Health & Science

Nature
9:23 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Changing Weather Means Tapping into a Sweet Season

Maple syrup season only comes around once a year, and for a very short time. The production process is labor-intensive, and it can take 35-40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup.
Credit Courtesy / ACRES Land Trust

When late winter and early spring come around, it means just one thing for those at the sugar bush stands scattered across Northeast Indiana: it’s syrup season.

The tradition of tapping sugar maple trees for their sweet sap predates the European arrival in North America, and while some of the technology has changed, the process remains largely the same (and the product completely delicious).

But it takes a lot of work – and a lot of help from the trees and the weather – to turn the natural energy stored in maples into the syrups and candies you’ll find on store shelves.

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Opinion - Health
5:08 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Paul Kalanithi, Smith-Magenis Syndrome, and Certainty in Medicine

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

I have watched from a distance since Aurelia was born. My friend Megan’s third daughter demonstrated developmental delays from early on, and no one was sure why. Appointment after appointment, and yet Megan and her husband, Keith, were given no diagnosis. The good parents that they are, they simply loved and cared for their youngest child.

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Health & Science
5:45 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Balance in Biology

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central talks about balance in biology.  

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Balance in Biology

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains our sense of balance. How does our body know when it changes position, and what are the organs that help us process that information?

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Balance in Physics

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains the physics of how an object can be balanced.  What are the forces acting on it, and what would stop it from toppling over? 

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Opinion - Health
3:29 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Two Key Distinctions for Understanding the Value of Vaccinations

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

It’s a surprising thing that Mississippi and West Virginia are the two states with the highest vaccination rates. Less surprising: this fact is attributed to a simple policy—these states do not allow religious or personal exemptions from the policies requiring vaccinations.

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Health & Science
9:42 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Advocates Push to Reduce Indiana's Teen Suicide Rate

A new report says Indiana’s rate of teenagers considering suicide in the last year is the worst in the nation.  And the rate of Hoosier teenagers attempting suicide is second highest in the country. 

Now, suicide prevention advocates are working to make inroads at the Statehouse, preparing lawmakers to deal with the issue.

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Health & Science
2:40 pm
Sat February 14, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Non-Newtonian

In this week's episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central talks about Non-Newtonian water.  What is it, and what are its unique properties? 

     

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Silly Putty

This week on The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central talks about that popular toy, Silly Putty.  When was it invented, what is it made from, and what are its unique properties? 

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat January 31, 2015

Weekly Experiment - What is Silver?

This week on The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central discusses the previous metal silver.  What are its unique properties, and why is it so useful in making jewelry? 

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