Health, Science & The Environment

Environment
8:58 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Court Won't Get Involved in Carp Fight

kate.gardiner

The Supreme Court won't order closure of shipping locks on Chicago-area waterways to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.

The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Michigan and other Great Lakes states, who have been trying for immediate shutdown of the locks and a quicker timetable for other steps to halt the carp's northward march from the Mississippi River toward Lake Michigan.

The high court already has rejected the request from Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin twice.

Nature
8:45 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: February 28 - March 5, 2012

Red Hyacinth bulb
Flickr Creative Commons user Old Shoe Woman

Poor Will’s Almanack for the third week of Early Spring.

 

This week opens the season of early bulbs even in the coldest years. The very earliest bulbs, of course, the snowdrops the snow crocus and the aconites, have already bloomed in the sunniest microclimates. Now it is time for the larger, brighter standard crocus and the small spring iris, the iris reticulata to flower.

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Health
12:00 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Radio Rounds: Safe Travels

Assist America CEO Brian Mulligan joins us to talk about the unique emergency medical services that his company helps procure for medical students and leisure-seekers alike when they are traveling far from home.  Planning a vacation or medical mission abroad?  Check out this interesting conversation to hear about how you can do so with a little more confidence and a few fewer worries!

Environment
5:57 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Potential Energy Boom Worries Environmental Activists

The presence of what could be massive amounts of oil and natural gas in shale deposits throughout Ohio has brought a gold-rush type interest in parts of the state.

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Nature
8:35 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: February 21 - 27, 2012

Flickr Creative Commons user waferboard

Poor Will's Almanack for the second week of Early Spring

The other day, someone asked me, "What is the point of keeping track of things like flowers and birds?"

And I answered that - without my notes - I would literally feel lost in space.

I tried to explain that for me place and time do not exist outside of personal observations and feelings. I wake up in my familiar bed, see the same trees, the same roads, the same family. I put on familiar clothes, listen to familiar sounds, recall familiar memories. I therefore know where I am and who I am.

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