Health, Science & The Environment

Health
12:17 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

West Nile Virus on the Rise in Montgomery County

Hot, dry weather in the Midwest has created the perfect conditions for mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus.  

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Nature
8:45 am
Tue July 24, 2012

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

Pink Germander
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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Health
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.

Nature
8:45 am
Tue July 17, 2012

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

Orion
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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