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NASA and University Researchers may have found strong Link between Amazon Fires and Devastating Hurricanes

 

Written by Brian Bell
University of California at Irvine

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationIrvine, CA – Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and NASA have uncovered a remarkably strong link between high wildfire risk in the Amazon basin and the devastating hurricanes that ravage North Atlantic shorelines.

The climate scientists’ findings are appearing in the journal Geophysical Research Letters near the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s calamitous August 2005 landfall at New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

This map of ocean surface temperatures shows how warm waters in the North Atlantic fueled Hurricane Katrina. NASA and UCI researchers have found that the same conditions heighten fire risk in the Amazon basin. (Scientific Visualization Studio, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)

This map of ocean surface temperatures shows how warm waters in the North Atlantic fueled Hurricane Katrina. NASA and UCI researchers have found that the same conditions heighten fire risk in the Amazon basin. (Scientific Visualization Studio, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)

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NASA debunks internet rumors claiming an Asteroid will Impact Earth

 

Written by DC Agle
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Numerous recent blogs and web postings are erroneously claiming that an asteroid will impact Earth, sometime between September 15th and 28th, 2015.

On one of those dates, as rumors go, there will be an impact — “evidently” near Puerto Rico — causing wanton destruction to the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States and Mexico, as well as Central and South America.

That’s the rumor that has gone viral — now here are the facts.

NASA states there is NO Asteroid Threatening Earth. This view of Earth comes from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Terra satellite. (NASA)

NASA states there is NO Asteroid Threatening Earth. This view of Earth comes from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Terra satellite. (NASA)

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Nashville Zoo welcomes Luka the Bear

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Luka, a 2-year old Andean bear, now calls Nashville Zoo home. The female bear arrived from Phoenix Zoo on Monday and is doing well in an off-exhibit quarantine area.

“We’ve anticipated Luka’s arrival at Nashville Zoo since planning for this exhibit began in 2013,” said Lanny Brown, mammal curator. “Her trip from Phoenix was uneventful, and she’s spent her first days in Nashville exploring her enclosure and getting acclimated to her new keepers.”

Luka was beloved by the Phoenix community since her birth in 2013 and made headlines earlier this year due to a case of mistaken identity. For the first two years of her life, Luka was thought to be a male. It wasn’t until preparation began for the move to Nashville that Phoenix officials discovered he was actually a she.

Nashville Zoo Bear Luka. (Margarita Woc Colburn, DVM)

Nashville Zoo Bear Luka. (Margarita Woc Colburn, DVM)

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Nashville Zoo celebrates Avian Awareness Day this Saturday, May 16th

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo will spotlight its feathered residents during Avian Awareness Day on Saturday, May 16th. From 10:00am to 3:00pm, guests to the Zoo can participate in activities that focus on the importance of birds throughout the world.

Avian Awareness Day highlights the journey of migratory birds as they make passage between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Central and South America.

Educational stations will be set up throughout the Zoo that explore how birds navigate their way through various daily and annual challenges, and both kids and adults can enjoy comparing their “wing spans” to our feathered friends.

A Magpie Jay at the Nashville Zoo. ( Amiee Stubbs)

A Magpie Jay at the Nashville Zoo. ( Amiee Stubbs)

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Nashville Zoo Mourns Loss of Cougar

 

Jackson had been at Nashville Zoo since 1996

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Due to declining health issues, Nashville Zoo has euthanized Jackson, an 18-year old cougar. Jackson passed away on May 7th.

“This is a very sad day for all of us at Nashville Zoo,” said Dr. Heather Robertson, director of veterinary services at Nashville Zoo. “Jackson had been battling renal (kidney) disease for the last few years. He had done well with medical support until recently when his condition began to rapidly decline. Due to this decline, the veterinary and keeper staff believed humane euthanasia was the best option.”

Nashville Zoo Cougar, Jackson. (Christian Sperka)

Nashville Zoo Cougar, Jackson. (Christian Sperka)

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Austin Peay State University’s Osvaldo Di Paolo explores blending of Hispanic literary genres in new book

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Fictional literature has long shined a light on the times in which we live. In North America, genres like dystopia and science fiction have served as mirrors for the ills plaguing modern day society.

In Spanish literature, the genres of hardboiled, or “novela negra,” and Gothic literature have played a similarly important role – each symbolically exploring, among other things, the criminal and societal dangers in rapidly growing major South American cities such as Mexico City, Bogota and Buenos Aires.

APSU Associate Professor Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo.

APSU Associate Professor Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo.

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NASA’s CALIPSO satellite helps scientists study link between Sahara Desert dust and Amazon Rainforest

 

Written by Rachel Molina
Science at NASA

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – The Sahara Desert is one of the least hospitable climates on Earth. Its barren plateaus, rocky peaks, and shifting sands envelop the northern third of Africa, which sees very little rain, vegetation, and life.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic Ocean thrives the world’s largest rainforest. The lush, vibrant Amazon basin, located in northeast South America, supports a vast network of unparalleled ecological diversity.

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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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Nashville Zoo to hold Avian Awareness Day on Saturday, May 16th

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo will spotlight its feathered residents during Avian Awareness Day on Saturday, May 16th. From 10:00am to 3:00pm, guests to the Zoo can participate in activities that focus on the importance of birds throughout the world.

Avian Awareness Day highlights the journey of migratory birds as they make passage between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Central and South America.

Educational stations will be set up throughout the Zoo that explore how birds navigate their way through various daily and annual challenges, and both kids and adults can enjoy comparing their “wing spans” to our feathered friends.

A Magpie Jay at the Nashville Zoo. ( Amiee Stubbs)

A Magpie Jay at the Nashville Zoo. ( Amiee Stubbs)

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Tennessee Department of Health urges Travelers to Protect Themselves from Mosquitoes

 

Chikungunya Virus Disease Spread by Bites

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding vacation and business travelers about the importance of protecting themselves from mosquitoes that may transmit chikungunya virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue.

The first confirmed case of chikungunya virus disease in Tennessee occurred in 2014; since then 42 additional cases have been documented, all involving travel outside the state.

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