J. Junker

After a cool wet spring, gardeners are enjoying luxurious if slightly slower growth of their favorite perennials. Horticulturist Roberta Clark join our host Mindy Todd in The Point studio to cover the highlights of this season. We hear lots of tips for garden joy: from dividing and transplanting to safegaurding  treasured cultivars from various pests, while encouraging beneficial species to thrive. Listeners from around the region join the discussion by calling in with questions and comments.

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After over a year of being banned from meeting by President Donald Trump's administration, the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission was able to meet for the first time on Monday at the National Seasahore headquarters in Wellfleet. Commissioners discussed the decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant and how that could affect the seashore, and also heard plans for addressing shoreline erosion due to this past winter's storms. 

A Muskrat Encounter

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It was a beautiful afternoon in early June that I first explored the “Historical Society of Old Yarmouth Nature Trails.” These trails are located just behind the Yarmouth Port post office on Rt. 6A. At first glance it looks like a typical mid-Cape conservation area, encompassing some fifty acres of wooded uplands, wetlands, old pasture, and a small pond. But every place has its own individual character and its unique potential for unexpected encounters.

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Some town waterways on the Cape will soon be getting an influx of oysters.  It’s an intervention that town managers hope will have multiple benefits for the water quality, the ecosystem, and for local shellfishermen.

 

 

 

Some scientists worry they will have less access to large data sets now that net neutrality is gone.
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It’s official – the net neutrality rules put into place by the FCC in 2015 went away on April 23 after being repealed by the Trump Administration in December.

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Warming seas and melting sea ice are causing sea levels to rise, and putting coastal homes at risk of chronic flooding—inundation that happens, on average, 26 times or more per year.

Elsa Partan

There’s a lot of advice out there about how to be happy – websites, videos, newsletters – and many pedal a recipe for happiness backed by science.

But neuroscientist Dean Burnett started to notice that a lot of it wasn’t very scientific at all. It bugged him so much that he decided to write a book about it, Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From and Why.

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It was on again, off again but President Trump did meet with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, and they agreed to denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. What that means is still unclear, but a new study has some advice for all nuclear nations: limit your arsenal to 100 weapons.

A French company has completed the first round of human trials for a new Lyme vaccine. It could be another five years before it comes to market.
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It’s hard to believe, but we actually had a vaccine for Lyme disease in the 1990’s.

It was pulled from the market in 2002 after a class action lawsuit alleged that it infected people with Lyme rather than protecting them from it.

The government didn't find any evidence of that, but it’s taken 15 years for a drug developer to get close to getting a new one to market. 

Brian Morris

The Taylor-Bray Farm in Yarmouth Port is a 23-acre swath of land fronting the marshes near Cape Cod Bay in an area of Yarmouth Port known as Hockanom. Richard and Ruth Taylor first came here from England and began farming the land in 1639. Over the course of a few hundred years, there were seven generations of Taylors.

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