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Environment
5:27 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Scientists Link Dolphin Deaths in Gulf to 2010 BP Spill

Researchers recorded data and photographed a dead dolphin stranded along the coastline at Port Fourchon, La., in 2012

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 9:25 am

In a new study, a team of scientists says there’s a definite link between the massive BP oil spill in 2010 and a record number of dolphin deaths along the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The scientists said large numbers of dead bottlenose dolphins found stranded along shores since the spill suffered from lung and adrenal lesions caused by swimming in oil-contaminated seas.

The research paper backs up previous findings linking dolphin deaths to the oil spill.

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Nutrition
11:10 am
Mon May 4, 2015

In Miami-Dade, It Takes A Forest To Feed An Elementary School

Strawberry tree -- which doesn't grow strawberries -- is one of the fruit trees in the Kelsey Pharr Elementary School food forest.
Credit John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Rain is terrible when you’re trying to give tours of your new garden.

But it’s great for the spinach, sweet potatoes and purple passion fruit rapidly taking root.

On a very rainy day, Kelsey Pharr Elementary third graders Ronnield Luna and Jeffrey Arroyo are showing grownups around what used to be a grass field.

Now the school in Miami’s Brownsville neighborhood has several thousand square feet of all kinds of fruit and vegetables.

Some you can find at your supermarket.

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Science
6:20 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Big Money For Unique Ideas At New Frost Museum Building

Two Innovation Fellows will be selected in time for the opening of the museum's new building.
Credit Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

Science innovators got a challenge today as the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science announced a new innovation fellowship it will offer starting in 2016. Two will be offered the first year: one for an invention to restore coral reefs and the other to help reduce people’s exposure to carcinogens.

The winner will get $100,000 to support the 12- to 18-month fellowship.

The money is part of a $1 million gift from Ted Caplow, CEO of Caplow Applied Science or CappSci, who has served various roles at the science museum in the past three years.

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Science
12:41 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

International Space Station Visible From Miami Thursday Morning

The International Space Station.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Celestially minded Miamians (and anyone else interested) will be able to view the International Space Station (ISS) with the naked eye Thursday morning, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA’s “Spot the Station” widget identifies specific dates and times that the ISS will be visible without a telescope.

These windows, however, are narrow — the next opportunity for viewing the ISS will occur Thursday at 5:47 a.m., and it will only be visible for two minutes.

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Science
3:50 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Navy Returns NASA's Orion Spacecraft After Test Flight

A man looks on as NASA's Orion space capsule is prepared to be unloaded from the USS Anchorage at Naval Base San Diego Monday in San Diego. NASA's new spacecraft returned to dry land Monday in Southern California after a test flight that ended with a plunge in the Pacific Ocean

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 9:24 am

NASA's new Orion spacecraft returned to dry land in Southern California after a test flight that ended with a plunge into the Pacific Ocean.

Navy ship, the USS Anchorage, delivered the capsule to Naval Base San Diego and unloaded the 11-foot-tall cone around 10 p.m. PST Monday.

Orion made an unmanned flight Friday that carried it 3,600 miles above Earth to test the spacecraft's systems before it carries astronauts on deep space missions. During re-entry into the atmosphere, the spacecraft endured speeds of 20,000 mph and temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

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NASA
4:02 am
Tue December 2, 2014

An FAU Grad Snaps The First Selfie In Space

Astronaut Steve Swanson became the first human to Instagram from outer space.
Credit International Space Station (via Instagram at http://instagram.com/iss)

At some point during his studies at Florida Atlantic University, astronaut Steve Swanson started thinking about his future. Perhaps it could involve space travel.

Eventually, Swanson did become an engineer for NASA. He took two shuttle missions to the International Space Station between 2007 and 2009. His last trip began in March of this year, when he took a Russian rocket back to the ISS for a six-month tour.

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History
1:11 am
Fri November 7, 2014

The Story Behind Miami's Projector, The 'Death Star Dumbbell'

The Spitz Model B Space Transit Projector is the last of its kind still in use in the world.
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

At the center of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science’s Planetarium stands a masterpiece of its time: the Spitz Model B Space Transit Projector, a 1960s state-of-the-art machine that's the last of its kind still in use.

Forty-eight years ago, this heap of black aluminum began dazzling Miamians with the brilliance of an unadulterated night sky. In light of the museum's planned move to a new downtown building, the projector will probably not see another year of use.

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Technology
4:07 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Miami Scientists Are Building Smartphones That Can Diagnose Cancer

Dr. Obdulio Piloto in the lab.
Credit Entopsis / Courtesy

The next stage of smartphone evolution, portable disease diagnostics, is headquartered on the edge of Overtown and Allapattah.

A Cuban-American doctor has brought his lab to the University of Miami’s Life Science and Technology Park where he’s developing a proprietary apparatus on the cutting edge of nanotechnology.

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StateImpact Florida
4:02 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Why Miami-Dade Might Start Some High School Classes Later In The Morning

New research provides some support for Florida school leaders who want high schools to start later.
Credit Diana Schnuth / Flickr

Blame science – and not your teenager – if they’re slow starters in the morning.

Teenagers just can't get eight hours of sleep if high schools starts much before 8 a.m.

University of Minnesota researcher Kyla Wahlstrom said that's because adolescents go through something called the sleep phase shift.

"Teenagers are basically unable to fall asleep on a regular basis every night,"Wahlstrom said, "say, before 10:45 or 11. It’s just a biologic almost impossibility.”

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Ocean Exploration
9:59 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Fabien Cousteau On His Underwater Aquarius Lab Mission

Credit The Miami Herald

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.

WLRN and the Miami Herald spoke to Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau, in a live online chat on what it's like to live, work and research from the depths of the ocean.   

Read more at: MiamiHerald.com 

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Weather
2:21 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Being A Meteorologist Is Harder Than You Think

Local TV meteorologist partnered with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science to teach children about forecasting on television.
Credit Constanza Gallardo

Hurricane season started Sunday. A slow season is expected this year, but meteorologists know their forecasts constantly change.

So, meteorologists in South Florida partnered with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science for its annual Feel the Force event, where the community learned about hurricane preparedness.

Thirteen-year-old Lucas Sanchez was a meteorologist for the day with help from local pros from WSVN-TV and WPLG Local 10.

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Miami Book Fair International
8:05 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Botanical Bargains: Why Gardeners Should Dig The Book Fair

Credit Laura Coburn / WLRN

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.)

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Education
7:53 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Miami Middle Schoolers Hope To Repeat Success In Engineering Contest

A seventh grade student from St. Thomas the Apostle School shows visitors a tabletop city model constructed by last year's Future City team.
Credit Rachel Morello / WLRN

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.

The "E" in STEM is a key component of Future City, a national contest that challenges students to imagine, design and build cities of the future. A team of 11 seventh graders at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Miami is preparing for their local competition.

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Community Contributor
6:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Become An Online Citizen Scientist Through UM Plankton Project

An example of the computer screen interface volunteers see when reviewing images.
Credit Zooniverse.org

Planktonportal is a new online citizen science project to engage the public’s help in identifying planktonic creature images collected by an underwater robotic camera.

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!

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People
6:00 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Florida Man Who Woke Up Speaking Swedish Is ID'd By Sister

Michael Boatwright, an amnesia sufferer who now refers to himself as Johan Ek, during an interview at the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif.
Jay Calderon The Desert Sun

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 3:32 pm

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," as The Associated Press writes.

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