Science http://wlrn.org en Fabien Cousteau On His Underwater Aquarius Lab Mission http://wlrn.org/post/fabien-cousteau-his-underwater-aquarius-lab-mission <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Aquarius Reef Base is the first (and only) underwater research laboratory in the world -- and it lies just under the tip of South Florida, about 60 feet below the surface of the Florida Keys.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:59:48 +0000 Elaine Chen 34175 at http://wlrn.org Fabien Cousteau On His Underwater Aquarius Lab Mission UM Study Finds Suburban Residents At Higher Risk Of Obesity http://wlrn.org/post/um-study-finds-suburban-residents-higher-risk-obesity <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a study conducted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the School of Architecture, researchers found that participants who live in suburban "sprawling communities" faced greater risks for obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The study looked at the walking habits of 400 Cuban immigrants in Miami-Dade County. Dr. Jose Szapocznik, principal investigator and chair of public health sciences, believes the results from this sample can apply to the community as a whole.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:14:46 +0000 Carla Javier 34971 at http://wlrn.org UM Study Finds Suburban Residents At Higher Risk Of Obesity Entrepreneurs Buzzing Over Medical Marijuana In Florida http://wlrn.org/post/entrepreneurs-buzzing-over-medical-marijuana-florida Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia now have laws allowing for some form of medical marijuana.<p>Florida appears poised to join the club. Polls show that voters there are likely to approve a November ballot measure legalizing marijuana for medical use.<p>If it passes, regulations that would set up a market for medical marijuana in Florida are still at least a year away. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Greg Allen 34046 at http://wlrn.org Entrepreneurs Buzzing Over Medical Marijuana In Florida Advice From Dr. Ruth: Seniors Should Have Sex In The Morning http://wlrn.org/post/advice-dr-ruth-seniors-should-have-sex-morning <p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:05:26 +0000 Alicia Zuckerman 33835 at http://wlrn.org Advice From Dr. Ruth: Seniors Should Have Sex In The Morning New Map Helps Water Managers Battle Salt http://wlrn.org/post/new-map-helps-water-managers-battle-salt <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Geological Survey and Miami-Dade County have mapped out the extent of saltwater seepage into our groundwater. The last comprehensive look was in 1995, and the good news is it hasn’t moved much since then.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">South Florida is constantly battling against salt: keeping salty ocean water from getting into our groundwater.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:05:31 +0000 Elaine Chen 33631 at http://wlrn.org New Map Helps Water Managers Battle Salt Why Miami's Tech Scene Shouldn't Try To Compete With Silicon Valley http://wlrn.org/post/why-miamis-tech-scene-shouldnt-try-compete-silicon-valley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A lot of people have been throwing a lot of cold water lately on the notion of Miami as a high-tech “Silicon Beach.”</span></p><p>Even Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine this year called it “the dumbest idea in the world.”</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 03:21:37 +0000 Tim Padgett 31548 at http://wlrn.org Why Miami's Tech Scene Shouldn't Try To Compete With Silicon Valley Coping With Climate Change In Greenland http://wlrn.org/post/coping-climate-change-greenland <p><em>Contribution from the Miami Herald</em></p><p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">On an inlet nestled between soaring cliffs, huge chunks of ice shimmer from a distance like precious stones on a cocktail ring.</span></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 23:45:49 +0000 Nancy San Martin 26111 at http://wlrn.org Coping With Climate Change In Greenland Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster? http://wlrn.org/post/does-champagne-actually-get-you-drunk-faster <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6dzUOYTQtQ</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:23:45 +0000 editor 25853 at http://wlrn.org Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster? Simple Tasks, Heavy Burdens: Robot Engineers Compete To 'Save Humanity' http://wlrn.org/post/simple-tasks-heavy-burdens-robot-engineers-compete-save-humanity <p>The Pentagon hosted a <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/robots-are-invading-homestead" target="_blank">robotics competition at the Homestead Miami Speedway</a> over the weekend.&nbsp;It’s being called the "Robot Olympics."<br /><br />Teams from all over the world came to prove their robots’ agility at the Robotics Challenge<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;trials</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The teams whose robots earn the top scores would get a shot at winning $2 million in the finals next year.</span></p><p>But the games are about much more than the cash:</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 08:43:38 +0000 Sammy Mack & Maria Murriel 25513 at http://wlrn.org Simple Tasks, Heavy Burdens: Robot Engineers Compete To 'Save Humanity' Robots Are Invading Homestead http://wlrn.org/post/robots-are-invading-homestead <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The qualifying trials for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge start Friday. The robot races are sponsored by the Pentagon’s research unit.</span></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:11:21 +0000 Sammy Mack 25445 at http://wlrn.org Robots Are Invading Homestead Gorgeous Marine-Life Stills From UM's Underwater-Photo Contest http://wlrn.org/post/gorgeous-marine-life-stills-ums-underwater-photo-contest <p>It's not easy to get an amazing shot of marine animals or an arresting fish photo when you're in over your head and trolling camera equipment. But each spring, hopeful amateur snappers from around the globe enter the <a href="http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/outreach/underwater-photography/" target="_blank">Rosenstiel School of Marine &amp; Atmospheric Science's annual underwater-photography contest</a>.<br /><br />And each year, the winning photos are breathtaking. This year's fan favorite is of a pair of amorous dragonets. Even their name titillates.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:12:22 +0000 Laura Coburn 25064 at http://wlrn.org Gorgeous Marine-Life Stills From UM's Underwater-Photo Contest How We Left Hurricanes In Our Dust This Year – Literally http://wlrn.org/post/how-we-left-hurricanes-our-dust-year-literally <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s hard to be a fan of hurricanes. Two out of three Haitians don’t have enough food to eat these days – thanks largely to storms like last year’s Hurricane Sandy and how they’ve ravaged Haiti’s agriculture.</span></p><p>And yet we need hurricanes once in a while. They’re a sort of planetary thermostat that cools oceans and redistributes hot air. Their rains more effectively alleviate droughts, and that can be a help instead of a horror to impoverished countries like Haiti.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 23:36:54 +0000 Tim Padgett 24256 at http://wlrn.org How We Left Hurricanes In Our Dust This Year – Literally Puddles After A Rain-Free Night? It's Probably Sea-Level Rise http://wlrn.org/post/puddles-after-rain-free-night-its-probably-sea-level-rise <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an upscale section of east Fort Lauderdale near the Intracoastal Waterway, John Englander kneels down and examines a storm drain.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“This is where we’re going to see the first evidence of sea-level rise,” says Englander, who points out the water in the drain has risen several inches within only 20 minutes.</span></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:15:55 +0000 Christine DiMattei 23504 at http://wlrn.org Puddles After A Rain-Free Night? It's Probably Sea-Level Rise For A Future Glimpse Of Sea-Level Rise, Check Out The King Tide http://wlrn.org/post/future-glimpse-sea-level-rise-check-out-king-tide <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Want to see the effects of sea-level rise?&nbsp; Don’t want to wait 50 years?&nbsp; Just walk to virtually any coastal area during the natural phenomenon called “King Tide.”</span></p><p>There are plenty of charts, graphs and artist renderings hinting at what South Florida will look like once sea-level rise gets a foothold. &nbsp;But experts say it’s probably Mother Nature who offers the most vivid preview of things to come.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:05:30 +0000 Christine DiMattei 23400 at http://wlrn.org For A Future Glimpse Of Sea-Level Rise, Check Out The King Tide Sea-Level Rise Taking The Pines Out Of Big Pine Key http://wlrn.org/post/sea-level-rise-taking-pines-out-big-pine-key <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Big Pine Key takes its name from the pine forests that cover the island, about 30 miles from Key West. Rare plants and endangered animals — such as the Key deer — live in those forests.</span></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:00:19 +0000 Nancy Klingener 23774 at http://wlrn.org Sea-Level Rise Taking The Pines Out Of Big Pine Key