Health, Science & The Environment

Health, Science & The Environment
7:35 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Flu Cases in Ohio Most Since State Began Tracking

The Ohio Department of Health says flu cases this past season were the most since it began keeping count.

Stats show that 5,200 Ohioans were hospitalized with the flu from September last year through mid-May 18.

That's even up from 2009-2010 when the swine flu pandemic when there were 3,200 flu-related hospitalizations in the state.

State health officials tell The Dayton Daily News that it's hard to say why there were so many cases during the past  flu season.

They say there's no indication that a new virus led to the spike in hospitalizations.

Nature
8:35 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: June 11 - 17, 2013

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user Matt Elsberry

I got up at 4:30 in the morning, haunted by a troubling dream. I listened for birds at my window as I got dressed. Not a sound, not even a car passing on the street. And then I went outside with Bella, my border collie, to walk in the dark.

I started south at 4:50. I heard birds by the time I reached a streetlight: At first just sporadic chirping of robins, then their rhythmic singsong.

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Health, Science & The Environment
7:35 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Springfield Reservoir Tested After Harmful Algae Found

State officials say small amounts of harmful blue-green algae have led to testing and a sign warning swimmers not to swallow the water at a western Ohio reservoir.

But an Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman says the toxin levels are not enough to issue a public health advisory for Clarence J. Brown Reservoir in Buck Creek State Park.  The Dayton Daily News reports the park north of Springfield attracts about 380,000 people annually for boating, swimming, fishing and camping.

Officials say testing of the reservoir will continue.

Nature
8:35 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: June 4 - 10, 2013

Painted turtle
Credit Flick Creative Commons user Mark L. Watson

The sky seems so very far away, and moon and stars and planets so out of reach, constellations hidden often by clouds and haze. But really a person might simply look around to find the heavens. The land has a galaxy of signs, astronomical resource of delicate and fragrant detail.

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Health, Science & The Environment
7:35 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Opponents of Wind Farm Challenge State Approval

Opponents of a multimillion dollar wind project that would build at least 52 wind turbines in southwest Ohio are challenging a state board's approval of the project's next phase.

The Ohio Power Siting Board voted this week to allow the second phase of the Buckeye Wind Project. The Springfield News-Sun reports that opponents living near the proposed project want that decision reviewed.

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