Brain Food

KNAU and Arizona News
8:16 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Brain Food: The Unlikely Harmony of The Saxophone And The Clarinet

Musicians and NAU professors John Masserini (L) and Jonathan Bergeron
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In the world of chamber music, not many pieces have been written for the clarinet-saxophone duo. That's because they haven't been around nearly as long as the violin or piano, the darlings of chamber music. So when clarinetist John Masserini and saxophonist Jonathan Bergeron decided to produce a CD, they put out the call to composers to create new music for the single reed instruments.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:17 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Brain Food: How The Slide Fire Changed Community Preparedness

Robert Rowley, director of the Coconino County Department of Emergency Management, points to the area in Oak Creek Canyon where thousands of firefighters battled the blaze
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KNAU's Slide Fire series continues with a special installment of Brain Food. In early May of 2014, Coconino County emergency responders practiced a community disaster exercise. At the time, none of the participants knew just how soon they'd have to use it in "real time".

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:54 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Brain Food: Artifacts Offer Insight Into Lives Of Slaves

NAU anthropologist/archaeologist Sharon Moses and a volunteer excavate materials found underneath slave cabins on South Carolina's Cat Island
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Beneath piles of bricks that were once chimneys for slave quarters, anthropologist and archaeologist Sharon Moses is unearthing what she believes are spiritual artifacts on South Carolina's Cat Island. Nails, shells, buttons and pottery bundled together, she says, were likely part of Hoodoo magic intended to protect the inhabitants.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:29 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Brain Food: Preparing For Fire Season On The Coconino

Wildland fire crews prepare for fire season on the Coconino National Forest
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More than 100 season firefighters, including 3 Hot Shot crews, 10 tower lookouts and 1 air tanker, are poised and ready for fire season on the Coconino National Forest.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:04 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Brain Food: NAU Forester Looks For 'Survival Gene' In SW White Pine Trees

NAU forester Kristen Waring collects cones and seeds from a SW White Pine.
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The Southwestern White Pine is under attack from a parasite. Almost all the trees infected by the "Blister Rust" fungus die. That's why forester Kristen Waring is searching for the rare genes in the species that can combat the deadly spores.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:37 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Brain Food: Flagstaff Researcher Conducts Largest-Ever Study Of Arid Landscape Springs

Hydrogeologist Abe Springer at Griffith's Spring near Flagstaff
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Springs might be small in size, but they support an abundance of plants and animals. Now, a new study conducted by the Springs Stewardship Institute in Flagstaff reveals just how significant springs are to ecosystems.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:02 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Brain Food: NAU Archaeologist Uses LIDAR To Find Mayan Cities

Becan Mayan Ruins, hidden in the jungle of Belize
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Space age technology is allowing a Flagstaff archaeologist to see ancient Mayan cities that have been hidden in the jungles of Belize for centuries.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:01 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Brain Food: NAU Invention May Help Solve Gun Crimes Faster

Christopher Mann's laboratory at Northern Arizona University is strewn with bullet cartridges. He's an optical research scientist working on an invention to help detectives solve gun-related crimes more quickly, accurately and affordably. In his ballistics forensics lab, Mann is testing his 3-D imager - a camera system that uses light waves to record microscopic details found in shell casings.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:13 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Brain Food: NAU Herpetologist Studies Rattlesnake Relocation

Erika Nowak, a herpetologist with the Colorado Plateau Research Station and Department of Biological Sciences at NAU.
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Relocating rattlesnakes is tricky business for more than just the obvious reason. Removing them from their home range or habitat can be stressful to the point of death for the reptiles.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:31 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Brain Food: Textile Therapy

Clinical psychologist Ann Futterman-Collier is studying the physiological effects of handcrafting textiles. She conducts research at the Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University
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For centuries, people have been knitting, crocheting, weaving and quilting...mostly for functionality but more recently, for enjoyment. And now a clinical psychologist in Flagstaff is studying the emotional and physical benefits of handcrafting textiles. Ann Futterman-Collier runs the Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University.

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