Health, Science & The Environment

8:45 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: July 24 - 30, 2012

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Flickr Creative Commons user wackybadger

Poor Will’s Almanack for the fifth week of middle summer.

Something must be lost or absent in any narrative for it to unfold," notes literary commentator Terry Eagleton. "If everything stayed in place there would be no story to tell."

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7:04 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Ohio E. Coli Outbreak Grows; 3 People in Hospital

Health officials say an E. coli outbreak that began with people who ate at a southwest Ohio picnic has reached 68 cases, and three people are in serious condition.

The illnesses were first reported in Germantown, southwest of Dayton, after a July 3 customer appreciation picnic for a lawn care business.

A spokesman for the Montgomery County health department says more than a dozen people have been hospitalized. A 4-year-old girl, a 14-year-old boy and a 73-year-old man remained hospitalized Tuesday with complications from the bacteria.

8:45 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: July 17 - 23, 2012

Flickr Creative Commons user Eduardo Marino

This is Bill Felker with Poor Will’s Almanack for the fourth week of middle summer.

Followed by Sirius, the Dog Star, the constellation Orion accompanies the Dog Days of Middle Summer as he moves invisibly into the center of the southern sky at noon. A simple star chart reveals all this, but the land itself gives plain cues about the heavens.

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Origins Podcast
11:40 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Russia and the Race for the Arctic

In 2007, Russia planted a titanium flag in the chilly arctic depths at the North Pole. "Our task is to remind the world that Russia is a great Arctic and scientific power," said the leader of the expedition.

Global climate change has caused unprecedented changes to the Arctic environment, especially a rapid decrease in the summer sea ice sheet. While perilous to the survival of the iconic polar bear, many humans are watching these changes with an eye to what riches an open Arctic Ocean might bring forth: in oil and gas, mining, and open-water transportation. Five countries can lay claim to the potential wealth of the Arctic Ocean: Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia, and the United States.

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3:45 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

E. Coli Sickens Many After Picnic In Germantown

Nearly 40 people have been sickened and with E.Coli in the Miami Valley following a picnic for an area business. Emily McCord reports that as of Tuesday afternoon, 9 have been hospitalized.    

The illnesses were reported in Germantown following a customer appreciation picnic on July 3rd. There were 200 to 300 hundred people at the event and health officials with Montgomery County say that more people may become ill from the contaminated food. Spokesman Bill Wharton says this outbreak like this one is a large but not necessarily uncommon.

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