioactive water since April, its owner has admitted. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. said on Thursday that a problem with monitoring equipment means it can’t be sure if radiation-contaminated water leaked from the reactor buildings damaged in the 2011 nuclear disaster which was sparked by an earthquake and tsunami, the Japan Times reports. The company said there were errors on the settings of six indicators monitoring groundwater levels of wells around reactor buildings 1-4 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power station. The indicators weren’t showing accurate water levels, and the actual levels were about 70 centimeters lower than that which the equipment showed. In May, groundwater at one of the wells sank below the contaminated water inside, NHK reports, which possibly caused the radioactive water to leak into the soil. The company said it is investigating, and that no abnormal increase of radioactivity has shown up in samples. The problem with the six wells in question was discovered this week when the company was preparing another well nearby.

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Technology Watch

NASA probe gets ‘revolutionary’ heat shield for sun-exploring mission (VIDEO)
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, the first spacecraft that will fly directly into the Sun’s atmosphere, has been installed with a “revolutionary” heat shield. The media were invited to the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, to watch as the thermal protection system was attached to the spacecraft to test for alignment – which is the first and only time the probe will be protected by the shield until just before its launch. The thermal protection system is a 4.5-inch-thick, eight-foot diameter, carbon composite shield that is made to withstand the soaring temperatures of 2,500 F while at the sun’s outer atmosphere, the corona. The spacecraft’s extreme mission will explore the Sun’s outer atmosphere and make “critical observations that will answer decades-old questions about the physics of how stars work,” says NASA.

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Musk’s ‘Big F*cking Rocket’ will get you ‘anywhere on Earth in under an hour’ (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)
Everyone's favorite comic book supervillain, Elon Musk, has unveiled his latest set of dastardly plans. The South African-Canadian billionaire wants to make humans a multi-planetary species, and his patience has just about run out. Musk revealed his latest ambitious plans at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, on Friday. He and his company, SpaceX, already have an impressive CV, but these latest plans, if achieved, will revolutionise human space travel. The company’s aptly-titled “Big F*cking Rocket (BFR)” will be crucial to the plans, which looks set to be used for much more than just trips to the moon and Mars. A derivative of SpaceX’s Falcon rockets, which have successfully taken supplies to the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth, Musk plans to use the BFR for terrestrial trips too. The aim, he claims, is to bring passengers “anywhere on Earth in under an hour,” essentially making any city accessible to the weekend traveler.

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Earth Watch

Evacuations as fire rages along California freeway (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

A ferocious fire has destroyed more than 1,700 acres of land near Chino Hills State Park, California, with emergency crews urging people to evacuate homes and schools in the area. The canyon fire began close to Freeway 91 just after 1pm on Monday [Sept. 25th] and has now spread to 2,000 acres, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

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5.5 magnitude earthquake strikes China’s Sichuan province - USGS
September 30th, 2017
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Mass evacuation ordered as lava & toxic gas threatens to overwhelm island (VIDEO)
September 28th, 2017
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At least 12 dead, 10 missing after landslide hits Rubanda, Uganda
September 27th, 2017
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Up to 35,000 evacuated as Bali on high alert for volcanic eruption (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
September 24th, 2017
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Magnitude 5.7 quake strikes off Mexican coast
September 24th, 2017
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Weather Watch

Major snowstorm, waves of chilly air to affect northern and central Rockies, US
Temperatures will plummet across the northwestern United States as chilly storms roll across the region into the first week of October. The chill may come as a shock for some residents given the recent stretch of unseasonably warm conditions, AccuWeather meteorologists say. “As cold air in the upper atmosphere moves into the region, temperatures will go from well above normal and, in some cases record-breaking, to below normal this weekend,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson said. Highs in the 40s (~4.4 °C), 50s (~10 °C) and 60s (~15 °C) will settle in over the weekend and into the first days of October following several days in the 70s and 80s (20 - 27 °C) this week.  Waves of chilly air will rotate counterclockwise from Canada around the main storm over the Northwest. Bouts of rain and snow showers will push inland with each wave. “Anyone planning on heading to Yellowstone National Park will need to be prepared for winter-like conditions,” Adamson said.

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Brutal flash floods, landslides hit Turkey, at least one fatality reported
September 28th, 2017
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State of emergency in Samothraki after 273 mm (10.7 in) of rain within 3 hours
September 28th, 2017
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Calendar of Events

October 1st @ 5:30pm: "SeaHawk Sundays" - WATCH FREE as The SeaHawks take on the Indianapolis Colts
NOTE: After this Sunday, we will not be able to show the SeaHawks games due to other scheduled events.

October 5th @ 7pm: October POETRY, SONGWRITER and OPEN MIC Night (one week earlier this month due to a full schedule at The Triad).
Cost is $5. Come on down and participate either on the stage or enjoy from the audience.

October 6th @ 7pm: Scott Mowry brings World News in Miracles & Inspirations, telling us about whats going on in the world...
Don't miss the latest!! NOTE: On the following dates Scott will be holding his weekly News event at "The Triad Annex" - Olympia Federal Bank in Yelm on Friday, Oct 6th, 13th and 20th (due to Young Frankenstein prep at The Triad). Cost is $10 AT OLY FED BANK

October 7th @ 8pm: COMEDY AT THE TRIAD
More funny business from hosts Chris and Steve and this month's Guest Comics. Cost is $10. Note: Start time is 8pm now that it is dark earlier.

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