Health & Science

Opinion - Health
4:35 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Obamacare and SCOTUS, Part III: A Primer and Opinions on King v. Burwell

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

It turns out that 7 out of 10 surveyed individuals in the U.S. are unaware of the Supreme Court case (and eminent ruling on) King v. Burwell.

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Health & Science
3:39 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Opal

In this episode of the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central tells us about opal.  What is this mineral, what causes the colors, and why is it popular as a gemstone? 

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Health & Science
3:00 pm
Sat June 13, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Binomial Nomenclature

In this episode of The Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explains taxonomy. How do scientists classify and name living things, and how did our modern system start? 

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Health & Science
3:04 pm
Sat June 6, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Rotational Inertia

This week on the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central explores the physical forces of tilting and spinning.  What causes tall sticks or unicycles to tilt faster or slower? 

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Health & Science
3:10 pm
Sat May 30, 2015

Weekly Experiment - Tuning Fork (Part II)

This week on the Weekly Experiment, Martin Fisher from Science Central finishes the second of a two-part series about tuning forks.  When were they invented, why are they important to musicians, and how do they produce a sound? 

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Science Education
3:27 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Science Central's Martin Fisher Talks Science Education and "The Weekly Experiment"

Last Saturday, May 23rd, WBOI's local segment, The Weekly Experiment, aired its milestone 200th episode.

The man behind it is Martin Fisher, the executive director of Science Central, who gets production help from Rob Martinez.

Each week, Fisher explores a different scientific idea, and then invites listeners to try an experiment at home that illustrates the core concept.

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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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