Health, Science & The Environment

Nature
6:20 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: April 1 - 7, 2014

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Sometimes, my religious background gets the better of me. I went to a seminary many decades ago, and I was filled with all kinds of liturgical practices. One of those practices that has stayed with me and keeps appearing in my brain is the genre of the litany. Now the way I learned litanies, the priest would call out the names of saints or different names for the Virgin Mary or Jesus, and the congregation would respond with “Pray for us.”

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Affordable Care Act
5:18 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Amid Continued Obamacare Confusion, Administration Extends Deadline For Some

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll in February found most people without health insurance had no idea when the deadline was to sign up for Affordable Care Act plans.

It’s the last week to sign up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act—the deadline is Monday, March 31. As people continue to wade through the confusion surrounding the law, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced it will offer some wiggle room on the deadline.

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Nature
6:30 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: March 25 - 31, 2014

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March 5th was the first day of Lent, and on that date practicing Christians began a six and a half week vigil for Easter. The Lenten landscape always takes me back to my childhood and to the gray and cold days of waiting for the season to be over. It brings on reminiscence that not only crosses the boundaries of years and snow and the space between winter and spring but also the boundaries of my spiritual or religious upbringing and rebellion and reconciliation.

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Nature
6:15 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: March 18 - 24, 2014

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All of natural history is in my favor today, March 18. If I compress my daybook notes from that day, going back to 1983, I can fabricate a quilt of events, webs of color and sound and warming winds to weave into the frame of a twenty-four hour span.

Then, a circadian shape appears, a four-dimensional psychic set, the radius of casual observation cutting through thirty years, cross-sectioning time – albeit with bias against winter – and I fill in the empty spaces of my imaginary structure of backyard natural history, requiring only this one day to make spring arrive.

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The Environment
7:35 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Ohio's Earthquake Average Since 2010 Has Risen

A newspaper analysis finds that the average number of 2.0 magnitude and higher earthquakes occurring in Ohio each year has risen.

The rise reported by The Columbus Dispatch coincides with an average increase in tremors nationally and to an increase in oil-and-gas drilling and deep injection activity in eastern Ohio.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources data reviewed by the newspaper showed Ohio averaged two earthquakes annually of 2.0 magnitude or greater between 1950 and 2009. Between 2010 and 2014, that average rose to nine.

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