Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuesday, August LETHBRIDGE Seeds and plants respond to high-pitched sound Biology professor says music makes her garden grow TORONTO (CP) Pearl Wemberger says music makes her garden Mrs Weinberger, associate professor of biology at the University of Ottawa, maintains that eight years of laboratory research have es- tablished that seeds and plants respond to sound, especially high pitched sound Mrs Weinberger's research first attracted attention six years ago when she published results of a study done with Rideau wheat and high-frequency sound By subjecting grains of wheat and young plants to a high-pitched whine "almost in- tolerable to she produced wheat that grew to three times its normal abundance in roots and tops But this was a controlled laboratory ex- periment It has yet to be duplicated outdoors. She said she has linked modern scientific research with centuries-old field lore, and raised a prime crop of cucumbers In tests on other plants, she discovered that while some sound frequencies appear to enhance growth, too much sound can hinder it Mrs Weinberger worked upward from algae, most familiar as green pond scum Two years ago, blasting algae with ultra-high-frequency sound beyond the range of human hearing, she discovered the sounds affected the rate of cell growth in the plants and the structure of the nuclei in the cells Then she began to look at folklore studies and anthropology, studying the planting customs of ancient agrarian peoples in Africa, Europe and Oceania "Folklore has frequently associated specific sounds of the musical or incantation-type with the growth habits of plants exposed to these ca- dences during germination and subsequent she wrote last year in a paper publish- ed by the National Research Council She obtained recordings of such songs and began a new set of experiments Some of these songs are thought to have originated as chants invoking the names of gods to propitiate them and to seek their aid in mak- ing the crops grow Using young plants and seeds of cucumber, alfalfa, beans, corn, oats, peas and lettuce, Mrs Weinberger subjected them to an eight-hour barrage of sounds each day A control group was exposed only to random noise, while other groups were fed the agrarian chants, songs and instrumental the sounds varied from male choirs to flute and xylophone instrumental After eight weeks and almost 450 hours' ex- posure to the music, Mrs Weinberger said the cucumbers doubled their normal plant height and foliage "Three times the number of buds were present when the plants were exposed to the flute tune and a significant increase in the number of leaves was also observed The chants and songs had little effect, however in the germination experiments on seeds, and only somewhat better results on the young plants Only beans and corn "showed an indication that some tunes might affect the rate of ger- mination But again these experiments have only been conducted in laboratories, not in open fields, so their wider'application remains uncertain Harvey Voldeng a plant physiologist with the research branch of the department of agriculture in Ottawa, said Mrs Weinberger's work is "a bit controversial, but certainly useful 'It s potential would be enormous on crop yields of the future if she could pinpoint the right sounds The method of treating seeds has the ad- vantage of being inexpensive and is very easy to do" But Mr Voldeng added "The field ex- periments we have conducted for her have been indecisive We would like to try her methods un- der our own highly controlled conditions and also in our fields Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: I have been married to the same man for 45 years He showed me an article in the paper tonight that is causing me plenty of trouble Why do papers print such stuff7 A Dr Joseph Poticha made the statement that a new romance for an older person can cause 'miraculous cures for depression According to Dr Poticha when an older man begins to feel he is losing his ability to function sex- ually, and a woman past 60 gets to feeling she is no longer attractive to the opposite sex. they go downhill, fast, both emotionally and physically These people develop all sorts of aches and pains They pester the life out of their doc- tors coming back every few weeks with a new complaint I have raised seven children I m 66 years old and I look every da> of it I've had enough sex in my life in fact too much) and I don't need anymore My husband is using Dr Poticha's statement to prove it is MY fault that he is in a depressed state and has backaches Now he wants me to give him permission (for his health s sake) to go out and have a little fun This old goat is 70 years old What do vou have to say about it, Ann Landers'' Tired Dear Tired: I know about Dr Joseph Poticha's theory and you aren t getting the straight story Dr Poticha is talking about widows and widowers Moreover he emphasizes that a "romance" need not mean a sexual relationship It can mean companionship, security, THE BETTER HALF someone to talk to and share a thought or a laugh with A man who is 70, has been married for 45 years and wants permission to go out alley catting has a few loose bolts A wife who would agree to such an arrangement is equally nutty You two need to sit down with a counsellor and learn how to spend the rest of your lives together, as friends and companions Maybe when you get to feeling a little more kindly toward the old geezer, vou might let him get a little chummier A woman of 66 isn t exactly a museum piece, you know Dear Ann Landers. This poem which I cut from your column is yellow with age It's so beautiful I wish you'd print it again Woman was created from the rib of man She was not made from his head to top him. Nor out of his feet to be trampled upon But out of his side, to be equal to him. Under his arm to be protected And near his heart, to be loved Canada Dear Ott: Here it is Thank you for asking Drugs? How much is too much? Is pot O.K.? Is L.S.D. too much? If you're on dope or considering it, get Ann Landers' new booklet, "Straight Dope on Drugs." For each booklet ordered, send a dollar bill plus a long, self addressed, stamped envelope (20 cents postage) to Ann Landers, P.O. Box 3346, Chicago, Illinois 60654. By Barnes "Beans again? But it's three days since I won that STATIONARY ENGINEERS CLASS CLASS required for South Central Alberta Processing Plant Competitive Wages Excellent company benefits Smaller Town Benefits For further information please contact: (Wilf Mass) Canada Manpower Centre 419 7th St. S. LETHBRIDGE, Alberta Telephone: 327-8535 Love of trains lures woman to job with CNR PHIL ILLINGWORTH Photo Authentic horsemen The Lethbridge Public Library is featuring a dis- mation have been loaned to the library by the Leth- play of the RCMP Musical Ride for the month of August, bridge city detachment of the RCMP. A list of materials The 32 six-inch mounted models displayed in for- dealing with the RCMP is also being prepared. Project assists 6hard of hearing' VANCOUVER (CP) It is a shadowy world they full of incomprehen- sible sounds that often do not interpret into anything like understandable speech Six inhabitants of this world, classified as "hard of rather than profoundly deaf, have got together here in an effort to help others like themselves Funded by the Opportunities for Youth program, they call themselves "Project Audio- feedback The aim is to approach as many hard-of- hearing people between 14 and 25 as they can locate, ascer- tain their most difficult problems and try to help organize solutions The only person with nor- mal hearing in the group is employed as the secretary and to answer the phones They have been given office space by the Western Institute of the Deaf and are trying to reach the hard of hearing through churches, community groups and general public ap- peal One member, Vincent Ken- nedy, will get his BA in psy- chology at University of British Columbia next year His hearing disability was dis- covered when he was one year old and he estimates his hear- ing loss to be between 75 and 90 per cent He wears two hearing aids ana can lip-read An office situation with typewriters and phones makes concentrating on hearing ex- tremely difficult He attended a special school for speech training for six years as a child He does not know what his employment future will be and for this reason he is anxious to help others in the same predicament Cathee Holmes, another of the group, said there are organizations for the profoundly deaf but there is no place to help people with only partial hearing She is a school dropout and bitter about the way "the teachers didn't help a once she got to the higher grades Her handicap has made jobs scarce 'There aren't too many jobs around where you don't need to be able to communicate with everyone or to answer the she said. The group has prepared a questionnaire asking about education, problems at school and whether the individual would like to have more education, specifically special job training Another set of questions is about job experiences, how the job was found and whether it gives personal satisfaction and hope for advancement They would like to know whether the hard of hearing have difficulty in making friends and how recreation time is spent Thev hope to find out what public services such as job search assistance job training language and speech improvement, tutoring and remedial work are needed WINNIPEG (CP) Catlu Newsome is learning to become a trainman Or should it be trainperson or tramwoman'' Whatever the label, the package is a 19-year-old miss who was one of two young women in a class of 21 students trained by Canadian National Railways Miss Newsome savs her choice of career has nothing to do with women s liberation In fact I enjoy being treated like a lady she said with a smile It is simply a love of trains a feeling she picked up from her brother 'who has alwavs been involved with trains It was he who was in strumental in getting me a job on the Prairie Dog Special The special is a non-profit project sponsored by the Vint- age Locomotive Society which runs during the summer from Charleswood a western sub- urb, to Headingley a few miles further west of Win- nipeg Miss Newsome was the official hostess on the train for three summers Working on the Prairie Dog was the highlight of my summer she said Training for the job entails switching trains in a railwav just com- pleted involved two weeks of films and lectures and a week of job assignments A written examination in- volved a 47-page rule book containing 673 railway regulations After examinations she was placed on the spare board which means she is on 24-hour call Getting that far wasn t She applied for a posit'on in October 1972 and received an application form but not much optimism From January to March of 1973 I bugged them Finally she was told she would be in a class the end of Mav I was led to believe that I actually be accepted and it was very upsetting when I was told that improper facilities for training made it impossible Taking a job as a checker she helped trainmen in the As a checker I was using the same facilities as the trainmen so the lack of facilities was just an excuse bv the railwav she said SANDY HAS RETURNED to the LAKEVIEW BEAUTY SALON 2638 South Parkside Dr Phone 327-4843 HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! 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