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State Arts Council Appoints Individual Artist Program Director

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced the appointment of Mollie Flanagan as its new Individual Artist Program Director. Flanagan, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, will manage the Council's programs and services for individual artists, including grants to individual artists, professional development and community-building activities. Within the State system the position is classified as a Senior Research Technician. In announcing the appointment, Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, said, "We are delighted to have someone with Mollie's knowledge and experience take charge of our work supporting our state's individual artists." He…
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WATERFIRE’S NEW ART CENTER

Groundbreaking ceremony at the WaterFire Arts Center Providence, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo We all know how special WaterFire Providence is to Rhode Island. It's a shining example of how the arts can be an economic driver and create jobs. Everywhere I travel, people bring up WaterFire- I tell them, come visit Rhode Island and check it out! WaterFire draws 1 million visitors to downtown Providence each year. They stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants and shop at our businesses. Now, WaterFire is building on those strengths by constructing a new Arts Center. Senator Jack Reed Congressman Jim…
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Mars Probe Confirmed Entering Martian Atmosphere

VOA News A spacecraft from Earth has once again reached Mars. The European Space Agency said its Schiaparelli spacecraft entered the Martian atmosphere on Wednesday, but there was still no word on if the probe had successfully landed. In a bad sign, the ESA confirmed that the signal from the lander had stopped unexpectedly, with the agency's Paulo Ferri, the Head of Mission Operations Department at the ESA saying it was not a good sign. The probe was released from its mother ship, the Trace Gas Orbiter, Sunday, and over the ensuing days, it positioned itself for a landing. As…
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Smithsonian Launches Effort to Save ‘Wizard of Oz’ Ruby Slippers

VOA News The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to preserve the ruby slippers from the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz." The museum hopes to raise $300,000 in a month. The slippers, which for more than 30 years have been one of the most beloved items at the museum, were crafted almost 80 years ago by the MGM Studios prop department. Like most movie props, they weren't built to last. Now the museum wants to polish the dulled sequins, clean up the loose threads and create a state-of-the-art display case to preserve…
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‘Black Moon’ Starts Friday

VOA News This Friday will see the rise of a black moon. And while that might sound ominous, it’s perfectly normal and probably doesn’t foretell the end of the world as some would say. A black moon is simply the second new moon, or dark moon, of the lunar month. It will be so dark, in fact, that it basically will be invisible because it's not lit by the sun, particularly in the Western Hemisphere. “While you can’t see the moon, it will be a great night for seeing the stars,” according to private forecasting service The Weather Channel. While…
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Rosetta Probe Ends 12-year Mission with Crash Into Comet

VOA News The Rosetta spacecraft's 12-year mission studying a comet came to an end Friday when it crash-landed on the surface as planned, snapping photos along the way. Rosetta, the first space probe to circle a comet, was ordered to fire its thrusters for 208 seconds, slipped out of orbit and collided onto the icy surface of the "67P" comet. Mission controllers said it was traveling about 90 centimeters per second on impact, about a walking pace. Before it crashed, Rosetta collected and transmitted a final collection of data and photos, including some close up images of the comet's surface.…
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Juno Probe Captures Images of Jupiter’s Poles

New images of Jupiter’s north pole taken by NASA’s Juno space probe show weather and storm activity “unlike anything previously seen on any of our solar system’s gas-giant planets.” The images were captured during Juno’s first of 36 orbital flybys on Aug. 27 when the probe was a mere 4,200 kilometers above the planet's clouds. “First glimpse of Jupiter’s north pole, and it looks like nothing we have seen or imagined before,” said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “It’s bluer in color up there than other parts of the planet, and…
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NASA Releases Panoramic View of Mars

VOA News NASA has released an interactive, panoramic view of Mars taken by the Curiosity Rover. The 360-degree photo was taken on Aug. 5, almost four years after the probe landed on the Red Planet, inside the famous Gale Crater. One of the most spectacular views is of the Murray Buttes. NASA says these outcroppings are relatively resistant to wind erosion, allowing a glimpse into a layer of rock that was once the Martian surface. Curiosity is traveling along this harder layer as it makes its way up the lower part of Mount Sharp, which is also seen in the…
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NASA: gran hallazgo en la mancha de Júpiter

La Gran Mancha de Júpiter es un reciente fenómeno atmosférico gigantesco, un remolino causado por una gran tormenta que se generó hace tan sólo unos 300 años de antigüedad. La NASA se mostró sorprendida por las altas temperaturas que está revelando la Gran Mancha de Júpiter, denominada también el Ojo de Júpiter. Se trata de una crisis de fiebre. De ante mano se sabía que la gran mancha de Júpiter era la tormenta más grande y permanente del sistema solar. Pero se ha descubierto que la gigantesca mancha roja de Júpiter genera calor y turbulencia, la cual causa ondas para…
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Strange Purple Orb Spotted in Deep Waters off California

VOA News Deep-sea researchers aboard the Nautilus have found a strange creature lurking in the waters off the Channel Islands near California. "This unidentified purple orb stumped our scientists onboard,” according to the Nautilus website. “After sampling, it began to unfold to reveal two distinct lobes. This could possibly be a new species of nudibranch." Nudibranchs, sometimes called sea slugs, can be quite colorful. Some look like slugs, while others look almost spiny. The “purple blob,” as the scientists on the research vessel Nautilus called it, remains a mystery, but the researchers captured the sample and plan on analyzing it…
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