Science

The University of Michigan is partnering to create a digital encyclopedia of thousands of 3-D vertebrate specimens. The Ann Arbor school says a $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant will launch oVert, a new initiative to scan about 20,000 vertebrates and make the data-rich, 3-D images available to researchers, educators, students and the public.

Wildlife biologists are stepping up efforts in southern Michigan to monitor ospreys. The birds of prey had all but disappeared from the area because of pesticide pollution but are coming back. Four osprey chicks were fitted this year with "backpack" GPS units enabling scientists to track the birds' movements and seasonal migration patterns. 

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The great American solar eclipse has come and gone. It was a rare astronomical event and one that I  shared with my daughters. With solar eclipse glasses protecting their young eyes, this was their first solar eclipse experience captured in this audio diary. 

“Norah, what do you see?”

“It looks like a moon.”

“Whoa!” Shrieked her sister, Sienna, “It’s a moon! It’s the moon!”

I had to explain it’s the moon passing in front of the sun. Also, reminding the girls to keep the solar eclipse glasses covering their eyes.

Grand Rapids Public Museum hosts eclipse watch party

Aug 21, 2017

As the United States experienced its first coast to coast solar eclipse in nearly a century, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Valley State University’s Physics Department hosted an official eclipse party at the Museum to take in the once in a lifetime event. The last time a solar eclipse was visible from coast to coast in the United States came on June 8th, 1918. 

Dr. Bradley Ambrose teaches Physics Education at Grand Valley State University.

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Coming this Monday, August 21st North America's eyes will turn to the skies taking in the solar eclipse. Here in West Michigan, if the weather cooperates, you'll witness an 85 percent solar eclipse. For more on when and how best to view it we turn to Dave DeBruyn, Curator Emeritus at the Grand Rapids Public Museum's Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium who also considers himself a coronafile.

Grants available to support urban forestry projects

Aug 15, 2017
Pine trees at the Ottawa National Forest in Michigan.
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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is taking applications for grants supporting tree plantings and other activities that boost urban and community forest growth. Officials say up to $90,000 in federal funds is available for projects around the state. Applicants can seek up to $20,000, depending on the project type. All grants require a one-to-one match of funds. They can be cash contributions or services. 

Michigan State University extension experts say they think this year's Michigan apple harvest is ahead of schedule.  The MSU extension says data collected from around the state suggest the apple harvest will be significantly early for certain varieties in some parts of the state. 

The data show that predicted peak harvest dates will fall anywhere from a few days to an entire week ahead of normal. For example, MacIntosh apples are ten to 11 days ahead of normal in parts of Michigan and a few days ahead of 2016.

The Grand Rapids Fire Department is hoping to launch an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Program, but they will need the City Commission’s approval first. The Grand Rapids Fire Department first approached the City Commission in January about the possibility of purchasing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, better known as a drone to assist in 1st response efforts.

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The National Academy of Sciences has elected its third Van Andel Research Institute scientist.

Van Andel Research Institute cancer scientist Stephen Baylin has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Doctor Baylin is a co-leader focused on VARI’s Stand Up To Cancer Epigenetics Dream Team carrying out four clinical trials developing new therapies for various form of leukemia and colorectal cancer.

Earth Day is less than a month away and we talk about a GVSU Earth Day event, “March for Science.” Kelly Darcy and Dr. Liz Arnold talk about it.

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