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AAA tests show 80% of Headlights Fall Short on Safety

 

AAATampa, FL – New test results from AAA indicate that even with the most advanced headlight systems, a motorist’s ability to see an object on rural roadways at night can be reduced by as much as 60 percent compared to driving in daylight.

AAA’s test results suggest that halogen headlights, found in over 80 percent of vehicles on the road today, may fail to safely illuminate unlit roadways at speeds as low as 40 mph.

Tests show headlights may fail to safely illuminate dark roadways

Tests show headlights may fail to safely illuminate dark roadways

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AAA and Bud Light ask Motorists to Plan Ahead for a Safe Memorial Day Weekend

 

AAA - Traffic Safety FoundationTampa, FL – If you’re planning to party this weekend, you must plan for safety first. This means using a Designated Driver, staying where you are celebrating, or arranging for another form of sober transportation.

“Memorial Day weekend is a great time to spend with family and friends,” said Gerry Gutowski, Senior Vice President, Automotive Services, The Auto Club Group. “Please keep those special people in mind by not letting them drive impaired.”

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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum announces Southern Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition Winners

 

Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum hosted the awards reception for the Southern Watercolor Society’s 38th Annual Juried Exhibition on May 16th. The show features eighty-seven paintings. This year’s juror Kathleen Conover awarded 32 artists cash or merchandise prices.

The Best in Show was awarded to Z.L. Feng for In the Wood. Feng is an artist-signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Pastel Society of America (as master pastelist).

Z.L. Feng won Best in Show for In the Wood

Z.L. Feng won Best in Show for In the Wood

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AAA says 1 in 3 Boaters Do Not Have Insurance

 

AAATampa, FL – The Memorial Day weekend is not only the kickoff to the busy summer travel season, but it is also the unofficial start of boating season.

Being safe on the water is a primary concern, but it’s important to have the proper insurance coverage in case you are involved in an accident.

Boating accidents caused $39 million in damages in 2014

Boating accidents caused $39 million in damages in 2014

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AAA reports Year-Over-Year Savings fall below $1 at the Gas Pump

 

AAATampa, FL – For the first time in more than 100 days, the year-over-year difference in the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline fell below $1.00 per gallon this past Tuesday (-99 cents).

Today’s price of $2.70 per gallon represents a new high for 2015. The national average has moved higher by 4 cents per gallon since last Sunday.

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NASA reports International Space Station uses OPALS instrument to further laser communications research

 

Written by Elizabeth Landau
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Ever wonder why stars seem to twinkle? This effect is caused by variations in the density of our atmosphere that cause blurring in light coming from space. It’s pretty for stargazing, but a challenge for space-to-ground communications.

A key technology called adaptive optics corrects such distortions. By combining adaptive optics with a laser communications technology aboard the International Space Station, NASA is working toward advances in space communications that could have major benefits for our data transmission needs here on Earth as well.

This artist's rendition shows OPALS operating from the International Space Station. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This artist’s rendition shows OPALS operating from the International Space Station. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Clarksville’s Crye-Leike Office in St. Bethlehem welcomes Affiliate Broker Heather Flowers

 

Crye-Leike REALTORSClarksville, TN – Crye-Leike is pleased to welcome affiliate broker Heather Flowers to its Clarksville-St. Bethlehem office. Practicing real estate for the past six years, Flowers transfers to Crye-Leike from Keller Williams.

Heather Flowers joins Crye-Leike Office in St. Bethlehem.

Heather Flowers joins Crye-Leike Office in St. Bethlehem.

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NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft detects Auroras around Mars

 

Written by Tony Phillips
Science at NASA

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – One day, when humans go to Mars, they might find that, occasionally, the Red Planet has green skies.

In late December 2014, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft detected evidence of widespread auroras in Mars’s northern hemisphere. The “Christmas Lights,” as researchers called them, circled the globe and descended so close to the Martian equator that, if the lights had occurred on Earth, they would have been over places like Florida and Texas.

“It really is amazing,” says Nick Schneider who leads MAVEN’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument team at the University of Colorado. “Auroras on Mars appear to be more wide ranging than we ever imagined.”

A map of MAVEN's Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) auroral detections in December 2014 overlaid on Mars’ surface. The map shows that the aurora was widespread in the northern hemisphere, not tied to any geographic location. The aurora was detected in all observations during a 5-day period. (University of Colorado)

A map of MAVEN’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) auroral detections in December 2014 overlaid on Mars’ surface. The map shows that the aurora was widespread in the northern hemisphere, not tied to any geographic location. The aurora was detected in all observations during a 5-day period. (University of Colorado)

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AAA reports Oil Exceeds $60 a Barrel; Gas Prices Decline

 

AAATampa, FL – Despite oil reaching its highest price of the year, the national average price for gasoline declined Sunday, for the first time since rising 27 cents during a period of 25 consecutive days. During that same time, price rose 30 cents in Georgia, and 28 cents in Florida and Tennessee.

U.S. gas prices are now exactly $1.00 cheaper than this time last year and motorists are saving an average of $15.00 on a full tank of gas.

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AAA says 37.2 Million Americans to Kick Off Summer with a Memorial Day Getaway

 

Strong economy and low gas prices drive 4.7 percent increase in holiday travel over 2014

AAATampa, FL – AAA projects 37.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The total travel volume is a 4.7 percent increase from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year and the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years.

Kicking off the summer driving season, 33 million travelers will pack up the family vehicle and drive to their destinations. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 21st to Monday, May 25th.

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