Health, Science & The Environment

Nature
8:45 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: June 26 - July 2, 2012

Flickr Creative Commons user Pahz

Poor Will’s Almanack for the first week of Middle Summer.

When sycamore trees begin to shed their bark, then bright orange butterfly weed opens, acorns become fully formed, and thistle flowers change to down. Hemlock season is complete along the roadsides, stalks collapsing into the tall grasses. Parsnip heads brown in the sun.

Read more
Environment
8:45 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: June 19 - 25, 2012

Flickr Creative Commons user Dave Govoni

Poor Will’s Almanack for the last week of early summer.

At the end of early summer, the days are the longest of the year, and mulberries and black raspberries are sweetest. Milkweed beetles look for milkweed flowers on the longest days; giant cecropia moths emerge. The first monarch butterfly caterpillars eat the carrot tops.

Damselflies and daddy longlegs are everywhere when black raspberries come in. Mosquitoes, chiggers, and ticks have reached their summer strength. Giant black cricket hunters hunt crickets in the garden.

Read more
Nature
8:45 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: June 12 - 18, 2012

Flickr Creative Commons user color line

Poor Will’s Almanack for the fourth week of early summer.

A few days ago, I received a letter from Jeffery Goss, a correspondent of mine who lives in Missouri.

"This spring has rattled everything I thought I knew about phenological time measurements," wrote Jeffery. "For example, in March, zeitgebers came three to four weeks early and not even in the right order. Maybe it's climate change."

Read more
Environment
4:25 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Ohio Nuclear Plant Finds Pinhole-Size Coolant Leak

Operators of a nuclear plant in Ohio say they've discovered and contained a pinhole-size leak spraying radioactive coolant at the plant.

Nuclear regulators and plant operators say the leaking coolant at the Davis-Besse nuclear plant near Toledo never got outside the building and posed no threat to the public.

Workers discovered the leak Wednesday as they were getting ready to restart the plant after a month-long maintenance shut down.

Read more
Nature
8:45 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: June 5 - 11, 2012

Flickr Creative Commons user mscaprikell

Poor Will’s Almanack for the third week of early summer.

The orange flowers of the day lily are the signature of early summer across the nation's midsection. With them come waves of parallel seasons.

Read more

Pages