Health, Science & The Environment

Environment
12:26 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Algae Fight to Cover All of Ohio's Top Inland Lake

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Ohio plans to treat all 13,000 acres of the state's largest inland lake with a chemical to try heading off the toxic algae blooms that become a perennial problem.

Multiple news outlets report that the state's Environmental Protection Agency is trying to pull together $5 million to spread aluminum sulfate, or alum, over Grand Lake St. Mary's in western Ohio.

Officials said in the fall that a test last year over part of the lake was more successful than expected and killed 56 percent of phosphorous in the treated area.

Nature
8:35 am
Tue January 17, 2012

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

The Moon in January
Flick Creative Commons user MGShelton

Poor Will’s Almanack for the Third Week of January, the Third Week of Deep Winter.

On January 23, just a few days away, the Singing Cardinal Moon, the first complete moon of 2012, will become new, initiating a whole series of moons that map out the year before us. This Singing Cardinal Moon, of course, brings cardinals into song all across the country.

And by the time those birds are fully engaged in marking their territories, it will be time for the Red-Winged Blackbird Moon, the first moon of Early Spring.

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Health
9:58 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Ohio Plan Aims to Better Link Medicare, Medicaid

State officials want to change the way health care is delivered to the 190,000 Ohioans served by both Medicaid and Medicare, so the beneficiaries must only deal with a single entity to receive services.

The federal Medicare program serves the elderly and disabled, while Medicaid provides coverage for the poor though state and federal funding. The two operate fairly independently from each other.

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Health
4:42 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Ohio Plan Aims To Better Link Medicare, Medicaid

State officials want to change the way health care is delivered to the 190,000 Ohioans served by both Medicaid and Medicare, so the beneficiaries must only deal with a single entity to receive services.

The federal Medicare program serves the elderly and disabled, while Medicaid provides coverage for the poor though state and federal funding. The two operate fairly independently from each other.

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Nature
8:35 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: January 10 - 16, 2011

Flickr Creative Commons user lsk208

Poor Will’s Almanack for the Second Week of January, the Second Week of Deep Winter.

All along the 40th Parallel, the sun starts to rise a little earlier this week of the year, marking a significant milestone in the progress of spring. The foxes know the days are lengthening. Watch for them playing and courting in the fields.

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