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NASA ends Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer instrument’s mission

 

Written by Carol Rasmussen
NASA’s Earth Science News Team

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – On January 31st, NASA ended the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer’s (TES) almost 14-year career of discovery. Launched in 2004 on NASA’s Aura spacecraft, TES was the first instrument designed to monitor ozone in the lowest layers of the atmosphere directly from space. Its high-resolution observations led to new measurements of atmospheric gases that have altered our understanding of the Earth system.

TES was planned for a five-year mission but far outlasted that term.

TES collected spectral "signatures," illustrated here, of ozone and other gases in the lower atmosphere. (NASA)

TES collected spectral “signatures,” illustrated here, of ozone and other gases in the lower atmosphere. (NASA)

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AAA reports Tennessee Gas Prices rise 1-cent

 

AAANashville, TN – Gas prices increased throughout most of the country last week, albeit by a smaller margin than recent weeks. Tennessee gas prices increased by only 1-cent during the past week, but declined by fractions of a penny over the weekend.

Sunday’s average price of $2.41 is 14 cents more than a month ago, and 34 cents more than this time last year. 

AAA says Pump Prices Stall, Where Do They Go From Here? (AAA)

AAA says Pump Prices Stall, Where Do They Go From Here? (AAA)

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Fort Campbell Garrison welcomes Jason Osborne as new Garrison Command Sergeant Major

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell civilian employees, Soldiers, community leaders, Family members and friends filled the seats of Wilson Theater to witness Command Sgt. Maj. Jason W. Osborne’s assumption of responsibility as the garrison senior enlisted adviser during a ceremony December 1st, 2017.

Colonel Joseph P. Kuchan, Fort Campbell garrison commander, led the ceremony by introducing Osborne to those in attendance.

“[Osborne] communicates well. He’s a natural conversationalist. He quickly cuts to the essence of a matter and he underpins it all with standards and responsibility,” Kuchan said. “These qualities will serve him exceptionally well as the garrison command sergeant major. This is the type of leadership and focus that we need right now.”

Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jason W. Osborne addresses the audience Dec. 1, during his assumption of responsibility ceremony at Wilson Theater, Fort Campbell, KY.  (Mari-Alice Jasper, Fort Campbell Courier)

Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jason W. Osborne addresses the audience Dec. 1, during his assumption of responsibility ceremony at Wilson Theater, Fort Campbell, KY. (Mari-Alice Jasper, Fort Campbell Courier)

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Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan testifies in support of LG Electronics Inc.

 

U.S. International Trade Commission hearing examines claim by competitor

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan testified Thursday before the U.S. International Trade Commission in support of LG Electronics Inc., a South Korean manufacturer that recently broke ground on a $250 million appliance plant in Clarksville.

The ITC has begun a rare safeguard investigation prompted by Whirlpool Corp. into alleged harm to U.S. industry done by increasing washing machine imports from Samsung and LG Electronics Inc., according to Law 360, a business and legal news publication.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan testifies in support of LG before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan testifies in support of LG before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

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American Heart Association reports Air pollution linked to Cardiovascular Disease; Air Purifiers may lessen impact

 

Circulation Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Exposure to high levels of air pollution increased stress hormone levels and negative metabolic changes in otherwise healthy, young adults in a recent study conducted in China. Air purifiers appeared to lessen the negative effects, according to new research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Researchers focused on fine particulate matter (PM2.5) – a component of air pollution emitted from vehicles, factories, power plants, fires and smoking – because many studies have suggested this type of major air pollutant might lead to cardiovascular and metabolic health consequences, according to Haidong Kan, M.D., Ph.D., study author and professor of environmental health sciences at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

Negative effects of pollution exposure decreased after using indoor air purifiers over a 9-day period.

Negative effects of pollution exposure decreased after using indoor air purifiers over a 9-day period.

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NASA reports new Study looks at Poor Air Quality and its effects on masking Global Warming

 

Written by Abigail Nastan
MISR Communications and Applications Specialist

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – During the 20th century, the average temperature of the continental United States rose by almost 1 degree Fahrenheit (0.5 degree Celsius) — everywhere, that is, except in the Southeast.

There, until the 1980s, the temperature actually decreased slightly. Climate scientists dubbed this peculiar phenomenon the “warming hole,” and it was the cause of much speculation. But beginning in the 1990s, temperatures in the Southeast began to warm again, and in the early years of the 21st century this warming has accelerated.

Looking through smog in downtown Atlanta from midtown. (CC BY-SA 2.0, by Flickr user Ben Ramsey)

Looking through smog in downtown Atlanta from midtown. (CC BY-SA 2.0, by Flickr user Ben Ramsey)

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Nashville Zoo Announces Second Red Panda Birth

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of two red pandas on June 16th, 2017. The cubs are doing well and bonding with their mother, Mei Mei, in their off exhibit den.

“This is the second red panda birth at Nashville Zoo, and the first litter for first time mom, Mei Mei,” said Jennifer Wu, carnivore keeper. “We were able to track Mei Mei’s pregnancy progress because she allowed keepers to conduct ultrasounds during her regular training sessions. This helped the animal care team estimate a due date and properly plan for the big day.”

Second Red Panda born at Nashville Zoo. (Jennifer Wu, Carnivore Keeper)

Second Red Panda born at Nashville Zoo. (Jennifer Wu, Carnivore Keeper)

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Design Solutions International with Home Depot Recalls Light Fixtures Due to Laceration and Burn Hazards

 

U.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionWashington, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that Design Solutions International with Home Depot recalls Home Decorators Collection 3-Light and 4-Light Comotti Vanity Fixtures. The light fixture styles have 3 or 4 chrome-colored glass shades with clear acrylic ball strands that surround a halogen light. The wall plate is made of reflective stainless steel.

The light shades can detach and fall, posing laceration and burn hazards.

4-Light Comotti Vanity Fixtures are one of the models being recalled.

4-Light Comotti Vanity Fixtures are one of the models being recalled.

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American Heart Association says Breastfeeding may reduce a Mother’s Heart Attack and Stroke Risk

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Breastfeeding is not only healthy for babies, it may also reduce a mother’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke later in life, according to new research published in of the Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Previous studies have suggested that mothers get short-term health benefits from breastfeeding, such as weight loss and lower cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels after pregnancy.

A study of Chinese women found that the longer a mother breastfeeds, the greater the cardiovascular health benefit appears to be. (American Heart Association)

A study of Chinese women found that the longer a mother breastfeeds, the greater the cardiovascular health benefit appears to be. (American Heart Association)

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APSU sociology/journalism student Sarah Eskildson to help combat human trafficking with summer internship

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – An earthquake ravaged parts of Nepal on April 25th, 2015 destroying homes and businesses and killing nearly 9,000 people. In the months following the devastation, several mysterious individuals appeared in the ruble, offering survivors the opportunity to pursue a better life through education or jobs overseas.

Thousands of women and girls, having no alternative, accepted these seemingly generous offers.

APSU Student Sara Eskildson. (Hunter Abrams, APSU)

APSU Student Sara Eskildson. (Hunter Abrams, APSU)

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