Health, Science & The Environment

8:35 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: October 16 - 22, 2012

Fall in Clifton Gorge
Flickr Creative Commons user Angelskiss31

This is Bill Felker with Poor Will's Almanack for the second week of Middle Fall.

The season is sending messages. Migrating flocks of birds, sometimes large enough to stretch across the sky, remind the commuter and trucker that ice and snow lie ahead. The urgent call of the geese, common at this time of year, evokes an autumnal restlessness. As the days shorten, sheep and goat owners pay attention to the signs that their does and ewes are cycling. And even human conceptions are said to increase as the weather cools.

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Origins Podcast
4:35 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

From Commonplace to Controversial: The Different Histories of Abortion in Europe and the US

Planned Parenthood supporters demonstrate in Columbus, Ohio, 2012.

As the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the US Supreme Court case legalizing abortion, approaches, many Americans assume that legalized abortion is only as old as that ruling. In fact, as Anna Peterson discusses this month, abortion had only been made illegal at the turn of the 20th century. The different histories of abortion in Europe and the United States reveal much about the current state of American debates-so prominent in the 2012 elections campaigns-over abortion and women's health.

Health, Science & The Environment
12:19 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Algae Treatment at Grand Lake Isn't Working

A two-year, $8.5 million project to stop toxic algae in Ohio's largest inland lake isn't working.
The 13,000-acre Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio was sprayed with aluminum sulfate in April that was supposed to keep the blue-green algae from feeding on phosphorous in the water. A similar treatment was applied last year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that this year's treatment was spoiled by high winds that helped stir phosphorus-rich mud from the lake bottom.

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8:35 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: October 9-15, 2012

Flickr Creative Commons user Drift Words

This is Bill Felker with Poor Will's Almanack for the first week of Middle Fall.

Not so long ago, I ran a story contest in my farm almanacs, and I received many unusual anecdotes - a description of poisoned chickens coming back to life, and a wild outhouse saga - among others.

The very last story I received was postmarked in Saskatchewan, and it was called "Perfecting My Porridge." The writer gave no return address, no name other than J.W.

Here's what J.W. said:

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Health, Science & The Environment
7:04 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Gov. Kasich Convenes Natural-Gas Vehicle Summit

Energy and transportation experts are heading to Columbus to discuss ways to encourage production of compressed natural gas vehicles and develop low-emission natural gas fuels.

A summit hosted by America's Natural Gas Alliance will be held Tuesday at Ohio State University. It will be patterned after an energy summit convened by Republican Gov. John Kasich last year.

The governor's office and Public Utilities Commission of Ohio are coordinating the event.