Ethan Hawke might be the biggest Stranger Things Season 3 fan: On Friday, Hawke posted a touching tribute to his daughter, Maya Hawke, about her breakout role in the sci-fi Netflix series.On the show, Maya Hawke plays Robin, Steve Harrington’s hilarious co-worker at Scoops Ahoy, the Starcourt Mall’s ice cream shop. Even though this isn’t Maya Hawke’s first major role, her dad is still proud of her and said “she’s the real thing.” 11 Best Monsters Made From Dead People PartsOriginal ‘Stranger Things’ Plan May Confirm Will Byers’ Sexuality “Some of you may have missed her in last year’s BBC production of Little Women. Some of you may have missed her work at Juilliard. I know many missed out on numerous high school productions — heck I even missed a few and I’m her father,” Ethan Hawke wrote on Instagram. “Some of you may know her music, some may not. But Ladies & Gentleman, get to know MAYA HAWKE. She’s the real thing. #StrangerThings.”Ethan Hawke also shared a funny GIF of Maya Hawke, which shows her in a Scoops Ahoy uniform in front of a carnival background with the words “One summer can change everything.”In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Maya Hawke discussed her character’s evolution throughout Stranger Things Season 3, including how Robin reacts to the bizarre, unexplainable happenings in Hawkins, Indiana.“I think it ended up working because you get to watch Robin’s walls come down,” Maya Hawke told Entertainment Tonight. “At first she’s trying to be a really tough guy and then with everything that happens to her, she really has to break open and really be herself and I hope that will come through when people watch it.”Stranger Things Season 3, which also stars David Harbour, Winona Ryder, and Millie Bobby Brown, is streaming on Netflix now.More on Geek.com:‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Final Trailer Is a Horrifying Summer AdventureNetflix’s New ‘Stranger Things’ Game Takes Cues From ‘Pokemon Go’The Best ‘Stranger Things’ Toys Stay on target
Key West, Florida Bans Sunscreens That Harm Coral ReefsOne father is working to make a better sunblock made of nanoparticles A team of international scientists found an environmentally friendly way to produce sunscreen from cashew nut shells.“Green chemists” from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg are working to produce useful compounds from wood and other fast-growing, non-edible plant waste.Cashew nut shells contain oil compounds that can cause contact dermatitis (similar in severity to poison ivy). Which is why the delicious snack is not typically sold to consumers in its husk.But instead of simply throwing them away, researchers are recycling the pods to help protect humans, livestock, and polymers from the Sun’s harmful rays.As described in a paper published by the European Journal of Organic Chemistry, cashew shells produce aromatic compounds that show good UVA and UVB absorbance.“Cashew nut shells are a waste product in the cashew-farming community, especially in Tanzania, so finding a useful, sustainable way to use these waste products can lead to completely new, environmentally friendly ways of doing things,” principal study author Charles de Koning, a professor at the Wits School of Chemistry, said in a statement.While the atmosphere blocks about three-quarters of the Sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation, that last quarter can be damaging to most materials—from dyes and plastics to human and animal skin.To mitigate UV injury, according to Wits University, organic and inorganic compounds are used as filters. Ideal options display a high UV absorption of UVA rays (from 315-400 nm) and UVB rays (from 280-315 nm).But, aside from their petrochemical origin, a major drawback of current UV protection agents is their negative effect on aquatic ecosystems.As a result, there is growing attention from regulatory bodies and stricter regulations are being enforced on the production of Sun-filtering products.“We aimed to find a way to produce new UV absorbers from cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL) as a non-edible, bio-renewable carbon resource,” de Koning said.The team—including colleagues from universities in Germany, Malawi, and Tanzania—has already filed a patent application to commercialize this process in South Africa.More on Geek.com:Key West, Florida Bans Sunscreens That Harm Coral ReefsThis Rechargeable Cap Uses UV Rays to Kill Germs in Your Water BottleL’Oréal’s Electronic UV Sensor Sticks With You Stay on target
Forecasted heavy precipitation and freezing rain threaten to exacerbate difficult driving conditions in Southwest Washington, according to the National Weather Service.The weather service issued a freezing rain advisory from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday in Vancouver and the Portland metro area. Temperatures will hover around or dip below freezing in valleys this morning. Freezing rain will likely accumulate for several hours, although temperatures were expected to rise this afternoon.The weather service predicts a “major ice storm” will hit the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, Ore., and Wind River valleys and many others in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Tuesday and Wednesday morning.However, there is a lot of uncertainty of how Clark County and the rest of Southwest Washington will be affected, Andy Bryant, a hydrologist with the weather service, said Monday.The area may get between one-tenth and one-fifth of an inch of freezing rain, with as much as a half-inch near the Gorge, forecasters said.
A Woodland man is alive thanks to a sprinkler head in the kitchen of his apartment, fire officials said.Firefighters were called to the La Casa De San Juan Diego Apartments, 125 S. Pekin Road, in Woodland at about 9:20 a.m. on Sunday for a fire alarm, Clark County Fire & Rescue division chief Tim Dawdy said.A man had come home from work, put some grease on the stove to start cooking and fell asleep in the living room when the fire broke out, Dawdy said.By the time crews arrived, however, the sprinkler had put out the fire, stopping it from spreading further than the kitchen, he said. Firefighters helped clean up the mess when they got there.Dawdy said that fires like this one have resulted in injury and even become deadly, but that thanks to this sprinkler head, the man in the residence wasn’t even displaced. Fire officials said that a single sprinkler head kept a fire at a Woodland apartment from spreading and becoming deadly. (Clark County Fire & Rescue)
CARSON — The Indian Heaven Wilderness in the southern Gifford Pinchot National Forest is closed to the public because of an approximately 1,000-acre wildfire dubbed the East Crater fire, burning near East Crater, a small peak in the interior of Indian Heaven WildernessThe U.S. Forest Service announced the closure Sunday. Also closed is a large area on the west and east sides of the wilderness.Forest Service staff on Sunday evacuated the Pacific National Scenic Crest Trail and swept campgrounds in the area to get all visitors safely out of the area.The closed area is bounded by Gifford Pinchot roads Nos. 30, 24, 60, 6020 and 6030.Indian Heaven is a large plateau full of meadows, small lakes, sub-alpine timber and huckleberries. It is laced with trails and a well-used summer hiking area due to the gentleness of the terrain.The Pacific Crest trail is closed from Crest camp on road No. 60 north to Surprise Lakes trailhead on road No. 24. Goose Lake campground is open.
OLYMPIA — A Thurston County Superior Court judge has ruled that anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman could potentially be punished with a lifetime ban on managing or directing the finances of a political committee.Judge James Dixon ruled Friday in connection with Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s long-running lawsuit against Eyman claiming that Eyman violated state campaign-finance laws and covertly used his initiative drives to enrich himself, the Seattle Times reported.Eyman had filed a motion to have the potential punishment thrown out, arguing that it would be an unconstitutional infringement on his First Amendment right to speech. He said the possibility of such a ban was having a chilling effect on his ability to fund ballot initiatives.“The courts have been very explicit, money is speech,” Eyman said, representing himself. Allowing him to participate in political action committees, but not in directing their finances, “is as absurd as the idea that he can be a truck driver as long as he can’t use a truck.”Eric Newman, chief litigation counsel for the attorney general’s antitrust division, argued that the potential punishment doesn’t infringe on Eyman’s speech. Eyman, he noted, agreed to a similar injunction in 2002, when he agreed to a settlement that barred him from ever again acting as treasurer for a political committee.