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Volunteers scanning NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope images lead Astronomers to new Discovery

 

Written by Whitney Clavin
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Sometimes it takes a village to find new and unusual objects in space. Volunteers scanning tens of thousands of starry images from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, using the Web-based Milky Way Project, recently stumbled upon a new class of curiosities that had gone largely unrecognized before: yellow balls.

The rounded features are not actually yellow — they just appear that way in the infrared, color-assigned Spitzer images.

Volunteers using the web-based Milky Way Project brought star-forming features nicknamed "yellowballs" to the attention of researchers, who later showed that they are a phase of massive star formation. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Volunteers using the web-based Milky Way Project brought star-forming features nicknamed “yellowballs” to the attention of researchers, who later showed that they are a phase of massive star formation. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Austin Peay State University to host meal packaging event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – More than 500 student volunteers will gather on the campus of Austin Peay State University Friday, January 30th for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

In honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., volunteers will do their part to help alleviate hunger in a third-world country with a meal-packaging event hosted by the APSU Diversity Committee and Feed My Starving Children. The event will take place from 10:00am-5:30pm at the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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Nashville Zoo needs Volunteers for FrogWatch USA Amphibian Monitoring

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is seeking volunteers for FrogWatch USA, an amphibian monitoring program sponsored by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The Zoo will be holding a training session on Saturday, February 7th at 1:00pm.

Tennessee is home to 21 native species of amphibians, however many are threatened with extinction.

FrogWatch USA gets citizens directly involved in gathering information that can lead to practical and workable ways to stop amphibian decline.

Nashville Zoo - Tadpoles. (Aleksander Niwelinski)

Nashville Zoo – Tadpoles. (Aleksander Niwelinski)

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Tennessee Lady Vols get 81-58 win over Texas A&M

 

UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – #7/9 Tennessee won its ninth game in a row, taking down #9/8 Texas A&M, 81-58, on Thursday night at Thompson-Bolina Arena.

The victory for Tennessee (13-2, 3-0 SEC) was their third over a Top-10 opponent this season and fourth over a ranked team during the nine-game win streak.

The Lady Vols have three wins over Top-10 teams for the first time since their last National Championship season, 2007-08, when Tennessee beat eight Top-10 teams in their 36-2 campaign.

Alexa Middleton #33 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers, Nia Moore #1 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers and Kortney Dunbar #13 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during the SEC game between the Tennessee Lady Volunteers and the Texas A&M Aggies at Thompson-Boling Arena. (Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics)

Alexa Middleton #33 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers, Nia Moore #1 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers and Kortney Dunbar #13 of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during the SEC game between the Tennessee Lady Volunteers and the Texas A&M Aggies at Thompson-Boling Arena. (Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics)

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NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) data analyzed by Volunteer Disk Detectives finds possible Planetary Habitats

 

Written by Francis Reddy
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – A NASA-sponsored website designed to crowdsource analysis of data from the agency’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission has reached an impressive milestone.

In less than a year, citizen scientists using DiskDetective.org have logged 1 million classifications of potential debris disks and disks surrounding young stellar objects (YSO). This data will help provide a crucial set of targets for future planet-hunting missions.

The marked asymmetry of the debris disk around the star HD 181327 suggests it may have formed as a result of the collision of two small bodies. The Disk Detective project aims to discover many other stellar disks using volunteer classifications of data from NASA's WISE mission. (NASA/ESA/Univ. of Arizona/HST/GO 12228 Team)

The marked asymmetry of the debris disk around the star HD 181327 suggests it may have formed as a result of the collision of two small bodies. The Disk Detective project aims to discover many other stellar disks using volunteer classifications of data from NASA’s WISE mission. (NASA/ESA/Univ. of Arizona/HST/GO 12228 Team)

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Nashville Zoo to hold Docent Open House in January

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville Zoo is hosting an open house for anyone interested in joining the Zoo’s docent program. The open house will take place Saturday, January 10th from 11:00am – 1:00pm in the Zoo’s Croft Center.

Docents are a specialized group of the Zoo’s volunteer corps who are committed to educating the public about the Zoo’s animals as well as conservation and wildlife issues. Through specialized training and practice, a docent interacts with the public through the use of live animals, biofacts and other educational tools.

Nashville Zoo will host an open house for anyone interested in becoming a Zoo Docent. The open house will take place on January 10th at 11:00am Docents help deliver the Zoo’s educational messages by engaging with our guests. (Amiee Stubbs)

Nashville Zoo will host an open house for anyone interested in becoming a Zoo Docent. The open house will take place on January 10th at 11:00am Docents help deliver the Zoo’s educational messages by engaging with our guests. (Amiee Stubbs)

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Manna Café Ministries extends Warming Shelter Hours

 

Manna Café MinistriesClarksville, TN – Manna Café Ministries is extending its emergency warming shelter until Thursday, November 20th, 2014, at 8:00am. The shelter is located in the TMS Contracting building (635 Frosty Morn Drive).

Volunteers (18 and older) are needed to assist in manning the shelter. Sign up for a four-hour shift on the Manna Café website, www.mannacafeministries.com , on the Refuge page. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency seeks volunteers to provide 2014-15 Deer Harvest Info

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is seeking volunteers willing to provide biological information from white-tailed deer harvested during the 2014-15 seasons.

Deer hunting clubs harvesting more than ten deer a year are encouraged to participate. A representative of a qualifying hunt club interested in participating is encouraged to send an email expressing such interest to TWRA.TNDeerData@tn.gov by Friday, November 7th. In response, the TWRA will send more information on how to participate.

For more information, contact the TWRA Wildlife and Forestry Division at 615.781.5262.

 

Tennessee Volunteers Basketball report for October 14th

 

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Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsKnoxville, TN – Just three weeks remain until the Tennessee basketball team hosts Pikeville in exhibition action, marking the dawn of the Donnie Tyndall era on Rocky Top. The Volunteers continued preseason preparations Monday, powering through what has become the hardwood norm in Knoxville–a physical, fast-paced, high-intensity practice at Pratt Pavilion.

“We’re making progress. Kids are working hard, and I’ve said that all summer long,” Tyndall said. “Our attitude toward being coached, our receptiveness to being coached, has never been an issue. We certainly have deficiencies in other areas, but guys are competing and giving great effort.”

University of Tennessee Men's Basketball. (UT Sports)

University of Tennessee Men’s Basketball. (UT Sports)

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Tennessee Vols Football beats UT Chattanooga 45-10 at Neyland Stadium

 

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsKnoxville, TN – Senior quarterback Justin Worley threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more as Tennessee pounded Chattanooga, 45-10, before 93,097 on Homecoming at Neyland Stadium. The Vols ended a three-game losing streak and evened their record at 3-3.

Worley finished the day 19-of-24 for 198 yards connected with Johnathon Johnson twice and Marquez North once for touchdowns. Worley became the first Vols quarterback with a pair of rushing scores in a game since Casey Clausen ran for a two 1-yard TDs in a 2002 Citrus Bowl win over Michigan.

Quarterback Justin Worley #14 of the Tennessee Volunteers runs for a touchdown during the Homecoming game between the UT Chattanooga Mocs and the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN. (Randy Sartin/Tennessee Athletics)

Quarterback Justin Worley #14 of the Tennessee Volunteers runs for a touchdown during the Homecoming game between the UT Chattanooga Mocs and the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN. (Randy Sartin/Tennessee Athletics)

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