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The green crab (Carcinus maenas) arrived on the shores of Massachusetts in the 1800s. It is described as an alien or invasive species, because of its negative impacts on economically valuable shellfish stocks like clams and bay scallops—though there may be culinary uses in its future, if we cooks get creative.

 

Secretary Tillerson Signs the Scientific Cooperation Agreement at the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Fairbanks, AK.
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The Arctic Council held their tenth annual ministerial meeting last week and adopted a science cooperation agreement that puts climate change front and center. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed that agreement, but also told council members that the U.S. will not rush and will “work to make the right decision for the United States” when it comes to climate policies.

On The Point, our host Mindy Todd sits down with psychologist Michael Abbruzzese and psychiatrist Marc Whaley to talk about various issues in our country's health care system.

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As the dust continues to settle after Mass Audubon’s statewide fundraiser and epic birding blitz known as Bird-a-thon, we team captains are tallying the results to submit to headquarters. At stake is the vaunted Brewster Cup, awarded to the sanctuary reporting the most species in the 24-hours of Bird-a-thon.

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A Barnstable County judge has set a trial date for a former Coast Guard member accused of killing a fellow officer two years ago in Bourne.  

Adrian Loya will face a jury beginning August 7th, in Barnstable Superior Court.

Loya is charged with the murder of Lisa Trubnikova at her home in Monument Beach on February 5th, 2015. The attack also injured her wife, Anna, and a responding Bourne police officer.

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Fruit tree blossoms, laughing gulls, and least terns—the outbursts of the Cape's perennially late spring surround us, and Robert Finch celebrates this welcome return in this week's Cape Cod Notebook.

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The soil is getting warm, the insects are hatching; life in the garden is ramping up in every way. Roberta Clark, horticulturist and entomologist, joins Mindy Todd on The Point to give us advice for the garden. We also hear from listeners throughout the region.

Neurobiologist Hired at Art Museum

May 15, 2017
The Peabody Essex Museum has hired neurobiologist Tedi Asher to help enhance exhibits
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Scientists are constantly learning more about how our brains process information, including how we perceive art.

Now, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem is breaking new ground by hiring a neurobiologist to help them enhance their exhibits.

The Harvard-trained neurobiologist, Tedi Asher, says the museum has already tried out many experimental changes that make sense to her, such as incorporating dance, music, special lighting and even smells to the exhibits.

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The Justice Department in recent months has directed local police to hold detained immigrants until federal immigration officials arrive. But some cities in Massachusetts won’t comply unless the immigrant is wanted for a serious crime. Not everyone agrees on which is the right approach, and the debate has focused new attention on so-called sanctuary cities.

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area in the Repbublic of Kiribati gives some ocean watchers reason for optimism
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What if saving the oceans is a matter of changing our mindset?

That’s the question nagging at Jeff Wescott, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole.

“One thing that really interests me is how the ocean compels us to think about the future,” Wescott told Living Lab Radio. “It’s sort of a medium for thinking about where we are going as a species.”

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