Health, Science & The Environment

Nature
6:15 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: May 6 - 12, 2014

Credit jcc_seveq / Flickr Creative Commons

When Torricelli invented the mercury barometer in 1644, he gave a novel gauge to the world of meteorological medicine.

A decrease in atmospheric pressure, the calm before the storm, had been associated with pain since the Golden Age of Greece. Theophrastus, one of Plato's students, knew that "if the feet swell, there will be a change to the south wind."

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Health, Science & The Environment
5:22 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Riverside Pollution Could Be Worse Than Previously Thought

A map from the EPA shows the original boundaries of the investigation in Riverside: Hypathia Avenue on the east, Rohrer Boulevard on the west, Guernsey Dell and Minnesota Avenues on the north and Valley Pike Street on the south. The investigation has since expanded by several blocks.
Credit USEPA Region V

  A problem with pollution in Riverside is more widespread than environmental protection officials originally thought. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has already inspected approximately 110 homes for toxic vapors, and found problems in more than half. In December WYSO reported the EPA would be testing dozens of homes after being contacted by the Ohio EPA to assist; the area to be inspected has since expanded by several blocks.

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Nature
1:33 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: April 29 - May 5, 2014

Credit HUS0 / Flickr Creative Commons

I had been set to name the upcoming new moon the Tulip Moon, which would have presided over the flowering of mid-season and late tulips throughout my village.

However, on Easter Sunday, my neighbor Moya announced over her south fence that she had found a preying mantis ootheca (egg sack) in her spirea bush, the same place she had found one last year.

We talked about the timing of her discovery, and I realized I had forgotten all about oothecas and should have anticipated her suggestion that the May moon really be called the Preying Mantis Moon.

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Energy
5:04 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Oil Spill North Of Cincinnati Most Recent In A Stream Of Problems

Mark Mazzei is caring for 64 salamanders at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. They were rescued from the site of a March 17, 2014 oil spill in Oak Glen Nature Preserve.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

A group of salamanders is recovering at Dayton’s Boonshoft Museum after being removed from the site of an oil spill north of Cincinnati last month. The Mid-Valley pipeline, which is operated by Sunoco Logistics, leaked at least 19,000 gallons of oil into the Oak Glen Nature Preserve. The pipeline runs from Texas to Michigan through Ohio, and WYSO found it’s one of the leakiest in the country.

 

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Affordable Care Act
2:36 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Ohio Medicaid Slogging Through Massive Application Backup; At Least 70,000 In Limbo

The total numbers of backed up Medicaid applications by county. Ohio Medicaid as well as the federal Affordable Care Act have had backlogs piling up the last few months.
Credit Ohio Governor's Office of Health Transformation

The Ohio Department of Medicaid is just beginning to process through a giant backlog of applications received between October 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, many of which are because of the expansion of the program under the Affordable Care Act. On January 1, 2014, Ohio Medicaid changed its eligibility to include all adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

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