Massive U.S. Machines That Hunt For Ripples In Space-Time Just Got An Upgrade

Scientists are about to restart the two giant facilities in the United States that register gravitational waves, the ripples in the very fabric of the universe that were predicted by Albert Einstein more than a century ago. Einstein realized that when massive objects such as black holes collide, the impact sends shock waves through space-time that are like the ripples in water created by tossing a pebble in a pond. In 2015, researchers made history by detecting gravitational waves from...

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Trout Amandine

Mar 12, 2019
Justin Fox Burks

Since lent has started and many will be eating fish on Fridays, I thought I would share one of my favorite fish dishes.

On October 3, Memphis will elect a mayor. Incumbent Jim Strickland is currently facing challenges from former mayor Willie Herenton and county commissioner Tami Sawyer.

This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, host Eric Barnes conducts a journalist roundtable with Daily Memphian Reporter Bill Dries, The Memphis Flyer’s Toby Sells, and The New Tri-State Defender’s Karanja Ajanaku.  

On Monday night, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee delivered his first State of the State Address, in which he laid out his budget priorities. As expected, Lee focused heavily on education and criminal justice. 

A group of analysts recently got to wondering: "What if wanted to buy FedEx?" The reason, they speculated, would be to control every leg of a product's journey from the shelf to the end user. 

Muslims in Memphis Events Offer Window into Islamic Culture

Mar 7, 2019
Hira Farooq Qureshi



Samera Khan is giving visitors a tour of her mosque, the Memphis Islamic Center in Cordova. She points out the shoe cubbies outside the main prayer area, and explains other customs surrounding Muslims’ show of faith.

This month, eight local mosques are participating in events designed to show how Muslims fit into the Midsouth community, which included last Saturday’s “Open Mosque” Day.

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When the new Allen Combined Cycle Plant was under construction a few years ago, the Tennessee Valley Authority said the advanced technology it contained required more than three million gallons of pure water every day to operate. The water would be pulled directly from the Memphis Sand Aquifer, the source of the city's famously clean drinking water. 

To protect your eyes, practice the 20-20-20 Rule

Mar 6, 2019
Church Health

My father found out one day that he had glaucoma when he closed one eye and could not see out of the other.

Sidney Pearce

It’s Mardi Gras!  That means crawfish season is in full swing.

This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, Memphis City Council Chairman Kemp Conrad and two council members, Sherman Greer and Cheyenne Johnson, offer their opinions and analysis of MLGW's rate-increase proposals.  


Conrad says that MLGW has not persuaded him to vote for increases at this time, but he does believe Memphis needs to find ways to invest in the utility's infrastructure.  



While one high-profile bill to close the state primaries to party-only voting fell by the wayside this week, others, like a bill designed to punish police officers for turning off their body cameras, have surfaced. Political analyst Otis Sanford joins us to discuss those and other proposals making their way through the Tennessee General Assembly.


Vehicle Donation

The Sackler family's $1.3 million donation to the U.K.'s National Portrait Gallery will not go ahead as planned, as both sides say they're concerned that allegations of opioid profiteering against the family could overshadow the gift and become a distraction.

"It has become evident that recent reporting of allegations made against Sackler family members may cause this new donation to deflect the National Portrait Gallery from its important work," a spokesperson for the Sackler Trust said.

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With just over a week to go until the deadline for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, the son of President Donald Trump says that everything would be on track had British Prime Minister Theresa May taken his father's advice on Brexit.

The race to build the next generation of super-fast mobile-data networks has begun in Germany, which started auctioning off its spectrum licenses for 5G on Tuesday.

But this highly technical event has become the center of a geopolitical storm between the U.S. and China, with Europe caught in the middle.

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