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Friday, June 3, 2016

Favorite Link Friday Week of June 3, 2016

Governor Walker Orders Flags Lowered for Dutch Harbor Remembrance Day

Contact: Katie Marquette, Press Secretary – (907) 269-7447
Aileen Cole, Deputy Press Secretary – (907) 269-7458

June 2, 2016 JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker today ordered all state flags be lowered tomorrow, Friday, June 3 in honor of Dutch Harbor Remembrance Day. Recognized each year on the anniversary of the 1942 Japanese attack on Alaska, Dutch Harbor Remembrance Day honors military personnel who served and died defending our country, and the Aleut people who died while imprisoned.

“During World War II, my dad served on the Aleutian Islands with Castner’s Cutthroats in the Alaskan Scouts. I grew up hearing stories about the brave soldiers who served alongside him,” said Governor Walker. “Today, I encourage all Alaskans to honor the men and women who died during the attack on Dutch Harbor, and the inhabitants of Attu and Kiska who fell into enemy hands.”

Governor Walker signed an executive proclamation recognizing June 3, 2016 as Dutch Harbor Remembrance Day in Alaska. Governor Walker ordered all state flags be lowered to half-staff on Friday, June 3 and returned to full-staff on Saturday, June 4.

Southeast Sites And Prince of Wales Flagged for Shellfish Poisoning Danger:

Craig, Klawock, Hydaburg, etc... [Go here for the Full List]

Live action role-playing wins robust following across Alaska

Wielding foam swords and shields and sporting medieval-esque clothing, they marched down a hill to a flat, grassy space to pick teams. Things kicked off with a game in which one team tried to defend the "castle" — a taped-off area of the grass.

These men, women and kids are part of one of Anchorage's LARP groups, short for live action role-playing. You may have seen them running across one of the soccer fields at Russian Jack Springs Park on a sunny day — their usual spot in the summer — seemingly in their own world.

Jason Chapman didn't seem to pay much attention to the onlookers. During the workweek, he's an office manager for the state of Alaska. But on Saturday at Abbott Loop he was Gorin, local executive officer of Anchorage Operations for Amtgard of Alaska Inc., an affiliate of the international Amtgard LARP group.

Wearing a long, faux-fur cloak, he explained how he got into LARP years ago. He and a friend saw a flier for Amtgard and decided to swing by a meetup "just to essentially make fun of people," he said.

For Chapman and others, LARP is more than just a weekly meetup. Amtgard's Alaska chapter, called the Principality of Northreach, has a statewide board of directors and the group's bylaws are a 38-page document.

Events also go beyond games in the park. Amtgard will have a presence at the 3 Barons Renaissance Fair in Anchorage this weekend. Chapman and other LARPers recently traveled to Fairbanks for an event, and there's an August get-together on the Alaska State Fair grounds that typically draws a big crowd, he said.

"The biggest hurdle to get around is the perception that LARP is for the socially awkward nerdy kid that has no friends," Sean Bascom said.

But once that stereotype is disproved, LARP can become a lot of fun, the Bascoms say. [Read the Full Source Here]

10 Places in Alaska You Must See Before You Die

I've Always Wanted to Visit Mt. McKinley (Denali)... [Full Source Here]

King Tut's dagger may have come from outer space, say scientists

A dagger found in the wrappings of the mummified remains of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun was recently found to have an extraterrestrial origin.

An team of Egyptian and Italian researchers affirmed that the iron dagger, one of two found buried with the ancient ruler’s body, was forged from meteoritic metal. The results were published in May, in Meteoritics & Planetary Science.

The source of King Tut’s blade has long been theorized to be a cosmic object, but the technology to confirm its relation to meteors has until now proven insufficient. Now, using X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, the researchers determined the ornamental dagger’s composition to be mainly iron and nickel with minor traces of cobalt, matching other iron-based meteorites. [Full Source]

Fountain of youth? Dietary supplement may prevent and reverse severe damage to aging brain, research suggests

A dietary supplement containing a blend of thirty vitamins and minerals--all natural ingredients widely available in health food stores--has shown remarkable anti-aging properties that can prevent and even reverse massive brain cell loss, according to new research. It's a mixture scientists believe could someday slow the progress of catastrophic neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's, ALS and Parkinson's.

[Editors Note: While I am by no means old I have been taking the full essential mineral and vitamin supplements through Youngevity and I have noticed an almost immediate difference in energy and mental clarity.]

"The findings are dramatic," says Jennifer Lemon, research associate in the Department of Biology and a lead author of the study. "Our hope is that this supplement could offset some very serious illnesses and ultimately improve quality of life."

The formula, which contains common ingredients such as vitamins B, C and D, folic acid, green tea extract, cod liver oil and other nutraceuticals, was first designed by scientists in McMaster's Department of Biology in 2000.

A series of studies published over the last decade and a half have shown its benefits in mice, in both normal mice and those specifically bred for such research because they age rapidly, experiencing dramatic declines in cognitive and motor function in a matter of months.

"The research suggests that there is tremendous potential with this supplement to help people who are suffering from some catastrophic neurological diseases," says Lemon, who conducted the work with co-author Vadim Aksenov, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at McMaster.

"We know this because mice experience the same basic cell mechanisms that contribute to neurodegeneration that humans do. All species, in fact. There is a commonality among us all."

In addition to looking at the major markers of aging, they also discovered that the mice on the supplements experienced enhancement in vision and most remarkably in the sense of smell -- the loss of which is often associated with neurological disease -- improved balance and motor activity. [Full Source]

Here is the full list of ingredients:

Vitamin B1
Vitamin B3 (niacin)
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B12
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Alpha-lipoic acid
Acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)
Chromium picolinate
Ginger root extract
Ginkgo biloba
Green tea extract
N-Acetyl cysteine
Vitamin E
Cod liver oil (omega-3)
Coenzyme Q10
Flax seed oil

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