Thu April 26, 2012
From mtsunews.com

ABAS Plant Sale

Last Days

Today til 5 pm and tomorrow,

   Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

We are down to the final 2 days of the ABAS Annual Plant Sale at the Horticulture Center, located on Blue Raider Drive across from the  TN Livestock Center (adjacent to the three satellite dishes).

Students taking ABAS 3600 raised the plants and funds are used for scholarships.

Plant Sale open til 5 pm today, Thur, April 26
Friday, April 27, last day -- 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Thu April 26, 2012
From mtsunews.com

MTSU Volunteers Join Habitat for Humanity Dedication Ceremony

Middle Tennessee State University volunteers will be on hand for the formal dedication of a new family home on East Sevier Street constructed by Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity—the third such home built by the University and Habitat.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m.

In January 2006 MTSU students began fundraising efforts through various programs for the first MTSU Habitat Blitz Build. 2012 will mark the completion of the third home built for a Rutherford County resident by MTSU and Habitat.

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Thu April 26, 2012
Station News & Events

WMOT-FM Airs the Buzz About MTSU Beekeeping Course

MTSU Farm Manager Tim Redd and beekeeper Ed Holcombe will discuss their beginning beekeeping course on the next edition of “MTSU on the Record” with host Gina Logue at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, and 8 a.m. Sunday, May 6, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and wmot.org).

The MTSU Farm Labs and Dairy Science Club sponsor the eight-week course each spring. The course registration fee covers all materials, including the materials for constructing a hive, the bees to start a colony and the equipment to practice beekeeping safely.

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Thu April 26, 2012
Statewide Races

N.C. Gay Marriage Amendment Has Unlikely Foes

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 5:27 pm

Jennifer Cockrham, a nurse from Walkertown, N.C., holds her hand over her heart for the Pledge of Allegiance during a rally supporting a constitutional ban on gay marriage Friday in Raleigh.
Allen Breed AP

North Carolina is the only Southern state without a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. But that could change next month.

On May 8, voters will decide whether to change the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage, as well as civil unions and domestic partnerships. Leading Republican lawmakers think it's one of the most important issues facing voters.

But some conservatives worry that the measure goes too far.

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Thu April 26, 2012

Countries Losing Steam On Climate Change Initiatives

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 5:27 pm

Germany plans to take all of its nuclear power plants offline by 2022, which means coal-fired power plants like the Kraftwerk Westfalen, in Hamm, Germany, will be a key component of the country's energy infrastructure.
Lars Baron Getty Images

Energy ministers from around the world met in London this week and got a scolding. The International Energy Agency warned the ministers that they are falling way behind in their efforts to wean the world from dirty sources of energy. Nations are nowhere near being on track to avert significant climate change in the coming decades.

It turns out that right now, just about everything is conspiring to make it harder to clean up the world's energy supply.

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Thu April 26, 2012
The Salt

Stone Age Mediterranean Farmer ISO Hungry Nordic Hunter-Gatherer?

A family near Karsta, Sweden, in the 1930s. Did their ancient forebears hail from the Mediterranean?
Swedish Heritage Board

Farming transformed Europe when it arrived from the Near East about 6,000 years ago. But was it the agricultural know-how that traveled, or the farmers themselves?

By comparing DNA from Stone Age farmers and hunter-gatherers, Swedish researchers say it's clear that the farmers traveled north through Europe, bringing their agrarian skills with them.

How else would a farmer with Mediterranean DNA end up in Sweden?

I'm imagining suave dark-eyed farmers seeking out Nordic maidens tired of all that berry picking and hide scraping.

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Thu April 26, 2012

At Last, Egypt Settles On Presidential Candidates

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 5:27 pm

Amr Moussa, the front-runner in the Egyptian presidential race, speaks during a press conference in Cairo on Apr. 22. The country's election commission said Thursday that Moussa and 12 other candidates are eligible to compete in next month's election.
Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images

After months of anticipation, and just a few weeks before the voting, Egypt now has a list of 13 officially approved presidential candidates.

Amr Moussa, the former secretary-general of the Arab League, is one of the 13, and he is ahead in most opinion surveys in advance of the May 23-24 election.

And in a reversal, Egyptian election officials agreed Thursday to let one of Hosni Mubarak's former prime ministers run for president.

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Thu April 26, 2012
The Salt

Nutella Maker May Settle Deceptive Ad Lawsuit For $3 Million

The fact that Nutella's parent company, Ferrero, is known for its chocolates might be a tip-off that the sweet hazelnut spread isn't exactly "health" food.


Thu April 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Colorado Extends Medicaid To Some Adults Without Kids

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 5:27 pm

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless runs the Stout Street Clinic in Denver, helped Dale Miller get a CT scan.
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Dale Miller spends his days on the streets of downtown Denver selling a newspaper called The Homeless Voice. He's been having some health problems, but he can't afford to see a doctor on the $10 to $15 a day he makes selling papers.

A local charity clinic called the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless recently helped him get a CT scan at no cost to him. Miller fully understands, though, that someone has to pay for his care.

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Thu April 26, 2012
The Two-Way

PHOTO: Like Hawaii, Mars Has Coils Thought Formed By Volcanic Flow

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 2:52 pm

This image provided by NASA shows lava flows in the shape of coils located near the equatorial region of Mars.

Take a look at this picture:

Those same coils — the ones that look like the side of a snail — are also found on the Big Island of Hawaii, which were formed by lava flows.

As Wired reports, the difference is that some of the Martian coils are 100 feet across — giant compared the Earth-bound ones.

Still scientists found that they are "morphologically consistent with terrestrial lava coils."

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