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Issue 543 In This Issue October 22nd, 2017

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Did you know that Scotland now has a floating wind farm? At first, it may not sound like the best idea in that if a wind turbine is floating, that same wind that drives it to make energy could push it over. However, someone has figured out how to make a wind turbine float, generate power, and still stay upright! Click here

Speaking of ideas, are you aware that there are a lot of people and places in this world that don't have addresses (or at-least didn't until recently)? To solve this in a relatively human friendly way, Chris Sheldrick and his team divided the entire world up into three-meter squares and assigned a unique three-word identifier to every square. This idea has already been put to use in some places allowing disaster-relief efforts to get exactly where they need to be, and even pizza! Click here

On a different note – as I put this newsletter together, as with the last few newsletters, I find myself being pulled more and more in other, more creative directions. Putting together a newsletter has gone from being interesting and/or challenging to just a routine and even at times, something that's interrupting and dragging me away from other, more wonderful and inspiring things. As such, the next newsletter (the October 29th issue) will most likely be the last newsletter I will be putting together for a while. Thank you for understanding.

Enjoy this newsletter and have a wonderful week.

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Technology Watch

World’s First Floating Wind Farm
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Gamma rays will reach beyond the limits of light
Researchers have discovered a new way to produce high energy photon beams. The new method makes it possible to produce these gamma rays in a highly efficient way, compared with today's technique. The obtained energy is a billion times higher than the energy of photons in visible light. These high-intensity gamma rays significantly exceed all known limits, and pave the way towards new fundamental studies. "When we exceed the limit of what is currently possible, we can see deeper into the basic elements of nature. We can dive into the deepest part of the atomic nuclei," says Arkady Gonoskov, a researcher at the Department of Physics at the Chalmers University of Technology. The results were recently published in the high impact journal Physical Review X. The new method is an outcome of a collaboration between the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, Institute of Applied Physics and Lobachevsky University in Russia and the University of Plymouth in the UK.

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The Fervor Around Blockchains Explained in Two Minutes

Saving the planet, fixing healthcare, replacing conventional currency—there is apparently nothing that the shared-database technology known as blockchains can’t fix.

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In The News

Impending doom? ‘Eerie’ red sun linked to #StormOphelia freaks out Twitter
Some unusual solar activity has got social media spooked. The sun over England appeared red and slightly menacing on Monday, triggering fears of an imminent apocalypse. Many took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the “eerie” spectacle. The unusual occurrence was seen throughout the country and is thought to have been caused by Storm Ophelia. The red sun was accompanied by ominous-looking, yellow-grey clouds. According to the Met Office, the red sun was caused by winds pulling up Saharan dust. This dust is then reflected and refracted in longer wavelengths, giving it a red appearance in the sky. Some areas have been forced to turn on street lights in the middle of the day as the dust partially blocked out the sun. Using the hashtags #redsun and #apocalyptic, unnerved Brits have shared their photos and videos on social media. Twitter user Firetrapdiva wrote: “Today has a weird feel about it. The air is strange, the sky is weird and the sun is red. Someone just said it’s the sign of impending doom!

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Earth Watch

Raging wildfires kill 2, trigger panic & evacuations in Galicia, Spain (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Two people have died in the latest wildfires to hit Galicia, Spain. The blazes have sparked panic, with people rushing to evacuate their homes. Two bodies were found inside a burned-out vehicle in Nigrán in Pontevedra on Sunday, El Pais reports. A university in Vigo has been evacuated, and the City Council has asked people to leave their homes. The Civil Guard and National Police have begun moving people from neighboring areas. Firefighters face a mounting challenge with strong and changing winds further carrying the flames. Hurricane Ophelia’s approach has resulted in increased winds in the region. There have been 80 fires in the area since Saturday, and 17 remain active. Thirteen of those fires were Level 2 alerts, meaning they pose a risk to the population. La Voz de Galicia reports more than 4,000 hectares have been destroyed as a result of the weekend’s blazes.

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Giant Hole Suddenly Re-Opens In Antarctica And Scientists Don’t Know Why
A giant hole almost the size of the state of Maine has re-opened in Antarctica’s winter sea ice cover and scientists don’t know why. The enormous hole is incredibly puzzling because of its odd behavior. The hole, known as a polynya, was discovered about a month ago in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea as a team of scientists from the University of Toronto and the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling project used satellite technology to monitor a similar, much smaller, hole that opened last year. Scientists say it’s the first time a hole of this magnitude has been observed in the Weddell Sea in over 40 years. A similar hole that was even bigger (250,000 square kilometers) was detected in the same location back in the 1970s. However, it disappeared for several decades before showing back up, throwing a huge kink in many scientific explanations for its existence. Now researchers are trying to figure out why it recurred. “We don’t really understand why it went away for 40 years and has come back now,” Kent Moore, professor of physics at the University of Toronto, told CBS News. “It’s like an enigma on many levels.”

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Powerful eruption of Tinakula volcano, ash to 10.7 km (35 000 feet), Solomon Islands
After more than 5 years of quiescence, a powerful eruption started at Tinakula volcano, Temoto Province, Solomon Islands at 19:20 UTC on October 20, 2017. A second eruption was registered at 23:40 UTC. Heavy ashfall was reported on nearby islands. According to the Wellington VAAC, ash cloud was observed reaching an altitude of 35 000 feet (10.7 km) above sea level at 01:10 UTC on October 21, drifting east. Authorities in the Solomon Islands are trying to work out if there's been any damage after a remote volcano erupted early this morning, Radio New Zealand reported. Villages on nearby islands have reported heavy ashfall. Loti Yates, the director of the National Disaster Management Office in Honiara, said a police patrol had been deployed from the provincial capital, Lata. He said information had been slow to trickle out of the remote area, and it could be sometime before the full situation was known.

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Currency Watch

Bitcoin surges to over $6,000 to set new record for 2 weeks in a row
The world’s most popular digital currency, Bitcoin, has topped another threshold, reaching $6,031 on Friday. It comes less than a week after the cryptocurrency smashed the $5,000 benchmark. Just two days before climbing to the new high, Bitcoin registered its largest one-day drop in a month, plummeting by more than 8 percent following a release of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission [CFTC] primer, envisioning tighter oversight over digital tokens. The report put virtual currencies in the same category with securities, thus making them a subject of the relevant securities laws. The newly released report echoes the stance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on the issue, which said in July that digital currency sales should fall under the scope of the US federal securities laws. The debate over whether to view digital tokens issued through initial coin offerings as commodities has been raging in the US and in another countries.

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Weather Watch

Storm Ophelia kills 3 as hurricane-force winds spark national emergency in Ireland (VIDEOS)
Three people have been killed in Ireland as hurricane-force winds batter the country. Ex-hurricane Ophelia is wreaking havoc across the island, leaving 385,000 homes and businesses without power. The first victim, a woman in her 50s, died when the car she was travelling in was struck by a falling tree in County Waterford, in the country’s south-east. In County Tipperary, meanwhile, a man in his 30s died while trying to clear a felled tree with a chainsaw. The third death occurred when a tree fell on a car in County Louth. "The underlying message is people should not be driving at all now,” Irish Transport Minister Shane Ross told national radio on Monday. "The whole emphasis for today is on safety, keeping people alive.” Irish authorities issued a status red weather warning on Sunday night, designated Ophelia a ‘national emergency’. With gusts of up to 170kph (106mph) ripping through the country, citizens have been urged to stay indoors and not to attempt any unnecessary journeys.

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Lan becomes a Super Typhoon, landfall expected just southwest of Tokyo
October 21st, 2017
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Record rain wreaks havoc across Queensland, affects food supply
October 20th, 2017
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Widespread riverine flooding hits Trinidad and Tobago, heavy rain to last for days
October 20th, 2017
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Ophelia created biggest waves ever recorded off Irish coast
October 20th, 2017
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Storm Brian undergoing explosive cyclogenesis before reaching Ireland and UK
October 20th, 2017
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October 23rd @ 7pm: Movie Premier Showing of "Faye's Redemption"
The Triad is excited to be showing Faye's Redemption on OPENING WEEKEND!!! People are driving up from Portland - Where will you be driving from? Showing dates and times on the poster below. Actress Mary Lou Roof is planning on attending Saturday. Come meet her and maybe find out some inside scoop on the making of the movie!! Cost is $8. Hope to see you there.

October 28th @ 2pm: SPOOKY MAGIC SHOW
Magician Ernie Storey & Family will be performing Halloween inspired Magic. Suitable for all ages. Kids-$8; Adults-$10.

October 28th @ 6pm: SPECIAL NIGHT - Show & Adult Halloween After Party (costumes encouraged)
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October 29th @ 7:30pm: Standing Room Only Brings back the magic of Radio's Golden Age with a series of Radio Show performances. Actors perform on stage reading classic Radio Shows while Foley Artists create the sound effects right in front of you. Look for new shows every month. THIS MONTH: TALES of TERROR. Cost is $10 (all tickets)

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