Science

9:46am

Mon August 12, 2013
Science

Tenn. is 1 of 3 States Where Child Obesity Rates Still Rising

The website choosemyplate.gov can help parents control portion size.
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ATLANTA (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee is one of only three states where childhood obesity rates continue to rise.

In a report released last week, researchers discovered the first-ever decline in childhood obesity nationwide. The new study shows a slight drop in obesity rates for preschoolers in 18 states.

Nationwide, about 12 percent of boys and girls are obese.

Cindy Chafin - with the Center for Health and Human Service at Middle Tennessee State - says its crucial for parents to model good eating and exercise habits.

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8:54am

Fri June 28, 2013
Science

Using Robots to Make Science Classes More Interesting

Teachers from Marshall, Robertson and Davidson counties work to build a doodler robot, June, 2013.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A group of mid-state teachers have learned how to use robots to make science classes more interesting for their students.

Thousands of Tennessee teachers are being trained this summer in how to implement the new Common Core Curriculum set to go into effect this fall.

The new national education standards are intended to raise the academic bar for American students, to make them more competitive on the world stage. The standards have been adopted by Tennessee and 45 other states.

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11:02am

Fri June 21, 2013
Science

Smyrna Airport Base of Operations for Air-Quality Research

Look for these two specially equipped air-quality research aircraft making daily flights out of the Smyrna Airport
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Federal researchers are using Middle Tennessee as a base of operations for what they say is one of the largest air-quality studies in decades.

Two specially equipped aircraft are flying daily research missions across the southeast out of Smyrna Airport.

One goal of the study is to determine why temperatures aren't rising as quickly in the American South as they have across the rest of the country. The working theory is that pollution particles in southern skies are reflecting sunlight, lowering temperatures at ground level.

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1:58pm

Wed June 19, 2013
mike osborne

Wanted: Families Willing to Open Homes, Hearts

Credit Elizabeth Peeples, Youth Villages

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  More than 8000 Tennessee children needed a foster home this past year. The State had to place many of them in temporary care because there weren’t enough foster families to meet the demand.

Memphis based Youth Villages found homes for more than 150 mid-state children over the past year. The agency begins twice weekly training classes for prospective foster parents Thursday evening in Mufreesboro.

Youth Villages spokesman Blake Bohanan says new foster parents are provided with extensive training and ongoing 24-7 support.

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9:37am

Wed June 19, 2013
Science

Records Sought in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Credit cdc.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three Tennessee clinics have received subpoenas for documents related to drugs from a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak last year.

The subpoenas were sent to St. Thomas Outpatient Neurological Center in Nashville, Specialty Surgery Center in Crossville and the PCA Pain Care Center in Oak Ridge. They were issued by attorneys representing patients in a consolidated federal lawsuit against New England Compounding Pharmacy Inc. in Framingham, Mass.

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