Health, Science & The Environment

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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8:40 am
Tue September 11, 2012

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

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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Community Voices
12:45 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Confronting The Woods Bully

Honeysuckle in the Glen.
Wally Rehm

At the Glen Helen Nature Preserve near Yellow Springs, there’s a problem. For decades, non-native plants such as bush honeysuckle have been taking over the understory of the forest.

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8:35 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: September 4 - 10, 2012

Burr Marigold
Flickr Creative Commons user eleanord43

Poor Will's Almanack for the last week of Late Summer

In the last week of late summer, the final tier of wildflowers starts to open. White and violet asters, orange beggarticks, burr marigolds, tall goldenrod, zigzag goldenrod and Japanese knotweed come into bloom, blending with the last of the purple ironweed, yellow sundrops, blue chicory, golden touch-me-nots, showy coneflowers and great blue lobelia.

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Health, Science & The Environment
6:47 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Friday's Blue Moon a Chance to Honor Armstrong

Blue Moon Rises

Less than a week after astronaut Neil Armstrong’s passing, there's a rare 'blue moon' on Friday’s cosmic calendar.

That's the day of a private service for Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, who died last Saturday in Ohio at age 82.

A blue moon occurs when there's a second full moon in one calendar month. It won't happen again until July 2015. The full moon cycle is 29.5 days so a blue moon is uncommon and has come to mean something rare. The moon actually won't be colored blue.