science http://wlrn.org en Why Miami-Dade Might Start Some High School Classes Later In The Morning http://wlrn.org/post/why-miami-dade-might-start-some-high-school-classes-later-morning <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Blame science – and not your teenager – if they’re slow starters in the morning.</span></p><p>Teenagers just can't get eight hours of sleep if high schools starts much before 8 a.m.</p><p><a data-mce-="" href="http://www.cehd.umn.edu/olpd/people/faculty/Wahlstrom.asp">University of Minnesota researcher Kyla Wahlstrom</a> said that's because adolescents go through something called the sleep phase shift.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:02:21 +0000 John O'Connor 35508 at http://wlrn.org Why Miami-Dade Might Start Some High School Classes Later In The Morning 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 Being A Meteorologist Is Harder Than You Think http://wlrn.org/post/being-meteorologist-harder-you-think <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hurricane season started Sunday.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A slow season is expected this year, but meteorologists know their forecasts constantly change.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So, meteorologists in South Florida partnered with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science for its annual <a href="http://www.miamisci.org/events/feeltheforce/">Feel the Force event</a>, where the community learned about hurricane preparedness.</span></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:21:41 +0000 Constanza Gallardo 33302 at http://wlrn.org Being A Meteorologist Is Harder Than You Think Botanical Bargains: Why Gardeners Should Dig The Book Fair http://wlrn.org/post/botanical-bargains-why-gardeners-should-dig-book-fair <p>One of the beauties of living here is you can grow your own herbs, food and flowers year 'round -- and landscape your home yourself. (There are classes at Miami Dade College, Fairchild Tropical Gardens and the University of Florida Agricultural Extension office in the Redland addressing these interests as well as specializations like growing mangos, palms or your own organic vegetable garden.)<br /> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:05:17 +0000 Laura Coburn 24052 at http://wlrn.org Botanical Bargains: Why Gardeners Should Dig The Book Fair Miami Middle Schoolers Hope To Repeat Success In Engineering Contest http://wlrn.org/post/miami-middle-schoolers-hope-repeat-success-engineering-contest <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Improving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education is widely considered critical for today’s students. They’ll face challenges of urban life some contemporary leaders are just beginning to understand.</span></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:53:50 +0000 Rachel Morello 24001 at http://wlrn.org Miami Middle Schoolers Hope To Repeat Success In Engineering Contest Become An Online Citizen Scientist Through UM Plankton Project http://wlrn.org/post/become-online-citizen-scientist-through-um-plankton-project <p><em>Planktonportal</em> is a new online citizen science project to engage the public’s help in identifying planktonic creature images collected by an underwater robotic camera.</p><p>Plankton is the basis of our ocean ecosystem. No plankton, no life in the ocean. By understanding the mechanisms underlying plankton distribution both locally and globally, we can better assess the health of the ocean and better manage this precious environment. And now we can all do it together!</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Cedric Guigand 22463 at http://wlrn.org Become An Online Citizen Scientist Through UM Plankton Project Florida Man Who Woke Up Speaking Swedish Is ID'd By Sister http://wlrn.org/post/florida-man-who-woke-speaking-swedish-idd-sister One of the odder stories of the day is that of 61-year-old Michael Boatwright, "a Florida man who awoke speaking only Swedish, with no memory of his past, after he was found unconscious four months ago at a Southern California motel," <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=202559632" target="_blank">as The Associated Press writes</a>.<p>Now, <a href="http://www.mydesert.com/article/20130715/NEWS01/307150001/Michael-Boatwright-amnesia-Palm-Springs-Sweden?nclick_check=1" target="_blank"><em>The Desert Sun</em> in Palm Springs reports</a> it has located Boatwright's sister, Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:00:49 +0000 Mark Memmott 17513 at http://wlrn.org Florida Man Who Woke Up Speaking Swedish Is ID'd By Sister South Florida's New Science Center And Aquarium http://wlrn.org/post/south-floridas-new-science-center-and-aquarium <p>What's in a name change? Plenty, when the new moniker also signals an "emotional change," as is the case with the soon-to-be-unveiled South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The entity is a rebranding of the popular <a href="http://www.sfsm.org/" target="_blank">South Florida Science Museum</a>. The longtime Palm Beach County institution hasn't received a makeover since its completion in 1969 (which represents an eternity in a region that is eager to "spruce up appearances" on the regular.)&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 20:13:32 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14137 at http://wlrn.org South Florida's New Science Center And Aquarium This Scientist Aims High To Save The World's Coral Reefs http://wlrn.org/post/scientist-aims-high-save-worlds-coral-reefs Most scientists find a topic that interests them and keep digging deeper and deeper into the details. But <a href="http://dge.stanford.edu/labs/caldeiralab/">Ken Caldeira</a> takes the opposite approach in search for solutions to climate change. He goes after the big questions, and leaves the details to others.<p>We caught up with Caldeira on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, where he was conducting an experiment to measure how coral reefs are coping with increasing acidity in the world's oceans. People are causing this change by burning fossil fuels and putting carbon dioxide into the air. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:45:00 +0000 Richard Harris 12679 at http://wlrn.org This Scientist Aims High To Save The World's Coral Reefs Miami Researcher Stars In TV Special On Great White Sharks http://wlrn.org/post/miami-researcher-stars-tv-special-great-white-sharks <p>Miami-based shark researcher Neil Hammerschlag, whose work <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/shark-tagging-program-seeks-turn-tide-misunderstood-species" target="_blank">WLRN has covered in the past</a>, is getting international attention with his latest study on the feeding habits of the ocean's most feared and misunderstood creature: the great white shark.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:03:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 12355 at http://wlrn.org Miami Researcher Stars In TV Special On Great White Sharks Saving Florida Wildlife http://wlrn.org/post/saving-florida-wildlife <P><A href="http://youtu.be/g-LkNFihm8o">http://youtu.be/g-LkNFihm8o</A></P> <P>On January 17, 2012, 3 people&nbsp; kicked off a 1000 mile expedition to increase public awareness and generate support for the Florida Wildlife Corridor project.&nbsp; It began in the Everglades National Park and they trekked forward to the&nbsp;Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:53:56 +0000 James March 12060 at http://wlrn.org Ecological Anxiety http://wlrn.org/post/ecological-anxiety <p></p><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px 0px 10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><font size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">03/12/13 - Tuesday's&nbsp;</span></font><font size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><b>Topical Currents</b></span></font><font size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;is with journalist and public radio figure <strong><a href="http://www.nathanaeljohnson.org/">Nathanael Johnson</a></strong>. &nbsp;</span></font></span></font><font style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">He’s the author of&nbsp;</span></font><strong><a href="http://amzn.to/W2YgX5"><font style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><i>ALL NATURAL:&nbsp; A SKEPTIC’S QUEST.&nbsp;&nbsp;</i></span></font></a></strong><font style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;It’s a mix of science writing and memoir, and chronicles his “ecological anxiety,” with questions about man-made versus made-by-nature. &nbsp;</span></font><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Is there a middle ground? &nbsp;</span><font style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">That’s&nbsp;</span></font><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><font style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><b>Topical Currents</b></span></font></a><font style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;with Joseph Cooper &amp; Bonnie Berman . . . Tuesday at 1pm&nbsp;on <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/schedule/WLRN">WLRN-HD1,</a></strong> rebroadcast at 7pm on <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/schedule/wlrn-hd2">WLRN-HD2</a></strong>.</span></font></div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px 0px 10pt;">&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 10708 at http://wlrn.org Ecological Anxiety Florida's Current Aquifer Models Paint Inaccurate Picture Of State's Water Supply http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-current-aquifer-models-paint-inaccurate-picture-states-water-supply <p>Understanding how water flows through Florida's aquifers is integral to maintaining &nbsp;a safe and sufficient supply of fresh water, but current computer models used to monitor&nbsp;the state's aquifers and springs are "full of holes," according to some critics.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 8510 at http://wlrn.org Florida's Current Aquifer Models Paint Inaccurate Picture Of State's Water Supply How Florida's Aquifer Models Are Inaccurate, And Why That Might Be A Problem For Our Water Supply http://wlrn.org/post/how-floridas-aquifer-models-are-inaccurate-and-why-might-be-problem-our-water-supply <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Understanding how water flows through Florida's aquifer is integral to maintaining &nbsp;safe and sufficient supply of fresh water, but current computer models used to monitor&nbsp;the state's aquifers and springs are "</span><a href="http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/water/floridas-aquifer-models-full-of-holes-allowing-more-water-permits-and/1272555" style="line-height: 1.5;">full of holes</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">" according to some critics.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:16:37 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 8511 at http://wlrn.org How Florida's Aquifer Models Are Inaccurate, And Why That Might Be A Problem For Our Water Supply 'Softball-Sized Eyeball' Washes Up In Florida; Can You I.D. It? http://wlrn.org/post/softball-sized-eyeball-washes-florida-can-you-id-it Tell us you can resist clicking on <a href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/state/fl-mystery-eyeball-20121011,0,2071938.story" target="_blank">this headline from Florida's <em>Sun Sentinel</em></a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Huge Eyeball From Unknown Creature Washes Ashore On Florida Beach."<p></blockquote><p>It's big, it's blue and the newspaper says "among the possibilities being discussed are a giant squid, some other large fish or a whale or other large marine mammal."<p>The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has sent the eye off for study.<p><a href="https://www.facebook. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:41:03 +0000 Mark Memmott 2740 at http://wlrn.org 'Softball-Sized Eyeball' Washes Up In Florida; Can You I.D. It?