Health, Science & The Environment

Health, Science & The Environment
6:30 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Advocates for Health Care Law Look Forward to Implementation, But State Still Stalling

Advocates for the federal health care law are celebrating the start of the countdown toward October 1 of next year, when 1.5 million uninsured Ohioans can start shopping a health insurance marketplace called an exchange. But there’s still a lot of uncertainty about who will set up and run that exchange.

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Nature
8:40 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: September 25 - October 1, 2012

Flickr Creative Commons user Insert Photographer Here

Poor Will's Almanack for the third week of Early Fall.

A cardinal sang a little after 7:00 this morning, sang off an on for about an hour. Crows came and went. Robins started peeping their migration signals outside in the honeysuckles about 8:00. When I walk the alley after breakfast, I heard starlings whistling and chattering toward downtown. Sitting in greenhouse working in the middle of the morning., I listened to the tapping of a yellow-bellied sapsucker on the siding of the house, an old friend returning from spring on the way back to Tennessee.

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Nature
8:40 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Poor Will's Alamanck: September 18 - 24, 2012

Bursting milkweed pod
Flickr Creative Commons user lahvak

Poor Will's Almanack for the second week of Early Fall.

When the day’s length falls below 12 hours this week, then the sugar beet, pear, cabbage and cauliflower harvests commence in the Great Lakes region. In Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington State, the cranberry harvest begins, berries darkening in the cooler weather.

As autumn leafturn accelerates all along the 40th parallel, the deciduous trees lose all their leaves in northern Canada. In New England and in the Rocky Mountains, foliage colors are approaching their best.

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Health, Science & The Environment
4:16 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Study Finds No High-Risk Pathways for Asian Carp

A federal study of 18 potential aquatic links between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds says none of them are likely pathways to the lakes for Asian carp.
 
The U.S.  Army Corps of Engineers released the study Friday. It's among reports the agency is producing as it develops recommendations for preventing Asian carp and other invasive species from crossing between the two watersheds.
 

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Nature
8:40 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: September 11 - 17, 2012

Goldenrod
Flickr Creative Commons user KennethMoyle

Poor Will's Almanack for the first week of Early Fall.

The movement of the sun appears to accelerate as equinox approaches, changes in the landscape speeding toward autumn. Each change is the tip of other changes.

When asters bloom in the waysides and bur marigolds flower in the swamps, then farmers are cutting corn for silage.

When zigzag goldenrod blossoms in the woods, then the rose of Sharon shrubs will drop most of their flowers and the great decline of summer wildflowers begins in the fields.

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