Health, Science & The Environment

Nature
8:35 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: December 31 - January 6, 2013

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In 1982, I started keeping track of the time the leaves turned on the maple tree next door, and I continued for over two decades to note when its leaves turned and fell. The caretaker of the tree died some time late in the last century, and the maple declined quickly as the millennium approached. My notations from 2004 were the last I made of its leafturn and shedding trajectory.

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Nature
8:15 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: December 24 - 30, 2013

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Shyly, Carol admitted her anguish about the moon.

"I'm so embarrassed," she said. "You know I always thought the moon made its own light, and that, well, it shone from inside."

Then she told me how she had just read that the lunar surface actually reflected light from the sun. We talked for only a few minutes, but I was struck by her emotion and by her need to share her very real disillusion.

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The Environment
6:29 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Wittenberg Students Team Up With Springfield To Fight Storm Water Problem

Wittenberg professor Sarah Fortner and Springfield Stormwater Coordinator Sky Schelle, are working with students to develop rain gardens in the city and on campus.
Credit Zeb Reichert / WYSO

Wittenberg geology students and the city of Springfield have paired up to reduce pollution in area rivers and streams.  The partnership is expected to save the city money and serve as a learning experience for students.

Buck Creek cuts through the middle of Springfield. Trees line the banks and in the warmer months, kayaking and other activities are common recreation. But there’s a problem. During heavy rains, the sewage system gets overwhelmed.

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Affordable Care Act
6:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

One Obamacare Deadline Down, A Bunch More To Go

CareSource offices in Dayton. CareSource is among 12 Ohio companies offering plans on the federal marketplace.
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Today is the last day to sign up for Affordable Care Act insurance if you want it to kick in by January 1, 2014, and while Healthcare.gov has gotten much easier to use, Ohio is still far short of its enrollment goals.

When WYSO talked to Maxine Johnson last month, she had tried six times to sign up for Obamacare. She finally got a plan after major fixes to the website went through in December.

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Healthcare
7:35 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Affordable Care Act Deadline Looms, Sebelius Ensures Website Reliance

We’re approaching an important deadline under the new federal health care law. In order to receive coverage by January 1st under the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, Americans must enroll by this Monday. The deadline was extended after the federal exchange website experienced some highly-publicized problems. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she understands the frustration that’s out there but encourages people to give the site another try.

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