The leaning tower of butterflies: Mass of Monarchs in Mexico makes the heart flutter with joy

Comeback kids: Despite their colonies doubling in size, the Monarch butterfly remains under threat

Colony numbers double a year after storm devastated population
Their numbers were devastated a year ago when severe storms hit their colonies.
But now the Monarch butterfly has made a spectacular comeback having more than DOUBLED in size this winter.
Despite the growth, however, the migrating insect remains under threat.
Millions of butterflies make a 2,000-mile journey each year from Canada to winter in central Mexico’s warmer weather but the size of that migration can vary wildly.

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What if a password didn’t contain words?

We’ve already discussed that hackers use dictionaries to help hack your passwords, but what if your passwords were controlled by your mind, not by words?

Researchers at UC Berkeley’s School of Information announced that they are working on technology that reads your mind to open your email account, buy an app on iTunes, and check your bank balance. Security researchers determined that electroencephalograms (EEGs) are a reliable-enough indicator of individuality to substitute for a password. Also, there are now relatively inexpensive Bluetooth devices that measure your EEG and connect to your computer without any brain implants.

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Service Club – Spokane River Clean Up

Do you want to be out in nature this weekend? How about clean up the Spokane River?  Well, you are in luck!

The service club will be attending a Spokane River clean up on Sunday, April 7th.  It starts at 9:30am, and people are meeting at the bottom of Doomsday Hill.  For more information on when and where people are meeting, contact Tera or Adam.

3D-printer with nano-precision

3D-printer with nano-precision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Printing three dimensional objects with incredibly fine details is now possible using “two-photon lithography”. With this technology, tiny structures on a nanometer scale can be fabricated. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) have now made a major breakthrough in speeding up this printing technique: The high-precision-3D-printer at TU Vienna is orders of magnitude faster than similar devices. This opens up completely new areas of application, such as in medicine.”

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