Health, Science & The Environment

6:40 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Energy trade secrets prompt Ohio Statehouse feud

Environmental advocates in Ohio are blasting a newly added energy-bill provision, which they say would limit the rights of drilling opponents to sue energy companies for withholding chemical trade secrets.

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5:23 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Ohio doctors can't reveal gas drilling chemicals to public

Doctors given new access to the proprietary chemical recipes that oil and gas drillers use to crack into Ohio shale would be prohibited from sharing the information with the public under an energy proposal moving through the Ohio House.

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10:56 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: May 22 - 28, 2012

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Poor Will's Almanack for the First Week of Early Summer.

The other day I was digging in the garden, had worked up a sweat and was resting in the shade of the back porch, sipping a glass of iced tea.

Sparrows were chirping steadily in the honeysuckle bushes nearby, the sky was clear blue, and a light west wind was moving the high trees.

My pulse was up from the garden work, and as I rested, I checked my heartbeat with the second hand of my wristwatch, 75 beats a minute.

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10:24 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: May 15 - 21, 2012

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the fourth week of Late Spring.

In the middle of this past January, I set twenty-five geranium seeds in a flat of moist potting soil and placed them under a growlight in the attic. Eighteen sprouts appeared in ten days and grew steadily throughout the coldest time of the year.

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8:45 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: May 8 - 14, 2012

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

In his journal, the poet Thomas Merton refers to the virgin point of the morning, a time just before dawn, when all beauty of the day is still waiting to become.

By this time in May it seems that the virgin point of the year is long past. It seems that point must have occurred in earliest spring, just before aconite and snow crocus bloomed, in the days before the cardinals and the doves and the robins sang before sunrise, the days before the trillium, the days before the first butterfly.

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