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NASA reports Gamma-ray Telescopes discover concentration of Energy in Center of Milky Way

 

Written by Francis Reddy
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – A combined analysis of data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), a ground-based observatory in Namibia, suggests the center of our Milky Way contains a “trap” that concentrates some of the highest-energy cosmic rays, among the fastest particles in the galaxy.

“Our results suggest that most of the cosmic rays populating the innermost region of our galaxy, and especially the most energetic ones, are produced in active regions beyond the galactic center and later slowed there through interactions with gas clouds,” said lead author Daniele Gaggero at the University of Amsterdam. “Those interactions produce much of the gamma-ray emission observed by Fermi and H.E.S.S.”  

An illustration of NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope orbiting Earth. ( NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab)

An illustration of NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope orbiting Earth. ( NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab)

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101st Airborne Division No Slack Soldiers Prepare for Movement to South Africa

 

Written by Maj. Martin Meiners
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – The preparation for this deployment saw 2-327th “No Slack” Soldiers and leaders surmount innumerable hurdles to successfully plan and execute the movement to South Africa. The burden of the planning fell to No Slack’s S-4 section, led by Capt. Clay Drnek, 2-327th battalion supply officer.

“This was a lot for such a small unit to handle,” said Drnek, a native of Eau Claire Pennsylvania.

2-327th “No Slack” Soldiers and leaders prepare and plan for movement to South Africa. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

2-327th “No Slack” Soldiers and leaders prepare and plan for movement to South Africa. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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Southern White Rhinos Now Roaming at Nashville Zoo

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is proud to announce the introduction of Southern white rhinoceros to our animal family. Four young females are now roaming in the Zoo’s former elephant exhibit.

“This is the first time we are able to bring rhinos to Nashville,” said Zoo President Rick Schwartz. “We had to make several modifications to the former elephant habitat and barn in order to properly care for rhinos. The end result is exceptional and we can’t wait to show it to our guests.”

The four captive born white rhinos came from a reserve in South Africa and are slowly adjusting to the new sights, sounds, and smells that come with their new home here in Nashville.

Southern White Rhinos at the Nashville Zoo. (Amiee Stubbs)

Southern White Rhinos at the Nashville Zoo. (Amiee Stubbs)

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft’s next target already revealing surprises

 

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NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft doesn’t zoom past its next science target until New Year’s Day 2019, but the Kuiper Belt object, known as 2014 MU69, is already revealing surprises.

Scientists have been sifting through data gathered from observing the object’s quick pass in front of a star – an astronomical event known as an occultation – on June 3rd.

More than 50 mission team members and collaborators set up telescopes across South Africa and Argentina, along a predicted track of the narrow shadow of MU69 that the occultation would create on Earth’s surface, aiming to catch a two-second glimpse of the object’s shadow as it raced across the Earth.

Four members of the New Horizons’ South African observation team scan the sky while waiting for the start of the 2014 MU69 occultation, early on the morning of June 3rd, 2017. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Henry Throop)

Four members of the New Horizons’ South African observation team scan the sky while waiting for the start of the 2014 MU69 occultation, early on the morning of June 3rd, 2017. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Henry Throop)

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Austin Peay State University Nursing Faculty presents at International Conference in South Africa

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Three Austin Peay State University School of Nursing professors traveled to South Africa earlier this summer to speak about their research at the 27th Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress.

The congress, with more than 800 nurse researchers from 33 different countries, is the largest nursing research event in the world.

(L to R) Dr. Amy Hamlin, Dr. Shondell Hickson and Dr. Patty Orr.

(L to R) Dr. Amy Hamlin, Dr. Shondell Hickson and Dr. Patty Orr.

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NASA reports a strong, growing El Niño head to United States

 

Written by Alan Buis
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – The current strong El Niño brewing in the Pacific Ocean shows no signs of waning, as seen in the latest satellite image from the U.S./European Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2 mission.

El Niño 2015 has already created weather chaos around the world. Over the next few months, forecasters expect the United States to feel its impacts as well.

The latest Jason-2 image bears a striking resemblance to one from December 1997, by Jason-2’s predecessor, the NASA/Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) Topex/Poseidon mission, during the last large El Niño event. Both reflect the classic pattern of a fully developed El Niño. The images can be viewed at:
http://sealevel.jpl.nasa.gov/elnino2015/index.html

The latest satellite image of Pacific sea surface heights from Jason-2 (left) differs slightly from one 18 years ago from Topex/Poseidon (right). In Dec. 1997, sea surface height was more intense and peaked in November. This year the area of high sea levels is less intense but considerably broader. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The latest satellite image of Pacific sea surface heights from Jason-2 (left) differs slightly from one 18 years ago from Topex/Poseidon (right). In Dec. 1997, sea surface height was more intense and peaked in November. This year the area of high sea levels is less intense but considerably broader. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Austin Peay State University’s Brian Vernon awarded 2015 Margaret Martin Award by the Tennessee Association of Dance

 

Austin Peay State University - APSU - logoClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University associate professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance Brian Vernon has been awarded the 2015 Margaret Martin Award by the Tennessee Association of Dance (TAD).

The Margaret Martin Award recognizes individuals or corporations who make long term, consistently outstanding contributions that further the public image and accessibility of dance in Tennessee. Vernon was chosen to receive the award following a unanimous selection by TAD voting members. «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU gets visit from Grammy winner Rhonda Larson as final Acuff Chair of Excellence of 2014-15

 

Acuff Circle of Excellence - Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The final Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence recipient of 2014-15, Grammy Award winning flutist Rhonda Larson, will bring her talents to campus for a series of lectures and master classes at Austin Peay State University the week of April 21st-28th.

During her residency, Larson will share her experiences as a performing artist, as well as offering insight and lessons to APSU and area students. Her visit to campus will conclude on Tuesday, April 28th, with a concert with the APSU Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Gregory Wolynec. The event will take place at 7:30pm at the Mabry Concert Hall, on the campus of APSU.

Grammy winner Rhonda Larson

Grammy winner Rhonda Larson

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Customs House Museum’s Annual Women’s History Month Exhibition to present “In the Garden”

 

Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – Each March the Customs House Museum creates an invitational themed exhibit celebrating women artists. This year’s show, In the Garden, features the work of artists from across the state of Tennessee, all created in a variety of styles.

Redhibiscus -  Lisa Ernst

Redhibiscus – Lisa Ernst

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Nashville Zoo to host Conservation Lecture Thursday, June 5th

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is pleased to present Keepers of the Wild, an evening lecture with wildlife photographer Christian Sperka on Thursday, June 5th at 6:00pm. The presentation featuring Sperka’s images will take place in the Zoo’s Croft Center and is free to the public.

Sperka has spent the past two years working as a field guide and wildlife photograph er at the Thanda Private Game Reserve in Northern Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. His lecture will focus on the conservation efforts and challenges of a private game reserve in South Africa and the rising threat to Africa’s rhino population. «Read the rest of this article»

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