Environment

The Two-Way
2:11 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

WATCH: Giant Undulating Anchovy School

A massive school of anchovies off La Jolla, filmed on Tuesday.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography — UC San Diego

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 2:35 pm

It's the biggest aggregation of anchovies seen in near-shore waters in three decades, according to scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

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Environment
10:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Milwaukee Considers Using Abandoned Basements to Hold Storm Water

Rather than just filling in former basements, the city wants to create covered spaces that could hold and absorb storm water.

Planners want to funnel storm water into basements of razed houses. The spaces would be filled in, yet hold water, when the sewer system is overrun.

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Environment
6:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

UWM's Freshwater School Shares Its Fish With Milwaukee County Zoo Animals

Alaskan Brown Bear at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
S Bence

Thanks to a partnership with UWM's School of Freshwater Sciences, bears, seals and other animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo can now go fishing and feast on their catch.

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All Tech Considered
3:54 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

A User-Friendly Gardening System For The Plant-Challenged

SproutsIO Inc. allows people to easily grow fresh produce inside a home or office. The system is a spinoff of research done at the MIT Media Lab.
SproutsIO Inc.

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 9:07 am

Don't have a green thumb but seeking the therapeutic nature of gardening? Want the convenience and satisfaction of growing your own produce at home? Not to worry: All you need is an electrical outlet, a flat surface and some water.

Meet SproutsIO Inc., a "plug-and-play" user-friendly microfarming appliance for people to easily grow fresh fruits and veggies inside their home or office.

Here's how it works:

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The Salt
1:46 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees'

The decline of honeybees has been attributed to a variety of causes, from nasty parasites to the stress of being transported from state to state to feed on various crops in need of pollination.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 2:32 pm

Every year, more than half of the honeybee hives in the United States are taken to California to pollinate the state's almond crop.

Biologist Laurence Packer says this illustrates both our dependence on honeybees to pollinate many plants people rely on for food and the devastating decline in the domestic honeybee population in recent years.

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Science
3:13 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Plants Know The Rhythm Of The Caterpillar's Creep

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 5:15 pm

According to new research, plants can actually hear the sounds of insects chewing. A University of Missouri study is the first work to report that plants can recognize the sound of a predator through the vibrations of their leaves. To learn more, Robert Siegel speaks with Heidi Appel, senior research scientist in the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri.

Environment
10:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Acoustic Ecologist Sets His Sights On Saving The World's Dwindling Quiet Places

Four area nature centers invited acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton to speak at a collaborative Earth Day event in April.
Credit S Bence

While in town for a series of talks and walks in nature preserves and environmental centers in the Milwaukee area, WUWM's Susan Bence met up with internationally-known acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton.

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Animals
6:55 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Study Shows Penguins Endangered By Waning Antarctic Ice

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 11:50 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. A study published in the journal "Nature Climate Change" says, the population of Emperor penguins in Antarctica is in danger. Hal Caswell is a scientist emeritus at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He co-authored the report. And he joins us from Amsterdam. Welcome.

HAL CASWELL: Thank you.

WERTHEIMER: You've been studying the Emperor penguin population in Antarctica. What's happening to them?

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Krulwich Wonders...
6:03 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Tell Me, Wave, Where Did You Come From? Who Made You?

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:27 am

"I'm sitting next to a swimming pool and somebody dives in," says the great physicist Richard Feynman in a conversation recorded in 1983. Other people jump in as well.

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Environment
6:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Crews Monitor Water Quality at Milwaukee's Lake Michigan Beaches

Water quality status is posted at each beach. On this day, at South Shore patrons were advised not to enter the water.

All summer long, the Milwaukee Health Department is partnering with UWM's School of Public Health to test if it's safe to swim at Bradford, McKinley and South Shore beaches.

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