Health & Science

Health & Science
2:43 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Tuning Fork

In this episode of the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains how tuning forks work.  Why are they different sizes, and what do the numbers associated with them mean? 

This is the 200th episode of the Weekly Experiment! Thank you Martin and Science Central for informing and entertaining the WBOI audience for the past four years! 

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Health & Science
2:34 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Shamrock

This week on the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central talks about shamrocks. What is this plant, what makes it unique, and why is it important? 

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Opinion - Health
12:56 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Pushing the Needle: a Therapeutic Approach to Drug Use and Social Harm

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
Credit Courtesy / Abraham Schwab

A lot has been made recently of the HIV cases in southeastern Indiana. Governor Mike Pence responded to the crisis by allowing the use of a needle exchange program in that part of Indiana. He then extended the needle exchange program because it appeared to be working.

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Environment
11:54 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Eagle Marsh Wetland Restoration Aids Return of Frogs

Emily Stulik and her field assistant use nets to capture tadpoles that are counted to measure frogs' reproductive success.
Credit Rachel Patterson/ Emily Stulik

Maybe you heard some “ribbits” in the evenings for the past few weeks – it’s frog calling season, a time for the amphibians to find their mates.  

Frog calls are also used to track their population, which is an important indicator of environmental health. But due to disease, pollution, and loss of habitat, Indiana, and the rest of the world, has seen a declining frog population over the past few decades.

In Northern Indiana however, efforts have been made to restore some wetland habitat to its natural state.

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Health & Science
3:09 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Weekly Experiment - The Color Blue in Animals

This week on the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains the color blue in animals.  Why does that bird or beetle look blue? Is it blue, or is it really another color? 

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Health & Science
3:06 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Mammalian Diving Reflex

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explores the amazing and bizarre responses of the body to diving.  How do animals adapt to staying underwater for so long?

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Public Health
2:37 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Number of HIV Cases in Scott County Grows to 153

Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams.
Credit Courtesy / State of Indiana

Scott County is the epicenter of an ongoing HIV outbreak. Health officials have tracked down 153 new HIV cases just since December, the majority of which have been caused by injection drug use.

To combat the outbreak, Gov. Mike Pence authorized a temporary needle exchange in the county. Scott County officials are taking steps to legalize the exchange long-term.

Under new legislation passed just a couple weeks ago, any county in the state can go through a formal process to legalize exchanges. And Scott County has already gotten the ball rolling.

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

The Weekly Experiment - Hibernation

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains hibernation.  What are the processes occurring in an animal, how do different animals hibernate, and what causes hibernation to begin?

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Health & Science
11:30 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Torpor

In this episode of the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains the term torpor.  What does it mean in biology, and what are the types of torpor experienced by animals? 

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Health & Science
3:04 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Prism

In this episode of the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explores the science and history of prisms.  What are these amazing pieces of glass or plastic that can make a rainbow pattern? 

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