Rob Munier, WHOI

 The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's research ship Atlantis is launching a second expedition to help search for an Argentinian submarine that’s been missing since mid-November. The ARA San Juan left the southern tip of Argentina and was headed north along the coast when the crew reported a battery short circuit and then lost all contact. Argentine officials now say they think an explosion killed all forty four crew members.

Amy Aprill, WHOI

Cuba is home to some of the Caribbean’s most pristine coral reefs, in part because of the lack of tourism. As President Obama began normalizing relations with Cuba, Amy Apprill began working with Cuban scientists to study their reefs. Now, for the first time, a joint Cuban-American expedition has delved into the highly protected Gardens of the Queen reefs. But political tensions make the future of the work uncertain.

The North Atlantic right whale is Massachusetts’ state marine mammal, and a New England icon. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, the species is again in danger. There are only about 450 individuals remaining, the numbers are declining, and this year was particularly deadly. A leading researcher says that, under current conditions, North Atlantic right whales are just two decades away from extinction. But he says there are technologies and policies that could change that.

The influenza virus can kill tens of thousands of Americans in any given year. And this year’s flu season looks like it could be a doozy. Infection rates are higher than they were at this time in recent years, and the strain that hit the southern hemisphere caused record hospitalizations and deaths in Australia. One problem: although the virus strain that scientists selected for the vaccine was the correct one, it mutated once it was put into eggs. Researchers say this kind of situation highlights the need for a universal flu vaccine.

Photos by Sam Kimball. September 2017.

In a smoky shop in Barnstable, Norah Bourbon is doing her best to hold on to the ancient craft of blacksmithing in its simplest form, with hammer, anvil, and coal-fired furnace. Learning the craft directly with master blacksmiths, she aims to carry on the art for new generations on the Cape who might want to take up hammer.

Kathryn Eident

Age 65 used to be the golden age to retire. But as guaranteed pensions dwindle and life expectancy grows, more people are working well beyond their 60s. The result is changing what it means to retire.

The first installment of our series, “The Changing Face of Aging: Challenges and Opportunities,” introduces us to two mature workers who hope to bring home a paycheck for years to come.

Poetry Sunday: Mark Halliday

Dec 10, 2017

Mark Halliday  reads his poem "Wide Receiver."

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. His guests include: Geoff Spillane of the Cape Cod Times, Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette, Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle, Andy Tomolonis of South Coast Today, Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner, and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House reporter Mike Deehan for an update on what’s happening on Beacon Hill. This week, Mike talks about the fallout after several men accuse State Senate President Stan Rosenberg's husband of sexual assault, and a new report that's critical of the state's Department of Children and Families. 

We take a trip to Melissa Caughey’s chicken coop in Barnstable to meet her flock, observe their interactions and hear their vocalizations. Melissa’s latest book is titled How to Speak Chicken, Why Your Chickens Do What they Do & Say What They Say.

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