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The waters off New England’s coast are warming faster than 99.9% of the world’s oceans. A new study finds that summer-like conditions in the Gulf of Maine now last two months longer than they did just a few decades ago. And that's not necessarily a good thing.

Scientists have known for a handful of years that the waters off the northeast coast are warming at an unusually rapid rate. Over the course of thirty three years, the average temperature has gone up about one degree. But the warming hasn't happened steadily.

The Zika virus
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In a surprising result, a team of researchers from a handful of universities has found that Zika virus kills off the cells that start a kind of brain cancer called glioblastoma. Glioblastoma is the most common and most aggressive form of brain cancer. It’s what Senator John McCain was diagnosed with in July, and it’s the cancer that killed Beau Biden and Senator Ted Kennedy. In fact, most people diagnosed with glioblastoma live less than five years.

Hurricanes Nudge Financial Policy

Sep 11, 2017
Paula DiPerna
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The cost of extreme weather has increased dramatically in recent years. Hurricane Katrina was the most expensive weather event of past thirty years with a total price tag of more than $150 billion. Harvey is expected to be in that range, and we are still watching Irma and Jose unfold.

Are these economic impacts changing policy or behavior more broadly?

Boston-area university faculty are arrested during a protest of the Trump administration's action on DACA.
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On September 5, President Trump announced his decision to end the immigration program known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The announcement has prompted strong responses from scientists and other academics in Massachusetts. Even before it was official, MIT’s President, Rafael Reif, wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe calling the repeal of DACA “a mistake” that “would run counter to our national interests.”

Harwich Historical Society

Cape Cod has been well documented through the years by both amateur and professional photographers. Among the most fascinating images of the Cape are those taken when the area was beginning to emerge as a tourist destination for average Americans – when more and more people owned cars and could afford to take vacations. The Brooks Academy Museum in Harwich is currently displaying a collection of photos taken during the 1930s by Harwich photographers Lawrence Robbins and Alan Cahoon.

Poetry Sunday: Frank Mand

Sep 10, 2017

Frank Mand reads his poem, "Sunflowers in September."

A former editor of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Frank has written for and edited a number of publications, published his own weekly newspaper, and in 2013 received four awards and was named Feature Writer of the Year for Gatehouse Media.

Now It Goes to the Jury

Sep 8, 2017
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The jury in the murder trial of former Coast Guardsman Adrian Loya will begin deliberating his fate Friday afternoon in Barnstable. Prosecutors for the Commonwealth and Loya's defense attorney each presented closing arguments before noon. Loya could get as much as life in prison, or life in a mental institution, depending on what jury decides.

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. His guests include Cindy McCormick of the Cape Cod Times; WCAI's Patrick Flanary; Brittany Feldott of the Falmouth Enterprise;Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Andy Tomolonis of South Coast Today; Ed Miller of the Provincetown Banner; and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

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Additional disaster response teams are mobilizing as Hurricane Irma pummels its way closer to the mainland United States this weekend. It got us wondering how well the Cape is prepared for a catastrophic storm. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with Kevin Morley of the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee to learn more about what it does, and how it manages a network of six shelters on the Cape and Nantucket.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident checks in with State House reporter Mike Deehan each week about the latest happenings on Beacon Hill.

This week, they talk about the state's new Cannabis Control Commission chairman, and hear what Governor Charlie Baker had to say when he testified before a U.S. Senate committee in Washington D.C.

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