Science & Environment

Science & Environment
1:01 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Your Bacteria May Be Running Your Life

The bacteria E. coli (here magnified 10,000-fold) are one of the best known inhabitants of the human gut.
Credit Photo by Eric Erbe, digital colorization by Christopher Pooley / USDA


The human microbiome. You may never have heard of it before now, but once you know about it, you’ll be hard pressed to stop thinking about it.

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Science & Environment
2:56 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Could This Be the End for Gulf of Maine Cod?

Could Cape Cod's namesake and Massachusetts' state symbol be making its exit?
Credit NOAA Photo Library

Could This Be the End of Gulf of Maine Cod? A conversation from All Things Considered, with Steve Junker and Heather Goldstone

New England's cod fishermen are struggling with drastically reduced catch allowances. A new report says the fish are disappearing anyway.

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Weekly Bird Report
1:27 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Fueling Up: Visiting Migrant Birds Will Soon Fly Non-Stop from Cape Cod to South America

Whimbrels are among the long-distance migrants currently visiting our region.
Credit Dan Berard / flickr

July flew by and so now are migrant birds in larger numbers. With August upon us, bird migration has begun in earnest for many species, especially Arctic nesting shorebirds. These long distance travelers are literally the wind birds as they cruise from the High Arctic in the northern reaches of land on the planet to the southern end of the continents in the Southern Hemisphere. They keep to a travel schedule that we really cannot imagine.

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Science & Environment
11:37 am
Mon August 4, 2014

LISTEN: Convoluted Sounds of the Ocean Form Score for Dance

Dancers in Great Sippewissett Marsh, Falmouth, MA.
Credit Courtesy of Courtney Peix / Contrapose Dance

Dance inspired by turbulence and eddies, set to ocean sounds translated into music? This is one convoluted story you'll want to hear.

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Living Lab
10:13 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Is This the Century We'll Unlock the Mysteries of the Brain?

A sketch of the human brain by sixteenth century anatomist Andreas Vesalius.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

An interview with Dr. Rafael Yuste

Consciousness is what makes us human, and it remains one of the greatest mysteries. Some say this is the century scientists will finally unravel the secrets of the human brain.

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Fishing News
7:28 am
Fri August 1, 2014

How to Make the Most of Fishing While on Your Vacation

This guy knows where to head for great local fishing action.
Credit Denise Pichirallo / flickr

  Lucky you, you're in this beautiful part of the world for a few precious days or weeks of vacation. And you've got an itch to go fishing. Maybe you want to get the whole family involved (great idea!). You've got just one question: "Where do I start?"

Kevin Blinkoff, editor of On The Water magazine, says it's a question he hears a lot. So he's got a high-level-bullet list of suggestions to get you where you want to go. That is, catching fish while enjoying your vacation.

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Science & Environment
9:49 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Last Wooden Whaling Ship Connects Eras of Hunting and Conservation

Morning on the Morgan
Alecia Orsini

There was excitement, edged with a slight tension, aboard the Charles W. Morgan as she sailed out of Provincetown Harbor on an overcast Friday morning. The first sighting of a whale - a small minke -  brought cheers. It was the first time the ship had been next to a whale in almost a century, but a full expression of the sentiment surrounding the ship's reunion with whales came later in the day, as a humpback whale fed off the starboard side. Whoops and one passenger's cry of "I think that was an 'apology accepted'" brought peals of laughter from those nearby.

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Weekly Bird Report
4:32 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

100 Miles Offshore, "The Canyons" Offer a Last Frontier for New England Birding

White-faced Storm Petrel
Credit JJ Harrison / wikipedia

There is no place like being on the water, on a boat, at this time of year, if you want to see birds - specifically pelagic, ocean-loving birds. While ashore it is hot and crowded, out on the water the cool temperatures and seabirds conspire to make you mellow out and enjoy your vast surroundings. A human never feels as small as when out on, and in, the vastness of the open ocean.

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Science & Environment
11:22 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Capturing the Essence of a Fish Out of Water

A slightly reduced reproduction of James Prosek's watercolor of a swordfish features in the Ocean Fishes exhibit at Woods Hole Historical Museum through July 31st, 2014.
Credit Jennifer Gaines / Woods Hole Historical Museum

An interview with James Prosek

Few will ever see firsthand the true, glorious colors of a giant bluefin tuna as it emerges from the ocean. James Prosek's watercolors come close.

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Science & Environment
1:19 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

What Plastic Baby Bottles and Climate Change Have in Common

Dr. Patricia Hunt was among the first to raise concern about the possible health risks of plastic baby bottles.

An interview with Dr. Patricia Hunt

A simple mistake can derail the best planned experiments. But sometimes – just sometimes – such an error can lead to an even bigger discovery.

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