Health, Science & The Environment

The Environment
6:35 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Shale Drilling Permits Higher Than Expected In 2013

2013 ends with more than twice as many shale drilling permits issued for the Utica Shale play than first expected, encouraging news for Ohio backers of natural gas exploration and production.

Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources projected 525 permits for shale drilling.  That would’ve been a modest increase from 2012’s total of 376, but now in its most recent report, the state DNR shows 1015 permits issued to 30 companies since 2009, operating in much of eastern Ohio. 

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Nature
8:15 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: December 10 -16, 2013

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user GenBug

My windows look out onto a new geometry of bare locust, hackberry, mulberry and walnut branches. The houses next to me intrude again, the hermitage barrier of forsythia and honeysuckles thinned. The sounds of the cars (and the sounds of time between the cars) become clear, unfiltered by foliage.

When I go out to walk Bella, my border collie, in the middle of the morning, I find bittersweet fruit fallen to the sidewalk. When I look at its vine tangled above me in the maple, all the red berries appear inside their spreading hulls.

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Health, Science & The Environment
12:53 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Sen. Brown In Dayton To Promote EpiPen Legislation

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) speaks about the importance of EpiPens at Dayton's River's Edge Montessori.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was in Dayton Thursday promoting a newly-passed federal law that aims to protect kids with allergies. Brown is also urging passage of a state law in Ohio that would make the allergy drug epinephrine, usually known as the EpiPen, widely available in schools.

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Nature
8:15 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: December 3 - 9, 2013

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user pamramsey

In the great collapse of the year, I have found an anchor in noting and recording the details of the world.

And I think maybe the best part of that practice is knowing I will never understand the significance of those details.

Now I suppose it is possible I may be victim of a certain kind of nihilism that keeps me from find any meaning in acts or objects or people.

But, it also may be that I find in my observations the kind of exclusive attention that blots out ultimate concerns.

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Health
6:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

World AIDS Day 2013 - HIV Infections Continue To Rise

Title: HIV-infected H9 T-cell
Credit National Institutes of Health (NIH)

HIV infection rates are still on the rise in Ohio and across the country. On this 25th annual World AIDS Day, health officials urge testing and education to stop new cases from developing.

17,000 people in Ohio are known to be HIV positive, but that number doesn’t tell the whole story.  It’s estimated that 1 in 5 people with HIV don’t even know they’re infected, so the problem is much worse. 

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